Swiss Lakes


Switzerland has incredible beauty and remarkable lakes. A great way to beat the summer heat is to take a dip in one of the many Swiss lakes.

If you haven’t yet tried a “lido” at one of the many  lakes in Switzerland, give it a try.  We recently visited Strandbad Biel and it was a lovely alternative to the pools.






Summer, oh my, it is heating up this summer and the best way to escape the heat is to hit the pools. These pools aren’t just rectangular lap pools, nope, they are all kinds of amazing in Switzerland. From baby pools, to slides, to diving boards, to just straight up incredible, we are fortunate enough to have several public pools in our area.

If you do not already have the Familien Pass, considering purchasing this handy little card that not only provides discounts for family activities, but for just SFr 30 per year, it comes with two pages of coupons, including multiple free passes for pools in the area. Free entry is a very good thing!

Tip:  Place the pool coupons in a jar and allow your children to grab a coupon at random.  Once you see what the coupon reads, that will be your summer activity for the day.

Schwimmbad Aesch – Dornacherstrasse 85, 4147 Aesch

A personal favorite is the Aesch pool. Yes, prepare for a rather long journey to get there, but the pool is perfect for little people. The small river is a hit with our son who loves to watch balls and toys float down the path, I can watch both of them without having a mommy heart attack and if they are up for it, we can all three enjoy the slide together. A restaurant onsite and ample grass space, I simply adore this pool. Arrange to meet friends here on a sunny day and pack enough provisions for the day.

Gartenbad St. Jakob – St. Jakobs Strasse 400

St, Jakob pool is a gorgeous, outdoor haven for swim enthusiasts.  The baby pool has been completely redesigned, making it safer and more enjoyable for small children, which is a plus for parents with small children. The slides are always a big hit with older children, as are the diving boards.  With five pools, ample grass space, a restaurant, changing areas and showers, you might just spend an entire day here.

Gartenbad beim Scholss Bottmingen – Burggartenstrasse 15

This pool is lovely in every way. With an expansive lawn area, a sliding board, diving boards, a generous lap pool and a whirlpool, the children can be entertained for hours. There is a restaurant onsite, plus showers and a large locker room.

Naturbad Riehen – Weilstrasse 69

This is truly a one-of–a-kind experience. The Naturbad is just that, natural. No chlorine, no blue pool, rather, the “pool” looks like a lake. I must admit, the pool is hard for our daughter to embrace as she cannot see underwater, but, it has a wonderful relaxed vibe and is perfect for those people who may not do well in chlorine. Small, but delightful, this unique swimming pool is worth a visit.

Gear – The Humble Wind Shirt


Okay, laugh all you want, but this family of four sports wind shirts and yes, they are a thing. You know, those super thin, ultra-light, easy to pack shirt- jackets that are getting their fair share of use this summer. We love them.

Whether on boat rides to protect against the wind, on chilly lake walks, or early mountain mornings, those thin as Kleenex shirts are awesome and ever so handy! They are also awesome for layers too!

If you are looking for a shirt that’s not really a shirt, but more of a jacket to offer wind protection, sun protection, bug protection and the slightest touch of warmth, look no further!