It’s summer, it’s weekend and it’s hot – 3 good reasons to jump into the water, don’t you think?! The best public baths in town are the following:

Freibad Letzigraben
Also known under the name “Max Frisch Bad” because it was designed by the world-famous writer Max Frisch. It stands out for its clear-cut forms and the stylish elegance. The large grass area is inviting and numerous trees provide shade.

Seebad Enge
The Badi Engi at lake Zurich is more than just a public bath.It’s also the best place for morning yoga, for a massage, an Ayurveda or Shaba treatment, stand up paddling courses, accoustical concerts and even more. And of course it’s great for swimming, too. Place your towel somewhere on the wooden grating and swim over to one of the rafts to enjoy some sun.

Strandbad Mythenquai
Situated at the lakeside, the Badi Mythenquai is a real pearl. Probably the only Zurich bath with a beach, it invites you to dip into the refreshing water, to enjoy the sun or an icecream in a holiday-like atmosphere and almost mediterranean surrounding.

Flussbad Unterer Letten
If you are more into river-swimming, this place might be the one for you! Don’t underrate the current though, you could get slammed into the iron grid. Behind the wooden construction – the bathing place – you find a relaxing green with lots of shady spots.

Bad Au-Höngg / Werdinsel
Another river bathing area is at Werdinsel at the edge of town. There is plenty of space for children to run around, to play football, a good restaurant and again: many shady trees.

If the city is still too hot or crowded for you - leave town and jump into one of the lakes around Zurich: Katzensee, Türlersee, Greifensee, Pfäffikersee.

Read our – still up-to-date - last year’s tips here.