Urban swimming

Bern’s Aare River is a swimming paradise in the center of the city, inviting you for a traditional “Aare swim” in fresh, clean water in Switzerland’s most beautiful river pool.

Bern boasts a unique bathing tradition: whilst colorful capital life pulsates above the Aare, the river’s clean water is the perfect place to cool off.

In summer hundreds of Bernese citizens travel along the Aare bank in order to jump into the Aare and drift gently back down river to the World Heritage Site, enjoying views of the Parliament Building along the way. The most famous open-air pool is the Marzili, located right in the city center.


Swimming in the Aare river is only for experienced swimmers.

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