Swimming in Geneva
The joys of swimming in Geneva
Open-air swimming pools or urban lakeside resort, one thing is for sure: Geneva offers many opportunities when it comes to enjoying a pleasurable swim!
The bravest swim all year round, but in the summer, the lake offers warm temperatures to the less adventurous. Discover our favourite bathing spots to enjoy a summer day in Geneva!
For a full day
Bains des Pâquis
Sun and relaxation, in summer and winter.
Just a few metres from the Jet d’eau, the Bains des Pâquis offer a breathtaking view of the lake.
The Bains des Pâquis attract people of every background all year round. In the summer, people sunbathe and enjoy refreshing meals at the bar. Come winter, they’ll relax and enjoy the beautiful views. Fondue lovers come here to eat while watching the lights of the city ripple on the lake. The Bains des Pâquis is both a meeting place and a place of culture and offers many activities, as well as a hammam and Turkish baths to relax all year round. Much more than a beach, it’s a must-see!
Plage des Eaux-Vives
Beach season has finally started in Geneva!
Swimming in the city is a popular tradition for Swiss people and tourists alike, both in summer and winter. Get your swimsuits ready! Geneva’s new free beach with its stunning view of the Jet d’eau is a perfect place to relax in summer. The long beach is made up of sand and small pebbles for added comfort when the wind comes up. The new place also has a park where you can relax, take a nap or read a good book. In addition, bathers can enjoy take-away food and delicious ice cream, all sold on electric tricycles that travel the length of the beach. The concept here is 100% Swiss and 0% waste to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
For lunch, the beautiful restaurant at the end of the beach offers a breathtaking view.
Plage du Reposoir
A trip to the lakeside.
Plage du Reposoir invites you to spend a relaxing moment with your family, and to dip your toes in the water.
Just a few minutes from the International district, Plage du Reposoir is the ideal place for a getaway with family or friends. While the children play on the playground, their parents can enjoy a moment of calm and relaxation at the water’s edge. This beach has well-equipped access to the water, showers and toilets, as well as access for wheelchairs. There is also a snack bar and a restaurant.
Fancy a swim?
At the gates of the city, enjoy a green oasis with a swimming pool and direct access to the lake. This closed leisure area is ideal for families, where children can have fun in complete safety in the various pools. There’s even a maxi slide! Inflatable games, paddle boards and water gym classes, Genève-Plage is fun for young and old alike!
For all bathers, all year round!
The pretty little sandy and grassy Baby-Plage, with its gorgeous trees, offers a lovely place to swim as well as a play area for children. Close to public transport and a few metres from the Parc des Eaux-Vives, Baby Plage is a delight for young and old alike. The neighbouring Plage des Eaux-Vives offers a vast green area to sunbathe in too.
For a scenic swim after a bike ride
Floating island quai de Cologny
The quai de Cologny has two new attractions for bathers: two funky constructions made of 100% Swiss oak, designed for sustainability. The circular platform with a diameter of 40 metres forms a sort of floating island on the lake, where you can relax and enjoy the sublime view before taking a dip. In the same place, you can also enjoy a 45-metre pontoon bridge on stilts that separates the swimming area from the port area. This place, which is a little further out of the city, is easily accessible by public transport or by bike along the lake.
For a unique atmosphere
Swimming in the Rhône
Geneva’s residents love the banks of the Rhône. Barbecues and picnics of all kinds create a welcoming atmosphere and bathers enjoy swimming in the midst of nature, in the heart of trees and greenery, letting themselves be carried away by the cool, translucent water. Beware, the Rhône has its moods though, and swimmers must be mindful of currents and adhere to safety regulations.