With its lake and the river Limmat, Zurich offers plenty of splendid opportunities for a swim. Yes, the water is cleaner than in most European cities and fine for swimming in. Besides the possibility of just jumping into the lake anywhere (watch out for ships and boats), the city has eleven official outdoor swimming baths on the lake or the river, many with facilities such as cloakrooms, toilets, kiosks etc. For many of them an entrance fee is due (8Sfr adults, 6Sfr from 16 - 20 years, 4Sfr kids), but the ones on the river are usually free. In the morning (07:00/09:00 - 11:00) they are usually open no matter the weather.
If it's sunny closing time is usually 20:00. After that many of the baths turn into lively open-air bars. We list our favourites places by the water below.
Remember swimming in the lake and especially the river is only for good swimmers. Bear in mind that there is not necessarily a lifeguard present even in official swimming facilities. If you’re swimming in the lake it's advisable to wear a coloured bathing cap so ships can see you better. Swimming in the river Limmat in between the lake and the river swimming baths Oberer Letten (close to the main station) is forbidden, as there is busy boat and ship traffic.