Baines des Paquis – Inspiration for the Thames Baths Project

Geneva City of Peace

The first thing that strikes you as a swimmer in Geneva is the colour and clarity of the water. Then their is Jet d’Eau the city’s most famous landmark.

Jet d'Eau Geneva

Water is celebrated in Switzerland and the freedom to swim and have fun is a national institution. Their are so many places to swim on lake Geneva and in its rivers that I have given up hope of compiling an exhaustive list. Often bathing sites are not signposted so you have to keep your eyes open. Look out for ice cream signs! When on the road many swimming venues are signposted – see below:

Swimming Switzerland

Be aware that these signs may point to either a man made lido, river or lake swimming. Swimming is swimming in Switzerland wherever you care to go.


Baines des Paquis

Baines des Paquis Geneva

Its well worth paying the 2 Francs and visiting Bains des Paquis.

Wild swimming Switzerland

Even if you are not wanting to swim, eating in the restaurant is part of the Geneva experience.

Eating Out - Wild swimming Switzerland

The swimming facilities here are extraordinary and although it looks cool in the pictures, the water is in fact quite warm.

Wild Swimming Switzerland

This facilities include children’s areas, a beach, pontoons, diving boards, a climbing wall – island, ping pong, table football, a sauna and a succession of art displays and special events. check out their website before you go.

Its OK, You Can Dive, Your in Switzerland

When visiting this lido, architect Chris Romer-Lee of Studio Octopi was inspired to think of ways in which we might incorporate a swimming experience to the Thames in London.  The Thames Baths Project is the result and proposals to build three swimming baths in the center of the city are progressing with gusto. This is not some Disneyfication of the Thames but rather an effort to connect Londoners and visitors to a regenerated waterfront and a cleaner river.

Take a look at The Good Old Days.


Discover the JOY of swimming in Switzerland!



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