Zurich isn’t exactly the land of fun in the sun. The Swiss city is the land of winter. But this only makes the city’s summer proliferation of urban swimming holes that much cooler. A swimming hole is a natural body of water that is large and deep enough to swim in. They’re built onto platforms on Lake Zurich, the River Limmat or the various canals. Many have been bathing spots for more than 100 years and have cool architectural features or turn into bars at night. A recent article posted on Gridskipper highlights some of the coolest swimming holes to visit.
Pier West on the River Limmat is a river-dipping-pool-by-day bar-by-night combo. Features include colorful rainbow-striped banquettes and umbrellas, a graffiti-covered wall by the swimming area, a down-to-earth crowd and DJs at night
Barfussbar is a beautiful, ornate, white-painted Art Nouveau wooden bathhouse on the lake, women-only for swimming during the day, becomes a mellow, stylish spot for drinking at night. The name means ‘barefoot’ and patrons lounging on the big lakeside wooden platform are indeed required to remove their shoes. Blankets are available on chilly evenings.
For more chic swimming holes, check out the full article at Gridskipper.