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Switzerland Cities: Bern, Schwellenmaetteli

The Local ch reports: Bern residents know there’s nothing better than a swim in the river Aare on a hot summer’s day.

Jumping in upriver and floating down the fast-flowing water into Bern is a popular pastime in the city.

Some even use the turquoise river as a means of commuting to work, drifting around the Swiss capital with a change of clothes in a dry bag.

The Aare flows in a loop around the base of the city, with the town sitting up above, so residents have to walk down from the roads and bridges above to access the riverside.

Now one Bern-based organization wants to make it even easier to go for a dip – and increase the fun factor at the same time.

Grassroots organization Alternative Linke (AL) has proposed to the Bern city authorities that slides be installed at various places in the city to offer a fast and fun way to access the river below, reported 20 Minuten on Thursday.

The public chutes could be installed in the Lorraine and Bundesrain districts, said Markus Flück, who came up with the idea.

The slides “combine usefulness with pleasure,” he told the paper.

“We are aware that this is a very imaginative idea but also one that is very realizable,” he added.

AI submitted the idea to the authorities in early summer, said the paper.

The organization’s plan also suggests installing lifts on several bridges in the city to allow people to get back up to the city centre again.

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Visit Bern - Capitol of Switzerland

Nestled beneath the Capitol Building you will find a swimmers paradise.

Offnungszeiten Freibad Marzili Swimming Pool Opening Times

Offnungszeiten Freibad Marzili Lido

A Lido free for all to use with diving boards, children’s pools, play areas, sunbathing and cafe’ facility’s.

Swimming at Offnungszeiten Freibad Marzili Bern Switzerland

But outdoor swimmers will be tempted by the city’s special attraction; swimming in the Aare.

Wild Swimming in the Aare

Of course you must be a good swimmer if you want to go river swimming. Try short swims to begin with paying special attention to how experienced swimmers both enter and exit the water and then copy their methods. Rivers with a strong current like the Aare deserve respect and so it makes sense to follow the advice of locals!

Aare wild swimming

Campingplatz Eichholz Aare Swimming

You can walk up to the park and camping ground: Campingplatz Eichholz, Strandweg 49, 3084 Wabern, and swim from there to the city center. Take notice of the warning signs and get out well before the last take out point.

Source of the River Aare

The river Aare begins with glacial melt water and its wonderful colour results from the minerals it contains.

Are you safe swimming in the Aare

Wonderfully refreshing as it is to swim in cool water on a hot sunny day, remember that you can get too cold! If you get cold GET OUT and warm up again in the sunshine. On a hot day adjust to the cool water before setting off on a swimming adventure.

Swimming in the Aare

Warnings wild swimming

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