Swimming in Switzerland

We're going to Switzerland in August. I know there are lots of lakes. Are they warm enough to swim in? Where would it be warmest for swimming. Outside temp and lake temp? Thanks.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9130 posts

Ticino canton is the warmest, sunniest part of Switzerland. Look for swimming in the lakes around Locarno and Lugano.

Posted by Janet
Corvallis, OR, USA
39 posts

Thanks, Tom. Also wondering how warm it is likely to be in August in the non-alpine parts of Switzerland? I seem to find conflicting info, plus I seem to remember Europe was unusually hot recent summers. Climate change?

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9130 posts

The northern (non-Alpine) half of Switzerland has a climate similar to the surrounding areas of Germany and France. Generally mildly warm summers, with occasional short heat waves. Now that I've thought over your original question again... Germany has hundreds of swimming lakes that are generally quite busy in August. If the water is warm enough to swim throughout Germany, I don't think you necessarily have to limit yourself to the warmest canton of Switzerland.

Posted by Janet
Corvallis, OR, USA
39 posts

For those who might be interested - I found some info online that says in August the water temp. in Lugano is 22-25 degrees C (71-75 F). Also Lake Annecy, France is about the same temp or just slightly cooler. For comparison, our local indoor pool is kept at 83 degrees F. (Wish I had a handy "degree" symbol on my keyboard.)

Posted by Beatrix
Calgary
1974 posts

You can also go swimming at the lake in Lucerne. There's a beach right outside the transportation museum - nice for a change of pace after hours exploring the museum (which is fabulous!). Water temperature in August would be up to 20 C.

Posted by Nelly
Calgary
211 posts

There's an app for that. Seriously. Switzerland Tourism has an iPhone app that lists the water temps in all the swimmable bodies of water. 'My Switzerland Swimming Weather' on iTunes. The same information is also available on myswitzerland.com