Rhine swimming through the old town

Basel Region

The Basel Rhine Swimming is a popular leisure activity that involves swimming through the old town of Basel in summer. It is very popular with the local population and has also become a tourist attraction in recent years. Swimming in the Rhine is part of the list of living traditions in Switzerland.

Rhine swimming through the old town

Rhine swimming through the old town

Swimming in the Rhine is a popular sport in Basel, especially during the summer months. Immerse yourself in this special leisure activity and experience swimming in open water in a unique way. The Baslers have invented a practical companion for this – the colorful Wickelfisch. The Wickelfisch is a waterproof bag in the shape of a fish in which clothes can be safely stored.

When swimming on the Rhine, you should take note of the information posters on the banks of the Rhine, which provide practical tips. The two “Badhysli” on the banks of the Rhine, as the people of Basel affectionately call the bathing huts, offer an ideal opportunity for a swim.

One is located by the Johanniterbrücke bridge and the other in the Breite quarter. In the “Badhysli” you can relax on sun decks and enjoy a relaxed vacation atmosphere.

Rhine Swimming can also be combined with a refreshing drink at one of the many cafés on the banks of the Rhine in Kleinbasel. These open their counters from spring to the end of summer and offer a cozy atmosphere.

Basel’s Rhine swimming is a unique way to cool off in the warm months and enjoy the beauty of the Rhine. It is a lively tradition that is appreciated by locals and visitors alike and offers a special attraction.

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