Swimming & wellness

Swimming in the River Aare from the Eichholz river beach to the Marzili Lido

The “Aare swim” from the Eichholz river beach to the legendary Marzili Lido is a classic swimming route in Bern.

The “Marzili” is one of Switzerland’s biggest and most-frequented lidos, a popular meeting spot on warm summer days and legendary for being the first place where Swiss women sunbathed topless. Swimmers can swim their lengths in the pool, but the true “Marzilian” loves to stroll upstream to the Eichholz river beach, and there enter the Aare and let themselves be carried back downstream to the Marzili at up to 3 metres a second. This is a truly unforgettable experience, and not just for locals.

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    • Aare riverside bathing area 
    • 50m swimming pool with 8 lanes
    • Diving pool, with 1m and 3m diving boards
    • Two 25m pools for non-swimmers
    • Paddling pool for children with “sails” providing protection from the sun
    • “Bueberseeli” lake with a swimming channel to the River Aare
    • Cabins and lockers for clothes and valuables
    • “Paradiesli” naturist bathing area for women (separate changing rooms and inner courtyard area protected from view) 
    • Large sunbathing lawns with mature trees
    • Beach volleyball courts
    • Table tennis tables
    • Pool lift for Visitors with disabilities

    Food and drink

    • Large lido restaurant with terrace
    • Fürst bakery and Gelateria di Berna very nearby

    Availability Today (Monday) open

    The Marzili is open from 1 Mai to 27 September 2020.

    Opening hours

    daily, 08.30−19.00 hours

    Mon-Fri,   07.00−21.00 hours
    Sat-Sun,  08.30−21.00 hours

    Mon-Fri,   07.00−20.00 hours
    Sat-Sun,  08.30−20.00 hours

    daily, 08.30−19.00 hours


    Access to the River Aare at the Eichholz campsite and to the Marzili riverside lido are both free of charge.

    Cabins, clothes lockers and deposit boxes for valuables can be rented for a fee at the Marzili.


    Aare you safe?

    Swimming in the Aare is only recommended for proficient swimmers and is at the swimmer’s own risk.

    To keep your valuables dry, we recommend purchasing a handy “Aaresack”.


    The Marzili lido is approx. 10 minutes’ walk from Bern Railway Station. To get back up to the inner city, we recommend a short ride on the “Marzilibähnli”, or Marzili funicular.

    Weather & webcam Today: partly cloudy 12/19°

    Day Weather Temperature
    Today partly cloudy 12/19°
    Tomorrow sunny 7/20°
    Wednesday sunny 10/23°
    Thursday sunny 12/24°
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