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Swimming in the rhine

Water temperature: 21°C

In summer, the Kleinbasel banks of the Rhine are the place to be! Thousands of people cool off by leaping into the water during the warmer months of the year. You can put your clothes in a «Wickelfisch» swim bag and simply float down on the gentle current through the picturesque old town.


A swim in the Rhine is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day: strong swimmers can get in between the Wettsteinbrücke and Johanniterbrücke bridges and let the current take them downriver. Do as the locals do, and experience an extra-special leisure activity. The colourful Wickelfisch – a swim bag in the shape of a fish which was invented in Basel – will keep your clothes dry.

Tip: After your swim, why not enjoy a drink at one of the outdoor bars on the sunny riverbank in Kleinbasel?

Safety & map
Wickelfisch (swim bag)
The rhine is life
Weather & webcam
Video: Rhine swimming with Sam Keller
Refreshment stalls (Buvettes)

Rhine swimming on Google Street View

During the hot summer days, swimming on the Rhine is Basel's No. 1 folk sport. Let Google Street View convince you of the wonderful experience.

Wickelfisch can be purchased from Tourist Information on the Barfüsserplatz and at the SBB main station.

A good place to enter is the riverbank just below Museum Tinguely. You can swim along the Kleinbasel side until shortly before the Dreirosenbrücke. 

You will find an information sheet about swimming in the Rhine here.