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Swimming in the Rhine? Yes, you can.
The water is actually quite clean. They test it regularly and give out the results with recommendations.

There are some good places, where you can swim, either at the rim (marked newly with blue swimmers) or you go in at one point, swim down with the current and get out further down.
Just be mindful when swimming in the Rhine, that there are ships and boats on it, too. Always swim looking upstream as well as downstream. Also stay well off the columns of the bridges! Especially behind them you can always find currents that will suck you down. Never use swimming helps. If you can swim only badly, just don´t do it. Best is, if you are two or more who swim together (also much fun).

But swimming in the Rhine is a real experience. A totally different and charming way to see the city skyline.

a map of where to swim you find under
blue are the regions where it is safe to swim, in the red areas you share the Rhine with all the ships and boats...

Good place to get in: start at the Tinguely Museum, get out before the Wettstein bridge. They even have a shower there. Or swim on and get out later, you see more of the city.

There is an official day organised by the SLRG (Swiss life saving groop) where you can swim in the Rhine with lots of people. This year 2005 it will be held at August 12th at 6 p.m. if the weather and water are good. Starting point is the Ferry at the Munster on the side of the smaller Basel. If the weather is bad, they postpone it for a week.
If you can´t swim, have a look at them anyway :-)

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  • Written Jun 24, 2005
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