If there is one thing that really stands out in Zurich during my visit last September, that would have to be the (many) public baths and outdoor pools. I never expected to see such a thriving public and urban bathing culture in Switzerland. The baths and pools were everywhere!
Well, luckily, it was a very hot mid-September and any hints of autumn coming were nowhere to be found. A few of the pictures below will show you just how sweltering hot it was in Zurich.
This is the Frauenbad (Women's Only Pool/Bath) on the Limmat River in Zurich Old Town.
This is the Seebad Enge, south of Zurich Old Town located in the district of Enge on Lake Zurich.
The city has undoubtedly a high density of badis on its rivers and lakes. There are officially 11 public baths and outdoor pools, and not to mention that many locals have a practice of just laying anywhere on the water?s edge for a sunbathe and a swim. I was not really expecting to see anything like this in Zurich but it does make sense because the city is surrounded by alpine mountains and fresh and clean bodies of water.
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BATHING CULTURE IN ZURICH
Because Zurich sits in a valley and on the basin of a lake, the city receives fresh water flowing from the Alps which is very clean and potable. The city?s water in fact is being supplied by its very own lake. Not that you drink directly from the lake, although some people swear it is perfectly fine, I, on the other hand, would have my doubts and would strongly suggest against it. I am sure the citizens get water from the lake which goes through a series of water treatment process. Switzerland is definitely blessed with nature?s spring and the lakes and rivers here are hygienic enough for bathing.
Had I stayed longer in Zurich, I probably would have indulged in the bathing culture scene. I read that this can be traced to the early Roman settlements in the city. The oldes...