Not only does wild swimming provide plenty of benefits for your health, it’s also the perfect excuse to travel the world. The UK definitely offers a long list of beautiful places to visit (take a look at our top five spots to go wild swimming in the UK here), but sometimes one can get the urge to step on a plane (or train) and see what other countries have to offer.
So where are the best places to go wild swimming in Europe? We share our top five:
Lake Walchen, Germany
Found in in the middle of the Bavarian Alps, Lake Walchen (or “the hidden lake”) is nestled in between the peaks of the Heimgarten and the Herzogstand mountains. With its picturesque views and relatively peaceful ambience, the lake offers more than just a swim to remember. It provides a number of fun activities for tourists to enjoy, including windsurfing and scuba diving. The reason why it has the nickname “hidden lake” is because due to its location, the lake’s existence was unbeknown to neighbouring citizens before the days of the internet. It is also one of the deepest and largest lakes in Germany, and one you must visit sometime soon!
Lago di Fiastra, Italy
This may come as a surprise, but this beautiful lake was man-made around the 50s and got its name from the town in the province of Macerata where it’s located. With its beautiful surroundings, this lake openly welcomes tourists with bathing areas, an equipped beach, restaurants and bars. So if you need to replenish after your long swim, there’s plenty of places to choose from!
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
This lake is truly a stunning spot to carry out your passion for wild swimming. The calm and clear waters are surrounded by nothing but mountains and pine trees, and thanks to the restrictions within Triglav National Park, it truly is an unspoilt oasis. Unlike Lake Bled, here is definitely not a tourist trap, so if you’re looking for some serenity while you swim, you’ve found the right place. If you are looking for other things to do during your trip here, there is a delightful forested path which runs right around the lake and the scenery, as you can imagine, is spectacular.
Lake Annecy, France
Known for its clean water, Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France and is fed by the surrounding mountain springs. As Europe’s cleanest lake, it is a popular destination for swimming (especially during the summer) and offers plenty of activities and accommodation nearby. Important note – if you come across people falling out of the sky, don’t be alarmed! This lake is one of the few places in France where paragliders can practice chute failure in the water below!
Upper Letten River Pool, River Limmat, Switzerland
If you are looking for something a little more unusual on your next wild swimming adventure, the Upper Letten River Pool in Zurich is the perfect place! Running right through the city, this swimming channel is 400-metres long and offers much more than just a swim. There are beach volleyball courts for visitors to enjoy, as well as large sun terraces for people to relax and unwind. Therefore, if you fancy a city break with a spot of wild swimming thrown in, this is the place to go!
So there you have it – our five favourite wild swimming destinations in Europe. If you plan on taking a trip somewhere soon and are in need of some new kit, our SilverSlick goggles are made for the wild waters and won’t let you down.
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