Where to swim near The Rhein Falls

Swimming in Switzerland doesn’t just have to mean swimming in a lake or pool. There are also many rivers that are welcome relief from the hot weather. Swimmers can cool down while they float along in the gentle currents.

Today we explore the Badi in Dachsen, a village on the outskirts of Schaffhausen, and close to the famous Rhein Waterfalls. It is set along the river but also has the added convince of swimming pools and facilities as well. Local mum Alison shares with us the details. 

Where is your favourite Badi?: 

Badi Dachsen. Rheinauerweg 1, 8447 Dachsen. Located just south along the Rhein from the waterfalls of the same name.


Opening Hours & Entry price:

11:00 - 20:00 (open from 10:00 during school holidays).

Adults: 5CHF
Children: 3 CHF
Adult season ticket: 60CHF
Children season ticket: 30CHF
Family season ticket: 100 CHF

The best way to get there?: 

Situated in a small village, arrival is easiest by car although the S33 train from Winterthur will drop you nearby. Once in Dachsen, the Badi is well signposted and free parking is nearby (2 large car parks and all along the bridge leading down to the Badi). After parking head down the forest path which will lead to the swimming area.


What sets your favourite Badi apart from the rest?:

Badi Dachsen is beautifully situated along the river Rhine offering a calm, peaceful and secluded swimming spot. There are two spacious swimming pools available for both swimmers and non swimmers as well as a playground, diving board straight into the Rhine, food kiosk, changing rooms and seating area in which to relax. 


For the more adventurous amongst us, 5 CHF will buy you a ticket to board a small tourist boat that will drop you close to Rhine Falls so you can float back to the Badi at your leisure. These boats leave regularly and you can buy your ticket and rent floatation devises and life jackets from the kiosk (children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult).


Anything yummy that we must try on the menu?: 

The food kiosk offers mainly snack food such as hot dogs, chips, toasted sandwiches etc but there is a bbq station from which you can buy burgers etc. There’s also a grilling station should you wish to bring your own food.

What is one thing you never go to the Badi without?: 

As a mum of two young boys I would never go to the Badi without taking along flotation devices, water toys and more recently snorkel masks and flippers.


Tell us a little bit about yourself: 

I’m a British expat living in Schaffhausen with my husband and two young sons (2 and 7 years old). We are a family of teachers and have been lucky enough to have lived and worked abroad for over 17 years in Singapore, Germany and now Switzerland. We love traveling and exploring new countries and cultures and hope our love of travel will flourish in our children as they grow older too :-)

Thanks Alison for sharing with us a great place to cool off here in Switzerland. 

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Good to know: River currents can be unpredictable so make sure you assess each river to your swimming ability. Life Jackets are a very good idea.