Where to swim near Zug

Zug is known throughout Switzerland as one of the best spots to enjoy the sunset—and one of the best places to watch that sunset is at the Badi Tellenörtli in Oberwil by Zugl.  Tellenörtli is just a little further south along the lake past Zug. Take in the views of the sun setting over the Alps in the distance all the while pinching yourself wondering like I do, “how on earth did I ever land in this magnificent place?”  

Swimming in Switzerland

Where is your favourite Badi?

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For young kids, the Tellenörtli Badi in Oberwil is one of my favourite places to suggest for a summertime picnic and swim in Kanton Zug. 

Because there is no life guard on duty, Tellenörtli is not an official Badi, instead more like a park.  However, this is still a great place to spend your summer days in the lake. The large green space that slopes into the lake is great for families and there are change rooms and public toilets as well.

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Opening Hours and Entry Price

It is open daily and is always free to enter (as are all public lakeside swimming destinations in canton Zug). The only rule is a curfew of 10pm. 

The best way to get there?

There is no specific parking for this Badi and the small carpark at the church as well as the parking on the side street fills up quickly on a hot day. On the weekend and school holidays the town will open the school to allow cars to park there.

Or, to avoid the stress of parking altogether, Tellenörtli is easily reached by the lakeside bike path from Zug. Or take the number 3 (Oberwil) or 5 (Walchwil) bus from the main station in Zug and get off at the “Kreuz” bus stop and walk approximately 50 m. 

 

What sets your Badi apart from the rest?

On a clear day the views from this Badi are out of this world. To the left you can see the Pilatus and Rigi and the Alps towering in the distance and to the right you look back on the town of Zug. 

This Badi is also ideal for little kids, with plenty of green grass to run around on, a stony beach to keep them entertained, and a gentle slope into the lake for them to paddle in. 

My insider tip:  Grab a bottle of Champagne and come here and watch the fireworks at the Zugerseenacht Fest at the end of June. 

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Anything yummy that we must try on the menu?

The Badi doesn’t have its own restaurant on site, but directly next door you will find the Restaurant Zunfthaus Kreuz. You can eat inside at the restaurant or at the self-service sunset lounge where they offer things like burgers (delicious!).

There is also one fire pit by the lake at this Badi. So feel free to bring along a picnic basket with your sausages. 

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

I never go to the Badi without reusable water bottles.  I try my best to reduce the amount of plastic we use and summer time seems to be the peak season of plastic usage with lots of berry containers and water bottles. I always try to remember to bring along our reusable water bottles so that we don’t have to buy water in plastic when we get there. 

We love sharing different places to swim all over Switzerland and we like to call the series "My Badi", so if your favourite place to swim isn’t on the list, we would love to hear from you!