In a city which, according to latest studies, has more fountains in the world (1,200) and more public swimming pools than any other in Europe (25), the summer season brings out the scantily clad in all their sunbathing glory. For all of Zurich's poolside hotspots check out: www.badi-info.ch
When day turns to night however, it is Zurich's Badi-bars that come into their own. Favourite haunts of the cool Zurich crowd (or the terminally lazy who won't get off their beach towels until the early hours!), these after-dark lidos are some of the most beautiful summertime sights of the city, with lights twinkling over the water, illuminating the city or lake beyond. Here's the pick of these split-personality sunspots.
BY DAY & BY NIGHT: SEEBAD ENGE
Daytime offerings include a women-only sun deck and sauna – but there's also a multi- level mixed zone too, along with yoga, Shiatsu and massage. By night it's a bar on the lake overlooking the mountains and a viewing screen for this summer's football World Cup.
BY DAY: SCHANZENGRABEN MÄNNERBADI/ BY NIGHT: BAR RIMINI
Enclosed by the old city walls, by day this lush green spot just off the city's banking district is for men only. By night it becomes the über-trendy Rimini bar complete with gigantic disco ball, DJs and the city's cool crowd.
BY DAY: FLUSSBAD OBERER LETTEN/ BY NIGHT: BAR PRIMITIVO AND PANAMA BAR
Day and night, an urban vibe attracts a cool crowd enjoying chilled beats at Bar Primitivo. On the other bank of the Limmat, the sun deck is for women only.
After dark it becomes part of the candle lit Panama Bar and Restaurant.
BY DAY: FRAUENBAD STADTHAUSQUAI BY NIGHT: BARFUSSBAR (BAREFOOT BAR)
This landmark lido is right in the centre of the city overlooking the historic Niederdorf area of the city. As the name suggests, it is only for women in the daylight hours but after dark it transforms into one of the loveliest bars in Zurich.
Photos: Schanzengraben Männerbad & Rimini Bar both © Badi-info.ch