Wild Swimming in Graubünden, Switzerland
Will Ross, June 4, 2015
Wedged in the south-east corner of Switzerland, the canton of Graubünden is perfectly teed up for wild swimming. Rushing rivers throw cool alpine meltwater down the valleys, leaking through the region’s 615 lakes. Water temperature in Graubünden becomes swimmable in May, kicking-off a season that lasts well into September.
Held up at nearly 1700m above sea-level, the pristine Untersee (Lower Lake) in Arosa features two diving towers (1 and 3 metres), along with grass and sandy banks.
Accessible by public bus. More information.
Caumasee (Lake Cauma) is just below 1000m above sea-level and set in the heart of the Flims forest. Its turquoise waters are fed by hot springs and with a boreal backdrop wrapping the Lake, this is one magical basin.
Take public transport to Flims Waldhaus, then walk one kilometre to the shuttle bus. If you make it to the Lake’s small island, treat yourself to snacks at the shoreline Caumasee restaurant.
With accommodation at Crestasee Guesthouse, make this protected natural site your retreat for nightswimming.
Take Post-Bus to the Felsbach-Crestasee stop, then 750 m walk to Lake.
Barnagn Lake, Savognin
One of the warmer swimming lakes in the Swiss Alps, Savognin’s Barnagn Lake lies at 1200m above sea-level.
Take Post-Bus to Savognin, then walk the 600m to the lake.
Heid Lake is found high up at 1500m above sea-level and is privileged with a unique thermal wind suitable for wind sailing. Part of the shoreline is shielded from the wind and reserved for swimmers.
Located 200m from a Post-Bus stop.