The snow is starting to fall heavily in Switzerland, which makes this the perfect time to go swimming! Yes, you’ve heard us right. Switzerland’s thermal pools never look more beautiful than in the winter. So, put away your skis and snowboards and discover the ultimate form of winter relaxation: a swim in Switzerland’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring thermal baths.
1. Les Bains de Lavey, Saint-Maurice
Les Bains de Lavey are one of the best thermal spas in Switzerland. Boasting the hottest thermal water in the country and a magical atmosphere, these baths are perfect for both fun and relaxation. The outdoor pool is equipped with all sorts of features, from jacuzzis to massage jets. There is even a mushroom fountain and an underwater current that makes you drift around. During the winter the baths are especially romantic, thanks to the warm steam rising from the pool and the sight of the snowy mountains. In addition to the pools, the spa also offers a nordic, an oriental and a rest pavilion.
2. Leukerbad Therme, Leukerbad
As the largest Alpine Thermal Spa in Europe, Leukerbad boasts ten different pools and numerous other attractions. The spa is famous for both its mineral-rich water, as well as its impressive location in the midst of the Swiss Alps. Visit Leukerbad to enjoy an unforgettable bathing experience that includes a whirlpool and waterfall showers. You can also treat yourself to a unique aqua-aerobics class, or champagne breakfast in the pool. If you visit the spa in late January you could attend Aqua Mystica, an event that offers a one-of-a-kind bathing experience enhanced by mysterious light effects and music.
3. Mineraldbad & Spa, Rigi Kaltbad
The spa’s website promises “a fairy-tale setting with a breathtaking view of the Alps” and as far as we can tell they are not exaggerating. Located near Lucerne, this recently-opened Spa gives visitors the opportunity to bathe in the mineral waters of the Kaltbad spring. Apart from the outdoor thermal pool, which offers an awe-inspiring view of the Swiss Alps, the spa also includes a sauna room, treatment rooms, as well as a contemplation room.
4. Les Bains d’Ovronnaz, Valais
This exquisite spa offers panoramic Alpine views at an altitude of 1,400m. Featuring two outdoor thermal swimming pools, one indoor pool and numerous other facilities, including a Finnish sauna and soundproof restrooms, the spa truly is an ultimate winter relaxation spot. The outdoor swimming pools provide a breathtaking view of the mountains and are equipped with massage jets, whirlpools and even a waterfall.
5. Walliser Alpentherme & Spa, Leukerbad
Located in the beautiful Alpine village of Leukerbad, Walliser Alpentherme & Spa is known for being one of the best of the region. The beautiful outdoor pool offers a beautiful view of the mountains, which is even more astonishing when the snow is falling. Once a month, there is a special late night opening that allows you to bathe in the moonlight. Other spa facilities include a “sauna village” and numerous relaxations areas.
6. Les Bains du Val D’Illizez, Val D’Illiez
This thermal spa can be found at the heart of the Val D’Illizez valley. Visitors can enjoy the naturally heated outdoor thermal pool/ river while taking in the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. The spa water comes from three separate natural springs, making it a perfect place for body rejuvenation and unwinding. Apart from the thermal river, the spa also has a tylarium, which is a combination of a sauna and a hammam, as well as a large selection of massages and treatments.
7. Bains de la Gruyère, Charmey
The delightful village of Charmey shelters a relaxing spa, which is perfect for anyone seeking a blissful winter escapade. At 900m high, visitors can enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains of la Gruyère while taking a dip in the outdoor pool. Heated at 34°, the outdoor pool is equipped with bubble jets, massage beds, and more. Apart from the pools, the spa boasts an Oriental and a Nordic Pavillion, each providing different facilities, and a cafeteria.
8. Panoramic Resort & Spa, Feusisberg
This panoramic resort boasts a beautiful view of Lake Zurich and the hills beyond. The spa features a thermal outdoor infinity pool equipped with jacuzzi beds. After dark, the infinity pool becomes the ultimate couple’s spot with romantic lighting and an intimate ambience. Apart from the infinity pool, this two-storey spa offers double-wicker lounge chairs for relaxation and a Kneipp bath, among other facilities.
9. Thermalbad & Spa, Zurich
Offering a unique view of the entire city of Zurich, this spa’s rooftop pool is perfect for a relaxing escapade. Treat yourself to a day at this spa and swim in its exquisite swimming pool taking in the beautiful view. The spa is open until 10 pm, meaning you can enjoy swimming in the pool under the moonlight. You can also compliment your swim with a visit to the Irish-Roman Spa.