“Eichholz” is the closest thing to a beach Bern has to offer. On hot days it is extremely popular among sunbathers, sports enthusiasts, partying teenagers and families from all parts of the world.
I love the relaxed atmosphere of the place and often just lay around reading books, occasionally get a sourdough pizza or Belgian fries from the restaurant, maybe throw a frisbee or join in on a football game.
The nearby camping site is a story all by itself since about half of the guests are actually locals spending the summer out in the green – sometimes even going to work from their tent.
When night falls, make a fire to keep yourself warm. Firewood is available for free (in the little hut at the parking) and you’re officially allowed to start a fire wherever you want between the walkway and the river.
That brings us to the greatest thing about most beaches – there is water to swim. As soon as the water temperature is above 17 degrees thousands of people walk upstream from the marzili pools to Eichholz to float back the two most scenic swimming kilometers you can imagine.
For good swimmers entering should be okay if you note the following:
1. Find our where you want to exit BEFORE you enter the river 2. Swim in the middle of the river, exit quickly 3. never swim alone and/or drunk. 4. Swimming is at your own risk – there are no lifeguards!