5 places to escape the Basel heat

Summer has well and truly arrived. Unfortunately our cute little Regal house has not been prepared and we are suffering through the humid heat without any fans, air conditioning or even a cool breeze!

So the best thing to do is get in the shade, get in some water or find some air conditioning. Here are five places to go and escape the heat for the next few weeks.


Browse the shops, catch up with friends over a coffee (Starbucks or Sutter) while the kids chill out in the jungle gym or have lunch (Nooch or Block House!). The Stücki is air conditioned, family friendly and a nice little escape on a hot day. It may hurt the wallet a little bit, but a small sacrifice to keep cool.  There are some great sales on at the moment too!

When – Open Monday to Friday 9:00 – 20:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 – 18:00
Where – Stücki Shoppingcenter Basel, Hochbergerstrasse 70, 4057 Basel
Getting there – take tram number 8 or 17 towards Kleinhüningen or bus 36. Underground parking also available.

Allschwil Bachgraben

There is only one thing that Switzerland lacks and that is beaches.

To make up for it, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor swimming pools and Allschwil happens to have one of the best. Boasting 4 pools – 50m for serious swimmers, kids pool, learning pool and ‘not swimming pool’ – 2 diving boards, slides, water fountains, volleyball fields, playground and plenty of space to lay down a towel and chill out beneath the shade of the trees, there is something to keep everyone happy.

But wait…there’s more! “Full moon Swimming” is available on full moon nights in July and August where the pool will be open until 23:00.

Full Moon Nights 2015: July 2 and August 29.

There is also a restaurant onsite, but actually it is more fun to bring a picnic!

How much?

Entry is CHF 7 for adults, CHF 4 for students and CHF 3 for kids.

When – Daily, 9:00 – 20:00
Where – Gartenbad Bachgraben, Belforterstrasse 135, 4055 Basel
Getting there – Limited parking is available, Take bus 31, 38, 48 or 64 to Basel Bachgraben. Tram 6 will also get you close enough, get off at Gartenstrasse (direction Allschwil) and walk (15 minutes).

Rheinbad Breite

RhineFor something truly different, swim in the Rhine! The water temperature during this heat wave is about 20 degrees centigrade. This place is not suitable for children as the river is very fast flowing. On that note, I would only swim there if you are an experienced swimming. Otherwise, stick to just dipping your toes in.

The Rheinbad was built in 1898. It features two platforms over the river for sunbathing, lounging around or leaping off from. Lockers can be rented and there is also a sauna and restaurant.

Of course, you could swimming anywhere along the Rhine you please – around Mittebrücke many people can be seen dipping their toes in. However, watch out for boat traffic and it can get crowded.

When – Mon – Fri 11:00 – 20:00, weekends from 10:00
Where – St. Alban-Rheinweg 195, 4052 Basel
Getting there – To get to Rheinbad take tram 3.


Sometimes, it is cooler outside. And nice to be outside among the greenery, children’s laughter and fresh air. You may even catch a breeze if you are lucky!  Kannenfeldpark is just under 10 hectares and is the largest park in Basel. It is known for its varied vegetation – discover the towering pines and majestic black pines, which date from the period of the former cemetery (1859). Kannenfeldpark is a large green oasis in Basel. Take a picnic, a blanket and a hat. There is a small café onsite offering ice cream and drinks and small eats, too.

Where – https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=zGTS-f6t4B_Y.k7CuT2u2GKNs&hl=de” target=”_blank”>Kannenfeld, 4055 Basel
Getting there – tram 1, 2, 3 and 8. Bus 36 and 50.


AquabasileaDiving, bathing and swimming, relaxation, wellbeing, health and pleasure – Aquabasilea has it all under one roof – quite literally. If you want gauranteed shade and an escape from the elements Aquabasilea is an indoor oasis just outside Basel, located in Pratteln.

For the kids it offers a wave machine, toddler pool, 8 slides and outside grotto with rapids. For the adults it offers a leisure pool, vitality pool, day spa and sauna. There’s also a cafe on site.

There is plenty of room for lounging around by the pool so get there early and get yourself a nice spot poolside!

How much?

This is the most expensive option on the list – CHF 35 for kids for the day and CHF 40 for adults. It’s an extra CHF 2.50 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

When – open daily from 10:00 – 22:00
Where – Hardstrasse 57, CH-4133 Pratteln
Getting there – Tram 14. Limited parking available

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