Unlike in some municipalities, swimming is celebrated and encouraged in Zurich, Switzerland. The Limmat river, which runs right through the city, is one of the best urban “swimming holes” around. The city has built pathways on both banks for easy pedestrian access, and there plenty of ladders to climb in and out of the river. Plus you can jump and dive off of the foot bridges for a quick dip on a hot day.
But perhaps the best manifestation of Zurich’s swimophilia is the annual Limmatschwimmen, where the city allows participants to commandeer the river for an afternoon and float down the Limmat en masse. I don’t know about you, but this certainly looks like a lot more fun than doing a 5K or 10K run for a cheap t-shirt and a goody bag filled with useless advertisements!