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Fitness in Bern


Anyone here living in Bern? I'm wondering what the fitness opportunities are in Bern when it comes to swimming and gyms. I've spent a couple of months there but am currently living in Zürich until the 1st of June.

I'll be living just South of downtown on Monbejou Str. ...anyone know of anything in the area?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 29.03.2007, 14:20
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Re: Fitness in Bern

Swimming in the Aare in summer is well nice.

Actually near Monbijou, there are a number of fitness centres & at least one pool that I'm aware of.

If you are into cycling, Bern is perfect, as we have paths on both side of the river that go on for miles/klms. Favourite for me is from Bern - Thun, all the way on the river 35k work out with a dip in the Thunersee at the other end.

Let me know if you need any more info, will help where I can.

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Re: Fitness in Bern

Here's a link with a partial list of the fitness centers in Bern: http://www.berninfo.com/de/list.cfm?...cat=FitnessBET

It's not an exhaustive list though as I know there's a very swanky fitness place at the Wankdorf center (snigger) http://www.arena-fitness.ch/
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Re: Fitness in Bern

Monbijoustrasse is great. It is close to Aare and also close to the city center (ok, in Bern, anywhere is close to the city center..).
Anyway, you could go swimming to the place called Hallenbad Hirschengraben at Maulbeerstrasse 14 (this street is adjascent to yours): http://www.berninfo.com/de/navpage-S...BET-33544.html
And there is a fitness center at Effingerstrasse which is going to be even closer: http://www.fitness-plus.ch/
Hope that helps :-)
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Re: Fitness in Bern

hello Bernk welcome in advance...been living in Bern for the last 2 years....there are lots of "fitness" opportunities here in bern....to start with in spring and summer one can go swimming in the Aare although the water is still too cold for my taste...one can go jogging along the Aare, biking and hiking in Gurten...you will find gyms everywhere...so theres no problem there....hmmm....an in door pool is what is lacking...
I know one can swim in the university pool but I don't know if its open to the public....
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Re: Fitness in Bern

You get the best offer in City Fit down in the Marzili: http://www.city-fit.ch

The nearest pool is at the Hirschengraben: http://www.sportamt-bern.ch/Default.aspx?tabid=668
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Re: Fitness in Bern

I am just putting together notes for an article about swimming areas
on www.living-in-berne.ch. Tell me if you think I should add something.

PS In Monbijoustr, find the Titanic building,
and come and visit me sometime. In the summer I
often go for a lunchtime swim at Marzili from 12 to 2.
Ask for me at the reception desk.
Graham Tritt


City open-air swimming areas

The place to be and be seen, for the young.
It's no more the "meat market" of bare flesg
that it was a few years ago, there are typically five thousand people
on any hot day.
Nearby under the Monbijou bridge, two beach volleyball courts.
A walk up the river, a kilometer to the Schönau bridge (cross to reach the Dählhölzli zoo)
jump in and float back down. For good swimmers only, and always go with someone
you can trust.

Paradiesli private for women, and an area at the other end with
river pool which in principle is private for the men.
European style changing rooms - open to view, so your hanging clothes are
reasonably secure. A private room for women to change, men don't need this, of course.
On a few evenings there is openair cinema, but the choice of movies is pretty limited.

next to the Dählhölzli woods and the Zoo.
A large shallow pool, which in the winter is an ice rink, and
a smaller pool which is the only place in Berne with a wave generator.
Excellent with children, there is a 60 meter slide. There is an entry fee here.

Eichholz, in Wabern, follow signs to walk ten minutes from the No 9 tram station.
There is an occasional bus 29. Nearby there is a large park for recreation
including grill areas. The best place if you want to stay long in the evening.
Swimming is in the river, on a warm day you can float two kilometers down to
Marzili and walk back.

A large pool, more than a hundred meters across,
the best location for families with small children.

Wylerbad, in the northeast, a short walk from the new Wankdorf railway station.
A large swimming pool, a diving pool, plenty of room for sunbathing,
good for families.

Lorrainebad, a pool built on the Aare riverside, river water only.
Reached by a walk of ten minutes from the Lorraine quarter,
it has a a good location for sunbathing (FKK area).

Surrounding towns
It is worth making a visit to each of the pools, you will see which
you like best.

Köniz Weiermatt, newly renovated, a great area for family and young,
with water slide. Expensive for Bernese (5.-), near bus line 10.

Muri, pleasant and relaxing, with pool and river sunning and swimming area.
Cheap for residents, it is a long walk from public transport

Belp - river pool on the Aare, picturesque natural setting,
a five meter diving tower.
The only public transport is the Airport shuttle which stops nearby,
but it is a perfect stop on an Aare bicycle tour.

Ostermundigen, on the east side under the hill,
excellent for families, with slide.

Hirzenfeld, a pleasant location between Bremgarten and Münchenbuchesse.
It has minigolf range and tennis courts, and the longest slide (88m).

Münsingen - a large and friendly area offering lots of sports,
next to the Aare river.

Further away
Strandbad Thun, pool and lake swimming,
A half kilometer away, near boat hire, tennis courts, and the stage for musicals on the lake
there is a little island where you can barbecue and swim.

Aarberg, on the Postbus Berne to Aarberg, or a 10 minute walk from the railway station.

Murten, a large hall and an open pool, water slide, volleyball, and access to the lake.
Nearby on the lakeside promenade (in Muntelier) there is also a large open area where you can swim

A very nice pool on the side of lake Biel. It is also possible to swim in the lake for free
from a park at the Neuchatel end of the town.

A great park area, with openair cinema in the summer.

Worb - four pools including one for diving pool, sport and grilling area.

Kerzers - close to a rail station, and next to the Papiliorama butterfly and
bird paradise (www.papiliorama.ch)

Also Kirchberg, Uetendorf, Spiez, Steffisburg, and other towns.

And it is worth a trip to
Schiffenensee betwen Fribourg and Murten (camping and minigolf)
Faoug and other lakeside
beaches on Murtensee - Sugiez, Motier, Muntelier
Burgseeli in Goldswil near Interlaken
Estaveyer le Lac (with waterskiing) and Portalban on lake Neuchatel

Schwarzsee, Lauenensee,
Aquaparc in le Bouveret Valais
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