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Lake swimming near Bern

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Can anyone recommend a lake for swimming near Bern with children that can be reached by public transport? I've seen that lots of lakes have pools next to them but having trouble finding a nice lakeside beach for swimming in the lake itself.
We were thinking of somewhere like Thun, Neuchatel, Murten or Biel/Bienne.
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Can anyone recommend a lake for swimming near Bern with children that can be reached by public transport? I've seen that lots of lakes have pools next to them but having trouble finding a nice lakeside beach for swimming in the lake itself.
We were thinking of somewhere like Thun, Neuchatel, Murten or Biel/Bienne.
Thanks!
On Sunday, we were near Neuchatel in the lake, and it was quite nice - we were I think in a park called Nouvelles Rives near St. Blaise, which is a bit up from the main Neuchatel train station - there was a park, ice cream, bathrooms, paddle boat rental, and a dock you could swim too.

Neuchatel also had lake swimming access nearer the main station.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

I'm bumping this thread since I'd also like to get suggestions for the weekend. Anything on the Fribourg side of the lake?
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

Lots, all the villages have beach areas, Estavayer, Portalban, Cudrefin, Yvonand, and even Yverdon has a good sandy beach. Lake temperature is now 24C- perfect.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

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Thanks Odile. Do you have a favorite one out of these?
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

Well, as a kid (in the 50s and 60s) I spent every Summer at Portalban, but we rented a chalet way down the lake path, with our own access to water - we just loved it. But now it is very busy. I prefer Yvonand now, or Yverdon, but they will all be busy anyhow.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

Curdrefin is very nice and slightly less busy then Portalban although I find the area around Portalban to be prettier and more 'natural'.

Given the forecast for the weekend I think everywhere will be pretty busy.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

From Portalban peer, you can take a path going past the chalets (I prefer going East and West, although we've rented on both sides... and keep going in the direction of Cudrefin, until you get to the last few chalets, and there are some areas with access to the lake. We used to walk to Cudrefin with my family and then take the boat back to Portalban.

When my mum suggested we should go to Spain one year, to make a change, my brothers and I went crazy. No way would we go on holiday anywhere else than Portalban... and be with all our holiday mates for the Summer . Reminds me, I must try and find one of those chalets to rent one year, with the grand-children, but they are like gold dust.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

Just come back from a lovely day at Petersinsel Nord. Take train to Biel, boat (www.bielersee.ch) and get off at Petersinsel Nord. Arriving on the island take the rundweg path to the left and after about 20 mins ( of buggy suitable path) you get to a crossroads in the path and turn down left (it is signed with a swimming sign). Pick from any number of beautiful mini coves. This was where we were today. Deserted and beautiful (and the water was very warm).

PS. The lake is very shallow at this point and is ideal for children as they have to wonder out very far before going out of depth.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

Take the train to Murten, walk to the swimming pools,

http://route.search.ch/?route=bahnho...2,+3280+murten

There are changing rooms, 3 pools, playground, small beach, access to lake, restaurants.
http://www.schwimmbad-murten.ch/freibad.shtml

Late Sunday afternoon it will be stormy, http://www.meteocentrale.ch/de/europ...21/#2013-07-28
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Just come back from a lovely day at Petersinsel Nord. Take train to Biel, boat (www.bielersee.ch) and get off at Petersinsel Nord. Arriving on the island take the rundweg path to the left and after about 20 mins ( of buggy suitable path) you get to a crossroads in the path and turn down left (it is signed with a swimming sign). Pick from any number of beautiful mini coves. This was where we were today. Deserted and beautiful (and the water was very warm).

PS. The lake is very shallow at this point and is ideal for children as they have to wonder out very far before going out of depth.
That view sure beats the one I had this afternoon. Glad you enjoyed it and wish I could have been there.
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On Sunday, we were near Neuchatel in the lake, and it was quite nice - we were I think in a park called Nouvelles Rives near St. Blaise, which is a bit up from the main Neuchatel train station - there was a park, ice cream, bathrooms, paddle boat rental, and a dock you could swim too.

Neuchatel also had lake swimming access nearer the main station.
Nouvelles Rives would be very easy to get to by train from Bern.

If you take the slow train from Bern to Neuchatel then it stops at St Blaise lac which is right next to the nouvelles rives area. If you get the faster train you can either get of at Ins and change to the slower ( stopping ) train to st Blaise lac or you can go to Marin Epagnier station and catch the number one or number seven bus down to St Blaise. ( get off at the bus park area known as TN boucle).

Just make sure to go to St Blaise lac and not St Blaise CFF which is much higher up and not near the lakeside at all.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

LOL, still trying to figure where you can swim near the Neuchatel train station ... lost in translation perhaps.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

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When you come out of the station on the little funicular, there is some lake access No, not on the tracks.
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OK then, yes down the funicular to the Uni quarter and on to the beach... but not near the train station at the TOP of the town...
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

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You take the funambule funicular down to the casino and then it's only a very short walk to the Jeunes Rives area.

ETA oops too slow. Wrote it and got distracted before submitting so miss the intervening posts.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

We ended up going to Portalban this morning and had a great time! We got to the beach at 10 am, and there were only a few people there. It was peaceful and quiet, with some shade, and the water was warm and clear - exactly what we were looking for.

Families and teenagers started coming around noon, and it was packed and a lot less peaceful by the time we left at 3pm.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

We gave Thun lake a try in the end, and it was cold and the beach a really long walk from the station! Hoping for some more sunny weekends and will try one or two of the places you mentioned before summer is out! Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Re: Lake swimming near Bern

Words fail me! You ask for reccomendations and various members reccommended 10 beaches reachable from Bern, and you chose one of the coldest lakes in Canton Bern. Why should we bother in future?
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We ended up going to Portalban this morning and had a great time!
I don't know why I said Portalban - I meant Yvonand!! It's only 45 minutes away from Fribourg by public transport.
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