As the heat keeps on keepin’ on, we have had to continue finding ways to stay cool while also not going crazy from being in a dark apartment cave all the time.
So I decided it was time to take G to the pool.
Back in the States, swimming pools would be packed in this kind of weather! But you would also not be able to stay there all day. (Meaning I wouldn’t. The heat and intense sun do bad things to me, regardless of staying hydrated and slathered in sunscreen.)
That’s because outdoor pools in the States (in my experience) are a kiddie pool, a lap pool, and the fun stuff just all surrounded by tons of concrete that’s baking in the sun and waiting to burn the crap out of your feet when you get out of the water. There’s very little shade. It can be brutal!
So imagine my delight when I walked into the St. Jakob Gardenbad and saw this:
There’s a ton of green space and so many trees! So there’s natural shade!
But they’re not leaving everything up to Mother Nature.
Pretty much everything is grass and trees except for walkways and the direct perimeter of the pool (for obvious reasons).
And when I say pool, I really mean pools.
The big pools stay pretty darn clean, considering all the potential for grass and dirt to enter them. The kiddie pool gets quite a bit of grass in it, naturally, but they drain it and refill it pretty frequently, so it doesn’t accumulate.
The first time G and I went to the pool, the kiddie pool water was freezing and I was really surprised, since it’s so shallow. However, when Andy, G, and I went on a Sunday morning, the pool was still being filled. So I don’t know if they refill it every morning (that would be a lot of water), but it’s at least once a week.
There aren’t just pools at the gardenbad, either.
Side note: It’s really hard to walk around a pool/park and take pictures and not feel like a creep.
G’s admission is free and it’s only CHF 7 for adults to get in. And that’s for all day admission! We haven’t ever stayed that long, though, as G still definitely needs to nap (especially in the heat) and she’s not one of those kids who will nap while out and about.
Up at the front of the schwimmbad they have a sport pool which opens earlier and has swim lanes and diving platforms. I don’t go there with G, though.
We’ve been to St. Jakob three times and I see many more visits between now and when it closes in September. There are other gardenbads (gardenbaden? Google Translate isn’t helping me here… ETA: I think it might be gardenbäder) in Basel, but this one is only two stops away from our apartment on the closest bus line. It’s so close!
I think she’s a fan 🙂