The bigger Splash, David Hockney, 1967

Temperatures are rising, the summer is in full swing and for those of us, still in the city, longing for a well-deserved dip into cooling waters, we are delighted to share with you four of Europe’s finest lidos, that architecturally make our temperatures rise.


No doubt, Switzerland has some of the finest outdoor swimming pools in Europe. One of them is the outdoor swimming pool, the „Badi“, in Burgdorf. Located near Bern in-between some historic castles, is this architecturally stunning lido. Built in 1929 by architect Beda Hefti (1897 – 1981), the floorpan and architecture have remained. The symmetrically organized changing rooms and classicist style give this outdoor pool its distinct charm. Another highlight: the water is heated by way of a solar system.


Photo credit: Stefan Giffthaler

For the definite summer vibe of hot concrete floor, lazy summer afternoons and screams of delight, Milan’s modernist outdoor pools are the go-to places of our desire. Especially as a lot of them are equipped with fantastic, daringly crazy slides.


In the heart of Cornwall, in Penzance, you can find this stunning Art Deco pool from 1935. Located in a commanding position with views across Mounts Bay to St Michaels Mount, the Jubilee Lido is the largest of just five seawater lidos in the UK. Surrounded by a promenade incorporating seating areas and changing cubicles, this open air sea water swimming pool gets our vote.


For a romantic and relaxing evening dip in the city, this is one of our favourites: the Badeschiff Berlin, located on the river Spree. This floating river pool was designed in 2004 by artist Susanne Lorenz and AMP Arquitectos with Gil Wilk.