Summer in Alsace generally means heat waves… And as there is no sea or ocean (it’s probably the only flaw of the area… What do you mean I’m not objective? ;-) ), we need to find another way to cool down. Of course, there are swimming pools, but it’s not the same pleasure as swimming in a natural setting. Thankfully, in Alsace we have lakes and gravel pits! Here are the swimming spots near Strasbourg. Yes I know, you won’t be alone on a beautiful day (these places are usually overrun by locals), but it’s still very pleasant to swim there. I love this beach atmosphere in Alsace! Here are the closest four lakes to Strasbourg, all accessible for free. They are usually open in summer (sometimes in spring as well) and swimming is supervised. The water temperature is good, when it’s hot outside (not like in the mountains!). They all have showers and toilets.

Reichstett Lake


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The artificial lake of Neubiltz-Reichsett is my little favourite. Despite the crowd, it has remained quite airy, as it has many vast expanses of grass (I don't like sand so much, so this is perfect for me) to practice collective sports or to rest. It also includes a large supervised swimming area, with a very wide swimming corridor. The sand at the bottom of the lake is quite fine and doesn't hurt at all the feet. For sports fan, basketball, football, volleyball fields and a ping pong table are available.

I liked

  • An airy space with lawns
  • The bottom of the lake is made of sand.
  • A wide swimming corridor

I liked a little less

  • Nothing!

Practical information

Opening times

Reichstett lake is open in July and August, every day from 11am to 7pm.

Getting here

By car

Go up to Rue du commerce in Reichstett and then follow the signs. It will take about 15 minutes to drive from the centre of Strasbourg.

By public transport

It's quite complicated, but you can have a look on Vialsace. Otherwise, it's 30 minutes by bike from the city centre of Strasbourg.

Feeling peckish?

If you are hungry, there is a refreshment stall onsite.


Address: Rue du Commerce, Reichstett, France

Baggersee Lake


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The lake of Baggersee is a must-swim for the locals of Strasbourg. It's quite a popular place, with the major advantage of being accessible by tram. It is crowded, and there isn't as much space as in Reichsett, on land but also in the supervised swimming area, but it's still nice! The shores of the lake are made up of fine sand and of grass, so you can choose what you prefer. There is also a playground for kids, as well as football and volleyball fields on the sandy area.

I liked

  • Lawns and sand
  • The bottom of the lake is sandy
  • Tram accessible

I liked a little less

  • A quite small supervised swimming area

Practical information

Opening times

You will find here the swimming times at the Baggersee lake.

Getting here

By car

Baggersee lake in Illkirch-Graffenstaden. It's about a 15-minutes drive from the centre of Strasbourg.

By public transport

Tram stop Baggersee, and it's then a 10-minutes walk. You can have a look at the detailed itinerary on Vialsace. Otherwise, it's 20 minutes by bike from the city centre of Strasbourg.

Feeling peckish?

If you are feeling peckish, there is a restaurant onsite.


Address: Lac du Baggersee, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France

Achard Lake (Artificial Lake of La Hardt)


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You might already have had a glimpse of the lake Achard (also known as the artificial lake of La Hardt) from the motorway, as it is located close to the exit "La Vigie". I was a bit afraid of this proximity with the motorway when I went, but I was pleasantly surprised after all. Yes, you can see the cars from afar, but the noise is limited, as it is completely masked by the sound of children playing near the lake... It's a more pleasant sound! 

It's not my favourite place, but it remains pleasant for a swim or for a leisurely afternoon. With vast lawns, the shores of the lake of Achard thankfully offer a lot of space. The beach area, with sand, is of reasonable size. However, the supervised swimming area is quite small. Sport-wise, you can find volleyball, football and pétanque grounds.

I liked

  • Vast lawns
  • Fine sand
  • Accessible to disabled people (certified as "Handiplage")

I liked a little less

  • Proximity with the motorway

Practical information

Opening times

You will find here the swimming times for the Achard Lake.

Getting here

By car

Lac Achard, chemin des Ondines in Illkirch-Graffenstaden. It's about a 30-minutes drive from the centre of Strasbourg.

By public transport

It may be a bit complicated, but you can have a look on Vialsace by setting as arrival point the Stop "23 novembre" in Ostwald. Otherwise, it's only a 25-minutes bike ride from Strasbourg city centre.


Address: Lac Achard, Bas-Rhin, France

Ballast Pit of Bischheim


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The Ballast Pit of Bischheim is another swimming spot near Strasbourg. It's a pretty place, that I still don't like as much as the others, because the sand is a bit rough (my feet hurt pretty quickly!) and because there is not so much space. It's quite compact and you quickly feel as if people are on top of each other. However, the swimming area is of good size. There is also basketball and volleyball fields, as well as ping pong tables.

I liked

  • A pretty swimming spot

I liked a little less

  • There is not so much space
  • Small rocks in the sand

Practical information

Opening times

You will find here the swimming times for the ballast pit of Bischheim.

Getting here

By car

Ballastière de Bischheim, chemin de la Souffel in Bischheim. It's about a 20-minutes drive from Strasbourg city centre.

By public transport

It's not possible, but it's a 25-minutes bike ride from the city centre of Strasbourg.

Feeling peckish?

If you are feeling peckish, there is a refreshment stall onsite.


Address: Ballastière de Bischheim, Bischheim, France