Time to Relax; Thermal Baths!
Thermal Baths are very popular in Switzerland, whether you go after a sporty day in the mountain or prefer to spend the whole day relaxing there…it is really up to you!
They all offer hot swimming pools, saunas and steam baths, usually with breath-taking views of the mountains. Most thermal spas are also wellness resorts so depending on your budget you could go for a real treat.
Some of the most famous thermal baths are located in Leukerbad in Valais, but it’s a bit far for just one day. If you have 2 or 3 days free, don’t hesitate to go though, it’s simply paradise! Whether you choose to go to the public day spa or get a hotel with a private spa, you will not be disappointed.
You’ll find closer thermal baths in Ovronnaz and Saillon in Valais. Yverdon and Lavey in Vaud are also good options. Charmey in Fribourg canton gets my preference, as it’s usually less crowded. They are all accessible by public transport (train and postal bus) or by car. Your choice will probably depend on how far you are ready to go. My advice is, get there early during the day as it can get quite crowded later in the afternoon.
If you don’t want to travel too far, then try the local thermal baths of Geneva located in Confignon (near Bernex): Bains de Cressy. Obviously, you won’t get the beautiful mountain views that some other baths offer in Switzerland, but you’ll still get a warm pool, a sauna, Turkish baths and more.
Open from 9am to 8pm at the weekend, and from 5pm to 9pm on weekdays. Entrance 20 CHF. Route de Loëx 99, Confignon (TPG Bus 21 or 43 – car park available)
Bains des Pâquis is another, even more central option. Mixed sauna and Turkish baths are directly on the lake, which is quite nice – with the option of having a delicious breakfast, a healthy lunch or a good fondue for dinner…