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Swimming in Strasbourg: Lake Baggersee, a hidden gem in the city

Summer hot day escape: swimming in Strasbourg’s Lake Baggersee, or “Lac du Baggersee”. Trip from the center of the city on rental bikes with kids

Summer in Strasbourg usually means heat waves. For now, the temperature keeps rising up to 38C for 3 weeks (July 2022). Despite being surrounded by clean rivers and canals, we didn’t find a single spot to swim near the city center. But if you go a little further south, there is a popular swimming lake in Strasbourg:

Discovering Lake Baggersee

Lake Baggersee is huge and shaped like an almost perfect triangle. And for a good reason: it used to be a gravel pit!

We, adults, enjoyed swimming in an unsupervised area, marked by yellow triangles
We, adults, enjoyed swimming in an unsupervised area, marked by yellow triangles

A short video about the lake:

1. Fees, time to travel on bikes, etc

We got to Baggersee Lake by rental bikes: it was easier for us than renting a car or going by tram. From the city center time to travel to the lake was:

  • by bike – 20 minutes
  • by car – 15 minutes
  • by tram – 40 minutes

It is our third week with rented bikes from Velhop and we like using them.

There was no fee for bikers or walkers.

Just arrived, locking our bikes. We saw two entrances, each had two guards
Just arrived, locking our bikes. We saw two entrances, each had two security guards

2. Lake Baggersee: beach, water, playgrounds, volleyball courts, etc.

We came at 10 am on Friday and were pleasantly surprised to see a freshly groomed beach. Nice and sandy, it is really wide and long. Plus, the sandy bottom of the lake, and clear water:

The fish seems like a trout, but I'm not sure. We loved watching them
The fish in the center of the picture seems like a trout, but I’m not sure. We loved watching them

Lake Baggersee is great for children: shallow, with a clearly marked guarded area, the water was +26C during the end of July.

Still, we were allowed to swim beyond the “fenced” area at our own risk, what exactly we, adults, did :D.

Swan family was nice to see too:

Mama, papa, and two cygnets. Swimming in Strasbourg's Lake Baggersee
Mama, papa, and two cygnets. Swimming in Strasbourg’s Lake Baggersee

Kids liked the big playground:

There is also one for toddlers:

And a couple of beach volleyball courts:

Another court is on the right side of the beach
Another court is on the right side of the beach

The shady area is spacious and near the big playground, and has ping-pong tables:

There are plenty of pin-pong tables around Strasbourg. We bought 2 roquettes and 3 balls for 10 euros at the local Decathlon.
There are plenty of pin-pong tables around Strasbourg. We bought 2 roquettes and 3 balls for 10 euros at the local Decathlon.

And a cafe! It opened at 12 pm, we were already leaving, but checked the menu:

3. Restrooms, changing rooms, showers

There are changing rooms and restrooms at the lake and showers in the sandy area. Kids were surprised to see squat toilets:

  • Mama, where are the toilets?? - :D

4. Lake Baggersee: other good to knows

  • The top-rated Strasbourg Shooting Club is attached to Lake Baggersee. At first, we were puzzled by the shooting sounds, but then got used to them, they weren’t that bad.
  • Barbequing at the lake was prohibited during our visit.
  • The Baggersee is directly attached to the Neuhof forest with plenty of walking trails.
  • Huge shopping mall located right near Baggersee Lake. We stopped there for lunch and to buy sand toys and water guns for the next visit.
  • We would love to bring SUP to Baggersee Lake: the area is huge, with no motorboats, and the water was absolutely clear!

Merci beaucoup! – Thank you very much for reading 🙂

– Your Grazy Goat

P.S.

One of the signs on the Lake Baggersee fence: please, don't bring dogs here, there is a wild peacock in the park. Yes, a peacock! :D
One of the signs on the Lake Baggersee entrance: please, don’t bring dogs here, there is a wild peacock in the park. Yes, a wild peacock! 😀

Don’t forget to check the hours, conditions, and fees before you go

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I am Ira, the author behind Grazy Goat. My husband and I run this blog and share our experiences about thrilling places and cultures. Our son Artem recently joined us and helps with editing.

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