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What: Official Basler Rheinschwimmen 2012
When: August
Where: Starts at Schaffhauserrrheinweg 93 and ends at Höhe Leuengasse/Johanniterbrücke.

Thousands of swimmers gather from around the city to join in an annual fun-filled float along the Rhein River. A much loved tradition, you can expect to find the Rhein teeming with buoys, swimmers, and balloons as everyone celebrates another summer cruising past river banks and under bridges, seeing Basel in a completely new way.

A few things you may need: a “Schwimmsack” or swim bag, where you can keep dry clothes to change into after your swim (it also doubles as a float—available at MMM Claramarkt and MParc Dreispitz) and some good swim shoes. As always, be cautious—watch out for bridge piles and strong currents. And bring your friends! You know what they say…never go swimming alone.

Photo credit: RTEMagic

Photo by Basel.com

Summer is the perfect time to get more involved in the great outdoors. Enjoy the extra days of sun with these one-of-a-kind outdoor sports and family events coming up this month!

Swimmers Unite

What: Official Basler Rheinschwimmen 2013
When: Tuesday, 13 August, 18.00
Where: Kleinbasel, corner of Schaffhauserrheinweg/Stachelrain

Backstroke, butterfly, paddle…whatever you do best, you’re invited to join in this year’s 33rd Annual Rhein Swim Day in Basel! Drawing more than 6,000 attendees last year, the swim along the Rhein is a long-held tradition and a favourite for any age. Swimmers meet a little bit before 18.00 to mark the beginning of the Rhein Swim together at 18.00.

It’s strongly recommended to wear swim shoes to avoid cuts and scrapes. Also, stay close to the Kleinbasel side of the river, and be sure to leave plenty of space between yourself and the pillars as you pass under the bridge.

Can’t make it to the Rheinschwimmen? Don’t worry! Every Tuesday evening through the summer months (weather permitting), the city has set up an accompanied Rhein Swim that gathers at the Solitude Park. You can find more information on both the Annual Rhein Swim and Tuesday Rhein Swims here.

Sport Night!

What: Sportnacht Basel 2013
When: Saturday, 24 August, 16.00 to Midnight
Where: Everywhere!

Now in its 7th year, the Sportnacht Basel is a unique opportunity for everyone to sample an exciting and comprehensive variety of sport and dance: one ticket gets you access to 70 different activities all over the city.

Soccer Ball
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There’s American football and baseball in Barfüsserplatz, chess at Marktplatz, breakdance at the Schulhaus Leonhard, karate and Scottish dance for kids, and so much more. Easy to strenuous, you’ll find something to challenge you, or simply something to enjoy.

Tickets are CHF 25- for adults, CHF 20- for students, and Family Passes go for CHF 10- per person (special discounts for CSS Insurance holders and Colour-Key pass members). Click here for ticket prices.

For more details, stop by Basel.com or the official Sportnacht website at Sportnachtbasel.ch.

What’s your favourite summer sports event in Basel?