What to do when it gets cold and grey outside? Swimming, of course! Many of Berlin's indoor swimming pools are quite beautiful. Some feature Art Nouveau elements, while others offer temple-like saunas where you can recharge your batteries with a bit of heat, and others are simply good for a bit of fun splashing around in the water. Guaranteed fun for the whole family.
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Tip 1: The oldest swimming pool in Berlin: Stadtbad Charlottenburg
An excursion to the historic swimming hall in Charlottenburg is like a trip back in time. Even if you're not really into swimming, it's worth checking out the „Alte Halle. to see the light reflected against the blue water under the original steel construction. And as you swim 25-metre laps back and forth, you'll fall in love with the bluish-green lake painting from the turn of the last century . The kids, meanwhile, can splash around in the integrated non-swimmers' pool. For the athletes among you, the new pool next door offers 50-metre lanes, a water slide, and a diving board.
Tip 2: Simply beautiful: Stadtbad Neukölln
The Stadtbad Neukölln is considered one of the most beautiful baths in the city. The architects of the time were inspired by the ancient thermal baths. Enjoy the feast for the eyes here in the pool. Built around 1912, the Stadtbad Neukölln, which was designed for 10,000 visitors daily, was one of the largest baths in Europe at the time. At that time, ladies and gentlemen swam separately in the small and large hall.
Tip 3: For athletes: Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark (SSE)
Originally, the swimming hall in Europasportpark was designed for the 2000 Olympic Games. Although these then took place in Sydney, Australia, the SSE is still the venue for numerous national and international competitions. When the competition is not swimming, the hall is open to the public. In addition to the 50-meter competition pool, you can also play in various smaller pools or at the slide.
Tip 4: Family fun on two floors: Stadtbad Schöneberg
Here several pools are distributed over two floors. Below is splashing around, above is swimming. Besides the deep pool there is also a non-swimmer area on the second floor. The whirlpools and the saltwater pool are unfortunately closed due to corona, but the small heated outdoor area with a current channel is also open in winter.
Tip 5: Small but nice: Schwimmhalle Ernst-Thälmann-Park
While the parents can play in the 25-metre pool, the little ones can splash around in the paddling pool with slide. The Ernst-Thälmann-Park indoor swimming pool is usually popular for its sauna facilities. Although it has to remain closed at the moment, the swimming hall is still perfect for a relaxed family visit thanks to its good transport connections and its location right next to the Greifswalder Straße S-Bahn station.
Tip 6: Swimming under a tent roof: Kombibad Seestraße
The special feature of this bath in Wedding is the gigantic air hall that spans a 50-metre pool. In the building next door you can also take your lanes. The little ones can enjoy themselves in the non-swimmer's pool with a children's slide. Afterwards you can enjoy a snack in the restaurant "Seepferdchen". Please reserve in advance: 030/ 455 40 07.
Tip 7: Entspannung pur: Tranxx
Let yourself drift relaxed in the water. In the darkened domed hall you can indulge all your senses. Feel the salt water on your skin and listen to classic or electronic underwater sounds. DJs also play at regular intervals. Please book your admission in advance. Tip: With the Berlin WelcomeCard you get a 25 percent discount!
Tip 8: Surfing in the city: Wellenwerk
You can also get a 25 percent discount with the Berlin WelcomeCard. Beginners as well as pros are welcome here, as Berlin's first artificial wave can be individually adapted to the needs of surfers. Throw yourself into a sporty big city adventure! You can round off your trip on the surfboard in style in the Mixology Bar.
Tip 9: More Family fun: Stadtbad Lankwitz
Although the Stadtbad Lankwitz is a bit remote, it offers all the more family fun. Next to the sports pool, a 60-metre long water slide and a diving tower await you. And the little ones will feel at home in the heated baby pool.
Tip 10: Holiday feeling: Tropical Island
Although outside the city limits of Berlin, it is worth a visit, especially on grey autumn and winter weekends: The tropical paradise laid out in a former construction hall for zeppelins awaits you not only with water, beach and temperatures ripe for a holiday. Enjoy the slides and wander through the lovingly designed rainforest. By the way: Due to Corona, only 50 percent of the guests are allowed to visit the tropical paradise!
Tip 11: Swimming with penguins: Spreewelten
Guess where here in the capital the penguins are at home? Right, in the zoo. And in the surrounding area of Berlin they swim together with you through the blue water, separated by a glass pane. The smooth divers are of course the highlights of the Spreewelten bathing paradise. You can also look forward to a wave pool, children's pool and the dry playground with a large panoramic window directly into the penguin pool. Dry- and bio sauna as well as salt gallery are open
Please note that you can buy a time slot card online in advance at the swimming pools of the Berliner Bäder-Betriebe. At the cash desk you can also buy tickets for the time slot in the respective pool.