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.
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.
2. Bathing like the ancient Greeks: Stadtbad Neukölln
A tip for the romantics among you: take your loved ones on a journey back in time for a bathing experience surrounded by a forest of columns and antique mosaics. On the weekends, you can enjoy the classicist atmosphere with subdued lighting and underwater music and then soothe your muscles in the warm bubbles at the adjacent whirlpool. Then you can relax in the various sauna rooms which are reminiscent of an old Greek temple, topped off with a rooftop garden. There's probably no more romantic spot for a swim than Stadtbad Neukölln.
3. Airy bathing pleasure: Stadtbad Mitte "James Simon"
"Light, air, and sun" was the objective when the Stadtbad Mitte was built. It dates back to a time when very few Berlin apartments had their own bathrooms. It now draws in visitors with 8 metre high windows, stained glass, and sculptures. You can enjoy views of the magnificent swimming pool from the fitness rooms upstairs. Or you can rest on the heated benches at the edge of the pool.
4. For the whole family: Schwimmhalle am Spreewaldplatz
Waves and slides! Fun for all ages is guaranteed at Spreewaldplatz in Berlin's Kreuzberg district. The wave pool is laid out like a lagoon. While the little ones can run around to their hearts' content, you can relax in the sauna area or sip a cappuccino in the attached bistro . Solid wooden beams, lots of light, and large plants make this like a tropical oasis.
5. Stylish: Stadtbad Spandau Nord
The high vaulted ceiling is what makes this indoor swimming pool truly special. Even if less decorative than older Berlin pools in Charlottenburg and Neukölln, Spandau Nord offers a balcony-like gallery and the large globe lights. And for all those who don't want to give up their tan even in winter: there's also a large solarium.
6. Simply beautiful: Stadtbad Oderberger in Prenzlauer Berg
When you swim at Hotel Oderberger, you're swimming in a listed building. The pool is open to the public. The pool is 20 metres long and relatively small, but the ambience is so unique that the Oderberger is often used for events. Our tip: round off your visit to what is probably the city's most beautiful swimming pool with a cocktail and a hot chocolate in the hotel's fireplace room.
Whether you choose a historic Art Nouveau pool for your next mini-holiday or relax in a sauna temple: just close your eyes, forget the cold, wet weather, and dream of summer.