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The most beautiful swimming pools in Berlin

Mini holiday for families, history lovers, and water lovers

indoor swimming Oderberger Bath Berlin
Oderberger Bath Berlin © Hotel Oderberger Berlin, Foto: Martin-Nicholas Kunz

Where to go when it's cold and grey outside? Swimming, of course! Many of Berlin's indoor swimming pools are quite beautiful. Some attract visitors with Art Nouveau elements. Discover the spacious wellness worlds in Berlin and the surrounding area, where you can relax in the sauna or let off steam in the waves. Guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Tip 1: The oldest swimming pool in Berlin is Stadtbad Charlottenburg

Indoor pool Charlottenburg Berlin
Indoor pool Charlottenburg © visitBerlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

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.

Stadtbad Charlottenburg

Tip 2: Enjoy the simply beautiful surroundings at Stadtbad Neukölln

Stadtbad Neukölln
© STB Neukölln Copyright: Elke A. Jung-Wolff/Berliner Bäder

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.

You can also take a sauna here for an extra charge. The sauna is open daily, Monday is women's day.

Stadtbad Neukölln

Tip 3: Swim where the athletes compete: Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark (SSE)

Indoor swimming pool Berlin
Indoor swimming pool Berlin © camera 4

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.

Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark

Tipp 4: Familien haben Spaß in der Schwimmhalle im FEZ

Indoor swimming pool FEZ Berlin Wulheide
Indoor swimming pool FEZ Berlin © FEZ, Foto: Michael Lindner

Im großen 50-Meter Becken könnt ihr auf acht Bahnen um die Wette schwimmen. Eine Besonderheit dieser Schwimmhalle, die an Europas größtes gemeinnütziges Kinder-, Jugend- und Familienzentrum (FEZ) angegliedert ist, ist das kleinere Lehrschwimmbecken. Vom Rand schauen euch überlebensgroße Seepferdchen beim Plantschen zu. Und für die Eltern gibt es ein paar gemütliche Liegestühle vor einem kleinen Wintergarten. 

Schwimmbad im FEZ Berlin

Tip 5: Get a massage at Stadtbad Mitte - James Simon 

Stadtbad Mitte
© STB Mitte Copyright: Elke A. Jung-Wolff/Berliner Bäder

A spacious 50-metre swimming pool, two extra sports rooms and regular yoga classes make the hearts of sports enthusiasts beat faster. Two lanes are separated for ambitious swimmers. And when you've really exhausted yourself, you can take advantage of the exclusive massage offers for swimming pool visitors.

Stadtbad Mitte "James Simon"

Tip 6: Swim under a tent roof at Kombibad Seestraße

Stadtbad Seestr.
© KOB Seestr. - Traglufthalle Copyright: Elke A. Jung-Wolff/Berliner Bäder

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.

Kombibad Seestraße

Tip 7: Relax and rewind at Liquidrom

Liquidrom with salt water pool and under water music
Liquidrom with blue dome © Liquidrom

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, enjoys the soft play of colour and light and and listen to classic or electronic underwater sounds. DJs also play at regular intervals.


Tip 8: Surfing in the city: Wellenwerk

Surfer im Wellenwerk Berlin
© Wellenwerk, Foto: Julius Niehus

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: Have some Family fun at Stadtbad Lankwitz

Badespaß im Schwimmbad
© Getty Images, Foto: Imgorthand

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.

The sauna is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Stadtbad Lankwitz

Tip 10: Swim in the historic halls of Stadtbad Oderberger

Stadtbad Oderberger
Stadtbad Oderberger Straße © GLS Campus Berlin/Stadtbad Oderberger

Today a hotel and event space, the Stadtbad Oderberger Straße was once a public bathing establishment. In 1910, showers and bathtubs were a luxury item in Berlin flats. For 90 percent of Berliners, the only option was a trip to the bathhouse. Some of the shower cubicles of that time have now been converted into other rooms, although many details from the period have been preserved. You should definitely visit the Oderberg if only because of the loving redesign of the city baths with a great deal of respect and care for historical details. At 20 by 12 metres, the pool is a little small for sports swimmers, but the architecture and history leave plenty of room for the imagination.

Stadtbad Oderberger

Tip 11: Have fun swimming with penguins at Spreewelten

Spreewelten Alter Speicher
© Copyright: Spreewelten GmbH

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. All saunas are open.

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins


is originally from Munich and started out her career at one of Germanys largest daily news papers. Before finding her home in Berlin, she also reported as a correspondent and trend scout from the US. Today she is cruising Berlin's neighbourhoods, always on the lookout for good stories - with a focus on culture, music and ideas for the future of an innovative Berlin. All posts