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Good Bye Summer: The Last Best Dips Outdoors


The secret is well and truly out. Berlin is filled with an abundance of outdoor swimming pools and surrounded by even more lakes. The mercury doubles, the queue for the Freibad triples. That’s summer in Berlin for you. But rather than live in fear of the chlorine covered crowds, find out how and where to cool off in a pool near you with these top paddling pointers. For those brave enough to head of a dip in the dying of the light, here’s one last summer hurrah.

EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

WHERE? Sommerbad Kreuzberg. Prinzenstrasse 113-119,  10969.

WHY? Doors open at 07.00 so get your bikini on and get bathing bright and early. It’s a bargain at 3.50€ before 08.00. Granted it’s for a short swim of 45 minutes, plus 20 minutes changing time, but that should do the trick for most. Choose between two 50m pools, or opt for a slip and slide in the third pool. Hungry? Swim faster and reward yourself with an al fresco breakfast on the perfect sun trap terrace. Sun worshippers do not miss out!

Pssst! Don’t fret about the time, no one checks your ticket on the way out anyhow…

EVERYONE’S A WINNER

WHERE? Sommerbad Neukoelln, Columbiadamm 160, 10965.


WHY? Despite the rumours, this pool has a lot going for it; multiple pools in fact. One is even kitted out with 5m and 10m diving boards. Another purely for swimmers, whilst the third and perhaps most impressive has a helter-skelter style slide. Spend a day here and bag a spot on the grass or stay poolside on the nearby seating to catch those Baywatch moments live.

Pssst! Stay till the end (20.00) to volunteer or bribe your kids or your friend’s kids or even a stranger’s kids to help clear up and win a free ticket in return!

LIFE IS A BED OF ROSES

WHERE? Sommerbad Humboldthain, Wiesenstrasse 1, 13357.

WHY? Work up a sweat in Volkspark Humboldthain first and climb to the viewing platform for a glimpse over Berlin’s rooftops. Tiring, but well worth, it especially when you know you can jump into a Freibad in just minutes. A full 50m with a fantastic slide, this pool suits adults and kids alike, with plenty of space to spread out on the grassy banks poolside. Top off a day in the great outdoors by passing through the rose garden on your way out. It is both a sight and smell to behold!
Pssst! Stop off at ‘Eis Henri’ (Brunnenstrasse 101, 13355) for a post swim ice cream.

CUT ME SOME SLACK

WHERE? Strandbad Jungefernheide, Jungefernheideweg 60, 13629


WHY? Go on holiday without stepping foot outside of Berlin. There is everything to play for here including beach volleyball if you’re a dab hand at the net! The lake is in the middle of a forest making it a pretty idyllic spot for a splash. It’s a free for all on the platoon just as it is for the slack line but worry not, there’s a massage table waiting for you on the beach should there be any mishaps!

SUN, SEA AND SAND

WHERE? Strandbad Wannsee, Wannsee Badweg 25, 14219


WHY? Push your travel card to the limits and get off at Nikolasee for a picturesque wander down to lake Wannsee. You will not be disappointed. Pay the 5.50€ every Berliner Bad charges but get double the fun. Although it’s not quite the sea, it sure is large enough to feel like it, but the waves come from yachts, pedalos and canoes instead! Recline in a traditional north German Strandkoerb chair and soak up the rays with a beer until sunset.

Psssst! Learn a new German acronym and look out for the FKK section on the beach…

By Alice Higgins

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