Best Outdoor Pools in Berlin

When the sun comes out, Berliners get to the Sommerbad.

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As soon as the city gets hot, Germans grab an ice cream and head to the water. Whether it is through the woods and to a lake or in one of the city's many pools, the locals can be found taking a dip on any summer day.

Even if you have already located a favored swimming hole this list of the 6 best outdoor pools in Berlin can help you find the ideal spot.

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    ••• Erin Porter

    While the picturesque Spree doesn't lend itself to swimming, the pool within the river provides the best of both words. Badeschiff (bathing ship) is a floating barge come pool within the river with some of the best views in the city. Here you can lounge in the chill waters while gazing upon Oberbaumbrücke, Fernsehturm and towering Molecule Man statue downstream. While there are a plethora of swimmable lakes, this is the only way to get in the river Spree.

    Take a dip in the cool waters of the 2.05 meter deep pool, but don't come here to swim laps. This pool is dedicated to hanging out on its edges and admiring the surrounding views and beach bodies. Though there are lounging shelves on either side and a small sitting shelf along the border, you must be able to swim to enjoy the pool and children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    On land, a pier and sandy beach provide room to sunbath and make new, attractive friends. There is no outside drinks or...MORE food allowed, but a small Imbiss (food stand) mixes cocktails and sells beer and small snacks. 

    After hours and in the off-season, the enclosing Arena area offers concerts and parties.

    • Address: Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin
    • Telephone: 01578. 594 77 13 (falls keiner ran geht, ist geschlossen - Typical Berlin, "If it keeps ringing, it's closed".) 
    • Admission: 5.5 Euro (Reduced: 3 euro; Children aged 6 to 12: 2 euro; under 6 entrance is free)
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    This public outdoor pool (Sommerbad) is a family-friendly location with a 50-metre swimming pool, diving tower, child's pool with water mushroom and epic 83-metre long slide. Show up early to claim your spot on the grass among the sprawling family gatherings and hipster crowds.

    • Address: Columbiadamm 160-190, 10965 Berlin Neukölln
    • Telephone: 030 – 62 78 830
    • Admission: 5.50 Euro (ermäßigt/discount: 3.50 Euro)
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    ••• Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Erin Porter

    Pretend you are competing in the Olympic Games as you breast stroke your way across the 50 meter long pool. Located beside the imposing Olympiastadion, this public pool was built especially for the Berlin 1936 Olympics and is still surrounded by stadium seating. For the future Olympians, there are two children's pools with slides.

    • Address: Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin
    • Telephone: 030 66631152
    • Admission: 5.50 Euro (ermäßigt/discount: 3.50 Euro)
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    ••• Erin Porter

    Hidden away in a park in Wedding is Sommerbad Humboldthain. The WWII Flakturm (flak tower) looms over the 2 pools and slide, expansive lawn and concessions. Crowded with noisy groups of children on summer weekends, feel their youthful exuberance and find your own space in the large pool.

    • Address: Wiesenstraße 1, 13357 Berlin Wedding
    • Telephone: 030 – 464 498 662 78 830
    • Admission: 5.50 Euro (ermäßigt/discount: 3.50 Euro)
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    The perfect place to relax after traversing this vibrant Kiez (neighborhood), the open-air swimming pool in Kreuzberg is simply referred to as Prinzenbad. The pool received national fame as the setting for the award-winning film, Prinzessinnenbad (Pool of Princesses).

    • Address: Prinzenstraße 113-119, 10969 Berlin Kreuzberg
    • Telephone: 030 – 616 10 80 
    • Admission: 5.50 Euro (ermäßigt/discount: 3.50 Euro)
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    ••• Erin Porter

    This is the ideal destination for a raucous pool time of spring boards, water canons, lazy river and even a high-speed water slide. There are three pools: one for children, one for laps and one for absolutely everything else.

    The immense grassy grounds are covered in people during busy weekends, either picnicking or sunbathing (be forewarned that full on nudity is completely acceptable).

    • Address: Wolfshagener Straße 91, 13187 Berlin Pankow
    • Telephone: 030 – 47 49 72 0
    • Admission: 5.50 Euro (ermäßigt/discount: 3.50 Euro)