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The Best Urban Swimming Pools in Europe

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The heat is on and according to some reports it’s not going to get turned down for a while as we reach the mid point of what is predicted to be one of the hottest European summers on record. This is great news, but don’t underestimate how important cooling off will be once the mercury starts to rise, especially in Europe’s cities.

The following are Housetrip’s favourite urban swimming pools in some of the best European cities to help you keep your cool.

Badeschiff, Berlin

One of the most famous city swimming pools in the world Badeschiff has worked its way into most people’s must-visit Berlin spots (it stays open in winter), which is fairly impressive considering that it opened only ten years ago. Floating on the bank of the River Spree – where a pop-up beach provides spots to sunbathe in – the Badeschiff is so-called because it was crafted out of the thirty-two metre long vessel of a ship (or “Schiff”). Open to all members of the public, evenings have become popular at Badeschiff as much for the music, bar and stunning sunset views as the opportunity to swim. Open from 8 o’clock in the morning until midnight, a day pass costs €5 for adults and €3 for children; be sure to get there early to secure your spot in the sun!

Badeschiff, Berlin

Photo by mini joan

Flevoparkbad, Amsterdam

Located in the up-coming suburbs of East Amsterdam is Flevoparkbad, a public outdoor swimming complex that is perfect for families thanks to two smaller and shallower pools, which accompany the Olympic size swimming pool popular with serious swimmers. This trio of outdoor swimming pools is surrounded by grassland and there are table tennis tables and a children’s playground close by too. It costs just €3.20 to spend a whole day at Flevoparkbad and it’s worth noting that on the 1st of each month from now until September, entry is just €1.00 per person!

Flevoparkbad, Amsterdam

Brockwell Lido, London

London’s lidos are something of an institution among loyal locals who boldly swim in their unheated waters during winter months and when the sun shines they are an oasis of cool. Brockwell Lido in southeast London is worth visiting even if it’s just to spend an hour admiring the art deco swimming pool while sipping a cup of tea in the cosy café which overlooks the bright blue water. Although not ideal for young children who require a shallow pool, this is a good place for young able swimmers especially as before or after they swim you can explore Brockwell Park where there’s a BMX track and tennis and basketball courts open to the public. There’s also a paddling pool for those who missed out at Brockwell Lido.

Brockwell Lido

Photo by David Sim

Kastrup Søbad, Copenhagen

Alright, I hold my hands up and admit that strictly speaking this is not a swimming pool as Kastrup Søbad in Copenhagen actually offers access to swim in the sea, but one look at the curves of this construction that offers countless opportunities to dive into the deep blue of the Baltic and I hope you’ll agree it’s worth sharing for anyone visiting Copenhagen this summer. Free to access, open all year round and with showers, changing rooms and lockers available close by, Femøren Station is the nearest Metro station, or you can enjoy a sea-front cycle to get there from the centre of Copenhagen.

Kastrup Søbad, Copenhagen

Photo by Thomas Rousing

Badeschiff, Vienna

Berlin is not the only city with a Badeschiff and Vienna’s version of the winning concept has proved just as popular. Offering virtually the same experience, this time on the Danube, the swimming pool was welcomed by locals who had grown a little tired of trekking out to the out of town Krapfenwaldlbad complex of outdoor swimming pools, which is still worth going to if you’re travelling with children or if you like a good view while doing your laps. At Badeschiff Vienna you can enjoy swimming on top of the Danube canal – definitely a more attractive option than swimming in it – and stick around to either sun yourself on the deck or toast your attempt at exercise in the beer garden. A day’s access costs €5.00 and if the weather takes a nasty turn for the worst, it may be worth knowing that there are also thermal baths in Vienna!

Badeschiff, Vienna

Have you been to any of the swimming pools on this list? Which other urban swimming pools have you cooled off in while travelling in Europe?

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