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Outdoor pools in Berlin: The best spots for summer swimming

We round up the city's best locations for swimming in the sun.

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In this city, we’re all about spending as much time in the sun as possible – while we have it, that is. To help you get the most out of the summer season, we’ve rounded up Berlin’s best outdoor swimming pools. From kid-friendly favourites, to an athletic swimmer’s dream, and of course the perfect place for a cocktail at the pool.

Sommerbad Kreuzberg – ‘Prinzenbad

Sommerbad Kreuzberg, aka Prinzenbad. Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

Better known as ‘Prinzenbad’, this pool is a meeting place for all Kreuzberg bathing enthusiasts: from dive-bombing kids to grannies with their bathing caps. If you want to swim undisturbed, you should stop by in the early morning before the crowds arrive. There are two 50-metre pools (one heated and one unheated), while younger swimmers can enjoy the water fountains of the shallow pool. The cafeteria serves just about everything from salads to chips and cakes.

  • Address: Prinzenstr. 113-119, Kreuzberg, details.

Sommerbad Neukölln

Sommerbad Neukölln, aka Columbiabad. Photo: Imago/Sven Lambert

Sommerbad Neukölln – sometimes called Columbiabad – is packed in the summer. Regular swimmers do laps in the sports pool while families relax on the spacious lawn. The ten-metre diving tower and 80-metre slide are undoubtedly the main attractions, so good luck getting the kids out. If you get hungry, the obligatory swimming pool snacks are available.

  • Address Columbiadamm 160, Neukölln, details.

Sommerbad Humboldthain

Sommerbad Humboldthain. Photo: IMAGO / tagesspiegel

During school summer holidays, there’s lots of action across Berlin’s outdoor pools. This is especially true for Humboldthain. The 50-metre pool, the shallow pool with slide and the paddling pool for toddlers are usually crowded. Those afraid of sunburn should arrive early and secure a shady spot under the tall plane trees on the sunbathing lawn, as much of the space around the pool is uncovered. A tip for those with cultural inclinations: the pool’s Tropez snack bar not only serves tasty snacks but also organises readings, performances and workshops.

  • Address Wiesenstr. 1, Wedding, details.

Sommerbad Pankow

Sommerbad Pankow. Photo: Imago/Olaf Wagner

Berlin’s largest Sommerbad offers everything you could imagine in a swimming facility which sprawls over 100,000 square metres. Several slides – including a high-speed chute – as well as an adventure pool with artificial current make this every kid’s dream. For the landlubbers, there’s plenty of room to kick a football or throw a frisbee. Sommerbad Pankow also offers a separate nudist area on the sunbathing lawn, if you’re that way inclined. 

  • Address Wolfshagener Str. 91-93, Pankow, details.

Sommerbad Wilmersdorf

Sommerbad Wilmersdorf. Photo: Imago/Sven Lambert

If you know why this outdoor pool is called ‘Lochowbad’ you’ve officially passed the Berlin test! This is where Wilmersdorfers, Charlottenburgers and Schönebergers of all ages go to enjoy the sun. Usually filled with kids jumping from the ten-metre tower into the diving pool and sporty types doing laps in the 50-metre pool, there are also various child-friendly paddling pools to splash around in. You can also make use of the badminton courts and trampolines if you don’t feel like getting wet. 

  • Address Forckenbeckstr. 14, Wilmersdorf, details.

Kombibad Seestraße

Kombidad Seestraße. Photo: Imago/Sven Lambert

The unpretentious Kombibad Seestraße is popular among residents of Wedding as a place to cool off on hot days. The indoor pool is closed in summer, but the outdoor area is open with a heated 50-metre pool and shallower pool, diving board and children’s slide. A large sunbathing lawn with kid’s playground and sports area completes the outdoor pool experience.

  • Address Seestr. 80, Wedding, details.

Kinderbad Monbijou

Photo: Berliner Bäderbetriebe

Despite its central location next to Museum Island, things are surprisingly quiet in this children’s pool. It’s great for a quick cool-down after work. The little ones can play in the paddling pool, while the slightly bigger ones can try their first swim in the non-swimmer pool, which is max. 1.30 metres deep. And if your children already have the Seepferdchen-badge, they can swim without the supervision of their parents, leaving the adults to relax on the lawn and enjoy the sun’s rays. Ice cream, snacks and drinks are also available here.

  • Address Oranienburger Str. 78, Mitte, details.

Haubentaucher

Haubentaucher. Photo: Haubentaucher

The centrepiece of Haubentaucher is the 240-square-metre heated pool. After grabbing a cool drink from the bar, you can relax under palm fronds in a sun lounger on the deck. An urban oasis in the middle of the busy RAW-Gelände and a great way to cool off before heading out for the evening. Be sure to check the website for special events. 

  • Address Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, details.

Badeschiff

Badeschiff. Photo: Imago/Westend61

This has to be one of the weirdest outdoor bathing spots in Berlin. The privately operated pool-in-the-Spree is less about swimming than about seeing and being seen. Popular with tourists and Berliners after a night out, you might recognise someone from the club last night. There’s also a beach bar for added holiday vibes – but don’t try to bring your own drinks. Yoga classes are also offered regularly on the beach, and you can rent SUP boards for paddling on the Spree. There are also live concerts now and again.

  • Address Eichenstr. 4, Treptow, details.