Berlin’s Floating Swimming Pool
On the River Spree in the East Harbor section, you’ll find one of Berlin’s chillest places to spend hot summer days and cool summer nights.
Arena Badeschiff is the famous floating swimming pool that has been the buzz every year since its opening in 2004.
How many cities can boast of having a 105-foot-long pool that floats in the middle of its capital? I’m thinking none.
Over the years, Arena Badeschiff has become the “go-to” spot for all your local entertainment.
This epicenter for fun is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe, do yoga, and, of course, get your swim on!
It took great effort for creators Wilk Salinas and Thomas Freiwald and artist Susanne Lorenz of AMP Arquitectos to design the well-visited pool that measures eight by thirty-two meters.
As an art project commissioned by the City Art Project Society of Berlin, the team did a brilliant job in devising a place that could offer so much but still feel intimate and special.
Arena Badeschiff was developed to give the people of Germany a safe place to swim, since the waters of the River Spree are way too polluted. This safe, sanitary pool gives the best of all worlds – a place to chill with a spectacular view to boot.
Considered one of Berlin’s most unusual attractions from April to October, the Badeschiff has it all – sparkling pool, wooden boardwalks, and a small sandy beach. When the seasons change, the pool, which is constructed from the hull of a vessel, is protected by a translucent shell that allows the space to be used more like a spa or wellness center.
From eight o’clock in the morning til midnight, you are sure to find visitors taking full advantage of Arena Badeschiff’s yoga classes and massage during the day and the live concerts and open air bar at night.
Did I mention, this is the place to be while in Berlin?