Berlin summers are known for their long stints of stifling heat. Any Berliner would agree that the only way to combat the heat is to find a spot by the waterside and stay there. When a trek to one of the city’s surrounding lakes feels like too much, these pools are here to cool you.
When it’s time to catch a break from the fast paced, 24-hour Berlin lifestyle, many people opt to catch a bit of R&R at one of the city’s many affordable spas. Liquidrom, at the very western edge of Kreuzberg, offers the perfect escape. This pool is filled with warm salt water, meaning that guests can simply lie on their backs and float beneath the cupola ceiling. To create an atmospheric effect inside the hall, soothing sounds and music play from the speakers and a series of changing colored lights fluctuate beneath the water’s surface. Liquidrom truly presents the opportunity to temporarily release yourself from time and space.
Möckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin, +03 025 800 7820
Hotel Adlon is probably the ritziest place in all of Berlin, so it would only make sense that its pool would follow suit. Designed much like the thermal baths of ancient Rome, this ethereal pool is clad in mosaic tiling and surrounded with columns interspersed with beautiful wall décor. Next to the pool itself, there is a hot tub and a bar. Not to mention, just around the corner there is a Eucalyptus-infused steam room, Finnish sauna, and relaxation area. Of course, the price for non-guests to enjoy these facilities for the day is quite pricey, around $73, but the experience is truly unforgettable.
Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, +03 022 610
While the first three pools on our list are each quite elaborate in their own captivating ways, sometimes we all just want to take a casual dip with friends or get a quick workout in at the spur of the moment. For these purposes, let us suggest the centrally located Schwimmhalle Fischerinsel. Here, guests can enjoy time in the 25-meter pool located in this spacious swim hall for around $4. Schwimmhalle Fischerinsel also offers swim lessons for people of all ages and swim levels, and there is a dry sauna located in the premises.
Fischerinsel 11, 10179 Berlin, +03 022 190 011