Summer is great. The trees are green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining. The only downside is that, with temperatures in the city quickly climbing past the 30°C/86°F mark, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Fortunately, Berlin and the surrounding area offer plenty of cool places to escape to when the heat is on. Read on for our top 4 spots to swim and chill.
1. Strandbad Weißensee
It’s only a ten-minute drive (or a slightly longer ride on public transport) from Strausberger Platz to this inner-city lake situated at the heart of the eponymous neighbourhood in the beautiful district of Pankow. At the Weißensee lido, guests have access to a range of amenities including changing rooms, lifeguards and catering options – everything you need for a relaxing day by the lake.
Day tickets cost €5.50 (concessions €3.50). If you’re more worried about saving money than about creature comforts, simply dive in from one of the many lakeside spots in the lovely park surrounding the Weißensee.
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2. Strandbad Orankesee
There’s another lake with a lido only slightly further away from Strausberger Platz. Opened in 1929, the Orankesee lido is one of the foundation stones of Berlin’s open-water swimming culture. The Orankesee is situated in the heart of the upmarket residential area of Hohenschönhausen and is surrounded by a strip of landscaped park. Renowned for its 300m (328 yards) of sandy beach, which offers plenty of sunshine throughout the day, the lido also comprises a large grassy area with trees and shady spots. For the young and young-at-heart, there’s lots of fun in the sun to be had on the 52m (171ft) slide. Facilities also include beach volleyball courts and table tennis, so why not challenge your friends to a tournament on dry land?
Depending on traffic, driving to the Orankesee lido takes 10 to 15 minutes from Strausberger Platz. Day tickets cost €4.50 (concessions €3.00).
3. Seebad Friedrichshagen
Covering an area of 7.4 km² (1,828 acres), the Große Müggelsee is Berlin’s largest lake. The lido in Friedrichshagen features great views, catering and a 10m (33ft) diving tower, the site of the unmissable annual Müggel Mortale fancy-dress diving competition.
If making a big splash isn’t your kind of thing, why not try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) instead – or just lie down on the sand and soak up some rays! Seebad Friedrichshagen is a 30-minute drive from Strausberger Platz. Apart from the lido, there are plenty of smaller beaches all around the Große Müggelsee.
4. Badeschiff at the Arena
And finally, for a very special kind of swimming experience in the immediate vicinity of Strausberger Platz, head for the Badeschiff, a former container ship repurposed as a floating swimming pool outside the Arena in Treptow. Diving into the pool feels almost like swimming in the Spree river itself.
Surrounding the Badeschiff is an urban recreation area where you can take yoga or SUP classes or get a massage. On weekends, witness the Badeschiff’s day-to-night transformation into a popular party destination with live performances and various other events.
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