Somebody should sound the bikini alarm. For public open air swimming pools in Berlin, the season begins in a few days from now. Thirteen of them will be opening on Saturday and Sunday, without Corona restrictions.
Berlin, April 25th, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — For the first time in two years, Berlin’s public outdoor pools will be accessible to everyone. Nobody will have to adhere to Corona rules, when the first thirteen pools open on April 30th and May 1st. The requirement of making reservations for time slots is gone. Anyone may stand in line, get tickets and jump into the water.
Tried and Trusted
“We are glad the far-reaching easing of the Corona rules make eased operations possible”, Johannes Kleinsorg, the CEO of the state-owned company Berliner Bäder-Betriebe (BBB) stated stated. They run most public pools. “This enables us to resort to the tried and trusted”, he stated on Monday.
But there is one Corona measure BBB will stick to. It is the option to purchase tickets online. Berliners or tourists who do will not have to stand in line for an hour in 40 degrees Centigrade (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Instead, they can just walk in, put their bathing suits or trunks on and hit the water. The coin has a flip side though: Once a pool switches to “red”, the tickets are sold out.
Jumping and Sliding
In the past two years, most slides and diving platforms were closed, due to Corona. Even though the virus is still spreading, all of them will be open this season. It’s all there: The water, the fun, the jumping, the sliding, the ice cream, the French fries and the bees and wasps. Berliners and visitors will have a glorious time at the pool.
At most public outdoor pools, regular tickets are 5.50 Euro (5.91 U.S. Dollars or 4.4 Pounds Sterling), while the reduced price is 3.50 Euro (3.76 Dollars or 2.95 Pounds). There are evening tickets, summer tickets and other tickets for multiple entries as well. Day tickets can be purchased up to four days in advance. That way, BBB makes sure people do not buy all tickets for the entire season in May. Prices may be higher at Berlin’s public beach baths. Details can be checked on BBB’s website (German only).
There is another change. Because of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the increasing energy prices, the water at most pools is supposed to be somewhat colder than it used to be. Shrinking body parts will have to be expected. This does not apply to public pools that use solar energy to heat their water.
These are Berlin’s public pools and the dates they are scheduled to open on:
Strandbad Wannsee (already open)
Sommerbad Olympiastadion: April 30th
Kombibad Spandau Süd: April 30th
Sommerbad Kreuzberg: May 1st
Sommerbad Humboldthain: May 2nd
Sommerbad am Insulaner: May 2nd
Kombibad Gropiusstadt; May 7th
Sommerbad Neukölln: May 7th
Kombibad Seestraße: May 14th
Sommerbad Wuhlheide: May 25th
Kombibad Mariendorf: May 26th
Sommerbad Wilmersdorf: May 28th
Kindersommerbad Platsch: May 28th
Sommerbad Pankow: May 30th
Kindersommerbad Monbijou: May 30th
Sommerbad Mariendorf: June 6th
Sommerbad Staaken West: July 2nd
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These are Berlin’s public beach baths and the dates they will be opening on:
Strandbad Friedrichshagen: May 1st
Strandbad Grünau: May 1st
Strandbad Halensee: April 30th
Strandbad Jungfernheide: May 1st
Strandbad Lübars: April 30th
Strandbad Orankesee: May 1st
Strandbad Plötzensee: May 1st
Strandbad Tegeler See: May 15th
Strandbad Weißensee: May 1st
Strandbad Wendenschloss: May 1st
Everything is fine, except for the two major crises the world and especially Ukraine are going through, and the weather. For next weekend, when the first outdoor pools are scheduled to open, 15 degrees Centigrade (59 degrees Fahrenheit) and clouds were forecast.
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