Berlin: Badeschiff

Berlin: Badeschiff

Get There: Take the u-bahn to Schlesiches Tor and walk to Eichenstraße 4, Treptow-Köpenick 12435.
Hours: summer daily 8am – late; winter Monday 12pm – 10pm, Tuesday, Thursday 12pm – 12am, Wednesday 2pm – 12am, Friday 12pm – 3am, Saturday 2pm – 3am, Sunday 10am – 12am
Cost: €4/€3/€1.50 – adult/concession/children. Bar is cash only.

Easily one of Berlin’s biggest people magnets when the weather is balmy is Badeschiff: a cutting-edge public pool that is thankfully far more sanitary than the murky River Spree it floats on. Here, you can bake yourself bronze on the dazzling sand, do laps whilst soaking up the sensational view or even wind down with a cool (but overpriced) drink from the open-air bar. If you have any wobbly bits that haven’t seen the sun for ages, never fear – the patrons are so nonchalant that no one would bat an eyelid if you turned up in a spaceship. After dark, sunbathers make way for partygoers, as gigs and dance parties are hosted nearly every night. In the colder months, the pool and sandy barges are encased and heated in a curving transparent shelter, making it the perfect winter oasis. The queue to get in can often be lengthy, but if you’re keen on a destination that is just like Ibiza minus the chavvy hedonism and bad spray tans, then Badeschiff is for you. Be warned that in order to get punters to actually buy their extortionately priced food and drinks, there is a ban on BYO of any sort – even water bottles – and staff will search your bag like sniffer dogs upon entry.

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