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Public pools throughout the city cost €4 for a day pass. For full listings, ask at the tourist office or navigate (in German) www.berlinerbaederbetriebe.de. The lakes Wannsee, Halensee, Müggelsee, and Plötzensee all have beaches.
Arena Badeschiff. In summer, a trip to the Arena Badeschiff is a must. The outdoor pool is set on a boat anchored on the river Spree, offering great views of the Kreuzberg skyline. It's open May 1 to late August/September, daily 8–midnight. In winter (September–March) the pool is transformed into an indoor sauna. The Arena will be closed for renovations winter 2013–2014. Eichenstr. 4, Kreuzberg/Treptow, Berlin, 12435. 0152/059-45752. www.arena-berlin.de/badeschiff/. 5 Euro. Daily 8 - midnight. Schlesisches Tor .
Liquidrom. Germans love their thermal baths and saunas, and this is one of the classiest around. The dramatic main thermal pool lies under a vaulted ceiling, where glowing lights and soothing music that can be heard underwater enhance a feeling of calm. In addition to several saunas and a steam room, take advantage of the outdoor hot tub in the enclosed courtyard, best at night under stars. There's a bar and a healthy snack menu, just in case all that relaxation leaves you hungry. Full nudity is to be expected here, even in coed areas. Möckernstr. 10, Kreuzberg, Berlin, 10963. 030/2580–0782–0. www.liquidrom-berlin.de. €19.50 for 2 hrs, €24.50 for 4 hrs, €29.50 whole day. Sun.–Thurs. 10 am–midnight, Fri. and Sat. 10 am–1 am. Anhalter Bahnhof (S-bahn).
Strandbad Wannsee. The huge Strandbad Wannsee attracts as many as 40,000 Berliners to its fine, sandy beach on summer weekends. Wannseebadweg 25, Wannsee, Berlin, 14129.
Sommerbad Olympiastadion. The Sommerbad Olympiastadion was made for the 1936 Olympic games and includes a separate area with three diving platforms. It's open late May to late August, daily 7–8. Olympischer Pl. 3, Charlottenburg, Berlin, 14053. 030/6663–1152. Olympiastadion .
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