Summer has finally arrived in Berlin, and hopefully it’s going to stay put for a while. What is there to do during summer, aside from barbecues, tanning and drinking outside? Well, you could go swimming! There are several divine swimspots in Berlin, and they’re all waiting for you! Here are my favorites:

1. Weißensee

This lake, which shares its name with the East Berlin district it resides in, is a wonderful place for freshening up in summer. You might have to pay to enter the roped-off beach, but you can also choose to jump into the water wherever you want. The water is clean, and you’ll share it with ducks and swans. If you’re lucky you might even spot some little fluffy ducklings! It’s also well worth taking a stroll in the park around the lake.

2. Plötzensee

This lake is part of a leisure park a little distance outside of Wedding, and was actually developed at the beginning of the previous century for the laborers from the surrounding area. Trees and meadows invite you to relax, and the lake can be accessed from the bathing beach, as well as from some other sections. If Wedding is your home and you’ve never heard of this lake before, it’s high time you paid it a visit!

3. Stadtbad Haubentaucher

Live in Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain and getting sick of the Badeschiff? You’re in luck! A new town pool named Haubentaucher was launched at RAW just this year, . Aside from the beach bar, the beer gardens and the chill-out area, the place also offers a 20m swimming pool.

Yoga courses also take place every Thursday from 8am and every second Sunday from 9am. If you long for more exciting things, why not give the open air cinemas a visit? You can now watch movies such as Pulp Fiction while enjoying some cocktails in the whirlpool.

4. SSE-Sprung und Schwimmhalle Europa-Sportpark

Want to be more active? Want to engage your otter-mode? Want to lose some weight? The indoor swimming pool at Landsberger Allee is definitely the right solution for you!

The 50m long swim lanes are perfect for a cardio workout. Courses are offered for beginners as well as more advanced swimmers.

5. Stadtbad Neukölln

This historical building celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and boasts columns towering several meters, giant halls and mosaics that are a reminder of the place’s former glory. Inspired by antique swimming pools, this hall is significantly different from many others. Aqua fitness courses and other special activities such as night swimming are a particular draw for many.