The weather is finally warming up and summer is on the horizon. You survived a dreary German winter and a nationwide lockdown so you are more than deserving of some sunshine at one of these outdoor swimming pools or lakes near the KMC.
Distance and hygiene rules are still in place so prepare for a slightly different experience from last year’s. Visitors have to disinfect their hands at the entrance and keep a 6-foot distance from other people both in and out of the water. You may only meet up with one other household. Additionally, you will be required to leave your contact details, which may be kept by the pool’s administration for one month. Lockers and bathrooms can only be accessed by one household at a time. Takeaway food can still be sold. Since they can only allow one guest per 10sqm, lines will be longer and you may be required to purchase a ticket online in advance.
Kaiserslautern’s large public swimming pool is open seven days a week during the warm summer months and is across from a public park. There are several sections to the pool so that everyone has room to swim and play. There is also a grassy playground to help you dry off before heading home.
Hours: Mon 12 to 8 p.m.; Tue & Thu through Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Warmfreibad 1, 67657 Kaiserslautern
Phone: +49 (0) 631 4146884
Opened in 1908, Waschmühle is still very popular today as a place for swimming and sunbathing. It is the largest single pool in Europe, measuring 180 yards in length and 49 yards in width. Additionally, there is a separate baby pool for little ones. Due to scheduled construction work, Freibad Waschmühle won’t open until June 17 and will require tickets to be purchased in advance online.
Hours: Mon, Wed through Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tue 12 to 8 p.m.
Location: Waschmühle 1, 67659 Kaiserslautern
Phone: +49 (0) 631 370 4108
The heated outdoor forest pool is open seven days a week. The six-lane pool water temperature is 23 degrees, optimal for exercising. Also available are hammocks, a slide, a baby pool, a starting block and a kiosk.
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Sportstr. 6,
Phone: 49 (0)6374 5188
Beach and Lake Gelterswoog
We saved the best for last. Gelterswoog is the crown jewel of the KMC’s outdoor swimming experiences. Enjoy swimming in a natural lake surrounded by a forest with a 300m sand beach that features volleyball, table tennis, soccer, table soccer and a climbing frame for kids. Hire rowboats, kayaks and play water polo. The lake also has a parent/child area and a kiosk.
Hours: Mon 12 to 8 p.m.; Tue through Sun 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Strandbad Gelterswoog,
Phone: 49 (0) 631 350 35 99