Public outdoor swimming pools in the area are open now. The majority of them are heated, and they usually stay open until September, if weather permits.
Public pools are divided into swimmers’ and non-swimmers’ pools, and they have extra pools for toddlers. Most facilities have water slides, playgrounds and little restaurants or bistros. Daily admission fees vary from €2 to €5. Season passes are also available.
The following pools are located in the KMC and nearby areas:
• Kaiserslautern: Warmfreibad; Entersweiler Strasse; noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
• Kaiserslautern: Waschmuehle; not heated; Morlauterer Strasse; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except Tuesdays when it opens at noon. Waschmuehle has one big basin, 165 meters long and 45 meters wide. It is one of the biggest swimming basins of Europe.
• Trippstadt: Warmfreibad; 11 a.m. to 8 a.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and German holidays.
• Hohenecken: Strandbad Gelterswoog, lake on B270; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and noon to 8 p.m. Mondays.
• Hochspeyer: Warmfreibad; noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
• Otterberg: Schwimmbad; not heated; opens June 3; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Alsenborn: Freibad; noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
• Mehlingen: Freibad; not heated; opens June 1; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Winnweiler: Schwimmbad; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and weekends and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Rodenbach: Waldschwimmbad; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Every Friday in July and August, floodlight swimming is offered until 11 p.m., if weather permits.
• Landstuhl: Naturerlebnisbad; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and German holidays.
• Miesau: Waldwarmfreibad; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Waldmohr: Warmfreibad; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Altenglan: Sport- und Freizeitbad; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Some swimming pools have a combination of indoor and outdoor facilities, which is good for any kind of weather:
• Ramstein: Freizeitbad Azur; 1 to 9 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
• Kusel: Bade- und Freizeitpark; outdoor pool: noon to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; indoor pool: 2 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and German holidays.
Everyone visiting a public swimming pool has to obey specific rules:
• Don’t push anybody into the water.
• Avoid noise. In some facilities radios and stereo equipment are prohibited.
• Don’t pollute the water and don’t dirty any other areas of the facility.
• Don’t eat or smoke within the immediate swimming area.
• Children younger than 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
• Animals are not allowed in any facility.
• Lifeguards are allowed to ban visitors from the facility if they break official regulations.
Common sense tells swimmers not to swim with a full stomach and not to go in the water when their bodies are overheated.