Nothing beats a good swim when you need to clear your head. I consider myself very lucky to be living very near to probably Belgium’s most beautiful swimming pool “De Veldstraat”. When you approach the building you can see, feel and smell the hot steam escaping from the manholes. It was built in 1933 in Art Deco style and was very popular until it slowly ran down and ultimately closed in 2005.
But a massive renovation later and De Veldstraat is open again. And it’s very impressive. They restored as much as possible in its original state so you really feel like swimming in a monument here. In 2009 it was chosen as Flanders’ top monument.
There’s not only a 33 meter swimming pool here (which was the Olympic standard at the time) but also a hot tub complex and hammam. What I think is very handy: you don’t have to put your clothes in a locker, you just lock your personal changing room. Be sure to bring tight swim wear (speedo-type) because they will not let you swim in shorts.