Munich has a great choice of public swimming pools run by the city’s utilities provider SWM. Dantebad, located in the Gern neighborhood north-west of the city center, is a special one. It is a swimming pool (and stadium, originally built for the ’72 Summer Olympics’ diving and water polo competitions) that unlike most other outdoor pools runs year round.
The water at Dantebad is heated to above 30 degrees Celsius even if it is snowing (not so likely these days…) or raining outside. Doing your laps out in the cold is extremely refreshing – for those who want to relax afterward, there’s also a wellness pool with water massage jets and chairs. On warm and sunny days, the stands of the stadium are a popular place for sunbathing.
The admission fee (7.10 Euro, no time limit) is on the higher end, but I guess that’s what heating a huge pool all year round costs these days. To save money, go early (up to 2.5hrs after opening) or late (1.5hrs before closing) and you pay only 3.70 for 90 minutes of swimming – which is usually enough to get some exercise. During the summer, the cheaper “Freibad” is also open, which shares some of its facilities with the “Warmfreibad”. This one though is only open between 09:00 and 18:00.
To get there, take tram lines 20 or 21 and get off at “Borstei” or ride the U1 to Westfriedhof.