Are you into serious swimming? If so, then try this out! Yes, I know, it is one of the biggest public swimming pool in Vienna… And on hot days it can fill up with up to 8,000 people – what a frightening idea to squeeze yourself into crowded water!
But I really like this huge public bath with its many pools on slightly colder summer days. Then it is quite possible that you end up sharing 7,822m³ of water – around 31,288 filled bath tubs – with nearly no one. As the water is heated to a temperature of around 26 degrees, I think it is perfect for swimming. On those days I put on my swimming gear and goggles, and with a jealous eye I watch the few professional swimmers with their training in the 50 m pool.
The grounds with huge lawns, big trees and old-fashioned buildings have their own very special charm. Not that you call it pretty, maybe rather slightly weird. I don’t think I fancy this bath on a hot weekend day, but early morning on a cloudy day, one can enjoy the best swimming spot in Vienna. And you can treat yourself afterwards with a Viennese breakfast from the canteen/restaurant, watching the bored life guards.
No excuse if there is no swimming gear in your backpack – there is a shop where you can buy it and you can leave your valuables in lockers. So dive in!
NB: might close earlier on days with bad weather