Bathing and sandy beaches: Six great lidos in East Berlin

The warmer it gets, the more you long for cooling off – preferably by the sea, of course. Unfortunately we don’t have that, but that’s not so wild, because Berlin also has such fine sandy beaches and really great lakes to offer. The possibilities are manifold.

Everyone knows the Wannsee, many inner-city dwellers travel to the Plötzensee – but both lidos are in the deepest part of West Berlin. We took a look at what the East has to offer and fished out six really beautiful East Berlin lidos for you.

Most of the lidos in East Berlin are of course in Treptow-Köpenick, as it is the greenest district in the city with the most water. And the biggest, by the way. Here you will also find many small bathing areas that are not operated as real outdoor pools, but are just as suitable for paddling.

1. Lido Müggelsee

It is four and a half kilometers long, two and a half kilometers wide and eight meters deep at its deepest point: the Müggelsee is – unsurprisingly – the largest lake in Berlin. It has three official bathing spots, of which the Müggelsee lido is probably the best known, especially for non-Köpenickers. There are beach chairs, beach volleyball, next to the sandy beach there is also a lawn to sit or lie on and a children’s playground. The water falls flat. There is also a separate area for nudists.

“When the sun goes down in the evening, it’s like Capri,” wrote Google reviewer Stefan Grumt about a month ago. Unfortunately, the listed lido is currently being renovated, but access to the lake is free, as is the sandy beach. There is free parking.

Directions: Fürstenwalder Damm 838, 12589 Berlin. By public transport: Tram stop Strandbad Müggelsee, tram 61.

Opening hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m

Tickets: Admission is (currently) free.

2. Friedrichshagen seaside resort

The northwestern part of the Müggelsee belongs to Friedrichshagen. And the seaside resort there attracts with the slogan “Baden. To celebrate. Relax.” Optional: ice skating. From November, a 600 square meter ice rink will be set up – with a view of the Müggelsee! You can book both the ice beach and the seaside resort for private celebrations and company events.

The seaside resort of Friedrichshagen is a really good place to be: sun pier, sunbathing lawn, changing rooms, parasol and deckchair rental, non-swimmer area, snack bar, three and five meter diving board, lifeguard. Actually, you really only have to bring your bathing suit, towel and a bit of money.

Tip: You can also rent a petrol-powered raft at the jetty in the seaside resort. There is space for several people, there is also a small toilet on board as well as benches and deck chairs. You can bring your own food and drink, rent a grill from the rental company.

Directions: Müggelseedamm 216, 12587 Berlin. By public transport: tram stop Josef-Nawrocki-Straße, tram 60.

Opening hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays until 7 p.m. Bathing is open daily until 7 p.m., from June to August also on Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m. The snack bar at the lake is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the summer garden from Monday to Wednesday and Sunday from 4.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets: Admission costs 7 euros per person (day ticket), reduced 4.50 euros. The family ticket costs 6.50 p.m., and there is also an after-work offer: from 6 p.m. admission only costs 2.50 euros.

3. Orankesee lido

The rustic and beautiful Orankesee in Hohenschönhausen has (unfortunately) not been an insider tip for a long time. Too dignified, too traditional not to develop a fascination outside of the neighborhood. The bath was opened in 1929 and continued to operate during the Second World War. The lido has been family-run since 2002.

Highlight for adrenaline fans: A 52 meter long water slide. A mini slide version awaits children. There are also table tennis tables and a beach volleyball court. Beach chairs, loungers and deckchairs can be hired (prices between EUR 1.50 and EUR 3 plus deposit). There is also a snack.

Directions: Gertrudstrasse 7, 13053 Berlin. By public transport: tram stop Stadion Buschallee/Suermondtstraße, tram 27.

Opening hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Thursdays.

Tickets: Admission costs 6 euros, reduced 4 euros, children under 2 years have free admission. From 5 p.m. it only costs 3 euros for everyone; Swimming closes 30 minutes before closing.

4. Weissensee lido

You can take a wonderful walk around the Weißen See. The almost circular, 8.3-hectare lake is surrounded by 150-year-old trees and a 1.3-kilometer path that is also popular for jogging. The route can be easily covered in 15 to 20 minutes and inevitably leads past the lido.

The outdoor pool offers a lot of beach feeling, and the Weißer See also gets pleasantly warm in summer. The non-swimmers’ area is neatly separated because it’s suddenly pretty deep in the swimmers’ area. A lifeguard always has a keen eye on what is happening on and in the water. There are fries and other dishes, as well as various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Children can dig and build dungeons at the Weissensee lido, and there is also a playground with a climbing frame.

Directions: Berliner Allee 155, 13088 Berlin. By public transport: Weißer See tram stop, tram M4, M13, 12. It is only around 15 minutes from Alex.

Opening hours: daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets: Admission costs 6 euros per person, reduced 3.50 euros. Late swimmers can also come in from 5 p.m. for 3.50 euros. Visiting the terrace is free. The café is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

5. Lido Wendenschloss

And Köpenick again, because it’s just so beautiful: However, the Wendenschloss lido is located on the Long Lake, through which the Dahme flows, a tributary of the Spree.

The lido itself is more than 100 years old, belongs to the bathing establishments, but has been renovated by the current tenants since 2019 and received, among other things, a beer garden with 200 seats, a new café and boat rental. You can play table tennis, badminton, boule or volleyball, and you can borrow all the accessories.

Bathing and pedal boats, canoes and boards for stand-up paddling (SUP) can be hired, as can beach chairs, loungers and parasols. It is guaranteed not to be boring at the Wendenschloss lido, not even on the umpteenth visit.

Directions: Möllhausenufer 30, 12557 Berlin. By public transport: Wendenschloß tram stop, tram 62.

Opening hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., bathing until 8 p.m. The beer garden is open daily from 12pm to 10pm, except in bad weather.

Tickets: Admission costs 7 euros, reduced 4.50 euros, children up to 12 years pay only 3 euros (under two years of age, admission is free). Families pay 15 euros.

6. Lido Grünau

It really doesn’t get any better than this: the Köpenick lido in Grünau really has something to offer for everyone. Those who want to sunbathe and swim have ideal conditions here. But families, party fans and moviegoers are taken care of: on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. there is a beach cinema (admission 5 euros, popcorn is also available), on Mondays and Thursdays there are after-work parties (free entry from 5 p.m.), on Wednesdays reduced admission applies to all lido visitors and there is a children’s cinema for the little ones.

There is also free entry from 5 p.m. on Sundays, which is a very special day for the operators, as they write on their website: “In the summer of 1908, the Grünau swimming pool was opened to the general public as the first family pool in Berlin. (…) In other swimming pools in Berlin, women and men were always asked to go swimming or bathing in areas intended for them. This circumstance was first opened up in the Grünau lido – so that whole families could easily enjoy the cool water together. Hence the word: family pool! We would like to celebrate this openness with you today as well.”

The pool has a solution for everything you need apart from bathing suits: a daybed with a parasol costs 19 euros per day. You can get the badminton set for 3 euros (daily price). If you want to lock away your valuables, you can rent a locker for 3 euros. And mini golf costs 10 euros for two hours, the beach volleyball field 20 euros for one hour.

Directions: Sportpromenade 9, 12527 Berlin. By public transport: Grünau tram stop, tram 68.

Opening hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets: Admission for people aged 12 and over costs 7 euros, reduced (children between 6 and 11 years) 5 euros, children under 6 years have free admission.

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