As we longingly say goodbye to Memorial Day, we can now welcome in Summer! And what better way to cool down during this scorching season than by taking a dip in a pool. Don’t have one? No worries! I’ve compiled a list of the coolest public pools around the world and their entrance fees. From China to Germany, it’s time to strip down to your speedo and go for a swim at these awesome water getaways.
Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) — Beijing, China
Over 25 Olympic records were broken at the Water Cube (formally know as the National Aquatics Center) in Beijing, China at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Under the iconic bubble roof lies the regulation sized pool, stadium seating, water park and theatre. CN¥ 200/$32.23
Blue Lagoon — Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland is known for their natural hot springs, but the Blue Lagoon in Grindavík, Iceland boasts 1.6 million gallons of geothermal water that maintains at a perfect 100 degree temperature. Tickets go quick so buying in advance is recommended. €35/$38.12
Gellért Thermal Baths — Budapest, Hungary
Near the Citadella Fortress in Budapest, Hungary, the Gellért Baths offer both indoor and outdoor thermal heated pools. Claimed as a healing destination, the place first opened its doors in 1913. Ft4900/$17.28
Bondi Iceberg Club — Sydney, Australia
Nestled on Sydney’s Bondi beach, the Bondi Iceberg Club, part of the Bondi Baths, was created in 1929 to encourage locals to swim during the winter months. Besides the ocean-fed olympic sized pool, there’s a restaurant, gym, yoga and massage therapy. AU$6.50/$5.03
Badeschiff — Berlin, Germany
Commissioned by the City Art Project to provide a safer way to experience river swimming, Badeschiff was born as a floating pool parked in a Berlin river. Complete with a deck and a bar, this pool works year-round with a removable shell for the winter months. €5 or $5.44
Know of any public pools that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!