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River baths worldwide

Flussbad Berlin is of course not the only river bath worldwide. And it is not even the first in the world. There are many pioneers and at least as many contemporary companions.

The tradition of river bathing is a very old one, especially in Switzerland. Whether in the Rhine, Limmat or Aare, the water quality is usually so good that you can just jump into these rivers. Over the past two decades, many cities around the world have bethought of their bodies of water, which are being increasingly reconquered by the citizens.

You will find a small collection of urban river baths around the world here which will grow bit by bit. These reference projects are located on rivers, streams, former rivers and sea harbours and have been upgraded with more or less infrastructure.

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Paris - Bassin de la Villette

Paris - Bassin de la Villette

Until it is safe to swim in the Seine, too, one can dive into the fresh water at the "Bassin de la Villette" and have a swim in an once polluted but now clean canal during summer months. Certainly a big attraction next to the Paris Plages with great infrastructure and free of charge.

Paris has a new summer attraction next to the Paris Plages:

After the immense success of the first season in 2017, the swimming pool "Bassin de la Villette" returns this summer. The public swimming pool in a once polluted canal promises a summer break from the heat from mid-June to mid-September. Floating docks surround the swimming areas, there are beach chairs, lifeguards, changing rooms and toilets - everything is provided by the city for free. Officially, around 1,000 people are expected daily.

This public swimming pool consists of a floating structure and is divided into three different areas with different depths: two children's pools (supervised by an adult), a small swimming pool for beginners and a large pool for experienced swimmers.

The quality of the Seine has also improved considerably in recent years, but has not yet achieved the necessary water quality to bathe in the river without risking health problems (swimming is currently prohibited). However, until the Olympic Games in 2024, the aim of the city’s government is to improve the water quality of the river to the level that water sports competitions can be held in the Seine without any health risks for the participating athletes.

More information on the Bassin de la Villette can be found here.