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If you’re like me who loves to swim and spend days baking under the sun, then the best and coolest spot to do both in Berlin is at the Badeschiff (literally translated as Bathing Ship) which is arguably the most unusual and unique swimming pool in Europe or even the world.

 

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überhip swimming pool

I love Berlin and I’ve always visited the city as often as I can. Every time I visit, I try to experience or see something different. The Berlin Wall is great but I would get bored hanging out there all the time. I mean, wouldn’t you?

One of my top recommendations for the best and coolest spot to chill and ogle hot, topless guys is at this amazing cargo container turned überhip swimming pool.

The water is very clean and refreshingly cool. I can actually imagine myself going there often once I move to Berlin. It’s like made for me.

 

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Badeschiff situation video

 

 

Almost like a quest to Mordor

It took me almost 3 years to finally swim here. Yes this was a major quest for me, almost like going to Mordor.

The first time I attempted to visit, the place was under maintenance. Bummer.

Last year, when I was visiting my friend Michael, we packed our summer bags with swimming trunks, towel, a sunscreen lotion and bottles of Club Mate (the hipster’s favorite caffeinated and carbonated beverage) and took the train to Schlesisches Tor (which I still can’t pronounce properly until now).

From there, we walked towards Badeschiff, passing by one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants and some pretty cool graffiti art like this:

 

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When we got there, the place was closed because Berlin Festival was happening that week. FML.

And you know, I’m all about making dreams come true, regardless of how small or big those dreams are. So OBVI (that’s short for obviously and I’ll use it more on the blog from now on), when I went to Berlin this summer, my schedule looked like this:

 

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You only die once

And OBVI, I had my YOLO moment I mean YODO moment. Which is short for You Only Die Once. Because really: we live everyday and we only die once. Agree?

 

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Germans on privacy

I don’t know if you will ever get a YODO picture like mine though because ze Germans are pretty strict with privacy and all that jazz. One of the staff stopped me from taking pictures because, you know, privacy of people. AS IF I WILL UPLOAD THEM ON A P*RN WEBSITE OR SOMETHING.

But let me tell you this, ze Germans are really cray cray over privacy. They are usually the only country to call Facebook out when it comes to privacy issues every time the website sneakily updates its privacy policy. So it wasn’t a surprise for me when the staff stopped me. As if it’s against human nature to take pictures of beautiful places. And what’s wrong with taking pictures of people having some fun?

For some weird reason, I was able to convince her to take a picture of me in the pool (see photo above). O ha!

 

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Anyway, the place is amaze. The people lounging by the pool pretty hawt. So get your ass there like asap. Specially after partying all night in Berlin. And it only costs 5 euros for adults and 3 euros if you have a student card. Sweet deal.

They are usually open in the summer and sometimes winter, depends if they have a budget according to one of the staff I was chatting with. A quick look at their website shows that they are closed this winter. So try it next summer if you’re headed to Berlin.

You can easily find the best way to get to Berlin through GoEuro, a travel planning website that shows you how to get from Point A to Point B complete with price info. Pretty neat.

What’s your favorite spot in Berlin?

Leave it in the comments below because I really wanna know. I’m going back next month so it would be cool to discover new places.

 

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  1. Tara April 12, 2014 at 8:48 AM #

    I’m going to Berlin in the summer and will stay there for three days. Where’s the best place to stay in to see everything, like the downtown area? :) And how far is this pool from there? Thank you!

    • DJ Yabis April 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM #

      Hi Tara! Berlin is pretty big but I suggest you check out places like Plus Hostel Berlin or One80 Hostel Berlin if you wanna stay downtown.

  2. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs December 10, 2013 at 7:26 AM #

    I really want to try it out! Waiting for summer!

    • DJ Yabis December 10, 2013 at 7:42 AM #

      Then see you there next summer. I could really imagine myself hanging out here everyday ;D

  3. Jean| Holy Smithereens December 8, 2013 at 2:01 AM #

    DJ that’s such a cool half river half pool concept! And the photo that the reluctant attendant took is amazing!! are you sure you had to convince her? LOL what a shot :)

    • DJ Yabis December 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

      Seriously I had to werq my charms just to had her take that pic! :D

  4. wandering educators November 19, 2013 at 3:50 AM #

    That IS an unusual pool! What fun!

  5. Larissa November 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

    Fantastic! Another reason to love Berlin!

    My favorite spot is the Hauptbanhof. I’m a pushover for anything transit-related. I love the uber-modern train station with the many levels and balconies. It has the vibe of an airport without the security hassles. Since Berlin is so central between East/West Europe the departure board show trains going to so many cool (and not-so-cool) places.

    • DJ Yabis November 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

      Yeah the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is also a great place. Love it for people watching ;D

  6. Dale November 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM #

    Both Franca and I were really tempted during our three weeks in Berlin just recently, but it was never really warm enough for us to just say; “okay, let’s do it”.

    Maybe next time, eh?

    • DJ Yabis November 14, 2013 at 4:28 AM #

      It closed at the end of September actually and they are closed this winter as well. They are normally open as a sauna in the colder months but I think they don’t have enough budget this year. =(

      But yes, go next summer. Love this place.

  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel November 10, 2013 at 5:22 AM #

    Now that’s recycling at it’s best – a cargo ship into a swimming pool, amazing!

    • DJ Yabis November 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM #

      Tots amaze. They should make more stuff like this! ;D

  8. Val-This Way To Paradise November 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM #

    This looks so cool!! What an amazing pool!

  9. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com November 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM #

    That is a seriously beautiful pool, DJ. I probably wouldn’t even have gone there when I was in Berlin, though, since it was still winter when I was in Germany. Hopefully it won’t take me 3 visits to be finally able to swim there!

    • DJ Yabis November 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM #

      They were probably open then. In winter they close it and turn it into a sauna! I wish its open this winter as I’m back there next month. But alas. it’s not =(

  10. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas November 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM #

    I love Berlin, though I’ve been in the winter. I’d heard of this place, and of pools that cruise by on barges, too! Berlin is definitely hip!

    • DJ Yabis November 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM #

      Go next summer! Berlin is surreal in the summer. So many happenings and its sunny and you can hangout in so many beautiful spaces like this one ;P

  11. Micki @ The Barefoot Nomad November 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM #

    Ah, yet another reason to go visit Berlin! I’ve never been, but I’m starting to really feel like I’m missing out.

    • DJ Yabis November 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

      You are tots missing out! (That’s a biased person talking haha). You should come visit the city soon.

  12. thomas November 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM #

    the pictures are amazing. good that u convinced her to take a pic of you :D it looks so nice. i will go there in summer for sure :D

    • DJ Yabis November 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM #

      Thanks! Oh it took a lot of convincing!

  13. Tom @ Waegook Tom November 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM #

    So, if you can get me the middle guy in that photo of the three hot topless guys, that’d be great. Also, this pool does look pretty darn cool!

    • DJ Yabis November 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

      You want his phone number or email? HAHA.

      Yes betch. Get your ass wet here next summer.

  14. Ross November 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM #

    I have only ever been to Berlin once in winter time and loved the city! If I ever reach the city in summer time I am going to make sure I hit that pool, it looks amazing.

    • DJ Yabis November 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM #

      Do it! I will for sure be seen lounging here next summer. If you see me, say hello! ;P

      • Ross November 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM #

        I will make sure I keep an eye out for you if I go :)

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