Swimming in Munich
Munich set itself a goal of making the Isar River drinkable by 2005, and nearly did it. Either way, the river is most definitely clean enough to wade in on a hot summer day. Hundreds of people sunbathe on the banks upriver from the Deutsches Museum and take the occasional dip.
If you prefer stiller waters, you can try swimming outdoors in the Isar River at the Maria-Einsiedel public pool complex. However, because the water comes from the Alps, it's frigid even in summer. Warmer lakes near Munich are the Ammersee and the Starnbergersee. There are also a number of public pools and spas in Munich if you just have to get in the water while you're here.
Munich offers a great variety of outdoor swimming pools, lakes as well as a great river. In winter, water enthusiasts can discover the wide range of public indoor pools, from the magnificent art nouveau design of the Müllersche Volksbad to the sports-focused 50-meter pool of the Olympia-Schwimmhalle (Olympic swimming pool).
Munich also offers a great choice of public outdoor swimming pools. They are allotted all over the city area. While most swimming baths open in the beginning of May, the heated pools of the Dantebad are open all year!
In 1901, the swimming bath opened its doors. The bathing temple with its art nouveau design has many interesting things to offer and is one of the main attractions when it comes to swimming and bathing in Munich. In the past, one 31-meter swimming pool and one 18-meter swimming pool divided male from female swimmers. The roman steam bath with the open-air courtyard is a must visit. There is also a Finnish sauna with color changing lights. At hourly intervals, water is poured onto the hot rocks.
In the North of Munich-Maxvorstadt a public indoor swimming bath in classic monumental and modern architecture attracts swimmers with a 33-meter sports swimming pool with grandstands. 1- and 3-meter diving boards not only attract kids. Relaxed drifting in the big outdoor pool after a sudorific sauna- or steam room session is another option in the classy public swimming pool. The outdoor pool is open even in winter.
Let's start with the 50-meter sports pool, where three lanes are always reserved for competitive swimmers. Then we have the diving tower with diving boards and platforms from 1 to 10 meters, also frequently used by ambitious athletes. The Olympia-Schwimmhalle M-Fitness Center (gym), the fitness classes taking place in the bath, massages, a training pool and other facilities attract professional as well as amateur athletes.