The Badeschiff (in English, "bathing ship") is a floating public swimming pool in Berlin, the capital city of Germany. Situated in the East Harbour section of the River Spree, the Badeschiff allows citizens to swim in a sanitary environment near the river. The Spree itself is far too polluted to permit safe bathing.
The Badeschiff opened in the summer of 2004 as an art project organized by the Stadtkunstprojekte (City Art Project Society) of Berlin. It was created by local artist, Susanne Lorenz, with Spanish architects AMP and Gil Wilk, to enliven city life along a long-neglected stretch of the Spree.
The pool was converted from the hull of a vessel measuring eight by thirty-two metres. It is open to the public daily from 8am to midnight. Disc jockeys commonly spin records outside the pool entrance where there is also a bar.
As of 2013, admittance is €5. The site containing the Badeschiff also hosts a bar, table tennis and table football facilities, as well as offering toilets in the form of two converted containers, one on top of the other.
Security do not allow any beverages to be brought in. Bags may be searched for bottles; even empty bottles can be confiscated. Drinks at the bar are relatively expensive, with glass bottles being subject to a €1 deposit.
- Badeschiff panorama at night 1
- Badeschiff panorama at night 2
- Badeschiff panorama at night 3
- Badeschiff Website (in German)
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