Germany is hope to over 80 million residents and swimming is one of the most popular sports in the country. Mike and I had a chance to visit Munich after our CASIO press event in Berlin earlier this month.

In Munich we visited Müller’sches Volksbad, a short walk from the Isartorplatz station. This is definitely one of Europe’s most magnificent aquatic facilities. This bathing temple on the Isar opened its doors in 1901. The architect was inspired by the design of Roman Thermal Baths, Hammams and Mosques!

When this facility opened in 1901, it was the largest and most expensive swimming pool in the world and the first public indoor pool in Munich. This is the city’s most stylish venue for enjoying swimming and the sauna all year around. Bathing like the ancient Romans is one of the highlights of this facility.

There are two main pools: The larger (31 × 12 m) was originally the “men’s pool”, the smaller approximately 18 × 11 m large served until 1989 exclusively as a ladies’ pool. Both basins are separated along an axis, which is a mental continuation of the path to the swimming pool.

The architectural centerpiece of the sauna facilities is the main dome-covered area. In the middle, the warm-water pool is heated to a pleasant temperature (around 34° C). The alcove at the top end houses the refreshing cold-water pool (around 15° C) and the “iron maiden” cold shower.

The Müller’schen Volksbad’s sauna facilities also include a Finnish sauna (around 95° C) with changing colored light and the Roman steam bath with a large steam room (around 45° C) and fountain, warm and hot rooms heated to varying temperatures (around 45° C, 60° C and 80° C) and the new open-air courtyard.

The entrance fee was just 4.80 Euros to swim in such a splendid pool. We did have to navigate the locker rooms as we learned that the RFID entrance card we were given was to be placed inside a small locker just outside the pool area.

This number of this small locker (for your valuable belongings – phone, wallet, etc.) corresponded to a larger locker near the pool that you could store your belongings in. You then fasten the key with its wrist band on your arm while you swim so you don’t need to worry about carrying anything on the pool deck.

See Also: What It’s Like To Swim In Japan

München Opera at Müller’sches Volksbad

While we were at Müller’sches Volksbad, we attended the München Opera performance of Dido und Aeneas + The Rape of Lucretia. This performance was on the water of the smaller pool of Müller`schen Volksbad. It was incredible to see this artistic performance in a beautiful one-of-a-kind venue. Checkout some shots below:

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One thought on “Swimming at Müller’sches Volksbad in Munich

  1. You guys are nuts in a great way. My favorite pool is the Pan Am pool in Winnipeg, Canada. It is a 50 m, which they swim year round. It has another pool attached for warm up and cool down. I swam in Minnesota and frequently we went to Winnipeg, because we were swimming with Canadian Olympic swimmers. We are talking 1966-1970. Great people those Canadians. Very cold in the winter, you betcha!

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