Swimming In Mannheim: Where To Cool Down On Hot Summer Days

In summer, Mannheim is a real paradise of lakes, outdoor pools and great places to swim and bathe. Whether close to the city centre or surrounded by nature, the city of squares offers plenty of opportunities to cool off and have fun in the water. Here are some of the most popular bathing locations in Mannheim.

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Im Sommer ist Mannheim ein wahres Paradies an Seen, Freibädern, Schwimm- und Bademöglichkeiten.

Das kühle Nass sorgt für Spiel, Spaß und Erfrischung. Schwimmen, planschen, Wasserski und Wakeboard fahren — all das könnt ihr in Mannheim machen.

Wir verraten euch die fünf beliebtesten Bade-Locations in Mannheim.


  1. Stollenwörthweiher
  2. Herzogenriedbad
  3. Rheinauer See
  4. Vogelstang See
  5. Freibad Sandhofen






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Deep blue in colour and surrounded by trees, the “Stollenwörthweiher” lake can be found in the “Neckarau” district. There are two separate entrances to the lake. On the western shore, the Stollenwörthweiher II has a large meadow for sunbathing and having fun, a beach volleyball court and a kids’ playground with slides and a climbing frame. On the southern shore, the “Heinz-Hunsinger-Sommerbad” offers 25,000 m² of additional space for sun worshippers, a children’s pool and a non-swimmers’ area.

Good to know: there is a large car park serving both swimming areas, where you can park free of charge. The tram stop “Stollenwörth” is also right nearby.

Address: “Stollenwörthweiher II”: Promenadenweg 4, 68199 Mannheim
Opening hours: 09:00 - 21:00

Address: “Heinz-Hunsinger-Sommerbad”: Rheingoldstraße 204, 68199 Mannheim
Opening hours: 09:00 - 20:00


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Neckarstadt district is a paradise for young and old. Centrally located and easy to reach, the Herzogenriedbad is Mannheim’s largest open-air pool. It features lovely sunbathing and play areas, a water slide and a paddling pool for children. There is also a diving pool with a diving platform and various springboards from which you can show off your skills or simply have fun jumping into the water.

Good to know: the Herzogenriedbad has its own storyteller. Günter Meder has been reading his fairy stories to children there every day for over 60 years.

Address: August-Kuhn-Straße 25, 68167 Mannheim
Opening hours:
Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat & Sun: 08:00 - 20:00
Tue & Thu: 07:00 - 20:00

Rheinauer See

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The Rheinauer See forms a small natural oasis and lies in the middle of the recreation area between Mannheim-Rheinau and the neighbouring village of Brühl. As well as being a great place to have fun in the water, swim lengths or simply sunbathe on the lovely lawn, you can also take courses in wakeboarding, water skiing or diving.

Good to know: the Rheinauer See is divided into different zones by buoys. So whether you just want to splash about, swim seriously, fish or simply enjoy the natural environment, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Address: Frobeniusstraße 22, 68219 Mannheim
Opening hours: free access around the clock

Vogelstang See

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Another popular swimming spot is the “Vogelstang See” in the northeast of Mannheim, which is divided into two smaller lakes. Swimming and bathing is only permitted in the “lower” Vogelstang See. This location is not only appreciated by ambitious divers – the lake’s inviting beach is guaranteed to put everyone who fancies escaping from everyday life into a holiday mood. You can reach the lake from the city centre by public transport in about 30 minutes. And while you sink your toes into the sand, you also have a particularly good view of the “Vogelstang” skyline.

Good to know: the Vogelstang See makes a wonderful day-trip, where you can combine swimming with a relaxed detour to the directly adjacent nature trail.

Address: Vogelstang See, 68309 Mannheim
Opening hours: free access around the clock

Freibad Sandhofen

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The Sandhofen outdoor pool has a charming historical character. As the first outdoor pool in Mannheim’s suburbs, it still offers both a large swimming pool and a non-swimmers’ pool with crystal-clear water. A children’s pool for the little ones and a wide water slide complete the offer and guarantee a perfect summer’s day.

Good to know: the heated pools are also ideal for swimming and splashing around on slightly fresher days.

Address: Kalthorststraße 43, 68307 Mannheim
Opening hours:
Tue - Sun: 09:00 - 20:00
Monday: 13:00 - 20:00