Photos: Amazing Public Pools

Budget Travel

Open to the public, these 10 pools are our top picks for staying cool this summer—so dive right in!

Bondi Icebergs

For more than a century, Tasman Sea waves have crashed against—and into—the Bondi Icebergs’ pool in Bondi Beach, Australia. Locals who want to become Icebergs (i.e., earn their official stripes as winter swimmers) must log 75 swims here during the winter months.


Berliners clamber aboard the Badeschiff (literally, "bathing ship"), which floats in Germany’s Spree River. Summer attractions include yoga classes, concerts, movie screenings, a cafe, and a man-made beach.

Records of the healing waters on the site of Gellért Thermal Baths in Budapest, Hungary, date back to the 15th century. The effervescent swimming pool in the art-nouveau-style main hall stretches 98 feet long under the double-height glass roof.
Barton Springs

The 1,000-foot-long Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas, is found in idyllic Zilker Metropolitan Park, south of downtown. The natural springs that feed the pool were once considered sacred by Native Americans, who believed in their healing powers. Water temperatures rise from 68 to 78 degrees in the summertime.
Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon, outside of Reykjavík, Iceland, warms visitors with its 100-degree seawater. Steam rises from these sky blue hot springs across a surreal landscape of black lava mounds. The Blue Lagoon also offers a wellness center, which draws visitors from around the globe.


Vienna, Austria’s Krapfenwaldlbad Park has four heated pools for swimmers, socializers, and families. The main pool has become a fixture in the city’s summer social scene. The pools’ exclusive views over the entire city and vineyards—as well as other bathers—make them exceptional.


This circular wooden pavilion in the Baltic Sea, Kastrup Søbad, is a seven-minute train trip from the heart of downtown Copenhagen. The Danish "sea bath" spirals in a way that shields bathers from the wind. The walls also intentionally slope to provide views of the three miles of beaches nearby.

Thermae Spa

From the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa in Bath, England, visitors can take in the ornate towers of 17th-century Bath Abbey in the center of town. Thermae’s Minerva Bath boasts massage jets, a whirlpool, and a "lazy river." In Thermae’s Cross Bath building (erected on a Celtic goddess-worshipping site), the mineral-rich water boils up out of the earth at 113 degrees.


Coral Gables Venetian Pool in Florida was created in 1924 by the city’s founder, George Merrick. The eight-foot-deep lagoon is drained every night and refilled with 820,000 gallons of spring water.
Piscine Olympique dAntigone  Piscine Olympique dAntigone

At the Piscine Olympique d’Antigone in Montpellier, France, bathers’ diversions include a five-lane pool beneath the retractable roof. The leisure pool, named for the goddess Venus, features a whirlpool and the most chic waterslide you’ve ever seen (leave it to the French).

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