The heat is on! Temps in Prague will reportedly surpass 30°C this week. Here are some of the most popular outdoor swimming pools in town; scroll down to see lakes, ponds, and other options for making a splash in the Czech capital and beyond:
The outdoor pool area is one of the most popular parts of the Žižkov sports complex Pražačka in the summer—pool is open until 21:45 for those in need of a refreshing post-work swim.
This natural swimming pool shares space with a Finnish-style sauna, resort, and bar; early reports of bathwater-warm water and big crowds mean it’s off to a busy start already this season. Conveniently located near a bike path along the Vltava.
A spacious grassy beach, good quality clean water, and a 50-meter heated pool are the calling cards of the Petynka facilities in Střešovice. The pool also boasts a children’s wading pool and a thrilling toboggan slide for the brave of heart.
Inviting sun chairs, a grassy beach, playgrounds, trampolines, and beach volleyball make this outdoor pool and camping ground in the Klánovice neighborhood of Prague 9 a great place to spend an afternoon. Note: the complex is open from June 3.
Located in Kobylisy, Stírka is one of the oldest outdoor swimming pools in Prague, giving bathers the opportunity to take the plunge for over sixty years. For those who rely on public transport it is just a few hundred meters from the Kobylisy metro station.
This newly renovated swimming pool complex was re-opened in 2014 after a number of years. It is heated by solar panels and visitors will also find two pétanque courts, a large restaurant, and sunbathing lawns on the grounds.
Possibly the quietest, most scenic outdoor pool in Prague, Koupaliště Divoká Šárka, nestled in the picturesque green valley of the same name, has two pools to choose from; the standard pool or the invigorating icy-cold and stream-fed pool.
Podolí is over 50 years old, a relic of the Communist era, with two outdoor pools and a huge grassy lawn full of sun bathers; the whole area is flanked by a massive set of metal bleachers, a unique sight for swimmers. (See our photo essay on this famous pool here.)
For more swimming spots see 19 Swimming Lakes in the Czech Republic
Concerned whether a local pool or pond is safe for swimming? hygpraha.cz
Great resource listing Prague outdoor pools by district: koupalistepraha.cz
These days you can even download a swimming app: www.kdesekoupat.cz