the most of Amsterdam’s excellent indoor and outdoor swimming facilities during
If you fancy a dip during your holiday then
there are several excellent swimming pools available in and around the city
centre to enjoy. The majority are indoor pools and all are well maintained with
excellent changing facilities. The entrance fees vary slightly, usually coming in at around the price of a
beer for several hours’ watery entertainment.
Here are our favourite public swimming
baths in Amsterdam:
This is the largest of all the city’s
swimming pools. The main pool is indoors and measures an impressive 50 metres
(164 ft). There’s also a smaller pool located outside as well as a recreational
waterpark area with a long twisty tube slide which kids will adore. The herbal
steam baths on offer are also highly recommended.
The Sloterparkbad is located alongside the
beautiful Sloterplas, a large open lake in the west of the city. To get there take
the metro from Central Station to Jan van Galenstraat and and make your way on
foot around the north end of the lake to reach the baths. Alternatively tram 14
will bring you to the Sloterpark within a five minute walk of the baths.
Address: President Allendelaan 3, 1064 GW
Telephone: (0031) 20 506 3506
Opening times: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Admission from €3.90
Something of a sub-tropical paradise under
a beautiful glass domed roof, this fantastic complex features a whirlpool,
waterslide, wave machine and even a stone beach. It’s the perfect afternoon’s
entertainment if you are visiting with kids. If you are looking for somewhere
to do lengths then you will prefer the outside pool here which opens from May
through to August, if the weather is warm enough. The complex also incorporates
a fitness centre with a gym, squash courts and an excellent restaurant.
The complex is located in the south of the
city, a few minutes’ walk east of the RAI exhibition centre. You can take the
metro to RAI station or take bus numbers 15 and 169 from the centre or
alternatively tram number 25 will bring you nearly alongside if you alight at
Address: De Mirandalaan 9, 1079 PA
Telephone: (0031) 20 546 4444
Opening times: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun
Admission from €3.40
Millions of people visit the beautiful
Rijksmusem and Museum Square every year but most do not realise that just next
door located in a beautiful building built in 1912 is a delightful original Art
Deco styled swimming baths.
Perfectly positioned in the heart of the
city and within easy reach of most of our city centre short stay apartments,
this makes the perfect afternoon’s entertainment for families with children and
anyone who simply loves to swim.
Despite its age, there is a clear emphasis
on cleanliness and comfort whilst all the equipment is state of the art. Even
the lockers use a keyless digitised system. The pool is big enough to do
lengths and there are set lanes for those that like to speed through the water
as opposed to leisurely doggy paddlers like myself. There’s even a beautiful
mosaic fountain at one end of the pool which you can sit under if you like. The
pool is also partly deep enough for diving and there is a diving board located
at one end. You can sit in one of the hot tubs or enjoy a steam shower during
your visit too however will need to pick up tokens in advance from the front
desk to operate them.
Address: Hobbemastraat 26, 1071 ZC
Telephone: (0031) 20 678 1390
Mon 7am – 6pm
Tue-Fri 7am – 10pm
Sat 8am – 3pm
Sun 10am – 3.30pm
Admission: Adult €3.10 / Child €2.75
at the Marnix (Indoor)
Located just west of Jordaan district, the
Marnix sports centre is easy to access from most of our city centre short stay
apartments. Inside this fantastic purpose built building you will find two
excellent heated swimming baths.
The larger pool measure 25 metres by 12.5
metres so its big enough to complete reasonable lengths that quickly add up to
miles. It is cleverly designed so that the water level matches that of the Singel
Canal outside so it feels as though you are swimming in the canal itself along
with all the boats and water wildlife. Of course thankfully the water inside is
lovely and warm.
The smaller pool is used for teaching
people to swim generally and it’s popular with families with children as it is
not so deep.
Both of the swimming pools are installed
with all the latest in swimming bath technology including a sophisticated
drowning detection system and an adjustable pool bottom for creating different
depths. The baths also incorporate an ozone filtration system which uses an
environmentally friendly salt solution. It ultimately allows less irritable
chlorine to be necessary in the water.
The Marnix is also a sports centre
incorporating regular gym facilities and there’s a café bar overlooking the
main pools upstairs.
To get there you can weave your way on foot
or bicycle through the north western Canal Belt system towards
Marnixstraat. It’s a beautiful walk from
Central Station as you will pass across all four of the major canals in the
city seeing the city’s most delightful district in all its stunning architectural
If you prefer to use public transport then
simply take tram numbers 3 and 10 which stop right outside.
Address: Marnixplein 1, 1015 ZN Amsterdam
Telephone: (0031) 20 524 60 00
Admission: €3.90 to swim
Opening times: See website for specific
excellent swimming baths in Amsterdam:
Located in the west of the city close to
the Erasmuspark, the Sport Plaza Mercator boasts a host of indoor gym
facilities you can pop along to use during your short stay in the city. There
are two indoor pools that are excellently maintained and perfect for all year
round swimming. On a hot summers day head outside to use the fantastic huge
outdoor swimming pool.
To get there take Tram numbers 7 and 13 or
hop aboard bus number 15.
Address: Jan van Galenstraat 315, 1056 CB
Telephone: (0031) 20 618 8911
Open Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm
Admission: €12.50 per day to use all the
Boasting an indoor and outdoor pool, the
Floraparkbad will be particularly popular with families with children. The
impressive 65 metre long slide runs along the edge of the indoor pool and
deposits you into the water with an exhilarating plop! The facilities here include
a sauna and sunbeds if you wish to top up your tan whilst on holiday.
Located in Amsterdam North you will need to
hop onto one of the free ferries that cross the beautiful River Ij at the back
of Central Station. Hire bicycles from the centre and make it an active day
out. It won’t take long to cycle up the Mosplein from the ferry terminus at the
other side of the river.
Address: Sneeuwbalweg 5, 1032 VS
Telephone: (0033) 20 632 90 30
Admission: Adult €3.60 / Children €3.10
Warm summer days should definitely be
rewarded with an afternoon’s swim in one of the several outdoor city pools. The
Flevopark only has an outdoor pool so you really will want to wait for a warm
day to try it out. It’s located just east of the city centre and central
Station close to the man-made island of Zeeburg. Featuring a huge complex of
brilliant outdoor watery facilities, a summer visit here comes highly
recommended. Extremely popular with residents of the city, you are also welcome
to join in the fun.
To get there either cycle east from Central
Station for around 10 minutes – yes hiring bicycles during your stay is the
perfect way to see this bicycle friendly city. Alternatively you can hop on
either tram number 7 or 14 and get off at the last stop.
Address: Insulindeweg 1002, 1095 DH
Telephone: (0031) 20 692 50 30
Admission: Adults €2.65, OAP €2.00,
Children 3yrs – 15yrs €2.50
Open: Late April to early September from
10.00am-5.30pm daily….when the mercury rises!
This information was accurate at
the time of writing, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm
all admission prices and opening times directly with the establishments listed before
planning your trip to avoid any disappointment.