Urban Beaches: Badeschiff Berlin | This urban beach is actually comprised of a few different elements, including an old tug boat that has been converted into a pool during the summer months. Not the nicest urban beach to be honest, but swimmers here can catch a great glimpse of the Berlin skyline and take part in some epic beach parties. The floating pool is connected by a wooden footbridge complete with hammocks to relax in. Beach goers can relax on the fine sand or play beach volleyball at one of the sand courts. The beach bar here is known for offering up a variety of summer cocktails and barbecued foods. Peaceful morning yoga classes are offered here twice a week and weekly open air concerts take place during summer. A separate area for kids to splash and build sandcastles is located just a stone’s throw away from the main area.
An ambitious project is in the making to allow access even in winter. Architects Wilk-Salinas and artist Susanne Lorenz plan to cover the “Badeschiff” with a removable tube-like roof throughout the cold season.
“Badeschiff” only moves one step in the right direction. This urban beach does not really challenge the status quo Berlin’s famous river. But the project “Flussbad Berlin” does. It’s building a dream: to reclaim the lost river Spree for swimmers. Nowadays water pollution makes it impossible to swim in the river. That was not the case in the 1920s. Take a look -> Green me Berlin.