When on holidays or just being out for fun finding the experience that is a little different just makes the difference, doesn't it? Well, to tell you the truth we found this beauty of a Public Outdoor Swimming Pool with no chlorine!
Drone View of the natural outdoor swimming pool - photo credit @naturschwimmnadschoellkrippen
How does that work? Well in Schoellkrippen, about 60 mins east of Frankfurt, very close to Aschaffenburg the community decided to change the traditional outdoor swimming pool into a natural adventure pool. Once completed it won the EON Environmental Prize
by the then Bavarian Minister of the Environment. Pretty cool, uh?
The swimming pool covers a water surface of approx. 2350 m² and has a water depth of up to 6 m and a water volume of about 3700 m³. Dargh, why am I so obsessed with this information? Well, my husband, kids and nephews had a debate about how deep the water was etc… So we had to jump onto the website of the Naturerlebnisbad and voila this is what was confirmed – Oh, and because we thought that some of you might find it a bit tricky to understand German, well here you have most of the details in English...
The 17m slide will guarantee some fun! (photo credit @naturschwimmbadschoellkrippen)
But not only the big kids/adults are looked after. In fact, it is one of the best water play parks that I have discovered and I wish I would know of such a beauty here in Australia (yet to be discovered I hope or if you know of anything, please point me into the right direction). The small kids' section (Infants/Toddlers) has about 150 m² of water to splash around in, with a max. depth of 30cm and a little water slide for the kids to practice on as well. In addition to this, they have a little rocky creek (very shallow) for the kids to play in.
Hours of entertainment for the littlies! (photo credit @naturschwimmbadschoellkrippen)
But my question was how is the water actually being cleaned
? I mean no chlorine is amazing, but then what about all the ……?[/B]
The cleaning/treatment pools cover an area of about 2000 m², divided into two filter ponds
. Their water depth is 80cm with a water volume capacity of 2000 m³. The water quality is ensured without the addition of chemicals through the self-cleaning mechanisms of natural waters and by a constant circulation of the water
. The "technical wetland" with reeds, sand, gravel and a fine filter naturally and gently cleans the water and makes it crystal clear. The clear water flowing back into the pool is perfect for toddlers and allergy sufferers. The water is quickly heated up by the sun and reaches pleasant bathing temperatures already early in the year (some would say, not me).
Nature at its best cleaning the water! Ideal for ppl with allergies, infants and toddlers ... (photo credit @naturschwimmbadschoellkrippen)
A natural outdoor swimming pool that is totally ecologically friendly towards the environment. Love, love, love it.
All the features in one hit:
Natural water, natural cleansing of pools in separate natural pools
Constant exchange of water
Big Pool with huge water slide (17m long), dive and jump stations
Infant/Toddler pool, with a little elephant slide and a rocky creek
A water grotto, with a little waterfall
Huge grassland to relax and take a sunbath
Bistro (with hot/cold snacks, drinks incl. German Beer etc)
Super clean shower and toilet area
Playground with diverse climbing options, swings, ping-pong table, sandpit and a trampoline
Opening Times: 9am -8pm (summer) - if the weather is bad, please make sure you double-check opening times prior
What to do in the area?
Prices: EUR 2,00 for kids & EUR 3,50 for Adults (single entry), multiple entry passes available ...
Check out some castles and forts from the middle ages such as
**Schloss Mespelbrunn and Schloss Johannisburg
**Burg Rothenfels, Burg Rieneck, Burg Alzenau, Clingenburg, Henneburg and Burg Ronneburg (incl. Museum)
Nostalgic City Lohr on the river Main (this is where the fairy tale about Snow White has its origin), Gelnhausen, Schloss Philipsruhe (Hanau)
Looking for authentic accommodation check out the Hof Schabernack
(incl. beer garden, restaurant …)
How to get there:
If you feel like having some cure beer garden atmosphere head to either the Brauhaus Barbarossa
By Car: Get onto the Autobahn A3, Exit Hoesbach direction Schoellkrippen/Moembris, when you get to the roundabout turn right (first exit) direction Schoellkrippen follow the instructions in Schoellkrippen to the Naturerlebnisbad
By Train: Get to the train station Schoellkrippen and simply walk the short way to the pool (900m)
Have heaps of fun planning a weekend away or simply explore while you are travelling... Germany has so many things to explore! Let me know what you think of this article.
Go and have fun, just like we did!!!