Swimming Pools and Mineral Baths
There are plenty of opportunities when it comes to swimming in and around Stuttgart. If you like water, you won’t lack for options, whether you want to cool off in the summer, warm up in the winter, get fit, relax, or play with the kids!
Freibäder are outdoor pools that are open during the summer. While “Freibad” translates directly as “free bath,” these pools are not free in terms of cost. Instead, they offer the freedom of the open air and sunshine as you swim. Stuttgart has five outdoor bathing centers with various characteristics, so whether you’re looking to relax, play sports, or entertain the kids, you’re sure to find the right fit.
Actually, this bathing center offers both indoor and outdoor swimming options. There is a heated “thermal hall,” with a swimmable canal to the outdoors. That makes this pool the first of the season to open and the last to close. It’s very popular among families, thanks to the three paddling pools and baby slide as well as barbecue area. There is a multifunctional sports complex with plenty of fun activities, and there is also a large separate nudist area.
Freibad Rosental (Vaihingen)
This very large pool stands out for its enormous slide: 10 meters (32.8 feet) heigh and 100 meters (328 feet) long. There are also bubble loungers, a wading pool, a diving tower, courts for beach volleyball and basketball, and a nudist area for sunbathing.
This family-friendly pool offers a pleasant community feeling. There is a wading pool and small slide for children as well as table tennis and sunbathing areas.
This pool is located in the beautiful Höhenpark Killesberg. There are areas for diving (with three towers), floating, swimming, and even playing in the waves when the wave generator is running. You can also play ball games and lie out in the extensive sunbathing area. This bathing center is perfect for families with young children, too. There’s a wading pool with a small slide, a paddling pool, and even a mud playground!
This “island pool” is on the Neckar river and specializes in sports and fun. There are five swimming pools with different features, including slides, diving boards, and a nudist pool. You can play basketball, “beach” volleyball, table tennis and more.
Hallenbad translates to “hall bath,” which is a pretty good picture for an indoor pool. Nearly every district of Stuttgart has an indoor pool where you can enjoy sports and leisure throughout the year. The normal pool temperature in Stuttgart is 26°C (78.8°F), but pools are heated to 30°C (86°F) on dates marked “W” or “Warmbadetag.” Be sure to check opening hours before you visit, since there is usually one pool being cleaned or renovated, and there are days when the pools are not open for the public but only to schools or clubs.
The beautiful glass facade of this swimming pool’s building is a listed monument who latest renovation took nearly two years.
This swimming complex offers a 25-meter (82-foot) swimming pool, a diving pool, and a wading pool for children. The pool also offers fitness classes, birth preparation courses, and also nudist swimming hours.
This 25-meter (82-foot) multipurpose swimming pool has variable water depth thanks to an adjustable floor!
This swimming complex includes a large multipurpose pool with counter current and massage jets, a wading pool, and a small pool with an adjustable floor where babies and toddlers can practice their swimming. There are swimming and fitness courses as well as a sunbathing terrace.
This pool is in a lovely location next to a small lake, the Rosentalsee, and not far from the outdoor swimming pool Freibad Rosental (only open in summer). There are swimming and fitness classes in the large multipurpose pool as well as a wading pool and outdoor terrace.
This swimming complex is among the largest in Stuttgart, with over 400 m² (4300 sq. feet) of water surface. The 25-meter (82-foot) multipurpose swimming pool features a diving tower as well as a 90-meter (295 foot) slide. There is a wading pool inside and much more fun for children outdoors, including a large playground with water attractions. Additional features of the center include a sunbathing area, terrace, and various saunas. The pool also offers swimming lessons, fitness classes, and children’s birthday parties.
This swimming complex offers a 25-meter (82-foot) swimming pool, a diving pool, and a wading pool for children. The pool offers swimming lessons, fitness classes, and children’s birthday parties. There is also an outdoor playground and sunbathing area.
This modern swimming complex opened in 2022 and is designed as a training and competition facility. It is only open to the public at certain times. At all other times the pool host clubs and schools.
You might be surprised to learn that Stuttgart, while hardly the most famous for mineral baths, in fact has the largest mineral water resources in Western Europe. Stuttgart has 19 sources of mineral water, 13 of which are officially labeled as mineral springs. Every day these sources collectively pump out over 22 million liters (5.8 million gallons) of mineralized and partially carbonated water which supply local swimming pools and therapeutic spas.
The award-winning LEUZE Mineralbad is a huge mineral bath complex with nine swimming and bathing pools on an area of 1700 m² (18,000 sq. feet), fourteen saunas and steam rooms on an area of 3300m² (35,500 sq. feet), a children’s area with paddling and wading pools on an area of 600 m² (6450 sq. feet) and various areas for sunbathing and outdoor enjoyment. The water is drawn from two strongly carbonated springs and one mineral spring. The complex is divided into two main sections: one for swimming, where bathing suits are required, and one for sauna, where clothing is not allowed. There are a variety of wellness and therapeutic treatments on offer as well as a restaurant.
This mineral bath is quite the historic site. It was first opened in 1856 and is fed by five mineral springs. In addition to the indoor baths, there is an outdoor area with refreshingly cold water for sunny days surrounded by parks. The saunas are separated by sex and are clothing-free areas.
Mineralbad Canstatt is also award winning and offers indoor and outdoor pools as well as five saunas on an area of 1200 m² (13,000 sq. feet). The strongly carbonated medicinal water flows through water attractions such as massage jets, lazy river and a waterfall. You can also explore the solariums, green roof terrace, and nudist area. There are several kind of massage available as well as an on-site cafeteria.
This mineral spa is located at the SI-Centrum in Moehringen. It features a large dome done up with plants to give the feeling of a tropical paradise with a variety of pools of different temperatures. There are several kinds of sauna, both dry and steam, offering different cultural experiences from Finland to Hawaii. There are even places for relaxing and napping. While the baths and saunas are normally clothing-free areas, bathing suits are allowed on the first Saturday of every month. There are also days for women only.
These locations are a bit further from the city center but are well worth a visit. With multiple indoor and outdoor pools, sports clubs, saunas, and wellness offerings, you’ll have more than enough enjoyment to justify the trip!
This swimming park in Filderstadt truly has something for everyone. Families can play in the wave pool, drift along the current channel, and laugh their way down a variety of slides. Athletic types will appreciate the many lanes for laps in the 25-meter (82-foot) swimming pool as well as the huge range of fitness classes. Those looking for relaxation can try out the different saunas, massage types, and other wellness offerings.
This swimming facility has a little of everything, spread across a sizable park. There are outdoor pools for swimming laps, high diving, and sliding or wading with kids. The park also has numerous sports fields for everything from basketball to tennis to volleyball and even a slack line area. Indoors there are again pools for fitness or fun, saunas and wellness areas for relaxation as well as a “children’s paradise” with various water attractions.