The Ökobad in the Leipzig suburb of Linderthal is a wonderful place to go for a swim on a hot summer day. The swimming areas are “ecological swimming ponds”, that is, man-made pools partially overtaken by nature.
The pools are purified by a system using the aquatic plants, such as the water reeds, to filter the water. The water is fresh and clean and makes for a lovely alternative to swimming in chemically treated water. You’ll see frogs, ducks, dragonflies and other aquatic creatures making for a great experience.
The Ökobad pools are surrounded by grass lawns and shady trees, perfect for catching some rays or having a picnic. It’s very family friendly and there are changing rooms and lockers. There’s a lifeguard too. There’s also a cool waterslide that young (and old) kids will enjoy.
The Poseidon restaurant on-site has a wooden deck overlooking the main pool. The Kirsch Cafe directly across the road from the entrance serves ice creams and snacks.
Standard entrance fee is €3.70 per person, but there’s generous discounts for families etc. Leipzig Card holders get in for €2.00. Opening hours are 12:00-19:00 daily (summer only). The most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon here is to take your bike. You can also take bus 87/88 or bus 90. There’s plenty of car parking as well.
[page content last updated July 2014]