Stadt Leipzig operates eight public indoor swimming pools scattered about the city. Whilst open most days of the year including holidays, daily opening times are a bit erratic. Check ahead with Schwimmbadcheck.de or the individual pool before making plans. It’s around €4 for a swim.
Of the city-run facilities, Sportbad Elster and Grünauer Welle are the biggest and best with cafeterias and other extras. These two also have separate sauna and steam rooms for adults (about €10 for swim and sauna combo). The main pool at Sportbad Elster is 50 metres while all the rest are 25 metres.
Sachsen-Therme is a privately-run spa and “wellness” facility with water slides, wave pool, saunas, hot tubs etc. The adults-only sauna area is the by far the best in Leipzig – in fact one of best in the country.
Hot tip! Bring your own towel(s) as I’ve yet to visit anywhere that provides towel service. Bathing suits are not allowed in saunas and steam rooms. Sauna etiquette is to sit on your towel, so bring a back-up for drying off with.
Sportbad an der Elster
Popular central location (map) that can get a bit busy at times. The huge 50 metre pool is awesome for serious lap-swimming. Second best sauna and steam rooms in Leipzig after Sachsen-Therme.
Located at the end of tram lines 1 and 2 out in Grünau (map). Well worth the trip though. Lovely kid-friendly facility with nice separate sauna and steam rooms for adults. Can sometimes get a bit crazy with school kids, go early or late to avoid.
This place (map) out in Paunsdorf near the big P.C. shopping mall is simply amazing. Big variety of sauna rooms including outside Finnish-style. I’ve spent many blissful hours hanging out here escaping the brutal Leipzig winter. Around €20 for a half day pass.
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