Swimming in Innsbruck Among the Mountains
Swimming in Innsbruck at Waldschwimmbad is the perfect way to take in amazing views, experience
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Europe’s heat wave was beating down on us so we jumped at the opportunity to take a dip in one of Innsbruck, Austria’s open air mountain pools. We love mixing in normal family activities with our sightseeing schedule. At Waldschwimmbad, we were the only tourists and thoroughly enjoyed a glimpse at how families spend their summer in Austria.
The open air Austrian swimming pool is unassuming, perched on a mountainside. You would miss it if you didn’t know where to look. We followed the winding roads up the mountain, past ski resorts and finally to a gravel parking lot next to an alpine field. A small door in a concrete wall marks the entrance to the pool.
We had our summer swim bag with us containing all the essentials. We like to travel with a microfiber towel that dries quickly and stores compactly. I always bring along a reusable swim diaper for my not potty trained one year old. Reusable diapers are typically required by most European pools. The boys’ puddle jumper floats also pack easily into our swim bag by folding over the arms. As we had gained some elevation to swim on the mountain sun protection was important. I packed flexible sunglasses for the boys as well as swim shirts.
Once inside there are changing rooms for men and women. Umbrellas can be rented from the concession stand, but there are also plenty of shady spots under the trees on the hillside.
The larger pool was quite cool and refreshing. It featured a shallower children’s area and a deeper pool. This larger pool is the center of the action and most people choose a seat around the larger pool.
A rainstorm loomed in the distance, but families stayed to enjoy every last moment of sun. We followed suit and were treated to stunning views while swimming in this alpine pool.
The smaller kids pool was perfect for our three littles. There were several obstacles that spouted water, which provided constant entertainment to the Middle and Little Littles. All three kids were able to walk in this kids pool.
The shade over the kids pool provided a nice refuge from the sun. It was a very pleasant place to hang out with the whole family.
A waterslide built into the hill was another fun attraction. It features three different slides that were appropriate for all three of our kids. The official posting on the slides was for ages four and over, but plenty of little kids were sliding down. Jeff and I took a turn as well.
Overall we really enjoyed swimming in Innsbruck. Visiting the pool is always something our family enjoys and a great way to meet some local families and enjoy local prices. This alpine pool had the additional value of stunning views. An experience we won’t soon forget.
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