A Jugendstil swimming pool

The Jugendstil exterior of Charlottenburg Volksbad, or public swimming bath

The fishy ceramics provide a pretty broad hint as to what lies inside - this beautifully adorned Charlottenburg building houses one of Berlin's loveliest historic swimming pools.

In fact, Berlin boasts a surprisingly high number of stunning 19th and early 20th century municipal baths, which range in style from neoclassical opulence to Bauhaus glass and steel.

Ceramic ornamentation on the facade of Charlottenburg swimming baths, Berlin

The problem, of course, is that in order to actually see them you'll need to go for a dip, which might not be entirely practical for visitors spending just a short time in the city.

Luckily, this particular bathhouse is as lovely from the outside as it is on the inside, allowing you to take a good look at a gorgeous Jugendstil classic without having to take a plunge.

Detail of historic public swimming baths, Berlin

See also:
Berlin's glorious public pools
A hidden Jugendstil courtyard

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Charlottenburg Old Swimming Baths: Krumme Stra├če 10, Berlin 10585. Check website for opening times and further details.
360 degree view of pool interior

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