Columbiabad Neukölln

My plea for the best swimming pool in the whole wide world: Columbiabad in Neukölln, where hot summers are better spent than at, ewwwww, LAKES.

by Sara · 23.06.2014 · Kiez Life, Places · 28 comments


Now that the rain sea­son has returned I feel a lot bet­ter. This is my com­fort zone, my extraordin­ar­ily trist and grey sky, the unfore­see­able humid­ity that keeps fuck­ing with my hair, and the icy winds com­ing from North of the Wall (I’m sorry, I had to). I only remem­ber very hazily the two or five days that induced sweat and sun­burns. Was it all a dream? Is sum­mer only return­ing in little bits in pieces of sad sun­beams that hardly reach through the branches of the trees that line the aven­ues? At least I don’t have to stand in line for my favor­ite place in the world any­more, which is the Columbiabad in Neuk­ölln. Always over­crowded, but always such a fun place… sigh.

I mean I truly, hon­estly don’t care for lakes. Stand­ing nat­ural waters? Hell no! I am all for the beauty of nature, but the lakes around Ber­lin are hor­rible to get to and even more crowded than the swim­ming pools. Here, at least, I get to watch people jump­ing from the 10 meter plank. And the toi­lets, as well as the Pommes­bude, are close by. Some­times, spon­tan­eous fights break out. I don’t endorse them but come on, they’re enter­tain­ing as fuck. And the con­stant announce­ments over the speak­ers are hilarious.

Columbiabad is ser­i­ously one of my favor­ite places in sum­mer, even though they’re con­stantly fuck­ing me over by rais­ing their prices. I love everything about it: the dis­tinct memory of my own child­hood sum­mers, the huge fam­il­ies thrash­ing over the juicy and fresh green lawns, the incred­ible assort­ment of ice cream and cer­tainly also stand­ing in line for hours and hours in the after­noon on a week­end. It’s all good. At least I can get out of it whenever I want, and at least I don’t have to acci­dent­ally brush some­thing beneath the water that could be either a cro­codile or dirt.

Columbi­adamm 160
10965 Berlin

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  2. Nice pho­tos of that short sum­mer dream! I’m very curi­ous about this “sound­stick” and whether it lives up to your praise. But alright, next sum­mer: Sum­mer Rave @ Columbiabad — with just some JB.

  3. That thing looks amaz­ingggggggggg. Must.have.

  4. Yes, Ja, Gerne! Grünes Bad, Bikinigirls, Sonne und Ber­lin. Passt alles wunderbar.

  5. water­proof! how cool is that! would be very nice to dis­turb every­body around with my sweet little soundsystem :-)


  6. yes, pls!

  7. Test­ing out a Justin Bieber song — lol

    what a nice product!

  8. I will strap it to my body all sum­mer long, I promise!

  9. I’d love to hear Selena Gomez’ new song with those speakers.

  10. jaa, die wäre super für spon­t­ane raves im park!

  11. Boom shakalaka

  12. Boom boom boom boom

  13. oh wie geil das wäre so wun­derbar für den som­mer! (er kommt noch!!!!)

  14. na ja, warum nicht? xx :)

    Katherine Twomey
  15. Der Wack­elkon­takt an meiner Anlage macht mich lang­sam wahnsin­nig. I need this thingi!! <3

  16. Baby, baby, babyy… the only JB-song I know of ;-)
    Die Boom­box, brauch ich aber trotzdem

  17. boom boom!

    Rasmus Hedlund
  18. will play weired cock­pit songs in pub­lic. swear.

  19. Bass in Küchen brauchen!

  20. Yes please!

  21. Yes please!!!

  22. Biete Date gegen UE Boom?! ;)

  23. this boom thing got so much swag.

  24. Me too!

  25. boom boom boom! i’m so into columbia-partying! ;)

  26. yes please.. for a loud kreuzberg summer!

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