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Alster-Schwimmhalle, Hamburg

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#33 of 42 in Outdoors in Hamburg
The Alster-Schwimmhalle is one of Germany's larger aquatics centers, located in the Hamburg district of Hohenfelde. Opened in 1973, it has regularly hosted various national and international swimming competitions.

The Alster-Schwimmhalle is notable for its 102 m (335 ft) by 52 m (171 ft) double hyperbolic-paraboloid concrete-shell roof structure, designed by Jörg Schlaich, then partner at Stuttgart-based engineering firm Leonhardt & Andrä. Resting on three bearings and only 8 cm (3.1 in) thin, the concrete roof remains one the world's largest of its kind. Reminiscent of a butterfly –an allegory to its function as a swimming venue– the airy roof structure earned the Alsterschwimmhalle its nickname as "Schwimmoper" (Aquatic Opera).

The building was substantially renovated in 2007 at a cost of approx 1 mio EUR. A further major renovation is planned for 2020 to 2024 at an expected cost of 60 mio EUR, closing the facility for four years.
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  • The pool is great for swimmers, they have a 50 meter swimming lane. No bistro, very small outdoor pool area, they offer a 76 meter water slide. With seperate sauna area.  more »
  • This is really one of my favorite pools and whenever I get to Hamburg I make sure I have time to swim in this 50m long pool. The price is cheap and reasonable and the pool is clean. There is a...  more »
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  • Super 50m pool with wide lanes. Clean facilities and very helpful staff who also spoke English. For 18 euros you could stay all day and use the saunas .
  • Out of towner review. Wide lanes, nice temperature. Lots of space during mid-week, mid-afternoon swim. Not crowded. Good lane protocol. Clean, no frills.

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