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The public bath, constructed in the style of Art Nouveau, consists of three pools (two for men, one for women). Additionally, it had several showers, steam- and public baths and even an own bath for dogs. It was opened in 1914 after a construction time of three years (1911 - 1913). In the same year it was shortly closed due to the start of World War I. The entry prices at that time were between 10 - 40 pfennig (former German currency).

During WW II the swimming pool was protected due to different air raid precautions, which contained mainly brownout through covering the windows with curtains or cardboards. Some lamps and windows were also coated with paint. Below the consisted several bomb shelters for the nearby population. Despite all measurement, the building was largely destoryed due to several bombings. After the war it had to be reconstructed, which took around 15 years until it was completed totally. In the 1970s the number of visitors decreased steadily, due to a lack of investments, which made the baths more and more unattractive compared to other, more modern swimming pools. In the year 1994 the baths was closed and hasn´t been opened until today. It was temporarily used for popular techno parties in the 90's but the future is still uncertain.

A re-use as a swimming pool has been considered to be unprofitable so far. It´s a pity to see such amazing architecture in the state of decay.

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Oh wow that is really awesome! The only thing I would change is to make the pictures larger, otherwise really excellent report. Thanks for sharing :thumb

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This is fantastic! Are you the young lady I asked to share the pics on here? I love it, everything about it. Awesome shots, awesome place. Win win win!

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Yes, that´s me! :-) Thank you very much - I´m glad you like it!

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Oh wow that is really awesome! The only thing I would change is to make the pictures larger, otherwise really excellent report. Thanks for sharing :thumb

Thank you very much! You´re right, I thought so afterwards... :-/ Next time, I´ll upload larger files!

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Well that is very nice! Cant say ive ever been in a swimming pool quite that grand, derelict or otherwise :thumb

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