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waves have crashed against — and into —
the Bondi Icebergs' pool in Bondi Beach, Australia.
You don't have to be a millionaire to enjoy a splash of the good life: These pools are open to one and all and are a great way to experience a new side of a city — all for less than the cost of a pool noodle (or two).
For more than a century, Tasman Sea waves have crashed against — and into — the Bondi Baths, an Olympic-size pool that became the home of the Bondi Icebergs, a winter swimming club, in 1929.
Because of its solid concrete construction, the pool is always slightly colder than the ocean, even though it uses the same water — you can follow the fluctuating temps on its Twitter feed. The public is welcome here, but locals who want to become Icebergs (i.e., earn their official stripes as winter swimmers) must log 75 swims here during what most would consider the "off-season" (when pool temps dip below 60ºF in wintry July).
Casual visitors favor summertime dips, when the water warms to the high 70s by February. Upon emerging from the striking shoreside pool at the Icebergs, bathers enjoy the amenities of its modernist, beachy clubhouse complex, which includes a gourmet bistro, two bars, fitness facilities, and a 1,600-square-foot sundeck.
Affordability: Day pass for nonmembers $6.
Perhaps "Krapfenwaldlbad" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but it happens to be the name of one of Vienna's loveliest neighborhoods — as well as its renowned park with four heated pools for swimmers, socializers, and families.
First opened in 1923 and perched like a leisurely sentinel on a hill, the main pool has become a fixture in the city's summer social scene. Accordingly, amenities run the gamut from a restaurant and a bar to table tennis, soccer, beach volleyball, and a children's playground. While the pools themselves may be standard fare, their exclusive views over the entire city, vineyards, and, well, other bathers, are what make them exceptional.