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The big outdoor splash: German Freibad culture is every summer’s trend

Come summer time, beaches are a favourite destination all around the globe. Germans have taken the love for outdoor swimming, sunbathing and picnic to an all new level by introducing the “Freibad” in the early 19th century. Now if you think of it as an outdoor pool, you wouldn’t be wrong, yet still miss the point. A Freibad is like a beach, just without waves (most of the time). And yes, you can still reserve a space using your towel. Outdoor swimming pools fell out of fashion in the UK sometime in the middle of the 20th century. I personally was very surprised when my neighbour pointed out the location of a former lido in Heaton Park in Manchester, a place he frequented as a kid. Not much i

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