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The most beautiful swimming spots around Cologne and Bonn

Thomas Dossen-Horn

The most beautiful swimming spots around Cologne and Bonn

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When hot summer heat is taking over Cologne and Bonn, when the air is standing still and the asphalt melting, there’s only one right to do: Grab your swimwear, hop on your bike and head out of the city jungle, right into the cool, fresh water. Bring a friend, a frisbee and a watermelon to make it perfect. Here are the most popular lakes of our users around Cologne and Bonn. Discover the most beautiful natural oases at the gates of both cities and let yourself be enchanted by blue water, wooded shores and cosy sandy beaches, so you can easily surf the next heatwave.

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    Escher See

    Bike Touring Highlight

    If you cycle around the lake, you can treat yourself in good weather a break in the beach. There you can relax on white sand and dive now and then in the turquoise waters of the lake - almost like on vacation.

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    Rotter See

    Bike Touring Highlight

    At Rotter Lake it is very nice to cycle. In the lush reeds and on the large water surface you can observe many waterfowl. If you like, you can cool off in the lake during the summer. There is a small beach where people bathe on hot days.

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    Fühlinger See

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The regatta course with a length of 2.3 kilometers
    was designed for national and international rowing events.

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    Bleibtreusee – Rundweg

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    The Bleibtreusee is one of the Ville lakes, which originated after the lignite mining and has an area of ​​approximately 74 ha. It is one of the Ville lakes, in which bathing is officially permitted. There is a beach and a water ski facility. The bathing pleasure is free of charge - however the neighboring parking lot in the season costs currently 3.50 € / day for passenger cars.
    The trail is about 5 km long and runs mainly along the lake or through the forest on the lake. Even in summer - through the shade - a pleasant walk.

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    Jo
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    Heider Bergsee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Heider Bergsee is a residual lake of lignite mining in the southern Rhenish lignite mining district in North Rhine -Westphalia west of Cologne near the cities of Brühl, Hürth and Erftstadt in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis. In the middle part of the Ville, where small-scale lignite was mined from the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century, today's Ville-Seen-Platte was created, a 50 km² large, extensive area with mixed forests and over 40 lakes. Thanks to prudent recultivation, a species-rich flora and fauna has resettled here over the decades. Long before it became a legal obligation, the Hürther mine director Adolf Dasbach pioneered the decommissioning of his charred pits. The Heider Bergsee is located southwest of the nearby Brühler Ortsteil Heide. It can be reached via the B 265 (Luxemburger Straße) or from the center of Brühl via the L 184 (Theodor-Heuss-Straße) branch Willy-Brandt-Straße. The Heider Bergsee as one of the medium-sized lakes in the chain of lakes of the Ville is a nutrient-poor, calcareous still waters near Brühl-Heide. These waters are artificial, created by the former open pit residual lakes with shallow water zones, surrounded by forest-used smaller forest areas with predominantly site-specific mixed shrubs. Poplars, pines, red oaks, larches, alders, beeches, robinia and birch trees can be found alternately. The lake has an area of ​​about 35 ha. The rather small adjoining Schluchtsee can only be seen as an appendage to the Heider Bergsee, but it reaches a depth of about 7.5 meters. Birds of prey (Pandionidae), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), wild geese (Anseriformes), kingfishers (Alcedo atthis) and pond rales (Gallinula chloropus) can be seen as breeding birds here. Over the decades, the Variegated Millipede (Myriophyllum heterophyllum) has also settled beneath the surface.
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    Strandbad Liblarer See

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Often very full, it is pretty nice.

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    Naturfreibad Vingst

    Bike Touring Highlight

    In the nature outdoor pool Vingst you can swim in the natural lake and refresh yourself in the summer. On the fine sandy beach, you can relax and enjoy the sun.The natural outdoor pool opened in the summer daily from 10 to 19 o'clock. Admission costs 4.80 euros for adults, 3.90 for teenagers and 50 cents for children.

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    Otto-Maigler-See

    Hiking Highlight

    Lake Otto-Maigler is a lake in the city of Hürth in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, North Rhine-Westphalia. It originated after the brown coal mining in a planned open pit mine hole. At the lake there is a beautiful outdoor pool with a sandy beach. Rowing, surfing and swimming take place here by the lake. The lake can be completely circumnavigated or explored by bike.

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