Pools

Dornoch, Scotland

Skibo Castle

This medieval castle-turned-private club was once owned by a Scottish-American steel tycoon.

Vienna, Austria

Amalienbad

Built to encourage personal hygiene and physical fitness at a time when few Viennese residents had their own bathrooms.

Sydney, Australia

North Sydney Olympic Pool

At the time of its debut, this brick entryway welcomed guests to “the wonder pool of Australasia”.

Athens, Greece

Four Seasons Athens

This seaside luxury resort is located just minutes away from a sacred Greek temple to the goddess Leto.

Thermopolis, Wyoming, United States

Hot Springs State Park

Wyoming's biggest hot spring has been enjoyed for over thousands of years.

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Saint Paul Athletic Club

In 1917, members of the Saint Paul Athletic Club raised $1 million to build its new clubhouse.

Toronto, Canada

Grand Hotel

Although it seems naturally lit, the swimming pool in Toronto's Grand Hotel is actually located in the basement.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Aviation Academy

Ethiopian Aviation Academy is the largest aviation academy in Africa and the training grounds for Ethiopian Airlines.

San Simeon, California, United States

Roman Pool, Heart Castle

Located on the grounds of the Hearst Castle, the Roman Pool is outfitted in smalti tiles that are infused with gold.

Ghent, Belgium

Van Eyck Swimming Pool

Built in 1886, the Van Eyck is the oldest covered swimming pool in the region of Flanders.

Camacari, Brazil

Apcef Bahia

The Apcef Bahia is a non-profit sports and leisure organization that serves employees from Caixa Econômica Federal da Bahia, or the Federal Savings Bank of Bahia.

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

North Shore Pool

This pool in downtown St. Petersburg has hosted Olympic swimmers like Michael Phelps - it also has a giant slide.

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Kneller Athletic Center

This 25-yard competition-sized pool is found within the Kneller Athletic Center of Clark University. It is home to Clark's men's and women's swimming and diving teams.

Los Angeles, California, USA

Eastern Columbia Building

Built in 1930, this former department store headquarters is considered the finest type of Art Deco architecture in Los Angeles.

Oetz, Austria

Hotel Habicher Hof

This four-star hotel in Oetz, Austria began as a two-room inn, but remains a family-operated establishment pioneering the hospitality industry.

Bristol, UK

Bristol Lido

Known as the oldest heated pool in the United Kingdom, these public baths were almost demolished to make room for new apartments until local residents petitioned to save their beloved historical landmark.

Edinburgh, UK

Royal Commonwealth Pool

This public pool house, now a category-A listed building in Edinburgh, represented Scotland's attempt to become a world power following World War II.

Tokyo, Japan

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Not only is this one of the best hotels in the world, it's also the set location for the 2005 film "Lost in Translation."

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff Springs Hotel

This hotel with indoor pool was built in support of Canadian rail traffic which exploded in the late 19th century across the country.

Berkeley, California, USA

Berkeley City Club

Built by the first licensed female architect in California, this pool is part of the historic Berkeley Women's City Club, now open to all genders.

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclawskie Centrum Spa

The design of this 19th century recreational center in Poland was selected from 44 submissions during an architectural competition.

Berlin, Germany

Stadtbad Neuk​ö​lln

Built in 1914, this bath was one of the largest in Europe and during its heyday hosted up to 10,000 visitors per day.

Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol South Baths

This classical swimming pool in Bristol, U.K. was built as a part of a campaign to ensure the local population had access to bathing facilities.

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bel Harbour Pool

Built in 1967, this pool deck sits on the top floor of a 30-story high rise overlooking Lake Michigan.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Glenogle Baths

This public pool in Edinburgh, Scotland was opened to promote good hygiene, but survived as a century-old testament to Victorian style.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Portobello Swim Centre

This Victorian venue offers Edinburgh's only authentic and publicly available Turkish baths, one of three remaining in the country.

Berlin, Germany

Stadtbad Lichtenberg

Shuttered since 1991, this historic pool in Berlin was built to support sanitation efforts during the Industrial Revolution.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Chateau Laurier

The Canadian Prime minister who secured the site for this historic Chateau in Ottawa perished aboard the RMS Titanic.

Brisbane, Australia

Spring Hill Baths

This heritage-listed swimming pool in Brisbane is one of Australia's oldest pools still in use today.

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Moseley Road Baths

This historic pool is attached to a library - an unusual pairing that was once quite common.

Bogota, Colombia

University of Los Andes

This olympic-sized pool is within a sports center at the first nonsectarian and non-politically affiliated university in Colombia.

Mannheim, Germany

Herschelbad

This German indoor pool complex was made possible with a donation by a Jewish merchant. His donation came with conditions to ensure the pools remained in public control.

Antwerp, Belgium

Zwembad Veldstraat

This swimming pool is the oldest of its kind in Antwerp, Belgium, but was considered a modern marvel when it was built in the 1930s.

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