Thursday, 22 February 2018
Swim at Zwemvijver Boekenberg in Antwerp / Deurne during summer for FREE!

Zwemvijver Boekenberg 2018: Swim Free at Antwerp/Deurne Most Natural Outdoor Pool during Summer

12 May 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 16 September 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Zwemvijver Boekenberg
Van Baurscheitlaan ter hoogte van nr. 68
2100 Deurne
Stad Antwerpen
+32 3 411 19 95

Swim Free at Zwemvijver Boekenberg Natural Outdoor Pool during Summer!

If you are planning to go swimming in Antwerp during the hot summer and have not discovered Zwemvijver Boekenberg, this should be one of the swimming pool sites that you should not miss.

Zwemvijver means ‘swimming pond’ in English. The location is in Boekenberg which is in Deurne and near to Berchem. Coincidentally, it is also near to the Antwerp International Airport. Moreover, Zwemvijver is right in the middle of a park, Boekenbergpark.

What is so unique about Zwemvijver Boekenberg?

First and most important of all, the swimming pond is ecological. It makes use of the plants and stones as a water filter to purify the plant. That means no drying effects of chlorine and other harmful chemicals on the skin. The cold and purifying water is sure to rejuvenate you as well.

There are two pools over there. The large pool is 73 m long with a depth of 1.80 m and 2.50 m. The small pool has a depth of 50 cm and is mainly for children.

There is a large lawn over there. If swimming is not your interest, how about a picnic with your family and friends under the sun? The surface of the lawn is flat. So, it is indeed comfortable to place just a thin cloth and lie on the even surface.

 Secure your belonging with ease. Lockers are available at a coin of 2 euro. At the end of the day, you can take back the 2 euro coin. If you intend to use the locker, arrive earlier as it gets more crowded in the afternoon so there might not be enough lockers for use.

Within walking distance from Zwemvijver Boekenberg, there is a playground for the children. Although this is not the main attraction, it serves its purpose to keep them busy.

You can play badminton at the open field beside the playground if there are not many people. As there is not much wind due to the side fences, the location is better than some other windy open fields. Bring your rackets though.

Is free entry to the incredible all-natural swim site another unique feature to boast? Best things come free. If you have a bike, it seems to be the most flexible way to get there easily and to spend a perfect afternoon swimming, suntanning, talking and eating!

Picnic and Suntanning at Zwemvijver Boekenberg Lawn

Things to Take Note at Zwemvijver Boekenberg

❶ Wear appropriate swimsuit because many are refused entry into the swimming site due to inappropriate swimwear. Here, I refer to the men who wear (3/4) loose short. The men should wear the correct swimming trucks. The security guards even have pictures on their hand to show what is appropriate swimwear. If they refuse entry to these people, they are still allowed to remain on the lawn.

❷ For ladies, no T-shirt over the swimsuit or bikini in the swimming pool. Girls with long hair should tie their hair.

❸ Go as early as you can as in the afternoon, the lawn is full of people. It is likely that you would still be able to find a picnic or suntan spot there, but the position might not be ideal.

❹ During peak hours when there are many people in the afternoon, there would be an announcement in Dutch. It means that visitors can only swim for a block of 15-minutes. Furthermore, only 150 visitors are allowed into the swimming pond each time. In this instance, you can see a long queue outside the swim site.

❺ No sitting on the edge of the wooden platform along the swimming pool circumference. It is for the lifeguards to walk. They are constantly looking around the swim site for rules breakers.

❻ Water might still be cold in early summer as the temperature has not warmed it up enough. On the other hand, whether the water is cold or not is subjective.

❼ No food and drinks sold over there though. You have to self-supply your own. If you are lucky, there will be a van coming in the afternoon to sell ice-cream. The business is good with a lot of people queueing up to buy from the ice-cream truck.

Zwemvijver Boekenberg 2018 Date and Time

The Zwemvijver Boekenberg opens daily even during the public holiday because I have been there. The electronic gate automatically closes half an hour before the closing time. Everyone had to leave the water in the next fifteen minutes.

* The below dates are just an estimation. I will update it in May 2018.

  • 12 May to 30 June 2018
    • Monday to Saturday: 12 pm to 7 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
  • 1 July to 31 August 2018
    • Monday to Friday: 12 pm to 8 pm
    • Saturday: 12 pm to 7 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
  • 1 to 16 September 2018
    • Monday to Saturday: 12 pm to 7 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm

How to go to Zwemvijver Boekenberg by Public Transport?

By Velo

The nearest Velo Station to reach Zwemvijver Boekenberg is Velo Station No. 254 – Sint Jozef. Walk 400 metres for 5 minutes to reach the swim site.


By Bus

The start and end point of Bus No. 31 are from (Wommelgem) Krijgsbaan and (Antwerpen) F. Rooseveltplaats Perron 44. Alight at Deurne Unitaslaan. Walk 300 metres for 4 minutes to reach the swim site.

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Daily Water Temperature

The Twitter Feed below is the daily water temperature of Zwemvijver Boekenberg. I think it is useful to know particularly when the weather is not that warm yet.

13.05.2017 (Sat) – 17.09.2017 (Sun) | 12.05.2018 (Sat) – 16.09.2018 (Sun)

About Live in Belgium

Hello, my name is MissSJ. I am a Singaporean. I am living with my Belgian partner since July 2016 in a cosmopolitan city, Antwerp. However, I had been travelling to and fro Belgium since 2011 as a tourist. The creation of this blog is to document my new journey in Belgium which I would like to call 'home'. Join me in discovering the fascinating Belgium from the eyes of an expat.

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