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The facility has one of the most fiddly entrance/exit systems that I’ve ever encountered. In return for your payment, you will be given a plastic card. Hold this against the sensor to release the admission turnstile directly beside the reception desk. To obtain a locker token, insert the plastic card into the machine at the bottom of the short flight of stairs directly beyond the turnstile. The plastic card will also be returned to you: retain it because you will need it again to exit the facility after your swim. Large non gender-specific locker room: small number of cubicles for those requiring privacy while getting changed.
From the locker room, the pool (which is in the upper part of the building) is reached either by a staircase (around 60 steps) or elevator. It's a steel-lined pool at a temperature ideal for lap swimming. Half of the pool is usually laned for lap swimming. The remaining half is often divided cross-wise to provide two 25 metre zones: one for leisure swimming, the other for diving. The five lanes were not speed differentiated (although the lane nearest the far side of the pool appeared to be routinely used for instruction): observe and make a judgment as to which lane will suit you. Although on each of my visits the pool was busy, there were never more than about six swimmers in any one lane, slower swimmers tending to stick to the leisure zone. Good lane discipline is practiced.
On exiting, firstly insert the plastic card into the machine next to the exit turnstile. Secondly, insert the locker token. Thirdly, the plastic card will be returned to you: take it. Fourthly, insert the plastic card into the receptacle on top of the exit turnstile. Fifthly, a green light will let you know that the turnstile has been released and you will finally be able to make your way out back into Hütteldorferstraße!
It's super clean and constantly being maintained. Everything is new, with some amazingly beautiful tiles! The English-speaking reception staff was helpful and friendly. An amazing pool and a fabulous swim.
The lane set up is also as described as above - 5 lanes for lap swimming and the other half of the pool split between "leisure swimming" and diving.
The one disadvantage is that the 5 lanes for lap swimming aren't divided by speed and (at least on my visit on a Friday afternoon) people were a bit clueless, e.g., very slow swimmers getting in lanes with fast swimmers instead of lanes with slower swimmers. The other swimmers' lane discipline also wasn't great (although comparable to the times I've swum in France and Switzerland), but there were only 3 or 4 other people in the lane at any one time so, overall, the swimming conditions were pretty good.