Boekenberg is one of Antwerp’s best kept little secrets. A totally natural outdoor pool in a park just a short bike ride from the centre (for a listing of other lovely pools in Belgium, see here).

It gets quite busy, so to balance the numbers of people swimming vs how the natural system can cope with cleaning the water, there is a countdown of people allowed in at any time. Your maximum time in there is about 45 minutes, but nothing to stop you going back in of course. As this is Belgium there are also change rooms and lockers (bring a euro coin to use these).

Entry

 

 

 

 

The pool itself is very natural – a little mossy, and with the freshest of water. I’d almost say you could drink it but that is probably not advised.

Pool view

 

The filtration system is “natural” – meaning that the water runs through a series of feeder ponds.

 

Filtration system

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