The private association of Roman bath house is situated right on the island, just next to the harbour entrance. Entry to this Roemerbad is restricted to members only.
A splash of Lindau’s bathing culture
For many people, the Roemerbad is more than just a bath house: it is a piece of Lindau’s history that is now a members-only venue designed to preserve the popular bathing culture that characterises the Lake Constance region. In 1834, the local authorities made the decision to set up a swimming school for ‘young civilians’ between the Sternschanze fieldwork and Pulverturm tower. Following objections from the military, however, these plans never came to fruition. As a result, the local authorities resolved to turn the space next to the powder-mill fieldwork into a new bathing area. But this was back in the days when men and women had to bathe separately, which meant there was still nowhere for the young ladies to go. With this in mind, another bath house was built in the square by the light bastion to allow ladies to swim without fear of being watched by the general public.
It wasn’t until 1838 that the idea of a shared bathing facility was mooted for the first time. The interim years had seen the foundation of a new management committee for the seaside resort, which had come across a space offering “pure, calm waters and wonderful depth”. The resulting Roemerbad was opened in the summer of 1839, causing quite a stir at the time by allowing men and women to swim side by side.
From Roemerbad to private bath house
Today, the bath house is still open to men and women alike, offering the most beautiful swimming pier with a magnificent view. The facility also includes a kiosk for refreshments and snacks, as well as a range of other sporting activities such as table tennis and basketball, not to mention a playground and sandpit for the little ones.
If you would like to visit the Vereinsbad Römus during your stay, all you have to do is fill out a membership form to become a supporting member for 15.00 € (plus 10.00 € administration fee) or a full member for 50.00 €, which allows you unlimited access for the entire season.