On hot days outdoors pools of Moscow often get overcrowded. This one, however, is a surprising exception.
Aquatoria ZIL is built on the grounds of the former car plant - ZIL - which operated from the early 1900s, but got closed in 2016. From the pool lane you can still see the remaining two chimneys. The most of the huge ZIL's territory is now built up with residential houses and offices. It feels unusual to swim against such an urbanized backdrop!
Several facts about the place:
- a health certificate and a swim cap are needed (get one from your physician)
- cost is 500 RUB for a 45 minutes session (you can buy more than one)
- find time slots table in their Instagram. Check it before you go.
- come 15 minutes before the next time slot starts
- the nearest metro is called ZIL (3 min walk). You can also walk from Avtozavodskaya (10-12 min)
- the pool doesn't have its own parking, but there is one of the neighboring Leroy Merlin
- there are sunbeds around the pool
- bring your own towel
- the minimal age allowed is 12
- three lanes of 50 meters + a round shaped area with no lanes to swim in any direction
- water does not has this nasty chlorine smell
- no music. What a relief!
How to find it:
search for Aquatoria ZIL in Yandex.Maps app. It will show you the building. Enter its first door if you walk from ZIL metro station. Change you shoes and walk up the steps to the second floor. There, at the reception desk, you can show your spravka (health certificate), pay and choose which pool to go (there is also an indoors one). The changing room is spacious, clean and quiet - much better than the tiny room in Luzhniki! From the changing room you swim into the pool (useful when it is cold outside) or walk in through the door.
The pool is open all year round. In winter it will be nice to relax in a sauna (get there from the changing room) afterwards.
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