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Strandbad Langener Waldsee - Things to Know Before Visiting

63225 Langen, Germany

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About Strandbad Langener Waldsee

The Langener Waldsee is the largest bathing lake in the Rhine-Main area. Surrounded by forests and providing opportunities for swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing and campings, it is visited by 20,000 people in peak summer days.

The Langener Waldsee in Langen (Hesse), located about 15 km south of Frankfurt am Main, is with 89 hectares the largest bathing lake and the largest water surface in the Rhine-Main area.


Langener Waldsee offers a 900-meter-long sandy beach on about seven hectares of secluded swimming areas, plus opportunities for surfing, sailing, fishing and camping, as well as a large nudist area. Open from early May to mid-September, the municipal facility has 800 interior parking spaces, with limited outdoor parking.

The use of the lake is relatively strictly separated: while the north shore was assigned the bathing, sports and recreational function, the partially shallow south shore is left to nature. Only inflatable boats are allowed in the beach area. The use of the remaining water area for fishing and water sports of all kinds is regulated by a special agreement between the city of Langen and the water sports clubs located on the north shore. The entire area except the north shore is company property of the Sehring company; numerous signs indicate that entering the shore as well as bathing is prohibited.

On hot summer days, up to 20,000 people visit the lake, so there are often major traffic jams around, which are broadcast on the traffic news of regional radio stations. If you want to avoid these traffic jams, you can easily take the Waldsee bus from the Dreieich-Buchschlag S-Bahn station directly to the entrance. Admission prices for this nature-oriented lido are somewhat lower than those of municipal pools.


Since 2002, the 3,800-meter swim of a long-distance triathlon has been held here every July as part of the Ironman Germany, with some 2,000 athletes from 40 nations taking part. Every year, about 15,000 spectators gather at the Langener Waldsee for the start in the morning. Since 2010, the Frankfurt City Triathlon has also started here annually with the swim over 400, 750, 1,500 and 2,000 m respectively. In 2011 and 2015, a baptism ceremony was held at Langener Waldsee by the twelve church congregations in the Dreieich Protestant Deanery. For the first time, in 2018, a "Yoga Beach Festival" took place at the Waldsee.

Location and size

The Langener Waldsee is for the most part a former dredging lake, but on the western edge it is still used today. It is part of a 240-hectare area with other small lakes, where the company Sehring Sand & Kies GmbH & Co KG has been mining high-quartz Main sands and gravels since 1927. These are mainly processed as concrete aggregates in the neighboring ready-mix concrete plant.

According to DKP Mörfelden-Walldorf, which among other things campaigns for the preservation of forests in the region, approximately 30 hectares of forest, including approximately 15 hectares of Bannwald forest, had been cleared for mining operations in the 40 years up to 2018. Further clearing of approximately 60 hectares was planned. 

The water body is an open groundwater cut with no tributaries, surrounded by large areas of forest. A problem is soil erosion at the flattened bathing banks: here sand has to be refilled regularly because the open areas harden and would otherwise lie bare full of channel-like depressions.

Attractions Near Strandbad Langener Waldsee

Städel Museum
Städel Museum10.09km from Strandbad Langener Waldsee

The Städel Museum in Frankfurt is an art museum with one of the most valuable collections in the country. It owns over 4,600 photographs, 100,000 drawings, 3000 paintings and 600 sculptures. In addition to a library of 115,000 books.

Museum for Communication Frankfurt
Museum for Communication Frankfurt10.29km from Strandbad Langener Waldsee

With a vast collection of communications equipments from the past, Museum for Communication Frankfurt showcases the histoy and spread of various methods of communication. The exhibition centers around different communication methods-  mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, television and computer.

Museum Applied Art(Museum Angewandte Kunst)
Museum Applied Art(Museum Angewandte Kunst)10.6km from Strandbad Langener Waldsee

Museum of Applied Art(Museum Angewandte Kunst) is located in Frankfurt am Main, and it is a part of the Museumsufer - the collection of museums in and around the banks of river Main. More than 60,000 objects are included in it's collection, ranging from Eropean handicrafts, graphics, Islamic and East Asian art. The collections dates from twelfth to the twenty first century.

Main Tower
Main Tower11.02km from Strandbad Langener Waldsee

This 240 meters skyscraper in Frankfurt is named after the nearby Main river. The tower has five underground stories and two public observing points. It is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory. The tower's design features what appears to be two connected towers. The smaller of the two is of a cuboid shape, a design common to 1970s architecture. The second and taller is a circular tower with an entire blue glass exterior which features the transmission tower on top.

Römer11.04km from Strandbad Langener Waldsee

This medieval building is located in Altstadt district in Frankfurt, Germany. It is one of the most important landmarks in the city. The Römer has been Frankfurt's city hall for over 600 years.

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt11.09km from Strandbad Langener Waldsee

Schirn Kunsthalle is an art gallery located between the Römer and the Frankfurt Cathedral. The gallery exhibits modern and contemporary art, and it is the main venue for temporary art exhibitions in Frankfurt.

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Situated in west-central Germany, The state of Hesse is bordered by six German states. Most of the population of Hesse lives in the southern part, in the Rhine-Main Area. The countryside is hilly and has numerous mountain ranges. Hesse is the greenest state in Germany, as forest covers 42% of the state.

What Visitors Say About Strandbad Langener Waldsee

Nele Lenze
Nele Lenze
May 2022
When it's getting warmer we can either go to a lake or to the pool. I prefer the lake and Langener Waldsee is beautifully kept, clean and family friendly. It comes with food options, an island in the lake that you can swim to, and several volleyball fields. You can get your tickets online or at the counter to enter the premises.