In view of the midsummer heat, Berlin’s bathing establishments are experiencing a large rush in the outdoor pools these days. But not everyone kept a cool head. On Tuesday there was an argument between bathers and bath employees in the Neukölln Columbiabad, in which tear gas was also used. Eleven people were injured and three men were provisionally arrested.
That wasn’t the only problem: on Tuesday morning the online ticket shop capitulated to the rush of heat. As was the case several times on hot days, the booking platform was unable to cope with the great rush and failed again in the morning, said spa spokesman Matthias Oloew of the dpa news agency.
They are working at full speed to get the shop going again. “But we can not say how long it will take,” said Oloew. As a result, bathers would only have to resort to the pool registers, which would inevitably involve waiting times. The good news on Wednesday, which is supposed to be the hottest day of the year so far: the online shop worked flawlessly in the early morning.
As expected, the rush was also very large because of the holiday season, said Oloew. He recommended families in particular to come to the baths very early in the coming days – not around 11 a.m. In addition, there are also bathrooms that are not always in great demand. One tip, for example, is the summer pool in Staaken-West.
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It wasn’t so comfortable on Tuesday evening in the Columbiabad. A dispute broke out there when guests were expelled from the pool for their behavior. Those affected initially complied with the request, but later returned, the police said on Wednesday morning. The participants also used tear gas during the argument. Three of the eleven injured were taken to hospital for observation.