Hot Day, Cool Lake: Waldbad Lake - Hemau
CONTRIBUTED BY ESSS
My family of five just moved to Germany, and the weather is absolutely incredible here! On one of the hot afternoons, we decided to venture out to the local lake on Waldbadstrasse - Waldbad Lake. It is in Hemau, and very close to our home...walking distance, if I didn't have three kids under age 6. Moving on...
This beautiful little lake is considered a "kiddie" lake because it has a nice shallow area for children...probably only about a foot or two deep with a slide and fountain shaped like a gator head. They have a rope bridge the kids can cross to get to the slide and a small climbing structure for the kids to play on.
The other part of the lake is deeper, also has another slightly longer slide, and it has a diving board. Great for swimming and splashing around with the kids, but you'd probably want your non-swimmers in a flotation device. It also has a dock and a floating dock that some older kids seem to enjoy playing on while we were there.
The banks are nice and grassy around all areas, and most folks seem to bring small half-tents or umbrellas to sit under while the kids splash around. Many folks were sunbathing on towels and blankets, too. Most of the children under age three were pretty much only wearing hats and diapers or underwear. We didn't really see anyone have coolers with food and drinks, but they do have a good snack shack there that you can order hot dogs, burgers, excellent fries, a variety of beverages (including beer), and delicious icees and variety ice creams.
I didn't utilize the bathroom facilities, but there is a hard-standing building in which the snack shack is located that has a bathroom, I believe. There are also outdoor showers with four shower heads that you can rinse off in, although I believe they are pretty cold because most of the folks I saw getting in the shower were pretty quick to get out from under the water stream. There are no stalls or curtains, but good for just rinsing off the lake water, I suppose...
My favorite part about this lake is that there is that it has never been crowded, the people there are very relaxed and comfortable in their own skins, and the kids' play area is good even for kids under age five.
One word of caution, however, is that we noticed that there are some leeches in the water...which freaked me out a bit, but they didn't seem to bother people at all. My 5-year-old actually picked one up saying she caught a worm, but in the time that she was holding the thing, it never bit her or suctioned to her at all...thank the Lord. They didn't seem to bother anyone else there, though, so perhaps they are a different type of leech or something, but just thought I'd share to ensure you check your children (and yourselves!) after swimming to ensure you have no "attachments."
So...now the question is...how to get there? The address is Waldbad (Laubenhardbad) 93155 Hemau, Germany. It shows up on Google Maps. It's about 30km from Hohenfels and about the same distance from Regensburg.
There is no cost, and there is plenty of free parking close to the lake. I would recommend bringing blankets to sit on or at least to leave your stuff on, and something for shade if possible, although there are plenty of trees around to provide some shade. There are tables and benches in front of the snack shack, but I think that is for dining customers.
Well, there you have it. A brief write-up on someplace to go and cool off as the weather periodically spikes into the 90s this summer!