The building is built on a narrow parcel of 39.5 m wide limited
by two other buildings and was the first building that had different pools for swimming
and bathing, thus separating the functions of hygiene and sport.
The Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles is like a large vault that is reinforced and supported
by seven concrete arches and the facade of the building is in an ornate Art Nouveau style
with red bricks and is situated in the 13th Arrondissement of Paris.
The water from the springs was used within the design and this is still used today through
with the use of a pumping system, plus this swimming pool was designed according to the
new health requirements that were put in place at the time to ensure that people had to go
through showers and foot baths before entering the pool.
There is a large 33 metre long by 12 metre wide swimming pool situated inside the colour
interior of the building. Outside there are two other pools that are 25m long by
12.5m wide and 12m long by 6m wide that are all still filled with the warm water drawn up
from the underground wells, which was the original natural source that was found around
500 metres underground.
Even on a cloudy day the outside pools are still pleasant to swim in
The cost for entry to The Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles swimming pool is very reasonable
in cost. However, you can even purchase a card for ten tickets, where one get
crossed off each time you visit and this works out even cheaper, so if you are staying in
Paris for a while, then this type of ticket is very worth while.
Please do bear in mind that it is compulsory to wear a swimming cap in all municipal pools
in Paris, France and only proper swimming costumes and trunks are allowed, not shorts,
Now this is where the opening times become very interesting as each days open sessions
On a Tuesday this Paris swimming pool is open from 7-8am, 11.30am-1pm and 4.30-6.30pm
Wednesday it is open from 7am through to 6.30pm
On a Thursday and Friday it opens from 7-8am and 11.30am-6.30pm
Saturday it is open from 7-8am and then 10am-6pm
The opening hours on a Sunday are 8am-5.30pm and the swimming pool is closed on a Monday,
which is the same as a lot of pools in Paris, but it is advisable to check these times as
they could change.
Address & Contact Details:
Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles
5 Place Paul Verlaine
Telephone: 1 45 89 60 05