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A summer afternoon at the outdoor pool

The perfect place for hot weather

Today it’s pool time… But not just any pool. We are going to the open-air pool of the Lacs de la Folie, where we will be able to enjoy both the coolness of the water and the green nature of Contrexéville, under the shade of the trees.


A well-deserved swim

Located in the heart of 12 hectares of greenery, the open-air swimming pool of the Lacs de la Folie offers a refreshing swim to those who wish to do so. The more athletic will go to the Lacs de la Folie on foot or by bike, to offer themselves a moment of comfort after the effort.

This morning, we got up on the right foot, and with a desire for a change of scenery. So we leave the architecture and buildings of Contrexéville to head for the Lacs de la Folie. As we are full of energy, we opt for a good half-hour walk, going at a slow pace to preserve us from the heat.

As we leave the city, the green hills and the Vosges countryside await us. We take our time, admiring the scenery while chatting. The path is not very difficult to remember: it is almost always straight.

A good twenty minutes later, the entrance sign to the site stands before us, with its wooded courses, its very aptly named Lacs de la Folie, its accrobranche course. We, at least for this afternoon, are interested in the outdoor pool.

To discover the pool, it’s this way!.

All about the outdoor pool

The municipal outdoor pool is open every afternoon in July and August.

  • Monday through Friday: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

All the latest info can be found on the Facebook page for the outdoor pool. There you can find opening hours, weather and water temperature.

The outdoor pool is a pool with a gradual slope from 0 to 2.50m. It is the ideal pool for the youngest as well as for the oldest.

To get to the open-air pool from the center, it takes a good 20 minutes on foot or about 10 minutes by bike. And, if the times coincide, for 2€ per person, you can take the “Navig’Eaux” shuttle that runs between Vittel and Contrexéville and stops at the Lacs de la Folie.

The pool, it digs

An ice cream for the snack

In search of coolness

We spread our towels on the solarium so we can bask. With the heat getting the better of us, we leave our clothes for our bathing suits, and jump into the water. We enjoy the sun-warmed water, in complete safety, then comes snack time, and we can’t resist the good Italian ice cream we spotted on our way in.

Accrofolie, to take the high ground

The outdoor pool is not the only activity at Les Lacs de la Folie. If you want to get high and experience the thrill, the accrobranche courses await you at Accrofolie. From the easiest to the most difficult, sensations guaranteed!

Discover Accrofolie

Two rooms for two adventures

If you find yourself a bit of an adventurous soul, you’ll find your happiness at the Lakes of Madness escape game. Between the quest for the Holy Grail, and unfounded arrest, 1h30 of adventures, riddles and puzzles await you at Accrofolie’s Escape Games.

Discover the Escape Games

Fishing for the more zen

Lakes of Folly is a fisherman’s paradise. Carp, trout, tench, roach, gudgeon… abound in the banks of the lakes, forbidden to swimming. Don’t forget to pay your fishing fee, per day and per line, to the warden during his rounds.

More info on fishing in Contrexéville

A final plunge

Before the return

We then take one last dip in the cool water of the outdoor pool before it closes. Then it’s time to head back. We decide to take the “Navig’Eaux” shuttle, a small moment of break, the time of the journey.

Dinner with local flavors

Here we are back in town after our afternoon pool. Time to put the stuff down at the hotel, then we go out in search of a restaurant to eat at. We want to take advantage of this evening to discover all the flavors that Contrexéville and the Vosges offer us, so we take the time to look at the maps. Tonight, we will eat local!

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