I’m Celia, and I lived in Berlin for 5 years, working as a photographer and writer for the likes of National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian and The Independent. During my time there, I travelled all over the city and surrounding countryside, on the hunt for new lakes to swim in. And now, I want to share them with you. 

I’m not a travel agent, nor from a travel company. I’m doing this out of my love for wild swimming, Berlin, and its lakes. I want to share these waterways with fellow wild swimmers, who I know will love them as much as I do.

But I can’t do it alone, so I have other Berlin-based friends helping me out along the way. We’ve got it all in hand, so all you need to do is pack your towel and swimsuit, and book your ticket…

“I met Celia travelling as journalists in Finland, and was struck by her love of adventure and fun, easy-going personality, as we spent a week plunging into scenic lakes and saunas”. Laura Holt, Travel Journalist & Editor


    We want you to be happy on the trip, so here are some clues to the kind of person who’ll enjoy it:

    • You love swimming in open water and are a capable swimmer.
    • You’re up for adventure and seeing what’s round the next bend.
    • You enjoy exploring by bike, and can easily ride a few miles on trails and roads.
    • You don’t mind jumping on a train or bus, or being loaded onto a minibus.
    • You enjoy communal eating, and being sociable.
    • You don’t expect a luxury holiday with 5-star service morning to night.

    Please note: I’ll ask you to sign a waiver – you need to be responsible for yourself.  Just like you are when you swim with your local swim group, your swim buddy, or by yourself. We’ll look after you, but insurance is your responsibility.