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Big woog
Grosser Woog, Darmstadt, Germany.jpg
The Great Woog in Darmstadt: View of the family pool, with the wedding tower in the background
Geographical location Hesse
Tributaries Darmbach
Drain Darmbach → LandgrabenSchwarzbachRhine
Islands 1
Places on the shore Darmstadt
Coordinates 49 ° 52 '22 "  N , 8 ° 40' 10"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 52 '22 "  N , 8 ° 40' 10"  E
surface 5.7 ha
Maximum depth 3.36 m
Middle deep 1.8 m
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The Große Woog (colloquially mostly just Woog , in the Palatinate and in southern Hesse a term for stagnant water ) is a natural bathing lake on the eastern edge of downtown Darmstadt . The pond is 160 m above sea level. NHN .


The 5.7 hectare large and mean 1.8 m deep body of water with a maximum depth of 3.36 m was created by the Landgraves together with the Kleiner Woog as a fire water pond and amusement water park . It is fed by the Darmbach that crosses Darmstadt. The water is a bit cloudy due to the geological structure. The Kleine Woog was filled in in 1888 and is now Woogsplatz.

A non-profit citizens' campaign called Woogsfreunde is committed to protecting Darmstadt's natural swimming lake . The purpose is to promote the preservation and care of the Darmstadt Großer Woog as an environmentally friendly and listed natural bathing lake. The citizens 'action was founded in 1973 as a citizens' initiative against the city's planned installation of a swimming center in the natural bathing lake.

The Great Woog is not only a swimming lake, but also a fish pond. On April 5, 1952, members from two Darmstadt fishing clubs formed a community of interests to lease the Woog from the city. On January 26, 1961, the community of interests became a registered association, the Großer Woog fishing community. The aim of the association is professional fishing on the Woog as well as the care and maintenance of the fish population there. By 1951, a professional fisherman named Gunder had managed the Woog in the third generation. In addition, from 1946 to 1954, Ludwig Neudörfer was a second professional fisherman on the Woog.

The Darmstadt youth hostel is also located at the Großer Woog .


The Große Woog has been used as a bathing lake with two bathing areas and an island since around 1820. In 1926/1927, instead of a previous building, a ladies' bathroom in the architectural style of Expressionism was built according to plans by the city architect August Buxbaum . The facility was expanded in 1935 with a ten-meter diving tower and concrete walkways. The city redeveloped these competition facilities in 1989/90. The associated grandstands on Westdamm have not yet been restored. From 1992 to 1994 the ailing former ladies' pool was demolished and reconstructed as a "family bathroom" according to original plans. The entire facility with the island, the swimming lanes, the diving tower, the family pool and the Woog dam with the keeper's house is a listed building .

Since the Great Woog also serves as flood protection and the corresponding technical facilities had to be renovated, the water in the Great Woog was drained in autumn 2016 and the bathing lake was desludged on this occasion. At the same time, a new pre-dam (settling basin) was built in the inlet of the lake to improve the water quality. The renovation work was completed right on time for the start of the season in mid-May 2017.

Picture gallery


  • State Office for the Preservation of Monuments Hesse (Ed.), Günter Fries: City of Darmstadt. Vieweg, Braunschweig 1994 (Monument topography of the Federal Republic of Germany, cultural monuments in Hesse), p. 411 ff., ISBN 3-528-06249-5
  • Werner Kumpf, Heiner Lautenschläger, Gerhard Wittwer, Dear old Großer Woog - An illustrated documentation with historical photos, Verlag Günter Preuss Darmstadt, 1989.

Web links

Commons : Woog  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Darmstädter Echo: Woog renovation. December 21, 2016, accessed January 26, 2020 .
  2. Darmstädter Echo: Just in time for the start of the season, the Woog is desludged and the pre-lock for the Darmbach inflow is ready. May 8, 2017, accessed January 26, 2020 .