COPENHAGEN’S BEST BEACHES & SWIMMING SPOTS

Copenhagen is one of the few cities in the world which can boast to have harbors clean enough to swim in, thanks to both water quality and a beautiful accessible waterfront. When in Copenhagen (and Denmark) you are never far from the sea and there are several beaches, recreational areas and wooden piers to choose from for swimming all year round.

Copenhagen offers clean beaches, harbor baths and bathing zones free of use. The largest beaches are Svanemøllen beach in the northern part of town, and Amager beach in the south. While Amager beach park offers 4 kilometers of white sand beach, Islands Brygge harbor bath has five sea basins centrally located in the harbor. Harbor baths are also located next to Fisketorvet shopping mall and at Sluseholmen.

It is possible to go for a swim throughout the whole harbor, find your favorite spot and take a dip close to one of the many orange ladders. Be careful with boat traffic and occasional stinging jellyfish, most common in late summer. Never swim across the harbor to the other side of the canal, stay close to the waterfront.

A guide to the best beaches
and swimming spots in Copenhagen

CENTRAL SWIMMING SPOTS

Ofelia Plads – Urban space on the water next to Nyhavn
Streetfood, bar and sun chairs on a huge open space built on the water. Take a swim and hang out at Ofelia plads, with views over the Royal Quarters and the Opera.

Guide Ofelia Plads Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Strand Copenhej

Kalvebod Brygge – Enjoy the morning sun on
the wave-shaped wooden pier
Located only 1km from the central station, Kalvebod Brygge is one of the most central swimming spots in Copenhagen. The wooden promenade stretches along the waterfront and offers kayak and SUP rent, a small bar and an outdoor gym.

Guide Kalvebod Brygge Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Strand Copenhej

Krøyers Plads – Swimming spot with views
over the harbor and Nyhavn
This large wooden jetty is an excellent spot for swimming in central Copenhagen. Located on the Christianshavn side of the canal opposite to Nyhavn, next to streetfood market Broens Gadekøkken.

Guide Krøyers Plads Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Strand Copenhej

SAND BEACHES

Amager Strandpark – Long stretched sand beach
along the coastline
White sand beach and lagoon easily accessible by metro. Amager Beach has amenities such as toilet, lifeguard, kiosk and kayak- and SUP rentals.

Guide Amager Strand Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Strand Copenhej

Havnevigen Beach – Hidden beach in
new neighborhood Havnestaden
Water park located in a newly established bay next to Amager fælled. Sunbathe and take a swim surrounded by exclusive newly constructed buildings.

Guide Havnevigen Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Strand Copenhej

Christiania beach – Bohemian nudist beach
This small strip of sand in the lush nature part of Christiania is an excellent spot for swimming or just hanging out at the beach. Swimwear is optional.

Guide Christiania Strand Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Copenhej

HIDDEN GEMS

Sluseholmen – Swim in cosy canals surrounded by
award-winning architecture
Newly constructed canal district of Sluseholmen offers wooden jetties along the canals and Sluseholmen Harbor Bath which is open throughout the summer.

Guide Sluseholmen Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Strand Copenhej

Dragør Søbad – Seaside bath outside the city
If you are looking for a destination outside of Copenhagen, Dragør is a cosy day trip 15km outside the city center. Dragør sea bathing facility has a beautiful location, overlooking the Øresund Bridge and Malmö on the other side of Øresund. The small town of Dragør is worth a visit itself, for its old yellow buildings and cobblestone streets.

Guide Dragør Søbad Best Beaches and Swimming Spots Copenhagen København Bedste Badested Strand Copenhej

For winter bathing and a guide to the best saunas in Copenhagen, see my guide here.

Trekroner Fort Bådbro

TREKRONER FORT

Trekroner Fort is a sea fortress at the entrance to Copenhagen’s harbor, which today serves as an excursion spot in convenient sailing distance from Copenhagen. The island offers nature, café, timeworn historic buildings and a phenomenal view to both Copenhagen and Sweden.

There is a free exhibition in the old casemate building that tells the fort’s story, where you have the opportunity to explore the abandoned rooms and nooks by yourself. Trekroner Fort, built in the 18th century on sunken ships, is one of three artificial islands created to defend the entrance to Copenhagen’s harbor. The other two sea forts Middelgrundsfortet and Flakfortet are located further out of the harbor.

Trekroner Fort Sea Fortress Harbor Jetty Bathing København Copenhagen Copenhej
The jetty at Trekroner

Arrive to the island by sailing, in your own boat or by shuttle boat from Langelinie. At the pier you can go for a dip in the sea and in the old red building next to the jetty is Trekroner Café.

Trekroner Sea Fortress
The island is open for visits through
May to September
Opening hours café: 11:00-16:30
Trekroner Fort Sea Fortress Harbor København Copenhagen Copenhej

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Trekroner Fort er et søfort ved indsejlingen til Københavns havn, som idag fungerer som et udflugtsmål i bekvem sejlafstand fra København. Øen tilbyder natur, café, forfaldne historiske bygninger og en fænomenal udsigt til både København og Sverige på den anden side af Øresund.

Der er en gratis udstilling i den gamle rå kasematbygning som fortæller Trekroners historie, hvor man selv har mulighed at gå på opdagelse i fortets forladte rum og kroge. Trekroner Fort blev anlagt i 1700-tallet på sænkede orlogsskibe, og er er en af tre kunstige øer, der blev skabt for at forsvare indgangen til Københavns havn. De andre to søfort Middelgrundsfortet og Flakfortet er placerede længere ud af havnen.

Trekroner Fort Sea Fortress Harbor Jetty København Copenhagen Copenhej

Man ankommer til øen ved at sejle, i egen båd eller med shuttlebåd fra Langelinie. Fra bådbroen kan man bade og i den røde søndre fløj ved siden af bådbroen ligger Trekroners Café.

Trekroner Fort
Øen er åben for besøg
1 Maj – 30 September
Åbningstider café: 11:00-16:30
Trekroner Fort Sea Fortress Seen from the harbor København Copenhagen Copenhej
Trekroner seen from the water

LANDBOHØJSKOLENS HAVE

The green oasis of Horticultural Gardens (Landbohøjskolens have) in Frederiksberg is hidden between old buildings, which constitutes the University of Copenhagen. The Horticultural Gardens is a small park with a lot of atmosphere. Walk along narrow paths, through groves and around the pond, and take a break under a tree or in the rose garden consisting of both modern and historical roses.

Landbohøjskolens Have Rose Garden Rosenhaven Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
The Rose Garden, Landbohøjskolens have
Landbohøjskolens Have Magnolia Garden Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
Magnolia trees, Landbohøjskolens have

The Horticultural Gardens is a wonderful place to follow the change of the seasons. In Spring it is the best spot to watch pink and white Magnolia in bloom. In summertime an old greenhouse hosts a bar and restaurant called Café Væksthuset with an outside summer flower garden. In fall, watch the trees change colours from green to red, orange and yellow.

Landbohøjskolens have
Location: Bülowsvej 17, Frederiksberg
Admission: Free
Opening hours: All day
Landbohøjskolens Have Summer Flower Garden Café Væksthuset Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
A coffee break at Café Væksthuset, overlooking the summer flower garden

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Landbohøjskolens have på Frederiksberg er en grøn oase, skjult mellem gamle bygninger der udgør Københavns Universitet. Det er en lille park med meget atmosfære. Krydse rundt på de små stier, gennem lunder og omkring dammen, og tag en pause under et træ eller i rosenhaven med både moderne og historiske roser.

Landbohøjskolens Have Garden Efterårsfarver Autumn Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
Autumn colours, Landbohøjskolens have
Landbohøjskolens Have Garden Efterårsfarver Autumn Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
Autumn colours, Landbohøjskolens have

Haverne er et vidunderligt sted at følge hvordan planterne skifter med årstiderne. I foråret er Landbohøjskolens have det det bedste sted at se lyserøde og hvide Magnolia blomst. Om sommeren rummer et gammelt drivhus Café Væksthuset med en udendørs sommerblomsterhave. Se træerne ændre farver om efteråret fra grøn til rød, orange og gul.

Landbohøjskolens have
Adresse: Bülowsvej 17, Frederiksberg
Pris: Gratis
Åbningstider: Hele dagen
Landbohøjskolens Have Garden Væksthus Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
Greenhouses, Landbohøjskolens have

ØRSTEDSPARKEN

Ørstedsparken is a greenspace in central Copenhagen, located next to Nørreport between Nørre Voldgade and Nørre Farimagsgade.

Ørstedsparken Have Greenspace Park Voldgrav Nature Nørreport København Copenhagen Copenhej

The park has winding paths and several statues in the lush greenery. Ørstedsparken was built on a part of Copenhagen’s old fortification ring in 1879. Parts of the moat became the lake which today forms the largest part of the park. The slope leading down to the lake is a nice place for a picnic in the grass.

Ørstedsparken
Admission: Free
Opening hours: All day
Ørstedsparken Have Greenspace Park Vandfald Nature Nørreport København Copenhagen Copenhej

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Ørstedsparken er en grøn oase i centrale København, beliggende ved siden af Nørreport mellem Nørre Voldgade og Nørre Farimagsgade.

Ørstedsparken Have Greenspace Park Voldgrav Nature Nørreport København Copenhagen Copenhej

Parken har slyngede stier og der er opstillet et stort antal statuer. Parkanlægget blev anlagt på deler af Københavns gamle voldterræn i 1879. En del af voldgraven blev til den sø, der optager en stor del af parken idag. Skrænterne langs søen er et dejligt sted for en picnic i det grønne græs.

Ørstedsparken
Pris: Gratis
Åbningstider: Hele dagen
Israels Plads Ørstedsparken Have Greenspace Park Voldgrav Nature Nørreport København Copenhagen Copenhej
Ørstedparken ligger side om side med Israels Plads og Nørreport

FREDERIKSBERG HAVE

Frederiksberg Gardens together with Zoo and the adjacent Søndermarken is a great outing spot all year. The large greenspace has a varying design, mainly in romantic style landscape with winding paths and canals with small bridges.

Frederiksberg Gardens
Admission: Free
Opening hours: 6:00-21:00 daily
Frederiksberg Have Gardens Slot Baroque Palace København Copenhagen Copenhej
Frederiksberg Have Gardens Slot Baroque Palace København Copenhagen Copenhej

Copenhagen is a very flat city, and from the top of the hill in Frederiksberg Gardens one have a spectacular view over the whole city. The Baroque style Frederiksberg Palace towers the hilltop, surrounded by historic old trees from the original garden.

Bring your picnic basket for a lunch on the lawn and take a walk exploring. Start climbing the hill to enjoy the view over Copenhagen. From the viewpoint at Frederiksberg Palace, walk along the fence of zoo and watch birds, monkeys and elephants in their backyard. Continue further into the park where you can have a cup of tea at the Chinese Pavilion or rent a boat in the canal. Continue to the neighbouring scenic park Søndermarken and its old water reservoir Cisterns, today turned into a contemporary art space.

Ice skating season in Frederiksberg Gardens begins in late November and ends in late February, at the Frederiksberg Runddel main entrance. Admission is free and skates can be rented.

Frederiksberg Have Ice Skating Winter Gardens Slot Baroque Palace København Copenhagen Copenhej
Ice skating Frederiksberg Gardens

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Frederiksberg Have er sammen med Zoo og Søndermarken et fantastisk udflugtssted hele året. Det store grøntområde har et varierende design, hovedsageligt i romantisk stil med slyngede stier og kanaler med små broer.

Frederiksberg Have
Pris: Gratis
Åbningstider: 6:00-21:00 dagligt
Frederiksberg Have Gardens Slot Baroque Palace København Copenhagen Copenhej

København er en flad by, og fra toppen af Smallebakken i Frederiksberg have har man en spektakulær udsigt over hele byen. På bakketoppen findes Frederiksberg slot, omgivet af historiske gamle træer fra den oprindelige Barokhave.

Medbring picnic til en frokost på græsplænen og gå på udforskning. Klatre op ad bakken for at nyde udsigten over København fra udsigtspunktet ved Frederiksberg Slot. Gå langs zoologisk hegn og se fugle, aber og elefanter i deres baghave. Fortsæt videre ind i parken, hvor du kan nyde en kop te ved den kinesiske pavillon eller leje en båd i kanalen. Besøg den nærliggende naturskønne park Søndermarken og Københavns gamle vandreservoir Cisternerne, som i dag huserer et museum for moderne kunst.

Skøjtebanen i Frederiksberg have er åben fra slutningen af november til slutningen af februar ved hovedindgangen Frederiksberg Runddel. Adgang er gratis, og skøjter er tilgængelige til leje.

Frederiksberg Have Zoo Elephants Gardens Slot Baroque Palace København Copenhagen Copenhej
Elefanter i zoologisk baghave

AMAGER STRANDPARK

Where:
Amager Beach stretches along the coastline from metro station Øresund in the north to Femøren in the south.

Copenhagen Riviera is located only 5 km from the city centre, easily accessible by metro. Along the 2 km white sand beach, the coastline is moved out in the form of an artificial island, creating safe bathing conditions in the lagoon. From the outer beach you can enjoy the view of the Oresund Bridge and all the way to Sweden on the other side of Øresund.

Amager Strandpark Strand Beach Helgoland Kommunalt Badeanlæg København Copenhagen Copenhej
Amager Strandpark Strand Beach Helgoland Kommunalt Badeanlæg København Copenhagen Copenhej

Amager Beach has amenities such as toilet, lifeguard, kiosk and kayak- and SUP rentals. In the northern tip of the beach the seaside bath Helgoland is located, which is free to use during the summer season from start May to end September. During the winter season, membership is required to use the on-site sauna and participate in winter bathing.

See my favourite Copenhagen beaches and bathing spots here.

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Hvor:
Amager Strand strækker sig langs kysten fra metrostation Øresund i nord til Femøren i syd.

Københavns riviera ligger kun 5 km fra indre by, let tilgængelig med metro. Langs den 2 km lange strand er kystlinjen fremskudt i form af en kunstig ø, hvilket skaber sikre bademuligheder i lagunen. Ud mod Øresund kan man nyde udsigten til Øresundsbroen og hele vejen til Sverige på den anden side af sundet.

Amager Strandpark Strand Beach Helgoland Kommunalt Badeanlæg København Copenhagen Copenhej
Amager Strandpark Strand Beach Helgoland Kommunalt Badeanlæg København Copenhagen Copenhej

Amager strandpark er et kommunalt badeanlæg med faciliteter som toilet, livredder og kiosk. Der findes udlejning af bland andet kajak og SUP. I starten av stranden ligger badeanstalten Helgoland som er åben til fri benyttelse i sommersæsonen fra 1 maj til 30 september. I vintersæsonen kræves medlemskab i vinterbadeforeningen for at benytte badeanlæggets sauna og deltage i vinterbadning.

Se mine favoritter blandt Københavns strande og badesteder her.

CHRISTIANIA BEACH

Where:
Christiania waterfront
Refshalevej 20, København K

Located in the Freetown Christiania area, the bohemian and relaxed vibe is a fact. This is a place for swimming and sunbathing, in the nude or dressed at your choice. Everyone is welcome, and on a sunny day the small strip of sand gets packed with people of all ages.

The water is shallow and you can swim over to Holmen on the other side of the canal. The spot is beautifully placed in the lush nature part of Christiania, which by itself is worth exploring.

Christiania Strand Beach Freetown Sandstrand Holmen København Copenhagen Copenhej

Get here: Bus 9A stop at Bodenhoffs plads – walk 800m down Refshalevej.

See my favorite Copenhagen beaches and bathing spots here.

Christiania Strand Beach Freetown Sandstrand Holmen København Copenhagen Copenhej

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Hvor:
Christiania strand
Refshalevej 20, København K

Takket være beliggenheden i fristaden Christiania er atmosfæren på Christiania strand bohemsk og afslappet. Stranden er et godt sted til svømning og solbadning, med eller uden badetøjet på. Alle er velkomne, og på en solskinsdag bliver den lille stribe sand pakket af mennesker i alle aldre.

Christiania Strand Beach Freetown Sandstrand Holmen København Copenhagen Copenhej

Vandet er lavt, og man kan svømme over til Holmen på den anden side af kanalen. Badestedet har en smuk beliggenhed i det frodige naturområde som udgør største del af Christiania, og som i sig selv er vel vært at udforske.

Find vej: Bus 9A til Bodenhoffs plads –gå 800m ned Refshalevej.

Se mine favoritter blandt Københavns strande og badesteder her.

CAFÉ VÆKSTHUSET

Café Væksthuset is a small café located in a greenhouse in Frederiksberg, open in summer season.

Enjoy the views of the colourful summer flower garden or get seated inside the cozy greenhouse. Café Væksthuset is the perfect place for a nature break in the city. I love to come for a coffee and read a magazine in the shade of a parasol.

Coffee in the flower garden of Café Væksthuset Frederiksberg, København Copenhagen Copenhej
Location: Grønnegårdsvej 15, 1870 Frederiksberg
Open May-September, 10:00-17:00
(Kitchen closes at 14:30)

Café Væksthuset is located in a greenhouse in Landbohøjskolens have, and is run by students of the University if Copenhagen. The café offers breakfast, lunch, coffee and beer. The park is a wonderful green oasis, hidden in between old university buildings.

Learn more about Landbohøjskolens have here.

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Café Væksthuset er et lille café beliggende i et drivhus på Frederiksberg, åben i sommersæsonen. Nyd udsigten i blomsterhaven eller bliv siddende inde i det hyggelige drivhus. Café Væksthuset er det perfekte sted til en pause fra byen. Jeg kommer her for atmosfæren og for en kop kaffe i skyggen af et parasol.

The Greenhouse in Landbohøjskolens Have Café Væksthuset Frederiksberg, København Copenhagen Copenhej
Adresse: Grønnegårdsvej 15, 1870 Frederiksberg
Åben maj-september, 10:00-17:00
(Køkkenet lukker kl. 14.30)

Café Væksthuset ligger i et drivhus i Landbohøjskolens Have, og drives af studerende ved København universitet. Caféen serverer morgenmad, frokost, kaffe og øl. Haven er en vidunderlig grøn oase, skjult mellem gamle universitetsbygninger.

Læs mere om Landbohøjskolens have her.

MAGNOLIA IN BLOOM – COPENHAGEN

It’s Magnolia season, and the best spot for watching the pink and white flowers bloom is the Horticultural Gardens (Landbohøjskolens have) in Frederiksberg. This green oasis is hidden between old buildings, which constitutes the University of Copenhagen. The garden is a wonderful place to follow the change of the seasons.

Magnolia Bloom Season Spring Forår Landbohøjskolens have Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
White and Pink Magnolia in Landbohøjskolens Have, Frederiksberg

The Magnolia trees in Copenhagen bloom between April-May, typically before other trees leaf out.

In front of the National Gallery of Denmark, two magnificent Magnolia trees frame the entrance of the historicist building. The huge trees with its white flowers reaching above the museum roof is an impressive sight.

Beautiful Magnolia trees can also be found in The Botanical Gardens in central Copenhagen and in Assistens Cemetery.

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Det er Magnolia sæson, og det bedste sted at se de hvide og lyserøde træer blomstre er Landbohøjskolens haveFrederiksberg. Denne grønne oase er skjult mellem gamle bygninger, som udgør Københavns Universitet. Landbohøjskolens have er et vidunderligt sted at følge hvordan planterne skifter med årstiderne.

Magnoliatræerne i København blomstrer i april-maj, typisk før de andre træer springer ud.

Magnolia Bloom Season Spring Forår Landbohøjskolens have Frederiksberg København Copenhagen Copenhej
Pink Magnolia in Landbohøjskolens have, Frederiksberg

Foran Statens Museum for Kunst står to storslåede Magnolia-træer som indrammer indgangen til den historicistiske museumsbygning. De enorme træer, med sin hvide blomster der når over taget, er et imponerende syn.

Smukke Magnolia træer kan også findes i Botanisk have i indre København og på Assistens Kirkegård.