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.

COPENHAGEN’S BEST SAUNAS & SAUNAGUS

Copenhagen has a lot to offer in terms of bathing culture, winter bathing and saunagus. The city has several nice public baths and SPAs offering saunagus and of course a large waterfront in the harbor with water safe to swim in all year round. Sauna bathing is a nice way to spend time with friends and family in a calm and relaxing environment and it brings people together.

Copenhagen’s winter bathing clubs with sauna facilities are difficult to use, since all of them require a membership. And to get a membership you need to be on a waiting list for years. Therefore, I have had a mission for the last few years to discover the saunas that are open for everyone.

Here is my guide to the best saunas in Copenhagen, which are open for the public and offer saunagus. Learn more about saunagus here.

Guide to the best saunas and saunagus
in Copenhagen

Øbro-hallen kurbad – Traditional bath house in neoclassical style
A beautiful SPA with steam sauna, spa bath, hot chairs and Finnish sauna in Denmark’s oldest public bath. Saunagus takes place several times a week in the public bath and does not require a ticket to the SPA. Enjoy a cool thrill from the cold water shower on the roof terrace between sessions in the sauna.

Price SPA: 110kr weekdays / 150kr weekend
Price saunagus: 45kr + entrance ticket to the public bath

Copenhagen's best sauna & saunagus. Ø-brohallen Svømmehal Kurbad SPA Østerbro København

Sjællandsgade bad – Bohemian bath house
Bathhouse run by volunteers who are passionate about bathing culture. The bathing is a social event and the bathhouse is a cozy meeting place with bathtubs standing in a row, shower cubicles, sauna and weekly saunagus.

Price – sauna incl. shower: 30kr
Price – bathtub incl. shower: 60kr
Price saunagus: 80kr

Copenhagen's best sauna & saunagus. Sjællandsgade Bad Bathhouse Nørrebro København

Frederiksberg kurbad – World class saunagus in relaxing SPA
An atmospheric SPA with infrared sauna, massage chairs, jacuzzi, steam sauna and floating in salt water pool at purchase of an additional ticket. Two sessions of aromatherapy saunagus are included in the price, held by some of Denmark’s most skilled gusmasters.

Price: 178kr

Copenhagen's best sauna & saunagus. Frederiksberg Svømmehal Kurbad SPA København

Butchers heat – Winter bathing & Copenhagen’s warmest sauna
Mobile sauna truck with weekly saunagus on Refshaleøen and Svanemøllen beach, as well as popup events in Copenhagen harbor. Here you can enjoy Copenhagen’s hottest sauna and a dip in the sea / harbor between the saunagus sessions. This one is for heat-lovers who are in it for the kick.

Price: 145kr

Copenhagen's best sauna & saunagus. Butchers Heat saunatruck Margeretheholmen vinterbad winterbathing København

Sofiebadet – 1910’s ambiance SPA
Visiting the old bath house is like stepping into the 1910s. The SPA is decorated in marble with old-fashioned copper showers and bathtubs. Here you will find hot tubs, cold water tubs, steam sauna, sauna and hammam. Saunagus is held every Tuesday and is included in the ticket. Wine and beer can be bought to enjoy in the atmospheric locale.

Price: 200kr

DGI byens saunagus – Early morning saunagus & swimming pool
The large public bath Vandkulturhuset next to Hovedbanegården offers, in addition to several swimming pools, weekly saunagus as well as morning saunagus every Thursday. A great way to start the day with rounds of saunagus sessions and a refreshing cold bucket of water over the body on the outdoor patio.

Price: 40kr + entrance ticket to the public bath

Just want to enjoy an outdoor sauna and a dip in the harbor?
Go to La Banchina restaurant and bar on Refshaleøen where you can use the on site panoramic barrel sauna with a view over Copenhagen harbor for 50kr.

Copenhagen's best sauna & saunagus. La Banchina panoramic barrel sauna vinterbad winterbathing Refshaleøen København

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København har meget at byde på med hensyn til badekultur, vinterbadning og sauna. I byen findes mange dejlige offentlige badehus og kurbad der tilbyder saunagus. Og så findes havnen med vand, der er sikkert at svømme i hele året.

Saunabad er en dejlig måde at spendere tid sammen med venner og familie i et roligt og afslappet miljø og det bringer folk sammen.

At benytte sig af en af Københavns vinterbadeforeninger med sauna-faciliteter er vanskeligt, da alle kræver medlemskab. Og for at få et medlemskab skal du stå på venteliste i årevis. Derfor har jeg haft en mission i de sidste par år at opdage de saunaer, der er åbne for alle.

Her er min guide til de bedste saunaer i København, som alle er åbne for offentligheden og tilbyder saunagus. Læs om hvad er saunagus her.

Guide til de bedste saunaer og saunagus
i København:

Øbro-hallen kurbad – Traditionelt kurbad i neoklassisk stil
Et smukt kurbad med bland andet spabassin, dampsauna, varmestole og finsk sauna i Danmarks ældste svømmehal. Saunagus foregår flere gange ugentligt i svømmehallen og kræver ikke billet til kurbadet. Nyd det kolde gys fra den isnende bruser på tagterassen mellem sessionerne i saunaen.

Pris kurbad: 110kr hverdag / 150kr weekend
Pris saunagus: 45kr + indgangsbillet til svømmehallen

Københavns bedste sauna & saunagus. Ø-brohallen Svømmehal Kurbad SPA Østerbro

Sjællandsgade bad – Bohemisk badehus
Badehus drevet af frivillige som brænder for badekultur. Her er badningen en social begivenhed og badehuset et hyggeligt mødested med badekar på række, brusekabiner, sauna og ugentlige saunagus.

Pris – sauna inkl. brusebad: 30kr
Pris – karbad inkl. brusebad: 60kr
Pris saunagus: 80kr

Københavns bedste sauna & saunagus. Sjællandsgade Bad Bathhouse Nørrebro

Frederiksberg kurbad – Saunagus i verdensklasse i afslappet miljø
Et atmosfærisk kurbad med infrarød sauna, massagestole, jacuzzi, dampsauna og adgang til saltvandsbassin ved køb af tillægsbillet. To sessioner saunagus er inkluderet i prisen med nogle af Danmarks dygtigste gusmestre.

Pris: 178kr

Københavns bedste sauna & saunagus. Frederiksberg Svømmehal Kurbad SPA

Butchers heat – Vinterbadning & Københavns varmeste sauna
Mobil saunabil som ugentlig holder saunagus på Refshaleøen og Svanemøllen strand, samt popup events i Københavns havn. Her får du Københavns varmeste saunagus med brændeovn og bad i havet / havnen mellem saunagus sessionerne.

Pris: 145kr  

Københavns bedste sauna & saunagus. Butchers Heat saunatruck Margeretheholmen vinterbad winterbathing Refshaleøen

Sofiebadet – Saunabadning til klavertoner i 1910’s atmosfære
At besøge den gamle badeanstalt er som at træde ind i 1910’erne. Kurbadet er indrettet i marmor med gammeldags kobber brusere og badekar. Her findes badetønde, koldtvandskar, dampsauna, sauna og hammam. Saunagus afholdes fast hver tirsdag og er inkluderet i billetten. Der kan købes vin, bobler og øl til ekstra hygge i de atmosfæriske rum.

Pris: 200kr

DGI byen Vandkulturhuset – Tidlig morgengus i svømmehal
Vandkulturhuset ved siden af Hovedbanegården tilbyder udover flere bassiner til svømning ugentlige saunagus samt morgengus hver torsdag. En dejlig måde at starte dagen på med flere omgange gus og en opfriskende kold spand vand over kroppen på den udendørs terrasse.

Pris: 40kr + indgangsbillet til Vandkulturhuset  

Vil du bare nyde en udendørs sauna og en dukkert i havnen?
Tag til La Banchina restaurant og bar på Refshaleøen, hvor du kan bruge deres sauna tønde med panorama udsigt over Københavns havn til 50kr.

Københavns bedste sauna & saunagus. La Banchina sauna tønde vinterbad winterbathing Refshaleøen