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

SLUSEHOLMEN WATERFRONT

Where:
Copenhagen’s new canal district lies between Sjællandsbroen and Teglholmen.

At Sluseholmen you are always close to water, pick your favorite spot from one of the many bathing jetties and seaside docks for a dip in the sea. At Sluseholmen harbor bath next to the Metropolis building you can bathe under supervision during summerseason in June to September. During winter, you must be a member of the Bathing company to use the sauna and pools for winter bathing.

Sluseholmen Havnebad Badested Swimming Spot Harbor Bath Canal København Copenhagen Copenhej

The area is still developing, with new buildings and outdoor spaces popping up. Sluseholmen’s cozy canals, bridges and character-filled facades have made the area known for its architecture, also outside Denmark.

See my favorite Copenhagen beaches and bathing spots here.

Sluseholmen Havnebad Badested Swimming Spot Harbor Bath Metropolis København Copenhagen Copenhej

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Hvor:
Københavns nye kanalby ligger mellem Sjællandsbroen og Teglholmen.

På Sluseholmen er man altid helt tæt på vandkanten, vælg din favorit blandt de mange badebroer for en dukkert i havnen. På Sluseholmen havnebad ved siden af Metropolis byggeriet kan man bade under opsyn i sommerperioden juni til september. I vintersæsonen skal man være medlem af Badekompagniet Sluseholmen for at kunne bruge havnebadets sauna og bassiner til vinterbadning.

Sluseholmen Havnebad Badested Swimming Spot Harbor Bath Jetty København Copenhagen Copenhej

Området er stadig under udvikling, med nye bygninger og områder som skyder op. Sluseholmens hyggelige kanaler, broer og karakterfyldte facader har gjort området kendt for sin arkitektur, også uden for Danmarks grænser.

Se mine favoritter blandt Københavns strande og badesteder her.

Sluseholmen Havnebad Badested Swimming Spot Harbor Bath Metropolis København Copenhagen Copenhej

KONTIKI FLOATING BAR & RESTAURANT

Relaxed vibes combined with delicious food, biodynamic wines and a view overlooking the opera house and Copenhagen harbor. Kontiki bar and restaurant is located in the canal between the opera house and Holmen. In summer season a floating outdoor area is open, while during the cold months of the year, there is plenty of room inside the retired ferry that houses the restaurant.

Location: Takkelloftvej 1z, 1437 København K
Opening hours:
Lunch 11:00-16:00
Dinner 17:00-21:00
The bar closes late evening in summer season
Kontiki Bar Restaurant Floating Ferry Canal Opera house Holmen København Copenhagen Copenhej

Get here: Bus 9A stops at the Opera house. The harbor buses stop at both the Opera House and Holmen Nord. The Opera house has a big parking area.

See my favorite Copenhagen restaurants here.

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Afslappet atmosfære kombineret med lækker mad, biodynamiske vine og en fantastisk udsigt over operahuset og Københavns havn. Kontiki bar og restaurant ligger i kanalen mellem operahuset og Holmen. I sommersæsonen findes et flydende udendørs siddeområde, mens der i løbet af årets kolde måneder er masser af plads indenfor i den gamle færge som huser restauranten.

Adresse: Takkelloftvej 1z, 1437 København K
Åbningstider:
Frokost 11:00-16:00
Middag 17:00-21:00
Baren lukker sen aften i sommersæsonen
Kontiki Bar Restaurant Floating Ferry Canal Opera house Holmen København Copenhagen Copenhej

Find vej: Bus 9A stopper ved operahuset. Havnebusserne stopper ved både operahuset og Holmen nord. Operahuset har en stor parkeringsplads.

Se flere af mine favoritter blandt Københavns spisesteder her.

KALVEBOD BRYGGE

Where:
Kalvebod Brygge stretches along the waterfront from Langebro bridge to Bernstorffsgade.

This excellent bathing spot in the Copenhagen harbor is one of the most accessible from Vesterbro and the city center, yet rarely overcrowded. Located less than 1km from Copenhagen central station Hovedbanegården.

Swimming spot Badested Kalvebod Brygge Bølge Sea Swimming Harbor Kayak SUP Summer Havn København Copenhagen Copenhej

At Kalvebod brygge you can enjoy the sun from morning to afternoon. For sunshine in late afternoon to evening, head over the bridge to the opposite side of the canal, where the popular bathing area Islands brygge is located.

Beyond swimming and sunbathing, the promenade offers an outdoor gym, kayak and SUP rental, a kayak water slide and a small outdoor café in summertime.

See my favorite Copenhagen beaches and bathing spots here.

Bathing spot Badested Kalvebod Brygge Bølge Sea Swimming Harbor Kayak SUP Summer Havn København Copenhagen Copenhej

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Hvor:
Kalvebod bølge strækker sig langs havnekanten fra Langebro til Bernstorffsgade.

Dette fantastiske badested i Københavns havn er et af de mest tilgængelige fra Vesterbro og indre by, men alligevel sjældent overcrowded. Bryggen er beliggende mindre end 1 km fra Hovedbanegården.

På Kalvebod brygge kan du nyde solen fra morgen til eftermiddag. For sol fra eftermiddag til aften, gå over broen til den modsatte side af kanalen, til det populære havnebad Islands brygge.

Ud over svømning og solbadning tilbyder havnepromenaden udendørs gym, leje af kajak og SUP, kajakrutsjebane og en lille udendørs café om sommeren.

Se mine favoritter blandt Københavns strande og badesteder her.

Bathing spot Badested Kalvebod Brygge Bølge Sea Swimming Harbor Kayak SUP Summer Havn København Copenhagen Copenhej