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.

CAFÉ SLUSEN

A hidden gem in Copenhagen’s southern port area – at Café Slusen there is plenty of space for sitting outside on a sunny day, overlooking the floodgate and enjoying a cold glass of wine.

The cute café is specialized in high-quality canned fish, such as sustainable tuna, sardine and seafood in olive oil. If you are not into delicacies from the sea, the café also serves smaller snacks, draft beer and wine.

Location:
Ved Slusen 34, 2300 København
Opening hours:
Tuesday-Friday 10:00-19:00
Saturday 10:00-20:00
Café Slusen Bar Sydhavn Harbor København Copenhagen Copenhej

Café Slusen is situated at the water-regulating sluice that separates Copenhagen’s southern port from Kalveboderne. The area is not known to most visitors in Copenhagen, and is a place with a lot of charm, nature and harbor views. Nearby canal district Sluseholmen is a nice area for exploring and the white sand beach of Havnevigen is also situated close by.

Get here: Take your bicycle or boat – that can be parked at the dock.
With publc transportation – Take bus 18 and get off at bus stop Ved Slusen.

See my favourite Copenhagen spots to hang out here.

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En skjult perle i Københavns sydlige havneområde – på Café Slusen er der masser af plads til at sidde udenfor på en solskinsdag, med et koldt glas vin og udsigt over slusen.

Det søde minicafé er specialiseret i luksus konserves fra Spanien og Portugal, såsom bæredygtig tun, sardin og skaldyr i olivenolie. Hvis du ikke er til delikatesser fra havet, serverer café Slusen også mindre snacks, øl og vin.

Adresse:
Ved Slusen 34, 2300 København
Åbningstider:
Tirsdag-Fredag 10:00-19:00
Lørdag 10:00-20:00
Café Slusen Bar Sydhavn Harbor View København Copenhagen Copenhej

Café Slusen ligger ved siden af den vandregulerende sluse i Sydhavn, der adskiller Københavns sydlige havn fra Kalveboderne. Området er ikke kendt for de fleste besøgende i København, og er et sted med masse charme, natur og udsigt over havnen. Nærliggende kanaldistrikt Sluseholmen er et sjovt område at udforske, og Havnevigen strand ligger også i nærheden.

Find vej: Tag din cykel eller båd – der kan parkeres ved kajen.
Med offentlig transport – Tag bus 18 og gå af ved busstoppet Ved Slusen.

Se mine bedste sted til hygge i København her.

THE LITTLE MERMAID

With over one million visitors every year, The Little Mermaid is the most popular lady in Copenhagen. The bronze statue only measures 1,25m tall and sits on a rock by the waterside promenade at Langelinie. There are no time restrictions or admission for visiting as it is an open area.

Pretty much any time of the day, The Little Mermaid is surrounded by tourists, taking turns posing with the iconic statue. It can get very busy -come early in the day to avoid the crowds.

Den Lille Havfrue The Little Mermaid Statue Langelinie Visit Guide Havn Harbor København Copenhagen Copenhej

The statue was ordered by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, after his visit to the ballet about fairytale story The Little Mermaid. It was made by sculptor Edvard Eriksen and unveiled at it’s current location in 1913. Jacobsen was a passionate art collector, in particularly of sculpture, and he donated his personal collection of works that founded Glyptoteket art museum.

Get here: Bus 27 to Indiakaj or harbor bus to Nordre Toldbod.

Around the corner from The Little Mermaid is restaurant and bar Toldboden. Located in the old customs building by the waterside it is a nice place for a lunch or coffee with a view over the harbor.

Den Lille Havfrue The Little Mermaid Statue Langelinie Visit Guide Havn Harbor København Copenhagen Copenhej

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Med over en million besøger hvert år er Den Lille Havfrue Københavns mest populære dame. Bronzestatuen måler kun 1,25m og sidder på en klippe ved strandpromenaden ved Langelinie. Der er ingen tidsbegrænsning for besøgere, da det er et åbent område.

Ethvert tidspunkt på dagen er Den Lille Havfrue omgivet af turister, der skiftes om at posere ved siden af den ikoniske statue. Kom tidligt på dagen for at undgå folkemængder.

Den Lille Havfrue The Little Mermaid Statue Langelinie Visit Guide Havn Harbor København Copenhagen Copenhej

Statuen blev bestilt af Carl Jacobsen, søn af grundlæggeren af Carlsberg, efter hans besøg i balletten om Den Lille Havfrue. Den blev lavet af billedhuggeren Edvard Eriksen og afsløret på det nuværende sted i 1913. Jacobsen var en lidenskabelig kunstsamler, især af skulptur, og han donerede sin personlige samling af værker der grundlagde Glyptoteket kunstmuseum.

Find vej: Bus 27 til Indiakaj eller havnebus til Nordre Toldbod.

Rundt om hjørnet fra Den Lille Havfrue finder man restaurant og bar Toldboden. Med sin beliggenhed i den gamle toldbygning ved havnefronten er det et dejligt sted at spise frokost eller kaffe med havudsigt.

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

KAYAK BAR

Kayak Bar has plenty of space, in summer season outside on the floating pontoons and in wintertime inside the rustic indoor space located under Knippelsbro. The bar is located right beside the canals in Copenhagen harbor and the atmosphere is good. Watch the sun set over Holmen Church from the floating beach pontoon accompanied by a beer and swaying (plastic) palm trees.

Kayakbar Floating Bar Restaurant Beach Beer Kajak Knippelsbro København Copenhagen Copenhej
Kayak Bar
Location: Børskaj 12, 1221 København
Opening hours:
Wednesday-Sunday

The restaurant serves grilled main dishes and some of the best Moules Frites in Copenhagen. Kayak Bar hosts many concerts, festivals and fun events.

As the name suggests, kayaks are available for rent year-round. Kayak Bar also offers kayak lessons and guided tours of the canals. In winter season there is a sauna for rent on site, with space for 8 people.

Kayakbar Floating Bar Restaurant Beach Kajak Knippelsbro København Copenhagen Copenhej

See my favorite Copenhagen bars here.

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På Kayak Bar er masser af plads, om sommeren ude på de flydende pontoner og i vintersæson indenfor i de rustikke lokaler beliggende under Knippelsbro. Baren ligger lige ned til kanalerne i Københavns havn og stemningen er god. Se solnedgangen over Holmens kirke fra den flydende strand med tæerne i sandet og en øl i hånden.

Kayak Bar
Adresse: Børskaj 12, 1221 København
Åbningstider:
Onsdag-Søndag

Restauranten serverer mad fra grillen og nogle af de bedste Moules Frites i København. Kayak Bar hoster mange koncerter, festivaler og sjove events.

Kayakbar Floating Bar Restaurant Beach Moules Frites Kajak Knippelsbro København Copenhagen Copenhej
Kayakbar Floating Bar Restaurant Beach Kajak Knippelsbro København Copenhagen Copenhej

Som navnet antyder, findes naturligvis kajakker til udlejning året om. Kayak Bar tilbyder også kajakkurser og guidede ture i kanalerne. I vinterhalvåret findes en sauna til leje, med plads til 8 personer.

Se flere af mine favoritter blandt Københavns barer her.

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