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.

BUTCHERS HEAT SAUNA TRUCK

Butchers Heat is Copenhagen’s perhaps hottest sauna, and after an hour’s saunagus with a dip in the sea in between sessions, the mood is high and the mind calm. Butchers Heat sauna truck is the place to be for sauna enthusiasts and winter bathers looking for an intense sauna experience in an urban environment.

A sauna on wheels – The old military van which houses Butchers Heat has been furnished with a cosy wood-burning sauna. The mobile sauna can seat 12 people and arranges saunagus at various locations in the Copenhagen harbor with talented gusmasters. Weekly sessions are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays;

Wednesdays on Refshaleøen, in Margereteholmen
harbor next to CopenHill ski slope
At 18:00, 19:00 & 20:00
Butchers Heat Sauna Truck Saunagus Refshaleøen Margereteholmen Havn Harbor Vinterbadning Winter Bathing København Copenhagen Copenhej
Thursdays at Svanemøllen beach
At 18:00, 19:00 & 20:00
On Sundays, frequent pop-ups are held in different locations in and outside Copenhagen
Price: 145kr
The price includes water and snacks during
the breaks between each saunagus
Butchers Heat Sauna Truck Saunagus Refshaleøen Margereteholmen Havn Harbor Vinterbadning Winter Bathing København Copenhagen Copenhej

It is possible to rent Butchers Heat for private events.

See my guide to Copenhagen’s best saunas here.
Learn more about saunagus here.

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Butchers Heat er Københavns måske varmeste sauna, og efter en times saunagus af tre sessioner med havdyp mellem hver gus er humøret højt og sindet i ro. Butchers Heat saunatruck er en drøm for sauna entusiaster og vinterbadere som leder efter en intens saunaoplevelse i urban miljø.

Butchers Heat Sauna Truck Saunagus Refshaleøen CopenHill Margereteholmen Havn Harbor Vinterbadning Winter Bathing København Copenhagen Copenhej

Den gamle militære mandskabsvogn er blevet indrettet med en hyggelig sauna med brændeovn. Den mobile sauna har plads til 12 personer og afholder saunagus på forskellige locations i det københavnske havnemiljø med dygtige gusmestere. Faste sessioner afholdes onsdage og torsdage nærmest hver uge;

Onsdage på Refshaleøen, i Margereteholmen
havn ved siden af CopenHill Amager bakke
Kl 18:00, 19:00 & 20:00
Torsdage ved Svanemøllen strand
Kl 18:00, 19:00 & 20:00
Søndage afholdes popup events forskellige steder i og udenfor København
Pris: 145kr
Prisen er for en time og inkluderer 3 x Gus
med vand og snacks i pauserne

Det er mulig at leje Butchers Heat til private arrangementer.

Se min guide til Københavns bedste saunaer her.
Læs om hvad er saunagus her.

OFELIA PLADS

Where:
Kvæsthusbroen, at the bottom of Sankt Annæ Plads

Ofelia Plads is Copenhagen’s most central spot for a dip in the harbor, only 5 minutes by walking from Nyhavn. The public venue is built on water, consisting of a 275 meter long concrete pier starting at the Royal Theatre building. Here you find “the Kissing Stair” where you can sit on the beautiful wooden stairway, with steps disappearing under water level.

Ofelia Plads Badested Havn Harbor Swimming Spot Nyhavn Concrete Pier Mole Kyssetrappen København Copenhagen Copenhej
Ofelia Plads Badested Havn Harbor Swimming Spot Nyhavn Concrete Pier Mole Kyssetrappen København Copenhagen Copenhej

The bathing spot offers street food, concerts, art installations, an underground car park and plenty of space for hanging out – with views to the opera house and the royal quarters. Ofelia Plads has a permanent bar with sun chairs, serving drinks and coffee. Grab food from one of the food trucks or bring your own picnic and blanket.

See my favourite Copenhagen beaches and bathing spots here.

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Hvor:
Kvæsthusbroen, ved enden af Sankt Annæ Plads

Ofelia Plads er Københavns mest centrale badested, beliggende kun 5 minutter til fods fra Nyhavn. Pladsen er bygget på vandet, og består af en 275 meter lang mole i forlængelse af Skuespilhuset. I starten af betonmolen ligger Kyssetrappen, en smuk trætrappe til at sidde og nyde et øjeblik i solen, med trin som forsvinder ned under vandoverfladen.

Ofelia Plads Badested Havn Harbor Swimming Spot Nyhavn Concrete Pier Mole Kyssetrappen København Copenhagen Copenhej

På Ofelia Plads finder du gademad, koncerter, kunstinstallationer, en underjordisk parkeringsplads og masser af plads til at hænge ud -med udsigt til operahuset og det kongelige kvarter. Pladsen har en permanent bar med liggestole og servering af drinks og kaffe. Køb frokost fra en foodtruck, eller medbring din egen picnic og tæppe.

Se mine favoritter blandt Københavns strande og badesteder her.

Ofelia Plads Badested Havn Harbor Swimming Spot Nyhavn Concrete Pier Mole Kyssetrappen København Copenhagen Copenhej

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

DRAGØR SØBAD

Where:
10 minutes walk from Dragør harbor,
located behind Dragør Fort
Location: Batterivej 15, 2791 Dragør

The beautiful sea bathing facility in Dragør is a year-round destination -in summertime for a dip in the sea overlooking the Øresund Bridge and Malmö -and in winter season for a cup of coffee on the jetty. You can go for a swim all year, but you have to walk far out because of the shallow water.

1 May – 31 August is summer season with services and supervision in the period from 7:00 to 17:00. Admission is 20kr for adults and 10kr for children. During summer, outdoor yoga is also offered at the jetty once a week.

During winter, access to Dragør Søbad is free.

Dragør Søbad Badebro Vinterbad Sommer Havn Øresundsbroen Amager Copenhagen Copenhej
Dragør Søbad Badebro Vinterbad Sommer Havn Øresundsbroen Amager Copenhagen Copenhej

Get here from Copenhagen: Dragør is located 15km from Copenhagen city centre. Take bus 350S or go by bike or car.

See my favourite Copenhagen beaches and bathing spots here.

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Hvor:
10 minutters gang fra Dragør havn,
beliggende bag Dragør Fort
Adresse: Batterivej 15, 2791 Dragør

Det smukke badeanlæg i Dragør er et helårs udflugtssted -om sommeren til en dukkert i havet med udsigt over Øresundsbroen og Malmö -og i vintersæsonen for en kop kaffe på badebroen. Du kan tage en svømmetur hele året, men man skal langt ud før vandet bliver dybt.

Dragør Søbad Badebro Vinterbad Sommer Havn Øresundsbroen Amager Copenhagen Copenhej

Perioden 1 maj – 31 august er sommersæson med service samt opsyn i tidsrummet 7:00-17:00. Entré koster 20kr for voksne og 10kr for børn. I denne periode tilbydes også udendørs yoga på badebroen en gang om ugen.

Resten av året er der fri adgang til Dragør Søbad.

Find vej fra København: Dragør ligger 15 km fra Københavns centrum. Tag bus 350S, cyklen eller bilen.

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.

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