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

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.

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.

HAVNEVIGEN BEACH

Where:
Between Amager fælled and Amager Rowing
and Kayak club.

Last year the artificial beach opened at the southernmost end of Islands Brygge. I stumbled upon it while biking through the new neighborhood that was under construction when, with great surprise, I was suddenly dazzled by a white sand beach. Havnevigen beach is located in a newly established bay, surrounded by an exclusive neighborhood. So far, there is a café next to the beach and the local area is continuously being developed.

Havnevigen Strand Beach Amager Fælled Havnestaden Sandstrand København Copenhagen Copenhej

Havnevigen gives Amager beach competition for sunbathers and swimmers, with its central location and modern surroundings. The beach is private but with public access.

See my favorite Copenhagen beaches and bathing spots here.

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Hvor:
Mellem Amager fælled og Amager Ro-og Kajakklub.

I sidste år åbnede den kunstige strand i den sydligste ende af Havnestaden. Jeg faldt over den på en cykeltur i den nye bydel, når jeg med stor overraskelse pludselig blev blændet af en hvid sandstrand. Havnevigen strand ligger i en nyetableret vig, omgivet af et helt nyopført og eksklusivt nabolag. Ind til videre findes et café ved vandkanten og lokalområdet udvikles løbende.

Havnevigen Strand Beach Amager Fælled Havnestaden Sandstrand København Copenhagen Copenhej

Havnevigen giver Amager strand konkurrence om badegæsterne, med sin centrale beliggenhed og moderne omgivelser. Stranden er privat område, men med offentlig adgang.

Se mine favoritter blandt Københavns strande og badesteder her.