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.

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.

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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.

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Ofelia Plads Badested Havn Harbor Swimming Spot Nyhavn Concrete Pier Mole Kyssetrappen 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.

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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.

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KRØYERS BAD-PLADS

Where:
At the end of the pedestrian and bicycle bridge Inderhavnsbroen opposite to Nyhavn, on Christianshavn side of the harbor.

Take a swim overlooking Nyhavn with a backdrop of awardwinning architecture. There is plenty of space on the sunny wooden jetty along the waterfront. Just around the corner is Broens Gadekøkken, where you can enjoy street food and drinks outside in sun loungers or benches.

Krøyers Plads on the North Atlantic pier has a long history of seafaring and trade, and today the island serves as a meeting place. Many of the several hundred years old warehouses still stand to this day, nowadays containing restaurants, the Arctic Institute and the Embassy of Iceland.

Krøyers Plads Badested Badebro Swimming Spot Nordatlantens Brygge Pakhuse Inderhavnsbroen Nyhavn København Copenhagen Copenhej

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Hvor:
For enden af gang- og cykelbroen Inderhavnsbroen overfor Nyhavn, på Christianshavn siden af havnen.

Tag en svømmetur i havnen med udsigt over Nyhavn. Ved Krøyers Plads er der masser af plads på den solrige brygge langs vandkanten og bygningerne i prisvindende arkitektur. Rundt om hjørnet ligger Broens Gadekøkken hvor man kan nyde mad og drinks udenfor på bænke eller i liggestole.

Krøyers Plads på Nordatlantens Brygge har lang historie af havfart og handel, og i dag fungerer holmen som et mødested og badested. Mange af de flere hundrede år gamle pakhuse står stadig og rummer i dag bl.a. restauranter, Arktisk institut og Islands ambassade.

Krøyers Plads Badested Badebro Swimming Spot Nordatlantens Brygge Pakhuse Inderhavnsbroen Nyhavn København Copenhagen Copenhej

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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.

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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.

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LA BANCHINA – SAUNA & SUN

One of the hottest spots in Copenhagen, and no wonder why! La Banchina, located on the islet of Refshaleøen, has an amazing outdoors space for hanging out with floating wooden piers on the water and on-site sauna. A perfect retreat for swimming and sunbathing, with a restaurant and bar offering organic food, snacks and wine. Yes it will be packed and yes I will be totally worth it!

La Banchina is very much Copenhagen to me – with its simplicity, accessibility and beautiful surroundings. Housed in an old wooden guardhouse with the most amazing ambiance and view overlooking the harbor. Food is delicious and simple at reasonable price. I love coming here –in summertime for wine and hanging out with friends in the late afternoon sun –and in winter season for a warming coffee, a visit in the sauna and a refreshing dip in the sea.

La Banchnia Bar Restaurant Badebro Naturvin Summer Badested Sauna Hotspot Refshaleøen København Copenhagen Copenhej

La Banchina restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. No reservations in summer season, the food can be enjoyed inside the small building or outside at the benches or piers. In winter season the 16 seat restaurant offer tasting menus, and booking is required to be guaranteed a spot.

The on-site barrel sauna with a panoramic view overlooking the water is open every day, at a cost of 50kr per person.

Location: Refshalevej 141, 1432 København K
Opening hours:
Every day 8:00-23.00
La Banchnia Bar Restaurant Badebro Naturvin Summer Badested Sauna Swimming Hotspot Refshaleøen København Copenhagen Copenhej

If you come and it’s too crowded –visit the neighbour bar Baby Baby, Reffen street food market or one of the other hot spots in the booming area Refshaleøen.

Get here: Bus 9A to end station Refshaleøen or harbor bus to Refshaleøen.

See my favourite Copenhagen spots to hang out here.
See my guide to Copenhagen’s best saunas here.

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Et af Københavns absolutte hotspots de seneste år. La Banchina, beliggende på Refshaleøen, har et udendørs område til at hænge ud med badebroer på vandet og sauna tønde. Et perfekt tilflugtssted for svømning og solbadning med restaurant og bar, der tilbyder økologisk mad, snacks og vin.

La Banchina er meget København for mig – med sin enkelhed, tilgængelighed og smukke omgivelser. Den gamle blå træbygning har den mest fantastiske stemning og udsigt til havnen. Maden er lækker og enkel til rimelige priser. Jeg elsker at komme her – om sommeren til vin og at hænge ud med venner i den sene eftermiddagssol – og i vintersæsonen for en kaffe på kajen, et besøg i saunaen og en dukkert i havnen.

Restauranten La Banchina tilbyder morgenmad, frokost og middag hver dag uden reservation i sommersæsonen. Maden kan nydes i den lille bygning eller på udendørs bænke eller badebro. I vintersæsonen tilbyder restauranten smagsmenuer, og reservation er nødvendig for at være garanteret en plads.

Saunaen med panorama udsigt over Københavns havn er åben hver dag til 50kr/person.

Adresse: Refshalevej 141, 1432 København K
Åbningstider:
Hver dag 8:00-23.00
La Banchnia Bar Restaurant Badebro Naturvin Summer Badested Sauna Swimming Hotspot Refshaleøen København Copenhagen Copenhej

Hvis La Banchina er overfyldt – besøg nabobaren Baby Baby, Reffen street food marked eller en af de mange hot spots i det blomstrende område Refshaleøen.

Find vej: Bus 9A til endestation Refshaleøen eller havnebus til Refshaleøen.

Se mine bedste sted til hygge i København her.
Se min guide til Københavns bedste saunaer her.

La Banchnia Bar Restaurant Badebro Naturvin Summer Badested Sauna Swimming Hotspot Refshaleøen København Copenhagen Copenhej

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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