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CPH tip: Let’s go swimming!

July 17, 2014
Islands brygge havnebad via that nordic feeling
A guide to going swimming in Copenhagen via that nordic feeling

Helgoland by Amager Strandpark

You might know Copenhagen for its design, food and fashion scene. And no doubt about it – it’s a city full of food, fashion and beautiful design aswell as architecture, playgrounds and parks/green spots. But there is another thing Copenhagen do really well – swimming! Once the sun comes out to play during summer, the city is full of spots to go swimming and cool off.

Last week’s heat wave is coming back this weekend, so it’s perfect timing for a little guide to soak up some sun and get your swim on in the city. Copenhagen has 2 beaches, 3 harbour baths and 2 public open air swimming pools – so no matter where you are staying in the city, the water is never far away.

Us Danes spend as much time as we can outside during summer when the weather is nice. I guess we need to make up for all the cold and dark months. Summer is just the opposite – the sun rises at 4 in the morning and sets at 22-23 at night. That gives us a lot of hours in between. So you will find a lot of outdoor activities going on by the beach and the harbour baths. We go for picnics and barbeques and soak up the sun till late at night. You need to see this to get the true Copenhagen experience.

I’ve plotted everything into a Google map for your convenience:


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The beaches

There are two beaches in Copenhagen – the big beach park on Amager and the beach on Østerbro. Svanemølle beach is a 4,000 sqm. new sandy beach with a 130 meter long pier into the water.

If you are staying in Østerbro make sure to check this ice cream place out (they changed their name since last year, but the ice cream are still as good!).

Amager Strandpark via that nordic feeling

This is what Amager Strandpark looks like at 9 pm on a hot summer’s day in Copenhagen.

My favourite is the beach park on Amager – 5 kilometres of beautiful sandy beach along Øresund with a view of Sweden and the majestic wind turbines, you probably noticed from the plane. There’s an artificial island just off the coast, forming a lagoon with toddlers’ pools and a 1,000-metre long rowing and swimming lane. There is also a pier called Helgoland (see the first photo of the post) where you can jump in the water from, enjoy the sun and take in the view of the beach. There is a board walk along the beach, so it is also a popular spot to go for walks, bike rides, skates and anything with wheels on really. There are nice areas with grass so it is also a very popular spot for picnics and barbeques. You can also play mini golf, go windsurfing, kayaking and don’t forget to treat yourself to an ice cream. I recommend the homemade ice cream from Ismageriet (by Kastrup Fortet) – Yum!

A guide to going swimming in Copenhagen via that nordic feeling

Ismageriet by Kastrup Fortet along Amager Strandpark

Did you catch my tip on my favourite brunch place yesterday? This place does really good take away too – a 5 minutes walk from Amager Strandpark.

Amager Strandpark
Amager Strandvej – Take the Metro (ariport-line) and get off at Øresund st.
2300 København S
Open all year round obviously, but the life guard stations are manned from 23rd of June to the last Sunday of August, every day from 10.00-18.00.

Svanemøllen Strand
Strandpromenaden 36
2100 København Ø
Open all year round obviously, but the life guard stations are manned from 23rd of June to 31st of August, every day from 10.00-18.00.

The harbour baths

Copenhagen is known for its clean water and being a green capital. The harbours are so clean, that we can swim in it. There are three harbour baths along the canal. There are life guards on duty during opening hours all summer long and kid friendly basins. The place attracts all sorts of people – families with children, young people, swimmers alike, so feel free to jump in and join the fun.

Havnebadet Islands Brygge
Islands Brygge 14
2300 København S
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 07.00-20.00.

Havnebadet Fisketorvet
Kalvebod Brygge 55
1560 København V
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 11.00-19.00.

Havnebadet Sluseholmen
Ben Websters Vej 69
2450 København SV
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 11.00-19.00.

Public open air swimming pools

There are two public open air swimming pools if you prefer not to swim in the ocean.

Bavnehøj Friluftsbad
Enghavevej 90
2450 København SV
Open from 9th of June to 7th of September, every day from 10.00-18.00.

Bellahøj Friluftsbad
Bellahøjvej 1-3
2700 Brønshøj
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 11.00-17.30.

Hope you do go for a swim while visiting Copenhagen during summer. Also go buy some take out and have a dinner picnic by the beach or harbour Copenhagen-style. Have fun! x

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8 Comments

  • Reply Kirstine July 17, 2014 at 08:53

    Bliv endelig ved med dine guides til København – det er inspirerende og giver mig lyst til at flytte dertil!

    • Rikke
      Reply Rikke July 17, 2014 at 09:00

      Hej Kirstine.

      Det er også en skøn og smuk by :-) Dejligt at høre, at du kan bruge mine guides. Jeg har flere på vej :-)

      God dag til dig.

  • Reply Helena July 17, 2014 at 11:01

    It s really a lovely post!
    ebnjoyed to watch pics from a country I ve been living 6years !

  • Reply Melafrique July 17, 2014 at 12:56

    That’s the beauty of Copenhagen. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely indulge in one of these xxx

    • Rikke
      Reply Rikke July 18, 2014 at 10:05

      Maybe we should meet for a walk on the beach? x

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