A guide to Copenhagen’s best swimming spots
With Soho House Copenhagen due to open this summer, here’s where to take a dip like the Danes
Wednesday 29 June 2022 By Alexandra Pereira
Kastrup Sea Bath
Known as The Snail due it’s unusual structure, this is located at the Kastrup end of Amager Strand. Wade into the cool waters of the Øresund (aka The Sound) from the sand, or leap off the wooden jetty of this striking architectural landmark. It’s free to use, with plenty of space for sunbathing and a few diving platforms. On a really hot day it can get a little busy, so come early.
This is urban swimming at its most organised, and The Danes love organised fun. There are three separate pools – one for children, one for diving and one for regular swimming – with lifeguards on duty throughout the day. And the best thing? It’s under five minutes by bike from Soho House.
One of Copenhagen’s original harbour baths after the major city water clean-up over a decade ago. People will be shirtless and Soundboxxed, so this spot isn’t for the shy and retiring; rather, it’s good for a refreshing dive off the high board before you head back to chicer climes over at Havnegade.
Cycle 20 minutes to the bougie neighbourhood of Østerbro, just east of the city centre. When it’s not all prams and vegan cafes, it’s famous for its sunsets and proximity to the first stretch of sand that heads up the coast all the way to Helsingør. A great spot for a swim in the sea, there’s also a pier and lots of hotdog stands for traditional beach vibes.
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