Copenhagen Sea and Harbour baths

Sea Baths – On the island of Zealand and Amager, facing the Øresund (Sound), and with Sweden to the east, Copenhagen is not far from a beach or two. But seeing as the water is always shallow you may want to visit one of the sea baths if you want to swim rather than splash.

Kastrup Søbad
Kastrup Sea Bath, or The Snail as the locals call it, is the most beautiful construction for outdoor swimming in Copenhagen. Built in 2005 entirely out of azobe, an African wood that is harder than steel and never rots or attracts woodworm, the sea bath offers Copenhageners a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and sometimes even kayaking. The 750 square-metre conch-like structure has diving towers, lots of space to lie about in, and an amazing view over the sea and Øresund bridge to Sweden.

Dragør Søbad
The quaint fishing village of Dragør is worth a visit in itself, and apart from cobbled streets with tiny yellow houses, Dragør also has a great sea bath. Facing the open sea, but surrounded by walls on three sides, you can enjoy a swim in fresh seawater, but without too much wind.

Charlottenlund Søbad
The Sea bath was built back in 1901.

Built in 1913, Helgoland is one of the oldest sea baths in Copenhagen. Until the 1970s this is where many Copenhagen children learned to swim, and it has been the home of the winter swimmer’s club, Det Kolde Gys (The Cold Rush), since 1929. In 2008, Helgoland reopened after four years of refurbishment, but before it was dismantled many of its wooden planks were sold at auction to sentimental regulars.

Harbour Bath – A decade-long clean-up programme transformed Copenhagen harbour, and in 2002 the first of what is now three harbour baths opened, followed by another a year later. They became an instant success, and on sunny days Copenhageners flock to them. In winter they are open for members-only swimming.

Islands Brygge
The first harbour bath to open, in 2002, and still the most-visited, the Islands Brygge has become an iconic Copenhagen landmark. It was designed by architect Bjarke Ingels and on warm sunny days thousands come here to swim, dive, sunbathe on the lawns … and just to be seen. There is a 75m swimming pool, a diving pool, a children’s pool, and a paddling pool.

If you actually want to swim, or if you are not a fan of the large crowds at Islands Brygge, you may want to cross the harbour and visit Fisketorvet instead. The Olympic-size pool attracts swimmers training for a triathlon, and on Tuesday evenings there are free front crawl lessons open to everyone.

The newest harbour baths opened in the Sluseholmen district, south of the city centre, in 2012. Its shape resembles a coral reef, which has inspired the name The Coral Bath. Mainly used by local families, this harbour bath is less busy than Islands Brygge.

Several new images in the “Coast” and “Harbour” categories has been added to the webshop.

Here are some of the newly added images.