Harbour Bath Fisketorvet
It is a warm sunny day in Copenhagen and you have been treating yourself to a little shopping at the Fisketorvet shopping centre; it is in Vesterbro and a little less touristy. You are feeling quite warm and you can see people enjoying the cooling waters of the harbour in the open water swimming pool.
Copenhagen has been famous for its harbour bathing ever since the council took steps to clean up the river and there are several sites around the harbour where you can take a dip. The pools are completely enclosed so you don’t have to worry about the harbour traffic mixing with swimmers and entry is free.
The pool at Fisketorvet has a 50m long exercise pool, a shallow children’s pool and a diving pool for the more adventurous swimmer. Copenhagen’s other harbour swimming sites are Svanemølle Beach, Sluseholmen and the most popular one is at Islands Brygge.
Copenhageners love the harbour swim and often you will see workers carrying swimming gear in their brief cases ready for a quick dip at lunchtime or after work. This is a great way to meet up with locals and soak up some true Danish adventure spirit as well as a few rays. We don’t need to tell you that while there are plenty of lifeguards present there is no other security so don’t leave valuables lying about or on view.
If you are feeling peckish then there are a few places to eat in the shopping centre for a snack like Cafe Cyprus which does a tasty buffet style lunch. Or a short walk up the road is Ristorante Cortona, a popular little Italian place with a warm welcome.
So slip on you bathers, slap on some sunscreen and head for a cooling dip in Copenhagen’s harbour.