Copenhagen Harbour Baths
Copenhagen Harbour Baths (Danish
Danish language
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: Københavns Havnebade) is a system of recreation
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al bathing facilities along the waterfront of Copenhagen
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, Denmark
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. There are currently three harbour baths, the first and most well-known of which is located at Islands Brygge
Islands Brygge
Islands Brygge is a harbourfront area in central Copenhagen, Denmark, located on the north-western coast of Amager. The neighbourhood is noted for its waterfront park Havneparken, which is one of the most popular areas along the Copenhagen harbourfront and the location of one of the Copenhagen...

. A fourth venue at Sluseholmen
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 in South Harbour
Kongens Enghave
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 is set to open in 2011.

The harbour baths serve as a supplement to the beaches around the city, such as the extensive urban beach at Amager Strandpark
Amager Strandpark
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. In 2010 the Royal Danish Theatre
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 also established the temporary artificial Ophelia Beach on the Kvæsthusbroen pier next to the Royal Playhouse
Royal Danish Playhouse
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For the swimming season of 2002, the harbour bath at Islands Brygge opened as the first harbour bath in town. In 2003 the harbour bath was towed to the other side of the harbour and set up at Fisketorvet, while Islands Brygge got a new larger and permanent harbour bath designed by PLOT.

In 2010 the third harbour bath opened at the Svanemølle Bay after several delays and changes to the design.

Water quality

The water in the harbour today being as clean as that of Øresund
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, the harbour baths are a result of a consistent effort to improve the water quality in Copenhagen Harbour to an extent that allows for bathing to take place. The harbour baths are generally open all days of the week in the bathing season. In the event of unusually strong rains, sewage water
Sewage treatment
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 may spill into the harbour and cause pollution with E. coli bacteria
Coliform bacteria
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, closing the harbour baths temporarily. Such a closure normally lasts for a couple of days until tidal flux has changed all the water. Water quality is being monitored and reported on a dedicated web site

Harbour Bath Islands Brygge

The harbour bath at Islands Brygge has a total of 5 pools and a capacity for 600 people. There are two pools dedicated to children, two 50 metre pools for swimming and a diving pool with three and five metre springboard
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Copencabana lies next to the Fisketorvet Shopping Centre and Havneholmen in Vesterbro. It is a 650 sqm complex with three pools and springboards of 1 metre, 2 metres and 3 metres.

Svanemølle Beach

The Svanemølle Beach
Svanemølle Beach
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 is located in the Svanemølle Bay in Østerbro
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 and was inaugurated on 20 June 2010. It provides 4,000 sguare metres of beach with family-friendly low waters as well as a 130 metre long pier providing direct access to deeper waters.

See also

  • Round Christiansborg Open Water Swim
  • Islands Brygge
    Islands Brygge
    Islands Brygge is a harbourfront area in central Copenhagen, Denmark, located on the north-western coast of Amager. The neighbourhood is noted for its waterfront park Havneparken, which is one of the most popular areas along the Copenhagen harbourfront and the location of one of the Copenhagen...

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