Denmark’s capital offers a wealth of spa experiences for those of you who love warm or cold water, a steaming sauna or relaxing oils. We’ve found 10 of the best spas in Copenhagen, where you can experience relaxation, wellness and more.

    In the districts of Kastrup and Fristaden Christiania, you can find saunas and heated pools. If you need to feel invigorated, you can take a refreshing dip in the lake and clear your mind. Of course, there is ample opportunity to recharge your batteries with massage, facial masks and salt scrubs with lavender and grape for your whole body. And regardless of whether you choose spa experiences on Refshaleøen or Amager, you'll most certainly feel invigorated when you head home again.


    Kastrup Sea Bath (Kastrup Søbad)

    Go on a refreshing swim at the sea bath and enjoy the magic of Øresund

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    This architectonic gem of a sea bath is most certainly worth a visit since Kastrup Sea Bath (Kastrup Søbad) has a gorgeous view of both Saltholm Island (Saltholm Ø) and Sweden. At this conch-shaped sea bath, you can enjoy both beach and sea. The sea water basin is lit, and there are places to sit all the way around, so you can enjoy the fresh air and a warm cup of coffee from your thermos. If you are a water enthusiast who loves to jump in the water, you can also dive from a height of 10 or 16.5 feet into the basin. When the evening darkness falls, the built-in spotlights light up the trees and create a magical atmosphere in the harbour bath.

    There is free access to changing rooms, toilets and the actual baths. Swimming and being at the location is at your own risk.

    Location: Amager Strandvej 301, 2770 Kastrup, Denmark

    Open: Every day from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +45 30 76 02 35


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    Helgoland Baths (Helgoland Badeanstalt)

    Jump in the water from baths that have their own turquoise colour code

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    Let your spa adventure lead you to Amager Beach Park (Amager Strandpark), where you can visit the newly-built Helgoland Sea Baths (Helgoland Søbadeanstalt). The facility is named after the island of Helgoland. Even though the baths have only been located at Øresundsstien since 2008, after having moved from Svanemølle Bugt, the sea baths are over 90 years old.

    The only thing to concern yourself with is to put on your bathing suit and prepare your body for wellness – as well as a cold shock. This experience lent its name to Helgoland’s winter bathing association, The Cold Shock (Det Kolde Gys), which was founded in 1929. The baths, which were designed by architect Carsten Hoff, have separate pools for women and men, as well as a common pool. Helgoland is also known for its unique, turquoise colour, for which it actually holds a patent.

    Location: Øresundsstien 11, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

    Phone: +45 33 66 33 70


    Sofie Baths (Sofiebadet)

    Spa, wellness and organic delicacies under the same roof

    Just 200 metres from Christianshavn Metro Station, you can find the most beautiful baths, Sofie Baths (Sofiebadet), which invite you in for pure relaxation, pampering and wellbeing for both body and mind.

    Sofie Baths, which are appropriately located on Sofiegade, are an old establishment. The baths date back to 1909 and offer a spa, where you can also purchase skin-tightening algae masks and massages. The signature treatments at the Sofie Baths are the two hamam treatments, Hamam Treatment and Hamam Luxus, which are inspired by the Middle Eastern hamam tradition. If you need even more relaxation, you can pamper yourself with a home-made salt scrub with grape and lavender, followed by a massage with pleasantly-scented oils for 45 minutes. At the Sofie Baths’ café, you can enjoy organic delicacies.

    Location: Sofiegade 15, 1418 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Open: Tuesday from 11 am to 9 pm, Wednesday to Friday from 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on Monday.

    Phone: +45 28 68 98 29


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    The Bath House (Badehuset) in Christiania

    Get an unforgettable sauna trip in the open in Christiania

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    Visit the Bath House (Badehuset) in Christiania for a great experience. Christiania (or Fristaden or just Staden, as the area is also called) was founded in 1971 and is located in the district of Christianshavn in central Copenhagen. It’s the city’s fourth largest tourist attraction, which attracts around half a million annual visitors.

    Christiania is known for its liberalism and diversity, which is also reflected in Christiania’s Bath House (Badehuset), the outer wall of which is covered with graffiti. The Bath House plays a central role for the local residents, who meet up to bathe in the spa facilities which include a pool and sauna. During summer, half of the warm water in the bath house is heated by the solar panels on the roof, and a central woodburning stove in the bathing room heats up the sauna.

    Location: Ulrik, Fabriksområdet, 1440 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm. Closed on Monday.

    Phone: +45 70 20 19 71


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    Sandkaj Badezone (Sandkaj Bathing Zone)

    Take a swim along the romantic promenade in Nordhavn

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    Take an afternoon off in your calendar and prepare for urban relaxation at Sandkaj Badezone (Sandkaj Bathing Zone), located in the new Nordhavn neighbourhood. Here, you'll experience a romantic promenade with lively cafés and guests bathing or relaxing in the sun. There is also a sauna at the site as well as changing facilities, which you can use if you are a member of Nordhavn IF.

    The Sandkaj is open for bathing year round, and it's particularly popular during the cold winter months when the winter bathers jump in the cold harbour. Bathing is permitted within the marked areas. Just be aware that Sandkaj is a harbour bath, so there are no lifeguards.

    Location: Sandkaj 27, 2150 Nordhavn, Denmark


    Øbro Spa (Øbro Kurbad)

    Get ready for budget-friendly wellness and spa in central Copenhagen

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    Do you need extra relaxation and pampering for your body and soul? Then find your swimsuit and visit Øbro Spa (Øbro Kurbad) – Copenhagen’s first public swimming pool, located in Østerbro. Here, you can experience a beautiful arched roof with ceiling lights and a whole section with a spa bath.

    Øbro Hall (Øbro-Hallen) allows for a wealth of spa experiences. With one ticket, you get access to all spa facilities. This includes a lovely bubbling spa pool, a Roman caldarium steam bath with both a steam bath and radiant heating in the seats, a light therapy room and an infrared sauna. At the end, you can sit on one of the mahogany chairs and unwind. In other words: You will definitely leave Østerbro fully relaxed.

    Location: Gunnar Nu Hansens Pl. 3, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

    Open: Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 7 am to 8 pm, Wednesday from 8 am to 8 pm, Thursday from 6:30 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +45 33 66 33 70


    Sjællandsgade Baths (Sjællandsgade Bad)

    A cultural bath house with lovely spa experiences and croquis

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    Close to Nørrebro Metro Station you can find Sjællandsgade Baths (Sjællandsgade Bad) in Copenhagen N. The area invites you to a wellness dance, with hair dressers, a bakery and this bathing facility. Take the trip to this nice 100+ year old bathing facility, which since 2012, has been listed by the Cultural Heritage Authority (Kulturarvsstyrelsen). The place is run by volunteers, who treat it with love.

    At Sjællandsgade Baths, you can enjoy showers, sit in the hot sauna or experience aufguss and aroma therapy. The bathing facility also holds monthly events, such as foot baths, community singing and croquis drawing. Just check their calendar on the website and mark a date in yours.

    Location: Sjællandsgade 12A, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

    Open: Wednesday from 12 pm to 6 pm, Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +45 35 39 06 06


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    DGI Byen Aufguss

    Here, you get aufguss with a capital A

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    If you are looking for a good aufguss experience, you should drop by the Water Culture House (Vandkulturhuset) in DGI Byen. The mission of DGI Byen is to be home to the city’s active associations, and among other things, they arrange a nice wellness day with aufguss. This takes place at CPH Hotel and the swimming facility Water Culture House, which is two minutes away from the actual DGI Byen. Every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a so-called ‘Wellbeing evening’, where the lights are dimmed and the masters of steam make aufguss for 45 minutes.

    If you are a morning person, you can also attend short sessions with aufguss every Thursday morning, with lovely oils and cold rinses. Enjoy the feeling of wellbeing, and remember to drink plenty of water.

    Location: Ingerslevsgade, 1704 Copenhagen V, Denmark

    Phone: +45 33 29 80 00


    Bavnehøj Open-Air Swimming Pool (Bavnehøj Friluftsbad)

    Enjoy an afternoon with the kids at an open-air swimming pool

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    Bavnehøj Open-Air Swimming Pool (Bavnehøj Friluftsbad) is a nice, child-friendly open-air swimming pool in Copenhagen SV, for those of you who don’t like sand between your toes but want to swim a few laps and splash about with the kids. Here, you get a 25-metre-long pool with six lanes, a play pool and a grassy area with a playground for the little ones. Bring lots of magazines and books with you because Bavnehøj Open-Air Swimming Pool also offers facilities for sunbathing.

    Changing facilities and lockers are available. You just need to bring your own lock, bathing suit, towel and, of course, sunscreen for those rare sunny days. There is free entrance to the open-air swimming pool. Enjoy!

    Location: Enghavevej 90, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark

    Open: Opening hours vary by season

    Phone: +45 33 66 33 70


    La Banchina

    Go for a cold dip and a hot sauna on Refshaleøen

    La Banchina is an Italian restaurant with room for up to 16 seated guests. Here, you'll be met by the aroma of good coffee and an abundance of delicious quality ingredients. Don’t be fooled by the white and blue restaurant and bar, which looks like a workman’s hut; it will most certainly be an enchanting experience once you step inside. You get an authentic Italian atmosphere in unpolished surroundings, and the restaurant’s menu offers a few simple and inviting dishes. You can also order natural wine from small independent vineyards with your meal.

    La Banchina is located by the water, and you can jump in directly from a bathing jetty and then hop right into a hot sauna. You can't book tables at the restaurant, but do book your sauna session in good time since it's a popular spot. And it's easy to understand why!

    Location: Refshalevej 141, 1432 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Open: Monday to Wednesday from 8 am to 8 pm, Thursday to Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm as well as Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +45 31 26 65 61 


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