The guide to great swimming spots in central Stockholm
Updated 21 May 2019
When the summer warmth finally spreads over Stockholm, you need to know where you can cool off with a refreshing dip. There aren't many capital cities where you can swim from sandy beaches and bathing rocks right in the city centre, but Stockholm is a real outdoor urban swimmer's paradise. Follow our guide to the best places around town to jump (or creep) into the cooling waters of the Baltic or Lake Mälaren on a hot summer's day.
Evening sun on Kungsholmen
Fredhäll's bathing spot is on the island of Kungsholmen and the water quality here is generally better than the other inner city swimming spots. There's a wooden bathing hut surrounded by rocks and jetties surrounded by a high wooden fence. The bathing hut is open during the daytime, but closes in the evenings. So if you fancy an evening dip, you'll need to swim from the rocky shore outside the official bathing area. Fredhäll gets gorgeous evening sun.
- Fredhällsbadet, Snoilskyvägen 34, Kungsholmen
Popular sandy beach on Södermalm
Långholmen's beach is a popular bathing spot among local city-dwellers. There's a kiosk near the beach, and if you don't want to swim from the beach you can launch off from the pontoon jetty or cliffs a short walk away. Långholmen has great views over Riddarfjärden and Stockholm City Hall.
- Långholmens bad, Långholmen, Hornstull/Södermalm
Child-friendly swimming beach in Rålambshovsparken
Smedsuddsbadet is in Rålambshovsparken in Kungsholmen. There's a kiosk and you can rent kayaks and SUPs at Rålis Kajak nearby. Smedsuddsbadet is popular with families and young people.
- Smedsuddbadet, Rålambshov, Kungsholmen
Born again in Årstaviken
The swimming beach in Tantolunden became an official public bathing spot in 2010 thanks to its improved water quality and since then it's had a major upgrade with a diving platform and jetties. If you want a break from swimming, there's also a climbing wall, minigolf and kiosk on site.
- Tantolundens badplats, Tantolunden, Hornstull/Södermalm
Lovely swimming beach close to the university
This great swimming beach's proximity to the university means you'll often find plenty of students on the beach and in the water. It doesn't usually get too busy, and if you're lucky you'll turn up on the same day as the hot dog guy selling sausages.
- Var: Frescati Hage, Norra Djurgården
- Brunnsviksbadet, Frescati Hage, Norra Djurgården
Close to the Lappkärrsberget, or "Lappis", area in northern Djurgården, you'll find Ekhagens beach bathing spot, also known as Lappis Beach. The swimming area is run by the crown estate and is surrounded by forests and rocky outposts.
- Ekhagens strandbad, Lektorsstigen, Norra Djurgården
Lilla Essingen is surrounded by water, and anyone who fancies a dip while on the island will find a jetty with a bathing ladder close to the boat clubs. There are two portaloos in the summer, and nice grassy areas to sunbathe on next to the bathing spot.
- Lilla Essingebadet, Primusgatan 18-20, Lilla/Stora Essingen
Beautiful summertime favourite
Vinterviken's swimming place is a real summer draw with beautiful views over the bay. Most swimmers jump into the water from the jetty, but there's also a little sandy beach hidden away.
- Vintervikens badplats, Vinterviken, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Diving platform, cliffs and sandy beach south of the city
Flatenbadet is south of Stockholm close to Älta and Skarpnäck. There's a swimming beach as well as rocks you can jump and swim from, from various different heights. You can also jump from the diving platforms. As well as swimming, there's minigolf, tennis, camping and a kiosk and grill.
- Flatenbadet, Flatenvägen 200