The guide to great swimming spots in central Stockholm

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.

Fredhällsbadet

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.

Långholmens bad

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.

Smedsuddbadet

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.

Tantolundens badplats

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.

Brunnsviksbadet

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.

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Ekhagens strandbad

"Lappis Beach"

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.

Lilla Essingebadet

Island life

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.

Vintervikens badplats

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.

Flatenbadet

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.