• Sweden edition
Stockholm's five best bathing spots

Stockholm's five best bathing spots

Published: 20 Jul 2010 17:25 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Jul 2010 17:25 GMT+02:00

Summertime is here and Stockholm has been experiencing some record high temperatures. But there is no need to leave the the big smoke to beat the heat - the city is teeming with hot places to take a cool dip, whatever your style might be. Emy Gelb has been checking them out.

View Stockholm's best bathing spots in a larger map

1. The classic city swimming spot is Långholmen, a tiny island located just off of Sodermalm. The island, which is also home to an old converted jail, is a go-to spot for balmy summer days. The island features a family friendly sand beach, with stunning views of the Västerbron bridge and Kungsholmen. Ice cream and showers add to the allure of the easily accessible escape, and the packed island draws a diverse, all ages crowd. If a busy scene isn’t your thing, take a walk towards the end of the island and explore the quiet cliffs, peaceful parks, and calm coves that are much more private and relaxed. Långholmen offers something for everyone, and is the perfect place for an afternoon dip after work. T-Bana: Hornstull.

2. Another popular spot for families is Smedsuddsbadet, a large sandy beach found on the shores of Rålambshov Park, in Mariaberg. It’s also easily accessible, just under Västerbron bridge on the Kungsholmen side. T-Bana: Fridhemsplan.

3. There is also an abundance of smaller docks around the city that draw a younger, hip crowd. One spot that is particularly cool is Reimersholme, another island right off of Södermalm. Tattooed teenagers and trendy twenty-somethings take advantage of the island’s green space for sunbathing and the several docks for diving into busy canals. It is a spectacular spot, with views of Liljeholmen and Söder. Boats and people pass by often; and unlike the peaceful beach at Långholmen, Reimersholme truly feels like swimming in the middle of the city. T-Bana: Hornstull.


4. Another great spot for young people looking not only to swim, but to also scope out a hot scene, are the cliffs of Fredhäll in Kristineberg. The Metro paper ranked this spot the best place to mingle, it a flirt friendly and fun atmosphere. The lack of a sandy beach keep most families with younger kids away; there are only high cliffs to dive from, so make sure that you are a good swimmer if you go here. T-Bana: Kristineberg.

5. For those looking for an adventure of another sort, take the bus out towards Drottningholm, get off before the palace on the island of Kärsön, and walk across the golden fields into the nature reserve where private cliffs and coves await you. This spot is off the beaten path and recommended for those wanting something out of the ordinary; beware though, there is a rumored nudist colony hidden out there as well.

Paul Rapacioli (paul.rapacioli@thelocal.com)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

01:44 July 21, 2010 by merican
I thought that every beach in Sweden would be a nudist beach! How wrong I was... What's with the "beware" about it possibly being nudist?
10:45 July 21, 2010 by SarahRF
So you don't end up like my then 12 yr old brother, the first time we went to a Swedish beach in 2001. He walked with his head down and hands around his eyes like blinders so he wouldn't see all the topless women! :D
20:05 July 21, 2010 by Makaveli
Now somebody might want to rephrase the caption of this article. Using direct translations such as in this case "Bada" to "bathing" can alter the original meaning. The english word 'bath' aptly describes the act of cleaning or making the body clean by submerging in water and using cleaning agents such as soap or shower gel. In essense, the ultimate goal of taking a bath is to clean oneself, unlike what the caption tries to communicate. People DO NOT go to the beach to take baths (at least not in Sweden). They rather go there to swim or take a dip. The Local is a great place for me (as a Non native Swedish speaker) but i usually get carried aback, by the careless language errors and gross typos. For a professional online paper, i would say this is causing your credibility to take a dip.
07:51 July 22, 2010 by Skånedave
Pedant's corner:


"Bathing" (from bathe, not bath) actually means to take a dip. So that's correct and is not a typo.

However, also in the intro, it should be teeming, not teaming.

I didn't get any further than that in the article as I'm in Skåne and couldn't give a toss where 08ers bathe.
08:21 July 22, 2010 by Makaveli

I looked that up "bathe" and i gotta admit you are right. Thanks.
00:07 July 23, 2010 by Gretchen
Hej Merican,

if you want to bath in the nude, you have to go to Germany. There you can bath nude in the lakes on beaches and in most spots noone cares :)

I wonder where this wrong image of Swedes comes from .The even have saunas seperated for the sexes (something not common in Germany) and they sometimes wear swimwear in them --

Another good swimming spot is Kanaanbadet in Bromma.
16:29 July 23, 2010 by Kamikaze
Swedes seem to have been overly influenced by the Anglo-American mores in recent decades. When I first came to Stockholm 28 years ago, on a sunny summer's day every bit of green space would be filled with topless women catching the rare rays during their lunch breaks. By the water on the archipelago, skinny-dipping was very commonplace.

I have watched with regret over the past decades, as Sweden has become more uptight in this regard, more like the United States and less Continental. I am not sure where this new prudishness came from, but my guess is that it goes hand-in-hand with the number of McDonalds and American TV shows.
00:16 July 24, 2010 by Michael Whitfield
I can remember going to a park near the Stockholm center where topless bathing was common, but this was in the mid 80's. Maybe some of the readers know the name of the park. Seems like always some sort of activity was going on like exercising and work out. I have not visited Sweden in over 18 years so many social changes have occured I am sure.
12:08 July 25, 2010 by cogito
@Kamikaze #7 "my guess is that it goes hand-in-hand with the number of McDonalds and American TV shows"

in that case, Thank you Mcdonald's and American TV.

Not sure what your concept of "continental" is, but in Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal topless women are frowned upon. Even in Frence, it is less common than before. Besides, topless French breasts are less off-putting than the swinging melons you see here.
14:03 July 26, 2010 by Iri
I been there to No.2 spot the beach and the surrounding is awesome,,,
Today's headlines
Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat
Rickard Rundgren Björk of the coastguard services speaks to the media after the rescue operation on April 19th 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin /TT

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat

Three Saturday morning sailors had a lucky escape after their small boat collided and sank after it crashed into a cruise ship whilst sailing in the Stockholm archipelago. READ () »

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK
Sofie Marie Jansson. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK

British police have found the missing Swedish girl Sofie Jansson in London, exactly a week after she was last seen, with authorities saying she is doing well. READ () »

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Sweden's opposition party have stepped up its efforts to secure the pensioner vote by pledging to lower taxes for the elderly and make higher earners pay more. READ () »

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend
Showan Shattak pictured in Malmö before his attack. Photo: Facebook

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend

The 25-year-old man, whose stabbing by neo-Nazis sparked mass demonstrations across Sweden, has made a strong recovery in hospital and took to social media to thank supporters for campaigning against fascism. READ () »

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week. READ () »

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
People-watching April 16
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
Abba duo hints at reunion
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
People-watching April 11-13
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit: