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Splash and sweat: The best pools and spas in Stockholm

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Splash and sweat: The best pools and spas in Stockholm
Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar at Eriksdalsbadet pool. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT
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Winter temperatures putting you off outdoor exercise? Need a spa to cheer yourself up? Here are our favourite spots to swim and sauna in the Swedish capital.
 
The mother of all pools in Sweden, Erikdalsbadet is the country's national swimming centre. It boasts five different pools, including one that is a whopping 50m in length. There's also a diving area and a fun water park for kids plus several hot tubs (men, women and mixed) and saunas. This place does get packed at weekends so head here off-peak for a more peaceful experience.
 
Where: Hammarby Slussväg 20, Skanstull subway stop 
 
When: Mon-Thurs 6.30am - 9pm, Fri 6.30am-8pm, Sat and Sun 9pm - 6pm
 
Cost: Adults 90 kronor. Students, senior citizens and job seekers 60 kronor. Children (aged 4-19) 40 kronor. Two adults and one or two kids – 220 kronor. One adult and one or two kids – 130 kronor. Free entry for kids under four.
 
 

Swedish Olympic swimmer Sara Sjöström swims at Eriksdalsbadet. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT
 
 
Stockholm's most iconic indoor swimming spot is a little pricier than other pools in the city, but we reckon it's worth every krona. Built back in 1904 by the architect Wilhelm Klemming, here you can get an authentic art nouveau spa experience.
 
A basic entry ticket includes access to the main swimming pool, thermal baths, hydrotherapy pool and hot tubs. There's also a range of saunas and a fitness centre where you can work out, do yoga or meditate. Beauty therapy treatments, swimming lessons and yoga courses are available for additional fees.
 
Where:  Drottninggatan 88 / Holländargatan 11, Hötorget subway stop
 
When: Mon - Fri 7am - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 7pm, Sunday 9pm - 6pm
 
Cost: Adults 250 kronor. Students, senior citizens and job seekers 150 kronor.
 
 

The art nouveau swimming pool. Photo: Jurek Holzer/Svd/TT
 
 
Part of a friendly neighbourhood sports complex in the south of the city, this 25m pool is a great place to swim lengths at a range of paces. You can also relax in the sauna and hot tub. There's a training pool for kids here too. Remember to check the opening times online before you set off, they vary every day here!
 
Where: Farstaängsvägen 3, Farsta subway stop
 
When: Mon 10am - 7.30pm, Tue 6.30am - 6.30pm, Wed 6.30am - 9pm, Thu 6.30am - 8pm, Fri 6.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 8.30am - 3pm, Sun 9.30am - 3pm
 
Cost: Adults 70 kronor. Students, senior citizens and job seekers 50 kronor. Children (aged 4-19) 20 kronor. Free entry for kids under four.
 
 
Children at Farsta simhall. Photo: Kerstin Carlsson/TT
 
 
Situated a unique location, jutting out into the waters of Liljeholmsviken (off Södermalm island), this 16.7m pool was built back in 1929. It's a calm and serene spot for swimming short lengths or relaxing in the sauna. We only wish it had longer opening hours.
 
Where: Bergsunds Strand 26, Hornstull subway stop
 
When: Mon 7am-7pm (women only), Tues and Wed 7am - 4pm (mixed), Thursday 7am - 5pm (mixed), Friday 7am - 7pm (men only), Sat 8am - 2pm (families especially welcome)
 
Cost: Adults 70 kronor. Students, senior citizens and job seekers 50 kronor. Children (aged 4-19) 20 kronor. Free entry for kids under four.
 
 

Liljeholmsbadet during winter. Photo: Jan Collsiöö/TT
 
 
Perhaps the most luxurious swimming spot in Stockholm, with incredible views over the city, this heated hotel rooftop pool is open year-round to locals as well as guests. Here, you can keep warm at the same time as being outdoors during the capital's snowy season. The entrance fee also includes access to the hotel's gym and sauna, plus you'll get loaned a bathrobe, towel and slippers, as well as a hat on colder days.
 
Where: Clarion Hotel, Östra Järnvägsgatan 35 (Norra Bantorget), T-Centralen subway stop 
 
When: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 9pm, Sat 9am - 9pm, Sun 9pm - 7pm
 
Cost: Adults 295 kronor (Mon - Thu) and 495 kronor (Fri - Sun). Children aged 3-12 75 kronor (Mon - Thu) and 150 kronor (Fri-Sun)
 
 

The rooftop pool at the Clarion is open all year. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT
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