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The best places to swim in and around Stockholm

Whether you prefer a jetty, rocks, pool or the sand between your toes, there's a place to swim in Stockholm that will be perfect for you. Here are 10 good locations.

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Central location for families with children

If you think summer isn't summer without a sandy beach, but you still want to feel the city vibe, Tantobadet in Årstaviken is the place for you. This beach on Södermalm is suitable for all ages. In addition to a cooling and relaxing beach, there's a jetty, sauna, climbing wall and diving platform. Its central location means it can quickly become packed on a hot summer day.

Tantobadet

Skarpskyttestigen 6, 117 41 Stockholm

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Close to nature in north Stockholm

Brunnsviken beach has a jetty, rocks and several smaller grassy areas. For swimming fiends, there's also a swim float you can swim out to. As the location is surrounded by woods, it feels remote from big city stress but is actually pretty central and easily reached by metro. The closest metro station is Universitetet. You can also walk or cycle here from the city.

Brunnsviken

Frescati hagväg 18, 114 19 Stockholm

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Rocks and picnic idyll

At Fredhäll on Kungsholmen you can slide into the water from the smooth and rounded rocks here. If you simply want to soak up the sun, the rocks overlooking a picnic spot are perfect. There are also sandwich and ice cream vendors nearby. The rocks are also a popular place to bring a pizza for a fast food evening meal as the sun goes down.

Fredhäll klippbad

Atterbomsvägen 56, 112 57 Stockholm

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Cool pool

If you’re the kind of person who gets irritated by sand rather than ecstatic, you’ll appreciate Eriksdalsbadet in summer. Here, there’s both an indoor and an outdoor pool. If you forget to bring a padlock to keep your valuables safe in a locker here, you can buy one at reception.

Eriksdalsbadet

Hammarby Slussväg 20, 118 60 Stockholm

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Entry to the outdoor pool costs Skr70 for adults and Skr20 for under 20s. Open 27 April – 15 September from 7am to 8pm.

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Skip sand and beach

Oxhålsbadet at Stora Essingen is within easy reach by the number 1 bus, a frequent service that you can board from several bus stops in the city center. There are three large jetties here, all with steps down to the water. There's also plenty of grass and green areas to enjoy and find a place to sit. Plus, a BBQ point if you want to bring a picnic. Otherwise, there are several restaurants within walking distance.

Oxhålsbadet

Gammelgårdsvägen 41, 112 64 Stockholm

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Keep fit 15 minutes from the city center

Hellasgården by Lake Källtorpssjön offers numerous summer activities if the sun puts a spring in your step. This outdoor area has sauna, mini golf, bowls, petanque, softball, beach volleyball, paddling and orienteering. The popular café here is open all year round.

Hellasgården

Ältavägen 101, 131 33 Nacka

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Day outing to Lidingö

Take the 204 bus towards Elfvik and get off at Fågelöudde, where you’ll find an outdoor bathing area that offers plenty of water-based activities. Fågelöudde has a sandy beach, diving platform, beach volleyball net, swings, climbing frame, BBQ point and mini golf. There are parking facilities nearby if you come by car.

Fågelöudde

181 90 Lidingö

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For those who want every option

If you want rock, sand and grass to choose from, Boobadet is the place to go. Here, you’ll find both a sandy beach, jetties, rocks and grass. Boobadet is a bit further out from the city center but easy to get to by public transport or car. Don't forget to bring a picnic and refreshments as finding these in the nearby area is a bit hit and miss.

Boobadet

Baggensvägen 35, 132 47 Saltsjö-boo

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Sporty sandy beach

Flatenbadet, a bit outside the city, offers a full day of sports activities. Here, you’ll find an outdoor gym, mini golf, tennis, canoe hire, beach volleyball and petanque. There's a long sandy beach for swimming plus diving platform. In the summer, there are various al fresco eateries to quell your tummy and quench your thirst.

Flatenbadet

128 30 Skarpnäck

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Blue lagoon

The blue lagoon is a former sand pit where visitors can enjoy fine grain sand that leads into crystal clear, blue water. As the lagoon is artificial, you won't have to worry about seaweed or fish in the water. The nearby café serves ice cream, coffee and pastries. The lagoon is easiest to access by car and there are parking facilities nearby.

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Last edited: July 16, 2018

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