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9 ways to conquer Copenhagen's waters

Foto: Daniel Rasmussen

It doesn't take much more than a few rays of sunshine before Copenhagen's waterfront is filled with renewed energy and joyful faces. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the city's beautiful lakes and canals.

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Sightseeing tours in Copenhagen
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Enjoy a floating picnic

Glittering water, fresh air and good food is just a great combination. With HeyCaptain! or GoBoat or some of the other boat rentals and tours you can pretty much bring your picnic anywhere. 

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Swimming in the harbour baths

Copenhagen's waters are clean enough to swim in, which makes the city's harbour baths vibrant with life all of the summer season. Make sure to swing by for a dip at Nordhavn or one of the other locations.

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In a swan-shaped boat

The Lakes are an amazing hangout spot and a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, and one of the best ways to see them is in a bird-shaped boat. Rent these beauties from Kaffesalonen.

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At your own pace

Probably the most popular way to enjoy Copenhagen's canals. Get your own kayak or a guided tour from Kayak Republic.

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Canal tour in Copenhagen
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On the traditional tour

No matter how many times we've done this, the canal tours never go out of fashion - especially not on a sunny spring day.

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Copenhagen Surf School
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Learning how to surf

Okay, Copenhagen might not be top of mind when it comes to surfing destinations, but the inlet at Amager Beach Park at the nice instructors at Copenhagen Surf School is actually a pretty perfect place to jump on a board and get some wind in your hair.

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Sailing in a hot tub in Copenhagen's harbour on a winter's day
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Beat the cold on a winter's day

Another activity you probably didn't add to your itinerary just yet is CopenHot's sailing hot tubs. An alternative way of cruising through the harbour (which you'll probably get to yourself).

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With public transport

The harbour buses take you all the way through the harbour from Sluseholmen in south to Refshaleøen in north. A pretty nice way to see the city and get around - and it only costs the same as a bus ticket!

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Or be creative

Okay, we admit not everyone can just put together a homemade raft, but come on - how great is this?

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This is what conquering Copenhagen's waters could look like

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