Harbour Baths, Copenhagen
Concierge.com's insider take:
As part of Copenhagen's harborfront revitalization, the first city-center bath opened in 2002 opposite the Marriott Hotel in the Islands Brygge area (Kalvebod Brygge 5; 45-88-33-99-00; marriott.com/hotels/travel/cphdk-copenhagen-marriott-hotel). The following year, a second harbor pool opened, in hip Vesterbro, beside the Fisketorvet Shopping Center (Kalvebod Brygge 59; www.fisketorvet.dk). After closing for a season, the Islands Brygge reopened bigger, better, and more permanent, with three pools—one each for swimming, diving, and children—and an impressive view of the new Black Diamond Royal Library extension. After a major investment in its sewage and drainage systems, Copenhagen harbor's water quality has improved so much that the water is now as clean as that at the beaches outside the city.