Modern Copenhagen’s much-maligned stretch of waterfront, Kalvebod Brygge, has now been transformed into Kalvebod Wave, and it’s the place to be in the summer. Just like the packed Islands Brygge on the other side of the harbour, Kalvebod Wave is now a popular waterfront promenade for sunbathers, joggers and kayakers.
It stretches so far out into the harbour that its wooden structures even escape from the shadows of the massive quayside buildings.
Kalvebod Wave is not officially a harbour bath, because its pools can’t be locked and closed when the sewers flood after a rainstorm, causing poor water quality, and as protection against other port traffic.
But as soon as it opened, the Wave quickly attracted plenty of people to the waterfront. You just have to be aware that it can be highly dangerous to swim out into the open docks, where traffic is busy – and you are likely to be fined for it.
The Wave is perfect for the harbour’s many kayakers, who now have somewhere to play water polo, in addition to a kayak slide and a ‘kayak hotel’ storage facility. The promenade provides a new route for runners, as well as exercise equipment. The many curved shapes, slopes and slides are inviting too, and particularly well liked by skaters. Sometimes their forays end well; sometimes they end up getting wet.
Under the Wave, Maritime Allotments has a ‘mussel line’ where edible mussels are farmed. The mussels also help keep the water clean.
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- Waterfront promenades
- Weight training
- Kayak hotel
- Maritime Allotments cultivates oysters, seaweed, mussels and other delicacies in small farms under the water, just like allotment gardens on land.
- The port has been declared clean enough to swim in since 2001, and many animals are found in the water. From the edge of the promenade, you may be lucky enough to spot some of the many fish that live in the harbour. Even a seal has been spotted – in fact, seals have become more common in Denmark in recent years.
- There are also many birds, primarily different species of seagulls and ducks.
- The promenade is suitable for wheelchairs.
- A café is planned in the area. Take your own food.