Paris was first

Paris and Copenhagen kicked off with Paris Plage and Amager Strandpark. Brussels and Antwerp followed with Brussel Bad and Strantwerpen. Berlin, Rotterdam and Amsterdam also got their own city beaches in 2003.

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Downtown citybeach

The Dutch town of Almere takes a different approach. This year, the city organized a nine-day urban beach in the heart of shopping centre Citymall. A week of sand, sports, culture, health, fashion, lifestyle, food and entertainment. Birmingham also created a downtown beach.

Smaller Dutch cities also have their own beaches

Smaller Dutch cities also like to flirt with beach life. Urban beaches in Nijmegen, Haarlem, Amersfoort and Venlo are not just about trendy swimwear, cocktails and dance events, they present art and creativity too.

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Hamburg and Berlin are the trendiest

The trendiest urban beaches of Europe are found in Germany. You can visit as many as 30 in Berlin. And the fashionable Hafencity in Hamburg offers new urban beaches every year.

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The success of Blijburg

Amsterdam has several urban beaches, but Blijburg is known all over Holland. It has been around for seven years and will get a permanent location next year. The beach club is the place-to-be in the summer for people living in IJburg, a new neighbourhood in Amsterdam, but it also attracts visitors from other parts of the city. Blijburg is more than a beach: it brings people together.

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No guaranteed success

An urban beach is not always a smash hit. Strand aan de Maas in Rotterdam closed because it was not paying off. Other factors can spoil the fun too. This year for example, the urban beach Venlo aan Zee was forced to close as early as mid-August, due to the high water level of the river Maas.

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Japan takes the lead

Seagaia is the largest artificial beach in the world. It is located just outside the city of Miyazaki, has the size of six soccer fields, and has a constant temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. The roof can open completely on sunny days. Seagaia opened in 1993. The beach closed for renovation in 2007, and made its comeback in 2009 with a spotless blue sky, even whiter sand, and even more palm trees.

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We want urban beaches!

Sand is a must-have for all cities. Urban beaches are popular. That's why all major European cities create their own beaches during the summer. Swimming is a side issue, it's all about meeting people - over a snack and a glass of wine.