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Experience Copenhagen


Velkommen til København!

Copenhagen is a compact city full of historic buildings, cobblestoned streets and a fascinating mix of cultural delights. Boasting beautiful architecture and award-winning designs, it has not only been cited as one of the best cities to live in, but also one of the best to visit.

 

There are many possibilities to traverse the City. If the weather is agreeable, the best way is to either walk or to rent a bicycle (available from most hotels) and take advantage of the city’s many bicycle tracks. Most surrounding districts are all within walking or biking distance, and many of the downtown streets are pedestrian only, making a walk through the bustling city a delight.

Of course, there is also the possibility to use public transportation. Copenhagen's public transport is prompt and reliable, with Metro, local trains and busses (including waterbuses) all accessible with the same ticket. All you need to know is how many zones you will pass through on your journey. To learn more about the public transportation system in Copenhagen, click here.

Whilst known widely for its colourful buildings, there are many more stunning landmarks scattered around Copenhagen. Through their brutalist and modern styles, these new buildings do stick out from the rest, but don’t interfere with the city’s low skyline.

Museum: Go time travelling at Denmark’s history museum. The National Museum showcases everything from Viking treasure and the Egtved girl’s grave to Egyptian mummies, Renaissance art and pieces from the present day (Metro station: Kongens Nytorv).

Rosenborg Castle: King Christian IV built this castle between 1606 and 1634 as a royal pleasure retreat. Today, the palace is a museum, known for its exhibition of Denmark’s crown jewels. Every day at noon, guards march from the barracks outside Rosenborg through the city to the royal residence, Amalienborg, for the changing of the guard. The surrounding park, King’s Garden, is very popular with locals (Metro station: Nørreport).

Harbour: Nyhavn, “New Harbour”, is a picturesque port area from the 17th century with old coloured houses and cobblestones. This is the perfect place for a drink and always worth a visit to look at the wooden boats and the house where Danish author Hans Christian Andersen used to live (no.20). From Nyhavn, you can also get on board one of the many harbour and canal tours. (Metro station: Kongens Nytorv).

Dog walkers, joggers and parents with strollers all relish their daily walk in Frederiksberg Garden. The castle garden and its lakes, canals and old trees has, for hundreds of years, served as one of the locals’ favourite places to enjoy a little piece of nature. Grab something to eat and combine an excursion in the garden with a trip to the northern end of the park from where you can get a glimpse of the elephants in the nearby Zoo (Metro station: Frederiksberg allé).

Beach: Get on the metro in the centre of Copenhagen and 8 minutes later you are at the city beach. In 2005, a two-kilometer-long artificial beach island was opened to the public. Depending on the weather you will find people swimming, kayaking, roller-skating and jogging. On windy days, the beach is popular with wind- and kite-surfers (Metro station: Amager Strand).

Aquarium: Den Blå Planet is Northern Europe’s largest aquarium and holds more than 20,000 fish and ocean animals. Experience hammerhead sharks swimming together with rays and moray eels in four million litres of azure seawater. The stunning architecture and unique seaside location is an added bonus (Metro station: Den Blå Planet).

The Capital of Denmark has put sustainability at the forefront of its agenda, as have many of its inhabitants. Initiatives are ongoing to have the city become carbon-neutral by 2025.

More and more, the city aims to become more eco-friendly. Not only are the buses in Copenhagen starting to operate using electricity instead of diesel, but even the rental boats use solar energy.

Copenhagen has one of the world’s most ambitious climate policies with a goal of being the first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025.

Copenhagen has many restaurants under their sustainable philosophy, having organic or largely organic menus. Whether its Italian cuisine, Nordic cuisine or a Danish hot dog, tasty options are usually available.

Not only are restaurants an experience but also the many stalls that can be found on the streets of the harbour city, that operate under the same philosophy.

If you are looking for Danish delicacies, local vegetables, mouth-watering chocolate, fresh fish or maybe some Italian specialties then visit Copenhagen’s popular market place, Trovehallerne. It is situated close to Nørreport Station and offers more than 80 shops. Take a look at their event calendar and learn how to open oysters or join one of the many food festivals (Metro station: Nørreport).

Strøget is the longest pedestrian street, in Europe and stretches from Kongens Nytorv to the City Hall Square. It offers a mix of shops, cafes and street musicians. If you are looking for a quieter café area, you may find Strædet more pleasant. It runs parallel to Strøget from Amagertorv, the square with the stork fountain (Metro station: Kongens Nytorv).

Hello – hej

Goodbye – hej hej

Thank you – tak

Excuse me – undskyld

Yes – ja

No – nej

Cheers – skål

Where is the nearest Metro station? – Hvor er den nærmeste Metro station?