Over the last decade, Copenhagen has gone from quaint to cool. The city is bursting with hip attractions, from up-and-coming neighborhoods and waterfront building projects to browsing the cool design in the city's smartest boutiques, galleries and bars.
Copenhagen has attractions and sights to suit every taste and interest. With a history that dates back to 1043 the city is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings and interesting sights. Contemporary constructions blend in beautifully with historical buildings and palaces.
Over the past 15 years the harbor that bisects the city has been transformed from an industrial zone into one of the city's coolest quarters and it fills with outdoor activities in summertime. A cultural and residential hub with water so clean that you can swim in it, and the Harbor Bath is a favorite meeting place for locals in summer.
If you prefer a swim in the sea you can cycle to the man-made beach at Amager Strandpark or to one of the numerous sandy beaches that line the coast to the north and south. There are also numerous beautiful parks, swan-filled lakes and more than 100 public playgrounds.
Copenhagen was awarded the world's first Bike City by the International Cycling Union and in Copenhagen practically everybody rides a bike. At present almost 50 percent of all Copenhageners cycle 1.3 million kilometres daily on 350km of cycle paths which is one of the highest percentages in the world. You’ll see more bikes than cars in the city centre, so if the thought of experiencing a capital city on two wheels scares you, Copenhagen will soon change your mind.
Copenhagen has a number of colorful districts all worth a visit, as each of them has a unique atmosphere and distinct flavor with small boutiques and kooky little cafes.. In the inner city stroll down Stræderne with its relaxed atmosphere and historic houses. Heading out for shopping or wine and cocktails go to Vesterbro. The Meatpacking District is great for both dining and a night out on the town. Don’t miss out on Nørrebro. Colourful and relaxed. A bit more posh are Østerbrogade and Gammel Kongevej.
The restaurant scene is booming, with Noma spearheading the reinvention of Nordic cuisine, and lots of restaurants now boasting Michelin stars and the general level of restaurants really is very high.
There's plenty of culture too – also for people who don’t grasp our fiendishly complicated language. Numerous festivals, outdoor ballets and concerts, museums, royal castles, jazz and much more.
Copenhagen is a wonderfully compact city with an efficient public transport system. This is why even if time is short, you can quite easily get a feel of the place and see most of the city and its many sights and attractions.
Enjoy your stay!
Photos by Ty Stange, Copenhagemediacenter.com and Bjarne Tulinius
Absalon, founder of Copenhagen
Rundetårn - The Round Tower
Copenhagen, a bike city
Opera in the background
Royal guard by Amalienborg Castle - home to the Queen of Denmark