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Copenhagen Overview

The Copenhagen lifestyle is so relaxed and focused on wellbeing that the Danes had to invent a new word for it; the commonly used “hygge”. It describes something enjoyable and cosy and is what life in Copenhagen strives for at all times. Definitely something to keep in mind considering Copenhageners have been voted the happiest people in the world for two years in a row.

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Copenhagen is also one of Europe’s most sustainable cities, with a plan to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. Bicycles rule the streets here, organic food is widely available, and the water that surrounds the city is so clean you can swim in it. Copenhagen is also where you’ll find the neighborhood of Christiania, a self-ruling free town that is unique in the world.

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It balances industrial with quaint in a way that few others can pull off, with repurposed factories next to cobbled streets, an abundance of water, parks, and trees, and a rich history of street art. Copenhagen also has lots of galleries and museums, including Louisiana, one of the world’s best museums of modern art. Another don’t-miss-stop on any Copenhagen trip is the freetown of Christiania, a self ruling freetown that is still going strong since it’s establishment in 1971.

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You can swim in the harbor right in middle of the city, or lay on a beach just a short little ride out of the center. Although not suitable for swimming, there are also three beautiful lakes that stretch out through three of the city’s neighborhoods. These lakes are loved by every single Copenhagener (we think), and are a fantastic destination for a stroll in the sun, and a popular place regardless if you prefer to jog around them or just lazy your day away at a cafe at it’s banks.

Because Copenhagen has so many cool areas, biking is easily the best way to get around the city, and a great way to blend in with the locals. Of course we have our own bikes for rent at Copenhagen Downtown, just ask in reception. Biking around to explore the different neighborhoods is a great way to spend a sunny day. Check out trendy Vesterbro, young and happening Nørrebro, and the quieter, slightly more upscale, Østerbro. Or go into the city centre where you’ll find Strøget, the world’s longest pedestrian street, with shops, boutiques, and department stores to keep the most avid shopper entertained for days.

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So with all the inner city swimming, great museum wandering, cafe dwelling, world-class dinner eating, and exceptional design shopping, what else is there to wish for?

Ørstedsparken

Located right by Norreport Station, the park features a beautiful lake with people eating their lunch by the water. The park also offers great spots to rest and enjoy the sun.

Botanical Garden

Smell the flowers, admire the glass greenhouse, or just sit in the grass and enjoy the beautiful view. There are so many ways to enjoy summer at the Botanical Garden.

Havnebadet

The outdoor swimming spot is sadly only open in summer but when open you will never be in doubt where most of the Danes are grilling or getting their daily dose of sun.

Stræderne

Known to the danes as “Pisserenden”, this street offers some of Copenhagen’s best cafés. “Next Door Café” is the neighborhoods go-to place where everyone is on a first-name basis and the friendly service leaves a smile on your face. “Atlas Bar” serves vegetarian food made with love, while “Café Salonen” gives you a good taste of everything.

Christiania

The world famous freetown of Christiania is a must-see when visiting Copenhagen. Full of cozy cafés and bars, and sprawling over huge areas that houses art galleries, alternative shops, and even playgrounds, Christiania is truly unique chapter in Copenhagen’s history, and is dear to every Copenhagener’s heart.

Refshaleøen

A half island across the harbor of central Copenhagen, accessible by bike, bus or boat, Refshaleøen is a new and exciting part of Copenhagen. Industrial and gritty, the old building that housed ship construction for over 150 years are now home many of the city’s creative companies and other unusual business. How about a state-of-the-art climbing hall, a indoor beach volley club or one of the city’s most talked about restaurants?