Copenhagen has attractions and sights to suit every taste and interest – and most of them can be reached by a stroll in the city. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, there is always a historic landmark or a significant building around the corner.
Copenhagen Airport is the largest in Scandinavia and all European mainland airports can be reached within 3.5 hours, while Europe’s major cities are less than 2 hours away. With non-stop flights from 157 international destinations and more than 4,000 weekly departures, Copenhagen is easy to access from all continents.
Copenhagen Airport also has its own public metro and train station, and the journey to the city centre is only 13 minutes. Copenhagen’s Metro runs 24/7, during the day and in the evenings, trains run every 2-3 minutes and after midnight every 20 minutes.
Bike in Copenhagen
Visitors to Copenhagen always notice is the number of bikes. Copenhageners love their bikes, and almost everybody, no matter what their financial income, will use their bike for daily transportation. It is easy, healthy and climate-friendly. Even top politicians ride their bike every day to parliament.
If you prefer to experience the city the Copenhagen way, it is easy to get hold of a bike. In fact, the city has more bicycles than people. Most bike shops and hotels offer bikes for rent, some hotels even lend bikes to their guests for free.
Thanks to its compact scale and extensive pavements, street crossings and pedestrian zones, Copenhagen is also easy to explore by foot and is safe to walk around in, day and night. The city is also well connected to other cities in Europe by road via the European highway network, bridges and boats.
New Nordic Cuisine
In the recent years, Copenhagen has become famous for hosting some of the best restaurants in the world. New Nordic Cuisine Manifest is still after 10 years a very strong trend with a very innovative approach and close collaboration with university research.
A little history
Founded originally as a Viking fishing village in the 10th century, Copenhagen became Denmark’s capital in the early 15th century. Today it has an urban population of 1.2 million. Situated on the eastern coast of the island Zealand, one can, on clear days, eye the neighbour country Sweden, when looking over the waters of the strait Øresund.
During the 17th century Copenhagen served as Denmark’s principal fortification and naval port as well as the main centre of trade in Northern Europe. Today, only a few fortifications remain intact, as the rest have been dismantled and laid out as parks, forming a green band in the city centre.
Come the late 19th and early 20th century, the residential districts of Østerbro, Nørrebro, Vesterbro and Amagerbro were established in Copenhagen. Today, the city also stretches across the island of Amager, the enclave of Frederiksberg, as well as various other outlying areas which consist mainly of residential housing and apartments with parks and greenery.
As an addition to its famous waterfront location, one of the oldest and most distinctive features of Copenhagen’s topography is also the row of rectangular lakes in the modern city centre. The lakes were initially created to expand the city’s defense system and to provide fresh drinking water to the citizens from bigger natural lakes north of Copenhagen. Today, the three lakes, consisting up of five basins, make up a popular recreational area in the middle of the city with walking paths on all sides.
A few facts about Denmark
- The population of Denmark is 5.7 million.
- The incipient urbanisation of Denmark began around 700 AD.
- Denmark is home to one of the world’s oldest monarchies.
- Denmark has the world’s highest level of income equality with a mixed market economy and a large welfare state.
- The Danes, who have frequently been ranked as the happiest and least corrupt people in the world, enjoy a high standard of living and Denmark ranks highly in numerous comparisons of national performance.