A brief introduction:
Copenhagen has in recent years become a European capital to be reckoned with. In December, it was voted the top travel destination by European consumers, ahead of Barcelona and Berlin. In 2010, Monocle, the international lifestyle magazine, voted it the second most livable city in the world (after Munich). It cited Copenhagen’s bicycle-obsession, Danes’ solidarity towards each other and the city’s commitment to becoming the eco-capital of the world as reasons for their choice.
In the world of gastronomy, Copenhagen has also made a mark: Last year, Noma was named the best restaurant in the world, and in January 2011 Rasmus Kofoed, the head chef at the restaurant Geranium, won gold at the Bocuse d’Or, the world championship for chefs.
What to do & what to see:
Noma may be unrealistic – tables are booked several months in advance - , but there are many other excellent and more affordable restaurants throughout the city. There are also a wealth of fashion, furniture and product design shops to pick from: From department stores like Illum and Illums Bolighus and Magasin to local shops along and adjacent to the walking street Strøget.
For more quirky shops, restaurants and cafés, vibrant, visit the local neigbourhoods. Vesterbro – with the new meat-packing district - and Nørrebro, especially the area around Sankt Hans Torv and Blågårdsgade, have a lot to offer.
In terms of sightseeing, a slew of impressive new architectural projects, including the new Royal Playhouse and the Opera, have shot up in recent years while the more traditional sites - the Queen’s castle at Amalienborg, the picturesque Nyhavn waterfront and, of course, The Little Mermaid – continue to attract visitors.
Several downtown parks, including The King’s Garden (Kongens Have), the Botanical Garden and Ørstedsparken, and the three conjoined lakes just north of the city centre provide islands of calm amidst the not-too-hectic capital.
Most places in downtown Copenhagen are within walking distance. Otherwise, buses and the metro are reliable and frequent. Alternatively, renting a bike (available at most hotels) is a practical and fun way of getting around and seeing Copenhagen.
www.visitcopenhagen.com is the official tourism site of Copenhagen and is a comprehensive guide to the city.
The following articles and websites offer a wide variety of recommendations:
- Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘25 reasons to go to Copenhagen'
- Monocle’s at-a-glance guide to Copenhagen
- Time Magazine’s ‘Five Reasons to Visit Copenhagen'
- AOK’s (Everything About Copenhagen) Top Five lists of restaurants, bars and more
- Danish newspaper Politiken’s news in English and restaurant guide
During your stay, you may want to visit:
- Amalienborg Palace
- The National Gallery
- The Little Mermaid
- Canal Tours
- Tivoli Gardens
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
- Danish Design Center
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek