Copenhagen – Apartments and Accommodation
, Denmark’s elegant, sophisticated and beautiful capital. Founded in the 12th century as a harbour town, the town grew rapidly and today the city is filled with palaces, waterfronts, 17th century buildings and beautiful gardens. It is an extremely environmentally friendly city and the water in the harbour is clean enough to swim in. Nearly a third of the inhabitants of Denmark live in the Copenhagen area yet there is plenty of room in the city and lots open green space. Finding accommodation in Copenhagen is straightforward and there are a variety of hotels to cater for all budgets. Alternative accommodation is available too and you could find yourself staying in a harbourside apartment, a city centre flat or a guest room near Christiania!
was invented in Copenhagen!
Copenhagen was the most visited city in the world in 2008.
Copenhagen holds the title for being the happiest city in the world and has held the title for three years!
55% of all Copenhageners travel to work by bike and Copenhagen has the world’s busiest cycling lane.
What to do when visiting Copenhagen
Copenhagen was recently voted the world’s most liveable city and it’s not hard to see why. This city has beautiful architecture, clean streets and friendly people. What is there of interest to see in the city? The Little Mermaid
, a tribute to Hans Christian Anderson’s book, a Danish brewer commissioned it after going to ballet, is a small mermaid sculpture perched on a rock in the harbour. It is much loved by tourists and locals alike. The best place to go when the sun is out is Nyhavn
(New Harbour). You’ll find singers and buskers playing in the street, people drinking outside of cafes and eating ‘smorrebrod
’ (Danish open sandwiches).
The Tivoli Gardens
are a very beautiful part of Copenhagen that is well worth seeing. The gardens date back to 1843 and contains an amusement park with rides, games, lots of colourful lights, the world’s oldest wooden rollercoaster and ballet and theatre productions. Located next to the Tivoli Gardens is the museum Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
. This museum was founded in 1888 and contains Northern Europe’s largest collection of ancient Mediterranean art. At the heart of the museum is a sub-tropical winter garden complete with palm trees, a fountain and fish pool. The museum was named by its founder Carl Jakobsen, also the founder of the Carlsberg Brewery
. The National Museum
is another of Copenhagen’s best museums. The museum is located in a picturesque 18th century mansion and contains many artifacts related to Denmark’s cultural and natural history.
If you’d like to visit a more secluded garden, try the Frederiksberg Have
. This beautiful and peaceful gardens offers respite from the city and there are many beautiful sculptures and lakes. You’ll find the park slightly to the west of the centre. The Amager Strandpark is also a nice place to visit. This seaside public park is located on the island of Amager and there are 2.9km of beautiful beaches.
Special mention must be made to Christiania
, a neighbourhood in the borough of Christianshavn close to the city centre. It is Denmark’s third biggest tourist attraction and one of the world’s most unique neighbourhoods. A former army barracks, the area was taken over by squatters in 1971 when the army left it abandoned. Declaring it a free state to be governed as a collective, the residents of Christiania have been there since. The existence of the neighbourhood is a good example of the Danish government’s famed tolerance. There are no cars in Christiania and lots of nice bars, music venues, restaurants and shops. The area famously sold cannabis openly until it was banned in 2004 by the government in their attempts to slowly secure some control over the area. Christiania is well loved by everyone who visits and the free spirited and open minded atmosphere make the area unique. Check out the Sunshine Bakery
for delicious baked produce and the Loppen
which is the areas live music venue.
is located to the south of the city and is Scandanavia’s largest airport. The best way to travel from the airport into the city centre is to use the metro service. The metro leaves every 4-6 minutes and the journey times is 15 minutes. Copenhagen’s Metro system is renowned for being the world’s best metro system and runs 24 hours a day. The city is also one of the world’s most bike friendly capitals and the city currently has more bikes than inhabitants. Most of Copenhagen’s sights can be seen on foot however and the city centre is relatively compact. Copenhagen is the biggest cruise ship port is the area and many cruises that take in the fjords of Norway
or the islands of Sweden
begin in Copenhagen.