Eco-friendly travel guide to Copenhagen advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Air quality: 5 / 5
- Exploring by foot: 4.5 / 5
- Exploring by bicycle: 5 / 5
- Public transportation: 5 / 5
- Parks: 5 / 5
- Outdoor activities: 5 / 5
- Locals' English level: 3.5 / 5
- Safety: 5 / 5
- Accommodation: US$40 - $1000
- Budget per day: US$70 - $1500
- 1 Responsible Travel
- 2 Air Quality and Pollution
- 3 Respect the Culture
- 4 Top 10 Places to Visit
- 5 Explore
- 6 Eat
- 7 Drink
- 8 Activities
- 9 Accommodation
- 10 How to Get There
- 11 Moving Around
- 12 Sustainable Shopping
- 13 Recycling
- 14 Work and Study Abroad
- 15 See Also
Everyone knows Copenhagen as the capital city of Denmark, but it is also the most populous municipality with an area of 292.5 square kilometres that resides about 3 million people. It is also the hub of financial, cultural, economical, and government of Denmark. You will find that Copenhagen is not only the safest but also the cleanest one in the world. Copenhagen homes a Danish community that believes in peaceful living and are well-educated with a modern mind. While travelling to such a city, you need to behave responsibly and respectfully.
- As a tourist, you would want to opt for taxis and rental cars, but while doing so, ensure that these vehicles are electronic and not motorized. It is because motorized vehicles cause more pollution than electric ones as they use fossil fuels like natural gas, petrol, and diesel to run. Public transports, walking, hitchhiking, and cycling are also better alternatives to such vehicles.
- You will find many international brands and businesses in Copenhagen, but you should prefer buying from the local companies so that you can support the local communities. By doing this, you can interact with many locals and discover the local culture, traditions, art, and craft. These local businesses also support eco-friendly practices, which will help you keep your carbon footprint minimal.
- Also, you should prefer staying at eco-friendly accommodations like green hotels, hostels, and guest houses. These places follow proper sustainable measures and offer luxurious services similar to the ones of 5-star hotels and resorts.
Air Quality and Pollution
Copenhagen is not only the safest city but also the cleanest and hygienic city. You will find that the town experiences low pollution rates as the local communities are more into eco-friendly practices. Here are some statistics of Copenhagen's air quality and pollution rates as of October 2020;
- PM10 – 27
- PM2.5 – 11
- PM10 Pollution Level – Low to Moderate
- Pollution Index – 21.28
- Pollution Exp. Scale – 33.73
Respect the Culture
There are many ways to pay respect to Copenhagen's culture, but the best way is to attend and participate in various social events. These events include local festivals, tours, day trips, performances, etc. By participating in such activities, you will be able to enrich your mind about the local culture, traditions, and livelihood of the locals, which will help you respect them.
Top 10 Places to Visit
- Tivoli Garden
Tivoli Garden is one of the best pleasure gardens and amusement parks in the Copenhagen district of Denmark. It is the world's second-oldest amusement park, the oldest being Dyrehavsbakken in Denmark. Tivoli Gardens was inaugurated on 15 August 1843, which was 177 years ago. In 2017, it received 4.6 million visitors, making it the most populous seasonal park in Denmark and the second most populous in the world. An interesting fact about this garden is that in 1943, the sympathizers of the Nazi burnt Tiwoli's buildings. But just after weeks, it was back in operation. The two main enjoying things here are rides and performing arts. The best rollercoaster of this park is Rutschebanen, which came into existence in 1914. Another rollercoaster here is the Demon. Other rides include Aquila, Bumper Cars, The Galley Ships, Ferries Wheel, Flying trunk, and many more.
- Christiansborg Palace
It is the world's only building where all the three powers or branches of the government, executive, judicial, and legislative authority, are present. The present structure of the palace is the third one, and therefore it includes the three eras of the architecture of Denmark. Currently, this palace is the property of the Danish government. However, several places in the castle can be visited by the public. The palace is divided into northern and southern wings. The north wing consists of Prime Minister's Office and Supreme Court, whereas the south wings consist of the Parliament. Other important things here are the Royal Reception room, Parliament Wing, The Palace Chapel, Riding Ground Complex, the Court Theatre, the Tower, and many more.
- National Museum of Denmark
It came into existence on 22 May 1807 and is the largest Museum, including a cultural history of foreign and Danish cultures. The Museum has antiques from the whole world. The founder of this Museum was Christian Thompson. Currently, the Museum is owned by the state of Denmark, and its director is Rane Willerslev. The National Museum of Denmark annually experiences 351,373 visitors. This Museum is 213 years old. It has a vibrant and varied history. Some notable artefacts in the National Museum of Denmark are Golden Horns of Gallehus, Egtved Girl Coffin, Gundestrup cauldron, Hjortspring boat, Snoldlev Stone, Kingisttorsuaq Runestone, Tjele helmet fragment, Holmegard bow, Seikilos epitaph, and Trundholm Sun Chariot.
- National Gallery of Denmark
Also known as Statens Museum for Kunst, whose literal meaning is State Museum for Arts. The gallery is in the central area of the Copenhagen district. It was established in 1869. The National Gallery of Denmark experiences 424,710 visitors per year. Currently, this gallery's director is Mikkel Bogh. This Museum holds artefacts and researches of Danish and foreign art from the 14th century till the present day. The artefacts' collection includes approximately 9,000 sculptures and paintings, 2,40,000 artwork on paper, and more than 2,600 plaster figures, which belong to the middle ages and the Renaissance. The collection includes European Art from the 1300-1800 century, Danish and Nordic Art from the 1750-1900 century, French Art from the 1900-1930 century, Danish and international art after the 1900 century, The Royal Art Collection of Graphic Art, The Royal Cast Collection. Some of the specific and famous artworks here are by Unknown Spanish Artist, St.Michael and the Dragon, Saint Christopher by Donato Bramante of 1490, Abduction of Unicorn by Albrecht Durer 1516, and many more.
- Nyhavn Harbour
It is a canal and entertainment district that came into existence in the 17 century and 450 meters in length. The town was not much reputable earlier, but now it has a good reputation as an entertainment town because of the brightly painted houses. The cafes, restaurants, bars, and everything here are styled to look like as they were17th and 18th century and gives the town an ancient look. The oldest house here was built in 1681. The Nyhavn Harbour is lined with old ships. The Southern side of the canal is specially kept for displaying old shapes. The Northern side is occupied by usable wooden ships. One of the most exciting things here is the memorial anchor. It was inaugurated in 1951. The memorial anchor commemorates more than 1700 soldiers who died in World War 2.
- The Round Tower
Formerly known as Stellaburgis Hafniens. In Danish, it is called Rundetarn. The architectural style is Dutch Baroque. Its construction started in 1637 and ended in 1642. In the 17th century, it was built as an observatory. The round tower is as long as 34.8m. One of the most exciting things is its round staircase, which leads us to the top. The view from above is spectacular as it gives a full view of the city from the top. You can see both Sweden and Oresund Bridge from the top.
- Amalienborg Castle
It is the place where Denmark's royal family resides. Its architectural style is Rococo. Its construction started in 1750 and was completed in 1760. It took ten years to build—the castle consists of 4 palaces and a courtyard. The four courts are in four directions, with an octagonal Courtyard in the centre. When Christansborg Palace burnt, the royal family shifted to one of Amalienborg Castle's courts on 26 February 1794. From then, various rulers and their families live here. The four palaces are Moltke's Palace, Levetzau's Palac, Brocdorff's Palace, Schack's Palace. Now, the first two palaces are open for public visits. The castle is guarded by Royal Life Guards day and night, who also have a uniform.
- Stroget Shopping Mile
It is about 5 minutes walk from Christiansburg to reach our destination as a shopping destination, the area of Stroget. You will find here many cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Msn was taken from 1800 S, which consists of several roads crisscrossing. It begins from town Hall square and ends at Kongens Nytorv Confined International Burns tools such as Prada Louis Vuitton, Hermes tend, and Max Mara.
- Rosenberg Palace
It is a Renaissance castle built in 1606 as a country summerhouse and stood tall as an example of Christian IV's architectural project. It is a typical Renaissance-style building and then expanded several times and finally fully completed in 1624. The structural planning of the castle architect Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger are associated. For the public tours and museum exhibits, the collections of the Danish royal culture's royals and artefacts dating to the late 16th century of Christian IV has been kept as a souvenir to have a look.
- Kastellet and The little Mermaid
A bronze statue by Edward Ericson depicting the mermaid becoming human. It is about 1.25 meters tall and weighs around 175 kgs. It is located on the rock by the water slide at Langelinie promenade. It is based on the story which was written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. It is a popular tourist attraction since 1913 And also a popular target for defacement by political activists and vandals. This among the iconic statues with symbologist cities such as a statue of liberty, Christ the Redeemer, and Manneken Pis.
In Copenhagen, you will experience the most beautiful surrounding regions along with the buzzing capital mixing modern architecture, royal history, and loads of culture with sustainable living and mouth-watering restaurant options. This fantastic city is divided into a pack of very different yet equally loveable neighbourhoods and lifestyles stretching far beyond the city limits. This city has lots to tell you about the culture and tradition of Danish people and what eco-friendly choices you can take while you're here.
- King's Garden
Famous for the enormous flowerbeds, the King's Garden in Copenhagen is sometimes referred to as 'Rosenborg Garden' that was laid out during the reign of King Christian IV in the early 1600s, established in the Renaissance style in connection to his pleasure Palace. The gardens are a popular retreat in the centre of Copenhagen in today's time. They are visited by an estimated 2.5 million people per year, making it the most popular and a must-visit park if you are on tour in Copenhagen. You may see the famous statue of Hans Christian Andersen and the Hercules Pavilion while exploring the gardens.
- Frederiksberg Gardens
For Copenhageners, the Frederiksberg Gardens has been a favourite outing spot where they usually come for picnics and explore the Copenhagen Zoo in the northernmost end of the gardens. While touring, you will see the Frederiksberg Palace, towering on a hilltop with many lovely bridges along with the Chinese Pavilion, which is an exciting spot that was erected in 1799 as a Royal teahouse. If you visit Frederiksberg Gardens, you will be officially received at the main entrance by Frederik VI's statue, who was a former king much beloved by his people – he used to salute people while rowing about on the canals in the waters of the beautiful garden.
You can find this restaurant in Norre Farimagsgade – along the line of the old fortifications that protected Copenhagen. You will find a row of green parks in which Orstedsparken is one of them. This park has a lake which is the remnants of the fortification moat. It is on the highlight as it houses two immensely popular playgrounds in the garden, making it an ideal place for children and also for the public to hang out and wander around. You may also find several food stalls in the park from where you can grab a bite and explore the beauty of the place.
Faelledparken is the largest park in Copenhagen and is one of the famous places because it is neighbored by the National Stadium, which is renowned for all kinds of outdoor activities. There are many playgrounds for children along with several sports grounds, a dance pavilion, green lawns, and also few outdoor chess tables for chess players. You can have various kinds of activities and Copenhageners usually come here daily to exercise and play sports for a well-fit and a healthy body. This park also promotes an eco-friendly environment so that people take care of their belongingness and keep the place neat and clean.
- The Deer Park
Located in Dyrehaven in North Sealand, a wonderful woodland that seems far from city lights and traffic noise, the Deer Park is a park with beautiful surroundings to enjoy a peaceful walk and explore the place with lush forests, large and small lakes, and open landscapes. You may also come across a herd of grazing deer on your way through as the name of the park itself suggests. There are more than 2,000 free-range deer that inhabit the park. This park is highly visited by people throughout the year, turning this place into green hills for picnics, biking, jogging, and whatnot.
There are no such National Parks in Copenhagen. Still, Denmark is said to have a rich culture and tradition that has evolved continuously with time. Hence National Parks in Denmark are a relatively new culture which has been developed to safeguard the rich natural reserves and landscapes of the country; some of the National Parks in Denmark is listed below:
- Thy National Park, Hurup
- Mols Bjerge National Park, Rønde
- Wadden Srea National Parek, Rømø
- Rebild National Park, Skørping
- Skjoldungernes Land National Park, Lejre
Blessed with few beaches, Copenhagen is a place where you will get to experience many centrally located harbour baths than beach sighting.
- Bellevue Beach
You may find this beach in Klampenborg district, which is about 10 kilometres from downtown Copenhagen, Bellevue Beach is quite popular with locals, especially during the summer months. Bellevue Beach – a 700 meters long beach, is filled with lifeguards for beachgoers protection and freshwater showers on the beach along with several small shops from where you will get some playing tools to chill and play while wandering around the coast. This beach has strict rules for cleanliness; hence anyone found littering around is punished with penalties.
- Svanemolle Beach
Located in Kobenhavn, Svanemolle Beach is a 4,000 square meters sandy beach with a 130-meter-long pier into the water; this beach is well-visited by most people as it is in a prime location away from the noises of the busy city life. This beach is available throughout the year and is staffed by lifeguards during the summer. Best-suited for swimmers, you can also have many other fun water activities like paragliding, snorkelling, etc.
- Hellerup Beach
Hellerup Beach is located on the northern side of Copenhagen – a most visited sandy and children-friendly beach. It is relatively small than other beaches in Copenhagen, yet you can have a great time with your kids and is safe for them as it isn't deep; furthermore, there is a playground with swings and sea-saws in the corner of this beach area. This beach is one of the popular spots in the city where you can dip your toes into the beautiful sandy beach and enjoy the peaceful breezes along the seaside.
- Kobenhavns Radhus
Kobenhavns Radhus – the City Hall of Copenhagen is almost 30,000 square meters big – constructed in 1892-1905, it started a new era in Danish architecture and culture. People come here to see the fantastic craftsmanship and artistic materials present in this city hall. The main attraction of this point is the tower which is 105.6 meters high, which makes it the tallest building in the Copenhagen, and was built by the architect; Martin Nyrop. This place comes under the highlighted landmarks of the city because it hosts many official receptions along with the celebration of the Queen's birthday.
Copenhagen's largest monument; Gefionspringvandet, also known as the Gefion Fountain where the goddess Gefion is the fountain's prominent figure. This fountain sits at the end of Amaliegade, near Kastellet. It was inaugurated in 1908, and the sculptures and naturalistic figures were sculpted by the artist named Anders Bundgard in 1897-99. You may also find some spots where you will learn about the history of the goddess Gefion. This place has a very peaceful and serene environment and is best suited for history lovers to explore more about the historical figures and sculptures of this spot.
Located 12 kilometres from central Copenhagen, the village of Dragor is situated on the southeastern coast of the Amager island. It has many well-preserved historical buildings that are hundreds of years old. Here, you may find many picturesque maze alleys with yellow-painted houses with red roofs, cosy surroundings, and cobblestone streets that were built in the traditional Danish style. People come here to see the ancient works on historical buildings which are a treat to eyes. This place was founded in the 12th century and was the home of the largest fishing fleet at that time. It was also a base for salting and processing fish.
- Stock Exchange (Borsen / Kobenhavns Fondsbors)
Located in Christiansborg Slotsplads, this landmark was built directly above the water and surrounded almost entirely by canals. The Stock Exchange boasts a tall-ornately decorated spire with three crowns representing the major Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway making it a most-visited tourist centre. It became Denmark's Stock Exchange building during the latter part of the Nineteenth Century when the city's financial condition was burgeoning. You can come here from Mondays to Thursdays between 8:15 am to 5 pm; on Fridays – 8:15 am to 4:15 pm; for visiting you have to pay an entrance charge which varies for different age groups.
- Royal Castle (Rosenborg Slot)
The Royal Castle is an extraordinary castle that dates back to the 1630s, modelled with a traditional Renaissance-style façade and housing the priceless Danish crown jewels; it is an essential landmark in Copenhagen. Large moats surround it along with several formal beautiful gardens. These gardens boast few fragrant and colourful rose gardens that bloom to their fullest during summers. People come here exquisitely to see the beautiful blooming rose gardens; hence this place is flushed with visitors during summer times and is open only from Tuesday to Sunday – 11 am to 2 pm.
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art comes under the world's most fascinating museums showcasing a permanent collection that comprises more than 4,000 works produced since 1945, with an emphasis on sculpture and painting. You will be amazed to see the artworks of this Museum as it houses an impressive collection of works by Giacometti, Picasso, and Danish masters Per Kirkbey and Asger Jorn. The Museum boasts photo-worthy views and scenes across the Oresund towards Sweden. This Museum also houses a delightful sculpture park that features the artworks by Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Ny Carlsberg Glytotek houses a world-class collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculptures to paintings from the Danish Golden Age to a marvellous array of French Impressionist masterpieces. It was established in 1888 by brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen whose primary purpose was to provide a home for his private art and architectures. People also come here to see the Museum's glass-domed Winter Garden, which is filled with palm trees, a fountain, and several artistic statues. If you are likely to come to see the ancient artefacts, Tuesday is a perfect day as the entrance is free on that particular day, remaining days you have to pay a charge of a certain amount.
This place is fully occupied by visitors and locals to see the striking architecture and design rewards in this splendid Museum in Copenhagen's northern suburbs. This Museum is famous for its most refined collections of Danish and French art that are spread across three very different eye-catchy spaces including a 19th-century mansion, a modern extension designed by Zaha Hadid, and an underground extension by Norwegian architects Snohetta. This place is open to the public with only an entrance fee to be charged, rest you can explore and wander around wherever you want and have pictures clicked with these essential and splendid artefacts.
- Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst
Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst is a museum that is considered as the cultural and architectural gem occupying a magnificent shipwreck-inspired building surrounded by windswept dunes. People visit here to see one of Scandinavia's finest collections of contemporary art and architecture. You will see the masterpieces made by Ai Weiwei and Grayson Perry, as well as Danish artists Olafur Eliasson and Tar R.
- Designmuseum Danmark
This Museum is well known for its Danish-style artefacts ranging from furniture and fashion to posters and pottery, Designmuseum Danmark is an impressive museum in an 18th-century Rococo building in the city centre. You may be thrilled to see the fascinating temporary exhibitions highlighting a permanent collection of Danish chairs, showcasing influential designs, and a look at the contemporary Danish design, which explores the country's influence on product design, designs for public spaces, and graphic designs.
Being the country's largest Museum, this Museum is filled with Danish's Traditions and Cultures from the prehistoric past to the present day. You will see both the Inuit and Viking exhibitions. At the same time, several other prehistoric highlights including the so-called Egtved Girl's grave which contains the bog-preserved body of a woman buried almost 3,500 years ago, and the Trundholm Sun Chariot which is a stunning Bronze Age artefact found by a farmer in 1902. You may also see the splendid exhibitions on Denmark’s colonial history in the Caribbean, West Africa, India, and Greenland.
- Thorvaldsen's Museum
Thorvaldsen's Museum is a must-visit museum as it is dedicated to the work of the internationally acclaimed neoclassical sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, this beautiful Museum is somewhat a treat to eyes. This Museum is wildly popular with Instagram fans, who justifiably gathers for capturing its colourful walls and mosaics; visitors also come here to see the Thorvaldsen's marble and plasterwork as they are several years old. All the antique masterpieces in this Museum are unique and artistic, attracting Copenhageners and tourists to explore this beautiful art of Thorvaldsen.
In Denmark, if you want to enjoy traditional Danish cuisine, which is full of Danish soups, stews, and roasts, then Copenhagen is a perfect city to try the delicious delicacies of conventional country dishes. From highly expensive to cheaply priced, every range of restaurants are listed below with both local and vegetarian options:
Traditional Local Restaurants
Lumskebugten is a go-to place for every sort of customer, whether vegan or not. This restaurant is built in ancient times, yet it is featured with rich modern culture and architecture – with some of the best smorrebrod and other traditional Danish dishes in all of Copenhagen. The chefs here are admired and respected among Denmark's top chefs for their visionary approach to cooking hence making it a prime choice for customers to have the best traditional Danish dishes in Lumskebugten.
- Aamanns 1921
This restaurant comes under serving the best smorrebrod in town. It is known for its delicious flavour combinations along with the beautiful décor with modern design, high ceilings, bright materials, terrazzo floors, and impressive brass chandeliers in the beautiful space which also features old stoned columns and arches. The dishes are prepared in a modern style with traditional ingredients and in aesthetically fashion attracting loads of customers to try its delicious Danish cuisine. This restaurant is close to major tourist attractions hence making it a perfect choice to strive for your hunger. You can come here any day between 12 pm to 9 pm.
- Restaurant Palaegade
Restaurant Palaegade is a good, classic, and traditional restaurant with young skilled chefs with fresh minds and craze for classic Danish cooking, which is the reason behind this restaurant's success. Its traditional Danish "open-faced sandwich" for lunch and a Danish dinner in the evening pleases every customer who visits here. Here diners can choose from forty different types of smorrebrod with delicious seasonings. This beautifully lit restaurant is located in the heart of the historic city centre in Copenhagen.
- Restaurant Koefoed
Restaurant Koefoed is a perfect spot for having local delicacies as it draws inspiration from the island of Bornholm, which is Denmark's rocky gem in the Baltic Sea and a significant supplier of fresh produce and ingredients. Its preserved berry delicacies – the speciality of this restaurant along with kryddersnaps – a herbal schnapps infused with wild Bornholm herbs and spices. This restaurant keeps in mind the contemporary taste of Danish cuisine along with the seasonal dishes anchored in classical local cuisine. This restaurant serves you the best of Danish cuisine with the best service by the staff as well.
- Restaurant Kronborg
Here, you may taste the best served traditional Danish smorrebrod in a cosy atmosphere with a beautiful lit décor and fantastic staff service. Customers are provided with the best of classic traditional dishes such as smoked eel with scrambled eggs, homemade curry herring with boiled eggs, and Danish meatballs with red cabbage. This restaurant is trendy among Copenhageners during Christmas times as they serve the best traditional Christmas food in the centre of Copenhagen.
Vegetarian and Vegan
This Michelin-starred restaurant serves the best worldly vegetarian dishes, located in a beautiful old warehouse in Osterbro with stylish décor, designer furniture, and an informal and comfortable atmosphere. The chefs here focus on seasonal produce and is inspired by kitchens from all over the world. This restaurant not only serves high-quality vegan food in the city but also provides you with the dishes at affordable prices. This restaurant is open to the public only from Wednesday to Saturday between 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
This restaurant was Copenhagen's first raw food bar in 2009 serving with mind-blowing contemporary interpretations of plant-based eating that is 100% veggies. 42RAW's vision is to promote plant-based diets by proving that vegetables can also be far better than meat-based dishes. If you are in Copenhagen and a vegan, then this restaurant is a perfect choice to stop by and enjoy the traditional Danish dishes. With only plant-based ingredients; some best-served food items are truffle burgers, acai bowl, green poke, etc. You can come here any day between 9 am to 6 pm or on some days at 8 pm.
- The Standard
The Standard restaurant indulges in a Michelin-starred dinner with top quality "smorrebrod" and beer counters on the harbour front. This restaurant is beautifully decorated with functionalistic architecture which is now home to two fantastic restaurants and a bar. Here, you will not only see the international landscapes but will also that chefs here prepare dishes concerning our nature; you can expect to taste something mind-blowing that you have never tasted before. It is open Sunday to Saturday – 12 pm to 10 pm (Monday Closed).
- Restaurant simpleRAW
Situated in Grabrodretorv square in Copenhagen, this vegan-friendly restaurant offers you meals, beverages, and cakes produced exclusively from vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, and leaf-green. This eco-friendly restaurant is best known for its breakfasts and lunches. Besides, they also offer hot meals, juices, snacks, smoothies, and organic wines. Copenhageners come here to enjoy light meals and have quality time with your loved ones. This restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm.
This gluten-free restaurant is one of the favourite spots for Copenhageners to enjoy vegan and mostly gluten-free food which is rich in quality and locally sourced food. Located at the Melchiors plads at Osterbro in the eastern part of Copenhagen, you can have plenty of options on the menu for experiencing local vegan food. From breakfasts to dinners, you can have everything from avocado smash, buckwheat pizza, and quinoa pancakes to ramen, salads, burgers, and raw cakes. To visit here, come any day between 11 am to 9:30 pm.
- Rod Polse
It is a bright red colour sausage, which is very common in Copenhagen. Many people believe it is the national dishes of Denmark. It is made by Vienna type, and the skin is coloured using red dye. It is sold in between Fresh buns with tomato ketchup and mustard sauce on top.
It is used to be a Danish farmer's lunch, but now it serves as a traditional dish in Denmark and a local delicacy sold in high-end restaurants. It is an open face sandwich that consists of fish or meat, vegetables, and sauces on top with a slice of rye bread.
- Marinated or Pickled Herring
As Denmark is surrounded by sea and herring is the most popular, it is readily available. This dish consists of marinated herring served with rye bread and bay leaves, onions salad, and eggs.
Another fish on the list after herring is salmon, found on Copenhagen's restaurant menus. It is usually cooked in different styles and is served with rye bread.
Snaps are a small short of intense alcoholic beverage day continuing a course of the meal. There is a tradition associated with drinking Snaps in Denmark and Sweden. It is widespread to drink snaps during holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and midsummer. In varieties of Snap, you will find vodka, bitter liquor, or some other kind of Brannvin.
Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage created using honey with water, sometimes with various spices, grains, fruits, or hops, and also referred to as honey wine synonymously. Mead played an essential role in the mythologies for some peoples and produced during ancient times throughout Africa, Asia, and even Europe.
Glogg is usually alcoholic, spirit, or mulled wine. It also served as a traditional drink during winters, especially during Christmas in Copenhagen. It is the most common hot wine since the 16th century. In the 19th century, it had been mixed with warm juices, or with syrup, or sometimes with more challenging spirits. It is produced when a mixture of fruit juice, wine, or clear spirit is added into hot boiling water with some spices. Glogg has different varieties as per the fruit or wine are used while making them.
- Copenhagen Cocktail
It an alcoholic drink served in a coupe glass. It does not have an ancient history; it was created in 2009 as a challenge to make the city's signature cocktail as Gromit Eduardsen started it at bar 1105 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
You can drink tap water in this city as the water quality test is so strict that they do not need any chlorine or other chemicals to clean the tap water. There are more than 60 mountains all over the city which supply drinking water so that no one would feel thirsty. The means supply of water is dependent on groundwater, which does not require harsh treatments for purification. In 2006, the government focussed on minimizing water consumption, therefore, adopted a goal to reduce water consumption, and a limit was set for household water consumption which was 110 litre/cap/ day. Not only the household but also the businesses were given the target of 34 litres/ cap/ day. There was a gradual decrease in the mark in 2010 which was, for the business enterprises it was set to 29 litres/ cap/ day, and the target of household water consumption was increased to 108 litres/ cap/ day. At present, the average household consumption is lower than a hundred litres/ cap/ day. When the tap water is so clean and fit to drink, you should not use bottled water as it will increase the usage of plastic. You can instead purchase a bottle from a supermarket or a nearby store and refill it at different free water drinking areas.
The government of Copenhagen is continuously supporting a healthy lifestyle; therefore, you will find many organic cafes here. You will find many restaurants that have fresh ingredients along with different cuisines as per customer’s choice. Many people came up in supporting the government in promoting a healthy lifestyle by opening their organic cafés supporting local farms also. However, they have to face random inspection and quality checks to assure that the ingredients and the dishes are organic.
- The Organic Boho
- Hope Organic
- Hope Organic - Bolten Guards
- California Kitchen
Beer is what many people desire. A beautiful sunset scenery with a large glass of beer is what many bars and beer shops offer which no one can refuse. Copenhagen is a hub of international beer companies producing beer for the global and local markets. The beers made by multinational companies are produced here; therefore, the prices of beer are low.
- Christania Bryhys
- Old Hat Brewing Company
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You can participate in various sports, adventurous, and water activities that involve exploring and fun-loving in Copenhagen.
Goboat is a boat which is operated by solar energy specially used for picnics. It is entirely eco-friendly and is made out of recycled plastic from different bottles. These eco-friendly boats are available on rent along with a guide to roam around the city on waters. One hour of the tour requires 499 Dkk which includes sailing across two canals. Another one is for two hours which requires 849/ 899 Dkk which involves sailing across 4 to 5 channels which will consist of a stoppage for a picnic and to enjoy the scenery. The third is for 3 hours costing 1099/ 1149 Dkk, in this, you will explore the complete harbour of Copenhagen and can take as many breaks you want during the tour. You can enjoy lunch, dinner, breakfast, or snacks while being in the water as the boat has a large table in between and this boat can carry up to 8 peoples per ride.
If you love water, you can have a yacht tour. A yacht is a type of boat that is used for cruising, racing, and pleasure. It has a cabin and can be used overnight. There different types of yacht depending on the kind of wind force. They are divided into four groups A, B, C, and D from which A class can handle airspeed up to or more than 25 meters/ second. B type can take less than 21 m/s, and C can control a wind speed of 14 m/s. The last is D type, which can handle wind force up to 8.2 m/s. Depending upon opposite you can get a tour of one hour for 102 dkk, auto-off 2 hours costing 524.8 dkk, and the entire city tour costing 1025.5 dkk.
- Mountain Climbing
In Copenhagen, you have to climb on a wall that is designed and constructed with climbing aids. The height of this wall is 80 meters and has five routes depending on the difficulty level you want to face. The wall is designed to give it the shape and look of a natural rock by several cuts and human-made tracks.
A flyboarding is a water sport activity in which one is lifted upwards while standing on a board known as a fly board. The board is linked from a long hose tube which creates a force by water below the commission which helps it to rise to a restricted height of 22 meters. This experience lasts for 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the knowledge. It allows people older than ten, accompanied by a grown-up. The water pressure here is 260 HP. You will get a lesson of 45 minutes in which you will be in the air for 15 minutes. You must be able to swim as the water here might be profound. For one person the chargers are 900 dkk, for two persons the chargers are 800 dkk, and for persons ranging from 3 to 8 the price range is 750 dkk.
- Visit Museums and Gardens
Museums are the places where you can gain knowledge about history, art, literature, and many more. There are many museums in Copenhagen which will help you to learn about Copenhagen's history, and some famous art and literature work by recognized artists. Museums are the best way to learn something as it is proved that visuals give better learning than text. It helps you to gain knowledge of that particular country which can help you in making friends and becoming social. Some of the famous museums are Louissa Museum of Art, Staten museum of Kanst, Ordrupgaard, and many more. Botanical gardens are the best way to inspire or motivate a person towards greenery and becoming eco-friendly. It educates about the different species of herbs and plants and different categories which are used for medicines, food, and various other uses. It also has multiple health benefits as walking around a garden involves an exercise in a refreshing environment that relaxes your mind and body.
Yoga and Retreats
Yoga is a very ancient practice which is running for a long time. It helps in finding peace in the inner body and calms down the mind. You can find many yoga studios; some of the hotels have the facility of having their yoga studio with a general trainer.
- Copenhagen Yoga
- Blue Sky Yoga
- Hot Yoga Studio
- Dolce Yoga Studio
- Yoga Hjornet
According to your convenience and budget, you can choose the category where you want to stay. If you are a solo traveller, you can choose a hostel room. If you are in Copenhagen for a long time and find that the hotel rooms are costing too much, you can choose an apartment for rent. If you have a good and stable budget and want a luxury lifestyle for the days you are there, you can check-in at the hotel, along with luxury they will also provide you security.
- Hotel Alexandro
- Bertrams Hotel
- Phoenix Copenhagen
- Manon Les Suites
Hostels and Guest Houses
- Downtown Hostel
- Danhostel Copenhagen Hostel
- Bedwood Hostel
- Sleep in Heaven
- Guesthouse Copenhagen
- Acacia House B&B
- The Retro House
- Guesthouse Copenhagen Beach
- Urban Bread and Breakfast
- Ascot Apartments
- V.M. Houses
- Life X
- Habitat J.K.
- Charlotte Heaven
Couch surfing is very much possible in this city, but for that, you must have a good communication network. The stay in rents is not too high. Therefore, there are very few to go with this option. Also, this city is very safe for a stranger to live in along with the friendly behaviour of locals there.
- Bellahoj Camping
- City Camp
- Tangloppen Camping
- Ishoj Strand Camping
How to Get There
There are many ways to go, but there is only one direct way to reach this city, while the others are indirect ways which mean that you have to be present in the country to get here. The indirect method is useful when you want to visit other cities as well.
Being the capital of Denmark, this city has two airports which deal with a lot of passengers every year; Copenhagen Airport and Roskilde airport. You can get a direct flight from any major city to Copenhagen.
- Copenhagen Airport
It is the core airport serving this city with an elevation of 5 meters. This Airport first came into operation in 1925, and at that time it was one of the first civil airports in the world. This Airport has a big terminal that is made up of wood, some balloon mass, and a landing stage for a jet. This Airport has two terminals; terminal 2 and terminal 3. It has a train station, metro station, and a bus stand for the convenience of the tourists.
- Roskilde airport
This Airport was opened in 1973. It was planned with two other airports but due to some crisis to other airports were not built. The elevation of this Airport is 146 feet. The maximum of flights which reach this Airport is taxi flights, regular flights, business jets. It is the reason why this Airport receives a fewer number of passengers throughout the year. It offers various facilities like fire fighting equipment for emergency, emergency fuel, parking, and aircraft repair. Due to less human traffic, this Airport is used by multiple flight schools for flight training. There is a small air force installed on the airport ground on a separate area with a helipad which is used by the Search and Rescue Squad.
Bus networks connect Copenhagen to significant cities within Denmark and even some neighbouring countries, namely Germany and Sweden. The highway network in these countries is tremendously well developed. Copenhagen is connected to the north via the Bridge as it’s generally recognized, to Malmo city in Sweden. From here you can tour by bus to other towns in Sweden and Norway. In the south, Denmark's network is connected with Germany. It has frequent and comprehensive connectivity with big and small cities in Germany like Hamburg, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Kassel, Hanover, Munich, and many more. Major bus operators that operate in Copenhagen are Swebus, Nett bus, Greyhound, and Euro lines.
There is a central railway station in Copenhagen known as Copenhagen Railway Station. It is the central and the major railway station in the city and is the largest railway station in entire Denmark. It is owned and operated by DSB. The total numbers of platforms are 7 with 13 tracks. This station was built in 1911 and presently has a network all over the country with many international destinations. If you want to go out for some time, then luggage lockers are also available on rent, with ATMs and showers which requires a small fee. There are machines for train tickets which are self operatable and with English language facility.
Hitchhiking is trendy in Denmark. There many official spots for hitchhiking and people who are travelling to the city know English very well so the language barrier would not be there. You have to be present in nearby towns to hitchhike. Many hitchhikers advise that highways are the best spots for a successful hitchhiking experience; you have to stand there and wait for a bike or car going towards Copenhagen.
The way to reach this city is on a ferry ride. The port of Copenhagen is at the naughtiest of the district of Indre by. The ferry ride connects to various cities of Denmark, but it is very time-consuming.
The best way to move around in Copenhagen is by walking or cycling as the town is flat, which makes cycling not a difficult task.
Walking around Copenhagen is considered safe. In terms of safety, Copenhagen has stringent rules, and the residents are amicable and helpful towards tourists. Copenhagen is the world's third safest city in a category of below 5 million population. There are many walking tracks built across the city with various directions so that no one gets lost. Other than this, you must carry a GPS-enabled device so that even if you get lost, you may get back to your hotel. Evening walk along the riverside can be very satisfying because of the scenery that sunset city.
If you are a health-conscious person, then there are bike rentals available all over the city, but it might cost you a little higher. There are not many hills, so cycling here is effortless. There are docking stations where you can find white city bikes that have a touch screen tablet installed with GPS. The payment will be 30 DKK for an hour, and you can pay using a credit or debit card. These cycles are best if you want to go to a specific location. Another bicycle renting company is Donkey Republic Bikes which is cheaper than official city bikes. The bikes here are of bright orange with cool names. You have to install its app for locating and booking the bike near you. It doesn't have GPS navigation; therefore, you have to use your phone for it. Various hotels and hostels supporting a healthy environment also provide bikes on rent for around 150 DKK per day.
The government of Copenhagen is promoting the use of electric vehicles so that the use of gasoline and diesel would be reduced. Electric cars are being made free of vehicle registration, tax and even the parking charges. There are electric taxis that are all set to travel all across the city.
The bus network in this city is high-speed and covers almost every tourist spot. There are about 78 buses present in central Copenhagen, which arrive in every 3 to 7 minutes. These buses run from 7 am to 9 am, and 3:30 to 5:30 every day. Other than these times, they arrive every 10 minutes. Also, night buses are available for travel. Other regular buses run throughout Copenhagen and are indicated by yellow lines.
Tram, Train and Subway
There was a tram system in Copenhagen which was closed in 1972 and was started again in 1863. The tram network was the oldest network which was the first run using horses, but later when steam engine technology came, it was replaced by steam-powered trams. Due to the modern transportation system, the government of Copenhagen had to close the tram network and was replaced by buses and private cars. However, it was argued that trams can be modified according to modern transportation and would be cheaper and economical compared to two buses and taxis.
The S-trains are suburban and suburban rail serving the urban area of Copenhagen. It runs from 5 am and 12:30 midnight in which they run every 4 to 5 minutes. The train lines A, B, C, D, and E run after every 10 minutes and line H runs after every 20 minutes. You can get a train at the Airport just after you step out of the building. The ticket prices are not too high. The way to pay is the Copenhagen card which is available on an hourly basis. This card comes with access to unlimited public transports with a complimentary service of free entry to around 80 museums and attractions depending upon how many hours you want to take. The cost of a card is between 54 to 133 Euros for adults.
The metro first came in 2002. Metro is a rapid transit type with fore lines, and it has around 39 stations out of which five are under construction. It faces about seven crores of annual ridership. The metros are driverless trains which run throughout the city in line M1 and M2 sharing a standard line.
Eco shopping is quite trendy amongst Danish people in Denmark because they are aware of the various climate and environment problems that are happening around the world due to humans. The people and government are supporting people and businesses that are providing products that are organic and are sourced from local farms and other sources. You can find such products in the various food and flea markets, as well as in the many second-hand stores and eco-fashion stores in Copenhagen.
- Pak Food Store
- Food Market
- Norrebro Flea Market
- Saturday Loppemarked
- Copenhagen Flea Market
- The Blue Hall, Antiques
- Flea Market
- Svalernes Loppermarked
Second Hand Stores
- Hjerte Genbrug
- Red Cross Op Shop
- Santos Second Hand (Das Lima)
- Lula 2ndhand Luxury
- Muda Nashi Secondhand Luxury
- O-S-V. Second-hand Fashion
- Be Awear
- Storm – Design Art Fashion
- Fair Nomad Society
- Another View
If you are wondering how Copenhagen is such a clean and environment-friendly city, it is because of their extensive recycling and proper waste management rules and procedures. You will find that both businesses and locals participate actively in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of their streets. People prefer using recyclables and reusable items. You will find that there are many recycling units in various parts of Copenhagen that offer free of charge services for recycling your waste.
Copenhagen's waste management is quite extensive and efficient. It is because the locals and even the tourists maintain proper disposal measures. You will hardly find any littered waste in the streets. Many private and public organizations also actively take part in educating the locals about appropriate waste management techniques and how to reduce their waste. You can dump your trash in the various garbage bins and containers that are located in every nook and corner of Copenhagen.
Work and Study Abroad
There is perhaps no better place than Copenhagen to study the fascinating Danish culture, history and increasing importance in the world. You will find that there are many international institutes and corporations in Copenhagen that provide education and career opportunities to the locals and foreign persons. These places are some of the best in Europe and offer the best options in the world.
The University of Copenhagen is the part of the worldwide student exchange program that offers educational opportunities to international students that are willing to study in different cities of the world.
Au pairing is quite trendy in Copenhagen as the locals like to help out others, especially the low-income families. Au pairing is a concept in which you can help out a family from any part of the world by providing them with financial, educational, emotional, and medical aid.
Volunteering is quite trendy in Copenhagen as the locals consider it their responsibility to take care of the community and the local environment. The people are well-educated and are very active in such activities.
- CPH Volunteers
- Copenhagen Panna House
- ReDI School Copenhagen
- BrugerForeningen - for aktive stofbrugere
- Bafo Do Mundo
- Mellemamerika Komiteen
You can also participate in Copenhagen’s volunteering activities as thanks to the services and hospitality of the local community and environment. These activities will help you interact with various people and broaden your knowledge about Copenhagen and its people.