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DENMARK: Colourful, vibrant, cosmopolitan … and “hyggelig“: the Danish capital Copenhagen is always full of surprises, bubbling over with cultural and culinary highlights.
Copenhagen makes life easy for its guests: whether on foot, by bike or using ultra-modern public transport, all of the city’s sights can be reached quickly and in comfort.
To properly immerse yourself in the Danish city, you can first take a walk through the various districts around the medieval centre: the “bridge district” of Broerne, the hip Vesterbro, the multi-cultural district of Nørrebro and the young, urban Østerbro. And you also have to pay a visit to Christianshavn, the old harbour district to the south-east of the city centre, with its pretty houses dating from the 17th century, the many canals and the world-famous “free state” of Christiania.
You’ll also get a lot more from the city if you hire a bike and head off for a cycle. As a recognised cycling city, Copenhagen has a practical city bike system. Bycyklen, with its intelligent e-bikes that can be hired at more than 100 locations across the city, is an especially convenient option. With this type of transport, the famous attractions such as the Tivoli gardens or Rosenborg castle are within easy reach.
Shopping and culture
Copenhagen is also a city full of ideas for shopping lovers. Strøget is one of the oldest and longest pedestrian areas in the world. The Bredgade is home to the finest furniture, art and antiques stores in the city, while the charming Læderstræde is dotted with tiny jewellery, design and fashion stores with “hyggelige” – cosy – cafés nestling in between. Fans of the avant-garde go shopping on Latinerkvarteret, Kronprinsensgade or in Østerbro.
Culture vultures will find Denmark’s capital to be brimming with theatres and museums, with the most notable being the Royal Danish Theatre which combines three venues in one: the main stage, on which ballet is mostly performed, the new playhouse and the impressive new opera house. Friends of art, for example, are attracted to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Statens Museum for Kunst (the National Gallery) or the National Museum of Denmark where visitors can dive into the country’s moving history.
Smørrebrød, street food and award-winning cuisine
Copenhagen has also recently earned a reputation as a hotspot for culinary fans. Nordic cuisine is absolutely on trend. Scandinavian products such as beer and mushrooms, fish, moose and reindeer meat are celebrating a revival. And the famous smørrebrød – dark bread buttered and topped with all kinds of tasty treats – is hugely popular.
The city is currently home to no fewer than six award-winning restaurants and a wealth of other gourmet addresses offering young and original dining. If budgets are tight, then the bustling, trendy neighbourhoods have cafés, delis and restaurants that are open night and day and which cater to every taste. A must-do for everyone who likes to be surprised by new culinary ideas is the colourful street food market in Christianshavn. Here, food, drink and coffee trucks sell amazing dishes from all over the world.
The Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen is the perfect base for discovering the habitable Danish capital city. Located in one of the new districts at Copenhagen harbour, it’s only a few minutes from the famous Little Mermaid and in close proximity to the new ferry terminal, the docking point for cruise liners from all around the world.