Copenhagen is a beautiful Danish city of spires, cobblestone squares and weaving canals. Instantly appealing, Copenhagen retains a provincial, small-town vibe, despite its seat as the largest city in Scandinavia and capital city of Denmark. Along with an assortment of museums (Nationalmuseet), theater (Tivoli Concert Hall) and nightlife (Nyhavn), Copenhagen is arguably one of the greenest cities in Europe. The city center caters more toward pedestrians and bikers, as they will often outnumber cars, and green spaces including parks and gardens are abundant.
The Indre By (inner city) is the historical core of the city and is home to several striking landmarks, such as the Amalienborg, or royal residence, which consists of four identical mansions, the botanical gardens, city hall, Dansk Design Center and the Danish Museum of Art and Design, called Kunstindustrimuseet. Also in this central district are the Tivoli Amusement Park and the artificial island, Slotsholem, which is surrounded by canals and hosts the many brilliant museums of Copenhagen.
Nyhavn is a harbor inlet located off of the Inderhavnen and, in warmer months, becomes public swimming areas. This area is also home to popular nightlife spots including bars, nightclubs and in recent years has seen an influx of several new restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Once home to the famed children’s writer, Hans Christian Andersen, Nyhavn is also home to the iconic sculpture, The Little Mermaid, who wistfully looks out to sea. The pedestrianized area of Stroget is Copenhagen’s premier shopping district, and houses a wide variety of designer boutiques, international chains and interesting second-hand and antique shops. Other shopping venues in the city include the large department store, Magasin du Nord; furniture stores in the district of Norrebro; and the Israel Plads and Gammel Strand flea markets, open on Saturdays.
Copenhagen has come a long way since the days when its residents only ate out in restaurants on weekends and special occasions. Since then, the Danish restaurant Noma has been named best restaurant in the world in 2010. This culinary resurgence has not only sparked up a new-found love for modern Danish cuisine, but for international influences as well, specifically French and Asian. Adding to their green living city status, there are also over 100 restaurants within Copenhagen that participate in “Klima-friendly” food, serving only organic, locally produced and environmentally friendly meals.
The hub of Scandivania air travel, Kastrup Airport (CPH), is Copenhagen’s main international and domestic airport. The city has two major train stations -- Central Station and Norreport, both of which run S-trains, metro, regional rails and buses. Biking is a popular way to navigate through the city for both locals and tourists. There are free city bikes available, as well as rentable bikes that offer more comfort. Walking is also a great way to see the city, as many areas are extremely pedestrian-friendly. There are also an abundance of taxis in the city, and are usually Mercedes Benz or BMWs.
Copenhagenis classified as having an ocean climate which borders the humid continental zone and remains fairly mild in spring and summer and cold in winter and autumn. Experiencing a change in all four seasons, the city’s average high temperature in the warmest month of July is 68.7° F (20.4° C) and an average low of 28.4° F (-2° C) in January.