Copenhagen is arguably the prettiest, liveliest and also most liberal of the Scandinavian capitals. Rich in culture and history, diverse in weather, the place caters for every kind of visitor any time of the year. Once you have transported yourself to the fairytale grounds of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous stories, and witness the exceptional genetic beauty of the Danes for yourself, rent a bicycle and get the obligatory sightseeing out of the way. The bicycle is the transport of choice in the happiest country of the world, and there is a lot to see and do. Not to be missed on your bike tour: The Amalienborg Palace complex which consists of four rococo palaces and is the residence of the Danish Royal family; Christiansborg Palace, the house of Denmark’s three supreme powers: the executive, legislative and judicial power; and the Round Tower where you can see the city from above. By now you will need a good coffee to continue; in the Vienna-inspired Head to the Do the typical Danish style lunch at Time for shopping! Apart from the well assorted and classy department store Find the perfect present at Take all your shopping bags back to the hotel and get ready for the night. Established in 1755, The boutique For dinner go to the glorious René Redzepi spearheaded the new Nordic cuisine. His two star Michelin restaurant, If you like something a bit more relaxed then head to the romantic settings of To complete a busy day dance yourself away at If you prefer a little bit of adventure, just behind the central station, by Vesterbro’s red light district, lies the meatpacking district. The area has undergone a transformation and is now ripe with exciting bars, clubs and late night eateries for a younger crowd. Bakken and Jolene are the venues of choice by the city’s most forward thinking promoters. In short: cool music, beautiful people, and a letyourhairdown approach to going out. Also during daytime visit the area to check out the new upcoming artists at the numerous galleries around. If you still have headspace now you can plan what do to the next day: North of the city, you can appreciate the largest permanent art collection in Scandinavia at The cultivated woodland Dyrehaven covers 1000 hectares and is again only a short train ride to North of Copenhagen. Spot a flock of wild deer while breathing in the crisp Scandinavian air. Another must-do is Tivoli, the oldest amusement park in the world. Steeped in tradition, it offers endless entertainment for the discerning fun lover. Walt Disney was himself a keen visitor to the gardens and loved the “happy and unbuttoned air of relaxed fun”. You can’t leave the city without visiting Christiania: a picturesque autonomous neighborhood in the borough of Christianshavn, known internationally for its tolerated cannabis trade and the colourful treehouses where the 850 residents live. Take a metro to Ørestad and watch the truly spectacular and visionary buildings, VM Houses and Mountain Dwellings designed in 2007 by world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels, perfectly showcasing the spirit of modern Danish architecture. Or have a stroll around Assistentens Kirkegaard: The huge cemetery where you’ll find the graves of philosopher Søren Kirkegaard, H.C. Andersen and the scientist Tycho Brahe. In the summer the locals from the buzzing borough of Nørrebro use it for picnics and sunbathing.
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Text and photos by Sol Marinozzi Bjorck