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Copenhagen Travel Guide

About Copenhagen

Acknowledged as one of the world’s greenest cities, with a reputation for cutting-edge food, Copenhagen is a welcoming city chock full of world class experiences.

Most visitors’ first port of call is Nyhavn, where colourful buildings loom over the busy waterfront. But get beyond this honey pot and you’ll find a city teeming with fascinating cultural and culinary highlights.

The Vesterbro and Norrebro neighbourhoods are the places to immerse in the local atmosphere. Head to the latter’s superb food hall to stock up on treats, or make for Bang and Jensen for a cosy brunch away from the tourist hoards. Foodies should also be sure to check out the Meatpacking District and its myriad restaurants and bars, each of them serving the kind of food and booze you can only dream of finding in larger, supposedly fancier cities.

The fully pedestrianised city centre is a breeze to navigate; else you can easily zip from A to B on a bike. Bicycles outnumber cars by five to one and there are 400km (249 miles) of cycle tracks throughout the city. Hiring your own two wheels is the best way to see Copenhagen if time is short.

Be sure to check out the island neighbourhood of Christianshavn and its colourful “free town”, Christiania. This alternative community was created by hippies in the 1970s and exists under its own strict rules, with outdoor bars and cafés, and beautiful wooden homes.

Art and design fans should head out of the city to the stunning Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to see first rate sculpture set in waterfront parkland, while those after some classic, fairground fun should be certain to take a stroll around the Tivoli Gardens amusement park in the heart of the city.

Take in an evening of jazz at La Fontaine or sit at a pavement café by the waterfront and watch the world go by. Green, beautiful and welcoming, few cities can match the charms of Copenhagen; it might just be the most civilised place in Europe.

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