Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is a fantastic destination. But how much do you know about what to expect from your visit there?
In this article we share with you some of the interesting insights from Copenhagen to help inspire you to add this dynamic city to your travel wish-list.
- Denmark knows how to do amusement parks
On your visit to Copenhagen, you will no doubt spend time in the Tivoli Pleasure Gardens amusement park in the center of the city. At Tivoli you will be able to ride one of the oldest wooden roller-coasters. However, just outside of Copenhagen is an even older amusement park. Its full name is Dyrehavsbakken, but everyone just refers to it as Bakken. The history of this amusement park can be traced back to 1583. The old wooden roller-coaster is worth experiencing.
- Copenhagen has always been a regional power-house
The Kingdom of Denmark long been a powerful force in this region. A good example of this can be traced back to 1416 when the city of Copenhagen was the capital of the Kalmar Union – an alliance between Denmark, Sweden, and Norway that was formed to counter German expansion. Copenhagen was the center of power for the alliance. Going back even further, it was the Danish who were often at the forefront of the Viking exploration and expansion, building an empire that dominated the surrounding region for centuries.
- Cycling is incredibly popular
It is estimated that about fifty percent of Copenhagen’s residents commute to work by bicycle. It helps that the city is quite flat, but also the city has invested in a huge network of cycle lanes – almost 250 miles of cycle lanes that crisscross the city and keep cyclists safe from traffic. Make sure you follow the road rules, the locals are sticklers for riding safely and will not hesitate to let you know if you haven’t indicated correctly or obeyed the road traffic signals.
- There’s an alternative lifestyle community in the center of the city
In 1971, an abandoned military base in Christianshavn was taken over by a group of people looking to create an alternative lifestyle community. A commune was established, and the community has now grown and established its own identity. It’s known as Freetown Christiana. Freetown Christiana operates as a self-governing society within the boundaries of wider Copenhagen. About 900 people live within the self-governing community. Visitors are welcome, so you can go and explore what a modern-day alternative community looks like in today’s Copenhagen.
Where to stay
As you would expect from a world-class city such as Copenhagen, this is a city that offers a huge range of accommodation options, whatever your budget or style of accommodation that you are looking for. If budget is not an issue, then why not consider some of the boutique design hotels or high-end luxury properties in the center of town, or perhaps if you are travelling with your family then you might like to consider an apartment in Copenhagen during the holiday season that runs throughout the summer, the ideal time to visit.