Copenhagen, the #innsider’s way
As the song goes, ‘wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen’ – there is so much to do in the Danish capital, it is easy to see why. As well as the historical and literary sights associated with Copenhagen’s Viking past and the legacy of Hans Christian Anderson, the city (voted the world’s most liveable place in 2013) has so much more to offer. Here are a few of our #innsider tips.
Forget the beer and hit the beach
The Carlsberg name is synonymous with Denmark, but the famous beer moved its brewing facilities out of Copenhagen in 2008. The site of the former brewery has been redeveloped into a centre for arts and leisure and boasts gardens, galleries and a museum dedicated to all things Carlsberg. The site also hosts a super-cool urban beach, complete with a beach bar and beach chairs to relax on a sunny day. The space regularly plays host to parties and events, so check what is on before you go. See what’s on: https://www.facebook.com/strandenurbanbeach
Hit Nyhavn for a long summer’s lunch
Nyhavn is an old quay surrounded by quintessentially Danish buildings. It used to be a port and was central to Copenhagen’s import and export markets, so pubs and inns naturally popped up around the dockside. Now the colourful old houses have been updated and most are restaurants positioned perfectly to take in brunch, a long lunch or dinner in a perfect setting. Relax with a drink, listen to some jazz and get some amazing Instagram snaps all in one go – what more could you ask for? Find out more: http://nyhavn.com/
Hit the shops
If all that relaxed coziness (the Danish call it hygge) is getting, well, too relaxing, hit the shops to sample some great Danish design. Illums Bolighus, one of Denmark’s iconic stores, is by Royal appointment to the Queen of Denmark. The store includes all sorts of beautifully designed home wares to fall in love with, including furniture, home accessories, dining ware, lighting, make up and even toiletries. Find out more: http://www.illumsbolighus.com
Getting around and saving Krone
One of the reasons that Copenhagen is seen as one of the most liveable cities in the world is its accessibility. Public transport is well used by Copenhagen natives, so getting around can be done easily my rail, bus or Metro. The city is also a bike-friendly place, with over a third of inhabitants cycling to work each day and as such it’s a great place to explore by bike. Cycles can be hired all over the city: http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/copenhagen-bike-rentals
Denmark can be a pricey place, but #innsiders recommend visitors buy a Copenhagen card on arrival for free admission to over 75 attractions and free public transport by bus, train and Metro and discounts on restaurants and sights.
Find out more here: http://www.copenhagencard.com/
Where to stay
Located just five minutes from the Copenhagen International Airport and minutes from the bustling city centre, the Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport Hotel is an ideal base to hop off the plane and explore the city. A new metro line is an easy walk from the hotel and takes only five minutes to reach Copenhagen’s city centre. To find out more, click here
Have you explored Copenhagen? If so let us know your top #innsider tips