10 reasons why you should visit Copenhagen

Nyhavn Canal

Nyhavn Harbour

Built around the shores of the European’s nicest natural harbour, this colourful and vibrant city is a mix & match of architectural styles and Scandinavian influences. The Danish capital is fast becoming one of the most visited cities not just in the Europe, but for people all across the globe. Do you want to know why Copenhagen is getting popular? Pack Your Bag is going to give you ten reasons why you should visit Copenhagen.

 

1.- Because of the people.

Danish people are voted as the happiest people in the world and a large majority speaks a high standard of English. They will make you experience a friendliness which you rarely will find in other cities. Also the “hipsters” will make you dive into that particular culture-life-style in one of the various hipsters areas of Copenhagen.

People from Copenhagen

People from Copenhagen – Picture from Visitcopenhagen

 

2.- Because of the bikes

The city is super progressive when it comes to urban transport and it’s not surprising that the city is often cited as the world’s most bike-friendly city. With cycle lanes and flat streets, the appeal is obvious. That’s why one-third of the inhabitants of Copenhagen ride a bicycle to work or school. Also tourists hire a bike for a city-ride-bike experience throughout their time in Copenhagen. It feels like everyone cycles, meaning Copenhagen probably has the quietest and most peaceful streets of any capital city  at least in Europe. This green approach has even led to the term ‘Copenhagenise’ being used by urban planners.

Bike's Parking

Bike’s Parking – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

3.- Because of the Smørrebrød

If you are visiting Copenhagen, you must try the Smørrebrød at least for once, even though I bet you will try all different options every day, mostly after a long cycling morning throughout Copenhagen. The sandwich is basically made by sliced rye bread (rugbrød) topped with cold meats, smoked fish, cheese or pate and it has been a lunchtime staple for the Danish for as long as anyone remember. Give it a try!

Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød – picture taken by Lynda Balslev for NPR

 

4.-Because of Christiania

Christiania is an autonomous free-town in Copenhagen. It’s been exempt from many of Denmark’s laws since it was set up by squatters and idealists back in the 1970’s. Now Christiania is home to about 850 people who manage shops, cafes and veggie restaurants. And sell soft drugs from stalls. It all feels like a fascinating mix of organic cultural paradise and alternative music festival. So go, smoke and smile 🙂

Christiania

Christiania – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

5.- Because of its mermaid

A little and lonely mermaid sculpture is conclusively the Copenhagen’s most popular icon and one of the most photographed statues in the world. The little mermaid sits close to the shore of the cruise harbour “Langelinie” on her granite resting place, in the old port district of Nyhavn. This small sculpture was unveiled at Langelinje in 1913 even though she’s been decapitated several times since then; poor Little Mermaid. Anyway,  don’t miss it as everybody does. Do the same like everybody and be a real tourist!!

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

6.- Because of the water and canals. 

Copenhagen is criss-crossed by a network of canals and these waterways are still an integral part of the city’s character. Lots of cruise-boats laden with sightseers sailing through the elegant shuttered town-houses. Then Copenhageners don’t have to travel too far for a dip. Just south of the centre is the Island Brygge Havnebadet, one of five outdoor swimming pools in Copenhagen. The quality of the water is checked daily and has to be approved by the authorities before swimmers are let in. There are five pools in all, two of which are specifically for children.

Nyhavn Canal

Nyhavn Canal – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

7.- Because of the urban beaches

You might not think of Copenhagen as a beach destination, but not too far of the centre is one most popular Copenhagen’s urban beaches You might not think of Copenhagen as a beach destination, but three miles south of the centre is one of Denmark’s finest stretches of sand: Amager Strandpark, a huge white beach extending along a lagoon, covered by small dunes and green grass. It’s popular all year round with cyclists and rollerbladers. But Amager Strandpark is not he only urban beach yo can find in Copenhagen, up to 5 different beaches are only few miles away from city centre.

Amager beach - picture from broketourist.net

Amager beach – picture from broketourist.net

 

8.- Because it’s green

Copenhagen was the European Green Capital of 2014, just before Bristol (UK) in 2015.  Copenhagen is a highly successful role model for the green economy, with an efficient urban cycling network and with a strong strategy Copenhagen intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025 with an estimated 75% of the CO2 reduction. Copenhagen is that city that you would love to live.

European Green Capital 2014

European Green Capital 2014

 

9.- Because of the accessibility 

Less than 20 minutes by Metro or train from the Airport to the City centre, a large variety of public transport and a well-developed cruise ship port. A huge cycling network will help you to explore Copenhagen in a very friendly and easy way as bikers have the priority everywhere and any time. But if you prefer to discover this city by walking, don’t be worried about the distances as Copenhagen feels like it was designed to be explored on foot. From galleries to monuments to parks, everything is really compact. You can easily walk from one side of the city to the other in a few hours. there’s a modern, efficient and affordable metro system you can use.

Christiania Canal and its boats

Christiania Canal and its boats – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

10.- Because of the “Hygge”

The best way of translating the word “hygge” is “cosiness” but you don’t know what “hygge” is until you’ve been to Copenhagen. You basically you can do lots of “hygges” things in Copenhagen during your time in the city, just come and find them out. Meantime in Pack Your Bag we give you 10 “hygges” reasons to visit this amazing city: Copenhagen!

Christiania. Go, smoke and smile!! Be "hygge" - picture taken by Luis Mercader

Christiania. Go, smoke and smile!! Be “hygge” – picture taken by Luis Mercader

9 responses to “10 reasons why you should visit Copenhagen

    • Thank you very much for your comments! I guess you’re so competitive between each other, otherwise you wouldn’t be the best countries in Europe for living. I love both your cultures and your life/styles. Glad you liked my post. Thanks!

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