Get on your bike and go Copenhagen

Skrevet af Chris Day - Foto: Morten Andersen - fotomani.dk - 2. september 2008 - 13:380 kommentarer
Get on your bike and ride. Copenhagen is cool, so go out and check out what’s out there.

You’re here! You’ve probably settled in a bit, and you’ve met most if not all of your fellow students. So go meet Copenhagen! She’s a lovely and gracious host. Don’t bother bringing flowers, though, bring a bicycle-helmet!

Congratulations on choosing to study in Copenhagen. It’s a city that won’t let you down: Nordic cool, historical hamlet, modern European hub, big and edgy, small and accessible, traditional yet diverse, thriving night life and a centre of culture. It’s no surprise they call it Wonderful Copenhagen.

As Scandinavia’s largest city, Copenhagen is a destination firmly on the tourist map. You now have the months or years of your stay to explore the city fully. Use your time wisely. There is a lot to do.

Pedal around

Firstly, Copenhagen is the bicycle city. With bike lanes everywhere making it a pretty safe option, cycling is the quickest and easiest way to get around. If you have no plans of investing in a bike of your own, citybikes are dotted all over the city and can be borrowed for a 20DKK deposit but it is strictly forbidden and fined by the police if you take a citybike outside the citybike-zone wich roughy consists of Copenhagen City Centre(within the basins) and Christianshavn (check the info box for further information). As an enjoyable way to get a quick grasp on the scale and sights of the city, there can be no better advice to a newcomer than to hop on a bike and while away a few relaxing hours touring the bike lanes.

With bikes being the chosen mode of transport, people set the pace rather than cars, leading to large parts of the city set aside for pavement cafes and pedestrian areas. Also spread across the city are cool bars and clubs, a vibrant live music scene, major national museums, internationally renowned art galleries and the delightful historical reminders of Copenhagen’s 17th and 18th Century renaissance construction in the shape of beautiful palaces, parks, houses and waterways.

An easy way to begin your exploration of Copenhagen is to break the city down into five areas and explore each one of these in turn. The first area is Frederiksberg, where CBS is located. Then comes the City Centre, Vesterbro, Nørrebro and Østerbro.

Each area is diverse and different and has a great deal to offer in the way of sights and night life. We bring you a tiny breakdown of each neighbourhood:

Frederiksberg: Home of CBS

Frederiksberg’s traditionally wealthier residents have left their mark in an area full of impressive villas and tree-lined streets. Quiet but pretty, it’s a great area to take a stroll and has a good café culture in the summer.

Sights: Carlsberg Brewery and Visitors Centre, Copenhagen Zoo, Frederiksberg Gardens and the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory.

Nightlife: CBS’ very own student bar, Nexus, situated in Solberg Plads. Kellerdirk (Frederiksberg Alle 102).

City Centre

Containing the historical centre of the city, the heart of Copenhagen can be found along Strøget, the world’s longest pedestrianised shopping street.

Sights: There are hundreds of things to explore in this area, but a few starters are: The Palace of Rosenborg, the Little Mermaid, the Gefion Fountain, Tivoli pleasure gardens, Sct. Nicolai Kirke, Christiansborg Slot, the Royal Library Garden, the Round Tower, the Resistance Museum, New Harbour, Kongens Nytorv and the Royal residence at Amalienborg.

It is also worth making a visit across the water of Inderhaven to Christiania – Copenhagen’s world famous alternative community.

Nightlife: Palermo (Klosterstræde 23), Den Glade Gris (Lille Kannikestræde 3), Emma (Lille Kongensgade 16), Renomé (Vesterbrogade 2E ) and Luux (Nørregade 41 ).

Vesterbro:

Working class, multicultural and in the process of gentrification, Vesterbro is the vibrant hub of the city and a great destination for the cool crowd.

Sights: Boutiques and cafes along Istedgade and Vesterbrogade, Øksnehallen, ice creams at Paradis on Vestebro Torv and the City Museum.

Nighlife: Karriere (Flæsetovet 57), Bang & Jensen (Istedgade 130), Boutique Lize (Enghave Plads 6), Vega Night Club (Enghavevej 40), Ideal Bar (Enghavevej 40) or Kung Fu (Sundvedsgade 5).

Nørrebro:

Also working class and gentrified to a degree, yet slightly more multicultural, Nørrebro is a lively place to visit with great cafes and bars to be found on Sankt Hans Torv and Blågårdsgade.

Sights: Head south along Nørrebrogade soaking up the atmosphere and then take a leisurely stroll around Copenhagen’s lakes and visit Søren Kirkegaard’s grave at Assistentens Churchyard.

Nightlife: Rust (Guldbergsgade 8), Oak Room (Birkegade 10), Kassen (Nørrebrogade 18B), Gefärhlich (Fælledvej 7) and Barcelona (Fælledvej 21).

Østerbro:

Home to wealthy Copenhageners, Østerbro is a quieter residential area but still contains a lot of pretty shops and boutiques.

Sights: Fælledparken, Parken Stadium.

Nightlife: Park (Østerbrogade 79

Info 

More Information

A trip to the Visit Copenhagen Tourist office is an essential for free material, information and maps. It can be found on Vesterbrogade 4A, Telephone: +45 7022 2442. www.visitcopenhagen.dk/turist

Remember to pick up a copy of the weekly English language ‘Copenhagen Post’ for a full listings guide in English: www.cphpost.dk/

Check out ‘The Rough Guide to Copenhagen’ available to buy on-line at: www.roughguides.com/website/shop/products/Copenhagen.aspx

Check out the citybikes at:  www.bycyklen.dk/english/thecitybikeandcopenhagen.aspx