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Copenhagen: What to do – a short guide by inner city

05/04/2012 | By | 2 Replies More

Copenhagen – What to do


Copenhagen‘s Easter Lilies – Photo: Jan Schuler-Scanp

Copenhagen is always great in springtime, like today. Weather is usually lovely, cafés move their tables out under the sun, some theatre, music and cinema events are staged under stars, and there are numerous events and activities – both inside and out – to choose from. How is it like, if you only have 24 hours to discover Copenhagen, capital of Denmark. This short guide and documentary will show you, what you can do, if you only have 1 day to visit Copenhagen, a gateway to Scandinavia.

A short guide by inner city of Copenhagen

Copenhagen inner city revolves around the longest pedestrian street in world, Strøget, which runs between two big squares Rådhuspladsen and Kongens Nytorv.


The Royal Danish Opera and Havnebus 904

This area of course has highest concentration of tourist attractions and shops in Copenhagen, but if you dare step off the beaten path just a little, you will be rewarded with experiencing some exciting neighborhoods and new parts of town, new shops and all the other things that make your city holiday something really special.

If you are on a tight travelling budget, you should hop on cheap and easy harbor bus (i.e. the boat bus) Havnebus 904, kick back and let it take you on a splendid cruise around Copenhagen’s waterways and canals from Nyhavn to Sluseholmen, where you will see a lot of Copenhagen’s great new architecture on harbor front.

The boat bus leaves every 10 minutes and goes from The Black Diamond (The Royal Library) via Knippelsbro, Nyhavn, The Royal Danish Opera and other places to Toldboden. It is great value for money. Now that you have saved a bit, it is only natural to want to go shopping.

The inner city of Copenhagen has lots of shopping areas apart from Strøget. On Ny Østergade for instance you find a favorite store among many Danish stylists; Gossip. Just a few hundred meters down the street and around corner on Store Regnegade is exclusive store Apartment that carries many international fashion brands such as MM6 Martin Margiela, Muubaa, See by Chloé and Tony Cohen.

Although postal code area in Copenhagen changes once more, it is only a short walk to experience the beauty of the innermost layer; visit Tekinoktay Finest Lingerie in Silkegade.

Kongens Have is an oasis of a park right in the middle of the city. In the park’s white building, one with the cozy paned windows, you find the restaurant Orangeriet, from which gourmet chefs serve classic Danish open-faced sandwiches on dark rye bread or light summer courses in pure H.C. Andersen idyll. In the evening they roll out a Danish-French-inspired menu and on Sunday afternoons lovely cakes are served in abundance.

If you visit during the summer, you can sit under a parasol, and if you come during winter you, of course, sit inside, but feel the warmth and brightness from daylight that pours in and floods the building through restaurant’s many windows.

Tivoli is at its most beautiful in the evening, when thousands of Chinese lanterns and lights create an unequalled romantic ambience.


Nimbs Terasse – Photo: Rasmus Hansen

For a good dinner at a reasonable price reserve a table at Nimbs Terasse, which, despite the name, is not a part of the great white Nimb building facing main train station, but a smaller venue located inside Tivoli Garden next to Glassalen.

Nimbs Terasse is timeless and beautiful and has a good Danish-French-inspired kitchen, friendly service and outside seating on terrace or in one of partly open, little glass pavilions, where smoking is also permitted.

If you feel like going out after dinner, try something different and fun. In Mikkel Bryggersgade, right in heart of Copenhagen, you find one of Copenhagen’s most rustic cinemas. Grand Teateret exudes true love of film, and café is well worth a visit, even if you are not going to see a movie.

In 1987 The City of Copenhagen gave Copenhagen’s music scene a new venue in the inner city;  city’s old water pumping station. The facility was successfully transformed into a popular music hall, that unfortunately had to close down for a short period of time in 2010, but in September 2011 the popular concert venue Pumpehuset opens back up again.

For dedicated fans of electronic music Culture Box is a must. This venue is the closest you get to a Berlin club in Copenhagen and has managed to attract top DJs from all over the world since opening in 2005. Go there if you take your House and your Techno very seriously.

Not forget to visit H. C. Andersen Museum and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and enjoy the Glyptotek Winter Garden with cup of coffee or a light dishes.

Please enjoy this video below and follow Natalia Maiboroda, around the Inner City and get a feeling for downtown of Copenhagen.


Happy Easter to everyone – Enjoy the holidays


Category: Denmark

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  1. Kris Hertzler says:

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  2. Jacques Troyani says:

    This actually answered my downside, thank you!

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