Weekends in Copenhagen

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From Hostelbookers:

Sleep in Green is a basic hostel that sets out to be the alternative place to stay in Copenhagen, with minimum impact on the environment. Includes organic breakfast, use of enviromental friendly cleaning products, recycling, renewable energy and grey water for flushing the toilets.

Eco Friendly Copenhagen

Scandinavia's most vibrant capital, Copenhagen is a city of designer hotels and cafe culture. It welcomes pedestrians and cyclists. You can easily explore the city by bicycle, seeing the sparkling Tivoli Gardens, the free city of Cristiana, the Carlsberg Brewery or travel farther afield to the Oresund Bridge connecting Malmo and Sweden, or see the castles of Frederiksborg and Kronborg (Hamlet's Elsinore). Alternatively, simply relax in one of the city's many bars and cafés.

Getting there

Ferries to Denmark are available from DFDS Seaways whose ferries run from Harwich to Esbjerg, and also connect Copenhagen with Oslo.

There are direct flights from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Newcastle to Copenhagen's main airport at Kastrup with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, as well as BMI Baby, British Airways, Brussels Airlins, Easyjet, Flybe, KLM and Lufthansa. See Copenhagen Airports (www.cph.dk) for information on Kastrup, and the smaller airport at Roskilde, including flight arrival and departure times.

Getting Around

The Danish train company, DSB (www.dsb.dk) provide national and commuter train information -although mostly in Danish, they do offer a tutorial in English on how to buy tickets.

Rejseplanen (www.rejseplanen.dk) gives travel details by car, train and bus, including times for routes throughout Denmark and even tells you how much C02 you emit.

Copenhagen is a city that loves cycling -it has more than 300km of dedicated cycle tracks. Between May and October visitors can pick up one of two thousand free City Bikes available, spread over 110 bike-stations in the city (www.bycyklen.dk). You only need to made a small deposit,

Bikes are allowed on the city's Metro (www.m.dk), but not at rush hours (7.00-9.00 am and 3.30-5.00 pm) -you do need to buy a bike ticket.

A great way to see the city is by Kayak -Kajakole (www.kajakole.com) run guided trips in sit-on kayaks through Christianhavn's canals and Copenhagen Harbour as well as kayak polo and team building activities. Alternatively, Copenhagen walking tours (www.copenhagen-walkingtours.dk) offer a choice of four city centre walking tours for groups of up to twenty people. DFDS run Copenhagen Canal Tours (www.canaltours.com) with guided tours or the canals and harbour in Danish, English or German



Hotels, Bed & Breakfast:

  • CPH Living (pictured -www.cphliving.com) offer Denmark's first floating hotel with the best in Scandinavian design and maybe also showing the future of a world after sea level rises.

Arp-Hansen (www.arp-hansen.com) is a chain of eleven hotels, all of which are green key rated. Bicycles are available to hire from their receptions and there is a choice for all. Copenhagen Island Hotel is peacefully located on Kalvebod Brygge with panoramic views over Copenhagen Harbour, Tivoli is a modern theme hotel within walking distance of the famous gardens, while Imperial Hotel is a dynamic 4 star hotel with the utmost in classic Danish design and modern architecture with a special elegance and atmosphere.
Crown Plaza Copenhagen (www.cpcopenhagen.dk) combines sustainability with international 4* quality in a CO2 neutral building. In their basement sits a groundwater heating and cooling system, whilst on the south, east and west facades are clad in solar cells generating electricity. All the bathrooms to over three hundred bedrooms are supplied with products in biosegradable packaging, and their "The Walk Of Sustanablity" shows guests what makes this a CO2 neutral hotel.
Hotel Alexandra (www.hotelalexandra.dk) is a retro design hotel in the heart of Copenhagen, the Hotel is Green Key accredited and is also actively sponsoring two children in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest areas of the world. Their 61 rooms are all fitted out with classic Danish furniture.
Brochner Hotels (www.brochner-hotels.dk) are four hotels in Copenhagen -Hotel Kong Arthur, Ibsens, Danmark and Fox, that set out to be CO2 neutral. Each is different:

Hotel Fox (www.hotelfox.dk) is a fantastic art hotel in the centre of the city -each of its rooms are decorated differently br the 21 artists involved.

Hostels and budget accommodation:

Danhostel -Danmarks Vandrerhjem is Denmark's representative of the global organisation, Hostelling International.


Eating and drinking

Restaurant Geranium (www.geranium.dk) not only ranks high on the list of organic restaurants in Copenhagen, it is also located in beautiful green surroundings in Kongens Have, the park surrounding Rosenborg Palace. This organic gourmet restaurant has two of the best chefs in the country at the helm. The main priority is exclusively to use organic and biodynamic ingredients in their creative preparation of the food, and they only import wine, which can meet this requirement. Geranium's meals are organic-Danish with many vegetables and herbs and the chefs enjoy updating old classical recipes. Geranium received its first Michelin star in March 2008.

Cap Horn (www.caphorn.dk)
In lovely Nyhavn you find one of the organic pioneers: Restaurant Cap Horn was one of the first eating places to adopt the organic philosophy in an atmosphere oozing history and ambiance. All basic ingredients such as eggs, milk, butter, vegetables etc. are organic. Wines, beers and soft drinks are organic as well, including the coffee. Cap Horn has preserved its original style with different chairs and porcelain and funny knick-knacks; all contributing to the relaxed and homely atmosphere. During the summer you can drink an organic beer or have your meal on the large terrace overlooking the old wooden ships in the Nyhavn canal.


Specialist shops
In the up-and-coming and oh-so-trendy Norrebro district you find CommonZenz. This was the first organic lifestyle boutique selling Danish and International environmentally conscious fashion. Jewellery, beauty products, footwear and clothing. The owner carefully selects each Item for sale and ensures it is of good design and quality at the same time respecting the environment the health of the consumer. Typical materials used are flax and naturally dyed cotton. In addition to owner's own designs, brands like Edun, Elsom, iNTI Knitwear, Philippa and Patagonia footwear are on sale. www.commonzenz.dk

Aniel (www.aniel.dk) In this fine, angel-inspired boutique in the district of Frederiksberg you can purchase the cutest children's clothing, wooden toys and home accessories made of organic and natural materials. The boutique is named after Aniel - the angel, who rules over nature and everything green. Aniel is also connected to beauty, harmony, peace and love, and the boutique fully lives up to its name.

For fashion and beauty products, have a look at Sungifu (www.sungifu.dk) in Fiolstraede Street which specialises in ecological fashions, and Pureshop in Gronnegade Street (www.pureshop.dk) for organic beauty products.

Things to see and do

A good alternative to discover Copenhagen is on a guided bike safari. It is a different and more active way to experience the city's life and architecture. Both Copenhagen Tours and City Safari arrange guided tours for one person or groups. The tours' themes range from Historical Copenhagen, In H.C. Andersen's Footsteps or Danish Design Safari as well as themed tours such as Photo and Quiz Safari, Big City Organics and a guided tour through the city's nightlife can be arranged. Tours are 2,5 - 4,5 hours long and it is possible to supplement your experience with lunch in the green areas along the way.

Hop in the water - it is good enough to swim in!
A great summer attraction is the harbour pool near Islands Brygge, where you can cool off and join the locals for a swim right in the city centre. Another one is the Copencabana close to Fisketorvet shopping centre. At 'Copencabana' you find three pools covering approximately 650 square metres. There is a children's pool, a diving pool and an ordinary pool for swimming. Investments in recent years ensure that city swimming waters are as clean as the sea outside Copenhagen.

Prefer dip in the sea? Then it is easy to cycle out to nearby Bellevue or the Blue Flag Amager Beach for plenty of space, fresh air and great views across the Oresund Strait.

Get your hair cut and treated the organic way at Zenz (4 salons in the city) or after a busy day relax in the Sundform Spa located in Kronprinsessegade. www.zenz.dk, www.sundform.com

Sightseeing, events, tours and information:

Museums and Galleries
  • Arken museum of modern art - Huge museum of modern art, which was recently refurbished.
  • The Glyptoteket - Denmarks largest art museum featuring Northern Europe's largest collection of art.
  • Louis Tussaud's wax museum - Another of Denmark's most popular tourist attractions featuring over 200 wax works including the chamber of horrors!
  • Visit Copenhagen -the official tourist site.
  • Carlsberg Visitor Centre -probably the best brewhouse to visit in the world.
  • Tivoli Gardens - Not just botanical gardens but now a massive complex including shopping, theme parks and concerts. Denmarks most popular tourist attraction.
  • Denmark's aquarium - Large aquarium featuring a huge tank of Pirhanas in addition to around 300 species from around the world
  • Copenhagen Zoo - Huge zoo featuring over 3,300 animals and a wooden Eiffel Tower!
  • FC København - Denmark's most succesful football club FC København (Copenhagen)
  • Parken Stadium - Danish national stadium used for football matches, athletics and concerts - Future headliners include Eminem and Depeche Mode.
  • Amager strand - New man made beach park just 5km from the centre of Copenhagen.

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Featured books:
The Rough Guide to Copenhagen
Miss Lone Mouritsen Paperback - May 2010
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Time Out Copenhagen 5th edition
Time Out Guides Paperback - 3 Jun 2010
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Copenhagen Encounter (Lonely Planet Encounter Guide)
Cristian Bonetto Paperback - Apr 2011
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Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World
Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith
Paperback - Aug 2009
Unique experiences and new ways to travel that make a real difference to the lives of local people and the planet. from Richard Hammond, Green Travel Correspondent for The Guardian, and Jeremy Smith, former Editor of The Ecologist Magazine. Hand-picked hotels, resorts, and tours run by earth-friendly people who are passionate about what they do.
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