City Manager Copenhagen

City Manager Copenhagen

Agata Celina Plechan

agata.plechan@mycityhighlight.ch

Good To Know

1. Biking culture in Copenhagen makes the city very special. Copenhagen is officially the first Bike City in the World with over 390 km cyclist lines. It is easier and faster to get from one place to another on a bike. To work, fitness, concert or other events, Copenhageners will go by bike, no matter what the weather is.

2. One of the world’s best amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, is placed in Copenhagen. This cultural heritage is located just in the heart of the city, 100 m from the central station. Inspirational place for many fairy tales of the most famous Danish writer – Hans Christian Andersen. In Tivoli you will find: carousels, roller coasters, acrobats, musicians, dancers and actors playing scenes from Andersen’s fairy tales. There are restaurants, cafes, pastries and shops. Since 2006, chair plane The Star Flyer - the highest carousel in the world, more than 80 meters high, is running in Tivoli.

3. Copenhagen is the most joyful Scandinavian capital city. The city takes pride of huge numbers of cages, music clubs, bars and discos. Everyone will find something for himself. It is a metropolis with over one and a half million inhabitants, but at the same time is characterized by intimacy, lacking in many European cities. ‘Hygge’, Danish word that simply can’t be directly translated to English and means something around ‘Coziness’ is strongly visible around the city. Copenhageners know how to do HYGGE.


Fastest way: Taxi. It will be the fastest way if you need to get quickly to specific address, it would take approximately 20 min to get to the city centre, depending on a traffic. Cost: 250-300 dkk.

Cheapest way: Is to buy metro/train/bus 3 zones (DKK 36) ticket and jump on one of the public transport methods. Metro and train stations are located in Terminal 3. Metro will take you in 13 minutes to Nørreport Station, located just in the middle of the city. Bus 5A will take you in 30-35 min to the central station and train will take you in 13 min to the central station.


Police: (+45) 114
Ambulance: (+45) 112 for life threatening emergencies, 1813 for injuries and sudden illness
Taxi: (+45) 35 35 35 35, (+45) 48 48 48 48


You can access train, metro and bus with the same ticket.
You will find 3 kinds of busses in Copenhagen.
- A Bus – runs every 3-7 min (rush hours) and every 10 min (after rush), serve 24/7
- S Bus – runs every 5-10 min (rush hours) and every 20 min (after rush), serve between 6:00 am – 1:00 am
- N Bus (Night Bus) – runs between 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Metro runs 24/7, S-trains runs between 5:00am and 00:30am.

You can buy 24 h ticket for DKK 130, valid in zones 1-99. One adult can bring 2 children under the age of 12, for free on a 24 h ticket. For children under the age of 16, 24h ticket costs DKK 65.

You can buy City Pass that gives you unlimited access to buses, trains, metro and harbor buses in zones 1, 2, 3 and 4, which include the centre of Copenhagen and to and from the airport. An adult 24-hour City Pass costs DKK 80 and an adult 72-hour City Pass costs DKK 200. If you are under 16, a 24-hour City Pass costs DKK 40 and a 72-hour City Pass costs DKK 100.


- Specialties of the town to eat:
You need to try hot dog from traditional Danish pølsevogn (outdoor mobile kitchen). You will find many of them located all over Copenhagen, on every main street and square. It might not sound like something really new or special, but believe me this is part of Danish culture and tradition. Especially the organic hot dogs will make your mouth spoiled.

Open sandwich (smørrebrød) is typical and traditional Danish food. At their simplest, smørrebrød are open-faced sandwiches built on a thin layer of dense sourdough rye bread called rugbrød, piled high with toppings. The toppings make the sandwich special. Some of them look like a piece of art on bread. Prices can vary up to, believe me, a lot! Taste best while eaten with knife and fork. That’s how Danes do that.
The most popular smørrebrød is Stjerneskud. Various types of sea foos (breaded fish, steamed fish, shrimps) pilled on a piece of French stick with egg, asparagus and Marie Rose sauce to create an open faced sandwich masterpiece. "Stjerneskud" means shoot-ing star in Danish.

Flødeboller (Chocolate-coated marshmallow treats). Probably known all over the world, but Denmark is the largest producer of this sweet treat. From ordinary to luxury Flødeboller they all taste great! Are available at every grocery and pastry shop. Must try during your stay in Copenhagen. They taste the best here!


- Specialties of the town to drink:
Copenhagen has one of the most dynamic and exciting beer cultures in Europe. Dozens of styles and hundreds of craft beers are brewed in Copenhagen and all over the country. Ask for the local beers, they are available in almost every bar. Remember to visit Carlsberg brewery and get a bottle of Danish beer before you go home.

- Tipping: It is ok to tip, but not necessary in Copenhagen. If you received high level of service, you are very welcome to reward it with a tip; it is up to you to decide about that.

- Is the tap water safe to drink from the tap: tap water is safe to drink. You can notice in the city public taps and is it save to refill your water bottle with the Danish tap water.


- A cup of coffee in the restaurant: around 40 dkk
- A lunch menu in the restaurant: 100-120 dkk including a drink
- A ride in a taxi: start fare around 40 dkk, per km around 15 dkk


Where to go out:
- Jazzhouse – perfect for jazz lovers, Denmark’s primary venue for contemporary jazz. Danish and international artists, legends, innovators, improvisors, new talents – you can experience it all in Jazzhouse. During most of the nights, tickets are still available at the door, but it is recommended to buy them in advance, online. Jazzhoue is located just in the heart of the city. Usually concerts start at 7 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays Jazzhouse presents late night concerts from 11 PM. Perfect choice to explore Copenhagen nighlife.

- Meatpacking district: In the past The Meatpacking District used to be home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses and still consists of three separate areas, referred to as the White, Grey and Brown "Meat City" for the dominant colour of their buildings. In recent years, it has changed into a new creative cluster with a trendy nightlife and a broad range of high quality restaurants. The Meat Packing District was protected by The Danish Agency Culture finds since 1995. Plenty of resturants, bars and pubs filled with cheerful people and relaxed atmosphere can be found in Meat Packing area. Perfect for young people.

- Salotto 42 – mix of Italian coctail bar, tapas restaurant, jewelry&clothing store and barber salon, placed in decadent, extravagant and burlesque-ish interior in the best sense of these words. Great selection of coctails and cozy atmosphere will make your time fly when you visit Salotto 42.

- Mikkeler – for beer lovers! Taste great selection of beers in a cozy environment. It is quite small but well decorated and simply always enjoyable. There are two Mikkeler’s bars in Copenhagen, one located in Vesterbro and the other, bigger one, in Nørrebro area.


Shopping areas:
Strøget is Copenhagen’s main shopping street.
Well known department stores like Illum and Magasin are placed on Strøget. Here, you will find world known as well as famous scandinavian brands, including Royal Copenhagen store, Lego and Mads Nørgaard Copenhagen. Common openning hours: 10 to 18 (or 19), Saturday 9-15.

Kongens Nytorv, placed at the end of Strøget is the area filled with Danish fashion and interior design shops.

Frederiksberg is a very cozy area with many small boutiques, but not just that! Royal Copenhagen Outlet and Frederiksberg Shopping Centre ale located in Frederiksberg as well. Common openning hours: 10 to 18 (or 19), Saturday 9-15.

Tiny and interesting shops are located all over the city, often hiding in the basements and around the corners of side streets. Keep your eyes open and find your favourite pieces of scandinavian design and handcraft in a good price just around you!


Netto, Rema 1000, Fakta


Make sure you do not walk on the bicycle lines. Some of the Danes are cycling very fast and they do not expect you to be on the cycling line. It might irritates them, but what is the most im-portant it can be very dangerous for you. Danes are very friendly and basically they all speak English, if you need any help or direcions advice, just ask them. I am sure that they will be very happy to help you. Hey, it is the Danes who again took the top spot in world hapinness report.


Hello: Hej
Thank you: Tak/Mange tak
Goodbye: Farvel or Hej Hej
Cheers: Skål!
Enjoy your meal: Velbekomme!


With the help of the filter "With free wireless" you find highlights that offer free wireless.
Apart from that Copenhagen will offer you several opportunities to get free access to the Internet. Huge number of cafes, restaurants and hotels offer free WiFi, you will probably always find yourself near one of them. Museums, Art Galleries, Shopping Malls, Tourists Centres are the places with free Internet access as well.
Good option is to visit libraries, they always have free WiFi, in some of them you can also borrow a stationary computer with Internet access.
Free WiFi is available on public transportation in Copenhagen, in all S-trains and buses. The area of Copenhagen’s Airport and Central Station is covered with free WiFi as well.
Simply, free Internet access is available all over the city and as a tourist you shouldn’t have any problems finding open Internet connection around you.


You can rent a bike in almost every bike shop in Copenhagen, you will find many of them.
There are couple of well known and recommended places for bike rentals. Both described here are visible under Copenhagen’s highlights.
My favourite is Baisikeli, location in walking disctance to the main train station makes it very convinient. Process is very fast and they have budget bikes, which are very cheap, but usually are gone in the morning, so make sure you come in a good time.
Another place is called Copenhagan Bicycles, except regular bikes, they offer family and electric bikes. Once you visit Copenhagen, you will notice right away what family bike means :) They are located in Nyhavn.
Copenhagen has city bikes as well, with electric motors! Stations are located all over the city. To be allowed to use them, you need to register online at ww.bycyklen.dk/en/
Don’t forget to ask at the hotel where you are staying, if they don’t rent bikes, most of the hotels do that.
My little tip: if you plan to stay in Copenhagen longer than a week and you know that you will be using bike, I suggest that you just buy cheap, second hand bike, it might be cheaper than renting one. Don’t be surprised when you see old and rusty bicycles around the city, instead of the most fancy and expensive ones, that’s how it looks here, bike is just a transportation method, it is supposed to function, that’s it :)


My souvenir recommendations

Beer

Beer

Carlsberg was founded in Denmark and its the most famous factory is located in Copenhagen. What else could be better as a souvenir from the city that produces probably the best beer in the world?

Visit Carlsberg Visit Carlsberg , Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, 1799 Copenhagen, Denmark

Piece of Danish Design

Piece of Danish Design

Scandinavian interior design is an integral part of Scandinavian identity and can be great souvenir from Copenhagen. Arne Jacobsen, Georg Jensen, Hay or Norman Copenhagen...get a piece of Scandinavian design as a perfect souvenir from Copenhagen. Jewellery, watches, kitchen accessories, simple decorations and more!

Illums Bolighus Illums Bolighus , Amagertorv 10, 1160 København K, Denmark

Hay House Hay House , Østergade 61, 1100 København K, Denmark

Magasin du Nord Magasin du Nord , Kongens Nytorv 13, 1050 København K, Denmark

Flødeboller (Cream Balls)

Flødeboller (Cream Balls)

Traditional Danish Sweet! Thin cookie base is topped with the sweet whipped egg white concoction, then coated with a thin chocolate shell.

Magasin du Nord Magasin du Nord , Kongens Nytorv 13, 1050 København K, Denmark

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain

The Royal Copenhagen porcelain is a manufacturer of porcelain products and was founded in Copenhagen 1 May 1775. It is recognized by its factory mark, the three wavy lines above each other, symbolizing Denmark’s three straits: Øresund, the Great Belt and the Little Belt. Hand painted and great quality!

Royal Copenhagen Outlet Royal Copenhagen Outlet , Søndre Fasanvej 7, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Amagertorv 6, 1160 København

Lego

Lego

Know world wide Danish line of plastic construction line. Must have as a gift from Denmark.

LEGO Store LEGO Store , Vimmelskaftet 37, 1161 København K, Denmark

City Managers favorite places

5/5

Torvehallerne

Shops and markets

Place where you will find around 70 stands focused on diversity, taste and quality. Starting from fresh meat and fish, ending on chocolate specialities. Tiny table areas to take a break and get a bite...

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4.2/5

Bang og Jensen

Restaurants

Former pharmacy house, café where you will definitely meet many locals. Trendy, hipster and cozy place, gives you the feeling of Vesterbro vibe. Offers breakfast, lunch and evening menu. Strongly reco...

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5/5

Assistens Cemetery (Assistens Kirkegård)

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Burial area of a large number of Danish notables as well as an important greenspace in the Nørrebro district. The most known Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is buried here. The area of cementary...

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3.9/5

Papirøen (The Paper Island)

Restaurants

Colorful Copenhagen's Street Food Market, located in the centre of Copenhagen on PapirØen (The Paper Island) with a view to Copenhagen Opera house and the Royal Playhouse. In various food trucks you c...

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4.3/5

Jægersborggade

Sights

Very small, but probably the hippiest street in Copenhagen. Here you will find art galleries, vintage clothes, bars and restaurants. Once a year, during spring time, the street hosts popular in Copenh...

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5/5

Salotto 42

Nightlife

Mix of Italian cocktail bar, tapas restaurant, jewelry&clothing store and barber salon, placed in decadent, extravagant and burlesque-ish interior- in the best sense of these words. Great selection of...

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4/5

Pizzeria La Fiorita

Restaurants

Amazing Italian food and quality pizza, in the centre of Copenhagen. It is run by real Italian people and the atmosphere is very Italian as well. Queue to make an order tells it all, it is delicious!

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4.6/5

Tivoli Gardens

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

Famous amusement and pleasure garden. Second-oldest operating amusement garden in the world. Best known for one of the world's oldest wooden roller coaster, still operating today. There is something...

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5/5

Lakes

Sights

Three rectangular lakes (Sortedam Lake, Peblinge Lake, Sankt Jørgens Lake) curving around the western margin of the City Centre, forming one of the oldest and most distinctive features of the city's t...

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5/5

Ofelia Plads

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Public space, owned by the Ministry of Culture and real estate and service company called Jeudan. Used as an oper-air venue by the Roayl Danish Theatre. The square is equipped with pavilions containin...

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5/5

Bertels Salon

Coffee, Tea, Bistros and Gelaterias

Coffee&probably the best cheescakes in town! It is quite small and some days it might be difficult to get a table, but it is definitely worth to try!

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Top 10 for first-time visitors

5/5

Canal Tour

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

Enjoy the best of Copenhagen from the water! The tour is guided in both Danish and English, some departures have a third language (German, Italian, Spanish or French).

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5/5

Round Tower

Sights

17th century tower and the oldest observatory in Europe. Icon of Copenhagen. It is only 42 m tall, but to get to the top you need to walk around 209 meters of the staircase. Enjoy the towers core seen...

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4.6/5

Tivoli Gardens

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

Famous amusement and pleasure garden. Second-oldest operating amusement garden in the world. Best known for one of the world's oldest wooden roller coaster, still operating today. There is something...

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4/5

Amalienborg Castle

Sights

Amalienborg is a home of the Danish Royal Family. It consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard.

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4/5

Rosenborg Castle Gardens (Kongens Have)

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

The oldest and most visited park in central Copenhagen, established in the early 17th century as the private gardens of King Christian IV's Rosenborg Castle. It contains several other historical build...

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