Welcome to Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a city defined by its vibrancy, energy and sophistication. Renowned as the happiest city on earth, the Danish capital is a sociable and convivial destination with an irresistible charm, and its vivid colours and striking modern architecture have captured the imagination of travellers for decades. We’ve delved deeper into The City of Spires to find ten facts about Copenhagen Denmark – the enchanting capital city.
One of Denmark’s most famous citizens, Hans Christian Andersen is the author of world-renowned stories like ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Best remembered for his dark fairy-tales, the Dane lived in no less than three of the famous, harbour-front homes on the iconic Nyhavn waterfront. Indeed, while living at No. 20 he penned one of his most celebrated tales, ‘The Princess and the Pea’.
A quintessentially Danish city, Copenhagen is an ode to the country’s values and way of life. Interestingly though, the Danish capital was not always just that. In the early 16th century, Denmark, Sweden and Norway formed a union, called the Kalmar Union, wherein Copenhagen became the capital city for all three. After a tumultuous period, Stockholm and Oslo were restored to their rightful statuses and the rest is history.
In true Scandinavian style, Copenhagen is an eminently cycle-able city. In fact, the prominence of its cycle culture is such that almost one-third of all trips are made by bicycle. There are roughly five times more bicycles than cars in the city, showing once again how this unique place is pioneering environmental city living. Of all our facts about Copenhagen, Denmark might be proudest of this one.
The foundation of Copenhagen’s unique appeal is one prevailing principle. The Danes call it ‘Hygge’, best translated as a combination of cosiness, comfort, friendliness and contentment. Translated to city terms, it means there are an abundance of homely pubs, pedestrian-only streets, cafes in cellars and decadent pastries in cosy bakeries. It makes for a calm, leisurely atmosphere and encourages travellers to explore the city. Heading to Denmark on business? Why not check out our serviced apartments in Copenhagen.
Founded in 1847, Carlsberg is a worldwide brand and one of the top five largest beer companies in the world. Nowhere is it more popular than in its native city, Copenhagen. Beer connoisseurs travelling to the capital would be remiss not to visit the famous Carlsberg Brewery. Head through the Elephant Gate and check out the Carlsberg Brewhouse. You’ll be treated to a host of interesting facts about Copenhagen’s controversial past, and plenty of beer too.
Swimming in the harbour is forbidden in most major cities. Not so in Copenhagen, in fact, swimming in Copenhagen Harbour is actively encouraged. It’s a testament to the cleanliness of the city itself that there are numerous harbour baths in which you can take a refreshing dip. The water quality is checked daily by city officials, and they offer stunning views of the city skyline.