5 things you need to do on Exchange in Copenhagen
1) The absolute best way to see and get to know Copenhagen is to do as the locals– on a bicycle of course. Copenhageners LOVE their bikes, no matter what the weather is like and no matter where they are going. If you are a businessman, a parent dropping of kids at kindergarten or a girl in stilettos going to a party, the bicycle is always the answer. You are not a true Copenhagener until you´re on that bike, simple as that.
Not only is the bicycle the easiest and quickest way to get around, but also extremely environment friendly, which means that many large cities of the world are now looking to copy the phenomenon. So when coming to Copenhagen on exchange, I strongly recommend you to buy a bike and enjoy the 390 kilometres of designated bike lanes!
… For your own sake though, do learn how to hand-sign. If you don´t, the bicycle experience might not be quite as pleasant as described.
2) Nyhavn: One of the most beautiful and scenic places in the city. This colourful waterfront canal and entertainment district has a charm of its own and must be visited whilst in Copenhagen. Spend vibrant and hot summer days at one of the many outdoor restaurants and bars, or enjoy the annual Christmas market in December. This beautiful harbour sight is also great for peaceful Sunday-walks, or a beer-break with friends in a busy, study-filled life. No matter what, you will always enjoy the atmosphere in Nyhavn – it is truly a charming place to visit.
3) Christiania: or the “Freetown of Christiania” is a truly unique place and cannot compare to anything else in Copenhagen, or in the world for that matter. Christiania is a self-governing society, within a society, created by local, alternative characters of every kind in 1971. Since then, Christiania has grown to be a community counting more than 1000 people. The inhabitants fly their own flag and use their own currency. The community has been a source of controversy due to the open Hash-market on “Pusher Street”. At one point in time, Christiania was officially deemed “a social experiment” and left alone, but the drug business became a huge concern in the eyes of some Copenhageners. Even so, the community has grown to become a cool, verdant village, which also hosts several cultural events. More than 40 years after its establishment, it is still possible to sense the original atmosphere; perhaps the last remains of the peace & love hippie movement in Europe.
4) Park life: When the weather is nice in Copenhagen, you should pack your blankets, picnic basket with food and beer and call on one of the many beautiful parks. Kongens Have is a particularly scenic park, which turns into an oasis in springtime, with huge flowerbeds and filled with happy Danish people. Every year an estimated 2,5 million people visit this perfect retreat in the centre of Copenhagen. Go for a walk, sunbathe, play soccer or enjoy a number of open-air concerts, carnivals and cultural events.
Other popular parks are: Frederiksberg have and Fælledparken.
5) Tivoli Gardens: is the most popular tourist attraction in Denmark, and it is actually the second oldest amusement park in the world. Tivoli is a semi-seasonal park, which is open between mid-April until the end of December. Tivoli is renowned for a variation of beautiful and comprehensively decorated themes that change with the seasons and different holidays, like Christmas and Halloween. The Gardens offer a more historical amusement park experience than visitors may have experienced elsewhere. Throughout Tivoli´s rich history, the park has left its mark on the entertainment world, by serving as an inspiration for Walt Disney when he set out to create Disneyland, and inspiring Hans Christian Andersen as he wrote “The Nightingale”. The park has successfully maintained its ambiance and historical allure, while also becoming a modern amusement park with its rides and attractions.
In addition to being an amusement park, Tivoli also serves as a venue for various performing arts and as an active part of the cultural scene in Copenhagen. Furthermore, you will find a variety of delightful restaurants, cafés and bars.
Make sure you pay Tivoli a visit while on exchange in Copenhagen, either for a concert, a childish day filled with rides and attractions or simply for the experience of this unique and magical fairy-tale park.