It is wonderful to be Norwegian in Denmark, and not least in Copenhagen. For Norwegians, this has been the big city closest to the big world and the place we have visited throughout history to experience the adventure.
Copenhagen is a cosmopolitan city that is still largely characterized by the Danish lightning we all like so much. Everywhere you can find cozy piers and open spaces with taverns and outdoor dining.
Copenhagen has canals and large port areas, and on hot summer days the city is beautiful. When wind and rain come over Copenhagen, people move into the many inns for sandwiches and beer and snaps.
Copenhagen has many narrow streets full of quaint shops. In addition to being the capital of Denmark, the city may also be the shopping capital of Scandinavia. Did you know that Copenhagen was a European cultural city in 1996?
There are many interesting museums in Copenhagen. Not only for those interested in fine culture, but also a number of other museums: technical museums, writers’ museums and a house where the records in the Guinness Book of Records are collected, to name a few. Of course, we must not forget Tivoli either.
Copenhagen welcomes a myriad of pedestrian streets, cozy squares and a relaxed atmosphere. The city is at the top of the charm and is a place where you stay in a good mood.
Get to know Copenhagen
Copenhagen was founded around the year 1000 and got its name around the year 1200. Originally, Copenhagen was a small fishing village. But already before the year 1400 there were 4,000 people living in the city. Today, Copenhagen has grown to more than 500,000 inhabitants and is Denmark’s largest city.
In recent years, Copenhagen has largely grown along with its neighboring municipalities into a kind of Greater Copenhagen. This region has become one of the most densely populated in all of Scandinavia and is home to more than 1.2 million people.
Copenhagen is geographically divided into 15 districts. These are again divided into rows based on statistical and tax considerations. Here we will give you an overview of the boroughs that are most relevant in connection with a long weekend in Copenhagen.
- Abbreviation: CPH
- Country: Denmark
Inner city / City in Copenhagen
Inner city is what most of us would call downtown. Here is the medieval part of Copenhagen, with most of the sights and not least the area where tourists travel. Inner city is what lies within the ramparts of Copenhagen, or within the lakes (ponds) as the Copenhageners themselves say. If you stay within Kastellet by Øresund (north), Nordre and Østre Farimagsgade (in the east), Stockholmsgade (west) and Bernstorffsgade (south), then you are in the Inner City.
The most famous street in the city is Strøget, which is right next to Amagertorv in the center of the inner city. Amagertorv, by the way, has an idea back to the Middle Ages. Northeast of Strøget, go Østergade to Kongens Nytorv and you will find Nyhavn. Nyhavn is a canal that was built in 1671 and today it has pedestrian streets on both sides with cafes, restaurants and inns. If the weather is good, life here sews. Previously, the northern side of Nyhavn had a rough reputation, but in recent times this area has become considerably safer, albeit with a certain bohemian character.
Further north of Nyhavn is, among others, the royal family’s residence, Amalienborg Castle. It consists of four Rococo palaces and a nice park. West of Amalienborg you come to the beautiful King’s Garden or Rosenborg Garden, as it is also called. At the west end of the park lies Rosenborg Castle, which was built during Christian IV at the beginning of the 17th century. If you continue west, you come to the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens.
If you go all the way south to Inner City, you come to Tivoli. You can easily walk from Amagertorv down Frederiksberggade. The big street that passes in front of Tivoli is called HC Andersens Boulevard, named after the well-known fairytale writer who lived for many years in Copenhagen. Behind Tivoli goes Bernstorffsgade, which marks the south end of the Inner City.
Vesterbro in Copenhagen
Southwest of Inner City, or in other words, you continue on through Tivoli, then you come to Vesterbro. Vesterbro has been through one of the largest urban renewal projects in Western Europe and has flourished in modern times. Despite the city renewal, it must be said that if Copenhagen has a “red light district”, this is in some places in Vesterbro.
One of the most important streets is called Vesterbrogade. In addition to being the main road to and from Frederiksberg, it has many shops. The area is foreign cultural and exciting. Vesterbrogade starts from HC Andersens Boulevard and crosses Bernstorffsgade after passing Tivoli. Vesterbro houses both the New Theater (Gl. Kongevej 27) and the Circus Building (Jernbanegade 8).
Also worth mentioning is Fisketorvet, which lies to the east of the water (go Ingerslevsgade to Kalvebod Brygge 59). Originally this was Copenhagen Fish Market, now it is a major shopping and entertainment center.
Østerbro in Copenhagen
Østerbro has transformed itself into a place with a lot of life. This youngest district is located north of Inner City on one side and Nørrebro on the other. The main street in the district is called Østerbrogade. It starts midway between Indre city and Nørrebro at a place called the Triangle, which is a well-known traffic hub in Copenhagen. Along the street you will find many good cafes and the nightlife is lively.
The zoological museum is located in Østerbro and is one of the best zoological museums in Europe, with very child-friendly and interactive exhibitions. The address is Universitetsparken 15, which lies to the north of the district. Just follow Østerbrogade upwards. Let’s also mention Denmark’s aquarium, which is close by, in Kavalergården 1.
Nørrebro in Copenhagen
Just west of Inner City is the European and slightly Parisian Copenhagen. In line with Vesterbro, Nørrebro has transformed its working quarters into charming and lively residential areas for the middle class. Here are high-rise buildings combined with authentic small residential areas. The main street is called Nørrebrogade, and it is surrounded by small, cozy shops. Nørrebrogade starts approximately at the Botanical Gardens in the Inner City before passing Queen Louise’s bridge and into Nørrebro past the Assistens Cemetery and to Nørrebro station.
One of the most beautiful sights on Nørrebro is the Grundtvig Church, which was erected as a national monument to the priest Grundtvig. The church is 33 meters wide and 67 meters long and has a Danish-Gothic style. Many believe the church is one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful with its perfect minimalist interior.
Christianshavn in Copenhagen
East of the inner city you will find Christianshavn, which has become world famous because of the free city of Christiania. Christianshavn is a popular place to go out in the evening, and you come here by passing Knippelsbro with Børsgade in Indre by, which turns into Torvegade in Christianshavn. The sanctuary of Christiania is located east of Christianshavn and covers an area of more than 300 goals. Today Christiania is one of Copenhagen’s biggest tourist attractions and has its own guides to guide you around. The inhabitants here are called Christianites.
The landmark of Christianshavn is still the tower of Our Savior’s Church. The church was inaugurated in 1696 and is built in Baroque style. The tower is more than 86 meters high and you can go up all the stairs and get a fantastic view. The address is Skt. Annæ Gade 29, which is a cross street to Torvegade.
Facts about Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a popular tourist destination and there are flights between Norway and the capital of Denmark every single day, and from a number of cities. Copenhagen is by far the largest city in Denmark.
|Population||approximately 540,000 inhabitants in the city center (center) and more than 1.2 million if you include all the Copenhagen municipalities.|
|Religion||Lutheran Evangelical (95%)|
|Currency||Danish kroner. Most credit cards (Visa, Master, Diners, AmEx) are accepted in most places. ATMs are available almost everywhere.|
|Tips||Tips are included in the taxi and at the restaurant, but you can tip if you are satisfied with the service. For example, you can round up the amount.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy is located at Amaliegade 39. Tel: +45 33 140124|
|Electricity||220 volts, the same two-pin contact system as in Norway.|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1, Cutting Thursday, Good Friday, Easter 1, Easter 2, Great Bed Day, June 5 (Constitution Day) Ascension Day, 1st and 2nd Pentecost, 1st and 2nd Christmas Day.|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian citizens|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required.|
|Water||Can be drunk from the tap, but not recommended. Fine toothbrush.|
|Nearest major cities||Roskilde, Odense, Helsingør, Malmö.|
|Safety||Slightly violent crime, but be aware of pickpockets in crowds.|
List of Copenhagen Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Copenhagen is CPH which stands for Copenhagen. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Copenhagen, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.