Copenhagen Travel Guide

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Copenhagen Area Map

Neighborhoods

Copenhagen sits on the eastern coast of the Danish islands of Zealand and Amager, located east of the main Danish peninsula. Facing east toward the Øresund – the strip of water that separates Denmark from Sweden – the city has gradually expanded westward from its main harbor. The oldest part of the city, Indre By (Inner City), is located within the immediate vicinity of the harbor; all of Denmark's main roads lead directly here.

Accessible via Metroselskabet's Vestamager-Vanløse (M1) and Lufthavnen-Vanløse (M2) lines at Kongens Nytorv and Nørreport stations.

The heart of Copenhagen is anchored by the Sortedams Sø canal to the west and the Nyhavn canal to the east. Indre By is Denmark's commercial and cultural hub, and most of the city's main tourist attractions can be found here. Tivoli Gardens, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the National Museum of Denmark and Christiansborg Palace sit in the southern part of the neighborhood; the Round Tower, Rosenborg Castle and Strøget are located in the middle of the district; and The Little Mermaid statue is situated by the region's northeastern border. You'll also find multiple parks and gardens, a 17th-century stock exchange and the star-shaped Kastellet. What's more, Indre By features a plethora of dining and drinking venues, as well as several accommodation options, including upscale properties like the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen and Hotel d'Angleterre.

One of Indre By's most popular areas to explore is Nyhavn, which sits just east of King's New Square. Originally built in the late 17th century as a commercial port and haven for tenants seeking shelter from Baltic Sea storms, Nyhavn now boasts the largest number of restaurants in Copenhagen. Its canal also serves as a jumping-off point for boat tours around the city.

Accessible via Metroselskabet's Vestamager-Vanløse (M1) and Lufthavnen-Vanløse (M2) lines at Christianshavn station.

Built on a small half-moon shaped island between Zealand and Amager islands, writers refer to Christianshavn as the Amsterdam of Denmark (without the red-light district). Filled with dozens of small canals speckled with houseboats, Christianshavn is known for its Renaissance-style architecture. It is also where the iconic Church of Our Saviour resides. To get a complete overview of the area, consider signing up for a canal or walking tour.

Venture to the northeastern part of Christianshavn and you'll discover Christiania. Founded in 1971 by a group of revolutionists, this region is a small squatting village that is not wholly held to the same rules and regulations the rest of Denmark follows. The spirit of the '70s lives on in this neighborhood, which is populated by free spirits who make a living selling crafts on the street – among other things: The infamous Pusher Street has merchants openly selling cannabis and hash. Christiania is also home to numerous restaurants, which are generally cheaper than those in Indre By since Christiania residents refuse to pay the 25-percent sales tax mandated by the Danish government. If you choose to visit, keep in mind that locals regularly assault or rob tourists attempting to take pictures here, so you'll want to refrain from using your camera.

Accessible via Din Offentlige Transport trains at København H, Dybbølsbro, Carlsberg and Sydhavn stations.

Sitting southwest of Indre By, experts compare Copenhagen's Vesterbro district to New York City's East Village or Williamsburg. Once a typical city slum and red-light district, Vesterbro has become more trendy and family-friendly in recent years. It's filled with dozens of cafes, bars, ethnic restaurants, craft breweries and live music venues, plus a variety of three- and four-star hotels in its northeast corner. Top attractions like Tivoli Gardens and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek are also close by.

Accessible via Metroselskabet's Vestamager-Vanløse (M1) and Lufthavnen-Vanløse (M2) lines at Forum, Frederiksberg, Fasanvej, Lindevang and Flintholm stations.

Frederiksberg is primarily a residential and business district located northwest of Vesterbro, but it's renowned for its numerous restaurants and wineries. The neighborhood also has a large park, Frederiksberg Have, situated at its center. Frederiksberg Have is home to multiple sights, including the 18th-century Frederiksberg Palace, the Copenhagen Zoo and a Chinese pavilion.

Accessible via Din Offentlige Transport trains at Nørrebro and Bispebjerg stations.

Northeast of Frederiksberg lies Nørrebro, a neighborhood that has absorbed Copenhagen's immigrant population – particularly Turkish and Pakistani immigrants. As a result, Nørrebro exudes a Middle Eastern feel with plenty of ethnic eateries and exotic antiques stores. Nørrebro is also home to a large student population and a rich nightlife scene. Most of the bars and clubs are located around Sankt Hans Torv, a square perched just west of Indre By and the Sortedams Sø canal. Visitors to Nørrebro can also pay a visit to Assistens Cemetery, where famous Danes like writer Hans Christian Andersen are buried.

Accessible via Din Offentlige Transport trains at Nordhavn, Svanemøllen, Ryparken and Hellerup stations.

Østerbro is the largest of Copenhagen's neighborhoods; in fact, this district is larger than most Danish cities. It is in this area that most embassies can be found, as well as Telia Parken (Denmark's national stadium) and Faelledparken (the largest park in the city). A few shops are also available on Langelinie, a pier located just north of The Little Mermaid. Aside from the park, pier and stadium, there isn't much of a reason to visit this neighborhood; Østerbro is primarily residential.

Copenhagen is relatively safe, but you should still keep an eye out for pickpockets, especially in tourist areas and on public transportation. The Christiania part of Christianshavn is also prone to illicit drug activities, resulting in frequent clashes between locals and police offiers. As such, residents do not permit photography here and regularly assault or rob tourists who attempt to snap photos, so if you plan on exploring this area, keep your camera stowed. Additionally, terrorist attacks have become more common throughout Europe, and multiple terrorist plots have occurred or been thwarted in Copenhagen in the past few years. Terrorist attacks generally target crowded areas (such as malls, transportation hubs, popular attractions and major sporting events), so exercise caution when visiting these locales. You'll want to keep up-to-date on current events as well. Consult the U.S. State Department's website to learn more about security concerns and safety tips for Denmark.

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