A beginner’s guide to Copenhagen
I really love Copenhagen. Without doubt, the capital of Denmark is one of my favourite places in the world. I’m clearly not tall or blond enough to live there, but it’s easy to see why they all generally seem pretty happy and content, cycling around this modern and stylish city.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the highlights.
Christiana Free Zone
While most locals are fairly dismissive of Christiana, it’s an interesting example of an alternative lifestyle commune that has found its place within the heart of a major city.
Established in an old military barracks, the unmistakable aroma of marijuana dominates your senses as you wander through the grounds of the community. Visitors are welcome, but you have to be respectful of the rules of the commune. Unsurprisingly, there’s a really good vegan cafe here that serves great coffee.
Christiana is an interesting expedition if you’re looking for somewhere to chill out for the afternoon.
The Distortion Festival
Distortion is a five-day dance music festival held every year in the Summer. What makes Distortion a bit different is that it’s described as a “Party Tsunami” – held outside in the streets of Copenhagen, each day the party moves to a different neighbourhood. It’s a rolling event that progressively takes over the city.
Hugely popular with the locals, the Distortion festivities are surprisingly orderly despite the thousands of people that flood the streets, drinking and dancing in the sun.
Swimming in the harbour
It’s easy to think of Denmark as a cold country, but Summer in Copenhagen is really magical. The water quality of the city’s harbour is surprisingly good – the water clean and fresh.
On warm sunny days, everyone seems to head to the swimming pontoon at Islands Brygge - you can easily cycle or get there by public transport. There’s a stretch of grass overlooking the swimming pontoon – this is the perfect spot for sitting, chatting, and sunbathing. When you feel like cooling off you can go and jump in the water at the pontoon. There’s also a diving tower here - it doesn’t really look that high when you’re climbing the steps, but when you stare down over the edge it’s a different proposition completely.