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Finally the trees are blooming at Langelinie Park in Copenhagen! Take the chance to celebrate the pink trees during the Copenhagen Sakura Festival.
It’s one of the most beloved events in all spring if you ask the residents of Copenhagen, from the 29th to the 30th of April the Sakura Festival takes place at Langelinie Park, in central Copenhagen. It’s the Japanese tradition to celebrate the cherry blossom trees blooming. By the end of April, 200 trees are expected to be blooming and bursting in pink flowers. It’s the 10th year in a row that the festival’s been hold.
At the Sakura Festival, you can dive into the Japanese culture and watch drum shows, material arts and folk dance, or just sit down for a picnic! You can see the full program at Copenhagen Sakura Festival’s website.
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Copenhagen is a city very surrounded by water, perfect it you want to go for a swim on a hot day. The water in Copenhagen is fresh and clean, so why not? However, you can’t just go in everywhere (well, we don’t recommend it), so here’s three places where you can (read: are allowed) to go for a refreshing swim in Copenhagen.
Island Brygge, Islands Brygge
Just a few minutes from the City Hall Square lies Islands Brygge. Here locals go for a swim and for sunbathing on the lawns and docks. There are four different deep pools with sea water.
It’s open daily and for free. Does it get more easy than that?
Amager strand, Amager Strandvej 110
If you prefer beaches over docks, it might be worth it to go the 5 kilometers from the city center to Amager. Amager is known as the riviera of Copenhagen and is accessible by bus or bike. Here you’ll find a 2 kilometer long beach in the shape of a lagoon on one side, and sand dunes on the other. If you get bored, they also offer kayaks and surfing.
One of the newest addition to the city is Korallbadet (translation: The Coral Bath). It’s located in the south harbour, and is built on floating pontoons which creates a protected lagoon. There is a total of three pools: one of playing, one for bigger kids and a 25-meter pool with a jump tower.
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As the temperature rises we are getting excited to start hanging out in parks and gardens again. All you need is a picnic blanket, some food and friends – et voilà! – best day ever. We gathered our top three best green parks and gardens in Copenhagen, where you can kick back and relax in the sun!
1. Frederiksbergs Gardens
Frederiksbergs Gardens, located in Frederiksberg city district, is one of the largest parks in Copenhagen. Together with Søndermarken it takes up 64 hectares of green spaces. The park is designed in English style and makes a romantic landscape garden. If you go for a stroll in the big garden you’ll find a waterfall, buildings in Chinese and Swiss-style and an apsis temple. There’s much to see, so take your time!
2. Kongens Have
Located by the picturesque little castle of Rosenborg lies The King’s Gardens (Kongens Have). This park is big enough for locals and tourists to chill out in, springtime, summertime and even during the autumn. The closeness to the city center is perfect if you want to rest after exploring.
3. Botanical Gardens
Combine your picnic with a stroll among flowers and plants! The Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen is on our general top list of things to do in Copenhagen overall; this gigantic botanical gardens is way too cool with it’s 13,000+ species. The fact that it’s 1. for free and 2. has lots of places to sit down and relax is what makes it do great. Here you can relax surrounded by flowers and gardeners. Mmmm-hmm!
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Short on budget but excited to explore what the Danish capital has to offer? You can do it! Here’s three tips on cheap attractions in Copenhagen that all are more than amazing.
1. The Round Tower – Rundetaarn
For only DKK 25 you can be a part of 1. amazing history 2. stunning architecture and 3. get a great view of Copenhagen. The Round Tower, located in the middle of the city center, is the oldest functioning astronomy observatory in Europe. It was built by Christian IV from 1637 – 1646, as part of the Trinitatis Complex (a combined church, observatory and library in one building). What’s so special about this building is that it, despite it’s 209 long spiral ramp, doesn’t have an elevator. In other words, you need to climb the winding corridors to the top of the tower. Once you’re up there, you’ll see why it’s worth it. The observatory is still used by amateur astronomers, and everyone else who has an interest to explore the skies. The Round Tower is open every day from 10.00 – 20.00 from May til’ September.
2. The Cisterns (Cisternerne)
Whilst The Round Tower takes you to wuthering heights, The Cisterns takes you down to the basement instead. The Cisterns is an exhibition space, located in a former water reservoir, under the park Søndermarken in Frederiksberg. It’s always completely dark here, since daylight never reaches the facility. The feeling down here will most likely make you think of catacombs. The cisterns are open Tuesday to Sunday between 11.00 – 17.00. The entrance fee is DKK 50 for adults, children under 18 years go for free.
3. The Tower by Christiansborg Palace
For a couple of years The Tower by Christiansborg Palace has been open to the public, after housing the Danish parliament for some time. The Tower is the highest tower in Copenhagen (with it’s 106 metres) and offers fabulous views. The most amazing thing of all? It costs absolutely nothing to enter. After you’ve captured the stunning view on your Instagram, head down to the restaurant located in the same building – the fika here is a amazing! The tower is open Tuesday to Sunday between 11.00 – 21.00.
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Do you prefer hipster people over fancy stores? Cute, quirky cafés over touristy stuff? Check out this list of the five most bohemian areas in Copenhagen!
Vesterbro – Istedgade
Istedgade is a street in the city district of Vesterbro, which in many ways presents a different Copenhagen. Here you’ll find student and hipsters over business people, families with children over fashion. It used to be a street filled with drugs and prostitutes, but is now filled with shops, cafés, restaurants and fun bars (even though it’s hard to learn an old dog to sit, don’t be surprised if you see something strange). Istedgade stretches from the central station in Copenhagen to Enghave Plads. Examples on fun stuff to do hear? Have a glass of wine at Malbeck Vinbar, a cocktail at Neighbourhood, have a coffee and botanise vintage at Sort Kaffe & Vinyl.
City district Christianshavn
Christianshavn is perhaps a bit big of an area to call bohemian, but the feeling to it really is. It’s the island separated from the rest of the city, connected via the bridge Inderhavnsbroen. With it’s canals flowing through the city, it resembles to Amsterdam. If you like art, check out North Atlantic House, thirsty music-lovers should head to bar Sofiekælderen located just by the canals and if you’re hungry for some food, head to Wildersgade and the surrounding streets, here there are plenty of amazing restaurants. If you really want to go deep into the bohemian way of life, visit the free-town Christiania.
Nørrebro – Jaegersborgsgade
Whilst Christianshavn is huge, the street Jægersborggade is not very long, it will only take you a few minutes to walk up and down. Despite it’s smallness, it’s filled with cool bars, cafés, many vintage shops and galleries. Two of our favourites are the awarded restaurant Relæ and wine bar Terroiristen. If you’re in the mood for some delicious vegetarian food, restaurant Astrid och Apornas Spiseri is located here. This quirky street even has it’s own website, you can check it out here.
Latin Quarter – Studiestræde
In the Latin Quarters, which on it’s own is a bohemian area on it’s own, you’ll find the street Studiestræde. Even though Studiestræde is just a few minutes from the touristy shopping street Strøget, it’s relaxed in a very pleasant way. It’s the perfect place to relax with a coffee on one of the many cafés, after you’ve gone bargain hunting in one of the many vintage shops located here, for example Wasteland. Enjoy a dinner at restaurant Krebsegaarden or take a cocktail at the bar named after the street, Studiestraede Bar & Spirits.
Vesterbro – Meatpacking District (Kødbyen)
Once upon a time it was the home to the meat industry business of Copenhagen (as you might have guessed), nowadays it is a food mecka. It still has three areas; White, Grey and Brown, referring to the colour of the buildings. Here, it’s hard to keep track on what restaurants are open since it’s so blooming. The feeling that something open’s up here once a week doesn’t feel that far off from the truth. Halmtorvet is a public square in Kødbyen that’s lined with cafés and restaurants, you just have to pick what you’re in the mood for. Try breakfast at Dyrehaven, look at the current exhibition at the venue Øksnehallen and have a drink on the outdoor seating of Karriere.
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Scandinavia in general has always been progressive when it comes to vegetarian food. Since more and more citizens are becoming vegetarians, more dining places has had to adapt. Great news for vegetarians! There is a bunch of vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen, but here’s three that’ll make you drool badly!
1. Astrid och aporna Spiseri, Jægersborggade 39
Astrid och aporna has been famous in Sweden for a long time, creating vegetarian substitutes for sales. Among them you’ll find vegetarian sausages, burgers, pizza, fish sticks and fejcon (fake bacon). In 2014 they opened their restaurant Astrid och apornas Spiseri on Jægersborggade 39, a hip street filled with cute cafés and cool shops in Nørrebro. Their motto is “Feel good fast food”, meaning they’ll serve classic vegetarian fast food dishes with a twist, as much as possible with their own products.
2. Souls, Melchiors Plads 3
Souls is a vegetarian restaurant founded by two Australians. If you eat here, you can expect local food of high quality. This vegetarian restaurant is listed in the top 10 of vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen, and it’s no wonder; on the menu you’ll find everything from tofu steak to bbq mushrooms. Souls is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Why not combine a meal with a visit to nearby located Little Mermaid? Melchiors Plads 3 is located quite close to the inner-city of Copenhagen.
3. simpleRAW, Gråbrødretorv 9
Located as central as one can be on Gråbrødretorv 9, vegetarian restaurant simpleRAW offers vegetarian RAW-food of all kinds. Or how does hot-ramen-miso, poke bowls, zucchini noodles and rice paper with delicious stuffing sound? simpleRAW offer raw food in it’s finest; no colorings, additives, dairy products, sugar, yeast, gluten-containing products or preservatives are added to the mix and they only use their own recipes.
Up and coming: Noma has been one of the most hyped-up restaurants in Copenhagen for years. Well earned as well – in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, it was ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine. Noma is closed for the bigger part of 2017, but is soon opening up again as a half-time vegetarian restaurant. During the warmer months, the restaurant’s going to be all-vegetarian.