The two towers housing SEB Bank, as well as the climate-adapted urban space Bymilen ('The City Mile'), are all examples of world-class architecture. The green rooftop route from The Danish National Archives to Tivoli Hotel is unknown to most, including locals. This makes the area a pocket of peace, quiet and beauty, removed from nearby traffic.
Amager Beach Park is an artificial island that stretches for several miles with a view of Sweden across the sound. Not just a place for devouring ice cream or tanning, this spot is also heavily used by joggers and dog-walkers, or for diving, kite surfing, skateboarding, playing kayak polo, going on dates and all kinds of other activities; year-round and round the clock.
In my eyes, this is one of the prettiest oases in town. It’s a gigantic greenhouse in the middle of The Botanical Garden, which in and of itself is a green breathing space in the heart of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has an abundance of cozy courtyards, particularly in some the older neighbourhoods, which offer a little glimpse of the everyday life of Copenhageners. Many of them are open, so you’re able to pop in and enjoy the calm and often hidden side of the classic Copenhagen townhouses.
One of my favorite things is getting up early and seeing the city wake up. One of the places I go in order to do that is Kalvebod Fælled, which is located right next to Ørestad, a neighbourhood known for its award-winning architecture. As Kalvebod Fælled is a completely flat area, this makes a phenomenon we call #kalvebodfog possible, where the landscape gets covered in a massive, misty blanket. This makes for some amazing photo opportunities.
From an architectural point of view, The Royal Library is one of the most interesting buildings in Copenhagen. A modernist extension has been added to the old library via walkways, creating a sharp contrast between old and new. On the inside, both buildings also contain some very pretty spaces, and the library garden is a real hidden gem in the middle of an otherwise busy area.
In recent years, several bike bridges have seen the light of day in Copenhagen. Not only are many of them beautiful works of architecture in themselves – they’re also a great way of getting a bit closer to the water and the picturesque canals in the city while going from A to B.
Copenhagen is slowly beginning to get an actual skyline. However, skyscrapers are still so few and far between that merely ascending seven stories (like the tower of Christiansborg Palace) or visiting a sky bar (like the one in AC Hotel Bella Sky) will provide a vantage point of the entire city.
Originally the site of the city’s shipyard industry, Refshaleøen is one of the few remaining areas in Copenhagen that hasn’t undergone any urban development. These days, it’s home to a plethora of creative workshops, offbeat characters, an adventure centre, fine dining restaurants, houseboats – and even a rocket and submarine construction site.