Discover Denmark by bike
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Adventure on two wheels
With its gently rolling landscape and vibrant cycling culture, Denmark is paradise for people who prefer to go in search of adventure on two wheels.
Incredibly, nine out of ten Danes own a bicycle. And as soon as you arrive in Denmark, the Danes passion for cycling is clearly evident. In total, there are over 12,000 kilometres of sheltered cycle paths that wind their way across the landscape, allowing you discover a world of breathtaking beauty and charm.
No matter where you find yourself in Denmark, you are never more than 55 kilometers from the coast. This permanent proximity to the sea has created a unique atmosphere where the wonderful calm of nature and the cultural delights of the city seem to effortlessly co-exist. And if it’s cultural delights you’re after, then the bike-crazy capital city of Copenhagen has over 450 kilometers of cycle lanes to help you experience everything it has to offer.
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a vibrant, youthful city with a long and distinguished history, which has something for everyone. Home to almost a quarter of Denmark’s 5,5 million inhabitants, it is a city characterised by stunning architecture, exhilarating nightlife and world class cuisine. Amongst the city’s historical buildings, meandering side streets and beautiful gardens, there is a modern world of design and shopping waiting to be discovered. During the 1950s, furniture designers like Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, and Børge Mogensen unveiled a world of thrilling Danish design. Today, Danish design is recognised and respected the world over, and its influence can still be felt in the city’s prestigious boutiques, hotels and museums. For the fashion obsessed, Copenhagen is home to world-famous clothes designers whose flagship stores can be found on Strøget (one of Europe’s longest shopping streets) as well as plenty of exciting new local design talent, just waiting to be discovered in the Vesterbro and Nørrebro districts of the city. Nørrebro is also home to several cosy cafés where you can relax and regain your energy before getting back on your bike and heading over to visit the superb Danish Museum of Art and Design, which is located on Kongens Nytorv.
Dine like a Dane
The Danish culinary experience consists of local dishes made from natural resources picked straight from the Nordic pantry. And it’s no wonder these local dishes have now gained international attention. So, if you’re keen to sample delicate Scandinavian cuisine, take your bike down to the harbour at Christianshavn and try out the gourmet restaurant, Noma. Here, you can savour sensational dishes prepared using raw ingredients from not only Denmark, but also Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
For vegetarians, the Riz Raz located on Store Kannike Stræde serves a lasagne that would convert even the most fiercely carnivorous. While, if you fancy enjoying dinner in a more unique setting, Bang & Jensen will serve up an unforgettable meal prepared in their 1960s inspired kitchen, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a red velour cinema seat.
Oh, and if you plan to stay for a few days, the First Hotel Twentyseven is decked out in full Scandinavian style to help you immerse yourself further in the complete Danish design experience. So, what are you waiting for? Get on your bike and get yourself to Copenhagen.
Amanda Bergman has been coming to Gotland since she was a child. This little white island provides the backdrop to so many childhood memories – from gravel-scraped knees to a pounding teenage heart. Now, Gotland has inspired Amanda’s latest song, ‘Falcons’.
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