In the Danish capital, 62 % of Copenhagers cycle about to function, study or play. There are bike rental docks and repair shops every single handful of metres. Copenhagen has 375 kilometres of cycle tracks and nine out of ten Danes personal a bike.
It would be criminal not to discover a city so nicely-created for cyclists on two wheels.
Route 1: Pedalling by means of Danish art and history
Get started unravelling Denmark’s history with Glyptoteket on Dantes Plads. This museum was founded in 1888 by Carl Jacobsen, the son of J. C. Jacobsen who began the well-known Carlsberg brewery. Glyptoteket is divided into two sections: Division of Antiquities (comprising artefacts from Roman, Egyptian and Greek history) and Contemporary Division (which has displays of 19th and 20th centuries French and Danish collections). They are each connected by the magical Winter Garden.
Pedal a handful of metres onwards to Rigsdagsgården with Børsen (the Old Stock Exchange) and Christiansborg Palace on either sides. 4 dragon tails twist to kind the spire of Børsen, which has 3 crowns at the top—one every demarcating the Scandinavian empire—Denmark, Sweden and Norway. It is believed that mainly because of this dragon-tailed spire the imposing Børsen has not been burnt by the quite a few fires in the city.
Christiansborg Palace is exactly where the Danish Parliament, the Ministry of State and the Supreme Court all come with each other. Park your bike right here and set on foot to discover the dominating space about it. Inside the palace, discover the Wonderful Hall (with Queen’s Tapestries), Throne Area, the Ruins beneath the palace, Royal Stables and Royal Chapel.
From right here take a slight detour to glance at the charming square of Gråbrødretorv. Right here you might require to stroll with your cycle for much less than 100 metres about the square, which has colourful homes and a fountain created by Søren Georg Jensen, well-known Danish sculptor, adorn it. It also connects to Strøget, the pedestrian purchasing street of Copenhagen.
On your two wheels, ride onward to Vingårdstræde and then Kongens Nytorv till you attain the grand Amalienborg Palace. The palace along with Frederik’s Church dominate the skyline of Copenhagen. The castle, nevertheless, is identified for its royal guards. Each and every day at 12 noon, the altering of guards requires location in which guests are welcomed.
SMK-Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) is worth a detour for an insight to Danish art, just before the therapeutic Kongens Have (King’s Garden). Also referred to as the Rosenborg Garden, this park is frequented by locals and vacationers alike. Take a break from cycling by walking about the Hercules Pavilion and the well-known statue of Hans Christian Andersen right here. It also adjoins to Rosenborg Castle, which was constructed by Christian IV in the early 17th century.
Pedal onwards to the beautiful Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise’s Bridge) towards a distinctive district of Copenhagen. The bridge was constructed in 1887 and connects the inner city to the trendy neighbourhood of Nørrebro. It is this locale that homes the scenic Assistens Cemetery. The burial ground has gravestones of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The digteren’s (the poet’s) tombstone reads ‘the soul will final forever’ and rests alone, whilst the Danish philosopher is buried alongside his whole loved ones.
Total distance: 9.four kilometres
Refreshment stops en route: Den Økologiske Pølsemand hot dog stand on Købmagergade Restaurant Klubben on Enghavevej Torvehallerne meals industry on Frederiksborggade Andersen & Maillard Cafe on Nørrebrogade.
Route two: Pedalling across the harbour and bold styles
Get started at the extremely vibrant neighbourhood of Vesterbro, identified for its varied cultural experiences. On Sønder Boulevard, Absalon is a church-turned-neighborhood space which encapsulates the ethos of Vesterbro. Get started your bike trail right here with a cup of coffee with strangers, who socialise more than a game of table tennis, motion pictures and other activities.
Ride onwards to new Kalvebod Brygge waterfront which has the exclusive Kalvebod Bølge—a slide increasing above the promenade like a wave. This urban space is created for persons to unwind with a variety of water sports like kayaking and swimming.
Continue pedalling along major harbour to make a rapid quit at Søren Kierkegaards Plads, in front of the Royal Library. From right here starts Copenhagen’s contemporary and edgy architecture. The Royal Library (also referred to as the Black Diamond) stands against the delicate Circle Bridge (only for pedestrians and cyclists). The pathway leads to Skuespilhuset (Royal Danish Playhouse) and the striking Copenhagen Opera Property on the other side—which can be noticed just just before turning inward for Nyhavn.
Park your bicycle and stroll a handful of metres ahead to Nyhavn (New Harbour)—quintessential Copenhagen. The harbour is flanked with colourful homes, quite a few restaurants and teems with vacationers who photograph the port endlessly.
Make your way back to your bike and ride onto Inderhavnsbroen (Inner Harbour Bridge). Inderhavnsbroen was constructed in 2016 and connects city centre to Christianshavn. It is colloquially referred to as the Kissing Bridge considering that it opens up in a gradual, diagonal move than the usual vertical lift, to enable ships to pass by means of.
Pedal onwards across to Refshaleøen island, which was as soon as an industrial hub. The quiet space is now applied as an activity and recreational space (like yoga, dancing events and music festivals), and has cool bars and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Right after a handful of turns, Copenhagen’s biggest street meals industry, Reffen, opens up along the Copenhagen harbour. Reffen has 50 meals stalls (across globe cuisines), all of which have to comply by the ‘Reduce and Reuse’ philosophy. This suggests that they have to sort their meals waste for reusing, apart from employing regional components and biodegradable disposables. Replenish your self right here with the assortment of meals and drinks accessible, in the outdoors.
Total distance: eight.five kilometres
Refreshment stops en route: Absalon on Sønder Boulevard Told & Snaps on Toldbodgade 108 on Strandgade La Banchina on Refshalevej Mikkeller Baghaven on Refshalevej.
-A quantity of bike rental firms and apps like Bycyklen, Copenhagen Bicycles, Wecycle Copenhagen and Donkey Republic.
-Some firms, like Bycyklen, demand user accounts for rentals.
-Vesterbro Meals Tour and Urban Tour by Cycling Copenhagen are very advisable.
-Wecycle Copenhagen on Bremerholm upcycles old bikes to make new ones. They also have a cafe.
-Most hotels, like Hotel Danmark, rent out cycles at an additional expense.
-Cycling is not permitted in parks in central Copenhagen.
-Familiarise your self with the targeted traffic guidelines just before your commence your cycling.
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An edited version of this story was published in Jet Wings, Jet Airways’s in-flight magazine.
Note: I was invited by Amazing Copenhagen on this trip.
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