Copenhagen was first a small fishing village that turned into a Viking outpost. Now it is a cosmopolitan city with an astounding number of historical sites and sustainable tourism intiatives.
The strong cycling culture of Copenhagen will immediately impress any ecotraveler. With nearly 480,000 people commuting by bike each day, there are more than 5 times as many bikes as cars in the city. Copenhagen also boasts 429 km of cycling paths to enjoy. If you’re eager to do as the locals, rent a bike from Bycykel. The company has docking stations located throughout the city, ranging from pay-as-you-go prices to monthly plans. The Danish Cycling Federation is a great resource for maps and guides.
Sustainable architecture is a key component in Copenhagen’s culture. Over 71% of hotels have eco-certification. Many buildings have sedumtages, which are green roofs covered with plants and vegetation. It controls the building’s interior heating and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Wakeup Copenhagen is a great choice that is both sustainable and budget-friendly. In addition to having a sedumtage, Wakeup Copehagen offers fully equipped rooms with free wifi, bike rentals, and ecolabeled soaps. They also serve a minimum of 5% organic produce on their menu.
Copenhagen is famous for serving lots of organic food products. People here consume more organic produce than any other city in the world. For example, BioMio serves 100% organic food.
While exploring Copenhagen, you’ll inevitably stumble upon a park. Statistically, 90% of residents are able to walk to a green space in just 15 minutes. In the city center, you’ll find Kongens Haven, Copenhagen’s oldest and most popular park. Established in the early 17th century, it was once the private gardens of King Christian IV’s Rosenburg Castle. During the summer, it plays host to temporary art exhibitions and concerts. Also worth visiting are the Botanical Gardens, which consist of 10 hectares of conservatories, a museum, a library, and a garden shop. In particular, you should check out the complex of historical glasshouses dating from 1874.
One of the best ways to experience the history and culture of Copenhagen is take a kayaking tour. You’ll gain a different perspective of the city, by traveling under its bridges and through canals. Depending on the tour, you might pass by the Opera House or the Little Mermaid. Kayak Republic comes highly recommended.
From numerous bike paths to ecolabeled hotels, Copenhagen is a leader in sustainable tourism initiatives, making it a bucket list destination for every ecotraveler.