Nyhavn Harbour, Copenhagen
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Nyhavn Harbour, Copenhagen

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Copenhagen travel guide

Acknowledged as one of the world's greenest cities, Copenhagen has much of its centre reserved for pedestrians, enforces strict climate policies and bikes outnumber cars on the street. It is also packed with quirky attractions and a skyline dominated by delicate spires rather than hulking skyscrapers typical of other modern cities.

Most visitors' first port of call is Nyhavn, where colourful buildings loom over the busy waterfront. But get beyond this honey pot and you'll find a city teeming with fascinating cultural and culinary highlights.

Rummage around the antique shops in the multicultural Nørrebro neighbourhood, feel the pulse of the city in the Meatpacking District (Vesterbro), take a well-deserved coffee break and people watch in the posh Frederiksberg district, embrace communal living in Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen really has the best to offer.

The fully pedestrianised city centre is a breeze to navigate; else you can easily zip from A to B on a bike - with 350km (217 miles) of cycle tracks throughout the city, hiring your own two wheels is the best way to see Copenhagen if time is short.

Contemporary art and design fans will feel right at home at the stunning Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (39km/ 24 miles north of Copenhagen) or at the Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in the city centre. For those after some classic fairground fun, Tivoli Gardens is a must for visitors of all ages.

Take in an evening of jazz at La Fontaine (the city’s legendary jazz venue) or sit at a pavement café by the waterfront and watch the world go by. Beautiful, civilised and welcoming, few cities can match the charms of Copenhagen; it is impossible not to fall in love with it.

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