Copenhagen is an exciting city to explore on foot and two wheels. This is Europe's cycle capital, 56% of Copenhageners who work or study in the city, commute by bike every day. Since 2009, Denmark has invested at least €373 million in cycle projects.
The Andersen Hotel and The Absalon Hotel are both located in the heart of Copenhagen and are the ideal bases for exploring this city. Visit Copenhagen highlight 14 areas of Copenhagen worth visiting. Three that are distinct and ideal for first time visitors are:
- Copenhagen City Centre
Best street to feel the ambiance: Støget (one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets)
A great place to explore the elegance of Copenhagen and go to the main museums, shop for Danish brands and enjoy the beautiful streets. The National Gallery of Denmark SMK is Denmark's largest art museum featuring collections of Danish and international artists. The Botanical Gardens are located in the centre of this magical city and cover an area of 10 hectares with a historical glasshouse dating back to 1874. The Nyhavn harbour is one of Denmark's most photographed areas. It is a great place to enjoy a drink. The popular market Torvehallerne is ideal for Danish delicacies. Fans of royal history should head to the Amalienborg Palace where the Danish royal family live.
Best street to feel the ambiance: Jægersborggade (one of the city's most hip and buzzing streets)
Vintage shops, hip crowds and a rich culture maintain Nørrebro's laidback air. It is one of the most popular districts in the city and showcases the multicultural centre of Copenhagen. Several lakes are ideal to stop off at during a bike ride before ending up at Superkilen an open urban space. The vibrant and cosy streets are full of small independent restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars. This is also the part of Copenhagen where visitors can shop for vintage and explore intimate creative boutiques. Nørrebro's green oasis is the Assistens Cemetery where locals relax. Nørrebro is a nice contrast to Copenhagen City Centre.
Best street to feel the ambiance: Istedgade (Vibrant with culture and cuisine down to central station)
Traditionally a working-class area and famous for its red light district, Vesterbro has gone through a huge change. Lonely Planet recently unveiled its list of 10 of the world's coolest neighbourhoods . These must-see neighbourhoods include Vesterbro in Copenhagen. Vesterbro is on the way up; Copenhagen's meatpacking district is now an art and foodie hub. Kalvebod Bygge waterfront is ideal to take a break and relax whilst watching the water. Then head to the many art and photography galleries and of course the famous Tivoli Gardens. The Meatpacking District is home to a creative cluster of restaurants, bars and nightlife.
The leading hotels in the area are the boutique Andersen Hotel and larger sister hotel The Absalon Hotel. These are family-run by Karen Nedergaard. The Andersen is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the Absalon Hotel Group 80 years ago.
The award-winning Andersen Hotel is home to 69 bedrooms and suites in the heart of Vesterbro. The hotel has just been refurbished and completely updated. The hotel features a Vauni designed bio fireplace in the lounge. The decor throughout is vibrant and includes textiles and wallpapers from the award-winning Designers Guild in the UK. There are four categories of room and the hotel's exterior retains its original features. The hotel features a daily 'Wine Hour' in the Lobby Lounge between 5pm and 6pm where guests can enjoy complimentary wine, meet fellow travellers and plan where they wish to dine in the evening. Guests can rent a “Jopo” Andersen bicycle from reception.
The hotel is a keen supporter of local art. The walls of the Lobby Lounge are filled with installations by local artists who can showcase and sell their works here. The hotel hosts art events every two months to introduce the works and the artist and to sell pieces over a 'Meet the artist' evening. Then, The Andersen Hotel welcomes a new artist to this superb background to display work. Also, in the lobby, guests will find knitting needles and fabric to knit scarves which are donated to the homeless throughout the winter.
The Absalon Hotel is home to 161 suites and bedrooms and plays a large role in bringing local Copenhageners together with visitors to this city. The bold designs including wallpapers and fabrics at the hotel are by the UK's Designers Guild. The Absalon Hotel is home to a bar and courtyard and offers guests "Velorbis" bikes to rent to further explore.
The hotels both operate a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival.
Contrast old and new on a short break discovering three unique areas of Copenhagen.
www.andersen-hotel.dk Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 43 44
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £135) to 1925 DKK per room, per night
www.absalon-hotel.dk Helgolandsgade 15, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 24 22 11
B&B is priced from 1125 DKK to 3240 DKK per room, per night
Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)