Living in Copenhagen is definitely not like living in London or New York, as people enjoy a high quality of life, fresh air, and green spaces. You can also enjoy and experience a typical Danish local life, by biking through the country’s capital and discovering some of the most charming and laid back parks and green spaces.
Once in Copenhagen, you will notice that the majority of people ride bikes, as well as electric scooters, which is a rather recent development. It goes without saying that it’s rather easy and affordable to rent a bike in Copenhagen, which doesn’t come as a surprise, as there are probably more bikes on the roads than cars. Please note that Danes have very clear rules when it comes to biking, and they do follow them religiously, so don’t get yourself in trouble.
Head towards Nørrebro; the first stop will be Assistens Kirkegård (Assistens cemetery), which is a stunning green space- and it cannot exactly be called a park since it is a cemetery. Although as you bike through it, you will notice that it doesn’t resemble a traditional cemetery and it serves as a nice escape from the busy city life. Depending on which entrance you take, you will find Hans Christian Andersen’s grave at the edge of the park gate. In case you don’t already know, Hans Christian Andersen was a famous Danish author and poet, born in Odense, where you can visit his birth home.
From Assistens Kirkegård make your way towards Frederiksberg Gardens, which will take you approximately 10 minutes on the bike. As you bike towards Frederiksberg Gardens, you will come across Copenhagen Business School, which is one of the most prestigious Danish and worldwide institutions for business studies. It is also a place of diversity, students who come from all corners of the world, and equality. In case you have a bit of extra time, lock your bike and walk into CBS, their library area definitely portrays the business aspect of the school. Fun fact, they even have all-gender toilets, promoting a culture of tolerance and inclusion.
Once you get to Frederiksberg Gardens, you will have to get off your bike (biking in the park is not permitted) and walk around. This is a rather big park, full of inspiring spaces, from little bridges to animals, family and kid corners, and much more. As you walk through the paths of the garden, you will come across a unique site. A tree with hung by the parents baby pacifiers- a symbol of the baby’s maturity and the fact that they are old enough now to need a pacifier.
Last but certainly not least, bike towards and through the Copenhagen lakes, and enjoy a scenic view of the buildings and neighborhood. Treat yourself to a drink at one of the cafes and bars on the edges of the lake. I can highly recommend getting a little treat at the Lagkagehuset bakery- which is a chain of bakeries, where you can find rhubarb or carrot cake muffins, yum!
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