Living the urban future in Copenhagen
Living the urban future in Copenhagen


Living the urban future 

Published: 20 April 2023, 10:30

The Danish capital offers the perfect all-round package for a city break: beautiful old town districts for shopping and wandering around, a varied restaurant scene, major attractions and a diverse cultural programme. With its picturesque waterfront location and numerous colourful houses, Copenhagen exudes a special kind of Scandinavian cosiness – also known as “hygge” in Danish.

Hafen Nyhavn

Harbour Nyhavn

In the middle of the city centre is the historic harbour Nyhavn, where colourful gabled houses line up along the canal to make one of Copenhagen’s most popular scenes for photos. © Nikolay N. Antonov/AdobeStocks

For years, the port city has regularly enjoyed being named one of the world’s most liveable cities and in 2023, Copenhagen was named “World Capital of Architecture” by UNESCO. For many years now, innovative ideas coming out of the city have been showing us what urban life might look like in the future: from an (almost) car-free city centre to the abundance of squares and green spaces to spend your time, the focus here is clearly on quality of life. Welcome to the city of the future!

Numbers, Data, Facts

  • Population: 644,000
  • Official language: Danish
  • Currency: Danish krone (DKK)

Ten Copenhagen highlights

Copenhagen sets standards for urban living

Copenhagen has set itself the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2025. With that goal in mind, appropriate measures have been initiated over the years, from sustainable architecture to expanding the transport network and creating green niches around the city. 


Harbour basin

Bathing in the middle of the capital? No problem – the water is clean thanks to a sophisticated sewage system, and harbour baths all over the city are the perfect place for a swim. © Torval Mork/ AdobeStocks

The impact of the measures on the residents’ quality of life can be seen in many places: whether bathing in clean water in the inner-city harbour basin or the “bicycle highways” that run through the city as fast route networks – here the infrastructure is oriented towards the needs of the people. In doing so, Copenhagen is showing the way to the urban life of the future.

Innovative must-sees in Copenhagen

Copenhagen from BER

Five travel tips for …

1.     Learn more about Danish history and culture at the National Museum

2.     Visit the world-famous Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside Copenhagen

3.     Admire beautiful everyday things at the Danish Design Museum

4.     Experience science up close with children at the Experimentarium

5.     Admire the extensive collection at the SMK National Gallery

1.     Dine at the multiple award-winning restaurant Noma

2.     Taste local produce and street food at Torvehallerne Market Hall

3.     Enjoy delicious Danish Smørrebrød open sandwiches

4.     Taste Danish beer at Mikkeller Bar

5.     Eat superb porridge specialities at one of Grød’s five branches

1.     Immerse yourself in Viking life at Frederikssund Open-Air Museum

2.     Take a trip over the Öresund Bridge to Malmö in Sweden

3.     Visit the impressive rock formation Stevns Klint on the Baltic Sea coast

4.     Hike in the idyllic Mols Bjerge National Park

5.     Stroll through the picturesque coastal town of Dragør south of Copenhagen

Picture source title: © foto-select/AdobeStocks

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