From organic restaurants through carbon neutral beer to wind mills, climate friendly shops, hotels, a unique bike culture and clean harbor pools to swim in. Copenhagen has everything so you can eat, drink, shop, move around and sleep with a clear conscience and pamper your body and soul with organic and climate-friendly products while visiting.
Copenhagen is a front-runner when it comes to the environment. The city plans to become the world’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025, it was appointed to be the World’s first Bike City from 2008-2011 by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and recently in June 2012 Copenhagen was voted Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.
The city also holds the world record when it comes to consumption of organic food products.
In later years, Copenhagen has been awarded more than a few green awards and received much international recognition, especially because the Copenhagen hotels care a great deal about the environment. More than half the hotels in the capital have an environmental plan regarding water, laundry, house cleaning, waste, energy consumption, food, smoking, indoor climate, and administration.
In 2013 71% of all hotel rooms in Copenhagen are eco-certified.
The flagship of environmentally friendly hotels in Copenhagen is beyond doubt the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers in Ørestad, Denmark’s most eco-friendly hotel, where 25 storeys of luxury joins up with sustainability.
The environmental friendly ambitions of Copenhagen are also reflected in the menus of many eateries around town. At BioMio in the Meat Packing District all ingredients are organic. The restaurant seats 200 people in a relaxed atmosphere and prices are reasonable. Right next to the Round Tower and Helligåndskirken you will find DØP – two typical Danish hot-dog stands that sell organic sausages with sourdough hot-dog buns and sides such as mashed root veggies.
While in Copenhagen, you should try to get around the Danish way. In Copenhagen practically everybody rides a bike. At present 52 percent of all Copenhageners cycle 1.2 million kilometres daily which is one of the highest percentages in the world. In the streets you see the popular “free token bikes”, bicycle taxis and the world known Christiania Bike and bikes are by far the fastest way to get around the city – and they do not emit any CO2.
If you do not dare to jump on one yourself, there are other ways to travel climate-friendly. The CityCirkel buses (Bus 11) take you to all the major city sights, and it runs on batteries that are charged by night. This way emitting less CO2 than cars and ordinary buses. The metro is another alternative. Although not CO2 neutral, the metro is still more climate friendly than cars and taxis.
Swim in the clean harbour pools
In Copenhagen you are never far from a beach and during summer you can also go for a swim in the pools of the centrally located harbours. Amager Strandpark offers 4.6 kilometers of white sand beach where you can rent kayaks, get a massage on the beach or have a picnic with friends. Islands Brygge Harbour pool is located close to Langebro Bridge. There are five basins – two of these are for children. At Copencabana in the district of Vesterbro three basins cover approximately 650 square meters. There is a children’s pool, a diving pool and an ordinary pool for exercising. The newest harbour pool ‘Koralbadet’ (The Coral Bath) opened in 2012 and is located in Sydhavnen in the area around Sluseholmen.
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