Minimise your footprint in Copenhagen with our green guide to the city, taken from travel bible The Rough Guide to Amsterdam.
If you’re looking for something more comfortable (or you are in town for business), there are three smart Scandic Hotels in the centre. Scandic is one of the few hotel chains that has genuinely tried to green up its act: it has committed to eliminate half its fossil CO2 emissions by 2011 and all by 2025. The majority of its hotels have been awarded the Nordic Swan eco label and the group has announced it will no longer buy in bottled water, instead offering bottled filtered water from its own taps. So while their hotels might look like huge corporate beasts, they do have an impressive green underbelly.
Sleep-in Green has a secure area for bikes. For prices and directions from the central train station contact +45 (0) 3537 7777. For details of all Scandic Hotels see www.scandichotels.com. For details of Scandic’s environmental policies see www.scandic-hotels.com/betterworld.
Let’s face it, cyclists and car drivers aren’t always the best of friends. In Copenhagen there are hundreds of thousands of cyclists (more than 1.1 million kilometres of cycling are clocked up every day) yet many other residents drive to work. To find a traffic system compatible with both, Copenhagen’s authorities have run a successful pilot programme known as the Green Wave. The idea is that the traffic signals on cycling lanes are synchronized with cyclists’ average speed (approximately 20km per hour), so you can cycle the length of the city without ever having to stop at the lights. Green Waves currently exist from Nørrebrogade to the lakes and Nørre Farimagsgade to the city centre, with more soon to be installed along Copenhagen’s 40km of cycling lanes.
There are several places to hire a bike in the city, including an enlightened scheme at Baisikeli, next to Dybbølsbro station, where part of the hire cost goes towards delivering second-hand bikes to villages in Mozambique.
For bike hire prices, suggested itineraries and guided tours see www.cph-bike-rental.dk. Ask for the excellent Copenhagen cycling map (also available from tourist offices), which includes details of cycling routes away from heavily trafficked streets. To hire a bike at the Central Station visit www.cyclecopenhagen.dk, where you can join an excellent “Bike with Mike” guided tour to see the city’s sights.
For prices and menus at Nyhavns Faergekro (Danish only) see www.nyhavnsfaergekro.dk. For more on Morgen Stedet see www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/morgenstedet-gdk494128.