As the summertime is cycle season we've decide to showcase some of the best cycling destinations across European cities :-) This week, the Danish capital; Copenhagen

Copenhagen

This city is often listed as the very best city to cycle in. Not only does it have some of the best bike infrastructure in the world, cycling is ingrained in the culture! 1.2 Million Kilometers are cycled in Copenhagen each day with 36% of people commuting by bike, while there are plans to increase this to 50% by next year.
In 1892 the cities very first bicycle path was built, so its easy to see why cycling is such a huge part of the culture. There are currently 416 Km of designated cycle lanes in the city most of which are separated from regular traffic.
The city also offers a bike share scheme, however unlike Dublin Bikes or Boris Bikes in London, these bikes are equipped with an electric motor - to help getting up those hills Denmark is famous for ;-) and GPS - so tourists don't get lost.

City Hall Square

City Hall Square copenhagen Image Credit: Christopher Karlson

Start the route off in the center of town in City Hall Square. One of the main squares in Copenhagen, its often used for ceremonies, celebrations and demonstrations. From the square you can see the famous Weather Girl, a statue which tells you the weather. When it's forecast for rain the girl appears at the front of the tower with an umbrella while walking her dog, but when its sunny she appears riding a bicycle. We told you cycling was a part of the culture.

Frederiksberg Gardens

frederiksberg gardens boat ride in copenhagen Image Credit: Mikkel Rønne

The park was built in conjunction with the Frederiksberg Palace which was commissioned by Frederik IV in 1690. Today the park has many attractions, buildings and features, including; The Chinese Summer House and Apis Temple designed in the style of a Roman temple this which is located beside Copenhagen Zoo. There is also an Elephant view point which allows visitors to the park watch the elephants in the zoo. And lots more to explore if the weather is on your side.

Royal Danish Opera House

Get the best view of this awesome building from The Amaliehaven, which is a small park built in 1983 located directly across the water from the opera house. The Opera House itself was built as a donation by A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation to the Danish people. Only recently opened in 2005 its a modern building in the Copenhagen skyline.   

Red Light Vesterbro

redlight vesterbro in Copenhagen Image Credit: AOK.dk

This former working class area has become one of the trendiest parts of Copenhagen. The turn around began when the cattle market was converted to an exhibition hall back in 2001. The Meat Packing District offers a host of trendy art galleries, restaurant, bars and clubs - but is probably best kept till after dark. While during the day. the Museum of Copenhagen sits in a mansion from the 1700's and looks at the history of the Danish capital.

Carlsberg

carlsberg brewery in copenhagen Image Credit: Urban Design Blog

Located within Vesterbro, what city tour would be complete with out a trip to the local brewery. The original brewery is still located here and is one of the most popular attractions in the city as it has been converted to a 10,000 sq M  visitor center. It even has a smaller replica of Copenhagen's famous visitor statue. And of course, the tour finishes at the bar.

Honorable Mention -  STranden: Urban Beach

Urban Beach copenhagen Image Credit: Urban Beach

Located in the Carlsberg district this artificial beach is the perfect spot to wind down after a day of cycling. There are often pop up parties and events talking place throughout the week.  Grab a beer and enjoy the tunes! Check it out on Facebook.

Check out our route below:

I know I've left out The Little Mermaid statue - so if you feel I should have included it let me know in the comments. And as always, Stay Funky :cool:

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