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Top 4 Copenhagen sports events in 2020 you SHOULD BE PART OF

Danes love the sport. Sometimes they do it for fun and sometimes they take it seriously. This year they definitely take it to a new level as Copenhagen is hosting several international sports events in 2020 that can be of great interest to both amateur and professional athletes. Exercising in the fresh air, while enjoying the views of Copenhagen, or supporting your favorite football team at a stadium can be an unforgettable experience.

Come and join these unique sporting events happening in Copenhagen in 2020.

The Color Run Copenhagen

This iconic race of 5 km is the world’s most fun one. It is a true phenomenon that has attracted runners in more than 40 countries and it’s now coming to Copenhagen! In order to participate you only have to follow two rules: wear white clothes and try to make them as dirty (colorful!) as possible. Easy, right?

Save the date of September 12th when The Color Run is visiting the Danish capital. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to have a good time there. You are even allowed to walk or crawl all the way to the finish. So, dress all white, take your friends and get ready to join the happy crowd!

the color run
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Copenhagen marathon 2020

Feel like running but not sure about getting covered in colourful dyes? How about running together with thousands of people alongside the major sightseeing spots in Copenhagen in an internationally certified race? If that sounds familiar to you, then you’ve probably heard of the Copenhagen marathon. This truly remarkable event is occurring on the 17th of May and the entries are already being gathered.

Get a move on registering yourself for this 42,2km race and study the pack of useful guides before preparing for the marathon. Before arriving in Copenhagen, make sure you have arranged accommodation for you and your friends as most of the hotels will be fully booked a few months before the marathon. To stay in shape before the event, you can join the official marathon’s group training which is free of charge and open to everyone – no matter your level or pace. Even if you’ve never participated in a marathon, it’d be the right time to start: the organisers have prepared the beginner guide for you to overcome challenges and make it to the finish.

UEFA EURO Cup 2020 – celebrate football

It is the event some of you have been waiting for 4 years for! Yes, the UEFA Euro Cup is happening this summer and yes, Copenhagen is one of the hosting cities. If you have a ticket already – lucky you, if you don’t – then join the football madness embracing the city this June. 

Whether you’re a ticket holder or just want to celebrate the festival of football, it’s important to do some planning before you come.

Bring your colourful outfits and banners for the match! Keep in mind the restrictions created for your safety, you can always check them here. Don’t forget to download the official app – UEFA EURO 2020 app. There you’ll find all the necessary information about the event’s schedule and additional festive occasions taking place in Copenhagen. It’s always better to be prepared in advance, especially when it comes to accommodation. You can expect a lot of football fans and tourists coming to Copenhagen so make sure you have your place booked already. Have a look at these apartments located very close to the Parken stadium where EURO Cup matches will be played.

Ironman – test your limits

This race consists of three main parts – swimming at Amager strand park, biking through North Zealand and running in the very centre of Copenhagen. Ironman is taking place on August 16th and no matter if you’re a participant or a spectator, take your time to prepare for this incredible event.

For those who register themselves as participants, there is a pack of programs available to prepare for the race and boost morale. If you are a supporter, check out the routes where the race is taking place and make your own adventure when following the athletes using a special athlete tracker app. If you decide to follow swimming, biking or running or even all of them – wonderful sights of the city landscape, coastline and countryside are guaranteed. You may also get some inspiration from the published stories of the former participants and, who knows, maybe you’ll become the next entrant!

ironman copenhagen
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Hope that your next trip to Copenhagen, either as an athlete or a sports lover, will be a fascinating experience!

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Boat tour or a bike tour? Copenhagen has you covered

Copenhagen is unique in many ways. Two ways the city is unique is

  1. it’s is located right by the ocean and a canal runs through the center of the city.

2. it’s super bike-friendly – everyone here bikes! 

So what are you waiting for? Grab the opportunity to explore Copenhagen like you never have before. On a bike or from the waterside!

Go on a boat – let the captain guide you

Experience Copenhagen while relaxing in cosy little boats with enough space for twelve people. These boat tours share routes that you can sail to make the most of your trip. This way you get to explore and dive into a completely different side of Copenhagen that you’ve never seen before. 

Bring together a group of friends or family and get ready to sail. You can choose between seeing the “landmarks” tour which goes through the old city center with many historical sites and the “hidden gems” tour where you are shown nice spots off the beaten tourist tracks. Regardless of which one you choose, a complimentary drink on board is included.

Hey Captain Copenhagen Canal tour – havnerundfart og kanalrundfart i københavn

Rent a boat – you’re the captain

Hop aboard and see the gorgeous, old canals with the beautiful buildings, sail towards Christianshavn or towards Sydhavn that lets you see modern, impressive architecture in this newer part of town.

You only have to be at least 18 years old and not intoxicated to drive a boat.

As a captain, you have freedom regarding which part of Copenhagen to sail around, which canals to see. It’s way funnier to sail together with friends or close ones so bring them along as each boat can fit up to eight people, no matter of age and size.

An easy way to enjoy these activities is to check out our services page, pick up the most convenient day and time slot for you and fill in the booking form. Our concierge will make sure you’ll be happy with the trip and get the best out of your sailing experience!

Do your bike tour

Copenhagen is one of the best cities to bike in. Every day, more than 50.000 bikers pass the central Dronning Louises Bro – it’s safe to say that biking in Copenhagen is the ultimate way to get around. 

Rent a bike (or an electric scooter if you dare). You can rent the white city bikes that are located all over the city, you can rent a bike at a local bike shop or book bikes for you and your friends in advance to save some time and enjoy Copenhagen like a local.

Once you’re on your bike – you’re ready to bike around the town and go on a bike adventure. Choose a neighborhood to explore – Refshaleøen as an example is fun to bike to!

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Book a bike tour

If you’re more into outsourcing the guide part of your bike tour – you have all the luck. There are plenty of ‘Copenhagen like a local’ bike tours to join in Copenhagen. This way, you’ll have a guide to do the hard work, while you just follow them on your bike and see the great parts of Copenhagen. What’s not to like? 

Guided tour or not, by boat or bike – it’s up to you – and you don’t even have to choose! Choosing one doesn’t have to exclude the other. It’s fun to do all of the above!

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk

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5 secret places in Copenhagen you cannot find in the travel guides

While most people know the colorful houses of Nyhavn, Amalienborg, the Queen’s castle and Tivoli, Copenhagen has way more than the traditional sights to offer. They might not be as well-known and popular, but that doesn’t make them any less wonderful. 

In this post, you’re guided to five secret, different and magical places in Copenhagen that you definitely won’t find on the first page of the traditional travel guides. Have fun while exploring them!

Bibliotekshaven (The royal library garden)

Proviantpassagen 1

Located between the Christiansborg Palace where the Danish government resides and the Royal Library, this little garden is the perfect break from the busy city. The garden resembles an oasis as it is perfectly peaceful and quiet and very well-manicured by talented gardeners. 

The garden was established in 1920 and features a reservoir with a fountain and wonderful flowerbeds. The garden has a tiny cafe that lets you purchase coffee and snacks. It’s the perfect place to take a small break to relax from exploring Copenhagen.

Kahyt og kaffe

Skibbroen 2

South of the center of Copenhagen, in the neighborhood called Sydhavn (South Harbour), you’ll find this very untraditional cafe. It’s a cafe on the water located in a former tiny ferry! The cafe is located inside the former pilothouse. From here, the owners serve beer, coffee, flaky croissants, burgers, and sandwiches – everything tastes yummy – and the guests can enjoy their food on deck if the weather allows it or inside the cabins.

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The Cisterns

Søndermarken, Roskildevej 28

Get ready to dive deep underground. Under Søndermarken, a park in Copenhagen, you’ll find the cisterns, a former water reservoir that was built in 1859. The purpose of the cisterns was to provide the citizens of Copenhagen with fresh, clean drinking water. 

Today, the cisterns have a different purpose. Come watch the underground cisterns and enjoy temporary art exhibitions.

Gasoline Grill

Vesterport Station

According to Bloomberg, Gasoline Grill serves one of the 27 best burgers in the world. And not only are the burgers next-level delicious, but Gasoline Grill also serves them from some funky locations. Their first burger spot is located within a former gas station – hence the name. 

Another one of their more secret locations is directly on the central train station Gasoline Grill. Another benefit of this location is that you might be lucky and beat the lines since this location isn’t the most crowded one of the Gasoline Grill locations.

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Brumleby & Olufsvej

In the middle of the 1800s, citizens of Copenhagen suffered from diseases as a result of bad living and housing conditions. A team of doctors planned out a new form of housing concept that would include more space, more light, and more nature. Brumleby, a tiny community in the Northern part of Copenhagen, is an example of that development. 

Take a walk around the little community of cute, yellow houses where citizens still live today and make sure to pass Olufsvej right next to Brumleby that features townhouses in the colors of the rainbow. A perfect photo opt location.

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Fingers crossed that these five secret spots will let you explore a different side of Copenhagen.

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk

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5 amazing hidden bars in Copenhagen only locals know about

Although Copenhagen isn’t the biggest city in the world–with its almost 1 million inhabitants, it’s quite the contrary–it still has it all. Amazing restaurants (actually the second-best in the world!), sights for sore eyes, shopping–and most importantly, bars. Here, you can try unique drinks, have fun with friends and explore the Danish nightlife.    

Here are five amazing bars in Copenhagen that you won’t find on the first page of the traditional (and boring) guides.

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Balderdash – with a spritz of bacon

Valkendorfsgade 11

Originally from NYC, owner Geoffrey Canilao is the Noma chef of cocktails. Fancy a spritz of bacon on your drink? At Balderdash, it’s possible. It might sound weird, but trust us, whatever Geoffrey creates turns into magic served as a cocktail. A favorite is the infamous Balderdash grasshopper milkshake (beware! It tastes like a dream and it has absinthe – a dangerous combination).

The bar is located in a historic house that’s more than a hundred years old, and the crowd is a mix of young and old, Danes and expats looking for a cocktail masterpiece.

1656 – fancy speakeasy

Gasværksvej 33

While 1656 isn’t exactly a speakeasy, as you just enter the cocktail bar through the door, it’s hard to see that this place is a bar when looking from the outside. The facade is dark, there are no logos or signs and only a small window lets you see the bar inside. The location is perfect if you’re looking to drink incognito style.

The interior is dark and gorgeous, and the menu is innovative and changes with the seasons. Ask the expert bartender for what you should get.

Lidkøb – fun with friends

Vesterbrogade 72b

This is the spot for the hip crowd of Copenhagen. With colorful string lights, this bar is located in a back alley behind a big supermarket. If you don’t know it’s there, you don’t notice it. Lidkøb spreads over two floors, the second floor being the whiskey bar. If whiskey is your thing, go to the second floor. If not, stay downstairs and do yourself a favor and try the frozen banana walnut daiquiri.

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Vinhanen – wine on tap

Baggesensgade 13 & Enghavevej 24

The concept of this wine bar is quite interesting. For sustainability, quality and financial reasons, Vinhanen imports tanks of wine around the world. This way, no bottles are needed, and the bartender can serve wine fresh from the tap. This also keeps their prices low. Ultimately, wine-loving guests can enjoy great wine without breaking the bank. What’s not to like?

Source: vinhanen.dk

Hviids Vinstue – 300 years old

Kongens Nytorv 19

This old school bar is an OG legendary spot – it’s been here for almost 300 years (since 1723). If you’re in Copenhagen during the Christmas holiday, this is the place to go for authentic Danish gløgg (mulled wine with almonds and raisins). If Christmas isn’t around, go for authentic Danish beer or anything of your preference. Hviids Vinstue is a place to remember. 

Have fun exploring some of the best, most fun and unique bars that Copenhagen has to offer and have an extra drink for us!

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk

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Where to spend free time if you are on a business trip to Copenhagen

Lucky you – you’re going to Copenhagen as part of a business trip. And you know what they say, work hard, play hard. A business trip to Copenhagen shouldn’t just be all business. Make time to enjoy yourself in the city, or even better, bring together business and pleasure. 

We hand you four ways that you can enjoy yourself and mix business and pleasure on your business trip to Copenhagen.

Work and meetings at Nomad

Blegdamsvej 6      

Nomad Workspace is a former courthouse of the neighborhood Nørrebro, now turned into a fancy, creative workspace. People can rent desks or office spaces here, or simply stop by for a coffee and a place to work for the day in Nomad’s shared office space and lounge with a cafe. 

The interior at Nomad is to die for. Plush, velvet furniture in beautiful colors and fresh field-style flowers make it more fun to work. The cafe offers coffee, flaky croissants as well as breakfast and lunch dishes. If you’re looking to host a meeting, Nomad also offers cool meeting rooms for you to rent for the day.

Coffee at Coffee Collective

Jægersborggade 56

When working hard, caffeine is a must. Get the best coffee in Copenhagen at one of the Coffee Collective locations. There are several spreads out around town, but this one is more spacious making it suitable for a coffee meeting with a client or an acquaintance. 

The coffee at Coffee Collective is brewed by skilled baristas and coffee connoisseurs – if you’re into coffee, this is the ultimate coffee spot that you must visit while in Copenhagen! 

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Afterwork drinks at Silo

Helsinkigade 29

Work hard, play hard. That’s exactly what Silo is all about. After a long day of hard work, treat yourself to a wonderful cocktail with a priceless view. Silo is located in the new Copenhagen district, Nordhavn, by the ocean. The bar and restaurant are located on the 17th floor above Copenhagen. If you look to the side, you’ll see the ocean stretch out all the way to Sweden. Look the other way, and you’ll see all of Copenhagen. 

Silo offers a large, exciting cocktail menu featuring classics such as a Negroni as well as more daring cocktails, such as the Black Sails with Malteco dark rum, licorice, lemon and, egg white.

Source: restaurantsilo.dk

Dinner at Tramonto

Bryggernes Plads 7

In Carlsberg Byen, the former brewery of Carlsberg and now a hip area in development, Italian restaurant Tramonto creates cocktails, tapas, and Italian specialties while serving the ultimate view over the city. 

Tramonto opened in 2019 and has already marked itself as one of the restaurants to visit in the city due to the view, the food, the interior, and the wine list. This is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine after a busy day of business and really enjoy Copenhagen.

Hopefully, your next business trip to Copenhagen will offer enough time to do a tiny bit of exploration and treating yourself to some of the many good spots in town.

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk

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The best places for you and your kids in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a very child-friendly city with tons of parks, playgrounds, museums and other experiences that cater to the little ones. Tired of being home with your kids that are either too loud and wild or glued to their screens watching movies or playing games? Take them out for a fun experience that they as well as you will enjoy. 

Here are some alternative and fun ideas and places for you and your kiddos to explore Copenhagen.

Creative Space – paint your pottery

Gammel Kongevej 154, Frederiksberg & Kastelsvej 1, Østerbro

At Creative Space, that is half a cafe half a creative space (pun intended!), you get to choose your favorite kind of pottery and paint it your way. There are tons of pottery to choose from – from vases to plates, mugs, and platters. Once you’ve picked your pottery, you’re ready to paint. Creative Space offers all colors of the rainbow, so let out your inner artist. 

Once you’ve finished your masterpiece of pottery, you leave your pottery at the cafe for them to glaze and burn. A week later, you’re ready to pick up your pottery. It’s an experience that’s fun and memorable for your kids as well as yourself.

Source: creative-space.dk

Remisen – indoor playground

Blegdamsvej 132, Østerbro

Are your kids all about the playgrounds but the weather is cold and rainy and doesn’t allow a date with an outdoor playground? Fear not – head to Remisen, a fun indoor playground. Remisen is located inside the former tram depot. The playground is for kids in the age of 0-12 years. It features a huge pirate ship, slides, pillows as well as toys and creative spaces for the kids to play and have fun.

Frilandsmuseet – live museum from the old days

Kongevejen 100, Lyngby

This outdoor live museum, Frilandsmuseet, built as an old city is one of the largest and oldest museums of its kind in the world. The museum displays the “old Denmark” with buildings, houses, and rooms that are furnished decorated as they used to be 100 years ago. The museum also features theater shows, volunteer actors that make the museum real as well as animals to pet.

The entrance is 70 dkk for a grown-up with a child. Children under 18 can visit free of charge.

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Tivoli – magical amusement park

Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen center

Visiting Tivoli is a must when in Copenhagen. The amusement park is located in the center of Copenhagen and is the second oldest of its kind in the world, with Bakken north of Copenhagen taking the first place. The park is open different times year-round with different themes such as Halloween, Christmas, and Easter as well as all summer long. 

Besides fun rides and rollercoasters, Tivoli features ballet and theater shows as well as great shops, cafes and restaurants.

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Rundetårn – climb the tower

Købmagergade 52a, Copenhagen center

41,5 meters tall and built-in 1642 by King Christian the IV, the Round Tower, the oldest functionary observatory tower in Europe, is a historical site as well as a fun experience for kids and grown-ups alike. What’s unique about the tower is that there are no stairs. The tower was built for horse carriages, so climbing to the top involves walking (or running!) up the spiral cobblestone slope. The view from the top is spectacular, and on a good day, you’re able to see all of Copenhagen.

Source: visitcopenhagen.com

BonBon Ice – Fresh & Homemade ice cream

Andebakkesti 4, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen

This cosy place has a huge variety of ice cream flavours which would definitely be favoured by kids: from salty caramel and key lime cheesecake to mint stracciatella and Aperol spritz sorbet – all served with freshly baked cones. Bonbon ice cream is made of eco-friendly and organic ingredients and the owners do not compromise on quality there. They also host kids’ birthday parties with catering and workshops on how to make and paint waffles.

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Happy kids – happy parents. Fingers crossed that your little ones will love these alternative Copenhagen spots!

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk 

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5 Copenhagen spring events you CANNOT miss

There’s nothing like spring in Copenhagen. After a long, dark and cold winter, it’s finally getting brighter, lighter and warmer outside. In true herd instinct style, Danes rush outside to shed the feeling of winter and welcome and embrace the feeling of spring. 

What are you waiting for? Join the happy crowd, run outside and welcome spring by participating in one (or more!) of these popular spring events in Copenhagen.

Påskebryg in Nyhavn

Every year around Easter, Tuborg premieres their easter beer Påskebryg (Easter Brew) or ‘Kylle Kylle’, as it is popularly called. Danes love their beer, and Danes love when winter is over – they can finally shed the huge puffer jackets and run outside to enjoy the lighter, warmer weather after a long, dark winter. 

Join the celebration that spring is here by enjoying a Påskebryg at one of the bars with outdoor seating in Nyhavn. But don’t be fooled – just because Danes sit outside and enjoy their beer, doesn’t mean that it’s warm. Make sure to dress appropriately!

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Sakura Festival

Every year, spring is here when the Sakura Festival takes place in Copenhagen. This is where the pink cherry blossoms are celebrated as they are finally in full bloom. In 2020, the festival takes place in Langelinie on the 18th and 19th of April. The festival is two days of a full program with a small market, a kimono show and Haiku poetry – celebrating all things Japanese.

If you can’t get enough of the blooming cherry blossoms, make sure to visit Kirsebæralléen (The Cherry Blossom Boulevard) on Bispebjerg Kirkegård. Note that this spot is wildly popular and well-visited, so if you’re planning to enjoy the view for yourself, you might wanna do it early in the morning. If you make your way to Bispebjerg Kirkegård, you should visit Grundtvigskirken – a majestic, grand church in a distinct design.

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Fredagsrock (Friday Rock) in Tivoli

Every year, Tivoli lines up a mighty great concert program with huge names that will do a concert every Friday in Tivoli from spring to fall. Going to these concerts is a great way to have fun and enjoy concerts without breaking the bank. The price of the concert and entrance to Tivoli is 175 dkk. If you want to see more than one concert, you can benefit from buying the Tivoli season ticket that lasts a year and grants you entrance to Tivoli every single day that the amusement park is open. The season ticket costs 350 dkk.

Tivoli hasn’t yet published the concert program for 2020, but it keeps updating the information on celebrities coming to Fredagsrock. In 2019 some of the concerts were by Lauryn Hill, Jason Derulo, Tom Jones, and Mø. No doubt that the 2020 Fredagsrock program will include lots of great shows by great stars. 

The opening of Reffen

After a long winter, Reffen, the outdoor street food market in Refshaleøen is finally opening again. That means you can get back to enjoying light, Scandinavian spring and summer nights while indulging in delicious street food from all over the world. Reffen opens in April – so grab your bike like a true Dane and take a trip out to Refshaleøen. 

Beer, Nyhavn, cherry blossoms, concerts and street food – what a great springtime this is going to be! While Copenhagen treats you with great activities that mark the celebration of spring, make sure you have a nice place to stay. You can find some of the coziest apartments in almost all areas of Copenhagen, right here at the Nordic Housing Location website.

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk