An unwavering commitment to eco-friendly innovation has given the Danish capital its own unique ethos. The city’s contemporary architecture is designed to be enjoyed by its residents, from the futuristic CopenHill artificial ski slope built on top of a waste management centre, to the Kastrup Sea Bath outdoor swimming facility, designed to protect swimmers and sunbathers from the wind.
Simultaneously, there is a lot of history on show. Visit Amalienborg Palace, the royal residence, for a real insight into the history of the monarchy and, if you’re lucky, witness the changing of the guard. Then, marvel at the Queen’s Tapestries in the imposing halls of Christiansborg Palace, now the seat of the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and the Ministry of State.
Sustainability and innovation aren’t exclusive to the architecture. Organic, locally grown produce, energy consumption and food waste are a top priority at restaurants serving anything from fast food to Michelin-star cuisine. Pork belly and parsley sauce (stegt flæsk), smørrebrød open sandwiches and fresh seafood are a firm favourite, enjoyed with home-brewed beer.