Christianshavn was built in the early 1600’s for Dutch immigrants and had its own town government for many years. Starting in the early 1800s the neighbourhood’s poverty increased, and the district was characterized by slums and industrial areas well into the 20th century. Today Christianshavn is a fashionable neighbourhood with many cosy corners, passages, canals and green areas.
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The city in the city – Frederiksberg is technically its own municipality. It was originally called Frederiksberg Tulehøj – ancient name of a priest/mystic. There is evidence that humans have inhabited the area where Frederiksberg now stands since the Bronze Age and its thought that settlements may date even further back.

Solbjerg, as known from Solbjerg Square is actually an old Viking village that now is a part of Frederiksberg. Most buildings in Frederiksberg date from the 18th and 19th centuries and the district has many villas with gardens and large apartments with balconies.
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City Center

Sydlandsk udsigt i Botanisk have – obs! Tjek åbningstider

People from Copenhagen often view the center city (Indre By) as merely an area they have to pass through to get to Copenhagen’s other neighbourhoods. They only see it as the actual destination if they have an errand that compels them to go there or if they have guests visiting. In light of this reputation, this section is dedicated to showcasing some of the various quirky and off the beaten tourist trail places that Copenhagen’s centrum offers. There are many hidden gems among the dross if you know where to look.
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Islands Brygge

En cykel- og gangbro, der forbinder Amager og Sjælland

Light, air, water, space and green… If you cross Langebro facing Amager and then turn right, you come to the neighbourhood called Islands Brygge. Islands Brygge’s history does not go as far back as most of the other neighbourhoods of Copenhagen but has instead developed rapidly in a short period of time.

Most of the land that Islands Brygge lies on was originally under water. The neighbourhood  appeared at the end of the 1800s when Copenhagen began creating new land via a land fill project along the water’s edge.
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Økumenisk udsigt fra MarmorkirkenNyboder and Kongens Nytorv

The royal touch is clearly shown in the splendour of Kongens Have and Kongens Nytorv.  St. Kongensgade, with its six bakeries, can arguably be described as the “royal bread road”.

In the streets around St. Kongensgade and Bredgade, you will find many fashionable restaurants and shops. That said, the district may seem a bit dead in the evening or on the weekend because this is a working district, a fact that’s alluded to by its many lunch-only cafeterias.

Nyboder was developed as residential when King Christian IV doubled the Copenhagen area with an expansion to the east. The homes were built for Royal Danish Naval personnel and they are still used as rental housing for the military to this day. Today all of the Nyboder area is referred to as a single area, but is actually divided into De Grå Stokke, De Gule Stokke and several surrounding streets.
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Blåt i blåt – dertil kommer bøger, kaffe og sushi i Mølleg

Starting in the 1850s, Nørrebro began to develop to the north of the confines of Copenhagen’s ramparts. Today it’s the most populous and densest district in Copenhagen with the highest degree of diversity. Nørrebro has a cosmopolitan feel with many different ethnicities, students, artists, etc. Nørrebrogade never sleeps. There are endless of possibilities to be found in its bustling promenades as well as in the surrounding streets when it comes to delicious shawarma-bars, artzig clothing-stores, genbrugs (thrift stores), etc.
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På vej mod Carlsberg

Vesterbro was once one of the most down at heel areas but today it’s mostly dominated by hipsters. Vesterbro is Copenhagen’s answer to Le Marrais in Paris and Kreuzberg or Neukölln in Berlin – the streetscape features throngs of people who sport a fashionable, understated retro style.

Many of these people were low-income students ten years ago but are now urban professionals who are still living close to the city’s nerve center. They have displaced many of the drug addicts and prostitutes that used to dominate the area, but those elements have not been completely ousted by the pulse of the urbane young, because Vesterbro is the city’s node and core at the same time.
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Der luges i Kartoffelrækkerne

The Danish word “bro” originally meant “paved”. Stenbroen was adjacent to the old city gate to the east and thus Østerbro was named as such. Inner Østerbro boasts many fine old houses and shops and has traditionally been the neighbourhood of the wealthy. In comparison, outer Østerbro does not have such a long and storied history.

Østerbro is often described as “teenagers’ stronghold” because this is where families with children move to when they have outgrown their small apartments in Nørrebro and Vesterbro but still want to stay in Copenhagen. Still, large parts of Østerbro are green and uninhabited–  such as Kastellet, Fælledparken, Østre anlæg, Nordhavnen etc.
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