Copenhagen invites you to culture, gay scene, beach – and cycling.
Copenhagen can be easily explored. The city is not very big, but it is a rather long walk from Amalienborg Castle to Nyhavn, from Carlsberg Glyptotek to the alternative part of the city and the Free State of Christiania. The Danish capital is promoting bike rides as a favourite means of transport and has a concept that is unique in Europe. Especially tourists love the city bikes stationed all over the city as they can be used for free. The “Bycyklers” are for hire from 1 May to 15 December and can only be used within the city centre area. This hardly impedes Copenhagen visitors. The 125 bike stations are easy to find. All you need is a 20 Crown piece to unlock a bike from its stand, just like a shopping trolley. This also makes easier a tour through Copenhagen’s charming gay scene, which celebrates Pride in August. Flirting at day time is easy in three kilometres long pedestrian zone Strøget, in its boutiques, design shops and department stores. Whether for a light lunch, coffee in the afternoon or a starting point for a trendy evening tour – the Oscar at Regnbuepladsen is one of the city’s most popular gay addresses. You can find the latest information about events as well as free city magazines and the staff will certainly have a few tips on hand. There is also one of the oldest gay bars in Europe nearby: Times have not changed in the rather quaint Centralhjørnet. The plush artists’ pub and piano bar Café Intime in Frederiksberg district is a stark contrast to this. Around Studiestræde are a number of gay clubs. Jailhouse is a restaurant and bar hat looks like jail, but fortunately serves good-quality food. Cosy Bar and Never Mind get busy late at night. Those who come to Copenhagen in summer should not miss a visit to the beach. The newly designed beach of Amag is a long sandy beach by a lagoon. The beach is accessible by Metro in direction of the airport. The most popular Gay Beach is Bellevue, a few kilometres out of town. The place is mainly known for its beach colony that was designed by famous Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen. The best way to Bellevue is the express train to Klampenborg and a short walk from the station to the beach. At the northern end there is a nude beach with lots of gay sun seekers.
(Published in SPARTACUS TRAVELER 2/11)