Copenhagen is large enough to train for a marathon, but small enough to to see the sights in just one long run. The first thing you will note upon arriving in this city is the endless amount of cyclists patrolling the streets and commuting from one place to the next. And as any runner knows, if the streets are cyclist friendly, there must be runners nearby!
As Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, the Danish take a lot of pride in this city's culture, both athletically and intellectually. The streets buzz with energy both day and night. Make sure you check out each of the city's ten districts, each known for their distinct character. The best part about visiting Copenhagen by foot is that you can run through most of the districts and get a feel for them without having to travel too far. From Indre By, a medieval city in the heart of historical Copenhagen, to Christianshavn, where you will find the Freetown of Christiania, there is a lot to see and no reason to miss any of it! You could spend hours running the streets, drinking the coffee and taking in the fashion, art, architecture, music and hip lifestyle that this city offers.
In addition to your individual runs, the best way to see this city is by taking a walking, running or cycling tour. After all, there is nothing like seeing a city by being an active part of it!
- Bikers: And not the Harley Davidson-riding kind. The Copenhagen streets are packed with cyclists, and you don't want to be caught in their crowds. Do not assume that the bicycling lanes are runner friendly. In fact, assume just the opposite.
- Taxi Driver Ripoffs: Taxi drivers are notorious for taking advantage of tourists all over the world. Copenhagen may be where they get this bad rep. If a taxi driver asks for a tip, tell him "Here's a tip: asking for a tip in a city where tipping is uncommon is very tacky." Tipping is extremely uncommon in most of Europe, but more than one taxi driver in Copenhagen has been known to sneak one by a tourist or two.
- Running Tours: Literally, watch out for them! They're worth joining!
Did you know? Strøget is the number one shopping area in Denmark and the longest shopping/pedestrian area in Europe. Basically that is a number of streets combined into a car-free area. About 250,000 people use Strøget every day at the height of tourist season in summer, and about 120,000 do on a winter day.