Ride the Earth, Not Your Paycheck in Copenhagen

Posted July 28, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Denmark-Copenhagen-Bikes-DEF With a passion for biking, organic products, and overall eco-conscious practices, Copenhagen is becoming a top destination for sustainability. Find out what it means to go green in this European city despite the exchange rate. Ride through downtown on a free bike, eat at an organic restaurant with a unique atmosphere, and stay at an earth-aware Danish hotel.

The City Bike and Copenhagen: With a nickname like "Bike City," it isn't surprising Copenhagen provides free bicycles to visitors and tourists alike. To ride, just deposit 20 DKK (about $3.80 US; check XE.com for current exchange rates) in any of the 110 bike racks located throughout the city. Then return the bike to any rack and you will get your money back. The city provides more than 186 miles of bike lanes, making it easy to promote a more environmentally friendly way of touring.

Cap Horn: Located in a former 17th-century hotel, Cap Horn is one of the city's first organic restaurants. While keeping the building's original wood floors, walls, and open fireplace intact, the proprietors have added playful knick knacks, chairs, and plates to give this cafe a funky yet homey vibe. Homemade dishes such as grilled cuttlefish or sirloin of veal are made with fresh, organic ingredients and are available every day. You can also order organic beer, wine, or coffee to accompany your meal. Entrees start at 139 DKK.

Hotel Alexandra: Near Copenhagen's Town Hall Square and the Tivoli Gardens, Hotel Alexandra combines Danish traditions and environmental awareness. It was awarded the GreenKey certificate for upholding eco-friendly practices such as reducing waste, conserving energy, and using non-toxic cleaning supplies. Each of its 61 rooms is uniquely decorated with Danish art and furniture. Rooms start at 1,445 DKK per night, and include continental breakfast.

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