The many canals allow you to take a very different view of the inner city of Copenhagen. We used a small electric boat to float peacefully underneath the many bridges connecting the different parts of the city. Crystal clear water and the warm rays of sunshine made this boat trip a unique experience.
The Danish love their waterfronts. Here you find them in their houseboats, on paddle boards, homemade rafts, ferries or other boat rentals. Getting from A to B on the water offers many possibilities. Many use such breaks on their boat for a picnic with a drink or two – Danish lifestyle at its best.
When you want your inhabitants to take the bike, you need infrastructure. Bike parking instead of endless carparks along the streets helps with the transition to sustainable mobility. In fact, in Copenhagen more people take the bike than the car to work or to their studies as it is quicker, easier, healthier and more sustainable for sure.
Luxury: an alley full of bikes taking around 80 percent of parking space. Cargobikes, electric bikes and the classic two wheelers find space and represent the vehicle of choice. A 13 km long bike route all along the harbour helps to get to work as much as the many thousand tourists to see the city day by day.
Bike infrastructure also needs clear road signage. It is obvious that this shot, taken from the roof of a building in Nørrebro, shows how bike traffic signs dominate the streets. Nørrebro itself is one of the 10 official districts of Copenhagen and a hip, multicultural neighbourhood, popular with students and creatives - bike traffic at any time of the day is huge!
A Cargobike on the Inner Harbour Bridge – the modern bridge connecting Nyhavn to Nordatlantens Brygge by bike or foot. It was built in 2016 and is a testimonial to Copenhagen’s urban biking and mobility infrastructure. From here you’ll enjoy fabulous harbour views if the bike traffic allows you to stop.
The Inner Harbour Bridge is 180 meters long and combines pedestrian and bicyclist traffic from east to west. Here we see normal daytime traffic – the picture is taken from a boat underneath the Bridge. What a busy place.
Some of the quintessential Danish design objects date back to the '40s and '50s – creative houses are certainly part of that development. Solar energy became an early focus on the roof of many inner-city buildings. Copenhagen International School’s building in the Nordhavn district even featured the largest solar facade in the world in 2017.