Copenhagen has a long history well integrated with today's modern life. The city is a multicultural center thanks to yesterday's and today's immigration. A fact that contributes to Copenhagen's international atmosphere.
The Royal Family resides in the center of Copenhagen at the Amalienborg Royal Palace. So don't be surprised if you run into the Queen or any other member of the Royal Family.
Copenhagen consists of a multitude of areas, each with its own charm, history and distinctive character. Though different, the areas have three features in common: the presence of water, parks and bicycle paths.
Vesterbro used to be known as Copenhagen's working-class quarter. However, during the last 10 years the district to the west of the Central Station has undergone massive transformation.
This old, run down patch of dark tenements and cheap worker's accommodation, which since the 1960s was known for its sex industry and having more butchers per square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe, is now one of the hippest and most fashionable places in the city - not just to live, but to shop, eat, drink and have a great night out.
Confirmation of its ascendancy came as far back as in 2001, when the Danish-themed issue of Wallpaper magazine declared Vesterbro Copenhagen's hippest quarter.
On the doorstep of Copenhagen city center, in green surroundings, is the posh Østerbro. Large four- and five-storey houses with huge panorama windows, stucco and neoclassicistic decorations characterize the district.
Østerbro is located north of Copenhagen city center and offers large green areas, open spaces and proximity to the waterfront. In the 1800's, when the area was still a no build zone, it was a favourite excursion spot for Copenhageners wishing to escape the noise of the city. Today, it is one of Copenhagen's most attractive and expensive living areas, which also reflects the range of exclusive designer shops.
In the 1760s, Nørrebro was mostly fields and farmingland, today it is a hot spot with popular shopping areas, many cafés, restaurants and places to hang out. Sankt Hans Torv is one of the great places in the area and has several young trendy cafés, like Pussy Galores and Café Sebastopol, that are usually packed during weekends.
Across the bridge, Knippelsbro is Christianshavn, a quite fashionable area of Copenhagen. Take a stroll along the canals, enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the many cafés along the waterfront and visit the famous Freetown Christiania.
Christiania was founded in 1971 when a group of hippies took over an area of abandoned military barracks and developed their own set of rules, completely independent of the Danish government.
One could say that Christiania is an alternative society within society, which also means that the darker sides of modern life are represented. Some parents advise their teenage children not to go there after dark, and tourists are advised not to take photos in Pusher Street.
Frederiksberg is an independent municipality within the City of Copenhagen and has its own city council and mayor. Frederiksberg has a history of being a green and posh area and is still home to beautiful parks, luxury flats, lots of delis and high scale stores.