Denmark’s cosmopolitan capital Copenhagen embodies Scandi cool and creativity, and bursts at the seams with cultural and historical riches. It’s a culinary powerhouse with no less than 19 Michelin stars and, as a city, is regularly voted the happiest and most liveable, cleanest and sustainable, attributes that will greatly appeal post-lockdown. The jewel in the crown, though, is the fact that it is one of the world’s most walkable cities.
Copenhagen is also a coastal city decorated with cobbled streets, statement architecture and endless historical and cultural attractions. Colourful and iconic Nyhavn Harbour, centuries-old Rosenberg Palace and majestic Amalienborg Castle are among a lengthy and impressive checklist list of unmissable sights.
For meeting planners, this hygge hotspot also appeals for its exemplary conference facilities, hyper-efficient airport and excellent public transport - and the modern Cityringen metro line makes cross-town travel even easier.
Outside spaces and nature will no doubt be in great demand and the ultra-modern conference and exhibition venue Bella Centre and its Nordic chic hotel, AC Bella Sky, answer this brief perfectly. Located on the island of Amager in Ørestad – both close to the airport and only 10 minutes south of the city centre – this new urban district has been built around water, nature, open spaces and architecture with plenty of fun stuff for delegates too.
Back to nature
In the immediate surroundings of the Bella Centre, golfers can take advantage of the Royal Golf Club’s 18-hole championship course, while novices can enjoy a lesson at the golf range. Between meetings delegates can boost their energy the Danish way with a stroll in Ørestad City Park.
Ørestad offers ‘escape-from-it-all’ experiences, too. Get back to nature with a visit to Amager Nature Park, a 3,500-hectare wild reserve where you’ll find rare birds, lakes, herds of deer and grazing cattle. Or, alternatively, escape to nearby Amager Beach Park – a 6km artificial beach that is popular for sunbathing, swimming, surfing, wakeboarding, bird-watching, kayaking, cycling, roller-skating, running and coastal walks with superb views towards Sweden.
An unusual and futuristic attraction in Amager is Copenhill – an artificial ski-slope, built on the roof of a power plant. A 500m ski piste, overlooking the harbour, it has hiking paths, climbing walls and après ski options.
While Bella Centre is ideal for large-scale conventions, planners often organise evening social events off site at CPH Conference and a cluster of other event venues at DGI-byen, a sporting and cultural facility in the city centre.
Location-wise, DGI-byen is unbeatable. It is easily reachable from Copenhagen International Airport and is only 50 metres from Copenhagen Central Station. It sits beside the hip Meatpacking District, a foodie haven complete with top-notch restaurants, cocktail bars, eclectic street food stalls, art galleries, lively music venues and even a brew pub. The capital’s famous and magical must-see amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, is only a short walk away.
The ultra-modern CPH Conference is typically Scandinavian with wooden floors and panoramic windows. Across four floors, it has 14 light and airy meeting rooms and breakout spaces. Rooftop restaurant Østerbro provides picturesque views over the rooftops of the city and serves Danish fare with Italian and French influences.
Another stand-out venue at DGI-byen is the industrial-style Øksnehallen, a former cattle market dating back to 1901. The building has been beautifully restored and now lends itself well to gala dinners, exhibitions, parties and conferences.
For something different, guests can also dine next to the gleaming swimming pool at the Swim Centre. Historic venue Spisehuset is also an innovative choice while Restaurant Vestauranten is an elegant and rustic renovated former barn, centrally located between the hotel and Øksnehallen.
In short, Copenhagen offers a breath of fresh air for everyone.