Copenhagen, Denmark is the European Green Capital 2014

Looking for reviews and recommendations of eco-friendly accommodation (hotels, hostels) and activities (tours, attractions) in Copenhagen? Here are some of our favorite sustainability-focused hotels, hostels and travel activities in the Danish Capital.

We’ve also put together a list of organic restaurants, plus the latest weather forecast for Copenhagen, best time to visit and other useful travel info.

Copenhagen and sustainability

Environmentally friendly hotels, bicycles, rickshaws and battery-driven buses for transportation – not to mention organic restaurants and shops: There are plenty of ways for environmentally conscious tourists and travellers to visit and explore Copenhagen. In fact, the ambitious city has set itself the goal to become world’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. In 2013, the City of Copenhagen also won the world’s biggest design award; an INDEX: Award for the city’s Climate Adaption Plan.

Copenhagen, which was also the European Green Capital 2014, is the first city in the world to adopt a planet-cooling mandatory green roof policy, and was appointed to be the World’s first Bike City from 2008-2011 by the International Cycling Union (UCI).


Eco-friendly Copenhagen hotels

There certainly is no shortage of sustainability-minded hotels and accommodation providers in Copenhagen, which care a great deal about the environment. More than half the hotels in the capital have an environmental plan regarding water, laundry, house cleaning, waste, energy consumption, food, smoking, indoor climate, and administration. In 2013 an impressive 71% of all hotel rooms in Copenhagen were eco-certified.

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Crowne Plaza towers eco friendly business hotel Copenhagen

“Hotel Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers in Copenhagen is one of the leading sustainable hotels in Denmark and has welcomed guests from all over the world since it opened in 2009. Our spacious and elegant rooms are furnished with Paustian furniture and have views across the whole of the Ørestad region and in towards Copenhagen. The hotel is ideal for business travellers or visitors enjoying a weekend stay or short break. 25 floors of luxury accommodation join up with sustainability.”

Read our review or check availability and rates. More about the hotel’s approach to sustainability in the interview with Mireille Jakobsen by the Sustainability Leaders Project.


Hotel Alexandra

“Hotel Alexandra is a small authentic boutique hotel with a deep passion for guest care and Danish mid-century furniture design. Hotel Alexandra lives life on the very doorstep to the centre of the bustling Copenhagen city. Stay in Danish iconic rooms, such as the Finn Juhl suite, the Verner Panton suite, the Arne Jacobsen Deluxe room and many others.”

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Hotel Scandic Webers

“Hotel Scandic Webers is a unique city hotel, where classic 1880s architecture goes hand in hand with modern, trendy design. The hotel’s central location in Copenhagen affords great opportunities for shopping and entertainment. Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions such as Tivoli, Stroget (the pedestrian area) and the Round Tower are all within walking distance. The Scandic hotel group began what is now considered the industry’s leading sustainability program, back in 1993. Our goal is to be completely carbon dioxide neutral by 2025.”

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Brochner Hotels – Hotel Danmark

“The Brøchner Hotel Group has 4 hotels in Copenhagen and is the world’s first carbon neutral hotel group. At Brøchner Hotels we take great pride in our three company values: Responsibility, Passion and Care. These values apply to everyone – us as employees, our guests, our suppliers and our surrounding world. These three words are important in our company culture and we take them seriously. We want to take social responsibility in areas where we think our participation and involvement will make a difference; both globally and locally.”

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WakeUp Copenhagen Budget Hotels

“Wakeup Copenhagen on Carsten Niebuhrs Gade is ‘Green Key’ certified. ‘Green Key’ is the guest’s guarantee of having chosen a hotel which has a policy of looking after the environment. All of the hotel’s toilets have dual flush and water-saving showers. Rainwater is collected from the roofs and used to water the plants, and the large roof surface on floor nine has a green sedum coating, which grows over the roof like a ‘carpet of moss’. Sedum absorbs rainwater, so it does not run into the sewer. It insulates the building and is CO2 friendly.”

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Radisson Blue Copenhagen

“Eco-friendly certification: The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark has earned the Nordic Swan eco-label. The hotel was the first Radisson in Copenhagen to achieve this prestigious environmental certification.”

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Admiral Hotel Copenhagen

“As a guest at Copenhagen Admiral Hotel you are environmentally friendly and you can enjoy your stay with a clean conscience. Our hotel has the Eco-labeled Green Key, because we make an extra effort to protect the environment.”

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Copenhagen tours, activities & urban adventures

Here are a few tips and suggestions for urban adventures in Copenhagen:

Hygge & Happiness

If you want to understand Denmark, you need to understand hygge. The concept can be difficult to explain, but is easy to experience — and once you have it in you, you’ll know why Danes are some of the happiest people in the world! Take a peek into Copenhagen’s local life and find your own happy hygge place.

More about this urban happiness adventure here.


Beer & Vice in Vesterbro

Venture into what used to be the roughest neighbourhood in Copenhagen: Vesterbro. Once the land of drugs, porn, and prostitution, today it’s one of the city’s trendiest districts — and also one of the best places to find a good beer. Hear the rocky story of this controversial neighbourhood and the development of the surrounding area as you share a brew with the locals.

More about this urban adventure here.


Copenhagen Locals on Tap

Tap into local culture in Copenhagen! Join us for an orientation tour of the city’s old town. Hang out with an in-the-know local who can introduce you to the city and tell you what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Copenhagen.

More about this urban adventure here.


Healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen

If you’re anything like us, then good, healthy food is what you’ll be looking for once lunch or dinner time approaches. After all, sightseeing makes hungry, and eating healthy forms part of a great city travel experience.

Luckily, the Danish capital has just what you need, conveniently compiled in this list of organic restaurants in Copenhagen. Or check Happycow.net for additional options.


Weather in Copenhagen & other travel info

For all sorts of useful travel info and advice, check Copenhagen on WikiTravel.

For the latest news on weather in Copenhagen and Denmark, visit weather.com.


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