Looking for eco-friendly hotels, tours and urban adventures in Copenhagen? Here are some of our favorite places to stay and experiences when visiting the Danish Capital.
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 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. More than half of 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
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Tours and activities
One of the great things of Copenhagen is that you can easily explore the city by food or cycling. Below some of the highlights which we particularly enjoyed.
Tip: Buy a Copenhagen Card for public transport and free access to museums.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
A short (ca. 30 minutes) train ride north of central Copenhagen, this museum is a real gem and has become famous internationally for its modern art exhibitions. It is also a nice place for a picnic or for traditional dinner (the museum is open until 10pm). More info here.
Hey Captain Boat Tour
Hey Captain is the ultimate canal boat tour if you want to explore the city by water.
Founded by Casper and Joel, two friends who sailed around in their own boat Diana. The original feeling was based on being personal, social and informative, which remain the anchor point for the boat tours we do at Hey Captain.
Expect to experience a homelike atmosphere where you can sit back and relax as the skipper takes you through their favorite parts of Copenhagen. In a relaxed pace you will get a sense of the city more than an overload of historical figures.
Tours last one, two or five hours.
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