Enjoy Europe’s Green Cosy Capital Staying at the Andersen Hotel
24 Jul 2017
- Denmark will be independent of fossil fuels by 2050
- Copenhagen plans to become the world’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025
- Copenhagen’s cosy size means it is easy to explore the entire city on foot or by bike
- Located in Vesterbro, the meatpacking district, the Andersen Hotel unveils a new look
- All guests can knit scarves in the lobby of the Andersen donated to the homeless in winter
Image: Visit Denmark
Copenhagen celebrates being green across the city and was named Europe’s Green Capital by the European Environment Commission. Good urban planning and design often lacking in other capital cities is visible across Copenhagen. Transport helps in achieving green goals and locals and visitors will see bikes on well maintained cycle routes across the city. In fact, 56% of Copenhageners who work or study in the city, commute by bike every day. Since 2009, Denmark has invested at least €373 million in cycle projects.[i] With this in mind, visitors are actively encouraged to get on a bike and The Andersen Hotel provides guests with bikes.
Copenhageners are actively engaged in green initiatives across the city. The city intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025. Today, 90% of Copenhageners are able to walk to a park, a beach, a natural area or sea swimming pool in around 15 minutes. Across the city there is a strong farm-to-table dining lifestyle using sustainable, organic and local produce.
As visitors cycle across the city they spot a Danish design invention; the Danish Pedersen Bicycle from 1893. With its high cantilever frame and its unique hammock-style seat which absorbs bumps, this bike is still produced today. Another Danish bike is the Christiania Bike with a trailer on the front, ideal for transporting children, friends or goods. The bike was inspired by the Freetown of Christiania in Copenhagen which has been car-free since the 70s.
Also by 2025, Copenhagen expects to have planted an additional 100,000 trees. Visitors can get on a bike and head to a number of green spaces across the city including The King’s Garden, a popular retreat in the centre of Copenhagen and home to a famous statue of Hans Christian Andersen. Another popular park with locals is Ørsted’s Park which is home to sloping lawns and a beautiful lake. Or the Royal Danish Horticultural Garden Society. From the Andersen Hotel in Vesterbro, cyclists can head to Islands Brygge in a comfortable and cool way on the Cykelslangen (The Bike Snake) which connects the city.
Copenhageners love to take to the water. Between 1st June and 30th September, open air swimming takes place at Islands Brygge Harbour Bath with the city’s skyline in full view. Copenhageners often pass here for a dip on their way home from work. The quality of the water is checked daily by authorities. There are five pools including two designated pools for children. The area surrounding the pools includes a lawn area, ideal for sun-bathing and picnics.
The award-winning Andersen Hotel is home to 69 bedrooms and suites in the heart of Vesterbro. The hotel has just been refurbished and completely updated. The hotel features a Vauni designed bio fireplace in the lounge. The decor throughout is vibrant and includes textiles and wallpapers from the award-winning Designers Guild in the UK. There are four categories of room and the hotel’s exterior retains its original features. The hotel features a daily ‘Wine Hour’ in the Lobby Lounge between 5pm and 6pm where guests can enjoy complimentary wine, meet fellow travellers and plan where they wish to dine in the evening.
The hotel is a keen supporter of local art. The walls of the Lobby Lounge are filled with installations by local artists who can showcase and sell their works here. The hotel hosts art events every two months to introduce the works and the artist and to sell pieces over a ‘Meet the artist’ evening. Then, The Andersen Hotel welcomes a new artist to this superb background to display work. Also in the lobby, guests will find knitting needles and fabric to knit scarves which are donated to the homeless throughout the winter.
The Andersen Hotel like its sister hotel the Absalon Hotel, just opposite, has been part of the same family for over 75 years. Karen Nedergaard is the managing director of both hotels and is present at the hotels, all week interacting with the teams and guests. The Andersen Hotel is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the two hotels. The hotels both operate a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival. Guests can rent a “Jopo” Andersen bicycle from reception.
Walk and cycle around Europe’s green capital in the first country in the world to implement environmental law.
Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 43 44
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £130) to 1925 DKK per room, per night
Copenhagen airport is 25 minutes away (10 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)
[i] Cycling Embassy of Denmark / Images of Copenhagen from Visit Denmark, main image by Kim Wyon for Visit Denmark