Did you know that the Denmark isn’t just home to Vikings and great design – it’s also among the most gay-friendly regions in the world? Cities throughout the country are open and welcoming. In Denmark’s Capital, Copenhagen you find a city renowned for an unpretentious hip and cool atmosphere with a long-standing tradition of respect and embrace of all lifestyles featuring an abundance of gay-friendly bars, restaurants, and hotels and plays host to numerous LGBT events. Denmark was the forefront of making history founding the National Association for Gay and Lesbians in 1948 and in 1989 was the first country to recognize same sex marriages.
Dazzling & Danish
Copenhagen is an image of cool and laid-back mentality, and is historically renowned for its vibrant pulse and tolerant lifestyle. The first gay bar, Centralhjørnet, opened more than 80 years ago, and the city boasts it’s very own gay radio station, Radio Rosa. The gay scene flourish in Copenhagen, and nearly every gay entertainment is within a square mile in the city’s “SoHo” like area in the Old Town. Check out Oscar Bar Café, quite laid-back during the day and a hot-spot of fun at night, or venture to Vela Gay Club for some cocktails and pussytails.
Culture & Cutting Edge
Marvel at the fairytale land of the old world where Queens and Kings of all kinds live in castles and every cobblestoned street is your path to new adventures. Visit Frederiksborg Castle and take a stroll in its fairytale-like baroque garden. The castle dates back to 1560 and is named after its builder, King Frederik II.
Copenhagen flourishes in exciting new art venues, chic design cafes, bars and exclusive nightclubs such as underground and electronic hot spot Dunkel or the legendary and very cozy Cosy Bar. Explore the Danish Design Centre and check out the architecture of the new waterfront buildings: The Royal Danish Playhouse and the Copenhagen Opera House among others. Copenhagen is a maze of surprises just waiting to be explored.
Fashion & Fabulous
Copenhagen is a popular destination for trendsetters world-wide. You will find everything from high-end fashion and trendy world-renowned designs to small unconventional collections and vintage stores in both cities. Shop till you drop on “Strøget”, the longest pedestrian street in the world, while taking in the exciting street life at one of the many cafes. Pick your favorite fabulous designs or fashion-forward outfits, either way you inevitably want to bring along extra suitcases!
Gastronomy & Green
Explore and enjoy the “New Danish Cuisine” with innovative twists and fresh local ingredients. Copenhagen boasts 13 Michelin-starred restaurants and a total of 12 stars, more than Rome, Madrid and Berlin. The 2-star Restaurant Noma is truly a gastronomic marvel and has recently been awarded the world’s best restaurant. Head to Nyhavn’s waterfront to enjoy the organic wonders at the quaint Cap Horn restaurant, or sample the multitude of other local restaurants in Copenhagen.
Pampering & Pleasure
Besides exciting architecture, lovely beach promenades and green spaces Copenhagen and the surrounding area offers pampering and pleasure for the soul. Enjoy a perfect luxury getaway at the unique Skodsborg Health Centre and Spa hotel. Or indulge yourself at the luxurious Helle Thorup Spa at the Kong Arthur Hotel.
And what-ever you do don’t miss the sparkling canal boat tour around Copenhagen’s many canals – view the best that Copenhagen has to offer from the waterside from the Little Mermaid to the Black Diamond (extension of the Royal Library) to Christiansborg Castle – and you can always head back and check out the site up close and personal.
- Copenhagen Pride Parade is celebrated each year during the summer.
- In 1989, Denmark was the first country in the world to recognize marriage between two persons of the same sex.
- The National Association for Gays and Lesbians (LBL) was founded in Copenhagen in 1948, as the first of its kind.
- The first gay bar in Copenhagen, Centralhjørnet, opened over 80 years ago and is still going strong.
- The city boasts its own gay radio station, Radio Rosa
Fly over with Scandinavian Airlines
The official carrier of the World OutGames, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) offers more non-stop flights from the U.S. to Scandinavia than any other airline. The oldest and largest Scandinavian airline, SAS offers a choice of Business, Economy Extra and Economy on their flights. From U.S. gateways New York (Newark), Chicago and Washington, D.C SAS flies direct to Copenhagen. In partnership with United Airlines, SAS provides smooth connections to Copenhagen from over 60 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Make sure to check SAS’s new LGBT guide.
Stay over in Copenhagen in TAG Approved Hotels
Looking for the world’s first design hotel? Look no further than the unique Radisson SAS Royal Hotel: The hotel from the exterior façade to the Swan and Egg chairs gracing the lobby has been designed by famed Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen. As the first design hotel in the world, it is a landmark of the Jet Age, and true design buffs would want to stay at the Arne Jacobsen suite 606, which features original furniture by Arne Jacobsen, and hasn’t been refurbished since the hotel was built in 1960.
The Clarion Collection Hotel Twentyseven provides a hip Scandinavian design right in the heart of Copenhagen. Take a moment to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in a unique contemporary hotel with lots of personality, and make sure to take advantage of the complimentary light dinner buffet. Visit the coolest (literally) place in town; ICEBAR CPH, or if the ICEBAR is too “chill” opt for drinks at the hotel’s Honey Ryder Lounge.
Experience Danish quality and 200 years’ history when you stay at the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel. This uniquely designed hotel is housed in a converted 18th century warehouse, located near Copenhagen’s best shopping and cultural attractions, and neighboring the Royal Palace and the recently opened Royal Playhouse. This prizewinning hotel features a waterside location facing the new Opera House, and a Conran-designed restaurant; SALT Bar & Restaurant, serving Nordic cuisine, where the best products and a great atmosphere are key ingredients in every course.
Take a rejuvenating spa break at the Hotel Kong Arthur, an idyllic lakeside retreat just five minutes from the city center and 15 minutes from Copenhagen Airport. This family-owned hotel is both sophisticated and soothing, from its sleek guestrooms to its new Helle Thorup Spa. The Luxury Spa Break Package includes double room accommodation in the hotel’s new wing with direct access to the spa; a 75-minute Ole Henriksen five-step treatment; complimentary access to the spa and fitness facilities; a three-course spa dinner at the La Rocca restaurant; full organic breakfast buffet; complimentary high-speed Internet access; and more.
Want to get a feel of modern Copenhagen? The Square is the most exclusive design hotel on Copenhagen’s City Hall Square. The warm and welcoming atmosphere makes the exquisitely designed hotel a natural choice. Unique location in the pulsating center of town with all major sights close at hand. 267 design rooms and breakfast room with magnificent view of the city.
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