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Copenhagen: A City of Mystery, History and League of Legends

Come this weekend, Copenhagen will be the host of the EU LCS Spring Finals. While four of Europe's best battle it out at the Royal Arena, it would be remiss if you came all the way out to the capital of Denmark and didn’t do a little exploring.

Not sure what to do or how best to get around? Don’t worry, we’ve put together a brief guide to the city Copenhagen on transit options, what to do, and how to make the most of your time in the city.


Getting Around Copenhagen

Like many cities, Copenhagen can be a challenge to get around. To make transit easier and more cost efficient, it's recommended to obtain a City Pass. For as little as €11, you’ll get your pass sent to you as an SMS and have unlimited rides on buses, trains, and metro in the city. Even if you’re just going from your hotel to the venue, the City Pass is the way to go while you’re on the go.

 

Seeing the Sights as You Go

If you’re planning on seeing what Copenhagen has to offer while you’re in town, you may want to snag a Copenhagen Card instead of a City Pass. Both allow you to get around the city with unlimited rides on various forms of transit; however, the Copenhagen Card comes with some added benefits. The card grants you free access to a plethora of attractions in the city such as museums, the Tivoli Gardens, and various tours.

The Copenhagen Card will also offer you discounts at various locations. If you’re looking to get your shop on or just want to pick up a souvenir for your duo partner, it’ll come in handy. The card is a little more pricey than the City Pass at €93 for the weekend, but that’s understandable considering it isn’t just a travel pass.

 

Seven Things to Check Out

Copenhagen is a city with rich history, seemingly sci-fi inspired architecture, and plenty of attractions to explore. Before you head over to the Royal Arena to watch our teams battle it out, we’ve compiled a list of attractions to check out with the help of Rioter Hannes Seifert and community cartoonist TBSkyen. Below you’ll find a mix of dining, sightseeing, and shopping options to occupy your time both before you head over to the Royal Arena and after the matches have run their course.

 

Geist (Dining)

 

 

Dining at Geist is like dining at Abercrombie and Fitch. If you’re looking for a restaurant to eat at because it will make you look cool, Geist is the place for you. Don’t let the idea of a hip restaurant intimidate you, though. The place is filled with a casual yet stylish flair. It offers a very original selection or drinks, especially cocktails. And you will find great signature dishes in small portions so you can choose many different ones to get to know the New Nordic Cuisine.

 

Tivoli (Sightseeing)

 

 

Tivoli, at 174-years old, is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. Inside you’ll find a unique and peculiar mix of old rides and modern technology. Rutschebanen (a name literally meaning “the roller coaster”), is a 108-year old wooden sit-down roller coaster that is as fun today as it was when it was opened shortly before World War I.

On the other end of the spectrum you’ll find Dæmonen (the Demon), a thoroughly modern inverting steel roller coaster with multiple loops and high speeds. Tivoli is also home to multiple restaurants, theaters and old-timey carnival attractions like shooting tents and games of dexterity, as well as lovely fountains and gardens that make for a pleasant stroll in the park.

 

Torvehallerne (Shopping)

 

 

Imagine the halfway point between a shopping mall and a market fair. Now imagine it full of delicious specialty foods, and try very hard not to overstuff yourself. We've been to Torvehallerne a couple of times and it’s absolutely stuffed with temptation, like HOO BOY. It’s also pretty expensive so you’ve got to be careful to budget.

There aren’t a lot of non-food attractions to see there, and a number of the stalls sell fresh produce for your own cooking rather than street food or dishes, so it’s kind of a gourmet destination for cooking enthusiasts more than a giant food court. Still, it’s quite pretty out there so it’s worth the trip just for the view.

 

Christiania (Sightseeing)

 

 

A self-proclaimed anarchist autonomous district of Copenhagen, Christiania is an oddity by its very nature. Named for Christian IV of Denmark, it once housed barracks for the King’s armies. But in the 1970s, with the barracks vacated and an economic crisis spurring an attendant housing crisis in Copenhagen, a mix of activists, anarchists, homeless and students broke down the fences and barriers and took over the buildings for housing, establishing a free city-within-the-city.

Christiania became a nexus for the Danish hippie movement, as well as for collectivists, various communist movements and anarchists, and a symbol of resistance to government authority and oppression. While the free town has been a political flash point for decades, the town itself has blossomed into a free-spirited, attractive and highly cultural neighborhood, with multiple influential Danish musicians and artists able to trace their beginnings to performances and exhibition opportunities they were first afforded by the open-minded organizes of Christiania’s cultural life. If you want a stroll through a thoroughly unique slice of Danish history, Christiania is well worth the visit. Be aware, though, it is frowned upon to take photos here.

 

Strøget (Shopping)

 

 

A kilometer worth of uninterrupted pedestrian shopping opportunities, Strøget makes a popular tourist destination for those looking for souvenirs and the authentic Copenhagen experience. Following the route directly will take you past hundreds of shops, but also past churches, old streets and lovely architecture.

Of particular note is Rundetaarn (the Round Tower), an astronomical observation tower from the 17th century that offers a wonderful view over the city, as well as a unique spiraling walk to the top originally designed to allow nobles and royalty to ascend the tower on horseback or in carriages. Strøget is also a popular destination for buskers and street performers, and if all the walking has made you hungry you will be more than spoiled for choice between cafes and restaurants of every stripe lining the route.

 

Den Bla Planet (Sightseeing)

 

 

Formerly the Danish national aquarium, Den Blå Planet (The Blue Planet) was rebuilt and modernized into a state-of-the-art aquatic museum, featuring exhibitions of thousands of sea creatures. A centerpiece is the giant tank at the centre of the museum where audiences can watch dozens of sharks, rays and hundreds of fish in a spectacular panoramic view, and walk through a glass tunnel to see them swimming above. There are daily feedings of the various animals, the schedule for which you can find on their website.

 

Madam Chu’s (Bar & Entertainment)

 

 

Get to know new people in an informal environment with good music and a very lively atmosphere at Madam Chu's. The bar keepers are fast and friendly, the guests are charming, and you can join people dancing in the later hours. And, despite it’s central location, you won’t need a new credit card to visit.

 

Copenhagen has a lot to offer with its many sights to see and spots to check out. If you haven’t already done so, there are still tickets for this weekend’s matches still up for grabs! So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your tickets and see what Copenhagen has to offer.

 
Header photo by Ayolt de Roos on Flickr.