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If small, intimate hotels are more your style, try Hotel Alexandra, a chic Green Key award winner where the organic breakfast makes a perfect start to an environmentally sound day. Likewise, Green Globe-accredited Hotel Axel Guldsmeden in Vesterbro takes its environmental responsibility seriously. Everything from the power to the cleaning products – even the mini bar -- is sustainable or organic, plus there is an organic cafe on site.

Get into the green
If part of being green means having outdoor spaces to revel in, then Copenhagen does that consummately. The city has wonderful parks and gardens, the biggest of which is tranquil Fælledparken, Copenhagen’s “commons” which has expansive lawns, forests, jogging tracks and plenty of space to breathe in nature. Southwest of the city is Kalvebod Fælled Vestamager – a seaside meadow and marshland that is the largest expanse of natural landscape this close to a metropolis, anywhere in Europe. It is an important habitat for wading birds and a great recreational resource for Copenhageners.

Just five kilometres from the city centre is the clean white sand of Amager Strandpark, Copenhagen’s summer beach hangout. But the best testament to how clean and green Copenhagen really is can be found in the heart of the city. The harbour pool at Islands Brygge is one of four, centre city summer pools. It is hard to believe that the harbour in a metropolis of 1.2 million people can be good enough to swim in – but the water quality is consistently scored as being ocean-clean.

Perhaps that is what Copenhagen does best. It takes environmental awareness, turns it into fun – and then dives right in.

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