Walking in Copenhagen

Transportation in and Around Copenhagen

Walking is the easiest way to get around the DIS Copenhagen neighborhood, which is located in the Latin Quarter. With its narrow one-way streets and close proximity to Strøget, the main walking street in Copenhagen, pedestrians dominate this neighborhood.

Copenhagen is a very walkable city because of its size, as the streets are not too wide and there are plenty of amenities and attractions in the public realm that add to the pedestrian experience. For example: benches, squares, or even trampolines imbedded in the sidewalks!

Tips to Navigating Copenhagen

  • Maps of the Copenhagen metropolitan area are available for free at the DIS Copenhagen Front Desk
  • Street names tend to change midway through street without notification. Ask a local when in doubt!
  • Always look both ways for cyclists, even on one-way streets
  • Do not walk in the bike lane

Independent Walking Tours

You will get your first taste of exploring Copenhagen on foot during your Arrivals Week DIScover København city tour. But if you are looking for a great weekend adventure, our very own DIS faculty member and city historian, Carsten Pape, has created some walking tours you can take on your own:

In and Around DIS Independent Walking Tour

With DIS located in downtown Copenhagen, there’s a lot to see in the immediate vicinity. Too much in fact – so we’ve put together a tour that never extends more than a seven-minute walk from DIS and takes in all the local attractions and sights. All-in-all, the tour is an hour and a half in length without stops; but it’s easy to pick up where you left off if you fancy spreading it out over a few days. See the map!

The Vesterbro Independent Walking Tour

Vesterbro is one of Copenhagen’s liveliest areas and the second oldest of the working-class districts that sprang up outside the early-modern ramparts as a result of the industrialization of Copenhagen. With this walk, get a hands-on impression of Vesterbro as it appeared in its original state, i.e. as the habitat for the lower end of the industrial working class for more than a century (1860s-1960s) and the urban renewal schemes that have been employed since the 1970s and esp. the 1990s in an attempt to rehabilitate the area. The route is a 2-3-hour walking tour of the area with 14 sites to visit. See the map!

The Harbor Tour Independent Walking (and Harbor Ferry) Tour

On this tour, you use the regular harbor ferry bus to go up and down the harbor and get off on the way to explore the surrounding buildings and areas. As the ferry is a regular city bus, you just use your transportation pass to get on board. The bus runs every 20 minutes, so plan to spend 20 minutes (or 40) each time you jump off the bus. The tour description begins at the southern end of the route, not far from DIS, but you can use it in reverse, or just go for parts of it. See the map!

The Copenhagen Palaces Independent Walking Tour

On this tour you will visit four prominent Copenhagen palaces from different periods and built for different purposes. Walking between them takes 10-15 minutes. The route described below is the fastest (can be done in reverse order), but if you want to go chronologically you should follow this sequence: 4-2-1 (wings)-3-1 (main building). See the map!