Bike Copenhagen! A bicycle is the only tour guide you'll need!
Almost any trip to Europe involves crossing a city in a subway with precious few signs or instructions in English. The subterranean frustration and anxiety experienced in foreign tunnels and subway cars can give even the most seasoned traveler a sense of claustrophobia.
Copenhagen presented me with the perfect solution – bike like a local! The Danish capital is a city built for cycler’s that is car friendly, not the other way around. I decided to stop paying 24 kroner each way to descend underground and take the Metro. I left my Metro card in the hostel, rented a bike, and started pedal pushing around town. In the process, I discovered how Copenhagen has some of Europe’s best biking lanes and went around town like a Dane. Realizing how I would have been robbed of seeing the architecture, statues, canals and people of Copenhagen, I resolved to tell others about how a bicycle is the best tour guide you can find.
Another benefit of getting around on a bike was I able to get a good workout while not wearing holes in my shoes walking. I worked off the Jomfruhummer (langustine) I’d eaten at Kødbyens Fiskebaren, south of the train station, on my ride back to the hostel in the center of the city. I’d suggest asking the hotel staff about renting a bike rather than use the ‘free’ tourist bikes that you may see around town. I found those bikes to be smaller, harder to pedal, and not as comfortable.