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Copenhagen neighbourhoods: Indre by (inner city)

Local students share their favourite spots in Copenhagen with the University Post, neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood

In a previously published guide to Copenhagen neighbourhoods we presented an overview of all the Copenhagen city areas.

Now we focus more on each of the local areas.

Indre by, or inner city, is the old historic centre of Copenhagen, surrounded by the lakes circling the inner city and the harbour. As the historical centre, it is the place where you will find most tourists, and is famous for the shopping street, Strøget, filled with designer shops, boutiques, cafes, and tourist traps.

See an overview of all the Copenhagen neighbourhoods, with some of this material included here.

Royal Gardens

The royal residency, Amalienborg Palace, is in the north of the inner city. Besides watching how the Queen’s palace looks from the outside, you can see the Danish Royal Guards with their big bearskin hats standing at their red sentry boxes guarding the palace. In the inner city, you can also find the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister’s office, and the Supreme Court at Christiansborg.

Furthermore, the inner city has the Rosenborg Castle and Gardens. Here at Rosenborg Castle lies a beautiful park, which at the first ray of sunlight in the spring is filled with locals picnicking, tanning, and playing football.

Close by is the Botanical Gardens, with huge glass houses filled with rare flowers. It is great place to relax, take a stroll, and sit by a lake enjoying the big old trees.

Neighbours with the queen

Across from these beautiful gardens is the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Social Science.

Another area of the city is the historic University of Copenhagen campus, featured in our recent University of Copenhagen (UCPH) history article, here. Today, the historic buildings around Frue Plads Square hold the University’s central administration, the International Office, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Theology.

When the sun goes down, the inner city is still filled with life. Bars, restaurants and night clubs can be found in the area. The inner city is filled with, shops, offices and other businesses.

Housing prices are expensive, so besides the Queen, most Copenhageners live in other neighbourhoods, and this is the only area where we have not been able to find any ‘local’ student residents. We didn’t try Queen Margrethe, as she is no longer a student!

What’s your local secret?

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