The absence of hills and the abundance of parks and wide avenues with bicycle lanes make cycling the best way to explore Copenhagen. Bike-rental shops and stands are scattered throughout the city. Two suggestions are Københavns Cyker, Reventlowsgade 11 (tel. 33-33-86-13; bus: 6 or 10), and Dan Wheel, Colbjørnsensgade 3 (tel. 33-21-22-27; bus: 28 or 41). A deposit of DKK500 ($85/£50) is required. Alternatively, City Bike is a great way to get around central Copenhagen. Bike racks are located throughout the city center; the service is free and you unlock your bike with a DKK25 ($4.30/£2.50) deposit. When you return the bike, your deposit is returned. The bikes are available from May to December (


The many parks (known to locals as "green lungs") of Copenhagen provide endless routes for joggers. Our favorite, just west of the city center, circles Lakes Sortedams, St. Jorgens, and Peblinge. The paths that wind through the Frederiksborg gardens are also well suited for joggers.


In spite of an often bone-chilling climate, swimming is a favorite Danish pastime. The Frederiksborg Svømmehal, Helgesvej 29 (tel. 38-14-04-04; bus: 6 or 18), is open to the public Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, and Sunday 9am to 2:30pm. Tickets cost DKK35 ($6/£3.50). You can also try Sundby Swimming Pool, Sundbyvestervej 50 (tel. 32-58-55-68; bus: 30 or 31); or Kildeskovshallen, Adolphsvej 25 (tel. 39-77-44-00; bus: 165).

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