Probably the busiest street in the Danish capital is Strøget. The famous shopping mile is not only the unofficial main street of Copenhagen, but with 1.8 km also the longest pedestrian zone in Europe.
Danish design and fashion
Strøget belongs to the pedestrians who like to use this connection between City Hall Square, Kongens Nytorv and on to Nyhavn. It is the street of Danish designers, fashion boutiques, jewellers and souvenir shops. The royal porcelain factory Royal Copenhagen and the silversmith Georg Jensen reside in the best houses on the square, finest jewellery art and of course LEGO can be found in the displays of the time-honoured street. No visitor to Copenhagen should pass by the pride of Danish design and have at least once admired the precious commodity. The range is complemented by international designers.
Meeting place for guests and locals
The first visit to Strøget will surprise you. While the wind of noblesse blows through the noble shopping streets of other metropolises, in Copenhagen things are cheerful. Street artists present their artistic talents, musicians give their best, soap bubbles float into the sky and a small colourful tram regularly makes its rounds. It’s a colourful mix of royal ceramics, shops with tourist offers, noble design and restaurants that turn part of Strøget into their dining room.
Amagertorv with stork fountain
The central square of Strøget is the spacious Amgertorv with its old town houses. In the middle stands one of the landmarks of the pedestrian zone: the Stork Fountain. If you look closely, however, you will see that the birds on the fountain are not storks but herons.
Sausages and Santa Clauses
Despite the international crowd, Strøget has kept its Danish face. Early in the morning the Pølserwagen takes its place and offers the typical Danish sausages and cocoa. Along the church you will find flying traders firing up their cauldrons and preparing roasted almonds. Once a year, Strøget becomes a paradise for Santa Clauses. Every July, they gather for the World Santa Claus Congress in a Copenhagen park and celebrate the summer with a parade.
Strøget is framed by the Danish government district and the streets with the student flair that surrounds the nearby university. Cosy cafés, handicrafts and antiques and small shops can be discovered around the lively Strøget. The public is mixed. Many Danes use their shopping mile for shopping and numerous guests of different nations stroll along the shop windows.
One special feature towers over the heads of the visitors. Shortly before Kongens Nytorv, an oversized doll catches the eye. It belongs to the Guinness World Records Museum, which offers with its entrance one of the most popular photo motifs of the street and of course inside comes up with a lot of curious.