30th Oct 2009
As the world adjusts to the realities of the post crash era, a growing group of people see green initiatives as a new engine for economic growth.
Green jobs, sustainable programs, infrastructure redevelopment - they all play into an attempt to improve efficiency while expanding the economy. Its a good idea, and like any good idea - everyone now seems to be jumping on the green wagon.
At the moment, that green wagon is on the Road to Copenhagen, where the world's climate community will meet in December to seek a post-Kyoto accord destined to shape outlines in international business and politics for years to come.
Whether or not anything will be agreed is anybody's guess, but it does mean all eyes are on this precious bundle of a city.
It's worth checking out Cimber Sterling for low priced flights to and from Copenhagen, especially from other European hubs.
When you arrive in Copenhagen, those eyes will be greeted by stunning wood surroundings in a setting that feels like part sailing craft, part Wallpaper* ad. The Copenhagen airport is clean, serene, and very wooden. In short: lovely. You'll only be there for a moment, because its also remarkably efficient, even for a small town such as this. For the ride into town, let's do the environmental thing and take the public transportation - its fast and easy to use - with trains running along two lines straight to the center of town that cost next to nothing.
If by chance you are headed straight to the Summit to negotiate your country's cap and trade limits, by all means, take a taxi. It's being held just a short distance away from the airport, and there are good direct links between the two.
We love the Axel Hotel Guldsmeden - great value and high design with a friendly staff. The Hotel Skt Petri is another hit, with a lovely lobby scene at night and charming little terraces on the upper floor. Its busy and chic, as well as design favorite. The Hotel 27 is centrally located and attractively priced. The staff don't really know what they're doing, and its a bit worn about the edges - too many Singaporean tour groups - but the location is right where you need to be and everyone is very friendly. It's good enough. The rooms here are strangely reminiscent of kindergarten, in that Scando-pop way that very modern design sometimes implies.
Nimb - a gorgeous hotel on the edges of Tivoli, the famed gardens of Copenhagen. This place is not Scando-pop, in all the ways that will make you like it. Plush, lush and a great reputation for service will have you smiling the entire stay.Better is the
If you're in a hurry and just there for the night, or with a big group of people you can't stand, (as people often are during these things), you can't really fail with the Radisson SAS. There are several dotted around town, and while neither lovely nor well located for fun, they are extremely practical and user-friendly. You might even get something printed should the business need arise.
For your dining pleasure it is quite fun just to wander up Copenhagen's main walking street, Store Kongensgade - full of shops and shopping and people and people watching. Watch for bikes, as they are a hazard for the people-watcher. Stopping along at various places for a drink and a bite, especially on the streets directly parallel, are a good bit of fun.
You might like Noma, situated on the docks and specializing in nordic fare. The simple dining room doesn't matter - the food here is fantastic. Then there is "Kong Hans Kaelder" an old vineyard once owned by King Hans - royally tasty. Its just a ten minute walk from the Absolut Ice Bar, where you can freeze inside just as much as you freeze outside. Here the drinks are served inside a giant refrigerator/freezer of ice blocks hauled down from Lapland. Even the cups are ice. Watch your tongue.
Another recommended spot is Gødt. This cosy restaurant is run by a charming couple and features some interesting local dishes. As for nightclubs, the center is small and the music is loud. Try Bang & Jensen at the low end, NASA at the high end.
Kongens Nytorv is the place to be for Copenhagen during COP15 - its the home of the Hub Culture Pavilion Copenhagen! Yes, the next installment in Hub Culture's global series of Pavilions will be arriving December 1, 2009. Billed as a private embassy of sorts, this location will feature nightly networking for the world's climate community with daytime facilities for meetings, collaboration and press conferences. CEOs, corporates and power-players galore.
The Hub Culture Copenhagen Pavilion will be accessed by invitation only - so please be sure to enquire at the group here before catching that flight into the Nordic winter.
Meanwhile, bring a flashlight - its dark most of the day and night by December, making for some long nights for the world's leaders to ponder the climatic future of the planet.