Under the campaign #everythingiscloser we went to visit the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen in September for 24 hours to discover everything MICE related. Copenhagen is an easy to access city where it’s also easy to get around by foot, bike or public transport. This reflects the Danish way of living, sustainable practices, active way of life and modern infrastructure.
After this short but eventful trip we can honestly say that we are now closer to…
The newest venue in the city, The Krane is stunningly beautiful. The transformed coal crane is now a venue with a meeting space, hotel and spa. This venue is truly unique and different, giving 18 meeting attendees a 360° view of the harbour.
Østergro is an amazing urban garden concept run by a community using otherwise unutilised space on the roof of a building. Offering a meeting and private dining room for around 26 people and outside receptions for up to 60 people, there is also the chance for an unconventional team building exercise, such as harvesting from the garden, to be held here.
Another venue that used to be part of everyday life in a harbour city but is now a meeting space with a view is Kulturtårnet. Formerly a bridge tower controlling traffic on the canal it now has space for 8 people on the top floor to hold intimate and creative meetings.
People and ideas
In Denmark everyone speaks English fluently, making it easy to do business. As we also experienced, Danish people are open minded with a can-do attitude. Denmark is in the forefront of sustainability, design and architecture, research and gastronomy, to name a few industries, and these ignite and inspire new ideas. Our hosts from Visit Denmark and at the venues we visited were all very helpful and passionate about their work and always took the extra time to answer any questions and provide us with all the necessary information.
AC Hotel Bella Sky 4 star hotel is a popular hotel for both business and leisure travellers and one of the biggest in the Nordic region. With 812 guest rooms and 48 meetings rooms, direct access to the Bella Center Copenhagen and proximity to the city centre and airport, it makes it very convenient for a leisure stay or a business trip.
Located between the airport and city centre, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, the 4 star hotel is a popular address among business travellers. But not only, nearby location to the Royal Arena also attracts concert goers and sports fans, and the adjacent shopping mall, also Scandinavia’s largest, is the perfect location for a shopping weekend. The hotel has 12 meeting rooms for up to 800 guests.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be a big show but simple and well executed. In turn, that’s what gives the perfect start into a productive day. At the AC Bella Sky it gets topped by some integration of technology, picking your morning juice from a spinning carousel gets even the grumpiest delegate in a better mood.
Enjoying a breakfast outside the hotel can be great if times allows. So if you have the AM free, we will highly recommend to take one of the city tours with CPH:COOL. Born out of passion to showcase the hidden gems of Copenhagen, the two co-founders take the participants on different tours, such as gastro, architecture or sustainability. Despite of having breakfast at the hotel, we went on the gastro tour to try some of the Danish specialties, including the cinnamon ban at the cosy Emmerys bakery, open avocado sandwich and a homemade lemonade at the trendy Atelier September, and finished with a typical bio hotdog from Hanegal food truck. The latest can be also hired for events to bring the ecological and original closer to anywhere you need.
We finished the tour at Torvehallerne, the covered food market. No matter what delegates’ food preferences are, the market will please them all. Delegates can select their favourite lunch from any of the stands and enjoy it together at the market or take it to a nearby park.
If you are looking to go out in the evening and in an informal setting, then head to the meatpacking district and try the BOB Bistro. Their menu is ecological and constantly changing.
BASALT is another great choice to experience the distinctive Danish cuisine. The restaurant is located inside the AC Hotel Bella Sky and even though just recently opened, it gained international appraisal and even on Monday evenings you’ll need to queue to get a table. Their cuisine is distinctive due to their preparation technique – they make all their dished in the wooden oven, and other key ingredients, such as dry herbs or vinegar they also make in-house. All is of course seasonal and regional.
Active way of living
If you want to burn some of the calories, then head to the rooftop gym called Konditaget Lüders. Kids and adults love it and delegates will be able to exercise between meetings. Don’t forget your trainers.
The Copenhagen Card makes it easy and stress free to get around the city. Travellers can choose between 24 hours and up to 120 hours card. The card gives free admission to 79 museums and attractions, allows free transport by train, bus, harbour bus and Metro in the entire Copenhagen Region – also from/to the airport (zone 1-99). Furthermore, the card gives discounts on restaurants, attractions and entertainment.
Alternatively, you can rent an electric car BMW i3 provided by DriveNow.
Last but not least, sustainability, it’s in the Danish DNA. From the locally sourced food, to sustainable means of transport and venues that promote sustainable meetings, it’s easy to implement sustainable meeting design across the supply chain in Copenhagen.
To give you a further visual and interactive insight into all our activities in Copenhagen, we also produced a short video.