By Dana Minbaeva and Larissa Rabbiosi
Copenhagen is a truly vibrant, urban, and diverse city. Whether you prefer exploring Denmark’s history at our local museums, viewing fascinating architecture at the Royal Palace, or sampling our world-renowned New Nordic Cuisine and Danish design shops, there is something for every taste.
Lodging and Travel
Where is the best place to stay? AIB has already booked several hotels at a special conference price. Start by browsing your options at aib.msu.edu/events/2019, then choose the area that fits your style and preferences. As long as you’re staying close to a Copenhagen Metro Station, you’ll be able to get to the conference venue in a matter of minutes.
In addition to a convenient public transportation system, Copenhagen has one of the world’s best biking infrastructures, making it easy to ride from one end of the city to the other in no more than twenty minutes. This is a great option for our more adventurous (and athletic) conference attendees!
On-Campus Attractions at the Copenhagen Business School
CBS’ four main campus buildings are all unique architectural marvels in their own right, and well worth a visit. Plus, there’s even more to see in the surrounding area:
- Solbjerg (the main conference building) was designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and was inaugurated in 1999. The building has many art pieces exhibited in various locations – paintings, sculptures, digital art, and more.
- Dalgas Have building was completed in 1988 and designed by Henning Larsen Architects who has also designed and built the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh as well as the opera house situated on the waterfront of Copenhagen habour.
- Kilen, the four-story wedge-shaped building was designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and was the recipient of numerous architecture and design awards such as the prestigious RIBA Award, by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
- Porcelænshaven gives you a glimpse back into the late 1800s when this area was the site of the Royal Porcelain Manufactury. If you cannot resist buying an original porcelain piece, do not forget to visit the Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen’s factory outlet stores close by.
- Frederiksberg Gardens has an entrance which is just adjacent to Porcelænshaven. Take a walk or run in the largest and most romantic landscape in Copenhagen.
Exploring Copenhagen (and Beyond)
The city is divided into several diverse districts and there are plenty of interesting sights just beyond the city limits:
- Copenhagen City Center (Indre Bro) is the historic, geographic and political heart of Copenhagen. Here you’ll find Tivoli Garden, the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen Opera House, outstanding museums (The National Gallery of Denmark, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, or The National Museum), and the Royal Palace.
- Frederiksberg (where CBS is located) has a more leafy, suburban vibe but is also home to the grand royal park Frederiksberg Have and Copenhagen Zoo.
- Vesterbro shows a more hip, edgy side of Copenhagen, with plenty of eclectic shops, diverse restaurants, and funky bars.
- The Meatpacking District used to be home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses, and in recent years has changed into a new creative cluster with a trendy nightlife and a broad range of high-quality restaurants.
- Nørrebro is Copenhagen’s multicultural heart, packed with things to do, both day (e.g. the “Know your “bro” walking tour, find Hans Christian Andersen and Kierkegaard’s grave at Assistens Cemetery) and night (a bustling nightlife of cocktail bars, gastropubs, and shawarma.)
- Outside the city there are plenty of exciting destinations just a short train ride away. Plan your visit to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located 25 miles north of Copenhagen. The museum offers a panoramic view of Sweden across the sea, presents six to ten special exhibitions annually, and has a distinguished art collection with over 3,500 works. And if you are bringing your kids, AWESOMENESS awaits at Legoland in Billund!
In sum, Copenhagen has lots to offer for every taste. Whether you plan to visit museums, engage in an architectural tour or canal boat tour, walk around the historic city center, experience the Scandinavian design in Illums Bolighus and Magasin, or stroll through Copenhagen’s colorful streets, you will have a memorable time.