It's usually football and handball that get Danish sports fans' hearts pounding. Nevertheless, in March 2018, they'll be sharing their high spirits with ice hockey fans turning up for the World Championship. And let's not forget that this Scandinavian nation has ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world for years. So, what better excuse to head to Copenhagen while the party's in full flow?
If you manage to bag tickets for a match at the brand-new Royal Arena, get ready for an adrenaline-fueled event surrounded by 12,500 ecstatic fans. Teams in Group A will play at this venue with its distinctive, unmistakable Nordic design. Here, reigning world champions Sweden will battle against Russia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Slovakia, France and Austria in the hope of retaining the title. From the city center, a train will whisk you off to the Royal Arena in ten minutes and it's also the stage for the semi-finals and final of the competition.
Playing for extra time in the city's trendy bars
After the match, plan an evening out in the Latin Quarter, the area around the University. It's a favorite hang-out for students, and the vibrant pedestrian streets of Sankt Peders Straede and Studiestraede are buzzing with life counting a large number of cafés and restaurants. Go up in the world at Rooftop, the sky-high bar at the Hotel Danmark. Open to residents and non-residents alike, this urban oasis has sweeping 360-degree views over the city. It's THE place to take time out, enjoy a drink and rub shoulders with the locals
Life on two wheels
The Danish capital loves its bikes. Next day, why not rent one yourself and take in the sea air as you pedal along the city's many cycle tracks. A leisurely ride will soon take you to the lively neighborhood of Christianshavn on the island of the same name. Tootle along its canals lined with colorful houses and warehouses, past sailboats and houseboats – a reminder of the city's maritime heritage.
Not far from there, you'll arrive in the underground community of Christiana. Roam around this colorful free town, the heart of alternative Copenhagen. In this enclave where anything goes, street artists armed with aerosol cans create murals that are sometimes real works of art.
Feeling peckish? Head to the Apollo Bar, the Danish capital's latest foodie shrine, located near the School of Fine Arts. In this hip canteen, chef Frederik Bille Brahe will tickle your taste buds with his creative cuisine.
After experiencing the art of living Copenhagen-style, hockey buffs will make their way to Herning, a city located further to the north, where Group B matches will be played. The hosts Denmark take on last year's runners-up Canada, Finland, the United States, Germany, Norway, Latvia and newcomers, South Korea. There are some great matches to be played in that friendly, lively Scandinavian atmosphere!
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