Amager

The Amager district: The ultimate guide to Copenhagen’s southern stretches

Look at a map of Copenhagen, and you’ll notice a huge island separating the inner city and Sweden called the Amager district. If you arrive in the Danish capital by air, you’ll start your adventure here — but it’s much more than somewhere to pass through.

Amager is Denmark in a nutshell. Besides parts of Copenhagen, you’ve also got cute towns, beaches, plenty of sporting opportunities, and more. Oh, and it’s pretty windy most of the time.

If you come to visit or live in Copenhagen, you might well end up living on this island. Much of its housing is less expensive than the city’s traditional neighborhoods, and you’ll find an excellent range of accommodation for short stays.

So, why should you visit or live on Amager? What activities can you do, and how easy is it to get around via public transport? Let’s take a closer look.

Where is Amager in Copenhagen?

Amager is south of central Copenhagen. To reach the island from the part of the city located on Sjælland, you can walk or cycle across various bridges — such as Knippelsbro and Sjællandsbroen.

In terms of districts, Amagerbro is a part of the Copenhagen Municipality. The same goes for Ørestad and Islands Brygge. Much of the island forms part of the Tårnby Municipality, including Kastrup — the neighborhood in which Copenhagen Airport is located.

Tårnby forms part of the City of Copenhagen, as does Dragør — a small town at the bottom tip of the island.

Amager connects Denmark to Sweden via the iconic Øresund Bridge. If you take a day trip from Copenhagen to Malmö on the train, you’ll cross this and see Scandinavia’s largest country unveil itself in the distance.

Below, we’ve included a map of Amager to help you better understand the island’s geography.

Things to do in Amager

If you love the great outdoors, Amager is quickly going to become your favorite part of Copenhagen. The island is popular with locals and Danes from other parts of the country — and it’s not difficult to see why. Just a short bike ride from the city center, you’ve got access to surfing opportunities, hiking, and much more.

Below, we’ve included a list of things to do in Amager.

Windsurfing and kitesurfing

Wind and kitesurfing are hugely popular in Denmark. And if you visit or live in Copenhagen, Amager is the perfect place to participate in either activity. If you go to Amager Strand during the summer months, you’ll almost certainly see several people giving them a try.

Even if you don’t have any windsurfing experience, you don’t need to miss out on the fun. At Copenhagen Surf School, you can take a course and learn how to do so in as little as a few hours.

Amager Strandpark

Denmark has some of Europe’s most underrated beaches, and you’ll find plenty of options in and around the capital. One of the most popular is Amager Strandpark, which is packed at the warmer times of the year.

The beach stretches five kilometers, and besides lounging about in the Scandinavian sun, you can play volleyball, light a grill, and admire Malmö across the water when the weather’s clear.

Amager Strandpark is around 20-25 minutes from Copenhagen’s inner city by bike.

Swimming

When the sun comes out in Copenhagen, the best place to spend the day—other than people-watching from the shores—is in the water. Amager has several great spots to grab your swimsuit and hop on in.

Arguably the most popular outdoor swimming area in the Danish capital is Islands Brygge. Here, you’ll find a prominent harbor bath with diving boards and pools of various lengths. If you don’t like crowds and you’re feeling courageous, winter bathing is also permitted in this corner of the city.

Another iconic swimming spot on Amager is Kastrup Søbad, which is right next to Copenhagen Airport. The wooden structure offers a bit of protection from the wind while you’re on the boards, and you can find diving boards that are 3-5 meters high.

Close to the northernmost part of Amager Strandpark, you’ll find Amager Helgoland. Here, you’ll find a selection of pools that you can access throughout the year.

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Walking and cycling

Amager’s landscape is mainly flat, making it perfect for walking and cycling. One must-try route is Amarminoen, which goes from Copenhagen all the way to Dragør. On your trip, you’ll pass through forests, modern architecture, and much more. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a few deer.

Amarminoen takes around seven hours to complete by foot one way; you can find places to stay overnight if you want to walk back to Copenhagen. If you take your bike, you can get from Copenhagen to Dragør in an hour or less; it’s a good idea to avoid using your city bike as the ground isn’t ideal for this.

If you don’t want to go all the way to Dragør, Kalvebod Fælled is nice enough for a casual stroll. In this part of the island, you can discover various bird species and much more.

Golf

Thanks to its tranquil settings and luscious green spaces, Amager is a decent place for a spot of golf. Right next to the Ørestad neighborhood, you’ll find the Royal Golf Center. On the course, you can play across nine pots and 18 holes — though you have to be a member of the Royal Golf Club to do so.

You can also play golf in Dragør; Dragør Golfklub is just under six kilometers from the town center.

Places to visit in Amager

Amager is a great place to participate in outdoor activities, but that’s not all there is to do. If you’re not the most active person, you’ll still find plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained.

Below, we’ll reveal the best places to visit in Amager.

Dragør

If you ask any local to recommend a couple of day trips from Copenhagen, Dragør will almost certainly feature on their list. This cute fishing town is only 11 kilometers from the city center and is the perfect place to get an authentic feel of Denmark if you don’t have the time to visit Jutland.

Dragør is home to colorful buildings, exquisite restaurants, and cobblestone streets. Along the waterfront, you can get a superb view of the Øresund Bridge and also hop in the water at Dragør Søbad.

Dragør is a short bus ride from Copenhagen Airport, and you can connect from there to the city without any problems.

Den Blå Planet

Den Blå Planet is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe and is just one stop away from Copenhagen Airport on the metro. If you’re coming with a family, this is one of the best experiences in the capital.

At Den Blå Planet, you’ll discover special exhibitions throughout the year. Moreover, you can see several aquatic species worldwide, including sea otters, sharks, and clownfish.

Tickets for the aquarium are sold in time slots. Don’t worry about having limited time, though; you only need to enter within your specified period. If you plan to visit frequently, you can buy an annual pass — which will also let you bring a friend along for free every Monday evening.

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CopenHill

Denmark’s commitment to sustainability is admirable, and Copenhagen has lofty carbon-neutral goals for the future. One of the city’s shining environmentally-friendly beacons is CopenHill, which you can reach after crossing the bridge from Nyhavn and walking or cycling north.

Also known as Amager Bakke, CopenHill is a waste-to-energy plant that opened in 2017. You’ll find a ski slope on the top, which is the best skiing you can get without visiting Sweden or Norway.

Although you have to pay for skiing, the rooftop is free for anyone to walk up. You’ll find a bar up here and can enjoy views of Copenhagen from all directions.

Ørestad

As Copenhagen’s population continues growing, the need for additional housing has grown significantly in recent years. This has led to the construction of intriguing modern architecture that complements the inner city’s older, lower-rise buildings.

Ørestad is a new district that you can reach from the city center by various forms of transport. The neighborhood features some of the best examples of contemporary Danish design, with highlights including:

  • Ørestad Street Hall
  • 8TALLET
  • VM Mountain

The district is also home to the Bella Center, Scandinavia’s most significant conference and exhibition center.

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Credit: CPH Studio Hotel

Places to stay on Amager

Amager’s close proximity to the airport and city center, along with more affordable prices than you’ll find in most other parts of Copenhagen, make it an excellent place to base yourself. If you’re interested in apartments and don’t need to register for a CPR number, Airbnb has a wide selection of listings in Amagerbro and Ørestad.

If you’re coming to live in Denmark and need a CPR number, you can try looking for rentals on BoligPortal and Lejebolig. Alternatively, you might have luck in Facebook groups; make sure you steer clear of scams, though.

There are also plenty of hotels in Amager — most of which cater to high and mid-range budgets. We’ve divided your choices for accommodation into digestible subsections below.

High-end hotels in Amager

One of the fanciest hotels in Copenhagen is undoubtedly AC Bella Sky, located inside the Bella Center. The hotel offers a diverse range of rooms, some of which provide a superb view of downtown Copenhagen.

AC Bella Sky has several facilities for you to enjoy, including a spa and fitness center offering free weights and cardio machines. You can also get a buffet breakfast at the hotel that begins at 180 Danish Kroner on top of your room’s rate.

If you want to stay close to Copenhagen Airport, it’s worth checking out Scandic CPH Strandpark. The hotel is a little less expensive than AC Bella Sky and offers spas and massages as add-ons to the rooms you can choose from.

Scandic CPH Strandpark has several other facilities, including a shop, sauna, and snow bath.

If you want a little more space for yourself, CPH Studio has various studio apartments available for short-term rentals. Some rooms come with a kitchenette, and besides the studios, you can also choose from single, double, and twin rooms.

Mid-range budget hotels in Amager

If you don’t have the budget to splash on the fanciest hotels in Amager, you’ll find several mid-range options. Go Hotel City is right next to Amager Strandpark and offers affordable rooms in a building close to both the city center and airport. Both short and long-term stays are available, and so is breakfast and free wi-fi.

If you want to stay in an older building, Hotel Amager is an excellent mid-range option. The hotel is located on Amagerbrogade and not far from Christianshavn. You can book rooms from 499 DKK per night and can pick from singles and doubles.

Hotel Amager has a sports bar where you can take advantage of a happy hour throughout the week. You can also get lunch deals at this bar that are good value for money compared to prices elsewhere in Copenhagen.

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Transport in Amager

Amager has excellent transport links to the rest of Copenhagen. From Copenhagen Airport, you can get yourself into the city center within 12 minutes. In the other direction, Malmö is roughly 30 minutes away; you can also get direct trains to Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Copenhagen’s metro runs extensively throughout Amager, with both the M1 and M2 lines serving the island. You’ll have no problems getting from Amager into the city, and if you’re coming in the opposite direction, all of the main attractions have nearby stops.

The most important Amager metro stations you need to remember are:

  • Amager Strand
  • Islands Brygge
  • Amagerbro
  • Kastrup
  • Københavns Lufthavn

In most areas that the metro doesn’t serve, you should be able to hop on the S train into Copenhagen. From these stations, you can also get elsewhere in Denmark directly.

Amager is also well-connected to the rest of the Danish capital by bus, and cycling is also pretty straightforward.

Amager is Copenhagen’s outdoor playground

Amager is Denmark’s most densely-populated island and one of its most exciting. Here, you’ll find big city life cross paths with rural dwelling and exhilarating outdoor activities — all within a stone’s throw of downtown Copenhagen.

If you come to live in Copenhagen, Amager offers a peaceful setting with easy access to your workplace and all of the Danish capital’s delights. You get the best of all worlds; easy access to the inner city and airport, with Sweden on the horizon — plus a lower cost of living than other parts of Copenhagen.

Whether you’re visiting or living in Denmark, getting to grips with the language before you arrive is a good idea. One of the best ways to learn is watching TV, and there are plenty of hot Danish shows on right now. So, why not read more about these and take your pick?

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