I’ve been to Copenhagen several times and I love feng shui of the Danish capital (voted the coolest city by the Lonely Planet). Copenhagen is the most visited destination in Scandinavia and voted the greenest city in Europe. The population of Copenhagen is just under two million and it’s the largest city in Scandinavia and one of the happiest places on Earth.
Travelling to Copenhagen and in Copenhagen
You can get to Copenhagen by train (via Brussels) which will be in line with Greta Thunberg travel recommendations. Once you’re in Copenhagen, cycling should be your thing as for many Danes who clock up 1.3m kilometres a day (you can use power-assisted Bycyklen). Nine out of 10 adults in Denmark own a bike and a cargo bike is a familiar theme in Denmark. The number of bikes outnumbers cars with 375km of lanes, some as wide as roads. The new car-free bridge, connecting the city centre and the southern island of Amager (home to Copenhagen University’s south campus) makes it easy and enjoyable commute. Also, the new City Ring loop metro line with driverless trains makes travelling in Copenhagen a breeze.
Feng shui map of (old) Copenhagen
Feng shui flow
The appreciate the chi flow of Copenhagen, you’ll need a bike – get it from Kobenhavns Cykelbors to see all the top attractions in Copenhagen (see below).
The water element in Copenhagen is very strong and the best way to see and experience it is with a canal-boat tour.
Feng shui highlights
There are many popular tourist attraction or landmarks that offer some insight into the feng shui of Copenhagen. As usual for a feng shui consultant, start with the panoramic views.
The wind-water elements of Copenhagen
Copenhagen with its water canals and sitting on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager has an abundance of water element which makes it attractive and vibrant. The quality of the air in Copenhagen is the second-best among 23 major European cities. Copenhagen has been praised for its prolific bicycle culture and its efforts to reduce the number of cars and polluting vehicles. Unfortunately, 90% of Europeans living in cities today are still breathing unhealthy, polluted air (London is one of the worst).
600 green spaces and canalsides make Copenhagen a top human-centred urban city.
Rundetaarn for panoramic views of Copenhagen
The round tower houses the oldest, working Europe’s observatory (built in 1642) and it’s easily accessible because there are no stairs, only a sliding upward corridor (so then-current king could ride it’s the horse to the top). The best times to visit is weekdays to avoid tourists and at dusk to see the sunset reflected on the red rooftops.
Or get a panoramic view of the city from the dome of the Marble Church.
Local markets are an eye-opener for the local energy/chi. Torvehallerne is an urban, covered marketplace featuring stalls with local produce, gourmet foods, beverages & desserts. The local produce stalls take up a small part but are more than enough.
Danish Desing Museum
A good place to get a good overview of Danish design and its influence on furniture and interior design.
The Little Mermaid
Chans Christian Andersen, the Little Mermaid, is the most visited attraction in Denmark and has been vandalised a few times.
Medieval Copenhagen University is the oldest in Northern Europe.
It offers Carlsberg Experience, housed in the original 18th-century brewery.
The Cisterns, Art Installation
It served as a water reservoir until 1983, and it works as an art installation space. Check for the latest art installation on their website.
Feng shui of Christiana in Copenhagen, Denmark
Christiana was established in 1971 as a self-government community, and now with about 800 residents. The feng shui of this free city within a city of Copenhagen is most interesting. There are many self-built houses and each one is different. The fashionable wabi-sabi style is visible everywhere. There are no cars allowed in Christiana to keep it as green as possible. Selling marihuana is still illegal in Danmark but in Christiana, it’s kind of looked over. Lukas Graham, a singer, comes from Christiana.
Tivoli Gardens Theme Park
It is the fifth oldest theme park in the world (with the third oldest rollercoaster), opened in 1843 with 4.3m people visiting it every year. Apparently, Tivoli inspired Walt Disney to create the Disney World. Every night they have a fireworks display which boosts the chi of this neighbourhood.
Værnedamsvej is a tiny but lively shopping street, linking Vesterbrogade and the beginning of Frederiksberg Allé with Gammel Kongevej on the border between Frederiksberg and Vesterbro in central Copenhagen, with lots of second-hand shops and cafes and people-watching.
CopenHill – ecology, form and fun
CopenHill is a great example of eco-friendly architecture, high design and fun. Designed by Bjarke Ingels, the founding partner and creative director of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in his hometown of Copenhagen. It’s genius that this eco-friendly waste-to-energy power plant doesn’t emit any toxins into the atmosphere. And it is not just about waste management – it’s about having fun too. The CopenHill roof also works as a 1,500-foot-long ski slope, which is accessible through an elevator inside the building – with three paths for skiers: beginners, intermediates and one for the expert skiers. “What I love about this project is that it also shows you the world-changing power of ‘Formgiving,’ which is giving form to that which does not yet exist—to give form to the future,” says Ingels. “I have a nine-month-old son, and he will grow up in a world not knowing that there was ever a time when you couldn’t ski on the roof of a power plant.”
Spiritual feng shui: The Church of Our Saviour / Vor Frelsers Kirke
This baroque church in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen is famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase (probably the only one in the world) that can be ascended to the top, providing panoramic 360 views over central Copenhagen. It is also remarked for its carillon, which is the largest in northern Europe and plays melodies every hour from 8 am to midnight.
A less known ‘spiritual’ place is the Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen which as the name suggests is actually a beautiful garden covered burial site of many Danish notables (Hans Christian Andersen, Kirkegaard, and Niels Bohr who was a feng shui fan, although a top, Nobel prize winner in physics who when asked why he used feng shui, “I understand that it works whether you believe in it or not.”) as well as an important greenspace in the Nørrebro district. Warning: it’s also a popular place for topless locals.
Feng shui of Danish smørrebrød and Danish pastries
Denmark is famous for its smørrebrød open sandwiches with perfectly balanced five elements on a plate. Or you can try some pastries that Danes named after themselves. Sankt Peders Bageri is the oldest bakery in Copenhagen and been selling pastries since the 17th century. My favourite place to eat is Torverhallerne.
The Danes call a Danish pastry Vienna bread.
The new street-food market Reffen in the hip district of Refshaleoen is a treat.
Famous Danes, things and trends
Christian Andersen, Niels Bohr (the Nobel prize winner in physics and co-creator/discoverer of quantum physics), Lego and Hygge.
Niels Bohr said “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” which clearly comes from a deep spiritual understanding of non-dual oneness which probably is the quantum reality.
Values of Danes
In Denmark, there is a strong regard for the common good, welfare society and safe and family-friendly society. Freedom for the individual, equal right and opportunities including gender equality, respect and unprejudiced tolerance (frisind), trust are core values as well as Christian heritage. Volunteering is a big part of the Danish way of life. Hygge is also considered a unique Danish cultural and lifestyle value.
Hygge is a difficult concept to translate and now there are books just about this very Danish cultural and lifestyle concept. Cosy, which is a common translation doesn’t describe it well, although it refers to a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment and well-being and is fully in harmony with feng shui ethos. Its cultural value and connection to tolerance and equality suggest that people come together to share a good time, therefore it has a connotation to the Danish word frisind. So, hygge can mean many things, ie the Friday drink with your co-workers, a storytime with your parents or grandparents, or just enjoying a hot cup of tea or coffee or chocolate when it is cold outside. Warmth and candles are an example of hygge, but when I was visiting Copenhagen I’ve noticed a shift from traditional candles that unfortunately produce air pollution to battery-operated ones or powered by electricity. Since the quality of the air is very good in Copenhagen, if people would stop burning candles it would improve even further.
Population: 623 000 in the city and 1.3 million in the metropolitan area. Murders: 5. Unemployment rate: 5.3%. Cost of monthly travel: 93.77 euro. Homes built in the past year: 6600. Media: 10 papers related to Copenhagen. Culture: 32 museums, 34 art galleries in the city and 16 cinemas. Flight connections from Copenhagen airport: 177
Feng shui consultants in Copenhagen, Denmark
Google search revealed that there are not many feng shui consultants in Copenhagen, Denmark. So if you live in Copenhagen, or anywhere in Denmark and are looking for an evidence-based feng shui consultant feel free to call/text/Whatsapp me on +44 7956 288574 for a quote for feng shui consultation for your home or workplace. I’d be happy to travel to Denmark or to do a remote feng shui consultation via Skype or FaceTime or Whatsapp. Email me