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The Famous Stroget Street
Walking the length of Copenhagen's famed shopping street known as "Stroget" is a delightful way to spend several hours. The Stroget (pronounced "stroy - et") is Europe's longest, pedestrian-only shopping street. The Stroget is lined with charming apparell shops, gift shops, restaurants and quaint buildings, sidewalk vendors, and the window displays are a feast for the eyes. The somewhat narrow Stroget has many side streets and squares to explore. If you wander off into some of the scenic side streets, you won't be disappointed. Perhaps you will come upon a rather well-known, little restaurant called "Det Lille Apotek."
Begin your stroll down the Stroget at Radhus Pladsen, and if you like a good long walk, follow it all the way to Kongen Nytorv (King's New Square) and Nyhavn. Some say that prices in stores closest to the Radhus Pladsen are the most reasonable or least expensive while prices in stores at the far end of the Stroget are the most expensive---designer shops like Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss would fall into this category obviously. This is a place to find trendy clothes and shoes!
If you're looking for gifts from Denmark, this is the street for it! From inexpensive to the very expensive. If you like postcards like I do, you'll find many choices here too.
You can take in the local free entertainment by watching some of the many street performers who obviously know a good thing when they see it---a captive crowd who will reward their performances with a few Danish Kronor tossed into a hat or even violin case. These performers are usually very good and worth spending a few minutes to watch and listen to.
We walked to the Stroget from our hotel 2 days in a row and had dinner each night at "Streckers Pub & Grill " because we thought it had a nice atmosphere and the price was certainly right. Had we been able to spend more time in Copenhagen, an evening stroll along the Stroget just might have become a nightly ritual!
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The main street of old Copenhagen – the foot street Stroget. This street changes the name several times on its extent. Its part that adjoins to Radhuspladsen has the name of Frederiksberggade.
We walked along the Stroget right from there. Then the street is named Nygade, Vimmersk, Amarertorv and Ostergade. Stroget comes to an end on Kongens Nytorv. The street is wide enough, filled by gift shops, cafe and small museums-attractions such as a museum of Guiness records (Ostergade, 16 - daily June-August 9.30-22.00).
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the stroget is a pedestrian street that will take you from radhuspladsen (city hall plaza) north to kongens nytorv (square). the stroget can not be found on a map because it is actually several connected streets. starting at radhuspladsen you walk north on frederiksbergade, nygade, vimmelskaftet, amagertorv, and ostergade which ends at kongens nytorv. the stroget is a pleasant way to transverse central copenhagen. these streets are lined with shops, bars, restaurants and interesting squares.
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Kongens Nytorv and Stroget
Starting from the popular Nyhavn we decided to walk among the numerous pedestrian street at the centre of Copenhagen.
All these streets start from Kongens Nytorv(King’s New Square) a large public square that was created in 1670 by Christian V, a equestrian statue of him is at the centre of the square (pic 1) that until 1998 had numerous elm trees but a disease killed them all. There are some interesting buildings around like the Royal Danish Theater (from 1874) and Charlottenborg Palace (from 1671).
Then we walked down Ostergade, a pedestrian street full of stores but we didn’t come to Copenhagen to go shopping to a Louis Vuitton store so we just kept on walking. Actually Ostergade is part of Stroget, a pedestrian zone that suppose to be the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe, it started in 1962 for a couple of days during Christams when the streets were closed to traffic. Interesting to mention that the closer to Town Hall you get cheaper prices (and lower quality too, lots of souvenir stores but also fast food spots)
We also saw the Guinness World Records Museums (we didn’t visit), sometimes we checked some side streets also where you can find a church like Nikolai Kirke (pic) or smaller squares where people gather, waiting for the dates or just relaxing near the sculptures of the fountains.
We made a break for ice cream at Hojbro Plads and then we walked down at Amagertorv pedestrian street, more touristic stores here, also many street artists (pic 3), we also visited Helligdnds kirke at a back street. Further down closer to the Town Hall we passed by a bigger square (Gammeltorv) where you can see a nice fountain (pic 5)
Stroget is a pedestrian area in the middle of Copenhagen. The Stroget area is comprised of several streets and stretches from Radhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv. Fortunately, the only traffic you will encounter is that of other people. The area can get quite crowded. I found that the lack of cars made the area very manageable. Instead of dodging cars and trams as I have had to in other cities, I was able to wander at my leisure.
Stroget is lined with stores, cafes, and ice cream shops. Sitting outside at a cafe on a nice day is an excellent way to do some people watching. Cafes will be more expensive as it is a big tourist area.
In addition to shopping and eating, there are attractions such as the Round Tower, Guinness World Records Museum, and Museum Erotica (definitely don't have one of these in my home town!).
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1. Signspotting display at Nytorv
2. Signs and people at Nytorv
3. About the curator
4. Signspotting text
Part of the Strøget is a square called Nytorv (New Square). During my visit there was a display at Nytorv called "Signspotting" showing funny signs from around the world in English. These were signs that people found and took pictures of, and then they were re-made as signs for the exhibit. (So they were not stolen from their original locations.)
Copenhagen was an excellent place to show this, because so many people speak such good English that they could really appreciate it.
I of course particularly liked the sign reading "UNNECESSARY REPETITIVE DRIVING PROHIBITED".
Also I liked part of the text written by the curator, Doug Lansky. Click on the fourth photo to see the part I particularly liked.
The curator is American, by the way, so some of those signs are simply British English expressions that seem quaint to an American. Like "Changed priorities ahead", which as far as I know is perfectly normal in the UK (meaning they have changed the rules about who can drive first at the next crossing), but in the US the word "priorities" is mainly used in its more lofty meaning of what goals you have decided to concentrate on for the rest of your life.
After being shown for a month on the Nytorv in Copenhagen, the Signspotting Project moved on to Århus, Denmark, then to Edinburgh, Scotland for the Fringe Festival and after that to Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Stroget is Copenhagen main axe and one of the longest pedestrian street in the world. Its length is almost of 2 kms; it winds from the two main traffic knots: Radhuspladsen and Kongens Nytorv.
The whole life of the capital is concentrated on the Stroget. There are fashionable shops, charming restaurants, buskers, comicians. The city show is performed all around the clock.
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The Walking Street
The walking street, or stroget, is not something you would miss, because it goes through the centre of town. It is filled with shops and cafes, but my main reason for going there is its cozy atmosphere. It's one of the places that makes copenhagen what it is. During summer, it is crowded with the cafes' outdoor seating, as well as loads of street performers. During christmas time it is beautifully decorated as in the picture. (Actually decorations start in the beginning of november or even earlier).
Stroget's the place to shop...expensively
Stroget's a great walking street, actually made up of five different streets: Ostergade, Amagertorv, Vimmelskaftet, Nygade, and Frederiksberggade. It runs from Radhusplasden to Kongens Nytorv. On it you can find many fine shops, but also the Guinness World Records Museum, and a few churches and squares along the way. Rundetarn can be found nearby, as well as the Museum Erotica!
Sadly, the marchers for the wedding kept coming down the street the day I walked it, so the only photo I have is of marchers. I'm sure others have better photos of Stroget.
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The Strøget is 1.1 kilometers long and claims to be the world's longest urban pedestrian zone.
I'm not sure if this is still true (would have to fire up Google Earth and start measuring), but in any case the main significance of the Strøget is not how long it is but when it became carfree -- in the 1960s, when most cities were still busy widening streets, narrowing sidewalks and trying to make non-motorized movement as cumbersome and demeaning as possible. (Remember what Frankfurt am Main used to look like in the 1960s? Ogottogott!)
Of course a lot of people were involved in the creation of the Strøget. One of them was the Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl (born 1936), who is the author of the books Life Between Buildings and Public Spaces, Public Life, and New City Spaces.
In recent years Jan Gehl has built up a consultancy firm, consisting of about forty architects and other specialists, called GEHL Architects, Urban Quality Consultants. On their website, GEHL Architects describe their vision:
"Gehl Architects work to create sustainable environments for the 21st century. Our approach to design extends beyond the use of sustainable materials and advocating walking, cycling and alternative transport. We promote a holistic lifestyle."
Jan Gehl is generally credited with coining the verb copenhagenize meaning to transform cities through bicycle culture and urban cycling, but he stresses that Copenhagen was "copenhagenized" gradually, in small steps, with each step being evaluated before the next was taken.
Actually Strøget is not the name of one particular street, but of a series of streets with different names that lead from the City Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv, where the old theater is. (Sort of like the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, which is the collective name for five or six different streets with different official names.)
The official names of the Strøget streets are Frederiksberggade, Gammel Torv, Nytorv, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, Amagertorv and Østergade.
As a non-shopper and a non-consumer of junk food I had little reason to linger on the Strøget, but I did stay long enough to see how popular it is and to take some photos of people walking their bicycles through.
1. Walking her bike in the Strøget
2. Also walking her bike
3. Another one walking her bike
4. They all seem to be walking their bikes
5. Street sign: Strøget, Frederiksberggade 23-29
The Stroget -- or Pedestrian Mall -- in Copenhagen is considered the world's longest pedestrian-only shopping area. It is comprised of five streets that run roughly in a straight line from Tivoli Gardens in the east to Kongens Nytorv square in the west, covering about 1.5 kilometers. This area of cobblestone streets and expensive shops has only existed since the 1960s, but it is assuredly Copenhagen's busiest area.
While walking the Stroget (Danish meaning "to stroll") you will get your fill of shopping and eating, but you will also see several important historic sites including Tivoli Gardens, the Radhaus (City Hall), Holy Ghost Church, Nikolaj Church, and the Royal Theater.
Strøget - the pedestrian street
The world-famous pedestrian street Strøget, is the longest on the planet and inaugurated in November 1962. The shops and department stores along Strøget offer everything from world-famous Danish design to trendy clothing, antiques to e.g. souvenirs.
Even if you don't want to buy any thing it is fun to stroll along th street.
Stroget is Europe's longest city pedestrian street. It goes its way through Copenhagen's old inner city, with shops full of everything you need: clothes, souvenirs, jewelry, cafes, restaurants, fashion shops etc. It was one of the first streets in the world to be turned into a pedestrian street, in 1962.
You'll always find there singing, dancing or acting people, nice buildings through your way, many people and of course - something special :-) I even can't count how many times I've passed through it. Sometimes it's great for shopping, as you can find almost all the shops you need. Sometimes it's nice just to walk through without any rush, watch the people and just enjoy the atmosphere.
And I've read one funny comment of one guy in the Internet about the Stroget. He was so excited to see all these 'models' (Danish girls) walking in Stroget forwards and backwards, forwards and backwards... Hahahaha:-) Maybe this could be a hint for the guys coming to Copenhagen.
But... you won't find the name Stroget on the street signs or on citymaps. But if you ask a Copenhagener where to find Stroget, you will probably get a clear answer.
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Stroget is Copenhagen's longest shopping street. Actually, Stroget is composed by several streets wih their own names (Frederiksbergadde + Vimmelskaftet + Ostergade), but all together make up the Stroget.
Along Stroget you may find the most varied kind of shops, being that I found that the side of the street connecting with Radhuspladsen was the one that pleased me the less - basically some tourist shops and restaurants kind of McDonald's. As you walk past those and head towards Nyahvn / Kongens Nytorv the shops become more pleasing and the streets are wider, lighter and cleaner.
Shopping by the mile
It’s the longest walking street in Europe, and has a great variety of shops, lots of cafés, and several squares along the way. If you start at Rådhuspladsen – City Hall Square (city hall since 1905) – in the first part, in the late 1960, several porn-shops opened here, making this the “naughty” end of Strøget.
A short walk down, the first squares break the street. Nytorv-Gammeltorv is where the town hall used to be. Markings in the cobblestone show where it used to be. Continue along Nygade, past Helligåndskirken – the Church of the Holy Spirit (periodical exhibitions), to Amagertorv, with the Fountain of Storks, where young people have gathered for decades, along with street performers. From Amagertorv walk along Østergade – the posh end of Strøget (where designer shops are more frequent) – to Kongens Nytorv.
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