Published: November/December 200948 HOURS
Copenhagen Destination Guide
Photo: Copenhagen
A crayon-box row of pastel townhouses lines the Nyhavn canal in Copenhagen.
Photo by Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson/Keenpress

When the United Nations Climate Change Conference meets in Copenhagen this December, the delegates won't have to look very far for environmental inspiration. An eco-pioneer before going green became stylish, Denmark's capital is seamed by parks, 186 miles of bike paths, and enough serious organic restaurants to earn some of the city's 14 Michelin stars. The once polluted waterfront is now so clean it feeds a network of popular harborside swimming pools—though it doesn't take much to draw nature-oriented Copenhageners outside.

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