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Stroget (Strøget) - Copenhagen (København) - Walking Street

Strøget is far and away the most famous street in Copenhagen (København). The walking street is 1111 meters long, making it Europe's longest pedestrian street. There are other walking streets in Copenhagen besides Stroget. However, none of them can compare with atmosphere of Copenhagen’s best known street. The street is a wonderful place to go shopping or simply to go for a pleasant stroll, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city.

The street goes from Copenhagens City Hall Square (Rådhusplads) which is near Tivoli to King's New Square (Kongens Nytorv) which is near Nyhavn. Stroget was Denmark's first pedestrian street dating from 1962. It is also one of the world's first completed purpose built walking streets.

Stroget actually consists of multiple streets and squares, so you many notice that the street signs change names as you travel the length of the walking street. Starting by the City Hall Square you will travel through the following streets and squares, never leaving Strøget: Frederiksberggade, Gammeltorv & Nytorv, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, Amagertorv and Østergade, finally arriving in the King's New Square.

In 1967, when Copenhagen celebrated its 800th anniversary Strøget helped set a world record. Along the entire length of the street a coffee table was set up twisting itself through the various streets and squares. This table is the longest coffee table ever erected, and the city's residents and tourists were invited to celebrate the city’s birthday with coffee and rolls.

Amager Square (Amagertorv) was once the square where farmers from the agricultural island of Amager would come and sell their fresh agricultural products to the people of Copenhagen. Amager has since been absorbed into the city, and today the island is also the home of Copenhagen's Airport, Kastrup (Københavns Lufthavn, Kastrup).

In 1894, in an attempt to beautify the city a fountain was place in the center of Amager Square. The fountain is named Stork Spring Water Fountain (Storkespringvandets), and it has long been a popular area of the city for young people to hang-out. Since the 1950’s the Stork Spring Water fountain has been the site of an unusual tradition. Each year newly qualified midwives dance around the fountain to honour the bird that is said to bring babies.

LastUpdate: 2018-02-01 03:10:38