Orestad has been dubbed as "Denmark's Dubai". Until recently little more than unclaimed heathland, the area on Amager island between city and airport is now a brave new world of urban development and cutting-edge architectural projects, from high schools and student housing to business hotels and concert halls.
See & Do
While many visitors come to Orestad to see its examples of visionary architecture, it's still possible to find peace and quiet in outside activities in this neighborhood. The rural attractions of Naturcenter Vestamager include picnics by the lake and horseback riding, while a daytrip to fishing village Dragør seems many miles from downtown Copenhagen. Thanks to the Oresunds Bridge, Sweden and Malmo are on your doorstep.
While Orestad is too young a district to have many neighborhood bars, it can boast one of the most notable concert halls in Scandinavia, DR's Koncerthuset - an architectural pearl designed by noted French architect Jean Nouvel. Not strictly in Orestad but nearby on Holmen island, the Opera House of the Royal Danish Theatre rivals it both as landmark and venue.
Orestad is ideally located for the business traveler: It's well connected by road and Metro to both airport and downtown areas, and convenient for Swedish visitors. Orestad boasts some of Denmark's largest hotels, and these purpose-built high-rises provide modern rooms, eco-friendly buildings and the latest in conference facilities. All price categories are catered for, from the budget Cabinn Metro to the more luxury Bella Sky Comwell and Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers.
You probably didn't imagine a trip to the mall in your planned visit to Denmark, but modern development Orestad is home to Scandinavia's largest shopping center, Field's. The vast complex is located right next to its own Metro station and comprises more than 140 stores, plus a good selection of restaurants and entertainment options.