“The world’s longest pedestrian street,” “the longest shopping in Europe” – if these aren’t words that would interest any visitor to Copenhagen then nothing else will. Situated between Raadhuspladsen and Kongens Nytorv is the carfree-zone of Stroget, a favorite haunt among locals and a popular site for tourists. It is said that the area has about 250,000 foot traffic per day, which peaks during the summer.
Spanning about 3.2 kilometers, Stroget is actually made up of several streets: Frederiksberggade, Gammel Torv/Nytorv, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, Amagertorv and Ostergade. It was created in the 1960s as an answer to the increasing volume of traffic in the city centre, first tested out as a two-day road closure for the holidays. The area has never been open to motorists since then and after over 45 years, Stroget is now a model for pedestrian-friendly zones around the world.
The area has since blossomed as one of Copenhagen’s lively entertainment districts. It is lined with practically every urban creature comfort one can think of – from restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bistros, theatres, museums and art galleries, specialty and gift shops, department stores to exclusive boutiques.
There is something for everyone in Stroget – from budget-friendly fast foods and clothing stores which can mostly be found towards the Raadhusplasen side to high-end and luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Prada, Illums Bolighus, Magasin du Nord and the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory going towards the Ostergade and Kongens Nytorv side. Every noontime, the street comes alive with music from the Royal Guard which marches across Stroget to Amalienborg Palace.