Strøget is a carfree zone in Copenhagen, Denmark. This popular tourist attraction in the centre of town is the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe. The street is bound on the west by The City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen), the central town square by Copenhagen City Hall, and on the east by The King's New Square (Kongens Nytorv), another large square at the other end. But the Strøget area is actually a collection of streets that spread out from this central thoroughfare.
Many of the city's most famous and expensive stores, such as Illums Bolighus, Magasin du Nord, the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, and chain stores, are located along the strip. There are also a multitude of souvenir shops and fast food outlets.
Strøget was created in November 1962 when cars were beginning to dominate Copenhagen's old central streets. During the 1950s the street had closed to traffic for a couple of days at Christmas. In 1962 the closure was "half disguised" as an extended holiday closure, but the road has remained closed since. The idea was controversial, some people believing that the Danes did not have the mentality for "public life" envisioned by such a street, and many local merchants believed the move would scare away business. However it proved a success, and the area soon boasted more shoppers, cafes, and a renewed street life.
From the initial 15,800 square metres of the Strøget, Copenhagen’s pedestrian network has expanded to about 100,000 square metres. The idea has become a model often emulated elsewhere. About 250,000 people use Strøget every day at the height of tourist season in summer, and about 120,000 do so on a winter's day. For many years in the late 20th century, tourists on Strøget enjoyed the spectacle of a large man in full Viking costume, directing them to one of the sweater markets. Today, there is a variety of street entertainment.
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||shopping paradise||That was the first place which I've explored during my stay in Copenhagen. It would be paradise for each shopaholic, I was feeling even overwhelmed by so high number of stores. You can find there wide variety of clothes stores as well as plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafies. If you have some extra...||2012-08-17 10:37:58|