Copenhagen is often lauded as one of the most liveable cities in the world—and for a good reason. The charming Scandinavian capital boasts a wealth of cultural attractions, world-class dining and shopping, and lovely green spaces.
Where to stay
Copenhagen offers a wide range of accommodation, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury hotels. Nimb Hotel at Tivoli Gardens is a five-star hotel and conference centre featuring luxury suites with traditional Danish décor, some with a balcony overlooking the gardens and restaurants.
Skt. Petri hotel, located in the heart of Copenhagen, is close to City Hall Square. It is full of modern comforts and amenities combined with personalised service options designed to make your visit comfortable and memorable.
The Copenhagen Admiral Hotel or The Royal Hotel offer luxury accommodations with spectacular waterfront views of the city. The central location of the historic Hotel d’Angleterre makes it convenient for visitors to sightsee around this beautiful city by day and experience its vibrant nightlife by night.
What to do
Founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen has a rich history, from its medieval origins to its modern-day status as a global city. From the reign of Christian IV to the present day, the city has undergone numerous transformations, becoming one of Europe’s most progressive and environmentally conscious cities. Exploring the treasures of Copenhagen is an experience like no other.
Take a day to peruse the renowned National Museum of Denmark, a museum steeped in history and culture. Then head to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located on the shore of the Øresund Sound. Filled with works from world-renowned artists, the museum has one of the largest collections in Scandinavia. Whether admiring paintings by Monet and Picasso or ogling ancient artefacts, the museums and art galleries offer something for everyone.
Wander around some stunning landmarks such as Christiansborg Palace and the Round Tower from which you can see stunning views of the many canals in the city. Or perhaps you might tour the Old Town’s cobblestone streets. Strolling through the beautiful parks is a must, from the peaceful Frederiksberg Have, which boasts stunning greenhouses and unusual sculptures, to the historical Rosenborg Castle Garden, where you can get lost in its storybook atmosphere.
The Little Mermaid statue is a must-see while in Copenhagen and makes for a beautiful photo opportunity. Lastly, one of the major attractions is Tivoli Gardens – an old amusement park with delightful gardens and rides perfect for all ages
Food & Drink
Copenhagen is a food-lovers paradise, boasting some of the world’s most famous restaurants and Michelin-starred establishments. Noma was once ranked as one of the best restaurants in the world – and for good reason. Its seasonal menu of local seafood, vegetables, wild herbs and plants is truly one-of-a-kind.
If you are hungry for something with more of a homely feel then check out Selma where her delicious Danish speciality dishes. Or why not visit Harry’s Place for classic smørrebrød (open sandwiches) with a contemporary twist? For an exquisite dining experience look no further than Geranium that has garnered rave reviews among gourmets in Copenhagen and beyond. The foodie scene here has never been so exciting.
There is no better place for an apéro than Copenhagen, a city best explored one drink at a time. Whether you are looking for the best bars near the world-famous Nyhavn waterfront or quaint local haunts, there is something for everyone. At Strøm Bar and Lidkoeb, classic cocktails and fresh seasonal flavours reign supreme.
Ved Stranden 10 and Andy’s Bar are great spots to sip delicious craft brews outdoors. If you are ready to get serious about your beer journey, then head over to Ørsted Ølbar. Duck and Cover go above and beyond with its impeccable selection of old-school classics, while K-Bar is exactly what you need if you have a hankering for some natural wines.
How to get around
Copenhagen is the perfect city to explore. Visitors with a sense of adventure can easily get around by public transport, bikes and even canal boats. Water taxis are a brilliant way for tourists to see the sights. Taxis are always an option but may be somewhat expensive if you are planning on exploring the whole city. For an affordable tour, hop on one of the many colourful buses or make use of the sophisticated public transportation system that covers most areas in Copenhagen.
When to visit
The best time to visit Copenhagen is during the summer, from late May through September, when temperatures are balmy and the sounds of festivals and concerts fill the air. During this stretch of the year, you can truly appreciate why Copenhagen is such a wonderful city for outdoor activities. A couple of notable annual events you should attend include the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July – it is a must-see for any music lover — and the Distortion Street Party in June, which celebrates street culture with one of Europe’s largest mobile festivals.
Copenhagen is a small city with a big personality with plenty to keep visitors entertained throughout their stay.
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