Welcome to Copenhagen!
The premier capital of Northern Europe is Scandinavia's most fantastic city and the center of the most dynamic region in Europe, the Øresund Region. The city is one of Europe's oldest capitals with an exclusive royal touch - the monarchy in Denmark is the oldest in the world. Here you’ll find what you need to know about the beautiful city of Copenhagen!
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Copenhagen, also known as Kongens village, has beautiful docksides to wander along and the famous pedestrian promenade Stroget (Stroget) which stretches from the Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv. There are plenty of stores, large malls, restaurants and cafes. Among the throngs of people, you can even find an occasional good theater or street musician.
Many people travel to Copenhagen to visit the famous Tivoli amusement park or Copenhagen Zoo (Zoological definatley). At the Sound, next to the Öresund Bridge, you will find The Blue Planet (National Aquarium Denmark), which is Northern Europe's largest aquarium. The popular amusement park "Bakken" or Dyrehavsbakken is located north of town. This park was opened back in 1583 and is regarded as the world's oldest amusement park.
Denmark is home to the world's oldest monarchy and the royal capital is home to a number of beautiful castles. The Amalienborg Palace serves as the royal couple's home in winter, while during the warmer part of the year they spend their time in the Summer Palace Marselisborg or else in the Queen's summer residence Gråsten Palace. Copenhagen is also is home to the beautiful castles of Christiansborg and Rosenborg.
Denmark consists of a multitude of islands and the peninsula of Jutland. Copenhagen is located partly on the island of Zealand and partly on the island of Amager. Right in the center is the Folketing (Danish Parliament) and the cathedral Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady). Another popular attraction is the observatory Tycho Brahe Planetarium. In Copenhagen, like one beer and town houses several old breweries, the Stock Exchange and Brygghuset on Slotsholmen. You can also visit Carlsberg's first brewery and for interested parties the “Visit Carlsberg” museum can be worth a visit.
Copenhagen is a coastal town and the shoreline outside the citadel sits the little mermaid - a well-known sculpture that depicts the protagonist of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid". Anyone who wants to take a dip find several fine beaches around the city. There is a harbor bath on Bruges (Bryggen) Island and the new Amager Beach. Both of these attractions also offer a wide range of leisure activities in addition to swimming. In the city there are also several beautiful parks, which Kongens Have, Amager Fælled and the botanical park botanical Have.
The history of Denmark goes back a long ways and to learn about it you will find a variety of interesting museums in the capital. The Copenhagen Museum (Copenhagen City Museum) depicts the town's history from archaeological times to the present. There is also the National Museum and the New Carlsberg Glyptotek (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek). The latter is located in a beautiful building close to Tivoli Gardens and has a focus on Mediterranean culture. Among the displays at Glypotek are Egyptian sarcophagi, statues, as well as Danish and French 1900s Art.
Also in Copenhagen you will find a considerable collection of fine art galleries and museums, among them; the city's Museum of Art, Thorvaldsens Museum, and The Hirschsprungske Collection. Charlotte's art gallery is one of Europe's largest exhibition halls for contemporary art. A couple miles south of the city lies the Arken Museum of Modern Art, which often shows interesting exhibits. In Humlebaek, just north of the city, there is the world famous art museum Louisiana (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art).
The defense historical Tojhusmuseet shows Danish military history from the 1500s to today. Guinness World Records, visitors can familiarize themselves with crazy and improbable world record. Children usually often appreciate a visit to the A Dingding World (Ripley's Believe It or Not!), Which is packed with exciting experiments and unusual objects, like a calf with two heads. More science is at the Zoological Museum (the Natural History Museum of Denmark).
As a tribute to Denmark's most famous children's author, there is also the HC Andersen Eventyrhuset. In this museum you can relive his childhood and listen to episodes from fairy tales "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Match Girl". Moreover, one can visit the author's study and learn more about his life story.
Copenhagen has many good hotels to choose from. You will find everything from the more economical hostels and budget hotels in bed and breakfast-style to first class luxury hotels that provide excellent services such as, concierge and room service meals. The finest hotels have excellent city center locations and nice view of the water or one of the city's green parks. Some also have a spa with wonderful treatments that are good for both body and soul.
Denmark is known for its good design and at the shopping street Stroget are many top quality fashion and design shops. Here are jewelry from Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen and Georg Jensen Silver, as well as the prestigious porcelain manufacturer Royal Copenhagen. In Stroget you can find clothing chains, branded shops and department stores such as Illum and Magasin du Nord. All are welcome and there is something for every budget, which you prefer, H & M or Gucci.
There are also good opportunities to shop organic. The middle of town is Torvehallerne, which is Copenhagen's covered market with its many shops and delicacies. It offers both food, chocolate, wine and spirits. The Old Quarter you will find the venerable AC Perch's Thehandel, with a large assortment of teas. Also nearby are several well-known chocolate manufacturers and bakeries.
Most people arrive in Copenhagen by train or airplane. Kastrup international airport is located 7 km south of the city, on the island of Amager. You can reach the city center easily by local train or metro. If you travel with Copenhagen by train (DSB Intercity or ICE) step instead of at the Central Station, located in the city center.
There are very good public transport options in the city. The city and the newer parts of Amager runs regional trains in the tunnel. There is also the S-train (S-trains) which is a mixture between local train and subway. To complement the classical subway (metro) and local trains that run to the outskirts of the city. Moreover, there are bus lines and bus port which zigzag between stations.
Copenhagen city center is compact and many Danes prefer sustainable modes of getting around such as walking or cycle, to get around quickly in the city. Many hotels have bicycles for rent. Getting around by car can be difficult for tourists to find parking is not always easy - in addition, it is often expensive. From the port you can travel by ferry to Swinucije, Oslo and the island of Bornholm. From here depart also cruise to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic Sea.
There are several taxi companies in Copenhagen, there are usually plenty of taxis. If the sign on the roof and the front window is lit, the car is available to hail, but you can call and book travel. Debit cards are accepted but you have to inform the driver before starting the journey, that it's supposed to pay by card. As a traveler, you should always get a receipt after completion of the process.
Here at Copenhagen.com we provide you with many good tips on activities and sights to enrich your stay in Copenhagen. If you want to see a lot in a short time and without having to strain yourself taking a trip on the canal boats is recommended. Channel tour round trips depart from Nyhavn and Gammel Strand 26. There are also many hop-on-hop-off boats that go all the way between naval fort Tre Kronor in the north and Fisketorvet in the south.
Many people start their visit with a guided tour or city tour. There are both publicly organized and smaller, private tours with special themes available. Some examples are beer tasting, food and culture. There are also guided historical tours of the city. You can include visits to the curiosities about Hans Christian Andersen and the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, which is representative of the time period is known as the Danish Golden Age.
A convenient way to experience the city is to use the hop-on hop-off buses. When you decide for yourself where and when you want to go on and off. Additionally, you can choose how long you want to stay in each place. For those who want more excitement it is possible to go on a private cruise or boat trip. Then you can experience the sights from the water and experience a great panoramic view of the city.
Many visitors also choose to do day trips outside the city and visit the Swedish city of Malmo, Hans Christian Andersen's Odense and the Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, which is Prince Hamlet's home in the famous Shakespeare play.
The annual Whitsun Carnival has been organized in Copenhagen since 1982. The event has been described as "Northern Europe's largest spectacle" and draws a huge amount of visitors every year. Another great event that goes on every year in the city in late August is Northern Europe's largest food festival - Copenhagen Cooking. Many people also travel to Denmark to visit the Roskilde Festival which which begins at the end of June every year, with a variety of bands and live music while the venue is located outside the city many people spend a few days in Copenhagen before or after the show.
The town has several large convention centers such as Forum Copenhagen, Bella Center and Øksnehallen which often host international fairs and conferences. The Medical Valley is on the outskirts of the city has large biomedical centers where many conferences are held. In Copenhagen also organized the annual Pride Festival and Copenhagen Pride. It has large venues, as Denmark's national stadium Parken, Brondby Stadium and the newly built Royal Arena, which is expected to open in autumn in 2016.
The park (Telia park) is located in Österbro and FC Copenhagen and the national football team's home stadium. Besides football matches, one can see ice hockey, athletics, equestrian and enjoy great concerts with Danish and international artists.
Indre by Indre village or city is in the heart of Copenhagen and includes the city's oldest district with small, narrow streets and picturesque houses. Here right in the city center you will find Stroget, the Nyhavn harbor district, Tivoli Gardens and the Central Station. Stroget is said to be the host's longest pedestrian street, but really it is composed of several shorter streets that link together. Among the medieval winding streets and irregular squares are also Kongens Nytorv Square and the City Hall Square.
Østerbro A neighborhood that in recent years has become one of the city's most attractive neighborhoods. Along the pleasant shopping district Østerbrogade you will find with intermingled delis, stores for interior decoration, design and vintage items. You will also find here some of Copenhagen's best restaurants and the famous Fælledparken, which is Denmark's largest public park. Österbro is located near the sea, with the new beach park Svanemøllen and The Little Mermaid landmark.
Nørrebro The old working class area of Nørrebro has in recent years turned into one of Copenhagen's hottest neighborhoods. On Elmegade and Jægersborggade there are many designer shops and Ravnsborggade offers fine antique shops. There are also trendy bars and fashion boutiques in the area. The multi-cultural neighborhood offers a lively street life and great street food from around the world.
Vesterbro Vesterbro area is located just beyond the main railway station and extends along Vesterbro Gate and Istedgade. This was formerly the city's red light district, but in recent years the area has been improved significantly. There are many hotels and restaurants and a little further away is the popular Istedgade. In the area you will also find Sønder Boulevard and Köttbyn (Kødbyen), with the city's most popular restaurants and nightspots. The old housing market Øksnehallen has been transformed into a bright, modern exhibition hall.
Fredriksberg Frederiksberg is one of the finer parts of Copenhagen with the Frederiksberg Castle and the beautiful castle gardens Frederiksberg Garden and Sondermarken. At the main street Gammel Kongevej there are plenty of exclusive shops, cafes and restaurants.
Christianshavn This port is located in the Indre village and is famous for its well-preserved houses in the old Dutch style, which have been here since the port was founded in the 1600s. The model was Dutch canal cities and therefore also called Christianshavn "Little Amsterdam". This neighborhood also is home to the old church of Our Saviour.
Christiania On the island of Amager is the famous neighborhood of Christiania, which is a haven for hippies, dissidents and other original people, seeking an alternative lifestyle. In the area was formerly a military barracks and the old buildings have been converted into homes. It also contains small houses, caravans and other creative home construction. Many tourists visit the district to enjoy the creative atmosphere and experience the interesting art and culture. There is some drug usage and one should not visit the neighborhood in the evening if you don’t want to be exposed.
Nyhavn Nyhavn is a cosy harbor neighborhood which abounds with people who want to enjoy a cold beer and feel the salty winds. There are numerous of taverns and restaurants to enjoy. Nyhavn is located next to Kongens Nytorv in central Copenhagen, and there are plenty of charming old houses. The canal was dug by Swedish prisoners of war 1671-1673, as an alternative to the former harbor.
Copenhagen is a vibrant city that has an amazing cultural scene. Here you can enjoy theater, music and various performances, as well as the classic outdoor activities and sports bars. At Kongens Nytorv lies the Royal Theatre (Royal Theater) and the Copenhagen Opera. Other theaters in the city include Oestre Gasværk Theatre, Nørrebro Teater and Folketeatret (People's Theatre).
On weekends the inner city seethes with life long into the small hours of the morning. At Stroget and Nyhavn are a variety of traditional Danish bars or pubs, often with large outdoor terraces. These usually have a cozy atmosphere and serve cold beer or lager. In Copenhagen, there are plenty of micro-breweries and some of these have their own beer bars, where one can sample the different varieties of beer.
In Copenhagen you can also find many modern party venues such as nightclubs, discos and underground clubs. Nørrebro is a popular area - especially the area around Sankt Hans Torv. The best nightlife is said to be found in Vesterbro, in Kødbyen and on Istedgade street. In many parts of the city you can also find fashionable wine houses and cocktail bars, where the city's more sophisticated people love to enjoy a glass.
Copenhagen is famous as a gastronomic city and has more Michelin stars than any other city in Northern Europe. The best known restaurant is Noma, which for years has been named the world's best restaurant on Restaurant Magazine's list. In addition to well-known restaurants with innovative menus you will find gourmet quality even eating pastry with chocolate or traditional open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød). Royal Smushi Café serves a modern variant that can be likened to a mixture of open-faced sandwiches and sushi. In the city there are also several indoor markets that sell wine, sausages (pølse) and cheeses - a paradise for gourmets.
Copenhagen has an open coast both the south and east sides and therefore it is often windy. The city has typical coastal climate with cold winters and hot summers. The warmest time of the year is usually in July and August and then a hotel with air conditioning is preferable. During the winter it is colder, but not always below freezing. Snow can occur but seldom stays on the ground for long.
The city is alive with activity and there are often different activities like concerts, international trade shows,
conferences and other events going on at any given time. There are plenty of hotels, but on some occasions like
Copenhagen Pride and Pentecost Carnival, the hotels can book up quickly. Please book a place in advance to be sure
you get a place that best meets your needs - especially if you have special requests regarding your accommodation.
Price wise, Copenhagen is a rather expensive city to stay in. Many of the finer restaurants take good money and food and drink on the street can cost a pretty penny. But at the same time, there are affordable options - especially in neighborhoods like Nørrebro. The entrances to theme parks and other activities are likely to cost a lot, but you can also just stroll around and enjoy the city's atmosphere and beautiful parks.
In Denmark during major holidays are the shops closed. It is helpful to find out in advance, to avoid the risk that everything is closed when you get there. The stores also have relatively limited opening hours, which are regulated by "lukkeloven" or closing law. This has been mitigated a bit in recent years.
You can purchase a discounted Tivoli Package, which includes hotel, meals and admission to Tivoli Gardens. Wallman Copenhagen also offers packages with hotel and a dinner show which means dinner and entertainment in the Wallman Cirkusbygningen. Tivoli has a yearly Christmas market and this event tends to be both popular and highly evocative.
For tourists the Copenhagen card is a smart way to save money. This card entitles the holder, for example, to free travel on public transport and free admission to many of the city's museums and attractions such as the Visit Carlsberg museum and many others.