The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is a fantastic option for a quick city break overseas, with oodles of charm adding to the friendly vibe that you can expect to find the moment you step off your plane.
The lively city is particularly popular with culture lovers but also features an air of elegance that is well suited to couples seeking to enjoy a touch of romance away from traditional options such as Venice or Rome.
When it comes to paying a visit to Copenhagen, the time of year is something that you might want to take into account; given that the city has four distinct seasons during the year.
Travel in the middle of summer and you can expect to be greeted by temperatures that run into the early 20s, whilst spring and autumn tend to be quite mild – albeit with plenty of sunshine in the sky.
In winter, the temperatures will drop noticeably but that helps to create the magical winter wonderland that brings many visitors in for the festive period.
Take a stroll through the cobbled streets of the city and you’ll be able to marvel at a fascinating blend of old and new architecture, visit impressive museums and galleries, take a cruise along the canal or enjoy a fun filled day at the famous amusement park that sits right in the heart of the city.
A trip to Copenhagen isn’t all about the city however, and you don’t have to go far to be able to explore the countryside – you could even elect to include a trip to a different country if you so desire…
It you’re a lover of food then there are plenty of opportunities to sample traditional Nordic cuisine at the various cafes and restaurants across the city – and you can’t really visit Copenhagen without sitting down to a coffee with a Danish pastry.
Copenhagen also has a vibrant evening scene so expect to find plenty of options when it comes to letting your hair down on an evening in one of the many different bars and clubs.
Often referred to as one of the happiest cities in the world, you won’t need to spend long in Copenhagen to see why.
The Statue of the Little Mermaid is an iconic bronze sculpture that is located on a rock alongside the Langelinie Promenade in the centre of Copenhagen. Based on the fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen, the statue is one of the most visited sites in the city and an icon for Copenhagen around the world.
Located in central Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and dates all the way back to 1843. The park is home to all manner of different rides to cater for all ages, from a wooden rollercoaster than is more than 100 years old to a spectacular virtual reality experience where you’ll come under attack from fire-spitting dragons. Aside from the rides, Tivoli Gardens also plays host to various shows every year.
Christiansborg Palace is located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen and is home to the Danish Parliament and the Supreme Court – amongst other things. Various areas of the palace are used by the Danish monarchy but you can book onto special guided tours to see some of the most impressive sights – such as the Royal Reception Rooms and the Chapel. There is also a viewing platform in the main tower offering the chance to gaze out across the surrounding area.
The Visit Carlsberg Exbeerience is located on the site of the first Carslberg brewery and is the place to go if you want to learn more about the history of one of Denmark’s most famous exports. Visit the Old Brewhouse, take a carriage ride around the Carlsberg District and – of course – sample the produce.
Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and is located in the Frederiksberg are of the city. One of the main attractions within Denmark, the zoo is home to more than 250 different species of animals from across the world and features a huge tower from which you can embrace the views across the parklands and to the city beyond.
Nyhavn is one of the most famous areas of Copenhagen and is known for the colourful houses that line the banks of the canal. The author Hans Christian Andersen once lived in Nyhavn, with a memorial plaque located outside No.67, whilst the modern day area is home to various cafes and bars. It’s a great place to relax whilst listening to live music and during the festive period, becomes a true winter wonderland.
The National Gallery of Denmark is the largest art museum to be found within the country. Situated in the centre of Copenhagen it houses a huge collection of different examples of both Danish and foreign art dating back as far as the 14th century. Take a guided tour or simply browse the collection at leisure; the choice is yours.
Cross the Øresund
Take a trip to Copenhagen and you could even decide to leave Danish soil behind to take a trip over the border to Sweden. The Øresund Bridge carries both road and rail traffic across the Øresund strait, with the bridge connecting running from the Swedish coast to an artificial island where it connects with the Drogden tunnel – completing the link to Denmark.
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