The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen physically and culturally straddles Europe and Scandinavia. Start your day with a smørrebrød (open rye sandwich) from one of the city’s excellent bagers (bakeries), then head to the city centre to climb to the heights of Rundetårn (round tower) and soak in its incredible views. Art buffs will love the Danish National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, while royalists shouldn’t miss the palaces of Amalienborg. To see how the other half live, visit the unique, brightly coloured buildings of Christiania, a squatting community harking back to the 1970s. For a spot of very well-designed souvenir shopping, head for Strøget and the narrow streets surrounding it. If all that shopping and sightseeing has worked up an appetite, there are plenty of dining options on offer. If your holiday budget will stretch to it, Copenhagen is home to Noma, the world’s best restaurant. For a more wallet friendly option, try a hotdog from Den Økologiske Pølsemand (Døp for short), followed by a snegl (snail), or spiral cinnamon pastry. If you choose self-catering Copenhagen accommodation, you can also save money by taking advantage of Torvehallerne, the city’s newest food market. Here, get a true taste of local life as you stock up on Nordic culinary delights from 60 stalls.
When to go to Copenhagen
For a lively holiday in Copenhagen, you can’t go past a visit in spring or summer, when locals emerge from their hibernation and make the most of the much welcome sunshine. If the weather is warm enough, tourists can even take advantage of Copenhagen’s two harbour baths, Copencabana and Havnebadet. Although cold and dark, a visit in autumn or winter can be lovely too, as this is when the Danes embrace the concept of hyggelige, and foster a cosy atmosphere in cafes, bars and homes alike.
Getting to and around Copenhagen
Most tourists arrive in Copenhagen via flights to Kastrup Airport, 9km from the city centre. Once in Copenhagen, the public transport system is excellent, with fantastic metro, rail and bus services. More adventurous tourists might like to explore Copenhagen by bike – the city is just made for cycling.
Where to stay in Copenhagen
When choosing accommodation in Copenhagen, apartments offer a great alternative to more expensive hotels. HouseTrip has a number of quality self catering apartments in Copenhagen, from studios suitable for singles and couples to large, multi-room properties ideal for families and groups of friends. Plus, HouseTrip makes booking your Copenhagen accommodation easy – you can do it in as little as six clicks.
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