Copenhagen is a cool, clean, safe and cosmopolitan Scandinavian hub. The Danish capital repeatedly ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities, while polls show that its people are among the happiest in the world.
Both modern and historic, Copenhagen is an exciting destination to visit. Enjoying a long heritage that stretches back a millennium to the Viking Age, the city is home of the world's oldest monarchy and is dotted with statues, monuments, canals and cobbled squares. In striking contrast, its culture keenly encourages innovation, and sees the city stand at the forefront of world design, architecture, food, fashion and music.
Population: Approx. 1,100,000
Time Zone: GMT +2 hours
Languages: Danish (official language), many Danes also speak English, German and French.
Currency: Kroner (DKK)
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Copenhagen has an oceanic climate, and experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures sitting between 12°C and 20°C, and long days – reaching a peak of eighteen hours on summer solstice (21 June). Autumn and winter are cold, short and dark, and see locals adopt the Danish concept of hygge (hibernation). Snowfall occurs mainly from late December until early March, and seldom lasts long. Spring is regarded as the best time to visit the city, as the sunshine returns, temperatures quickly soar to 12°C and above, and the weather is favourable.
Name: Copenhagen Airport (Københavns Lufthavn)
Address: Lufthavnsboulevarden 6, 2770 Kastrup, Denmark
Location: Kastrup, 13.3 km, 15 minutes’ drive south west of Copenhagen city centre.
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Taxi: Taxis pick up outside Arrivals Areas at Terminal 1 and 3. A taxi rank reserved for taxis to Sweden is located outside Terminal 3.
Train: A Metro station is located at the end of Terminal 3. The travel time from Norreport Station (central Copenhagen) to the airport/and vice versa is 15 minutes. To reach Copenhagen Central Station, passengers must purchase three zones or more. Tickets for the Metro are available at the Metro station and at the DSB ticket sales counter in Terminal 3.
5 Star Property
The Marriott Hotel captures Copenhagen’s fairy-tale charm with 401 gracefully appointed and elegantly furnished rooms, offering spectacular views of the harbour. Located just 15 minutes’ drive from the airport, the hotel is within easy reach of Central Station, Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace.
5 Star Property
Located on the Island of Amager, within the Islands Brygge group, Stay Apartment Hotel offers convenient access to the National Museum of Denmark and Rosenborg Palace Garden. The hotel features spacious and fully equipped apartments with tasteful decor, and an onsite restaurant and gourmet bakery.
4 Star Property
Situated at Sankt Annes Plads 18, 13km from Copenhagen Airport, Clarion Collection is close to attractions like Amalienborg Palace, Royal Danish Theatre, Kastellet and Stroget shopping street. The hotel’s guestrooms are spacious and stylishly furnished with an array of contemporary amenities.
4 Star Property
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the Phoenix Hotel offers easy access to Amalienborg Castle, Nyhavn Harbour, Nytorv and Stroget shopping street. Elegantly designed, the hotel’s 213 spacious guestrooms are comfortable and come with contemporary amenities. Guests are privy to onsite restaurants, Von Plessen and Murdoch's Books and Ale.
3 Star Property
Found in the historic Town Hall Square, Scandic Palace Hotel is located opposite the Tivoli Gardens, while the shopping street of Stroget is just around the corner. The hotel’s rooms are stylishly designed in various distinct styles, and come with an array of exceptional amenities.
Copenhagen is renowned as Scandinavia's culinary capital. The city has over 2,000 cafes, snack bars and restaurants, and more Michelin-star establishments than any other European city.
The city's main dining areas include, but are not restricted to, downtown’s Nyhavn and Tivoli Gardens, The Meatpacking District in Vesterbro, Sankt Hans Torv in Norrebro, the streets off Stroget, Radhuspladsen (Town Hall Square), Christianshavn, and around Central Railway Station.
The Danes’ love of pastries has seen the country become famous for them. Bageris or konditoris (bakeries) can be found on almost every block, selling Danish pastries in different shapes, sizes and flavours. Located just off Stroeget, the city’s most famous and oldest bageri, La Glace is reputed to serve the best layered cakes in Copenhagen.
Perfectly complementing the country’s love of baked goods, Copenhagen is a coffee paradise. Cafes inundate the city – particularly in areas like Osterbro, Norrebro and Vesterbro – selling delicious blends, which act as the perfect defence for Copenhagen’s cold weather.
Lunch time in the Danish capital is synonymous with the smorrebrod – an open-faced sandwich made on dark rye bread (rugbrod), and stacked with a number of different toppings, such as herring, raw beef, seafood and egg. Other popular Danish foods include cured or smoked fish and meats, Limfjord oysters, Laeso langoustine, eel, plaice, pickled herring, and polser (sausage). Smorrebrods and Danish specialities are served in a number of dining settings throughout the city, from the grandest restaurant to the most humble street cart.
Whole heartedly embracing the concept of hyggelige (cosiness) the Danish love a cosy setting. The cosiest of settings generally exist in the form of a traditional Danish pub called a bodega. Bodegas attract a broad clientele, from old locals to young hipsters, all enjoying cheap beers or Danish bitters. Many of the city’s bodegas date back to the 18th century and provide great insight into Copenhagen’s long history.
In a more modern take on drinking, wine bars have become a hit concept in Copenhagen.
A flourishing array of cocktail and wine bars see the city bustle with afterhours activity, particularly in areas like Grabrodretorv (Grey Friars Square), Studiestraede in the Latin quarter, and Bohemian Nansensgade.
Shopping in Copenhagen is about quality, rather than quantity. Showcasing extraordinary talent, individuality and innovation in design and art, the city is renowned for its unique and exceptional retail experiences.
Downtown is Copenhagen’s most established shopping district, home to renowned shopping street Stroeget, youth hub The Latin Quarter and trendy retail belt Krystalgade. Stroeget is Denmark’s most prominent shopping strip – the longest pedestrian street in the world, lined with opportunities to suit all budgets and tastes. Just a few blocks west, the Latin Quarter caters to its university student population with boutiques selling vintage clothes, street fashions, jewellery and leather. While only minutes’ north, the area around Krystalgade – most notably Kobmagergade – features trendy boutiques selling both Danish and international designer wares.
North of the downtown area, the tranquil corner of town known as Osterbro hosts sophisticated small boutiques. Nordre Frihavnsgade is particularly worth exploring, boasting a variety of shops, selling everything from quaint china to 1950’s furniture and retro radios.
Further north again, Hellerup boasts impressive houses and cars, and equally impressive retail opportunities. Boutiques selling children's clothing, fashionable clothing and shoes, and on-trend furniture, arts and crafts dot the area.
South of downtown, Vesterbro is gaining a reputation as the city’s hippest and most fashionable district. Home to Copenhagen’s red light district, Vesterbro is undergoing a process of gentrification. Streets like Vesterbrogade and Istedgade are peppered with bars, restaurants and designer stores, while the Meatpacking District attracts the city’s coolest crowds.
Across the Peblinge So lake, just minutes from the city centre, the cool and casual neighbourhood of Norrebro is home to fashionable designer shops and antique dealers. Streets like Elmegade and Ravnsborggade are go-tos for vintage clothing and second-hand furniture. Adhering to the retro theme of the neighbourhood, Norrebro is home to the city’s most renowned flea market, the Norrebro Flea Market.
Outside Copenhagen, the district of Frederiksberg brims with excellent shopping opportunities. Frederiksberg’s main street, Gammel Kongevej (Kings Road) is lined with historic buildings housing clothing shops, cafes, organic supermarkets and delicatessens.