Copenhagen Denmark Travel Guide

Visit Denmark's Largest City

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••• Amagertorv Square in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Furya (DSC_0078) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Copenhagen Location:

Copenhagen is located in the eastern portion of Denmark on the island of Zealand. It is the largest city in Denmark with 1.7 million people populating the greater Copenhagen area.

Language:

Danish is a related to both Swedish and Norwegian, but many people in Copenhagen speak English as well.

Getting to Copenhagen from the Airport:

There are two types of airport shuttle services for Copenhagen available for online reservation - you can either reserve a one-way or a round trip shuttle.

See: Copenhagen Airport Shuttles to/from Copenhagen.

Discount and Budget Copenhagen:

A Copenhagen Card is a tourist discount card that can save you money on tours and attractions in Copenhagen.

Denmark is a relatively expensive country, but there are a variety of free and inexpensive things to do in Copenhagen. See our Budget Copenhagen Guide for some money-saving tips.

Dining with Danes:

Wonderful Copenhagen has compiled a list of Copenhagen's Best Restaurants by category.

Want to have a more personal experience with Danish food and hospitality? Find out about Danish life by having dinner with a Danish family through the Dine with the Danes program.

Where to Stay:

The Hotel Windsor is a budget (for Copenhagen) two star hotel in the heart of the city with very high ratings.

If you have a family, or just prefer staying in an apartment in the city like we do, HomeAway offers some interesting apartment options: Copenhagen Vacation Rentals.

Ferries:

Direct ferries connect Copenhagen with Sweden, Norway and Poland. For more on ferry companies, see Directferries Copenhagen.

Kayaking

Yes, you can glide along the waterways in a sea kayak in Copenhagen. A popular provider of such activities is Kayak Republic. They don't just lead you around the bay:

"They have their own bar, Kayak Bar, where "simple but good" food and fresh coffee are served to enjoy under the palm trees on the floating pontoons. Moreover events and concerts are hosted on the water and in the bar."

Copenhagen Coach Tours - Sightseeing:

As Copenhagen is quite spread out, a Copenhagen City Top-on Hop-off tour would save you legs if you wanted to see the sights in a short time. Otherwise, Viator offers many tours of the city and some outside: Viator Tours of Copenhagen (Book Direct)

At the same time you might be interested in the highly-rated Copenhagen Card, also offered by Viator.

Copenhagen Attractions

Tivoli Gardens - A garden park dating from 1843, located in the center of Copenhagen and featuring over 40 restaurants, Jazz venues and classical music events and festivals, as well as amusement rides, games and arcades, and midnight fireworks on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Carlsberg Brewery - Take a self-guided tour with beer tasting afterwords.

Nyhavn district - A seafarer's canal-side haunt best experienced on a summer's night. Formerly hosting seedy bars, tattoo parlors, and brothels, now a tourist favorite for people-watching in outdoor cafes.

Stroget - The pedestrian strolling area of Copenhagen features shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot), the seat of the Danish Parliament. Guided tours through the royal reception rooms and Parliament areas are offered.

Christiania - a "social experiment" with self-government and a democracy based on dialogue replacing majority voting. Christiania was started in an abandoned army barracks in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1971. The current government is not particularly sympathetic with the aims and achievements of Christiania, since soft drugs have been part of the experience.

Top Copenhagen Museums

  • Frihedsmuseet - The Museum of Danish Resistance (unfortunately the museum has burned and the building had to be demolished, but you can see the archives if you're a scholar.)
  • Glyptotek - Collection of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman collections. Also Danish and French fine arts from the 19th and 20th century.
  • National Museet (The National Museum) Denmark's cultural history.
  • Royal Copenhagen Factory and Museum. Selection of priceless porcelain.
  • Museum Erotica - Illustrates erotic history from ancient times to our time.
  • Tøjhusmuseet (The Royal Arsenal Museum)
  • Copenhagen Amber Museum - Exhibition of amber jewelry in one of Copenhagen's best preserved houses from 1606.
  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 40 minutes north of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Weather and Climate

The weather in Copenhagen is seldom extreme. Summer is very pleasant, with highs in the 70's. For climate charts for travel planning, see: Copenhagen Travel Weather.

Around Copenhagen

Frederiksborg Castle and Museum (pictures) - Renaissance castle located in Hillerød, 45 min. by train from Copenhagen.

Kronborg (Hamlet's Castle) in Helsingør, accessible by train from Copenhagen.