A Guide to Copenhagen
Copenhagen frequently ranks as one of the happiest cities in the world, possibly partly because of the Danish concept of ‘hygge’. In case you haven’t heard of it, ‘hygge’ is a feeling of comfort and cosy contentment which is derived from experiencing simple pleasures. The Danish capital is home to a wealth of historical buildings, but is at the cutting edge of design. It’s a compact city and its cobbled streets are easy to explore by bike or on foot – or you can take a boat and enjoy the views from the water.
If you can, do try cycling when you’re in the city. Copenhagen is said to be the most cycle-friendly city in the world. There are rental bikes and safe, separate cycle lanes all over the place – in fact, Copenhagen has over 300 miles of cycle expressways and there are now more bikes than cars in the city!
A walking tour is a good way to get an overview of the city – you can book free tours through the official Visit Copenhagen website, where you just pay what you think the tour is worth at the end. With walking tours covering all manner of themes like; food, history, Jazz music, films, fairy tales, ‘weird walks’ and ghosts, exploring Copenhagen on foot can be a very interesting time.
Tivoli is the world’s second oldest amusement park (it dates from 1843) and it’s right in the city centre and very easy to get to. Tivoli’s thrill-seeking rides, live music shows, historic buildings and lush gardens mean that it offers something for everyone.
The colourful houses and vintage boats of picturesque Nyhavn are a great place to stop and take photos. The boats have been stranded here since a bridge got stuck in the 1960s and now beautiful old houses and excellent restaurants dominate this old commercial port.
In the heart of Copenhagen Harbour, Paper Island gets its name from its abandoned paper storage warehouses, which these days are home to creative companies, cafes and a vibrant street food market.
The first ever Carlsberg brewery is located in Valby on the outskirts of the city, and if you go there you can tour the buildings (in a horse drawn carriage if you wish), taste their world-famous beers and learn about its production and history.
The Little Mermaid statue is one of Copenhagen’s most famous attractions. The work was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and was donated to the city by a Danish brewer. Believe it or not, the bronze sculpture is only 1.25 metres high.
Copenhagen offers a wealth of fantastic restaurants, cafes, food shops and street food markets, from the world-famous Noma restaurant to stalls selling open sandwiches, which are a Danish speciality.
If you have time, you can take a train from Copenhagen to Malmö in Sweden. The train leaves from Copenhagen Central Station and travels across Öresund Bridge, which links Denmark and Sweden.
When to go
Summer is the most popular time to visit Copenhagen, as the days are long and outdoor attractions, such as the Tivoli, are open. Winter sees short days and cold weather, but there are Christmas markets in December and there’s always ‘hygge’ to be found if you look for it!
Over to you
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