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A visit to the capital of Denmark is like taking a trip straight into a fairy tale. Copenhagen combines a fascinating heritage and history alongside stylish modern designs. Discover the charming town with its beautiful harbours, cycling culture and excellent public transport links and find out why Copenhagen is so highly praised for its quality of life.

Discover the origins of Copenhagen as a 12th century fishing village and learn all about the Vikings in The National Museum, and then sample that original produce with a little fresh fish in deNyhavn (New Harbour). The Danish capital is situated on the strait between the North and Baltic Sea and its northern location brings long, cold winters, but visitors will appreciate how magic the city looks covered in snow.

In the summer, the parks and the neighbourhoods on the waterfront come to life, and Tivoli Gardens open their doors. In this central location you’ll find one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Kids will also love Copenhagen Zoo. Go on to the Amalienborg Palace to see where the Danish royal family lives. Walk or bike from there along the waterfront to the statue of the Little Mermaid, inspired by the beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Most of Copenhagen’s top attractions are covered by the Copenhagen Card, letting you explore the best the city has to offer without breaking the bank.

Along with the colourful houses, The Round Tower also seems like something straight out of a fairytale, like those by the of the popular Danish children’s author. To get the best view of this dream-like city, climb the vantage point at the corkscrew-shaped spire of the 17th-century Church of Our Saviour; from the windows it is easy to see why so many people fall in love with Copenhagen.

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Where to stay in Copenhagen

Nyhavn featuring night scenes, a marina and a city

Copenhagen City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,275 area reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens, captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Copenhagen City Centre. Top attractions like Nyhavn and Copenhagen Opera House are major draws. Catch the metro at Kongens Nytorv Station or Gammel Strand Station to see more of the city.

Copenhagen City Centre
Amager, Copenhagen, Denmark

Amager

4/5Very Good!(72 area reviews)

Shopping, architecture and cafes highlight some notable features of Amager. Make a stop by Royal Arena or Fields Shopping Centre while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Sundby Station or DR Byen Station to get around town.

Amager
Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Vesterbro

4/5Very Good!(77 area reviews)

Vesterbro is a destination travellers like for its restaurants, and you might hop aboard the metro at Carlsberg S-Train Station or Enghave Plads Station to explore sights like Vega.

Vesterbro
Norrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Norrebro

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Well liked for its restaurants and live music, Norrebro is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Stengade and Assistants Cemetery, and jump on the metro at Nørrebros Runddel Station to get around the city.

Norrebro
Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Osterbro

3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)

The restaurants and waterfront are just a few things visitors like about Osterbro. Parken Stadium and Faelledparken are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Poul Henningsens Plads Station or Copenhagen Nordhavn Station to get around the larger area.

Osterbro
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Indre By

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

While you're in Indre By, take in top sights like Nyhavn or Copenhagen Opera House, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Marmorkirken Station or Kongens Nytorv Station.

Indre By

Top hotels in Copenhagen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
4 out of 5
Ellehammersvej 20, Kastrup
£123
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from The Blue Planet Aquarium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Amager Beach Park and Fields Shopping ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (8,395 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Solid English tv channel selection too."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Hotel Kong Arthur
Hotel Kong Arthur
4 out of 5
Nørre Søgade 11, Copenhagen
£91
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

This family-friendly Copenhagen hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Workers Museum, University of Copenhagen and Botanical ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,209 reviews)

"Liked the situation,the breakfast and 'hygge'hour.Spa and gym facilities were a bit disappointing."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Hotel Kong Arthur
CPH Studio Hotel
CPH Studio Hotel
3 out of 5
Krimsvej 29, Copenhagen
£67
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in Amager, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Amager Beach Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Copenhagen Opera House and Nyhavn. National Museum of Denmark ...

4/5Very Good! (2,071 reviews)

"Quite unique, chilled staff all friendly, helpful and accommodating. Having said that, the eating area and bedroom could've done with brighter even lighting(personal preference) and not all staff appeared to know Breakfast started at 7am as i experienced on my first morning. The reception area would ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

CPH Studio Hotel

Popular things to do in Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens
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Tivoli Gardens

4.5/5(337 reviews)

This action-packed amusement park in the heart of Copenhagen is a great destination for families. It is one of the oldest theme parks in the world.

Nyhavn
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Nyhavn

4.5/5(524 reviews)

Copenhagen’s historic harbor precinct has been transformed into a quaint entertainment area full of restaurants and taverns.

Little Mermaid
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Little Mermaid

3.5/5(464 reviews)

The sculpture of Denmark’s favorite fairy tale character has been an icon for the city for over a century.

Copenhagen Opera House
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Copenhagen Opera House

4/5(70 reviews)

Designed by a famous architect from Denmark, this waterfront venue attracts both opera and architecture lovers from around the world.

Rosenborg Castle
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Rosenborg Castle

4.5/5(250 reviews)

See the decadence that surrounded former Danish royals in this grand building or relax in the surrounding Kings Garden.

Botanical Garden
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Botanical Garden

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Visit splendid greenhouses and see the national flower of Denmark at this beautifully landscaped university research facility in the heart of the city.

Top activities in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Card: 70+ Attractions on 1 Card
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Copenhagen Card: 70+ Attractions on 1 Card

92% of travellers recommend
£44
Per adult
Hamlet and Sweden Tour - two countries in one day!
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Hamlet and Sweden Tour - two countries in one day!

86% of travellers recommend
£92
Per adult
Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

86% of travellers recommend
£23
Per adult
Tivoli Gardens Skip-the-Line Admission Monday to Friday
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Tivoli Gardens Skip-the-Line Admission Monday to Friday

90% of travellers recommend
£14
Per adult
Harbor & Canal Cruise with optional Tivoli Gardens tickets
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Harbor & Canal Cruise with optional Tivoli Gardens tickets

88% of travellers recommend
£11
Per adult
Arrival Private Transfer: Copenhagen Airport CPH to Copenhagen City by Minibus
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Arrival Private Transfer: Copenhagen Airport CPH to Copenhagen City by Minibus

£57
Per adult

Reviews of Copenhagen

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
685
5 - Excellent 70.61855670103093%
4 - Good
255
4 - Good 26.288659793814432%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 2.577319587628866%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 0.41237113402061853%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.10309278350515463%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 21, 2020

To be able to cycle around the city safely was amazing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Watch out for pick pockets around Tivoli. Had an encounter with a group of 3 men who tried to take things from my bag.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Copenhagen is a large city there’s something for everyone would go back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

Very safe, clean, lots to see & do but nothing is cheap!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

It was ok, very developed and modern, not a special spirit and very expensive.

5/5 - Excellent

Christian

Feb 3, 2020

Most museums are closed on Monday!!!! Copenhagen Tourist Card good value if you are doing more than 8 tourist attractions but expect to pay on top in attractions for example climbing tower at city hall Copenhagen was friendly and would come back.

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