Both its country’s capital city and its most populous, Copenhagen is the hub of all things Danish. Blessed with quaint coloured houses, a thriving nightlife scene, copious landmarks and attractions, and wonderful infrastructure, a visit to Denmark’s number one city is a city break you won’t forget in a hurry.
Here to provide a crash course for your Copenhagen trip, we’ve outlined the things you need to know about the city before visiting. From fabulous food and drink and what temperatures to pack for to popular landmarks and the best place to take a selfie, we’ve got you covered. Researching a holiday can be tough work, so let us help you cope(enhagen). We’re legitimately sorry about that joke, but we’ve said it now so let’s just move on…
By no means a tropical paradise, the weather in Copenhagen can be a bit on the nippy side in the winter and early spring months. Packing a warm coat and gloves is advised when travelling between October and April, as the city turns into a winter wonderland – contributing to a wonderfully festive landscape. The coldest average temperature is found in January when it’s 0°C, and the warmest is in both July and August where the average is 17°C. And if you’re planning on seeing some of the city on two wheels via a rented bicycle, we really can’t stress those gloves enough.
The enduring image of Copenhagen is that of the colourful houses found down by Nyhavn waterfront, and this is definitely somewhere you should visit on your first wander of the city. The perfect place to take a selfie, and thus proving to your friends that you were actually in Copenhagen, there are also a number of great bars and cafés to be found in the surrounding area.
Another synonymous image is that of Tivoli Gardens in the winter months. Decked out like a winter wonderland, the overall festive-ness of it is enough to melt any Scrooge’s heart. Outside of the winter months, it operates in its normal amusement park guise. The park has 25 rides for you to try out and has been open since 1843! The park is open seasonally, so be sure to check the specific opening times before arriving.
Those interested in counter-culture and something a little off the beaten track will find the hippie haven of Freetown Christiania particularly appealing. A place bursting with creativity, you can take in art galleries, music venues, unique restaurants and beautiful scenery – all found within this close-knit community on the outskirts of the city. Another alternative spot to check out is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, found a couple of stops away on the train in Humlebæk.
Those who have a more classic taste in pastimes will find several historic pieces of architecture in Frederiksberg Castle, Christiansborg Palace, and the Royal Danish Theater. If you’re looking for panoramic vistas of the city then head up the centrally located Rundetaarn. And those who want to unwind as they explore will find the Carlsberg Experience a heady mix of the two – giving you a tour and taste of the nation’s finest beer and how it’s produced.
After you’ve explored the city to your heart’s content, you’re going to need to refuel. The city, and country as a whole, is famous for its open sandwiches – known natively as smørrebrød. With a wide selection of toppings ranging from cold to hot, you can choose between such offerings as salmon, chicken confit, and herring. This dish is a must-try and on offer in countless restaurants, but to sample it at its best – try the Michelin-starred Aamans.
If you’re hungry for a quick snack, there aren’t many better options than a danish in Denmark. Head to the oldest bakery - Skt. Peders Bageri – for an incredible cinnamon swirl (other pastries are available).
Though we’ve only been able to scratch the surface of things to do in the Danish capital, we hope that we’ve stoked your interest suitably enough for a Copenhagen city break. There are countless things to do and see while in the city and seeing them is ridiculously easy, either by metro, bus, or simply walking. If you want to see the city for yourself, click the button below and browse our currently available Copenhagen city breaks.