It’s easy to see why Copenhagen ranks as one of the world’s best cities; it’s big enough to have world-class museums, restaurants and attractions while small enough to make them easily accessible.
Mix this with a huge dollop of Danish cool and some of the best green credentials in Europe and it tops the bucket list for a delightful city break. The Danish capital has the enviable ability to blend nostalgia with cool: one minute you’re in Christianshavn, strolling along a cobbled street with roses and hollyhocks growing out of the pavement; the next, you’re discovering bold, modern architecture along the revitalised waterfront or hanging with the hipsters among the bars of Vesterbro and Nørrebro.
The Danes take quality of life seriously and it shows - Copenhagen is a city success story that really works for locals and tourists alike. Just wander the pretty streets getting your hygge fix in cosy, candlelit cafés and when the thermometer rises in the summer, you can cool off along the beaches and harbour pools. Although Denmark is famous for being expensive, the huge array of public spaces are free for everyone to enjoy.
Copenhagen must sees
The Copenhagen Card is a must if you want to visit museums, take a cruise and explore in and outside of the city. Here are our top tips on discovering this centre of cool.
Kronborg Castle is probably the most famous Danish castle, known worldwide from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Once home to the royal family until the late 17th century, a tour of the castle will take you through beautifully decorated rooms with renaissance and baroque interiors.
Amalienborg Palace is a must for anyone with a taste for royal history. Experience the museum and sense the present of one of the world’s oldest monarchies where you can watch the changing of the guards from the beautiful palace square.
Nyhavn is the perfect place to take a break on the quay. Originally a busy commercial port packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses, today the colourful buildings have been renovated and filled with tourists and locals alike enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.
The Danish Architecture Center (DAC) dominates the waterfront and shows exhibitions focusing on city development and architectural wonders. Understandably striking, it hosts a magnificent rooftop café with outstanding views of the city.
The aptly named The Black Diamond is just a few hundred metres along the river. A modern extension to the Royal Library; the building’s shiny, black facets mirror the sea and the sky at the harbour front. A large incision cleaves the building into two formations and gives light to the atrium inside. Grab one of the many deck chairs to take in the view and watch the world go by.
When night falls head to the Tivoli Gardens. Founded in 1843, it has become a national treasure and an international attraction. There’s something for everyone, and once the sun sets, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale setting that is completely unique.