Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, with a population of 1,280,371, and is located on the east side of Sielan Island, 42 kilometers northwest of Malmö, Sweden, and 164 kilometers northeast of Odense. The Danish krone (DKK) is the currency of Denmark and 10 Danish kronor equals to around 1.34 €. For the latest updated exchange rates visit the XE Currency Converter page.
Copenhagen was founded in the 10th century, originally as a fishing village of Vikings, and became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Since 2000, Copenhagen has significant urban and cultural development, which has been facilitated by investments in its institutions and infrastructure. The city is the cultural, financial and government center of Denmark and one of the main economic centers of Northern Europe. After the completion of the Oresund Bridge, the metropolitan area of Copenhagen gradually merged with the Swedish province of Skania and its largest city, Malmö, constituting the Oresund region. Having several bridges that connect the various areas of the city, the urban landscape is characterized by parks, paths and waterfronts. Copenhagen monuments such as the Tivoli Gardens, the statue of the Little Mermaid, the Amalieborg and Kristiansborg palaces, the Rosenborg Castle, the Frederic Church as well as the many museums and nightclubs are important attractions for tourists.
Copenhagen is one of the most cycling friendly cities in the world. The Copenhagen Metro serves central Copenhagen along with the S-train network connecting the perimeter districts. Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup serves nearly 2 million passengers a month and is the largest airport in Scandinavia.
What To See...
It is definitely the most characteristic part of the city and the most photographed. It is very touristic, however a hot coffee here will surely be an unforgettable experience.
Rosenborg Castle is a Renaissance castle located in the center of Copenhagen and today it is a museum. Around the castle you can walk to the beautiful gardens and see them from many different angles. Surely on the top choices in terms of city attractions.
One of the largest shopping streets in Europe where you can find a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. Stroeget Street starts from Copenhagen Central Station and crossing along to Nyhavn. Surely this route should be your first city walk!
The Øresund bridge is a rail and car bridge that connects the southern part of Sweden with Denmark and of course is a must see!
Tivoli Park is a famous amusement park in Copenhagen. The park is today the second oldest amusement park internationally. The toys are in operation during the summer months and the park opens during the Christmas season, where a Christmas bazaar and various other events and concerts are organized. Tivoli is one of the most important sights of the city, right across from the main train station and surely children will love it!
Round tower in the city center. From the top you can admire a beautiful view of the city.
Copenhagen Opera House
The modern building of the opera is located in the port of Copenhagen.
Sondermarken Park is the perfect place for a city walk! Located next to the Zoo and Frederiksberg Palace, it is definitely worth your time if you are in Copenhagen.
From the city’s most beautiful parks, it is located next to the Copenhagen Zoo.
The Amalienborg Palace is the winter residence of the Royal Family of Denmark and consists of four buildings. At the center of the square is the statue of King Frederick E, whose task was to build the buildings.
The Kastellet fortress with its high profile figure is today a very popular leisure center in the city center and is very close to the famous little Mermaid.
Christiania is a self managed community located in the Christianshavn area, close to the city center. It covers an area of 84 acres and has about 1,000 inhabitants. It is estimated that each year more than one million people visit this so called “free state”. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Danish capital as it is a “living example” of the liberal and progressive way of organizing the Danish society.
If you have the opportunity to take a short day trip outside the city then it must definitely be at Frederiksborg Castle! This truly unbelievable castle is located just 40 minutes far north of Copenhagen and is easily accessible by car or by train from the Kobenhavn H city center. The line you have to take, is Line A to Hillerød, from there is only a 15-minute walk to the castle, or alternatively you can use the 301 bus to the Ullerød stop (Frederiksborg Slot). The bus ticket is included in the price of the train ticket, which costs 180 Kroner (24 euros) per person.
What To Eat
Copenhagen and Denmark in general are famous for their bakery products and we will recommend two of the city’s finest Bakeries. In both bakeries you will find a huge variety of bread and pastries. The first is Holm’s Bakery and we suggest you try the local Kanellsbole (buns of sugar and cinnamon) and various other types of sweet and savory breads. The second bakery is called Lagkagehuset and you will find the same products at a somewhat more economical price. Both bakeries have huge variety and you must try out as many products as possible.
Danish cuisine is based mainly on fish that we are not fans, so we have been able to make safe choices such as Hard Rock Cafe, Friday’s, Burger King, etc. Those who want to experience something unforgettable in all aspects you can visit the award-winning Noma restaurant where it is located in the port of Copenhagen. The tastes here will satisfy even the most demanding customer and the prices for the main menu costs around 300 €, unfortunately this restaurant is off budget for many of us so we will stay with the curiosity …
How to move
Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most friendly cities to walk and in general the distances are not so big as in other cities and you can easy explore the city and its main sights on foot within a few hours. Another great choice is renting a bicycle that costs around 4 euros per hour. You can find many rental companies in the city center such as Bycyklen, Donkey Republic, Copenhagen Bicycles etc … Public transport is excellent as in most countries of Europe. The train is the best choice though a bit expensive as the ticket for one route costs 3.2 euros. The airport of Copenhagen Kastrup is relatively close to the city and is very easily accessible by metro. From the airport all the trains go in the same direction so you will not have to worry about the train you have to get (M2 to Vanløse Station ). The duration is about 13 minutes and the ticket costs 36 DKK (4.8 euros).
Where to stay
Accommodation in Copenhagen is quite expensive (as in all Scandinavian countries) and a normal double room in the city center starts around 80 euros and can go much higher according to the amount that you can spend. Certainly there are cheaper accommodation such as Hostels or some cheap bed & breakfast’s which offering very limited benefits and is an ideal solution for someone who has a small budget or just wants to have a little more adventure on his vacation. Surely these types of accommodation are not recommended for families and young couples who want to enjoy their holidays. You can make your reservations via Booking.com
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