Copenhagen is a compact big city packed with historic buildings lining its narrow cobbled streets. Here you will find a great mix of world-class gastronomy, beautiful architecture, award-winning design, clean harbour baths, the unique, free town of Christiania, and the seat of the world’s oldest monarchy. It has been named one of the best cities to live in several times, and it was the first city in the world to be named the ‘Bike City’ by the International Cycling Union – a title to which the several hundred bike lanes bear witness.
Copenhagen is an ancient city, full of beautiful historic buildings and many points of interest. The ramparts and walls surrounding the centre of the city were demolished around the middle of the nineteenth century. This allowed the city to assume the peculiar architectural structure characterised by narrow stone streets that lead directly to the city centre and which are the background to numerous shops and bars.
In recent years, Copenhagen's historic architectural heritage has been enriched with modern and contemporary buildings. An example of these are those designed by the Danish and French architects Bjarke Ingels and Jean Nouvel, who gave a new touch to the old-fashioned style of the city. At the same time, many districts have been modernised as well.
Copenhagen is also known for its relaxing atmosphere. Citizens go to work by bike, they like to go out with their families, spend an afternoon in one of the city's many parks in the company of their friends, take a bath in one of the many pools in the harbour during the warmer months and take an active part in the events that animate the city throughout the year.
Copenhagen is an old city with historic buildings, royal castles, beautiful parks and harbours, and plenty of attractions and activities to keep even the most eager tourist busy. The city centre is characterised by charming architecture and narrow curving streets. But within recent years Copenhagen has supplemented its architectural heritage with new, world-class architecture. It is easy to explore the city and get around, and many sights are within walking distance from one another. You can always catch a bus or take the metro to get around, or rent a bike and travel the Danish way.
Copenhagen is the leading gastronomy capital of Scandinavia. The city has more Michelin restaurants than any neighbouring country, 15 in total, and Copenhagen was until recently home to Noma, which was awarded as the World’s Best Restaurant three years in a row. Whether you are into bistros or Michelin-starred restaurants there is plenty for you in Copenhagen. The restaurant scene is among the world's most distinct and innovative, and it caters to all budgets. When dining out, try the much appraised Nordic kitchen at least once. It is known for being of high quality and with a focus on using local and seasonal products.
Curious about Danish cakes and pastry? When in Denmark you have to try a real Danish – or wienerbrød, as it is called in Denmark – they are sold in many varieties at bakeries and cafes all over. The oldest patisserie in Copenhagen is La Glace which was founded in 1870. Amongst many mouth-watering cakes and pastries you will find the classic Sports Cake, which mainly consists of whipped cream.
There is nothing better than to grab an ice cream cone to go on a nice day. Denmark is famous for its dairy products and you can understand why when you try local ice cream. Did you know that Danes are one of the most ice cream-eating people in the world? The average Dane eats 10 litres of ice cream a year!
Whether you want to dance till the sun comes up or just have a beer or two with some friends, Copenhagen has plenty of establishments to choose from, ranging from laid-back bars to posh upscale clubs.
Copenhageners love to go out – especially on the weekends. Cocktails are popular, and you will find several bars where you can enjoy a skilfully crafted drink. If you are more than a beer person, Copenhagen offers various pubs, bars and breweries as well. Each neighbourhood has its own favourite spots, and, apart from downtown, Vesterbro and Nørrebro are the places to be after sundown.
Copenhagen is great for shopping, both because of the variety of the shops and because the city is compact. Start your shopping trip in the inner city. On Strøget, you will find most of the big chain stores and more exclusive shops.
Stroll down the small streets parallel to Strøget and Købmagergade where you will find vintage shops, Danish designers such as Wood Wood, Malene Birger and Henrik Vibskov, and small jewellry and ceramics shops.
Streets outside the inner city that are worth checking out are Istedgade, Gl. Kongevej, Elmegade, Jægersborggade and Østerbrogade. Enjoy, and remember your walking shoes.
Denmark can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Best Time to Visit
Copenhagen attracts visitors all through the year, its highest season (in terms of visitor numbers) falling on July and August. To take advantage of comfortable temperatures and avoid the bulk of tourist masses, visit in May, June or September.
Ferry to Copenhagen from Oslo
DFDS Seaways has daily departures to Copenhagen from Oslo, and vice versa.
See www.dfds.no for more information.
Address: Akershusstranda 31, Copenhagen
Phone: +47 2162 1000
Copenhagen has the shortest distance from airport to the city in Europe. It only takes 15 minutes by metro from the airport to Kongens Nytorv and 12 minutes by train from the Central Station to the city centre next to Tivoli.
The train station is located in Terminal 3, and the metro station is right above it. Tickets may be purchased directly in Terminal 3 from self-service machines of a DSB ticket sales counter.
Address: Lufthavnsboulevarden 6, Kastrup, Copenhagen
The Copenhagen Metro, which has been ranked the best in the world for several years, runs between the airport and the city centre - useful for both tourists and locals. It takes just 15 minutes to get from the airport to Kongens Nytorv in the heart of Copenhagen, but you can also get off at Christianshavn or Nørreport.
S-trains - The bright red regional "S" trains connect the suburbs and the surrounding towns with the city.
Buses are efficient and use the same ticketing and pricing system as the S trains and the metro.
More Information: To make itineraries visit www.rejseplanen.dk
Bike City Copenhagen
While in Copenhagen, why not get around the Danish way?
In Copenhagen practically everybody rides a bike – it is an easy way to get around and it is good for the environment. Rent a bike from your hotel or at one of the many bike rental shops in the city. One of the most popular bike rental shops is Donkey Republic. You can rent a bike and pick it up from a various amount of places, you can easily unlock it via your phone!
+45 35 35 35 35
+45 70 25 25 25
+45 48 48 48 48
Red post boxes to drop off your mail are scattered all over the city.
Post Office at Central Station
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 09.00-17.00 Saturday: 12.00-16.00
Address: Hedegaardsvej 88, Copenhagen
+45 3314 8266
Nørrebro Apotek v/Majid Sairafianpour
+45 3539 8382
Address: Vesterbrogade 6C, Copenhagen
Phone: +45 3314 8266
Country code +45