Copenhagen City Guide
Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, home to lavish classical palaces, medieval castles and pastel coloured houses.
Strolling the narrow lanes of the Old Town, climbing the Round Tower, the oldest surviving observatory in Europe, or spending a day out with your children at the magical Tivoli gardens will make you feel as if you have travelled back in time. All you need for a truly authentic experience is your own mod-conned Copenhagen apartment in one of the city’s picture-postcard houses.
From being the home city of Lego to having the world’s best restaurant and the world’s happiest people, Copenhagen seems to have it all. A historic city with the distinction of being a royal capital for over nine centuries, Copenhagen blends cobblestoned streets, and brightly painted wharf districts with modern, cutting-edge style and sophistication.
The capital city of Denmark and home to over a million Danes, the city combines shopping, culture, sports, fine dining, and an active nightlife with a small town feel. Compact in size for a major metropolitan city, Copenhagen is easy to navigate by locals and tourists. Visitors can arrive in Copenhagen by air, train, bus, car or ferry, and the city has an excellent public transportation system. It is also an extremely walkable city. Named one of the greenest cities on Earth in environmental terms, you’ll find many Danes using bicycles to get around town, and with the easy to use bike rental system, tourists can do the same.
Exploring Scandinavian culture
Admission to most museums is free on Wednesdays, so be sure to set that day aside on your itinerary to take advantage of the great selection of Nordic art proudly displayed in any one of dozens of museums. If you need to get in more than one day of art and history viewing, don’t forget to pick up the “Copenhagen Card”, which gives you free admission to 74 local attractions, as well as a free pass on the trains, buses and metro throughout the region. It can be ordered online or bought at any visitor’s center.
Don’t miss the Danish National Gallery, which showcases over 700 years of Nordic and Western culture, with a special focus on Danish painters from the Golden Era of Scandinavian art. The Nation Museum houses Denmark’s largest collection of pieces related to Danish cultural history. The museum is housed in a classical 18th century palace; while there, be sure to look for The Sun Chariot from the 13th century, and the Golden Horns of Gallehus from the early 5th century, famed artifacts which draw visitors yearly from around the world.
Don’t miss out on the food!
Home to Noma, the world’s top-rated restaurant three years in a row; Copenhagen is a city that takes food seriously. With over 15 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, finding a fine-dining establishment to suit your palate won’t be a challenge. Be sure to make reservations; some of these restaurants begin booking two months in advance.
Give yourself time to indulge in famous Danish pastries; bakeries in Copenhagen are renowned for light and flavorful buttery treats sure to tempt anyone with a sweet tooth.
Copenhagen also has numerous cafes and family-style establishments serving everything from Asian to European cuisine, you can even enjoy a traditional American Style Thanksgiving meal.
The city is full of traditional Nordic cuisine,so for those who love ethnic food, that is available in abundance as well!
Copenhagen has a vibrant and lively night scene; whether you want to stay out until dawn dancing, visit a local jazz club, check out a Danish film, head to an open-air concert or just have a beer with a few friend s, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for somewhere in the city. Traditional Danish pubs are called bodegas, and it is there you can settle in for a friendly beer or cocktail at cheaper prices. And if you want to have a drink and get a sports fix, head to any number of sports bars around the city to cheer on the team and take in the local flavor.
A royal watcher?
If you love the glamour of royal watching, make sure to visit four identical, classic palaces of Amalienborg, home of the Danish Royal family. The center courtyard, while under ceremonial guard, is open to the public, and there is a “relief” or changing of the Royal Guard every day at noon; sure to please any royalist’s heart. There are also some museums on the grounds and gardens available for the public to tour.
Even more fun awaits
From heading down to the beaches, to fairs, festivals and great shopping, there is no shortage of indulgent fun. You can also go to the two amusement parks, two of the oldest in the world, located within the city’s limits. Make a point to stop and enjoy any of the lush parks and gardens scattered throughout the city, and take in the beautiful sights along the way.
Where to stay
Due to the great public transportation system, no matter which part of the city you want accommodations, you’re never far from any of the attractions. Copenhagen is not short on places to stay, with something for every budget. From luxury hotels and apartment rentals to cheap sleeps such as hostels, World Escape can help you plan your perfect getaway.
Copenhagen Short Stay Accommodation
The perfect Copenhagen experience begins at your accommodation. A pillow fight in the morning, watching a film on your flat screen TV or enjoying a candlelit dinner on your balcony are among the simple holiday pleasures you can only enjoy at your home away from home.
Making yourself feel comfortable and at home will allow you to dedicate more energy and time to simply enjoying all that the city has to offer. You will find plenty to do in Copenhagen on a city break with your friends or with your significant other – shopping and sightseeing can keep you busy for days on end.
For the ultimate fun head to the waterfront neighbourhood of Nyhaven. This entertainment district is filled with multicoloured period houses, excellent restaurants, bars and pubs. Sip beer on the quay and listen to live music while watching the boats float in and out of the harbour.
Copenhagen Family Friendly Accommodation
Few cities are better suited for a family holiday than Copenhagen. The Medieval royal castles and the statue of the little mermaid bring to life favourite characters from Andersen’s tales. The biggest attraction for a day out with the kids are the exotic Tivoli Gardens. Filled with fairy-tale amusement rides and pavilions the gardens are a delight for both young and old visitors.
At the end of an eventful day relax and recharge at your Copenhagen holiday apartment. Forget about such inconveniences as being crammed into tiny hotel rooms or getting up early to catch hotel breakfast hours. Rent a holiday home with as many bedrooms as you need for every family member and enjoy meals in your fully equipped modern kitchen.
Our collection offers you only hand-picked Copenhagen holiday apartments outfitted with all modern cons and located near local amenities and attractions.
Make the fun last a little bit longer – rent your own Copenhagen home away from home.