The capital and cultural centre of Denmark, Copenhagen is a cool and lively city of modern architecture, contemporary art and fine dining. Perfect for culture lovers seeking inspiration or couples wanting an elegant break, this city is popular for its clean cobbled streets, innovative design and countless museums. Be sure to spend some time taking it all in over a stylish meal.
Copenhagen enjoys a mild and temperate climate with four distinct seasons.
The nearest international airport is Copenhagen Airport (CPH), located 5 miles southeast of Copenhagen city centre.
Cool, clean and classy, a city break in Copenhagen is ideal for foodies, families and art enthusiasts. Don’t leave the city without letting your hair down at Tivoli Gardens, or enjoying a smørrebrød in one of the capital’s stylish, but affordable restaurants. If the sun is out, join the locals for a beer at the Nyhavn canal.
The most popular tourist attraction in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is a must-see for children and big kids. Situated in the heart of the city, this lively amusement park and flower garden offers entertainment for the whole family. Expect artificial waterfalls, wild roller-coasters, open-air stage shows, gourmet food and charming flowers.
From modern and contemporary art at the boat-shaped Arken museum, to decade-old paintings at the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen is a city of art and design excellence. The Designmusuem Denmark is one of the most popular places in Copenhagen to see Danish work. Arrive early and finish your visit with a latte on the lawn.
End a long summer’s day sipping a local beer and people-watching at the Nyhavn canal. Originally a commercial port, it is now a popular tourist strip with bright-coloured houses, comfy restaurants and lots of locals enjoying the sun. Nyhavn is one of the most popular attractions in Copenhagen during the summer.
Artsy Types: Be inspired by Copenhagen’s modern architecture, innovative interior design and numerous art galleries.
Foodies: Enjoy fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients at one of the city’s many world-class restaurants.
Scenery Lovers: Explore Copenhagen’s narrow cobbled streets and peaceful canals on a walking tour of the city.
Language: The language spoken in Copenhagen is Danish
Currency: The currency used in Copenhagen is Danish Kroner (Kr)
Local time: The local time in Copenhagen is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: The nearest international airport is Copenhagen Airport (CPH), located 5 miles southeast of Copenhagen city centre
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours
Tourist Information: Further Copenhagen tourist information can be found at www.visitcopenhagen.com
Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Copenhagen, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/denmark for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Temperature: 1-17 (°C)
Spring is a great time of the year to cosy up in Copenhagen's museums. Expect up to 12 hours of sunshine a day and average temperatures in the low-teens (°C). If you're planning on riding the canals, book your holiday for the summer when can enjoy highs of 21. The beginning of autumn is mild and bright in Copenhagen, with temperatures hovering in the low-teens before dropping below 10 in December. Hang around for the rest of winter to watch the city transform into an open-air winter wonderland during the Christmas markets.
By bus: Local buses run 24-hours a day and are an easy way to get around. Buy a City Pass for unlimited access to all public transport.
On foot: The best way to explore the sights in the city centre is on foot.
By hire car: On a sunny day, hire a car and take a day trip to the suburbs of the city. Traffic is usually manageable and hire prices are reasonable.
Spring celebrations: Join thousands of costumed revellers as they takes to the streets of Copenhagen for the Aalborg carnival in May. Expect drums, body paint and plenty of good vibes.
Midsummer festivities: If you want a true taste of Danish culture, Midsummer’s Night at the end of June is an event not to be missed. Join the locals as they celebrate the longest day of the year with festivities throughout the country.
Jazz in the streets: Jazz musicians from all over the world flood the city streets and squares for Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July.
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