Denmark is the fifth safest country in the world, and its capital Copenhagen unequivocally jolly. As soon as you step out into the city’s streets, the cheery vibe engulfs you, inviting you to experience the very spirit that leaves residents and visitors as one.
Copenhagen was long the center of the Danish Empire; historical palaces, monuments and relics dot the rich-in-culture city. Modern Copenhagen vibes on an artsy, contemporary note with new-age architecture, high-tech transit system and vibrant streets. Though starkly different and often juxtaposing each other, the old and the new come together in union.
The city is a sun bowl – it gets 17 hours of sun during its pleasant summers. In its harsh winter, streets light up the dull atmosphere and that is why, even below freezing point, the streets are always busy. Filled with remarkable places to see and a plethora of activities to do, Copenhagen should make it to every traveller’s wander-list. Go through our brief guide to get ready for your next adventure!
Best time to travel to Copenhagen
Undoubtedly, your best bet at experiencing Copenhagen, and the whole of Denmark, is during peak summer. These are the weeks that bask in the sun for 17 hours. However, the crowd might be overwhelming.
This is why we recommend visiting the city in April, May or September. These ‘free’ months also mean cheaper hotel rooms and such.
If you love Christmas-y streets and cities, December should be your go-to month. The entire city lights up with Christmas markets, wonderful snow and cheerful residents.
You’ll love Copenhagen if
You are interested in art, history and culture.
You enjoy local food when you travel
You love the culture that absorbs streets and local markets
You like cycling
You love water. Yes, when in Copenhagen, you are always beside the sea.
You can appreciate Opera
You want to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Copenhagen has often been called the happiest city in the world!
Where should you head to?
A hippie commune where you can go to hang out, see some beer gardens and watch colourful people getting high.
The Round Tower
A 17th Century tower that was built as an observatory, and just so happens to be the oldest functional observatory in Europe!
The Danish National Gallery
A phenomenal gallery that hosts over 9,000 works of brilliant artists like Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse.
The Rosenborg Castle
A 17th Century palace that has all kinds of royal artifacts
The Opera House
What you shouldn’t miss
Exploring the city on a bike
There might be many ways to get around Copenhagen, but rent a bike(bikes are available all around the city) for a local experience. While you’re at it, ride through the Six Forgotten Giants route and enjoy a scenic view.
The Danish nightlife
A world in its own.
Hanging out in the Norrebro
Get a little tipsy at this little drink corner of the city and feel what makes the Danish the happiest lot among us all.
Going on a boat tour
Float through idyllic canals and view the city as you move farther.
Scrumptious Danish pastries
Look out for
Copenhagen Jazz Festival, in July
King’s New Square Christmas Market, in November and December
Otherworldly decorations at the Tivoli Pleasure Park, in December
Culture Night, during fall break
CPH PIX, the country’s largest film festival
All set to visit the magical land of Copenhagen?
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