Denmark’s picturesque capital overlooks the ocean and offers a mix of old-world charm and sleek modern design.

Exploring this vibrant city with its mix of old and new architecture, quaint harbours and cycling culture, it is easy to see why Copenhagen is renowned for its high standard of living and quality of life.

Denmark is a member of the European Union but retains its use of the Danish Kroner, its sovereign currency. The city is well connected thanks to its international airport, good road networks and ferry terminals, offering easy links to the rest of Europe and beyond. A multi-cultural city with a modest population of 600,000, you will find English is widely spoken alongside Danish. If you are intending to take advantage of all the city has to offer, it is worth buying a Copenhagen Card which offers reduced prices on transport, dining and equipment hire as well as free entry to most of the city’s best-loved attractions.

Established in the 12th century as a fishing town, the city’s history is well documented in the City Museum. For a broader picture of the history of the country as a whole, visit the National Museum Of Denmark. Situated on a long narrow strait between the Baltic and North seas, winters here are long, often with heavy snowfall. Many visitors are drawn here during the winter months to enjoy a magical scene that could easily be straight out of a fairytale.

During the summer however, the city undergoes a dramatic transformation with its parks and waterfront shops springing to life. Summer also sees the opening of the Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest theme parks. The Copenhagen Zoo is still a firm favourite with both children and adults alike and the Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish royal family is also very popular.

There are also constant reminders that the city was once home to the celebrated writer Hans Christian Andersen. There is even a statue of one of his best loved characters, the Little Mermaid, that has been a feature here for over a hundred years. Much of the city’s best known landmarks such as the Round Tower and the magnificent Church of Our Saviour with its corkscrew-shaped spire, could easily have been lifted straight out of a fairytale. If you climb the church’s observation tower and look out across this wonderful city, it is easy to see why it remains such a popular travel destination.

Top hotels in Copenhagen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wakeup Copenhagen Bernstorffsgade
Wakeup Copenhagen Bernstorffsgade
2 out of 5
Bernstorffsgade 35, Copenhagen
NZ$145
per night
24 Nov. - 25 Nov.

Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and National Museum of Denmark. Tivoli Gardens ...

4.1/5Very Good! (806 reviews)

"Excellent location and comfortable beds. The rooms were very small but adequate for a short term stay. Staff were extremely professional and helpful. The lobby was comfortable and conducive to visiting."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2019

Wakeup Copenhagen Bernstorffsgade
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
4 out of 5
Ellehammersvej 20, Kastrup
NZ$277
per night
14 Dec. - 15 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from The Blue Planet Aquarium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Amager Beach Park and Fields Shopping ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,998 reviews)

"Loved the big bath tub! Didn’t like that the spa closed at 5 pm along with the pool and hot tub"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2019

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Hotel Kong Arthur
Hotel Kong Arthur
4 out of 5
Nørre Søgade 11, Copenhagen
NZ$214
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

This family-friendly Copenhagen hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Workers Museum, Round Tower and Stroeget. Rosenborg Castle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,193 reviews)

"I liked the fact the hotel is so close to metro and train station. Many of the attractions are in walking distance."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019

Hotel Kong Arthur

Popular activities in Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens
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Tivoli Gardens

4.5/5(66 reviews)

One of the oldest theme parks in the world, this wonderful attraction in the heart of Copenhagen will delight visitors of all ages.

Nyhavn
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Nyhavn

4.5/5(104 reviews)

This historic picturesque harbour is packed with restaurants and bars creating a lively atmosphere that attracts both locals and visitors.

Little Mermaid
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Little Mermaid

4/5(102 reviews)

This iconic statue depicting one of Denmark’s favourite fictional characters is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors.

Rosenborg Castle
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Rosenborg Castle

4.5/5(62 reviews)

The former home of the Danish royal family is now a museum, which offers a fascinating insight into the lives of its former residents.

Amalienborg Palace
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Amalienborg Palace

4.5/5(69 reviews)

The changing of the guard, a museum and access to two royal palaces gives visitors a unique insight into the lives of Denmark’s royal family.

National Museum of Denmark
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National Museum of Denmark

4.5/5(32 reviews)

This fantastic, free museum is dedicated to documenting and sharing Denmark’s rich history and culture.

Top activities in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Card: 70+ Attractions on 1 Card
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Copenhagen Card: 70+ Attractions on 1 Card

NZ$93

Make the most out of your trip to the beautiful city of Copenhagen with complimentary access to over 70 top city museums and attractions. Zip between cultural treasures like the Tivoli Gardens and the National Museum of Denmark by taking advantage of unlimited travel across the city's easy-to-use public transportation network.

Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$47

Explore the beautiful city of Copenhagen on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 72 hour pass you can discover Denmark's capital city to your own schedule, experiencing all of the key landmarks on your sightseeing journey.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Combo Ticket
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Combo Ticket

NZ$58

Friendly, convivial Copenhagen has a reputation for being one of the happiest cities in the world. Take in the charming sights of the Danish capital and swap smiles with cheerful locals as you ride around town on a double-decker bus and cruise along the main canal by boat.

Harbor & Canal Cruise with optional Tivoli Gardens tickets
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Harbor & Canal Cruise with optional Tivoli Gardens tickets

NZ$22

Take a relaxing cruise along Copenhagen’s charming canals and explore its bustling harbor. See castles, churches, old buildings, and hidden gems from your comfortable seat and hear stories and anecdotes behind the city’s major sites.

Hamlet and Sweden Tour - two countries in one day!
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Hamlet and Sweden Tour - two countries in one day!

NZ$175

Join us on a Full Day's Tour, where we travel up the coast road to Hamlet's Castle, set in historic Helsingør, which is known as Elsinor in English. You can go Inside Hamlet's Castle, which is called Kronborg and see the displays which tell you about the history of this castle.

Sweden-Copenhagen Roundtrip by bike
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Sweden-Copenhagen Roundtrip by bike

NZ$168

The southern part of Sweden have diverse characteristics in both nature and culture. If your insterested in these areas then this tour is for you. If your interests include gourmet and food then it's possible to arrange food stops along the way in local farm shops and restaurants in many of the castles.

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