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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.

Copenhagen Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Copenhagen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
4 out of 5
Ellehammersvej 20, Kastrup
NZ$270
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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! (8,377 reviews)

"Perfect stay. Convenient if you have an early flight."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Hotel Kong Arthur
Hotel Kong Arthur
4 out of 5
Nørre Søgade 11, Copenhagen
NZ$199
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

This family-friendly Copenhagen hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Workers Museum, University of Copenhagen and Botanical ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,212 reviews)

"Lovely idea of complimentary drink every evening- fills the bar. Helpful friendly staff. Great modern high spec room (but not overly spacious). Layout of hotel is bewildering & poor signage makes it difficult to navigate."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Hotel Kong Arthur
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
4 out of 5
Toldbodgade 24-28, Copenhagen
NZ$180
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Danish Playhouse, Nyhavn, and Amalienborg Palace. Copenhagen Opera ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,130 reviews)

"Beautiful room, friendly staff, excellent location."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Popular activities in Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens
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Tivoli Gardens

4.5/5(69 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(108 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(106 reviews)

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

Copenhagen Opera House
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Copenhagen Opera House

4/5(13 reviews)

This striking contemporary opera house is not only one of the most modern, but also the most expensive in the world.

Rosenborg Castle
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Rosenborg Castle

4.5/5(65 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.

Botanical Garden
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Botanical Garden

4/5(17 reviews)

This beautifully presented garden and research facility in the centre of Copenhagen is home to the national flower of Denmark and a whole host of other plant life.

Top activities in Copenhagen

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

NZ$91

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.

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

NZ$188

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.

Tivoli Gardens Skip-the-Line Admission Monday to Friday
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Tivoli Gardens Skip-the-Line Admission Monday to Friday

NZ$31

Tivoli is located just a few minutes’ walk from City Hall, and with the Copenhagen Central Station as its nearest neighbor, it is very easy to get to. For nearly two centuries, visitors have streamed to Tivoli Gardens for fun, culture, shopping and dining.

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

NZ$46

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$57

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.

Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Business Car
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Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Business Car

NZ$129

Enjoy a comfortable and a private transfer from Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Airport CPH in an elegant and fully equipped Business Car Mercedes Benz E Class or similar. Our Chauffeurs will be waiting at your Hotel or accommodation in Copenhagen City.

Reviews of Copenhagen

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 63.372093023255815%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.069767441860463%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.813953488372093%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 9, 2020

I wish I’d been able to spend more time exploring this beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 27, 2019

Love it! My favorite city. I will come bqck

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 20, 2019

A pretty , friendly, easy to get around city . The Copenhagen card is worth it and gets you in to all the main attractions without hassle. Plus you can use it to get to and from the airport. Tip : find food a few streets from the main areas.

5/5 - Excellent

George

Dec 18, 2019

Amazing city!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 13, 2019

Loved the city and the people. Little expensive so wouldn’t stay Moreno then a few days

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 13, 2019

Incredibly beautiful city

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