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CopenhagenDenmark

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.

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Top hotels in Copenhagen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ascot Hotel
Ascot Hotel
4 out of 5
Studiestræde 61, Copenhagen
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$214 per night

Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pumpehuset and City Hall Square. Tivoli Gardens and Stroeget are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (531 reviews)

"I loved the espresso machine in the room - it made not having a tub easier to handle :)"…"

Reviewed on 11 May 2020

Ascot Hotel
Skt. Petri
Skt. Petri
5 out of 5
Krystalgade 22, Copenhagen
The price is NZ$331 per night

Located in Copenhagen City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from University of Copenhagen and Church of Our Lady. Round Tower and Stroeget are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,945 reviews)

"Great location. Nice staff . Only negative comment is that the shower setup is very awkward ."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Skt. Petri
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
4 out of 5
Ellehammersvej 20, Kastrup
The price is NZ$284 per night

Situated near the beach, 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 Field's Shopping ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (8,777 reviews)

"Great location close to airport. Comfortable bed. A nice addition would be free coffee in the lobby!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport

Popular places to visit 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

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$100
Per adult
Copenhagen Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Option
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Copenhagen Red Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Option

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$54
Per adult
Frederiksborg & Kronborg Castles Tour
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Frederiksborg & Kronborg Castles Tour

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$185
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Combo Ticket
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Combo Ticket

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$60
Per adult
Hamlet and Sweden Tour - two countries in one day!
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Hamlet and Sweden Tour - two countries in one day!

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$180
Per adult
Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen Dining with Priority Seating

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$40
Per adult

Reviews of Copenhagen

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 28.90173410404624%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.780346820809249%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Jan. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Dec. 2019

Love it! My favorite city. I will come bqck

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Dec. 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

18 Dec. 2019

Amazing city!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Dec. 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Nov. 2019

Incredibly beautiful city

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