- The world famous Carlsberg beer was born in Copenhagen in 1847. In fact its oldest brewery still exists in the city!
- Copenhagen has the oldest working observatory in Europe called the Rundetårn or Round Tower, built in 1642.
- More than half the population cycles to work and almost everywhere since owning a car is very expensive which means the city is littered with bike lanes.
- Copenhagen’s Strøget Street which measures a mile is Scandinavia’s longest car free shopping zone. It is famous for tax free luxury goods shopping and fine dining.
- Copenhagen is among the happiest cities in the world as rated by the World Happiness Index!
The Top 10 Attractions in Copenhagen
monument in Copenhagen. She is arguably Denmark’s most controversial monument – the locals have mixed feelings about her which have resulted in many instances of vandalism over the years; sometimes there is graffiti, sometimes she is beheaded. The small statue was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen in 1913. He fell in love with Andersen’s tale of the famous mermaid during a performance in the Royal Danish Theatre and decided to dedicate the monument to the city. As she sits on the Langelinie Pier, she has many admirers among the tourists that visit every year.
Langelinie, 2100 København ØLittle Mermaid
Prinsessegade, Christianshavn, CopenhagenChristiania
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What To Eat In Copenhagen
- Smørrebrød – This typical Danish concept of an open sandwich includes rye bread, fish or pork fillet with pickled herring and other condiments. Eat it at Michelin-star Restaurant Schønnemann.
- Danish Hotdogs – Nothing is more scrumptious and effortlessly simple than a simple Danish hotdog with chorizo, sauerkraut and a mix of condiments. Pølse Kompagniet serves the best in town.
- Grød – Taste Grød, traditional Danish porridge which is made of oats and sprinkling of local ingredients at GRØD, Copenhagen’s only porridge-themed restaurant.
- Hindbærsnitter – These are Danish raspberry bars that look like Pop Tarts but are so much better since they have a burst of flavor in the pastry and are melt in the mouth. Have them at Laura’s Bakery.
Getting to Copenhagen
Road- The E47 highway connects Lübeck in Germany to Copenhagen and also Helsingborg in Sweden. Alternatively, use the Øresund Bridge to get from Malmö in Sweden to Copenhagen.
Getting around-and- about in Copenhagen
- Bicycle: Since Copenhagen is a bike-friendly city, you can rent a bike from virtually anywhere. Try Copenhagen Bike Rental and Bycyklen. Bikes can also be carried free on the S-Trains.
- Metro and Trains: The unmanned Metro service spans two lines M1 and M2 and runs 24 hours a day, all days of the week and is cheap and fast. The suburban network or S-train runs from the Copenhagen Central Station and connects the city to other parts of Denmark.
- Buses: Copenhagen has a well-connected system of buses. For more information go to website. Tickets can be bought on the bus.
- Local Taxis: These are everywhere but are also expensive.
- Walking: We highly recommend this as the best way to see the city and it is safe too!
Where to Stay in Copenhagen
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List of Recommended Souvenirs
- Danish ceramics – Denmark has a long tradition of producing pottery for several hundred years with the Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory being set up in 1775.
- Coins and currency – Another good thing to take back home is the Danish kroner. The coins are quite pretty and unique – they have a hole in the middle!
- Legos – Denmark is the birthplace of the famous Lego and it would be a shame to go home without some souvenirs from their stores!
- Carlsberg Glasses – Visit the Carlsberg brewery for a wonderful exBEERience and go home with a set of their iconic beer glasses.
- Danish Candy – The Danes love their candy especially licorice and are known to be top candy consumers in the world. Don’t miss hard candy made at Sømods Bolcher’s factory you can even watch the process here.
Top Tips for Travelers to Copenhagen
- Always carry a raincoat or an umbrella since rains are expected especially during the summer.
- Wear a good pair of walking shoes and try not to venture out into the city centre in stilettos because of the ancient cobblestones.
- Tipping is not expected in Denmark unlike in other parts of Europe.
- Carry something warm even in the summer months because the winds are strong inCopenhagen.
- Make sure you don’t walk in the bike lanes. Locals who are in a hurry are bound to come rushing into you!
Enjoying Copenhagen on a Budget
- Copenhagen Card: This card will allow you access to around 79 museums and sights around Copenhagen at no extra cost. Free bus, train and metro rides are also included as are discounts at restaurants and attractions. Prices start at 389 DKK for adults for 24 hours.
- City Pass: This is a public transport pass and allows you access to go from one place to another in Copenhagen effortlessly and for cheap! You can order it on the webpage and it will be delivered to your phone instantly. Prices start at 80 DKK for 24 hours.
- Street Food: Embrace Copenhagen’s street food culture instead of going to a fancy restaurant. Visit the street food area on Papirøen Island where you will find everything from local cuisine to Korean burgers!
- Stay in hostels: This is best if you are traveling alone and is a great way to meet new people and make new memories.
- Free Swimming: If you love the water and want to dip your feet into the cool Scandinavian waters without spending a buck, head to the Amager Strandpark with its three miles of beaches or the Islands Brygge for a good dip.
- Walk Walk Walk!: It is true that most of Copenhagen can be seen on foot since everything is so close together. And maybe you can save that unused transport money for another ride at Tivoli! There are also many free walking tours available
Day Trips from Copenhagen
- Fredensborg Slot <insert picture>: Located about 45 minutes from Copenhagen, this castle was built in 1720 and is the current queen’s favorite place to unwind. This Italian Baroque styled-building is also called Denmark’s Versailles and was built to commemorate the truce between Denmark and its Scandianvian neighbors back in the 18 th century. There are lovely gardens to walk around in as well.
- Roskilde: This ancient city was Denmark’s capital from A.D. 960 to 1536 and is a mere 23 minutes west of Copenhagen by train. Visit this city’s many churches and Viking-influenced museums. The star attraction is the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Roskilde Cathedral. Roskilde also hosts Europe’s largest music festival every year.
- Frederiksborg Slot <insert picture>: Close to the Fredensborg Slot is another much larger castle of Frederiksborg. This Renaissance castle was built back in the 17th century by the famous Danish King Christian IV and has the best of Renaissance period art. Don’t forget to visit the museum inside. You can also indulge in walks and boat tours.
- Malmö – Cross on over to Malmö, Sweden on the Øresund bridge where the famous Danish crime drama The Bridge was shot. Located a mere 40 minutes from the city center, Sweden’s third largest city has a beautiful historic center, perfect for a day trip.
Visitor Information & Useful Links
Vesterbrogade 4, 1620 Copenhagen V
Tel.: +45 70 222 442
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm / Saturdays and Sundays: 9am to 4 pm
Address: Copenhagen City Hall
Rådhuspladsen 1, 1599 København V
Tel: +45 3366 2586
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm / Saturdays and Sundays: 9am to 4 pm
Emergency Contact Numbers
Hospital / Emergency Wards
Bispebjerg Bakke 23, 2400 Copenhagen NV
Tel.: +45 3531 3531
Italiensvej 1, 2300 Copenhagen S
Tel.: +45 3234 3500