Copenhagen (KÃ¸benhavn) has a great number of positive attributes in its favor, including accessibility, size, cosmopolitanism, and friendliness, but my abiding memory is its simultaneously austere and approachable beauty. Consequently, I have provided this overview and a quartet of my personal favorites. Copenhagen is truly a wonderful place to visit. Everyone here is so warm and inviting. Just being around the Danes was an experience all on its own, and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
Copenhagen isn’t a large city, but there is so much to do packed into this capital city. Put your walking shoes on because you are going to be busy.
This is *the* essential Copenhagen thing to do. Spend late afternoon and the evening there. At night, it transforms into a magical light festival.
Walking along the pedestrianized shopping area, Stroget, you will find an endless amount of shopping to be done.
The city is full of museums, take in a few of them.
The Little Mermaid isn’t all its cracked up to be. Don’t plan too much time or go out of your way to see this.
Changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace is a must-see event, too. Get there early as it really fills-up.
Visit some of the amazing churches in Copenhagen. Get up into the tower of one of them to see a view over the city.
A canal tour is recommended to see the city from a different view. It will take you up and down the canals and through the city’s harbour.
If you have time, take the short train ride up to HelsingÃ¸r to see Kronborg Castle. Not only is the castle/palace a beauty, so is the town and harbour areas.
The wonderful Copenhagen Tourist Office is a wealth of information and can book private rooms over the phone, in person, or via its website. It sells the useful Copenhagen Card, which provides free transportation throughout the city and region as well as free or discounted entry to most attractions. Donâ€™t buy the card covering a Monday (when most sights are closed) or a Wednesday (when many museums are free), and be sure to note which attractions are merely discounted.
Eat a pÃ¸lser or two. It is the Danish version of a hot dog. These things are oh so yummy and very addicting–it is best to take it with everything: remoulade, ketchup, mustard, crispy fried onions, sliced cucumbers. You will find stands around the touristy areas such as Nyhavn.
Bring a light sweater or jacket with you no matter what time of year it is.
Best Way to Get Around:
You will fly into Copenhagen Airport. From here, you simply take the train into Copenhagen. It is about a 30-minute ride into the city. You just purchase your ticket from the ticket booth, and someone will be glad to assist you if you have no idea what to do.
You will probably want to take a cab from the train station to your hotel. Cabs line up right in front and are fairly inexpensive. The cab drivers here are pretty honest and not out to rip you off like other places.
Walking and Bike
For the rest of your stay, the best way to get around is either by foot or by bike. You can rent bikes all over and is the preferred method by Danes them selves. Copenhagen is very tiny and pretty even surface. So walking is pretty pleasant here. You get to see a number of wonderful things while walking around. So just plant your feet and go at it!