Copenhagen

The Danish capital is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. With world-class art galleries, museums, shopping districts and a sublime coastal location, Copenhagen offers romance for everyone who visits.

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The best time of year to visit Copenhagen

There is no bad time to visit Copenhagen. Despite early nightfall and the cold, winter provides magical sights such as Christmas markets or snow falling over the Tivoli Gardens. New Year's Eve is also a major celebration in Denmark, so be prepared for a long night. Spring brings brightness and blooming parks, and is a great time to tour the city's cultural highlights such as the National Gallery. Summer is warm and welcoming, with festivals taking centre stage - such as the enticing summer Copenhagen Cooking event or the world-famous Jazz Festival held in July. With autumn comes a riot of beautiful colours in Copenhagen's parks. Now is the time to rent bikes and enjoy the bike paths and promenades of this gorgeous city.

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What to know before you travel to Copenhagen

Cyclists will be in their element in Denmark, and with 36 percent of locals commuting by bike, you will feel safe and sound when touring the city in the saddle. For those on a budget street food can save you money. Try the kebab stalls on Strøget, the major shopping street, for some excellent examples. However, Copenhagen can be a little bit expensive by British standards, although supermarket purchases can make eating a little cheaper as well. Timing is easy: Denmark is an hour ahead of GMT, meaning that travellers from the UK will hardly notice the change.

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Local information for visitors to Copenhagen

Getting into town from the airport is easy. A train connection takes 15 minutes (look for Metro Line 2 or the Intercity services). Bus 5A travels the same route and costs around 35 DK, while there are taxi ranks outside terminals 1 and 3. In town, public transport is plentiful and quick - and it runs 24 hours per day. Good ticket options for visitors are the Copenhagen Card or a City Pass, which provide discounts to major tourist attractions. Copenhagen has plenty of accommodation options, from hotels to rented apartments and hostels. However, there are few truly cheap places to stay, although suburban hostels can be slightly more affordable.

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