Copenhagen, Scandinavia's elegant metropolis
Vibrant and sophisticated, Copenhagen is a modern and welcoming city with all the attractions and facilities of a major European capital. There is a relaxed feel to the streets clustered around the waterfront, and gourmets will appreciate that Copenhagen has a world-renowned restaurant scene.
Best time to travel and festivals
Copenhagen is particularly lively in summer, notably around the 10-day Jazz Festival at the start of July, with performances staged throughout the city, from concert halls to cellar bars. Although it can get very cold and dark in winter, Copenhagen takes on a romantic aspect with festive lights. street markets and displays in December. The Danes like to celebrate New Year's Eve with gusto.
Important information before you travel
Visas are not required for UK visitors and no additional vaccinations are needed, although visitors should carry their EHIC medical cards. Although Denmark is a very safe destination, visitors should be vigilant about their personal property in tourist areas and around the railway station. Denmark is not quite as expensive as some other countries in Scandinavia but prices for food, drinks and accommodation are around 20% higher than in the UK. Budget travellers might find it tricky to locate cheap accommodation, although Copenhagen does offer some backpacker hostels. The Danish krone is the currency and credit cards are widely used, even for small purchases. Denmark is one hour ahead of GMT.
Local information: arrival, accommodation and transport
Regular Metro Line 2 or InterCity trains from the airport take around 15 minutes to reach the city centre. Bus service 5A takes a little longer. Single tickets cost around 32 DKK. Taxis are available from ranks outside Terminals 1 and 3. The city centre is easy to stroll around on foot, although Copenhagen has an excellent bus, metro and ferry service for sights further out. Visitors may find it economical to purchase a 24-hr day pass, a 7 day flexcard or a Copenhagen Card or City Pass, which offer unlimited use of public transport and discounted admission to museums and attractions. Bike-friendly Copenhagen has an extensive network of cycle lanes around the centre and plenty of places to rent bikes by the hour.