Denmark’s dynamic and sophisticated capital. Its attitude is progressive but this city positively embraces its past, with as much passion for its royal parades and palaces as for its astonishingly modern buildings and cutting edge design. Fresh, refreshing and always uplifting, Copenhagen truly is a wonderful city, perfect for exploring during a weekend getaway.
Why visit Copenhagen?
The Danish capital is cool and cosmopolitan, surprising and uplifting, and it has flourished in recent years. Copenhagen is a royal city, filled with parks and palaces, gardens and royal guards.
But it’s also one of the hippest, most happening capitals in the world where many leading fashion, interior and jewellery designers have opened flagship stores.
There is no ferry route from the UK to Denmark anymore, however it is still easy to access Scandinavia via any of our routes from the UK to Europe.
If you live in the north of England or Scotland, then our
will take you within 6 hours of the Danish border, allowing you to take in the scenery as you drive.
What to see in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is easy to explore and has one of the most efficient and reliable public transport systems in the world. Trains, underground, buses and waterbuses are all accessed on the same ticket, so you will be able to move around quickly during your city break.
The architecture is breathtaking, from grandiose old buildings to the sweeping curves of the Blue Planet, Denmark’s National Aquarium. While the world looks to Denmark for excellence in design, architects in Copenhagen looked to light, water, open spaces and sustainability to find inspiration for this and other new buildings in the capital.
Copenhagen’s most famous attraction is The Little Mermaid, a bronze and granite sculpture that was a gift to the city from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen. He commissioned it after watching a ballet performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid over a century ago.
Nyhavn is a richly atmospheric and historic part of the city. The quayside here is lined with old merchants’ houses and warehouses dating back to when commercial ships from around the world would dock here and unload their cargo. Today these fine old buildings have been converted into a brightly coloured parade of restaurants, cafes, shops and bars. With its relaxed atmosphere, great food and live music, Nyhavn is perfect for a spot of people watching, Scandinavian-style.
No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a visit to Tivoli Gardens. The world’s second oldest amusement park, it stands at the heart of the city and is a focal point for visitors young and old. So much more than a theme park, Tivoli enchants visitors with illuminations, live music, lakes, fountains and fireworks – as well as thrilling rides including roller coasters, carousels and the iconic ferris wheel.
For a royal view of Copenhagen, climb Christiansborg Palace tower. At 106m it offers fabulous views of the city, as well as traditional Danish food with a modern twist from the restaurant at the top.
Another popular attraction is the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace. Get there early and you can watch the guards marching from their barracks through the streets of Copenhagen, before the ceremony is held daily at noon.
Where to stay in Copenhagen
From quaint guesthouses to good budget b&bs and high end hotels, there is plenty of accommodation to choose from. Our partner
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Shopping in Copenhagen
When it comes to shopping, Copenhagen has it all. With a great mix of shops, from large fashion stores to small souvenir shops, Copenhagen is a city that has everything. With everything on two main shopping streets you won't be far from finding exactly what you want.
The most famous shopping street in Copenhagen, it actually comprises of four streets connected by three squares.
Fisketorvet Shopping Centre
Ideally situated on the outskirts of Copenhagen the Fisketorvet shopping centre is located near the harbour, with excellent views, it contains over 100 shops, 15 restaurants and a huge cinema complex.
One of Copenhagen's biggest shopping centres, this beautiful department store that sells both furniture and fashion, located along the Strøget. Under its marvellous glass dome you can find well known brands including Dolce & Gabana and French Connection.
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