The capital of Denmark is the pinnacle of Scandi cool and hygge.
It’s full of modern architecture, palaces and quaint little cafes. Head here if you’re after picturesque sights, colourful buildings and beautiful waters.
Location: Copenhagen, Zealand, Denmark
Population of city: 763,908
Nearest airport: Copenhagen Airport
Main train/bus station(s): Copenhagen Central Station
Best time to visit? All year round
Budget level? £££
Best for: Landmarks, Romantic escapes, Art & Culture, shopping.
How long should I go for?
2-3 nights should be enough to explore this small but perfectly formed capital city. Of course, you can always find more to do if you do want to spend longer!
Copenhagen is well connected by train to Northern Europe as well as Germany and the Netherlands. This means it’s a bit of a bridge between the rest of Europe and Scandinavia. If you’re heading to Stockholm or Oslo, you’ll need to make a stopover in Copenhagen.
Visiting the Tivoli Gardens is a must when you’re in Copenhagen – it’s a magical fairground with culture and history built into it.
This is probably the most famous sight in Denmark. The Nyhavn harbour is home to beautiful coloured buildings and pristine waters.
This statue is a must-see! It was made by Edvard Eriksen, based on the Little Mermaid fairytale back in 1913.
This hippie town is the ultimate stop for getting those all-important Instagram snaps. It is eco-friendly, car-free and you have to apply to live there!
Copenhagen’s main centre and downtown area. Here you’ll find all the main attractions as well as loads of food and nightlife options such as Torvehallerne market.
Across the water from Indre By, Christianshavn is home to the world famous Freetown Christiania, as well as The Church of Our Saviour.
Residential area home to Copenhagen Zoo and Freideriksberg Gardens.
Bohemian studenty area just north of Indre By – it’s a foodie mecca: head here for Microbreweries pulling craft pints, cute cafes serving Scandi specialities and plentiful organic options.
Starting at the central station and spreading out to the Southwest. Here you’ll find Kodbyen (the Meatpacking District) – Copenhagen’s coolest nightlife spot.
The Danish National Gallery in Indre By.
Check out the history of Design at this Danish national institution.
17th Century palace transformed into an art gallery for contemporary art and performance space.