In this Destination Guide you will find information for : Copenhagen
♦Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)
♦Zone: +1 GMT
♦Phone Code: +45
♦Best time to visit: May or September
♦Must eat: Smørrebrød (bread&meat)
♦Must drink: Pilsner beer.
♦Don't miss: The Little Mermaid
Number of times visited: 1
Getting there and transportation: Denmark is part of Scandinavia, located north of Europe but in easy reach from central Europe due to its geographical location on the continent. Getting there is easy by train or bus when travelling from nearby cities or doing a tour within the region.
The national airline is Scandinavian Airlines, which has its largest hub at the country's capital, Copenhagen. From here it's easy to fly from many European, American and Asian destinations. Travelling from within Europe it's also possible to reach the country with many low cost airlines which fly direct to either the capital or other secondary cities. Airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair or Norwegian are worth checking if you are coming direct from Europe for the cheaper fares.
It's aslo possible to reach Copenhagen by ship, this being a slower option. But if you like the sea and have time to spare you can travel from Germany. You can get a ferry from Rostock to Gedser, Puttgarden to Rodby or List to Havneby.
By road it offers easy option from Germany or from Sweden. The roads and motorways are secure, well developed and the traffic is always fluid so renting a car is a good idea when visiting in Denmark and travel around the country.
Weather and temperature: Denmark has a continental climate which changes from Summer to Winter quite drastically. Summer's are rather warm, with temperatures reaching easily 25C or higher. However the rest of the year, it can be quite wet and cold. Denmark has one the highest volume of rain fall in the continent, so it's definitely advised taking an umbrella. Winter's are cold, on occasion frozen with snow and cold winds from the North being quite common. Temperatures can reach -10 in January. The best time to discover the country is from May to September, though July and August are high season and everything can be more expensive and crowded.
Food and drink: Given its location, it is not surprising that fish forms an important part of Danish cuisine. Around a dozen restaurants in Denmark, hold Michelin star or 'rising star' status. Most towns have fast food outlets, and sausage (pølser) stalls also offering soft drinks and beer.
Specialities in Denmark are: Smørrebrød, a traditional lunchtime Danish dish, consisting of a slice of dark bread with butter, topped with sliced meat, fish or cheese. Danish breakfast, or "morgen-complet", consists of an assortment of breads, rolls, jam and cheese, often sliced meats, boiled eggs and warm Danish pastries.
As for drinks, Scandinavian coffee is usually drunk strong and black. Beer, famous breweries being Carlsberg and Tuborg. Most popular is pilsner (lager).
Akvavit, popularly known as schnapps, is meant to be drunk with cold food or at Christmas, preferably with a beer chaser. It is served ice cold.
Transportation: Arriving at the airport and taking public transport options is the best way to get to the city centre. There are a few alternatives but the cheapest way it to go by bus or metro. The bus 5A which runs days and night takes you to the central station. Metro is the quickest way, the metro station is located in a covered, direct extension of Terminal 3. It takes 15 minutes from the airport to Nørreport Station, city centre. There is also a train station at the airport for those who are travelling to other regions of the country.
Once it the city Copenhagen offers a reliable and modern transport system. For those visiting there is the CityPass which offers unlimited travel during 24h for 80DKK (€11) or 72h for 200DKK (€27). However the city centre is small and all the mean sights can be done by foot.
The metro in Copenhagen is small but very efficient. There are only two lines. Below you can access the metro map for Copenhagen.
What to see and do? Copenhagen at a first glance might seem small, but rest assured there is plenty to see. It has a lot of history attached to it and with the Royal Family still present in Denmark there is always an air or royalty around and things are done efficiently like clockwork. Any shows, changes of guards and official acts are very popular to see. At the same time, you can relax and walk around the pretty harbour and or enjoy a cruise by boat.The most recommended sights to see are:
Tip: Copenhagen is only a short train ride away from Malmo (Sweden), so if you have time why not hop over to this pretty town and explore further? Take the train from the city centre and within 35 minutes you will reach Malmo central station. Cost of the ticket is €10 when bought in advance.
Accommodation: Copenhagen is well suited for everyone's pocket, from luxury hotels to budget hostels and guesthouses. It's a city which caters well for tourists and offers many services and tours. In Hotels generally it's easy to find information about the transportation and activities within the city and friendly staff, speaking in English are all on hand to help. Staying right in the city centre might be more expensive, but with a good transport network around the city, staying a little further away won't add too much time to travel. On average hotels can cost around €55 per night. If you're on a budget then hostels can cost about €25 per night, also Airbnb is recommended for private accommodation.
Recommended duration: Copenhagen is a very easy city to visit, by its size it's easy to walk around, relax in cafes or taking a boat ride in its canals. Simply walking around, Copenhagen can be seen in a day other two. But if you want to take in more of the city, visit museums or arrange activities then a suggested 3 nights would be ideal.