Essential Travel Guide to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a small city with big attractions, and it’s easy to get around. This essential travel guide to Copenhagen will help you plan your trip, from where to stay in Copenhagen to what to see and do while you’re there.

Where to stay in Copenhagen

The best areas to stay in Copenhagen are the city center and its surrounding neighborhoods. These include Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and Østerbro. The main train station is located on the western side of Central Station (København Hovedbanegård), which makes it easy to get around by train or metro.

The main hotels in Copenhagen are Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel & Conference Centre (Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel & Conferences Centre), Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen (Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen) and Marriott Copenhagen Airport Hotel (Marriott Copenhagen Airport). If you want something more affordable, then Airbnbs such as this one offer great value for money while still being close enough to attractions like Tivoli Gardens amusement park or Nyhavn harbor front area where you can enjoy drinks at one of many cafes along its banks!

Marriott Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Hostels are also another option if your budget allows it – there’s even one called “Hobo” which has been rated 4 stars by Lonely Planet travelers so definitely worth checking out if travelling solo! If camping is more your style then Camping Parken offers pitches with electrical hook-ups but no bathrooms so make sure not forget those essentials before setting off from home 🙂

Places to visit in Copenhagen

If you’re visiting Copenhagen, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. The city’s most famous attraction is its UNESCO World Heritage Site Tivoli Gardens, a massive amusement park with rides, games and restaurants. Another popular tourist attraction is the Round Tower (Rundetaarn), which was built in 1642 as an observatory by Christian IV.

If you like art museums or architecture tours, there are several options available: 

  • The National Gallery of Denmark showcases classical European art from the 15th century up until today; Christiansborg Palace houses royal apartments as well as parliament chambers; 
  • Frederiksborg Castle offers guided tours through its historic rooms and gardens; 
  • while Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has exhibitions on modern art featuring both Danish artists as well as international ones like Picasso or Warhol

What to see in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a vibrant arts scene, with museums and galleries to rival those of any other city. The National Museum of Denmark is the country’s largest museum, with more than 70,000 artifacts from prehistoric times through modern day. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art gallery that houses one of Europe’s best collections of classical sculpture, including works by Michelangelo and Donatello.

For those interested in seeing how people lived during different eras, visit the Royal Cast Collection at Rosenborg Castle or Frederiksborg Castle (both are open year-round). Alternatively, if you want something more interactive than looking at paintings on a wall or taking pictures with statues, check out Tivoli Gardens amusement park (it’s free!)

The city is also known for its architecture, which includes a series of trams that wind through the city. The first was built in 1901, and today there are about 100 different routes. If you’re looking for something more modern than traditional Danish architecture, head to the suburbs of Copenhagen where you’ll find plenty of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers. 

How to get around Copenhagen

Getting around Copenhagen is easy. The city has an excellent public transport system, which you can use to get from one part of town to another. If you’re staying in one of its central neighborhoods like Christianshavn or Norrebro, consider using your feet instead: walking will allow you to see more of the city and get some exercise too!

If you want to explore further afield – say across Lake B0lsebroen or out into Amager Island – then biking is a great option for getting around Copenhagen. There are plenty of well-marked cycle paths throughout the city that make it safe for tourists as well as locals alike (and trust us when we say this will save money on taxis).

Food and drink in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a foodie city, with many restaurants competing for your attention. The Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) are a must-try, and the New Nordic cuisine has become popular worldwide. If you’re looking for traditional fare, try out Noma, which was named best restaurant in the world in 2010 and 2011.

Food and drink in Copenhagen

The city also has a thriving craft beer scene – there are more than 100 microbreweries in Copenhagen alone – and there’s no shortage of coffee shops where you can enjoy your morning cup of joe or afternoon espresso shot.

Shopping in Copenhagen

Shopping is one of Copenhagen’s biggest attractions. The city has become known for its Scandinavian design and quality craftsmanship, so it’s no surprise that shopping here is a must-do activity.

In addition to traditional stores selling clothes, accessories and jewelry – some of which have been around since the 1800s – you’ll find an abundance of boutiques selling everything from antiques to handcrafted furniture pieces. To get the best deals on these items while avoiding tourist traps, try these tips:

Visit local markets like Torvehallerne Food Market or Illum Torve; they’re open daily until 7 p.m., except on Wednesdays when they close at 5:30 p.m… You’ll find everything from fresh produce to homemade pasta sauces there! If you’re looking for something specific (like flowers), ask one of the vendors about their selection before making a purchase because each booth can vary greatly depending on what kind of goods they sell (elements like color/texture should help guide your decision).

Try searching online before heading out into town; many shops offer discounts if purchased online beforehand rather than purchasing them directly through them once inside their store(s).

We hope this guide has helped you plan your trip to Copenhagen. We advise you to use the services of a professional guide in Denmark to make your trip unforgettable.

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