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Copenhagen Holidays & City Breaks 2021
Copenhagen holidays are a perfect place to start when it comes to exploring the Nordic countries. Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen is also the country’s most populous city exuding a metropolitan style as well as coastal flair. The capital sits on the eastern coast of the island Zealand and also on the island of Amager. Copenhagen is also separated from the Swedish city of Malmo by the strait of Oresund. The Oresund Bridge connects the Danish capital to Malmo by rail and road. Copenhagen has a rich culture and history dating back to the Vikings. However, nowadays the capital is also the governmental, economic and cultural centre of Denmark, making it a clear frontrunner for your next city break destination.
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Your guide to Copenhagen holidays
Things to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen short breaks mix the city and the coast, meaning you can have the best of both worlds. Walks along the canal and harbour feature vibrantly coloured buildings, whilst trips around the city will unveil castles, palaces and royal residences. Copenhagen is such a beautiful city that admiring the sights will take up most of your time.
- Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s waterfront and canal lined with bright coloured buildings. It’s also the city’s entertainment district.
- The Little Mermaid – The capital’s iconic statue of a bronze mermaid from a Danish fairytale.
- Amalienborg – A complex of palaces which is also the Danish royal family’s residence. Tours and museums are offered here, as well as marches from the royal guards.
- Gefion Fountain – A large bronze fountain featuring the Norse goddess – Gefion.
- Rosenborg Castle – Palace and surrounding gardens including a museum which contains the crown jewels and guided tours.
When to go
As Copenhagen is near the ocean, the capital experience a temperamental climate throughout the year. Summer is the best time to visit the Danish city as that is when temperatures are around the highest, hitting 22° in July and August. During these months, sunshine is prevalent, especially in July. Once autumn starts, temperatures begin to drop, and rainfall begins to increase. If the summer isn’t suitable for you to visit Copenhagen, try the spring time. During this period there isn’t much rain and the weather is beginning to warm up, particularly from the end of March onwards. Copenhagen winters on the other hand, are cold and can be snowy.
Average high and low temperatures for each month (°C):
- January: 3° / -1°
- February: 3° / -1°
- March: 6° / 0°
- April: 11° / 4°
- May: 16° / 8°
- June: 20° / 12°
- July: 22° / 14°
- August: 22° / 14°
- September: 17° / 11°
- October: 12° / 7°
- November: 7° / 3°
- December: 5° / 1°
Places to eat
Copenhagen holidays are perfect for trying out new foods, whether they are international bites or traditional Scandinavian delicacies. There are many different places to eat in the Danish capital, from small bistros to high-end restaurants, tiny cafes and coffee shops.
Copenhagen is the frontrunner when it comes to showcasing New Nordic cuisine, but at the same time, there are quick and easy street foods to try here. Hot dogs, burgers and even cuisine with Middle Eastern origin can be found here.
Try rød pølse– the Danish hot dogs can be found everywhere in the city and rød pølse is a favourite. Red sausage served in a bun along with plenty of ingredients to choose from, topped off with ketchup and mustard of course. Pickled Herring is another favourite in the capital dating back to the Viking Era, being close to the sea, fish is a huge hit in the city.
Top restaurants in Copenhagen include:
- Restaurant Schønnemann
- Amass Restaurant
Copenhagen weekend breaks are fantastic for a night out. There are two sides to the city depending on how you’re feeling. Spend a quiet night at a bar with a couple of cocktails or beers as you socialise with friends or use that as your base for a louder night, enjoying yourself until the morning arrives. Copenhagen is also home to live music venues which are convenient for when events are on, so there definitely is a variety to choose from when it comes to Copenhagen nightlife.
Great nightlife hotspots in Copenhagen include:
- Chateau Motel
- Culture Box
- The Jane
- Simpelt V
Culture vulture? You’ll love Copenhagen city breaks! The Danish capital is full of amazing galleries, museums and theatres. Learn all about Copenhagen’s history, people and culture and you sift through the city’s museums. Browse through eye-opening collections of art in one of the many galleries which are available to the public. Watch a breath-taking show at the theatre as you truly immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s cultural scene.
- National Museum of Denmark – Full of exhibits highlighting the country’s past and current culture.
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – Art museum featuring Danish and French collections, as well as Mediterranean sculptures.
- Copenhagen Opera House – Located on the harbourfront, this venue is home to the Royal Danish Opera.
- National Gallery of Denmark – A great day out with the kids, they can enjoy activities in the gallery, whilst you admire the international collections held here.
Copenhagen City Breaks
Copenhagen city breaks are great for every type of holidaymaker. From couples to families and even solo travellers. With an abundance of culture and history in the city, there is plenty to see and do during your Copenhagen holiday, ensuring that you’ll be preoccupied the whole time. With two sides to the city, it is easy to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the inner city and relish in ultimate relaxation near the coast. Check out our cheap deals on flights and hotels to book your Copenhagen holiday now!
What our local experts say
Local guide: 48 hours in Copenhagen
Denmark’s beautiful capital is bursting with wonderful sights and plenty of things to do. Even though Copenhagen is a small city, it’s difficult to see everything you want to see, especially during a short break. But, with a straight-forward and well-planned itinerary, you can be up and running ...Continue reading
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