Country: Denmark
Currency: Krone (DKK)
Peak Season: May-September
Shoulder Season: March-April, October
Median Temperature: 8.60 C / 47.48 F
Main Languages: Danish, English
Primary Modes of Transportation: Bus, metro, taxi, bicycle
Recommended Duration of Stay: 3 days
Recommended Pocket Money: $150.00/day
Tourist Passes: Copenhagen Card
Show your love by linking to us

Copenhagen leagues itself as of the most serene and livable European cities, only beaten by Paris, Barcelona, and London in popularity and landmarks. But in many regards, the humble Danish capital surpasses distant cities with its cosmopolitan setting, serviceable transport system (not to mention free bike rentals), scholarly locals, and lively summer and autumn seasons. The city is renowned for being both a shopping and dining hub, wherein (literally) a smorgasbord of treats awaits anyone. The prices of goods sold in the local flea markets and sidewalk stalls aren’t downright cheap, nor are they outrageously expensive. The city is home to many brewpubs, coffeehouses, bakeries, and Michelin restaurants.

Tourists will enjoy walking on the Cobblestone-laden roads and sidewalks that blend in nicely with the Danish pub culture. International beer groups praise the city for its wide variety of beers, ranging from the usual lager to the traditional Hvidtøl, Julebryg, and Nisseøl (all three meeting heavy demand during the holidays). As for the café culture—the Danish are known for their “hygge” an exclusive Danish word loosely translated as a “frivolous sense of self-satisfaction and bonding with one’s self, close-knit friends and relatives”—and that says a lot about their love for al fresco coffee moments. This “hygge” starts from the baristas’ punctual, no-nonsense stewardship in serving every blend of coffee, followed by intricately designed coffee house interiors that sure to invite even the most reluctant onlookers. The Danes, known to be industrious as Europeans can get, love to treat themselves to a cup of coffee, and they do this with style.

Packing List

  • Stylish, casual clothing; raingear, light cottonwear and layers to suit the very changeable weather throughout the year; comfortable walking shoes
  • Ziplocked snacks, energy bars and meals if you don’t want to spend too much on food; bring some extra bags for those danish cookies and small cakes to take home
  • Laptop and portable electronic devices; wi-fi hotspots are ubiquitous; bring a camera with some good lenses and plenty of battery, film and memory for panoramic views
  • Essential medication and toiletries; most international brands are available at groceries here, so pack light and bring extra ziplocks for perishables
  • Essential medication and toiletries; most international brands are available at groceries here, so pack light and bring extra ziplocks for perishables

Things to Do

  • Boat-watching and café culture at Nyhavn waterfront; the 17th-18th pastel-colored mansions (which might pass off as apartments due to their modest size) are worth closer inspection
  • Entering Rosenborg Castle of humble renaissance architecture—the summer retreat of Christian IV stored inside are the Crown Jewels and Danish Crown Regalia
  • Catching a performance and riding the roller coasters at Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park, being built in 1843 and currently has an expanse of eight hectares
  • Visting Frederick’s Church, otherwise known as the “Marble Church” due to the interior being almost entirely made up of marble
  • Visting star-shaped Kastellet, a decommissioned (but well-preserved) fortification which is now a highly-visited park; several baroque buildings are situated at the center

DON'T

  • Ignore common courtesy, nor disregard queues; Danish folk are friendly but a bit reserved, and have a strong tendency to be very hostile against hooligans
  • Forget to bring gifts when you visit someone’s residence; take off your shoes at the doorway; observe dinner etiquette to avoid any faux passe
  • Let the houseowner catch you taking a siesta, it’s considered poor behavior; additionally, conserve water and always recycle, as Danish are environmentally-conscious
  • Don’t arrive any later than five minutes when meeting a local, else that person will leave; small tips are customary, even if the service fee is already included in the bill
  • Abuse the laws that permit alcohol drinking in public, be sparing with what you drink or you might end up in the cellar