Visitors to Copenhagen quickly understand why the Danish capital is consistently rated one of the happiest cities in the world. Mixing modern Scandinavian design with charming, centuries-old buildings, the city feels like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. Add in world-class restaurants, squeaky-clean streets, miles of bicycle lanes, and historic and cultural attractions such as Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, and Tivoli Gardens, and it’s easy for travelers to feel a twinge of envy for Copenhagen residents. This compact city can be easily explore a short time, whether on a walking or biking tour, canal cruise, or hop-on hop-off bus tour.
Functioning as the official residence of Denmark’s royal family, Amalienborg Palace is made up of four 18th-century buildings facing a central square in Copenhagen’s Frederiksstaden district. Many city tours include a stop here and offer the opportunity to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, learn about Denmark’s royal history at the palace museum, and explore Amalienborg’s lavish interiors.
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With its charming jumble of colorful townhouses, a cobblestone waterfront lined with shops and restaurants, and a harbor dotted with wooden ships, Nyhavn is one of Copenhagen’s most photogenic thoroughfares. The canal connects King’s Square to the harbor and makes for a strategic starting point for sightseeing cruises, while land-bound tours take in nearby attractions such as Amalienborg Castle, Copenhagen Opera House, and the Little Mermaid statue.
Another great option for clients who prefer the flexibility of independent sightseeing is this 2-day hop-on hop-off tour that travels by both bus and boat (departures from Nyhavn) for a well-rounded city overview.
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Open since 1843, Tivoli Gardens is one of the world’s oldest-operating amusement parks. Tivoli lures visitors with its nostalgic feel and lively mix of gardens, restaurants, and amusement rides. The park is a must-see for first-time visitors to Copenhagen, and as the park admission fee doesn’t include ride tickets, enthusiastic riders would benefit from packages offering unlimited rides.
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Strict cycling rules abound. Visitors should not ride in a pedestrian area, and must keep to the right if there’s no bike lane. Hand signals should be used when turning, and lights are required after dark.
When to Visit
Summer in Copenhagen brings long, sun-filled days perfect for enjoying meals at sidewalk cafés and perusing music and art festivals. Winters can be cold and rainy due to the city’s maritime climate, but during the Christmas season decorations and outdoor markets light up the streets with holiday cheer.
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Layers of clothing are essential. Copenhagen’s weather can be unpredictable, even in summer months, and clients should be prepared for cold, rain, and biting wind.
Much of Copenhagen is walkable, and clients can also take advantage of the city’s clean and efficient Metro system. It’s also famously bike-friendly—travelers can rent one to feel like a local as they explore.
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Copenhagen is world-renowned for its pioneering New Nordic food scene, but nearby Malmo—just 20 minutes by train over the Swedish border—is also making culinary waves.