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Copenhagen, Denmark

November 7, 2018

What is there to do in Copenhagen?

 

  • Rent a bike. Copenhagen is a cycle lovers city!

  • Tivoli Gardens- An amusement park and its the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world from 1843.

  • Nyhavn- Is the 17th-century waterfront with the brightly colored townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants.

  • Take a canal tour on the Nyhavn canal. Its a fantastic way to see the sites in Copenhagen.

  • The Little Mermaid- Iconic bronze mermaid sculpture, by Edvard Eriksen, of a character from H.C. Andersen's fairytale.

  • Amalienborg-Is the home of the Danish royal family.

  • Rosenborg Castle- A Dutch Renaissance palace & gardens.

  • Stroget-is a long shopping street in the middle of Copenhagen. Here you will find local shops, high street and luxury brands.

  • Christianshavn- is known for its hip cafe culture and canals lined with colorful houseboats. Its a great spot to try Copenhagen's famous street food and international dining.

  • Dyrehavsbakken-An amusement park for all ages.

 

Where to stay in Copenhagen

INDRE BY (OLD CITY)

This is one of Copenhagen’s oldest neighborhood in the city. You’ll find many of the city’s most famous museums and churches here. The main streets are Strøget and Købmagergade, with many name brand stores. Its a local atmosphere with decent hotel prices. 

 

NYHAVN (NEW HARBOR)

Nyhavn is the famous waterfront with the brightly colored townhouses and bars, cafes, canals, and restaurants. Nyhavn restaurants & hotels are overpriced but you'll be able to drive into a hip cultured neighborhood.

 

CHRISTIANSHAVN (CANALS)

Christianshavn is a residential neighborhood full of canals. Most of the sights you may want to check out are further in distance(about a 20 minute walk) but hotels in this area are more decent price and great for families. If you want to leave the Christianshavn neighborhood, you'll find public transportation and bike paths and that give you main accuse to the center of Copenhagen.

 

SLOTSHOLMEN

Slotsholmen is the neighborhood that the regal Christianborg Palace is located. This neighborhood is a joy to walk around, but it doesn’t provide much in the way of accommodations. If you do find accommodations it will be reasonable priced.

 

VESTERBRO

Vesterbro is considered the Red Light District of Copenhagen. This neighborhood is home to many artist, art gallery owners, fashion designers, and ethnic restaurants and markets. The neighborhood is south of Indre By. Copenhagen’s main train station, hip bars, and cafes are also located here. The atmosphere here can get a little noise from the bars and live music played, but if plan to go out then this neighborhood may be perfect for you.

 

 Currency?

 

Danish krone

 

Check out Google Currency Converter for current rates.

 

How to get to your destination from the airport?

 

 In Copenhagen it only takes less than 15 minutes to go from Copenhagen Airport to the city centre by train or metro. Both metro and train run from terminal 3. You will need a ticket for three zones, which costs DKK 38.

 

Citypass tickets can be bought at the ticket machines in terminal 3 just above the railway, and at the DSB ticket sales counter, also located in terminal 3. 

TIP: The machines only accept coins and all major credit cards, not notes.

 

Taxi

Taxis can pick up passengers outside terminal 1 and 3 and will get you to downtown Copenhagen in about 20 minutes depending on traffic. It will cost approximately DKK 250-300.

 

Bus

Bus 5A will take you directly to Copenhagen Central Station, City Hall Square, Nørreport and other stations. It takes about 30-35 minutes from the airport to the Central Station.

 

Train

If you want to go to Copenhagen Central Station, the train is your best option. The train station is located by terminal 3. The trains run every 10 minutes during the day and will get you to Copenhagen Central Station in about 13 minutes. During the night the trains run 1-3 times an hour. All the trains go in the same direction from the airport (M2 to Vanløse Station), so you do not have to worry about getting on the wrong train.The trains run about every 4-6 minutes during the day and evening. During the night the train runs every 15-20 minutes. It will take you 13 minutes to get to Nørreport Station (hub in city centre) from the airport.

 

How to get around Copenhagen?

 

Citypass

With a City Pass you can enjoy unlimited travel on buses, trains and the metro in Copenhagen in zones 1-4.The City Pass is valid for 24, 48, 72 or 120 hours.

 

You can also purchase a 7-day unlimited travel card called a Flexcard. It gives you unlimited travel in your choice of zones. The price ranges from DKK 260 - 620 ($40-94). The card is available for longer periods of time as well.​

 

One adult can bring along two children under the age of 12 free on a 24-hour ticket. Children under the age of 16 can buy a 24-hour ticket at DKK 75. (12$USD).

 

You can buy your City Pass at the ticket vending machine at all stations and including at the airport, or online at www.citypass.dk

 

Bike

One of the most common ways to get around the city is renting a bike. Its one of the cheapest and quickest way to avoid traffic in the city. Its also another way to tour the city!

 

Trains

The S-trains run between 05:00 in the morning and 00:30 at night. Line F runs every 4-5 minutes. The A, B, C and E line run every 10 minutes, and line H and Bx run every 20 minutes. On Friday and Saturday the trains run once an hour between 01:00 and 05:00. 

 

Buses

The A-buses are the primary buses in central Copenhagen. They drive every 3-7 minutes during rush hour (which is between 07:00-09:00 in the morning and 15:30-17:30 in the afternoon) and usually about every 10 minutes before and after rush hour. The A-buses serve at all hours. Night buses are in service between 01:00 and 05:00 in the night. 

 

Metro

The metro is in service all day and all night, every day of the week. There are 2-4 minutes between each train during rush hour, and 3-6 minutes outside rush hour and during the weekends. Friday and Saturday night (after 01:00) trains arrive with a 7-15 minutes interval and a 20 minutes interval after midnight on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday).

 

When to travel to Copenhagen

 

The best time to visit Denmark is May-August, when the days are at their longest and the weather is warm. Visiting Denmark in July or August is a prime season to travel but if your traveling inland of Copenhagen, its still peaceful and quite. Theses months Scandinavian families head to the islands for the lakes on the coastline!

 

January-February & September-October are a little on the colder side when visiting but you'll find fewer crowds and more affordable accommodation.

 

If your visiting for the hoildays in November-December, you'll find many hoilday markets and beautiful lights for the season.

 

What language is spoken in Copenhagen?

 

Danish.

 

Learn Basic Danish.

 

Hello- Hej

Yes- Ja

No- Ingen

Please- Vær venlig

Thank you- Thak

You're welcome- Selv tak

Excuse me- Undskyld mig

Bathroom-Badeværelse

 

Where to eat in Copenhagen?

 

Denmark is famous for street food and their hotdogs! You cant come to Copenhagen without trying one! For the best street food head over to Christianshavn and head over to Copenhagen Street Food.

  • Geranium-An upsale resturant with panoramic views from the 8th floor. 

  • Ranees-This family-run restaurant does faithfully prepared Isan Thai food and is frequented by chefs and waiters from some of the city’s best restaurants when they want a break from wood sorrel and nasturtiums. It also has a surprisingly good wine list. 

  • Apollo Bar- Located in Charlottenborg Palace, the city’s most well-known contemporary art gallery, Apollo Bar serves as an effortlessly delicious, interesting museum canteen by day. At night, it turns into a hotspot serving dishes like squid ink risotto.

 

Things you should know when traveling to Copenhagen?

  • Copenhagen is extra-green(eco-friendly) city!!! This Danish capital has electric buses, recycling-crazy citizens, clean harbors and shops selling clothes made from organic bamboo. 

  • Denmark doesn't use the Euro here. Its a common mistake that most people think Denmark uses Euros because they are apart of Europe! Denmark has their own Danish krone.

  • The Danes are the happiest people on the plane. According to the UN's 2013 World Happiness Report, Denmark, with a score of 7.6, beats every other country on a global happiness scale from zero to 10. 

 Is Copenhagen kid friendly? Things to do with kids?

 

Copenhangen is definitely kid friendly! Just like any other city Copenhangen offers many activities that accommodate all ages.

"You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you are excited about. Don't lets others make you forget that."

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