Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen

Denmark

The capital city of Denmark is defined by its vibrant and youthful city centre, its fashionable residents, and the cheerful rainbow coloured houses that line its canalways. Known for being at the forefront of design and innovation, Copenhagen's architecture is an intriguing mix of historic Neoclassical buildings and super striking, ultra modern structures, from the Black Diamond (an arm of the Royal Danish Library) to the sleek Copenhagen Opera House and the 16-kilometre-long Oresund Bridge, which connects the city to Malmo in Sweden.

Beneath the surface, the culture of Copenhagen is equally diverse. Head to the Freetown Christiana neighbourhood in Christianshavn and you'll discover hippie communities, vegetarian eateries, hopping live music venues, a popular skatepark and an overwhelmingly bohemian feel. Not far away from Christiana is Vesterbro, Copenhagen's trendy and upscale 'meatpacking' district. And the multicultural Nørrebro area is all cheap kebab joints, second-hand clothes shops and student-friendly nightclubs. With so much variety and things to do, it's no wonder Copenhagen is one of the most popular city break destinations year after year!

Things to do

Having become a city break hotspot in recent years, Copenhagen has plenty to do and see in rain or shine.

See the city on two wheels: If you're up for being a bit more active on your trip, you should definitely hire a bike and cycle around the city; it's mostly flat and it's incredibly bike-friendly, with cycle lanes on almost every street. You can find bikes for rent at docking stations at a surprisingly low price, despite Copenhagen tending to be on the pricey side in general.

Explore Nyhavn: This is the iconic old port you'll most certainly recognise from postcards and photos. The area, formerly known as a somewhat dodgy hub for prostitutes and sailors, is now a trendy neighbourhood filled with restaurants, bars and Copenhagen's famous colourful buildings.

Discover the city's museums: For those more culturally inclined, Copenhagen is full of museums such as the National Museum of Denmark, the National Gallery of Denmark and the art museum Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which houses the personal art collection of Carl Jacobsen, son of the Carlsberg Brewery founder.

Food, drink and "hygge"

If you're in need of caffeine, you're in the right place. Copenhagen is arguably one of the top coffee capitals in the world. Visit one of the many small, independent coffee shops dotted around the city and experience the pleasant minimalism that's characteristic of Danish interior style.

The Danish are known for appreciating a close-knit community, especially during the dark and cold winter months. They even have a word to describe the cosy feeling you get from things like hot chocolate, fur blankets and flickering candles: "Hygge."

When it comes to food, your choices are never-ending. Like any cosmopolitan city, Copenhagen has plenty of international choices to choose from. But if you're after traditional Danish food, expect to see lots of rye bread, pickled or smoked fish and sliced vegetables on the menu. We also recommend treating yourself to a hotdog from one of the many street vendors you'll find around town.

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