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Copenhagen

Denmark

The capital city of Denmark is historic, hip, and happy. Copenhagen is both refined and remarkable in every way; just walk past the neat and colourful houses dotted along the picturesque canal. 

Scandinavian in all things culinary, fashion, and nightlife, this is a city that's on the up. 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."

Locals here are so satisfied with their lives that they've been voted the happiest city in the world for two years running. Do you need any more reasons to discover this awesome place?

Things to do 

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

If you're up for being a bit more active on your trip, you should definitely cycle around the city to get from one place to another; the city is flat and friendly so you're safe on all accounts. You can find bikes for rent at docking stations all over the city at a surprisingly low price, despite Copenhage being quite pricey in general.

Head to the old port at Nyhavn, where ships from all across the world were once docked. This area, formerly known as a place that prostitutes and sailors frequented, is now a trendy spot filled with restaurants, bars and Copenhagen's famous colourful buildings. If you're into your architecture then you're going to want to cycle up from Nyhavn to Rosenborg Castle, but be sure to stop off at the round tower on your way. 

For those more culturally inclined, Copenhagen is full of museums such as he National Museum of Denmark, the National Gallery of Denmark and the art museum Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which includes an exhibition featuring the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, who was the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Brewery.

Food and drinks 

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. 

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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