Copenhagen: Holidays

The Paris of the North

Backpacking

Backpacking in Copenhagen

Backpacking in Copenhagen is an affordable way for singles, couples and even families to explore the city. Many hostels are within easy walking distance of public transport, Tivoli, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, the Stroget, and supermarkets. Most backpacking accommodation in Copenhagen is situated conveniently near the hip and cozy quarter of Vesterbro (the former red light district), and the Latin Quarter. Nearby surroundings host a great variety of shopping, cafés and dining opportunities: from Japanese sushi bars, Thai kitchens, French cuisine and Danish steaks to second-hand retro clothes shops and cool design stores.

The Norrebro area also provides a variety of hostels ranging in price from about 20 - 30 Euros per night. Not all hostels include breakfast or towels and linen in dorm prices, but expect standardized clean, safe and secure rooms with 24 hour reception, access to the internet and self catering facilities. Backpackers in Copenhagen can also expect the largest hostel in Europe. Arrangements can also be made for backpackers to explore beyond the city such as day trips to Helsingor and Roskilde.
 

Beach

Beach in Copenhagen

The perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, Copenhagen’s Danish Riviera has many beaches to be proud of running both north and south of the capital city. Located just 20 minutes north of Copenhagen, visitors can take the S-train line to Klampenborg. With views of Sweden across the sea, this stretch of fine sand is lively on hot summer days. Alternatively, try the charming, century-old sea baths next door called Bellevue Beach Baths. Hellerup, also north boasts about 100 meters of clear blue water and pure white sand.

Newly inaugurated Amager Strandpark, in the south has it all with beaches and lagoons within a 15 minute bike ride from the city. A man-made island it juts out into the sea towards Sweden from the island of Amager just to the south of Copenhagen. Located along Amager Strandvej on the island of Amager, it can be reached by metro to Lergravsparken station and a 15 minute walk along Øresundsvej or by bus #12 from the Town Hall Square or the airport. 

Alternatively, visitors can go to Helgoland Baths, founded in 1913; there are no swimsuits.

Camping

Camping in Copenhagen

Campsites in Copenhagen are located outside the city centre and are only open seasonally from March - mid-October. Absalon Camping, however, is one exception and is conveniently open year round. Located 500 meters from the Brøndbyøster Station the journey takes approximately 15 minutes to Copenhagen’s Central Station. You can also take the 550S bus. Most campsites have reliable and frequent public transport (both train and bus) that takes visitors into Central Station.

Campsites make a good base to explore Copenhagen while avoiding the crowds and are a cheaper option than hotels. Tents, camping trailers and caravans are welcome at most sites. There are separate showers and toilets, washing machines/dryers and collection facilities available.

Some campsites accept tents only. Ideal for families, and couples interested in outdoor activities such as golfing, biking, fishing and swimming.

City Breaks

City Breaks in Copenhagen

Copenhagen offers the ideal destination if you’re looking for a city break in a vibrant Scandinavian city. A city break in Copenhagen is a great opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most celebrated cities and realise there is much more than meets the eye. An iconic harbour, award winning design, unique art galleries, superior shopping and a lively nightlife, you’ll get the most from your city break by starting in the city centre. Most of Copenhagen’s sites can be enjoyed in one visit. Public transportation such as the Metro (one of the best in the world), trains, and busses make for easy getting around but ultimately walking and cycling are your best bets.

The city's collection of designer bars, chic restaurants, live music and clubs are topnotch and for something a little different hop across the canal to Christianshavn. Walk through the gates of the Free City of Christiania home to bohemians. No cars, no taxes, but plenty of alternative and interesting bars and cafés to explore.
 

Corporate Weekend

Corporate Weekend in Copenhagen

A corporate weekend in Copenhagen is a great opportunity to visit Denmark’s most famous and celebrated city. With its numerous and diverse range of sights to see, things to do and places to stay, Copenhagen caters for most budgets and tastes. As one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world Copenhagen provides the perfect setting for business to go “green.” Ideal for professionals and ideas to come together and for team building to thrive, Copenhagen is a good European setting for corporate weekends.

Cruises

Cruises in Copenhagen

Copenhagen boasts the longest cruise ship pier outside Miami. Travellers can take a Baltic Sea Cruise, which stops at the countries of the Baltic Sea Region (including 10 countries such as Russia, Norway, Finland, Germany and Holland) and 26 destinations.

Most cruise passengers arrive in Copenhagen at one of three places: Copenhagen Airport (Copenhagen serves as the initial port of departure for many cruises); or for those arriving by sea, Langelinie Pier or Freeport Terminal.

Just a few minutes’ walk away from the cruise ship pier, visitors are greeted by the royal palace, the home of the world’s oldest monarchy. Not far from the palace square you will find The Little Mermaid sitting on the waterfront. The beautiful sculpture – inspired by a fairy tale of H.C. Andersen – can also be enjoyed from the seaside if you go for one of the popular harbour boat trips. More than 320 cruise vessels visit Copenhagen each year and line up at the Langelinie Pier or the harbour area of the Freeport Terminal at Nordhavn.
 

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, in recent times has really upped its anti in the arts and culture scene. Celebrating traditional Danish aesthetics with contemporary needs, the city is home to ballet, opera (the new Royal Opera House makes Copenhagen one of the top opera cities in the world), theatre and art galleries. The music scene, particularly jazz, in Copenhagen is thriving.

Nordic simplicity such as the clean lines of the architecture and design make Copenhagen both a chic and cool city to visit. Don’t miss the Royal Danish Theatre, The National Museum, The National Gallery, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (north of Copenhagen), The Arken Museum of Modern Art, and the Danish Design Centre.
 

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s cycling is world famous. From seeing the city in a short amount of time to keeping status as the greenest capital there are bikes everywhere; cycling in Copenhagen is even considered a tourist attraction. There are plenty of bicycle lanes and routes each marked off by green lights. Busy intersections are marked in blue. Tourists can feel assured knowing that Copenhagen is very flat (but don’t feel disheartened if a woman with two children and her groceries goes whizzing past you; Dane’s of every age are excellent cyclists). Helmets are not often worn (except by children). There is plenty of bicycle parking available throughout Copenhagen including all the train stations and transit hubs. Free city bikes are available from mid-April to mid-December at 110 special stands throughout the city.

You can also rent a bike at Københavns Cyklebors, Gothersgade 157. Depending on the bike, daily rates are about - 18 euros; expect deposits. Hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 am to 1:30 pm. See www.rentabike.dk or www.citycykler.dk for more information.

Mountain Biking Holiday in Copenhagen

There are not many opportunities for mountain biking in Copenhagen, one reason being that the country is notoriously flat but one area that is popular for mountain biking is around lake Furesø to the north of Copenhagen; it is Denmark’s longest mountain bike route. Other popular areas include Nøvling where you can find easy to moderate trails ranging from 16 kilometres to 80 kilometres long. Longer trips can take up to 3 days starting in the north in Frederikshavn as part of the Northsea Cycle Route. Mountain bikers will experience both beach and forest.

 

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is considerably disabled-friendly. Signs mark disabled access for public toilets and metro stations with elevators, as well as disable parking. More than 1300 places in Denmark are accessible for disabled persons. As the Metro is designed to be accessible to all, on the station, there are wheelchair bays on forecourts, lifts from street level to platform, ticket dispensers (In a maximum height of 1200 mm), platform doors at tunnel stations and uniform floor surfacing with “guideways”.

On the trains, there are entrances without steps and flex areas; there is space for guide dogs (but also dog free sections), and names of the stations are announced both over the loud speaker system and on information displays. On S-trains you cannot pre-order assistance for boarding the S-trains. If you want to travel with S-trains, you must face your wheelchair on the platform facing the front coach so you can signal to the driver that you require help for boarding - and alighting if you tell them where you want to get off.

For the train it is advised to make bookings at least 2 days in advance if you need assistance.
You can email handicap@dsb.dk. Blind people can bring guide dogs free of charge on the train; however, out of consideration for people with allergies, you must respect the animal free zones. Copenhagen airport is also designed so that it is possible for wheelchair users to enter and exit without assistance. There is a lift to all levels and disabled toilets are provided. However, if you need help, you should contact the airport information. Copenhagen busses give impaired mobility travelers special consideration. Most busses have stepless entrances and can exit by the middle door (also steplesss).
 

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a fun-filled city to enjoy on a family holiday. It is a bustling city with many of the top attractions catering to young people. Children can spend an exciting day at Tivoli’s Amusement Park full of thrilling rides, entertainment and even a palace to boot. Outdoor activities are abundant as visitors will find beaches, forests, parks and campsites nearby. In winter there is plenty of choice for a family day of ice-skating. Many Danish museums have also introduced interactive exhibits designed with younger visitors in mind. The Zoo (Zoologisk Have) is always a hit with children as is the Guinness World Records Museum. And if you’re still looking for that perfect place, head to Legoland, a true delight for kids of all ages.

Even with younger children you can do most of Copenhagen’s sightseeing on foot. There is also a wide range of family friendly accommodation options available for reasonable prices. Copenhagen is definitely a good option for a family holiday.

 

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in Copenhagen

The capital of Denmark has become a popular destination for gay and lesbian travellers world-wide; Copenhagen embodies the idea of cool cosmopolitan culture. The gay scene is centred in the old town; a bohemian Soho like area packed with entertainment, amazing restaurants and exciting new art venues. Copenhagen is a particularly open minded city with a laid back attitude making it one of the gay-friendliest nations on the globe. In 1989 Denmark was the first country in the world to offer same-sex civil partnerships. Denmark also has the world’s oldest gay and lesbian association founded in 1948. In 1999 it became possible for gay and lesbian couples to adopt the children of their partner. Copenhagen makes an ideal destination for a gay and lesbian holiday and has Queer Festival in July.

Hen Destination

Hen Destination in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the top destination for a hen do in Denmark. Not only does Copenhagen offer party-goers an exciting and fun filled, glamorous night out but it is also perfect for those looking for a weekend of relaxation and sophistication too. There are plenty of bars, live music, and nightclubs in Copenhagen; if you fancy cocktails head to Bar Rouge where the best cocktails in Copenhagen are set in the Hotel Skt Petri. Try Club Mambo for some sizzling salsa dancing and Latin beats. But if bars aren’t to your taste Copenhagen offers some hen party alternatives. Options include gallery hopping, spa days, visiting the Erotica Museum, endless shopping, or simply going for hot day out at the beach.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Copenhagen

Famous for its romantic canals and chic design Copenhagen offers honeymooners in Copenhagen (and couples wanting to go green) the ideal city location. Small enough to be strolled around, Copenhagen allows couples to go at their own pace and simply soak up the city sun and sights such as the Botanic Gardens. Shopping lovers should head to the Magasin du Nord on Kongens Nytorv, the grande-dame of Danish department stores where you'll find plenty of high-fashion labels (including Danish labels) for both men and women. For famed home interiors head to Illums Bolighus, located halfway up Strøget. In the evening take an intimate walk through Tivoli Gardens or dine in a dimly lit Dark Ages convent-converted restaurant where the waitresses wear 19th century-style aprons (Gråbrødretorv). Bastionen and Loven is also a great dining choice and one of the most romantic eateries in Copenhagen (famous for weekend brunch). Copenhagen spoils couples for choices when it comes to dining.

Further a field honeymooning couples can visit the Louisiana Museum, only half hour away by train. Laze in the gardens, or simply take in the stunning sights of the coast. Spend at day at the beach and then stop off at the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa). For extra romance read her love letters. Honeymooning couples can also head to the exciting castle Krongborg Slot the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Enjoy perfect views of the Sound and neighbouring Sweden.

Accommodation will normally offer exciting honeymoon packages to suit every budget and there is no shortage of amazing boutique hotels. Try the Hotel Skt Petri or SAS Radisson Royal.
 

Golf Activity Holiday

Golf Activity Holiday in Copenhagen

Copenhagen and its surrounding areas offer a haven for golf enthusiasts. The greater Copenhagen region is home to 35 golf courses, each with its own distinctive character, design and degree of difficulty, ranging from 9 holes up to 27 holes. There are many pay-and-play courses for families available, as well as golf-ranges particularly if you are not a regular golfer.

Most of Copenhagen’s golf clubs rent out equipment and have professional coaches both for beginners and for more experienced players. Popular places to golf are the Royal Copenhagen Golf Club, where you will see deer almost everywhere and Ledreborg Palace (designed by Nick Faldo). Players should bring any membership cards, scorecards/handicap certificates etc.
 

Naturism

Naturism in Copenhagen

Copenhagen like the rest of Denmark is a great holiday locale for naturists. Near to the city centre visitors will find the Tysmosen Naturist Resort. Situated in peaceful surroundings the resort offers a sauna, tennis, playground for children and swimming pool. Nude swimming is also common. With a few exceptions you can swim nude and sunbathe nude anywhere in Denmark. There are in total six Naturist Resorts open to organized naturists in Denmark. Keep note that the winter months in Copenhagen tend to be extremely chilly and so November - February may not be an ideal time to go starkers!

Party Holiday - Singles Life

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a late-night city known for its jazz scene, live music venues, discos, bars and gay and lesbian clubs; Copenhagen has something for everyone. Weekends are busiest but the nightlife is still vibrant and often cheaper during the weekdays. If you’re single and looking for crowded dance floors and thumping music you won’t need to look hard or go far. Quiet bars and cafes (such as Zoo Bar) during the day will often turn into cool Dj Bars at night.

Most of the fashionable places in the old town concentrate around the area just north of Stroget near Kongens Nytorv. Trendy nightclubs include Vega, NASA and Rust. Other areas worth visiting for a night out are Norrebro and Vesterbro. Explore the area around Sankt Hans Torv on Norrebro and along Vesterbrogade and Istedgade on Vesterbro. If you fancy a cocktail head to Bar Rouge set in the Hotel Skt Petri. Most bars, taverns and pubs stay open at least until 2 am, and most clubs close at 5 or 6 am.


Single Scene for girls in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a highly recommended destination for single girls. Copenhagen offers single girls plenty of cafes, galleries and museums, as well as green spaces to read a book, relax and people watch; but the main draw is the shopping. Copenhagen has no shortage of brand name shops, quaint Danish boutiques, exciting home design, or trendy vintage hotspots. In summer spend the day walking around the main sites and the harbour area. The nightlife in Copenhagen usually starts after going out for a sophisticated but relaxed meal at any eatery along the Nyvhvn canals. If you fancy a cocktail head to Bar Rouge where the best cocktails in Copenhagen are set in the Hotel Skt Petri. If you’re single and looking for something more lively Copenhagen offers live music and plenty of bars and clubs. Try Club Mambo for some sizzling salsa and Latin beats. You can also spend a day at the beach at any one of the fabulous beaches just outside Copenhagen.

Touring the city or walking out on the streets as a single girl is safe but at night it might be best to catch a taxi (which are reasonably priced) or take public transportation. Keep to well lit areas and don’t go down any dark streets or alleys. Always carry a map, your accommodation address and if not a mobile phone at least enough money to use a payphone.


Single Scene for guys in Copenhagen

Copenhagen offers a good single scene for men. When you tire from site-seeing, art galleries and endless shopping Copenhagen is a haven with local Carlsberg and Tuborg beers found everywhere. Head to the Carlsberg Brewery to find out how the beer is made, and don’t forget to sample “probably the best beer in the world” with a free self-guided tour.

Cycling is also a major attraction in Copenhagen so try renting a bike and heading out to the coast for a beach day. At night there are too many bars and pubs to choose from, but popular choices include VEGA which boasts a list of international DJ’s, for rock head to The Rock, and for Jazz try the Pressen (an old printing house) and now home to the Jazz Festival.

Night clubs stay open late and gay-oriented men should check out Jailhouse, a prison themed cafe.


 

Shopping Holiday

Shopping Holiday in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a hotspot for world-class shopping. The city takes shopping to a new level offering something for everyone. There are several shopping districts such as the world famous Strøget the main pedestrian street and home to top international designers such as Gucci, Burberry and Louis Vuitton. The side streets around the Strøget are also a great place to find boutiques, speciality shops and alternative shopping choices. Local fashion, arts and crafts shops can be found scattered throughout historic Copenhagen near the Town Hall Square and H.C. Andersen Boulevard. The Kronprinsensgade is also a promising area, as is Nansensgade, located on the outskirts of the old town. Norrebro is great for second-hand shops, and caters to a youthful clientele. Former red light district Vesterbro also offers good bargains and is home to gourmet food shops and art shops. Copenhagen offers shoppers unique home and interior design, Danish fashion, and flea markets full of antiques in the summer. Copenhagen also has an up and coming market for second-hand and vintage boutiques. If you’re looking for a mall head to Fisketorv Shopping Centre situated on the waterfront.

Well-being and Spa in Copenhagen

Whether you’re a bride-to-be or just needing some special pampering, when it comes to professional and modern spas Copenhagen is an ideal destination. New luxurious spas are always opening. Designed to slow down life’s pace and melt away stress Copenhagen spas promote relaxation, and offer guilt-free self-indulgence. Spoil yourself or your partner at any top spa. Try Nomad, an organic spa catering to the new trend and focus Dane’s have on organic products. Soothe the mind and body under the care of professional therapists providing modern treatments, and tailor made programs to help you get exactly what you need, and to suit your budget. Spa holidays are about unwinding with a soothing massage or facial or choosing from a range of rejuvenating packages. Most Copenhagen hotel spas make great spa retreat holidays and provide the perfect escape from city. A spa retreat in Copenhagen might not be cheap but is well worth the money.
 

Stag Destination

Stag Destination in Copenhagen

With so many bars and clubs Copenhagen makes a good destination for stag parties or stag weekends. With cheap flights throughout Europe Copenhagen is quite an accessible and desirable location. For traditional forms of male entertainment such as strippers try Velvet or for an upscale trendy night club go to Cavi. Some alternatives include going to the Museum Erotica or taking a stroll through the hippy hang-outs in the Christiania district for a relaxed atmosphere with great jazz. Water sports such as kayaking are also widely available. Overall, Copenhagen makes a good stag-do choice.

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in Copenhagen

The sun shines for only about 1-2 hours on average during the winter months. Copenhagen is on the same latitude as Moscow, Scotland and southern Alaska though winters tend to be relatively mild. In the coldest months the temperature hovers around freezing at which point it can snow. The skies, however, are generally cloudy making the air feel colder than it is. Be sure to bring warm clothes, layer appropriately and wear waterproof shoes or boots. Skating is popular at the rink at Kongens Nytorv in the middle of the city. Winter season begins usually in November and lasts until mid-April. Christmas celebrations in Copenhagen begin mid-December but businesses only close on Christmas Day and sometimes Christmas Eve or Boxing Day. Overall, Copenhagen is a good winter holiday destination but don’t expect any sunshine.

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the perfect base for a sailing holiday. You don’t need to own your own boat to experience the amazing Danish waters. You can rent a boat for a couple of hours or even a week. Go sailing with an old steam- or motor ship or experience a couple of hours on board a 100 year old sailing vessel; there is the right choice for everyone.

One week’s sailing ranges from 375 to 700 Euros and includes the sailing, accommodation on board, food etc. There are more than 500 small or large yachting harbours to be found along the long coastline of Denmark (amounting to some 7500 km.) and 500 islands can be used for anchorage. In most marinas in Denmark you must go to the Harbour Office to pay the Harbour Fees.

Harbours and marinas are not fenced and are open to the public, which very often creates a nice atmosphere. Burglary is quite uncommon. Explore the southerly border to Germany and Sweden to the north.