Copenhagen at a glance
A cosy city full of pretty canals, cobbled squares and a skyline full of spires, Copenhagen is a clean, safe, city break destination offering a slower pace and friendly atmosphere.
Founded as a Viking fishing village in the 10th century, Copenhagen grew to become the capital city of Denmark. After the devastation of the two major fires, the city underwent redevelopment and a transformation during the Danish Golden Age, dramatically increasing the size of its boundaries.
Today the city is home to a number of notable architectural sites such as the Rococo mansions of Amalienborg, winter home to the Danish royalty, the Copenhagen Opera house set on the island of Holmen and the colourful 17th and 18th century houses lining the Nyhavn canal.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Picturesque setting
- Historic attractions
- A peaceful short break
The Copenhagen Metro operates throughout the city centre while the S-train ventures farther to the outlying suburbs. There is also a regular and efficient public bus network.
Strøget, located in the heart of Copenhagen, is the world’s longest pedestrianized street where you will find many of the city’s most well known stores as well as a large selection of souvenir shops, retail chains and international brand boutiques.
For a special treat, head over to the Royal Copenhagen. Founded in 1775, this porcelain manufacturer is purveyor to the royal Danish court and has gained international respect for its traditional craftsmanship. An exclusive range of dinnerware can be purchased in the shop as well as hand-painted figurines and other specialized gifts.
Dining in Copenhagen
Considered Scandanavia’s culinary capital, Copenhagen is home to innovative cuisine with a recent emphasis on Nordic cooking giving rise to locally sourced materials and quality, seasonally based ingredients.
Traditional dining is also an important part of the culinary experience in Copenhagen. Historically popular Danish fare such as sausages, sweet pastries and smoked herring are still alive and well in many restaurants.
Must-try local dishes:
- Smørrebrød – a traditional open sandwich, often made of buttered rye bread and a selection of cold cut meats, fish, or cheese
- Stegt flæsk – fried, sliced pork served with potatoes topped in a creamy parsley sauce
- Flødebolle – a water biscuit with a chocolate interior shell containing a marshmallow cream
Osprey Holidays top tips
Enjoy an illuminated dinner in Tivoli Gardens. Dine in traditional Danish restaurants or on a Spanish Galleon floating on the lake! The lights and atmosphere make the night times in Tivoli all the more special! Tivoli is open May to mid September and again just before Christmas.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Copenhagen designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice (not just Saturday to Saturday!)
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Copenhagen hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 559,440 Languages Danish Currency Danish Kroner Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
(monthly highs °C)
- Interesting facts
Denmark is the happiest nation in the world according to the 2013 World Happiness Report
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Kastrup 8 km
- Railway stations
Copenhagen Central Station