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Packed with an old world charm, Copenhagen is smaller than other major European city break hot spots, like Paris or Madrid, but is still rich in culture and attractions and is much less daunting.

It won’t be long before you’re familiar with the cobblestone medieval streets, the canal walks and the colourful townhouses. And the best way to get around this city? By bike of course – well this is Scandinavia after all, and cars and pollution just aren’t the fashion here. 

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You haven't really experienced Copenhagen until you've seen the city from the water, and what better (or greener) way to explore the city's waterways than by solar-powered GoBoat? Intuitive and easy to manoeuvre, each eight-man boat boasts a large picnic table, meaning you can even enjoy a bite to eat while cruising the canals. Rent your own from the moorings in Islands Brygge. goboat.dk


This year's Distortion promises 24-hour street parties, midnight raves and soundsystems bigger than buildings: if you're in Copenhagen on 3-7 June, don't expect to get much sleep. Now an annual fixture in the calendar of Copenhageners of all ages, Distortion is a chaotic five-day festival of music and madness that literally takes over the entire city (save for genteel Østerbro), and best of all, it's (mostly) free. So crack open a bottle, take off your shoes and dance until the sun comes up; then do it all over again. cphdistortion.dk


Okay, Copenhagen Carnival may not be Rio de Janeiro, but the city still knows how to party. What started as a modest street procession back in 1982 has since evolved into Denmark's biggest world-music festival: a three-day affair (22-24 May) packed with colourful floats and scantily clad dancers that sees Copenhageners of all ages let their hair down in the city's streets and parks. karneval-kbh.dk


Strap on your safety harness and go ape at Copenhagen's top climbing park, Klatreskoven, which offers challenging activities for all skill levels, from novice to daredevil (8-10 Pasteursvej, klatreskoven.dk).


The baby brother of Barcelona's world-renowned festival of all things avant-garde, Sónar Copenhagen will transform DR Koncerthuset into a cultural melting pot of music, creativity and technology on 13-14 March. Set across three stages, this year's music line-up will feature the likes of urbane electro-pop mavericks Metronomy, hypnotic synth-noir darlings Factory Floor and a raft of breakthrough Nordic electronica talent. sonarcopenhagen.com


Come in from the cold as Vinterjazz, one of Europe's hottest jazz festivals, celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. This year's programme takes over the city's clubs, pubs and bars from 6 February, and reads like a who's who of the global jazz scene, incorporating everything from bebop, electronic and fusion, swing, modern and free jazz. Until 22 February. jazz.dk

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Film buffs rejoice: CPH:PIX, Denmark's biggest celebration of all things celluloid, is back to take over Copenhagen's cinemas, theatres and outdoor spaces on 9-22 April. Now in its seventh year, the two-week festival boasts a more international feel for 2015, with this year's programme boasting American, Asian and British indies alongside Nordic flicks and Scandinavian shorts. cphpix.dk


The Spring Exhibition, one of the most talked-about events on the international art calendar, returns to the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Nyhavn all this month, where provocative works from more than 70 of Europe's top artists, photographers and creative talents will be on display until 1 March. The open-submission exhibition has been pushing boundaries since 1857, and this year's event is shaping up to be the biggest and boldest yet (1 Kongens Nytorv, kunsthalcharlottenborg.dk).


One of Europe's most unorthodox film festivals, CPH:DOX returns to Copenhagen on 6 November, taking over the city's cinemas and concert halls for a 10-day celebration of experimental film, hybrid cinema and contemporary non-fiction. This year's programme promises greater emphasis on the festival's bold Audio:Visuals concert series, which melds avant-garde film and live music from the likes of Sean Kuti and Swedish drums and vocals duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums to hypnotic effect. cphdox.dk


Louisiana's major autumn exhibition sees artist Olafur Eliasson transform the entire south wing of the art museum into a site-specific project that explores the relationship between nature, art and architecture. Eliasson is one of Denmark's most exciting contemporary talents and this event promises to be unique (13 Gl Strandvej, louisiana.dk).

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Celebrating Copenhagen's 50-year love affair with all things jazz, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes over the city's bars, clubs and venues throughout the month of July. This year's stellar line-up includes big-hitters like Dr John, Herbie Hancock and Chick Coria, while Brazilian tropicalismo pioneers Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil will also be teaming up for a one-off concert. Many of the gigs are free to enter, so grab a programme and explore. jazz.dk


Who needs the beach when you can swim in the crystal clear waters of Copenhagen harbour? From 1 June, the city centre's two open-air bathing sites officially open, meaning you're free to brave the Baltic waters of Islands Brygge or Copencabana. Both areas have lifeguards on duty from 7am until 7pm, and don't worry if you've forgotten to pack your swimming costume: you'll soon discover that clothing is strictly optional when the sun shines in Copenhagen. teambade.kk.dk


If you have ever wanted to live like a Viking for the day (and let's face it, who hasn't?) then a trip to Land of Legends in Lejre, a 45-minute drive from central Copenhagen, is something you just have to do. Bringing 10,000 years of Danish history to life, this huge open-air museum features "living" Viking, Stone Age and Iron Age settlements, giving visitors the chance to test their aim with bow and arrow, craft their own pottery and take in a bone-crunching re-enactment of a Viking duel. sagnlandet.dk


Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Copenhagen Chocolate Festival. Scandinavia's biggest chocolate festival, the event takes place inside Carlsberg Brewery's cavernous Tap 1 exhibition hall on 7-8 March. A multi-sensory experience awaits, with cooking demos, talks, tastings and even decadent chocolate massage all on offer to keep your cocoa cravings at bay. chokoladeselskabet.dk


From modest beginnings as a culinary experiment offering cheap eats from pop-up street kitchens, Copenhagen Street Food has evolved into one of the city's best loved foodie hotspots. Now boasting over 25 food stalls serving up everything from tasty homemade pasta (Il Matterello) to authentic Korean barbecue (Bulko), there's something to suit all palates. New for the winter, diners can now reserve tables inside a giant, heated greenhouse, making this a truly all-weather destination for hungry sightseers (Papirøen/The Paper Island Warehouse 7 & 8, 14 Trangravsvej, 1436 Copenhagen K, copenhagenstreetfood.dk).


If the mere thought of planning this year's Christmas dinner is giving you palpitations, get some inspiration from the annual Christmas Tables exhibition at the flagship store of Danish porcelain giant Royal Copenhagen. Every December since 1963, artists, musicians, celebrities and even HRH Queen Margrethe II of Denmark have been invited to present their own thematic interpretations of festive table settings. royalcopenhagen.com

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