Cheap flights to Copenhagen
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.
Frederiksberg Ice Rink: strap on a pair of skates and do your best Torvill and Dean at this massive open-air ice rink located at the entrance to Frederiksberg Gardens. Open until 9pm throughout December, the rink is free to use, and skates can be hired from just 50 Danish Kroner (7 euros) per hour. For more information visit frederiksberg.dk.
If you're worried about keeping the kids entertained during your stay, don't fret: Experimentarium City is an interactive science and technology museum on Papiroen (Paper Island) that promises fun for all the family. Marvel at ordinary life turned upside down in the topsy-turvey world of Pulse, trick your senses with a wander through The Brain and learn more about the life-changing inventions dreamt up by some of Denmark's most agile minds. For more information visit experimentarium.dk.
Lederhosen, lager, sausage and schlager: Oktoberfest may seem like a distinctly German tradition, but the Danes are determined to prove they are just as adept at guzzling heroic quantities of beer. Join the party at several events taking place in Copenhagen this month including a seaside knees up on Amager beach (1 to 3 October) and a craft beer and BBQ extravaganza at WarPigs brewpub in Kødbyen (23 to 24 October). For more information visit oktoberfest.dk / warpigs.dk.
Take advantage of the Scandinavian sunshine all this month by donning your swimming costume and exploring Copenhagen's world-class waterways by kayak. Head off on a guided adventure tour of Christianshavn's canals, or flex your muscles in a high-octane game of kayak polo in Amager beach park. Whatever floats your boat, KajakOle can make it happen from their base in Strandvej. kajakole.dk
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
Take respite from the cold as Vinterjazz, one of Europe's hottest jazz festivals, returns for its sixteenth year. This year's programme takes over the city's clubs, pubs and bars from 5 February, and includes jazz heavyweight Pat Metheny, organ icon Dr Lonnie Smith and Brazilian Afrobeat kings Bixiga 70. Until 28 February, www.jazz.dk.
The Round Tower: Europe's oldest functioning observatory, the Round Tower is one of Copenhagen's most iconic buildings. Walk the spiral slope to the top and you'll be rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view of the city, while would-be astronomers can enjoy a guided tour of the Orion Nebula on selected evenings throughout January. www.rundetaarn.dk.
No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a visit to the National Gallery. Few museums can claim to boast such a rich and varied collection, with exhibitions encompassing everything from the Danish Golden Age to internationally-renowned masterpieces from Picasso, Matisse and Derain. For more information visit smk.dk.
Deep below the royal gardens of Frederiksberg Palace lies one of Copenhagen's most otherworldly attractions: a network of vast dripstone caves that once stored 16 million litres of the city's drinking water. Derelict since the early 1930s, the cisterns have now been transformed into a breathtaking exhibition space, with an ethereal new water themed installation by Danish conceptual artist Ingvar Cronhammar currently taking centre stage. For more information visit cisternerne.dk.
Explore Denmark's rich cultural heritage at the Golden Days Festival, Copenhagen's annual celebration of Danish history, which takes place on 4-20 September. Featuring more than 200 events (including guided tours, lectures, theatre, exhibitions, film screenings and live music) across more than 70 venues, this year's event reflects upon the often contradictory values and traditions underpinning modern Danish culture. goldendaysfestival.dk
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
Like almost everything else in Copenhagen, eating out can be an expensive habit. But during Copenhagen Dining Week (14-21 February), you can enjoy a three-course meal at one of almost 150 top restaurants for the bargain price of 200 DKK (around 25 EUR). You simply need to make your reservation online via the diningweek.dk website, but be quick; the Danes, understandably, love a bargain. www.diningweek.dk.
Designmuseum Denmark: Ever wondered how Denmark became synonymous with good design? This sprawling museum, housed in a beautiful rococo palace a stone's throw from the home of the Danish Royal Family, has the answers, with fascinating exhibitions on everything from fashion and fabrics to furniture and functionalism. www.designmuseum.dk.
Christiania Christmas Bazaar: Christmas in Copenhagen is overwhelmingly a traditional affair, but if you get tired of the tinsel and twinkling lights, Christiania has the perfect antidote in its sprawling festive bazaar. With a firm focus on the weird and wonderful, this gloriously unconventional covered market features hundreds of colourful stalls selling everything from quirky handicrafts and hand-made jewellery to vintage clothing and street food. The Grey Hall, Refshalevej 2, 1432 Copenhagen K.
Set sail for Denmark's seafaring past at Roskilde's Viking Ship Museum, located a mere 45-minute journey from central Copenhagen. Browse fascinating maritime exhibitions, watch master boat builders at work in the boatyard and climb aboard a reconstructed Viking longboat for an unforgettable trip out into beautiful Roskilde Fjord. vikingeskibsmuseet.dk
No trip to Denmark would be complete without a visit to Hamlet's castle, the coastal fortress of Kronborg, which is said to have inspired the bard's tragic tale of murder and madness. Less than an hour by train from the centre of Copenhagen, the castle plays host to its annual Shakespeare festival on 1-9 August. Audiences can enjoy open-air theatre, puppetry, music and film, as well as guided tours of the palace itself. hamletscenen.dk
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