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.
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
Whether you're arriving by land, sea or air, it's hard to miss The Blue Planet. Aside from being northern Europe's largest aquarium, its sleek design has made it Denmark's newest architectural landmark. Here, you can escape the cold with a deep dive into an exotic underwater world of hammerhead sharks, piranhas, anacondas and poisonous sea snakes, and even stop for a bite to eat at the acclaimed onsite eatery ØST with panoramic views over the Sound (1 Jacob Fortlingsvej, 2770 Kastrup, denblaaplanet.dk).
Banish your inner Scrooge with a trip to Copenhagen's world-famous Tivoli Gardens, where a visit to the fairy-tale Christmas market has become something of a festive tradition among Copenhageners. Once you're all shopped out, you can pay a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto, take in a show at the Crazy Christmas Cabaret or even go for a spin on Europe's oldest rollercoaster (celebrating its 100th anniversary this year). tivoli.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
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).
Fans of 20th-century Danish furniture design should head to "Wegner: Just One Good Chair", a major exhibition held by the Design Museum Denmark (68 Bredgade) to mark the 100th anniversary of Hans J Wegner's birth. A visual feast of old photos, drawings, film clips, models and furniture awaits.
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
OK, so they may not actually brew Carlsberg here anymore, but a visit to the world-famous tipple's original brewery is still a fascinating experience. Not only will you learn all about the history of one of Denmark's favourite pastimes, you will also get the chance to sample specialist brews from the on-site Jacobsen microbrewery, take a ride on a horse-drawn delivery wagon and browse the world's biggest collection of unopened beer bottles (22,346 at the last count). What's more, the admission price includes a couple of beers. Skol! visitcarlsberg.dk
It's October, and that can mean only one thing for the 2,000 inhabitants of Jaegersborg Deer Park: rutting season. Nature lovers and aspiring wildlife photographers can hop on the S-train to scenic Klampenborg (a 30-minute journey from the city centre) to witness this spectacular mating ritual first hand. visitcopenhagen.dk
This is the perfect time of year for a visit to Klampenborg, a 20-minute train ride on S-train C from the main station. As well as a sandy beach the town is famed for its numerous buildings designed by Arne Jacobsen, including Restaurant Jacobsen, plus it has an entrance to Dyrehaven, the vast deer park and Bakken, the amusement park.