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.
Black is a beautiful concept store opened earlier this year by Danish ceramicist Anne Black. As well as ceramics the shop sells exclusive fashion brands, glassware, furniture and lighting. Everything oozes elegant simplicity making it a great place to pick up design ideas even if you can't afford the hefty prices (105 Gammel Kongevej, Frederiksberg).
See the wreck of the world's longest Viking longship plus amazing artefacts from across 12 European countries at VIKING, the National Museum of Denmark's huge exhibition on the nation's famous ancestors. Until 17 November (10 Ny Vestergade, www.natmus.dk).
For a brisk walk and wonderful views across Copenhagen harbour head to Kastellet, the 17th century fort on the Northern edge of the city, and walk around the pentegram shaped ramparts. Then follow the waterside road, Langelinie, to The Little Mermaid, before returning past the Gefion Fountain and Saint Alban's Anglican Church to Churchill Park. Finally warm up with a drink at the cosy cafe Kafferiet (44 Esplanaden).
A 90-minute intercity train ride from Copenhagen main station delivers you to Odense (www.visitodense.com), the home city of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark's most famous author. As well as visiting the Hans Christian Museum, housed in his childhood home, you can wonder around pretty cobbled streets past churches, historic townhouses, parks and monuments, visit Funen Art Museum, the Photographic Museum and The Tinderbox - a cultural centre for children - and indulge in some serious eating and drinking.