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GOLDEN DAYS: Celebrate Copenhagen's 850th birthday with two weeks of art, history and culture as the city relives its Golden Days. Most events are free, but some are ticketed - check goldendays.dk for the full programme. Runs from 2 to 17 September.

Discover a darker side of the Danish capital with a guided tour of the film locations used in hit Scandi-crime dramas The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge. Tours start from Vesterport Station, and discounts are offered on pre-bookings. www.nordicnoirtours.com

CPH:DOX: Scandinavia's biggest film festival returns on March 16th for a ten-day takeover of the city's cinemas. This year's programme boasts more than 200 award-winning documentaries from across the globe, as well as one-off audio-visual performances from the likes of Animal Collective and alt-rock legends Tindersticks. cphdox.dk.

CPH:PIX: Scandinavia's biggest film festival just got bigger. Running until November 9, this year's programme features a record 200 films, while hands-on workshops give would-be directors invaluable insights to the world of film-making. cphpix.dk.

Key Areas

THE CISTERNS X SAMBUICHI: Take a breathtaking journey through an underground sea of light and darkness when internationally-renowned Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi takes over the cavernous water reservoir beneath the rolling lawns of Sondermarken park. cisternerne.dk

THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: Tread the boards in an illuminating behind the scenes tour of one of Copenhagen's most iconic buildings, where the huge, movable stage areas make it possible to perform several different productions on the same day. www.kglteater.dk

Winter Jazz: Come in from the cold at Scandinavia's biggest winter jazz and blues festival, running in venues across Copenhagen throughout February. Featuring a star-studded roster of international acts, impromptu cafe jams and even kid-friendly concerts, there's guaranteed to be something for all tastes. jazz.dk.

Kronborg Castle: There are few more breathtaking settings for a Christmas market than this majestic renaissance castle in Northern Sealand, a 30 minute drive north of Copenghagen. Boasting over 100 stalls selling everything from traditional arts and crafts to handmade toys, it's the perfect place to pick up that special gift. kongeligeslotte.dk

Day Trips

Well-come Spa: Possibly the only spa in Scandinavia to offer its own bespoke 'beer treatment', this oasis of calm is housed next door to the former Tuborg brewery in Tuborg Havnevej. Specialising in guided sauna sessions, it also features an aromatic steam bath and cold-water tubs. www.well-come.dk

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by spending a day wandering the winding medieval alleyways of charming fishing village Dragoer, just 12km south of Copenhagen. In the evening, head to the marina for excellent seafood.

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