City breaks in
Copenhagen

A historic Danish waterfront city

Copenhagen has come a long way from its 10th-century origins as a Viking fishing village, but it’s still a port town at heart – and an extremely elegant one at that. From the colourful 17th-century townhouses that overlook picturesque Nyhavn Harbour and the canals that criss-cross the city, to the famed Little Mermaid statue, water is never far away. Copenhagen holidays attract a diverse crowd – couples on romantic trips drawn by its beautiful architecture and spire-studded skyline, fans of Denmark’s innovative design and culinary scenes, and families seeking fun at its kitsch fairgrounds.

Holidays to Copenhagen must include a visit to Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest operating amusement park in the world, jam-packed with thrilling rides and twinkling lights at night. Also high on the list are taking in the city’s superb architecture, exploring on-the-up neighbourhoods, such as Nørrebro and Refshaleøen, admiring world-class art and eating prettily plated Nordic cuisine. While there’s plenty to keep you busy at all hours, it’s worth slowing down and taking time to drink a pint of beer on a cobbled pavement, pootle around on a bike or window-shop at its many fashionable boutiques. The most relaxing way to tour the city is by taking a boat trip and puttering along one of its ancient canals – the way people have been seeing Copenhagen for centuries.

All resorts in Copenhagen

Three tips for a top trip

Whizz about on two wheelsCopenhagen is hugely bike-friendly, and the Bycyklen electric bike-share scheme is very affordable. Create an online account and off you go.
Try out perfect pastriesWith alumni of world-famous Nordic restaurant Noma setting up on their own around the city, Danish pastries are next-level delicious, so be sure to visit several of the city’s many artisan bakeries.
Start with a cardThe Copenhagen Card (also an app) gives you free access to 87 attractions and unlimited city transport, including canal cruises. Available online or from the tourist office.

Best attractions to see in Copenhagen

Nyhavn

The ridiculously photogenic waterfront is lined with brightly coloured 17th-century houses and charming wooden boats – it’s the ideal spot to order a beer or coffee, and watch the world go by.

Slotsholmen

Successive castles and palaces have been built on this 52-acre island since the 12th century. It remains the seat of government and an architectural marvel.

Statens Museum for Kunst

The vast collections (more than 260,000 pieces) in the National Gallery of Denmark will introduce you to the country’s idyllic landscapes, gracious style and exacting sense of design.

Your Copenhagen questions, answered

While it’s not the cheapest of cities, it’s certainly possible to have a budget break in Copenhagen. Research ahead and take advantage of museum deals and the bike-share scheme.

Absolutely – from the amusement parks to the zoo and its easily walkable streets, Copenhagen is a city that will suit families down to the ground.

While the city can bask in brilliant sunshine in July and August, you won’t want to come without a jacket just in case. When winter hits, bring your warmest boots.