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.