The Danish capital is a city of style. From designer hotels to great restaurants, cutting edge products to traditional charm, it really does have it all.
A visit to Copenhagen makes a superb, if pricey, short break. With some of the most expensive prices in Europe for food and drink, you’ll need deep pockets for your weekend away. However, it is well worth the expense, with outstanding quality and some unique tastes.
Float through the Danish capital's picture-perfect canals on a Copenhagen city break, where you'll find pretty parks, palaces and pavement cafés lining the water's edge.
Cobbled paths follow Copenhagen's sparkly-clean waterways down to the mega-modern opera house, facing the city's main castle.
From here it's a short hop to Kastellet, a huge star-shaped fortress complex dotted with old churches and a windmill. The masts of wooden sailboats clatter gently alongside the pastel-coloured townhouses of Nyhavn, where locals come for a beer and a natter.
At the centre of it all is Strøget, a long and twisty shopping street full of cosy coffee shops, all the designer stores and plenty of places to indulge in some retail therapy. Stores such as Illums Bolighus, Normann and the Royal Copenhagen porcelain shop are well worth visiting for Danish design.
A highlight of any visit to the city is to walk along the waterfront to the Little Mermaid situated at Langelinje Pier. The tiny statue, inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen story, is now over 100 years old and still draws huge crowds year round.
The city also has an alternative culture in the form of Christiania, the self-declared free town area of the city centre devoted to communal living and craft business. Run on eco lines, many also see it as a drugs haven and party area. However, it is stacked with cultural experiences and places to eat and drink.
Arriving into Copenhagen airport, trains leave for the city every 10 minutes from Terminal 3. A free shuttle bus connects the railway station with other terminals. Avoid travelling by taxi during rush hour, when journey times can easily double.
Getting around is easy. You can pick up free public bikes, which are available to borrow everywhere - just look out for the racks. There is a metro system in the city; however buses are the best option for longer journeys while on holiday in Copenhagen. Kids ride for half-price with a paying adult. In addition you can also use the water taxi. These boats give a great perspective on the city. Just flag them down just as you would a regular cab although in winter, you'll need to book ahead.