These days the Danish capital is blossoming. There is a spring in its step borne from a mixture of some brave new architecture, continued prosperity and a burgeoning confidence in its own charms. There are more cafés and restaurants than ever and, more importantly, the locals are learning how to use them. It used to be that Copenhageners ate out on special occasions only and nights out were restricted to Friday and Saturday only, but that’s all changed. Even on a wet Wednesday in February the bars and cafés will be buzzing, that all important hyggelige (cosy) atmosphere fostering a uniquely Danish sense of wellbeing and conviviality.
In a way, the rest of the world woke up to how great this historic city of canals, cobbled squares and copper spires was before the locals did, but it is at last sinking in that the world now looks to Copenhagen for the best in design, architecture and fashion and is beginning also to notice the extraordinary culinary revolution that has taken place here over the last decade.
If you are looking for an earthy, hardcore travel experience look elsewhere. Copenhagen is clean, safe and ridiculously easy to get to know, the locals all speak superb English and the transport system makes London’s look like it’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It usually makes the top five, if not the top spot, in those ‘most liveable city’ lists. And if you are looking for a budget destination, you might also want to reconsider your plans. This is not a cheap city by any means, but then neither is it any more expensive than any other major European city – London and Paris will hit your pocket harder.
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Best places to stay in Copenhagen
Copenhagen Encounter guide
Copenhagen is the most cosmopolitan and accessible of all the Scandina-vian capitals. This urban oasis of calm, culture and conviviality is packed with some excellent museums, art galleries and unique monuments, as well as plenty of enchanting,...
Copenhagen with kids
Danish culture gives children a beautifully natural place in society. Kids are, on the whole, neither spoilt nor overly scolded, and in Danish democratic tradition, they seem to be equal with adults...
Design & architecture in Copenhagen
Best places to eat in Copenhagen
Denmark - Copenhagen (Chapter)
Copenhagen is the coolest kid on the Nordic block with its industrial-chic bars, design and fashion scenes, and recent culinary revolution. But Copenhagen is more than just seasonal cocktails and geometric threads. A royal capital with almost...
Copenhagen destination guides
Living green in Copenhagen
If you want to understand why Copenhagen is Europe’s greenest city, make your way to Dronning Louise's Bro (Queen Louise's bridge) in downtown Copenhagen during morning rush hour. An estimated 35,000 bicycle commuters stream across this bridge every day, making it one of the busiest cycling spots in the western world...
Copenhagen Panoramic City Tour with Harbor Cruise
Enjoy the best of Copenhagen by coach and boat on this tour of the city and harbor. Some of the city sights are best enjoyed from the sea, so take this opportunity to admire many wonderful towers and famous palaces. There are great photo opportunities including stops at the Royal Palace and The Little Mermaid.
City Tour of Copenhagen
See all the major highlights of Denmark's capital on this introductory city tour of Copenhagen. You will see the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Christiansborg Palace, Thorvaldsen's Museum and The National Museum to name a few and of course the symbol of Copenhagen - The Little Mermaid.
The reigning king of Scandinavian design
Since Danish designers pioneered a new kind of down-to-earth design in the 1950s, 'Danish' has been synonymous with 'stylish'...