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Discover our favourite hotels, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in Copenhagen right now.

 

This insider's city guide has been a long time in the making. We've eaten in countless Copenhagen restaurants, dined in the best foodie gems, and visited the latest local hotspots. We've also asked the most discerning locals we know to share their favourite local hangouts – whether brand new or classic institutions. We bring you our hand-picked selection of our favourite places in Copenhagen right now.

 

HOTELS

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Whether you're looking for a chic design hotel, a cosy boutique gem, or a luxurious 5-star haven, here is our pick of the best places to stay in Copenhagen.

 

1. Classic Luxury ...

HOTEL D'ANGLETERRE

One of the world’s first luxury hotels and a Copenhagen landmark.
The Hotel d’Angleterre has retained its world-class opulence since the 18th century. Setting the bar for luxury in Copenhagen, the hotel enjoyed a complete refurbishment in 2013, where gleaming marble bathrooms, individual climate systems and complimentary wi-fi can all be enjoyed within the Neoclassical palace. Each of the 90 rooms and suites has been individually decorated to showcase lofty ceilings, hand-picked art works and a classic contemporary ambiance; you'll also find Copenhagen’s only indoor swimming pool and Balthazar Champagne Bar oozing glamour in sleek monochrome. Take advantage of the hotel’s bicycles and explore the city before taking a table at Marchal, the hotel’s superb Michelin starred restaurant. €€€

Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 Copenhagen
dangleterre.com  |  +45 33 12 00 95


2. Unique Setting ...

NIMB HOTEL

Sophisticated designer living in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens.
With an impressive Moorish façade that once adorned a turn-of-the-century bazaar, The Nimb is a luxurious boutique hotel set within Copenhagen's Tivoli gardens. The hotel’s 14 guest rooms have been furnished with exquisite taste, where antique furniture blends with contemporary artworks. The fireplace burns all year long, completing the feeling of the ultimate stylish home-away-from-home. Visit Danish chef Thomas Herman's Michelin-starred restaurant, Herman, for refined modern Danish cuisine. Later, sip a prohibition-era "Silk Stocking" with the jet-set crowd at The Nimb’s cocktail bar, or Vinotek wine bar which showcases a staggering 1,200 bottle wine collection. €€€

Bernstorffsgade 5 , 1577 Copenhagen
nimb.dk  |  +45 88 70 00 00


3. Colourful & Cosy ...

ABSALON HOTEL

A world of colour waits behind the unassuming facade of of the city’s oldest family-run hotels.
In Copenhagen's trendy Vesterbro neighbourhood, the Hotel Absalon’s welcoming shared spaces are home to thoughtful touches - well-stocked bookshelves, a range of freshly flavoured waters and even chessboards, ready for visiting players. Whether you choose the Ocean, Grass or Berry theme, expect a boutique feel throughout the 161 rooms, where oak floors offset bursts of fuchsia, royal blue or moss green soft furnishings. After a hearty Scandinavian breakfast of cheese, pastries and freshly baked breads, explore the surrounding boutique stores and trendy cafés. While the Hotel Absalon does not have a restaurant, the cocktail selection at the relaxed bar is a great place to start the evening in Copenhagen. €€

Helgolandsgade 15, 1653 Copenhagen
absalon-hotel.dk  |  +45 33 24 22 11


4. Boutique Chic ...

ANDERSEN HOTEL

The Hotel Anderson offers a refreshing alternative to cool Scandinavian design with interiors that pop.
Finding a natural home amidst the cafés, bars and design stores of Copenhagen's hip Vesterbro neighbourhood and the sister hotel to the nearby Hotel Absalon, the Hotel Anderson is a distilled version of its older sibling. Expect a riot of colour in geometric fabrics by the Designer’s Guild, plush carpets, giant lampshades and sofas to sink into. Eye-grabbing prints feature throughout the hotel's 73 rooms, while Philippe Starck bathroom fittings and Molton Brown products confirm the Anderson’s discerning taste. After a day exploring the city on one of the hotel’s rental bikes, join fellow guests in the lobby for a complimentary drink during Wine Hour, before heading out to dine at one of the trendy nearby restaurants. €€

Helgolandsgade 12, 1653 Copenhagen
andersen-hotel.dk  |  +45 33 31 46 10


5. Hip & Minimalist ...

HOTEL SP34

A haven of stylish tranquility in Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter.
Hotel SP34 is guaranteed to soothe the mind and calm the senses. Minimalist, sleek and full of natural tones, the Hotel SP34 is a haven of wood, leather and polished concrete. Slate-grey walls, immaculate white linens and REN toiletries feature throughout the 118 rooms, while the shared lounge bar and café is the ideal place to relax with a book, or to mingle with guests during the 5pm complimentary Wine Hour. Built around a central greenhouse, the hotel's Väkst Restaurant has the air of an exclusive garden party with its lush plants, alfresco seating and superb cuisine, while at Cock’s & Cows, locals can be found enjoying cocktails and hearty burgers. €€

Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 Copenhagen
brochner-hotels.dk  |  +45 33 13 30 00


6. Cosy & Intimate ...

AVENUE HOTEL

A stylish and affordable boutique hotel in Copenhagen’s fashionable Norrebro district.
When a hotel offers designer bed spreads by luxury Italian fashion brand, Missoni, and staff dressed in uniforms by hip Scandinavian fashion label, DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, you can expect a certain type of hotel experience. The hotel’s 68 contemporary rooms and suites feature luxurious fabrics, mid-century Danish furniture and original photography by famous Danish photographers. Enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet and light meals in the lounge. Pre-dinner cocktails are served in the leather-lined bar, along with drinks on the wooden patio during the warmer months or a warming glass of hot wine during the chilly winters. €€

Åboulevard 29, 1960 Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen
avenuehotel.dk  |  +45 35 37 31 11


7. Mid-Century Danish Design ...

HOTEL ALEXANDRA

The unique spirit of a boutique hotel that combines classic charm with modern design.
Showcasing designer chandeliers and Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs, Hotel Alexandria is a veritable homage to 20th-century Danish design. While the 61 rooms have been outfitted with a mix of retro furniture in earth tones, several of the hotel’s upscale suites have been designed by famous Scandinavian designers such as Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Borge Mogensen. Enjoy a relaxing scrub in the spa accompanied by a glass of Asti and some fresh fruit, and stop by Bistro KBH on the ground floor for French-Scandinavian cuisine. Located on Hans Christian Anderson Boulevard, you’ll be only a short walk from the city’s best landmarks, shopping, dining and nightlife spots. €€

H. C. Andersens Boulevard. 8, 1553 Copenhagen
hotelalexandra.dk  |  +45 33 74 44 44


8. Neighbourhood Gem ...

BERTRAMS GULDSMEDEN

Where Indonesian and Danish design combine to create a unique boutique hotel experience.
The up-and-coming district of Vesterbro plays host to the intimate Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden, a chic and affordable boutique hotel located ten minutes drive from Copenhagen’s city centre. Following an elegant renovation of a century-old building, the hotel is decorated with an original Indonesian and Danish aesthetic. The 47 rooms are furnished with four poster beds; superior rooms offer private balconies, clawfoot bathtubs and cosy lounge areas. As the hotel is located on a major boulevard, we recommend booking a courtyard-facing room if you're looking for a quiet night’s sleep. The warm and highly professional owner Nicholas Hall and his team will go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. €

Vesterbrogade 107, 1620 Copenhagen
guldsmedenhotels.com  |  +45 70 20 81 07

Average Price of a Double Room:     € = Around €100 or less;   €€ = Around €200;   €€ = > €300


RESTAURANTS

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Whether you're looking for a fabulous foodie dining spot, the city's best food market, or a see-and-be-seen dining spot, here is our pick of the best places to eat in Copenhagen right now.

 

1. Wow Factor! ...

NOMA

The one of the world's most exciting restaurants by Nordic chef, Rene Redzepi.
Having been announced as the winner of the prestigious “World’s 50 Best Restaurant” award several years running, expect a simply unforgettable dining experience at Copenhagen’s cutting-edge restaurant, Noma. As one of the most intelligent, intriguing and talented chefs in the world, chef Rene Redzepi's philosophy at Noma is to use locally foraged seasonal ingredients within his unique style of Nordic gastronomy cuisine. His team of international chefs manage the entire lifecycle of every dish: taking turns to drive to the countryside to source wild local herbs, vegetables and flowers by hand; through to serving each dish at your table with a warm and knowledgeable explanation. Dining at Noma redefines the concept of what gastronomy dining should be, so make your reservation now, as this is one of the hottest tables in the world. €€€

Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen
noma.dk  |  +45 32 96 32 97


2. Foodie Favourite …

RELAE  /  BAEST  /  MANFREDS OG VIN

Discover award-winning Sicilian-Norwegian chef Christian Puglisi's top Copenhagen foodie dining spots.
Delivering a “no-nonsense fine dining experience with high quality yet non-luxurious products”, Sicilian-Norwegian chef Christian Puglisi brings his cross-cultural, world-class culinary pedigree to Relæ. Drawing upon immaculately sourced ingredients, chef Puglisi brings diners closer to the kitchen in a fast, dynamic atmosphere. His wildly popular restaurant in Nørrebro has lit the world’s gastronomy scene abuzz, where Relæ cuts through the excesses of gourmet dining and any stiff formality has been removed entirely. Expect dishes such as the signature vinegar-pickled mackerel with cold cauliflower and lemon purée. The tasting menu price is an absolute steal and the dining experience is one of Copenhagen’s best. The Relæ team has also opened a casual dining venture just across the road, Manfreds & Vin, along with a smash-hit pizzeria called Bæst, which are both also well-worth visiting. €€

Jægersborggade 41, 2200 Copenhagen
restaurant-relae.dk  |  +45 3696 6609


3. Creative Cuisine ...

AMASS

A former Noma head chef brings his culinary talents to his first solo outing.
With a unique location within a former shipyard, Amass restaurant marks chef Matthew Orlando’s first solo venture - a chef who once held the esteemed title of Head Chef at Copenhagen’s world-renowned Noma restaurant. With reservations proving one of the hottest tickets in town, Orlando’s seasonal, locally-sourced menu is as much a draw as his culinary credentials. Menu-listings are as unfussy and minimalist as Amass’s contemporary dining setting, featuring dishes such as fish roe, sour pancake and broken crème fraiche; pork cheek, beach greens, grass and virgin butter; and white asparagus, walnut, rosehip and yoghurt. The restaurant’s lofty ceilings are supported by thick concrete pillars, graphic art adorns a graffiti-tagged feature wall, and jet black tables surround the spacious open-plan floors to create a minimalist setting softened by views of the restaurant’s garden and orchard. €€  

Refshalevej 153DK, 1432 Copenhagen
amassrestaurant.com  |  +45 43584330


4. Chic & Seductive ...

STUDIO

Enjoy a total sensory experience with a Nordic touch.
When Noma co-owner Claus Meyer and ex-Noma chef Torsten Vilgaard decided to open a new fine dining establishment in 2013, everyone on Copenhagen’s culinary scene took notice. Several years on, it is the restaurant's innovative menu, superb service and modern interior that has carried its reputation worldwide. For a total sensory experience with a Nordic touch, opt for the ambitious 5 or 7-course menu featuring incredible combinations like white asparagus and Norwegian scallops with green rhubarb and green strawberry, and veal sweetbread glazed with Vadouvan, grilled silver onions and green gooseberries. Plated to absolute perfection these Michelin-starred masterpieces will smash any expectations. €€€

The Standard, Havnegade 44, 1058 Copenhagen
thestandardcph.dk  |  +45 72 14 88 08


5. Chic Foodie Gem …

UFORMEL

Expect cutting-edge cuisine at this central and affordable eatery.
Brought to you by the talented owners behind the sophisticated dining institution, formel B, Uformel works closely with Danish farmers to ensure the highest quality of produce and ingredients are used across the menu. This foodie gem leaves conventional culinary rules behind to allow the creativity of the chefs to flourish. With a menu of artistically presented tasting dishes, we suggest ordering several courses. Meaning ‘informal’ in Danish, Uformel sets a casual yet moody dining ambience with dark décor, soft background Jazz music and low lighting. Expect an innovative menu, an expertly-curated drinks list and a friendly service team. €€

Studiestræde 69, 1554 København
uformel.dk  |  +45 70 99 91 11


6. Local Institution …

KODBYENS FISKEBAR

Light, fresh and flavoursome Nordic cuisine in Copenhagen's hip Meatpacking district.
With a young and talented team of chefs with world-class credentials, Copenhagen's Kødbyens Fiskebar delivers some of the best and most affordable seafood in Copenhagen. Delivered straight to the kitchen from the fishing boats nearby, Kødbyens Fiskebar’s fresh Fish Bar focuses upon raw fish, oysters and shellfish. The main kitchen produces creations such as potted shrimps with cucumber gel and smoked cheese, and melt-in-your-mouth fresh tartare of trout. The decor is minimalist-butcher-shop-cool, and as the night wears on, the restaurant morphs into a happening, late-night party spot. Don’t miss the expertly crafted Asian-inspired cocktails or the superb wine list. €€

Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 Copenhagen
fiskebaren.dk  |  +45 32 15 56 56


7. New Nordic Cool ...

BROR

This casual Copenhagen eatery boasts cutting-edge culinary credentials.
Before joining forces to open Copenhagen’s Bror Restaurant, chefs Victor Wågman and Samuel Nutter earned their stripes as sous chefs at the world renowned Noma restaurant. Showcasing sophisticated Nordic flavours in a relaxed, white-walled bistro setting, Bror’s airy spaces are home to eye-popping artworks which add a splash of colour to the minimalist interiors. Whether dining a la carte or indulging in the inventive tasting menu, Bror’s creative cuisine changes daily according to the freshest ingredients and daily inspirations of its two chefs. Bror’s intriguing menu listings feature minimalistic flavour combinations such as celery, apple, buckwheat, or chicken liver, blackberry, kale - however, Bror’s friendly team will be on hand to explain each dish in mouthwatering detail. An excellent selection of organic wine compliments this highly enjoyable gastronomic experience. €€

Sankt Peders Stræde 24A, 1453 Copenhagen
bror-ante.dk  |  +45 32 17 59 99


9. Modern Minimalism...

GRONBECH & CHURCHILL

This stylish, modern bistro delivers cutting-edge Nordic cuisine.
Copenhagen’s stylish Grønbech and Churchill restaurant has made a smashing entrance onto the Copenhagen culinary scene, presenting the inventive cuisine of award-winning Danish chef, Rasmus Grønbech. Located on the Esplanade across from the picturesque Churchill Park, Grønbech and Churchill impresses with sleek Scandinavian simplicity. Stark white walls and polished stone floors provide a minimalist backdrop for Grønbech and Churchill’s Nordic cuisine. Presenting tantalising twists on classic dishes, chef Grønbech offers two great value menus, designated as ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’: each featuring four courses, wine pairing, and tea or coffee. The moment you savour the first bite of the licorice-laced bread, you’ll know an evening of gastronomic delights is sure to follow. €€

Amaliegade 49, 1256 Copenhagen
gronbech-churchill.dk  |  +45 32 21 32 30 


10. Special Occasion Dining ...

GERANIUM

The first Danish restaurant to be awarded three Michelin Stars.
Geranium is as much a tour de force as its chef and co-owner, Rasmus Kofoed. Having won the coveted Bocuse d’Or award in 2011, Kofoed was soon adding Michelin Stars to his list of achievements. When Geranium’s third Michelin Star arrived in 2016, this trailblazing restaurant is setting the benchmark of fine dining in Copenhagen. Perched above the treetops of Copenhagen’s Fælledparken, Geranium's elegant dining room showcases verdant views coupled with glimpses of Kofoed and his team hard at work in the glass-walled kitchen. A seamless gastronomic experience, Geranium's menu engages all of the senses, from the surprising beauty of their presentation to the ingenuity of their flavours - all accompanied by an award winning wine selection by co-owner and sommelier Søren Ledet. €€€

Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 2100 Copenhagen
geranium.dk  |  +45 69 96 00 20 


Best Food Market ...

TORVEHALLERNE

Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 Copenhagen
torvehallernekbh.dk

Best Coffee ...

COFFEE COLLECTIVE

Jægersborggade 10, 2200 Copenhagen
coffeecollective.dk

Best Brunch ...

WULFF & KONSTALI

Lergravsvej 57, 2300 Copenhagen
wogk.dk

Average Price of a Main Meal:     € = Less than €10;   €€ = Around €20;   €€ = More than €30


NIGHTLIFE

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Whether you're looking for the perfect cocktail, the city's best wine bar, or a late-night club, here is our pick of the best places to drink and party in Copenhagen right now.

 

1. Cosy Cocktails ...

RUBY

A hidden treasure, Ruby is a sophisticated cocktail bar with clandestine location.
Ruby is set with an 18th-century townhouse with no sign out the front - press the doorbell and cross your fingers that you’ll be admitted within. Inside, you’ll find Copenhagen’s stylish crowd sipping cocktails in the main bar furnished with oriental rugs and sparkling chandeliers, or hanging outside in Ruby’s intimate heated courtyard. Simply tell the expert team of cocktail mixologists which flavours and spirits you like and they’ll specially craft a cocktail for you. Top shelf spirits paired with seasonal fresh fruits are the specialty of the house, such as the autumnal “Maple & Apple Sour” - a mix of Maker’s Mark bourbon, reduced red apple juice, fresh lemon juice and maple syrup. €€

Nybrogade 10, 1203 Copenhagen
rby.dk  |  +45 33 93 12 03


2. Best Wine Bars ...

VED STRANDEN 10

A trendy modern wine bar with an enviable international wine list.
Set within an 18th century building, Ved Stranden 10’s ultra-chic interiors feature modern furnishings and design elements by acclaimed designers Jean Prouvé, Hans Wegner and Hella Jongerius. Sit outside by the water and snack upon rillettes and chorizo while sampling Ved Stranden 10’s excellent selection of biodynamic wines. The wine menu features classic vintages from Burgundy, Champagne, Mosel, and Wachau, as well as more obscure boutique selections. Attracting Copenhagen’s wine loving crowd, we recommend that you settle in and slowly work your way through their top notch wine list by the glass to enjoy the full Ved Stranden 10 experience. Stop by on Wednesdays for the weekly wine tastings to learn more about international wines. €€

Ved Stranden 10, 1061 Copenhagen
vedstranden10.dk  |  +45 35 42 40 40


3. Hip Neighbourhood Bar ...

LIDKOEB

Tucked away off the hustle and bustle of Vesterbrogade is one of Copenhagen's coolest cocktail bars. 
From the team behind Ruby - a local cocktail institution -, comes Lidkoeb, Ruby’s slightly rebellious younger sister. Lidkoeb’s three floors buzz with music and conversation as cocktail lovers occupy sociable leather booths strewn with sheepskin rugs and a fire roars in the red brick hearth. Savour Lidkoeb’s expertly crafted cocktail menu, an inventive selection that changes three times a year. Whisky lovers should head for the third floor, where ancient beams and an attic setting are made irresistible by low lighting and cupboards of back-lit bottles. With over 200 whiskeys to choose from, settle into the sultry surroundings and unleash your inner connoisseur. €€

Vesterbrogade 72B, 1620 Copenhagen
lidkoeb.dk  |  +45 33 11 20 10


4. Local Institution ...

MIKKELLER

A bar which has single-handedly changed the craft beer scene in Copenhagen.
Mikkeller is the creation of two old friends and home-taught brewers, a dynamic duo who created two special brews for world-famous restaurant Noma. With a portfolio of international venues - two of which can be found in the heart of Copenhagen -, you needn’t struggle for that elusive Noma reservation to sample Mikkeller’s inspired brewing. Serving a loyal crowd of revellers with a constant supply of 20 beers on tap and a mind-boggling 200 options on the menu, you’ll find some of the best craft beers at Mikkeller, carefully sourced from all over the world and served in a setting of mis-matched chairs and sociable shared benches. Nearby, Mikkeller & Friends offers no fewer than 40 draft beers and champions partnerships with other microbreweries across the world. €€

Viktoriagade No. 8 B-C,1655 Copenhagen
mikkeller.dk  |  +45 3331 0415


5. Cutting-Edge Cocktails ...

CURFEW

Award-winning owner and bartender Humberto Marques first wooed the city with his inspired cocktail creations at the popular 1105, but it’s at Curfew that his passion finds full expression. A speakeasy-style hideaway, dapper barmen in crisp white shirts are quick to let you in on the secret - this is where the gangsters hung out during the Second World War. Today, Marques’ personal collection of vintage cocktail paraphernalia speaks of his fascination for his craft, and the modern-classic decor is all his own design. The long wooden bar is polished to a deep shine, Anglepoise lamps add a chic 1920’s touch, and terracotta tiles inspire daydreams of Marques’ native Portugal. Try the Unfaithful, a mix of Hendricks gin, cucumber, lemon juice, Cointreau, raw licorice and honey, and you'll understand why Marques is an award-winning mixologist. €€

Stenosgade 1, 1616 Copenhagen
curfew.dk  |  +45 29 29 92 76


SEE + DO

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Don't miss these incredible Copenhagen museums, cultural landmarks and local experiences.

Iconic Landmarks ...

In Copenhagen, dramatic modern architecture blends artfully with ancient buildings throughout the city. The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant) is one of the most eye-catching modern buildings on Copenhagen’s waterfront. Completed in 1999 by Danish architects Bjarne Hammer, Kim Holst Jensen, Morten Holm and Morten Schmidt as an extension of the Royal Library, the building contains an impressive collection of over 4.5 million books. Another iconic local landmark is The Opera House (Operaen) which seats over 1,400 people and plays host to the city’s best opera, musical and cultural performances. The Opera House was designed by Danish Architect, Henning Larsen, and is one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful modern structures, where the sculptures within the foyer change colour according to the weather. The royal winter residence of Queen Margrethe and the Danish royal family since 1794, Amalienborg Palace is one of Copenhagen’s most important tourist attractions. Four identical palaces encircle a grand octagonal courtyard (originally the palaces were built for four noble families) - today two of these can be visited by the public. The palaces’ stunning rococo interiors are a Copenhagen highlight - and don’t miss the statue of King Frederik V in the courtyard, considered one of the world’s finest equestrian statues. An internationally-recognised landmark, the Little Mermaid statue (Den Lille Havfrue) was commissioned in 1913 by Carlsberg brewing magnate, Carl Jacobsen. The Little Mermaid can be found perched on a rock on Copenhagen’s waterfront wistfully looking out to sea and has become an icon of the city. Prima Ballerina Ellen Price was the artistic inspiration for the mermaid’s face, while the body was modelled after the sculptor’s wife after Price refused to model nude.

Shopping in Copenhagen ...

Copenhagen is a shopping mecca for cutting-edge designer homewares, furniture and fashion. If you have a limited amount of time and want a one-stop shopping experience, head to Illum, Copenhagen’s upscale department store located in Copenhagen’s main pedestrian shopping street in the city centre. This is where you’ll find the best in Danish and international fashion, beauty and homewares, and the luxury supermarket in the basement level sells local Danish gourmet products--caramels, honey, cookies and more. Sister-store Illums Bolighus is a legendary design store nearby which is a “shrine to Scandinavian design”. Normann is another popular design boutique located in a former cinema in the district of Osterbro, filled with Danish and Scandinavian furniture, fashion and homewares.

Museums & Art Galleries ...

One of the most visited galleries in Denmark is the Louisiana Museum For Moderne Kunst, which lies on the banks of the Øresund Sound 40 minutes from Copenhagen by train. With an impressive collection dating from World War II to the present day, the Louisiana Museum’s modern architecture is an attraction in its own right, while works by Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol and Henry Moore are amongst the artistic highlights. Copenhagen’s impressive Nationalmuseet (National Museum) is the country’s largest museum of cultural history and tells the story of Denmark from 14,000 years ago to the present day. Covering every aspect of Denmark’s fascinating history from Ice Age hunters and Vikings to priceless national treasure’s, highlights of the collection include one of the world’s oldest paintings by South American indians, the Trundholm Sun Chariot and intricate bronze age helmets. The Designmuseum (Danish Museum of Art & Design) is Denmark’s largest museum for Danish and international design and hosts regular exhibitions about Scandinavian industrial design and applied arts. Works by acclaimed Danish designers such as Arne Jacobsen and Georg Jensen are represented here, and the museum’s Design Shop is an excellent place to pick up some cool souvenirs and design objects. Statens Museum for Kunst (Denmark’s National Gallery) is set within a green leafy park in central Copenhagen and boasts a large collection of work by leading international artists, including Picasso and Matisse, along with the works of great Danish artists. With a collection dating from the 14th century to the present day, discover Renaissance works by Mantegna, Titian and Rubens while exploring the history of Danish art through the ages. To learn more about Copenhagen’s modern art scene, we recommend that you visit the Arken Museum For Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Museum) which is located in the outlying beach town of Koge Bugt, located 10 kilometers south west of Copenhagen. Set within a white ship-like building by architect Soren Lund, you’ll find an accomplished collection of contemporary international and Danish art. 

Tivoli Gardens ...

The Tivoli Gardens is an Alice in Wonderland-style entertainment space in central Copenhagen with a fairy tale ambiance of colourful landscaped gardens, upscale dining restaurants, an amusement park and live performance theatres. Dating back to 1893, the Tivoli Gardens inspired Walt Disney’s Disneyland. You may also bump into Copenhagen’s royal family while you’re there, who can be found regularly visiting the gardens. 

Scenic Boat Tour ...

Taking a scenic boat trip through the picturesque canals and waterways of central Copenhagen is a fantastic way to see the city’s best landmarks positioned along the waterfront, including the spectacular Opera House, the Black Diamond, Christianshavn and the vibrant Nyhavn Harbour - Copenhagen’s ancient harbour filled with boats and lined with colourful buildings, outdoor cafes and restaurants. You’ll also discover Copenhagen’s iconic statue, the Little Mermaid, which was commissioned by Carl Jacobsen in 1913 (the Carlsberg brewery magnate) and designed by sculptor Edvard Eriksen.

Copenhagen By Bicycle ...

As Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, you can also rent a bicycle from any of the City Bike stands located throughout the city for a refundable fee. Enjoy a leisurely cycle along the canals and central harbourfront, the picturesque district of Christianshavn, the vibrant Nyhavn Harbour (Copenhagen’s ancient harbour), and districts of Norrebro and Frederiksberg.

Best Green Spaces ...

Kongens Have or ‘Kings Gardens’ is Denmark’s oldest royal garden, and is visited by over 2 million people every year. The fairytale-like Rosenburg Castle with its turrets and stone lion statues overlooks the Castle’s once-private gardens, but today guests are free to explore the sprawling green spaces - perfect for a summertime picnic. Visit the Renaissance and Baroque gardens, enjoy a rolling programme of art installations or simply wander the tree-lined avenues.

Arne Jacobsen Architecture ...

Designer, architect and landscape gardener, Arne Jacobsen was one of the most influential designers in Denmark’s history. The Radisson Blue Royal Hotel was completed in 1960 and is considered to be one of Jacobsen’s greatest achievements. One of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, the hotel has been modernised since it was first built, however, you can still visit the hotel’s room 606 which retains Jacobsen’s original design. Copenhagen’s National Bank was one of the designer’s last major project before he died in 1971, located on Copenhagen’s waterfront. To see some other examples of Jacobsen’s work, take a road trip to the coastal suburb of Klampenborg to visit the Jacobsen Restaurant, Bellavista Housing Estate & the Petrol Station - one of the most funky, futuristic petrol stations in Denmark.


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