Rich in all possible aspects, the alluring capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is the epitome of Scandinavian beauty and is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Whether you are looking for an exceptional culinary experience, fascinating history, mesmerizing architecture, or stunning beauty, Copenhagen is the place to go.
If you are overwhelmed by the planning aspect of it all and are worried you won’t be able to enjoy your Copenhagen adventure to the fullest, then what you need is a thorough travel guide that takes you all over the Danish Capital from the second you step of the plan. Luckily, this is exactly what we have prepared for you with our complete Copenhagen guide that answers every question you may have from where to eat to where to go.
When is the best time to go?
If you want to enjoy the famous long Copenhagen summer days, then the best time for you to visit the Danish capital is during the summer, specifically during the month from April to September.
If you decide to go in April, May, and September, you will catch Copenhagen with fewer crowds than in the rest of the peak summer months. However, if you want to catch some of the city’s best festivals such as the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which is held in July, then you might have to go during the crowded summer months between June and August.
Where to stay in Copenhagen?
Whether you are looking to stay in an old European hotel or a budget-friendly modern housing option, Copenhagen has it all. So here are the best hotels in Copenhagen:
- Hotel Alexandra
With Hotel Alexandra’s 61 mid-century-designed rooms with their historic wallpaper, textiles, and furniture, you will feel like you traveled in time to the 50s or 60s. You can even buy a few items of your own from the hotel’s marketplace which offers items of the same style and quality as those in the hotel’s rooms.
Over 265 years old, d’Angleterre is an iconic historic landmark of its own, not just a hotel. This elegant and romantic old hotel features a modern Nordic design and incredible views of Kongens Nytorv from the suite balconies.
- Babette Guldsmeden
Babette is a part of the known Guldsmeden hotel chain, and like most of the chain hotels, Babette Guldsmeden features a unique blend of Nordic and Indonesian design aesthetics. This boutique hotel has 98 inviting rooms that feature four-poster beds, sheepskin throws, and beautiful vibrant artworks. There is also a rooftop spa and sauna, a relaxing courtyard, and a bar that is usually bustling with locals.
- Nimb Hotel
This historic boutique hotel is a part of the historic Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and features 38 individually designed rooms and suites that contain fine lines, carefully picked artworks, antiques, and luxury fabrics.
- Sanders Hotel
One of the newer additions to the Copenhagen hotel scene, Sanders Hotel enjoys a superb location in the center of the town with stunning views of the city’s unique tiled rooftops from the hotel’s glass-topped rooftop terrace. You can also book one of the hotel’s exclusive excursions that include backstage passes to the Royal Theater.
Where to eat in Copenhagen?
The Scandi city of Copenhagen is known for its exceptional culinary scene and world-class dining. So your stomach is guaranteed a fun time during your time in the Scandinavian capital. To put you on the right track, here is a list of the best restaurants in Copenhagen:
Known as the king of smorrebrod, Aamanns is housed in what used to be a WWII bunker. The open-faced sandwiches which Aamanns are a must-try classic Danish meal while you are in Copenhagen.
Amass offers a fine dining experience with craftily made meals by the hand of the former head chef of Noma. Located on the stunning harbor front, the tasty culinary experience in Amaas is only completed with the restaurant’s unique atmosphere featuring huge windows, graffiti art, modern edgy interiors, and occasional bonfires.
Hidden behind a garage door and past a graffiti-covered hallway, hides this modern bright sunny dining gem which offers meals cooked over a wood-burning fire and weekly rotational meals featuring the latest seasonal ingredients.
Denmark’s number one fine-dining hub as well as one of the world’s most prestigious and popular restaurants, Noma serves food depending on the season. In the summer, Noma’s menu is mostly vegetarian, in the fall, they serve forest-inspired dishes, and in late winter/early spring, seafood is usually served. To experience Copenhagen’s culinary gem, Noma, make sure to make your reservation well in advance, because -as you’d expect- they sell out extremely fast.
Located in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, Gemyse restaurant takes its vegetarian identity very seriously as they set their diners in an actual greenhouse and serve them only vegan-based meals. Gemyse also allows its guests to roast their own homemade marshmallows or twist bread over a campfire in the restaurant’s herb garden.
Where to go in Copenhagen?
Copenhagen has a lot more to offer than good food, in fact, the attractions, museums, parks, and landmarks scattered around this Scandinavian bride of Europe are too many to count. So here are the best, must-visit ones to help you plan out your next Danish vacation:
This 17th-century harbor is, without a doubt, Copenhagen’s -if not Denmark’s- most iconic landmark. Nyhavn is lined with wooden ships, modern boats, seafood restaurants, and multicolored houses. As one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen, Nyhavn’s diverse and grand history is reflected in its appearance and architecture, so it is no surprise that it attracts people from all walks of life and is usually buzzing with locals as well as tourists.
- Rosenborg Castle
Dating back to 1606, Rosenborg Castle was built by one of the most famous Scandinavian kings as a royal summer house. Rosenborg Castle plays the role of a time capsule offering an inside look at the city’s regal history with its treasures and world of art. Just walking through the hallways of the royal Rosenborg Castle, you will feel like royalty yourself.
Copenhill is a vast multi-use waste-to-energy plant that contains a ski slope, a climbing wall, and a cafe. So when you visit Copenhill, you can ride the slopes in Copenhagen’s first ski area, hike around the vast greenery of the plant, or even challenge yourself and tackle the hill’s climbing wall.
- Designmuseum Danmark
If you feel like feeding your soul with some outstanding architectural and design work, then the Design Museum Danmark needs a place on your Copenhagen itinerary. This architectural marvel of a building is housed in what was formerly Denmark’s first public hospital and was later remodeled into the world-class museum it is in the 1920s.
Inside Copenhagen’s Designmuseum Danmark, there is decorative art, glasswork, ceramics, fashion, textile, poster art, and industrial design from Denmark. It also has one of the world’s largest collections of Danish design, including works by Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, Verner Panton, and Hans Wegner.
- National Museum of Denmark
Denmark’s largest museum, the National Museum of Denmark is an astonishing display of the cultural history of Denmark and the world. Located in the 18th-century Prince’s Palace, the National Museum of Denmark’s exhibits go back in time to the Stone Age as well as Viking Age.
The last step in our guide is for you to enjoy your time in the Scandinavian beauty that is Copenhagen because every moment in this gorgeous city has the potential of becoming a moment to remember!