Planning a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, anytime soon? In a place known equally for its design, food, culture and arts, it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a couple of tips on what to do, what to see and how to get around while you’re there.
As soon as you step foot in this big-little city, don’t be surprised if you almost get knocked over by a cyclist. In this Scandinavian capital, biking is the No. 1 way to get around. With plenty of rental shops to choose from, renting a bike is one of the more convenient ways to explore the main streets. And though the Danish don’t necessarily believe in locking up their own bikes, I’d suggest renting a lock just in case.
For getting around the more narrow streets, where you’ll find shops from high-end to regular souvenir stores, walking is a preferred method of transportation. The city isn’t that large, and it’s possible to walk the whole thing in a day.
Once you start your Danish journey make sure to stop at the places below. There are five must-see places.
- The colorful houses along the Nyhavn Canal: Aside from its scenic draw, the houses are comprised of charming local taverns stocked with their national beer -- Carlsberg. Also, this is a great spot to jump on a tour boat or water taxi to view the city through the waterway.
- The Little Mermaid: In the water, near the mouth of the west side of the river. You’ll find the statue of the Hans Christian Anderson’s character looking out over the sea.
- Rosenborg Castle: Step back into time during the visit to this castle. Rooms are set up in true royal fashions. Tapestries cover the walls, and the ostentatious ceilings are majestically painted and trimmed with gold moldings. In the basement of the castle, guarded by armed soldiers, witness the amazing sights of the crown jewels and hundreds of barrels of finely aged wine. Travelers can also venture out into the gardens and lounge about the grassy knolls.
- Tivoli Gardens: It's known for being the second-oldest amusement park in the world. Dine on Danish delicacies and see the luminosity of the rides.
- Helsingoer Kronborg Castle: Located a 45-minute train ride outside of downtown Copenhagen, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was the inspiration for Elsinore in "Hamlet." Tour the inside of this fortress to awe at the intricate detail. Then mosey around the exterior to see recreations of the medieval village. (Travelzoo Tip: The ferry to Sweden is right down the street and relatively inexpensive. Hop aboard to grab a quick bite and cross off one more Scandinavian country from your list)
Book a flight this summer during the peak season in Denmark to experience the beauty of the green landscape and the bustling Danish atmosphere.