Explore: Copenhagen

Date Posted: 04/06/2015

Pictured: Bikes in Copenhagen. Photo credit: Adrian Lazar.

Denmark's capital city may be known as the City of Spires, but there's much more than architecture on offer to group trips to Copenhagen.

Essential Copenhagen attractions

Canal Tours Copenhagen: To get orientated as group, a canal tour is a great way to start your visit. English language tours last an hour and you’ll get to see many of the city’s most famous sights and icons such as the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen Opera House, the Black Diamond library, Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace.

Tivoli Gardens:Easily accessible and with a variety of things to do, the beautiful gardens are a must-see on a visit to Copenhagen. Near to the central station, they’re a national institution and an amusement park with carousels and demon rollercoasters to boot. Guaranteed to bring out the child in everyone. Groups over 15 can get a discount.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek: This fabulous art and sculpture collection was founded in 1888 and houses two main areas of ancient and modern art. In the antiquities section you’ll be able to uncover some fine collections of Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian and Greek art as you step back into 3,500 years of art history. Both thought provoking and well curated.

Food and drink

If you want to try the famous open-faced sandwiches of Denmark then head to Restaurant Ida Davidsen, which has a deserved reputation for smørrebrød. If you find choice an issue then prepare yourself for more than 250 sandwich types – all named after famous Danish people.

Located near the Round Tower, DØP offers a luxury take on the traditional Danish hot dog stand. The sausages are organic and the bread is wholegrain with linseeds. For more street food try hanging out with the Danes at the market on Paper Island.

For a taste of the sea get your group to Höst (one of the Cofoco restaurants) near the Lakes where the menu includes beef, lobster and Danish cheese – all with a nod to the integrity of the Nordic kitchen.

Smorebrod, image by Christian Alsing

Puctured: The traditional Copenhagen open sandwich Smorebrod, image by Christian Alsing.

Where to stay?

The four-star Hotel Kong Arthur is a quick walk from central metro station Nørreport, which gives you direct access to Copenhagen airport in 15 minutes. It’s got a great location by Peblinge Lake in Copenhagen city and inside has a laid back feel.

An established property from 1978, the four-star Admiral is a restored, listed warehouse from the 1780s. With a reputation for Danish quality and design it has a view of the opera and is next to the Royal Palace and central Copenhagen.

A stylish, modern option is Wake-up Copenhagen whose architect, Kim Utzon, has designed a reasonably priced hotel near the waterfront, shopping streets, Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens. Think cool, contemporary and functional rooms. 

Best for groups

Copenhagen and the Skåne region of southern Sweden are famous for the ‘Nordic Noir’ crime trend that has included hits such as Wallander, The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge. Join the ‘slow crime’ fans with Nordic Noir Tours costing DKK150. Lower rates for groups and reservations are available.

You can take a themed guided tour to Denmark’s most famous brand, Visit Carlsberg, depending on your interest: beer, history or architecture. Copenhagen’s famous Pilsner beer is often referred to here as ‘Hof’ (meaning ‘court’) due to its Royal Warrant. Book in advance for 20 people or more (DKK2,900 per group).

Christianiais an incredibly interesting experience – a district that in the early 1970s was taken over by squatters who claimed it as a ‘free city’: free of taxes and run by their own laws. It’s a colourful mix of cafés, bars, restaurants, murals and other art. Do take notice of the ‘rules’ (such as no photographs) but it’s well worth a tour.

Live like a local

Copenhagen is synonymous with biking, so make use of the cheap city bikes. New bikes have built-in GPS and are available 24/7 all year round. The touchscreen can be used for navigation, payment and finding points of interest in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. It costs around DKK25 per hour.

Fact File

Journey Time:1 hour 35 minutes from London to Copenhagen.

Currency:Danish Kroner (DKK).

Best time to go:Copenhagen enjoys four distinct seasons. July is usually the sunniest month with long days and an average temperature of 22?c. June is perhaps the best month for outdoor events and activities with May and September offering slightly fewer crowds.

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