Copenhagen is Denmark's capital city, located in the eastern part of the country on the Baltic Sea. The city is famous for its shopping opportunities, its wild nightlife and its culture. Copenhagen has also a great variety of museums and art galleries, the most famous among them is probably the Danish National Gallery. The most famous part of Copenhagen's architecture are the Rundetårn (Round Tower), which has an excellent observation deck, as well as the Our Savior Church, where you can climb up the stairs on the outside of the dome to its almost 100 m high top. The city also hosts two of the world's oldest and still operating amusement parks, Bakken and Tivoli. In Copenhagen you can also visit the famous statue of the Little Mermaid.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Copenhagen is a great year-round destination. The temperatures are colder in the winter and hotter in the summer. The rainfall is almost consistent all year, at around 8 days per month.
The best time to visit Copenhagen is during their summer, even if it is essentially overrun with visitors. From May to September, the streets come alive as cafes spill on to the sidewalks and festivals fill the air with music.
More information: Copenhagen forecast and weather conditions monthly
Copenhagen 8 most important sights:
- Nyhavn: I just strolled there in July around noon, shirtless, soaking up the intense sunshine!.
- Christiania: Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous area situated in Christianshavn within the former military barracks of Bådsmandsstræde and parts of the city ramparts.
- Little Mermaid: The "Little Mermaid" statue is an icon, a prime tourist spot and a "must-see" attraction.
- Canal & Harbour Tours: There are two companies in Copenhagen offering canal tours year-round.
- Amalienborg Palace: There are four identical buildings here, built in the 18th century.
- Rådhuspladsen - Town hall square: Rådhuspladsen, with the Copenhagen City Hall, is located in central Copenhagen.
- Carlsberg Brewery: The Carlsberg Factory is a bit of a walk from the main town, but it's a pleasant walk, and there are buses that go nearby, too.
- Strøget: The main avenue in Copenhagen is a pedestrian succession of shops, with all the expected brands.
Recommendation for one day:
- Visit Nyhavn. Today, the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the canal, jazz music and great food.
- Walk around Strøget. Copenhagen's largest shopping area is centered around Strøget in the heart of the city.
- Nearby is Alternative Christiania. Freetown Christiania is a green and car-free neighbourhood in Copenhagen, best known for its inhabitants different way of life. It was established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site and developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government.
- Visit Tivoli Gardens, this amusement park in Copenhagen is a must for all visitors to the city, young and old. Or go to the Zoo where you'll find elephants, hippos, lions, monkeys and polar bears. A visit to Copenhagen's Zoo in the Frederiksberg area is always a wild and exciting experience.
- Go to Tycho Brahe Planetarium. A visit is educational-entertainment for the entire family. Immerse yourself in the starry sky, watch IMAX and 3D movies or explore the exhibition.
The recommended accommodation areas for Copenhagen are:
Cheap area: Vesterbro
Central location: Nansensgade, Kobenhaven V
Beach area: Amager Beach
Nightlife: Indre By, Kobenhaven V
Compared to prices worldwide, Copenhagen is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $82.48, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $383.19, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $91.75
- Hotel (3 stars): $148.47
- Hotel (4 stars): $183.75
- Hotel (5 stars): $288.39
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $17.95
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $27.73
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.35
- Meal, McDonalds: $12.91
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $20.42
Copenhagen has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 72.5 (better than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 85.7 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 67.3 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Copenhagen safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.