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All About Copenhagen
Spread across two islands — Zealand and Amager — the Danish capital city of Copenhagen is separated from Sweden by the Øresund strait and has a rich history as a thriving European port town. Today, Copenhagen is known for its creativity and innovation, home to acclaimed restaurants, sustainable architecture, and a renowned high standard of living.
Cycling is a popular way to get around Copenhagen; the city offers an impressive network of bike paths, as well as parks, gardens, and pockets of green space, including the sweeping botanical gardens in the city centre. There are also harbour baths to swim in, canals to kayak, and characterful neighbourhoods to explore — from hip Vesterbro’s craft beer bars and cocktail lounges to picturesque Nyhavn with its brightly coloured buildings.
While fine dining is one of Copenhagen's hallmarks, the humble hotdog is still a local staple. And you never need to travel far to find a delicious Danish pastry or Smørrebrød — an open rye bread sandwich with toppings such as pickled herring, roast beef, and eggs.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Copenhagen
When looking for vacation rentals in Copenhagen, be mindful that the city has an oceanic climate, which means it experiences fairly distinct seasons. Spring is a very beautiful time to visit Copenhagen, with mild weather that’s suitable for dining outdoors. Summer brings warm temperatures and the longest days, ideal for soaking up the sun at Amager Strand, picnicking in the botanic gardens, and exploring the surrounding hills and other towns in Denmark.
Temperatures start to drop quickly in autumn, although this is when many new exhibitions open in Copenhagen’s museums and galleries. Winter can be very cold and bring significant amounts of snow, but the city is renowned for its beautiful Christmas markets, which take place at 15 locations around town. There are also several spots where you can ice skate, and Copenhagen offers up soul-warming winter food and beverages like gløgg — mulled wine — and Flæskesteg, a traditional Christmas pork dish.
Top things to do in Copenhagen
Islands Brygge Harbour Bath
Close to the city centre, this collection of floating baths consists of five pools — two designed for children, and three diving towers. The pools are a testament to Copenhagen’s commitment to ensuring clean water flows in its harbours — the quality is checked daily. There is also a grassy area near the pools where you can enjoy a picnic and take in the view of the city.
One of the city’s most iconic sights, this spectacular castle is 400 years old, built in the Renaissance period by Christian IV, King of Denmark and Norway. Some of the king’s possessions remain in the castle, and you can also get a glimpse of the Danish crown jewels and the country’s coronation thrones in the ornate Knights’ Hall.
Colourful Nyhavn boasts a collection of 300-year-old houses along what was once a busy commercial port. This was once a popular spot for sailors to meet, filled with pubs and alehouses. Today, it’s no less lively, but the taverns are now waterfront restaurants, bars, and cafes, and live music drifts through the streets.