Flights to Copenhagen
Copenhagen – a picturesque royal city that feels like home
Copenhagen is small as big cities go, but it is a rich metropolis in terms of spirit and soul. There’s something here for every taste, from young holiday-makers to people travelling with their families. An easy-going atmosphere, a wealth of museums and an unprecedented number of Michelin-starred restaurants have made Copenhagen one of the most visited cities in Europe.
Kids & families
Tycho Brahe Planetarium
An experience centre that makes a good stop for the whole family. The most important astronomy and space research hub in the Nordics features different exhibitions from all corners of the universe. In Tycho Brahe Planetarium, you’ll feel if you actually are in outer space, or underwater or in the Amazon jungle. The cinemas equipped with cutting-edge technology offer a film experience so unprecedented that IMAX and 3D will take on a totally different meaning at a visit to the Planetarium.
Copenhagen has no less than two theme parks and we recommend visiting both of them. Bakken, the oldest amusement park in the world, is a special point of pride for Denmark. Besides being exceptionally well-endowed with attractions, Bakken’s lovely parks are an aesthete’s delight. Ride the roller coasters, visit the freefall attraction, stop by the cafes, have a picnic or take a walk to a 400-year-old tree. It’s all located in a small area and there’s no general admission to get in to Bakken.
The other one, also located in the Copenhagen city centre, is Tivoli Gardens – the largest amusement park in the Nordic countries. Besides its great variety of attractions, cafés and restaurants, Tivoli is known for its light show. When the sun starts to set, an extraordinary scene unfolds, defying description.
NORDICA RECOMMENDS: Visit the "Hot Air Balloon" attraction and enjoy the breath-taking views of all of Copenhagen. When visiting the park, bring enough cash – that way you avoid paying credit card surcharges.
Den Blå Planet
The Danish national aquarium, Den Blå Planet, opened just five years ago, is the largest one in the Nordics. Its technological wonders and the unbelievable architectural solutions dreamed up by the engineers give visitors the sense that they are actually swimming with the sharks and rays. Practically every sea creature, coral and other marine species, both well-known and obscure, can be found here.
Copenhagen’s famous and unique Christiania district has been a “free town” for over 40 years. Christiania’s roots lie in the hippie counterculture. It still has its own laws, and even its own complementary currency. With no government as such, decisions are made in voting at town hall-style meetings.
NORDICA RECOMMENDS: Do you dream of travelling back in time without virtual reality goggles? A little stroll into Christiania will transport you back to the 1970s.
The Danish Design Museum in the quaint Nyhavn neighbourhood has received acclaim for its exhibitions in the press, blogosphere and museums in other countries. The carefully selected collections and exhibits make it one of the most celebrated institutions of its kind anywhere in the world.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Held during one week in mid-July, Copenhagen Jazz Festival is among the biggest in Europe, drawing a total audience of close to 250,000. The concerts are held all over the city, and the programme also includes free smaller performances. The festival is special in that it considers the needs of families with children, so no need to call a babysitter.
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Food, drink and nightlife
Sans Souci, located in Frederiksberg and serving up Danish cuisine, is one of the most beloved and acclaimed restaurants among Copenhageners. Besides the menu, expert ingredient sourcing and the palate-pampering quality of the dishes, the restaurant is known for its spot-on wine pairings.
Michelin starred restaurants
A whopping 15 different restaurants in Copenhagen currently hold this coveted honour, all of them located in the city centre. Geranium received three stars, AOC has two stars, and the one-star Michelin restaurants are 108, Kong Hans Kælder, Marchal, Clou, Studio, Relæ, Den Røde Cottage, Kokkeriet, Era Ora, Formel B, Kiin Kiin, Søllerød Kro, Kadeau.
One of Copenhagen’s biggest, most significant and prestigious nightclubs has three different zones on its different levels – the White Box has a bar, the Red Box offers a more intimate atmosphere and the Black Box is a large club hall. The music runs mainly to electronica to house and techno.
If you want to forget the day and let DJs dance you into the wee hours, the nightclub and cocktail bar The Jane in the city centre of Copenhagen is the place to head to. The interiors decorated in the style of the TV series Mad Men lend a special ambience. Note that admission is restricted to patrons aged 23 and up.
Copenhagen was made for shopping. The streets are brimming with Scandinavian design from home furnishings, clothing and jewellery, to scrumptious deli fare for a picnic in the park.
A boutique devoted to Danish and Nordic design, art and accessories, Nordic Nesting is a good place to treat yourself or find a gift for friends or family.
Copenhagen is characterized by a large selection of shops specializing in men’s clothing. One of them is Wood Wood, catering especially to the 30-40 set.
One of the few flagships of Denmark and Scandinavian fashion whose products can also be found in Estonia. Select materials and models make Henrik Vibskov one of the current trendsetters. A good stop even when you’re not in the market for something for yourself.
Copenhagen is very convenient to explore by bike. Indeed, it’s the most popular mode of transport among locals, and you can even take the bike with you on Metro trains.
Copenhagen has a very advanced public transport system, with buses, trains and the Metro. Service is conveniently frequent and it only takes 20 minutes to get from airport to the city centre. The same ticket can be used in all parts of the system. Fares can be purchased for different zones and according to time.
If you’re in Copenhagen for a holiday or city break, we recommend considering a Copenhagen Card and City Pass. City Pass is good on all public transport for 24 or 72 hours, and besides unlimited public transport, the Copenhagen Card lets you visit museums, galleries and exhibitions for free, discounts on tickets to entertainment centres or select restaurants.
NORDICA RECOMMENDS: When visiting Copenhagen, it’s a good idea to buy either a City Pass or Copenhagen Card. Look for 7 Eleven outlets in Metro and train stations, because vending machines may not have the complete selection of tickets.
Did you know...
- The water in Copenhagen’s canal in the port area is clean enough to swim in
- Copenhagen has Scandinavia’s longest car-free street, Strøget
- Nordica’s direct flight from Tallinn to Copenhagen takes 1 hour and 35 minutes
Tallinn (TLL) - Copenhagen (CPH)