Denmark perhaps isn’t a destination that immediately springs to mind when you are planning a trip away, but it is actually one of the best countries in Europe for a city break. There is plenty of local culture to explore in the country as a whole and the most popular destination of all is the cool capital of Copenhagen.
The climate in Denmark is characterised by milder winters and cooler summers, providing fairly comfortable temperatures for most of the year to do all of the sight-seeing and exploring that you desire. The country does get its fair share of rain over the year but Spring is the driest season if you want to have the best chance of avoiding any downpours! Its unique position of being situated between an ocean and a continent means that similarly to the UK, you can expect different ‘seasons’ within the same day – so make sure to pack appropriately!
Moving on to the main attraction, Copenhagen manages to combine modernity; with some of its art galleries and various contemporary designs around the city with its history; buildings erected in the 17th century and the royal palace being just a couple of examples. Copenhagen is very advanced in terms of its very efficient transport structure, so you can make your way around the city in the best possible way. There is free use of bicycles in the city centre and a Copenhagen Card which you can buy which covers all bus, train and metro fares in the vicinity. It also includes free admission to seventy-two attractions around the city – not bad at all!
There is so much to do in Copenhagen, but one of our favourites is a visit to Nyhaven. This old port area consists of brightly-coloured terraced houses, one of the homes belonging to H C Andersen, who inspired Disney’s Little Mermaid story. Another great place that the kids will enjoy is Tivoli Gardens. It is said to be the oldest amusement park in the world and contains a zoo and an aquarium. For the adults, there are plenty of places to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a bit of Danish culture. During the summer months, it is worth a trip to Amager Strandpark, where an artificial island forms a lagoon with three miles of sandy beach to enjoy – who knew that Denmark could deliver your much-needed beach-getaway?!
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