To paraphrase one of Carlsberg’s taglines, Copenhagen is probably the best city in the world. It’s a staple on the short-break trail with more than enough attractions to fill a weekend including the Carlsberg Visitors Centre where one can sample some of the brewer’s famous beers. Carl Jacobsen, son of the brewery’s founder, provided a couple of other landmarks – he commissioned the Little Mermaid statue and founded the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, one of Denmark’s finest museums.
The Tivoli Gardens amusement park, the most popular tourist attraction in Denmark, is a fairy-tale land with a wooden roller coaster, the world’s tallest carousel and, at Christmas, festive fun with illuminations, market and gift stalls.
One of the best ways to see the city is from the water. Hop on a boat at Nyhavn for a guided tour that will pass the Little Mermaid, Christianshavn, the 17th-century dock area with its beautiful pastel-coloured merchants’ houses, and Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament, Prime Minister’s Office and Supreme Court. An alternative sight is Freetown Christiania, a self-governing neighbourhood.
While Denmark is in the EU, it’s not in euroland. It still uses the kronor – useful to know before searching for cheap flights to Copenhagen.
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Considering Copenhagen’s northern location, the climate is milder than you may expect. January and February are the coldest months with daytime temperatures typically around freezing. However, the high humidity and cloudy weather can make it feel colder.May to September are comfortable months, with summer temperatures in the mid-teens. The humidity is much more comfortable, but there are some cloudy and rainy days. The heaviest rain falls between July and December.
May through August is the most popular time to visit Copenhagen. The city is quieter in July when most Danes are on holiday.
Winter is, unsurprisingly, the off season, yet those hardy enough to brave the Scandinavian winter and find cheap flights to Copenhagen at this time will discover a city with uncrowded museums, galleries and restaurants.
It’s easy to keep saving money after your cheap flight to Copenhagen. Borrow a bicycle with CityBikes, a free service that lets visitors pedal their way around the city. You will have to leave a small deposit that is fully refundable when you (and your bike) return. The next-cheapest way to get around is by buying a Klippekort, worth ten trips on the metro or bus. To go beyond Copenhagen, you may want to purchase a ScanRail pass, which offers discounts on travel through Denmark and other Scandinavian countries.