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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