City breaks in Copenhagen
Book a short stay or weekend break in the Danish capital
Copenhagen is a friendly capital city packed with fascinating attractions and scenic streets. You’ll fall in love with the picture-perfect houses and cobbled streets, not to mention the laid-back vibe that envelops the city. That unmistakable feeling of comfort and coziness is something the Danes refer to as “hygge”, and it’s truly contagious.
Wander through the city center and discover modern shopping streets laced with parks and green spaces. Copenhagen is arguably Europe’s greenest capital city, but its industrial-chic bars and coffee houses lend it a distinctively urban edge.
With a mostly pedestrianized center, this fashionable Nordic city is a joy to explore on foot or – as many locals choose to – by bike. Take in the sights before enjoying a delicious smørrebrød sandwich in a stylish café. Whether you’re on a solo city break, family holiday or a romantic getaway, you’ll find Copenhagen’s character irresistible.
We have two hotels in Copenhagen. Both are centrally-located and within walking distance of Copenhagen’s main attractions:
Our top 3 Copenhagen attractions
- The Little Mermaid Statue
- Tivoli Gardens
- Freetown Christiania
Our top 3 Copenhagen museums
- National Museum of Denmark
- National Gallery of Denmark
- H. C. Andersen Fairy-Tale House
Our top 3 Danish foods
Use our Copenhagen map to see our pick of the top attractions
Locations and Neighborhoods
Location and neighborhoods
Discover Copenhagen’s different areas
Best for waterside relaxation: Nyhavn
Once a busy commercial port that was home to several prominent artists and writers (including Hans Christian Andersen), Nyhavn is now a cultural hotspot and an idyllic place to unwind during a busy city break. Listen to jazz music and indulge in fine food – both served in a truly tranquil atmosphere. As the sun sets, why not make like a local and pick up a drink to enjoy by the canal?
Best for fine food and green spaces: FrederiksbergA fashionable, affluent area full of wine bars, delicatessens and gorgeous green spaces. Take a walk and discover numerous modern cafés and restaurants, before unwinding at Frederiksberg Gardens. Interestingly, this neighborhood is quite an independent area, with its own mayor and municipal council.
Best for hip hangouts: Vesterbro
The word “Vesterbro” means “Western Bridge” and refers to the road that leads from the neighborhood to the city. Located just outside Copenhagen city center, you’ll find a diverse range of independent shops, restaurants and bars in this recently renovated area. Sønder Boulevard – a popular recreational spot – is the main street.
Best for multicultural contrasts: Nørrebro
Nørrebro is known for its hip shopping areas, vibrant nightlife and chilled-out vibe. Colorful buildings adorn the streets, along with a range of food options from around the world. Be sure to visit Assistens Cemetery – the final resting place of famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, and a popular strolling spot for locals.
Best for escaping the city: Amager
Amager is an island in the Øresund (the strait which forms the Danish-Swedish border), and as such, very much has its own identity. If you’re visiting Copenhagen during the summer, Amager beach makes for the perfect day out. There are plenty of green spaces to explore in this area too, as well as some interesting architecture.
Best for family fun: Østerbro
Laid-back and friendly, this neighborhood is perfect for anyone on a Copenhagen city break with children. You’ll find the city’s largest public park here – Fælledparken – as well as the gorgeous Copenhagen lakes (also a great spot for couples). You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping and dining, plus Østerbro is home to the famous Little Mermaid statue.
Best for a taste of local life: Christianshavn
Dreyer’s Architecture Gallery to learn all about Danish architecture, or wander around Paper Island (Papirøen) – a creative space where you can pick up delicious street food. This neighborhood is also home to the Church of Our Savior – one of Denmark’s most famous churches. Due to the large number of lakes in the area, Christianshavn is often referred to as “Little Amsterdam”.
Best for history: Valby
This particular Copenhagen district has one of the fastest growing populations in the city. You can still see what remains of the Old Valby village, which was transformed in the 1880s. Interestingly, evidence shows that people have lived in Valby since ancient times. This area is also where the Carlsberg Brewery was opened in 1847.
Where to Stay
Book a Radisson Blu hotel in Copenhagen
City breaks can be full of surprises. Book your stay with Radisson Blu and look forward to exploring everything Copenhagen has to offer.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
This stunning Copenhagen hotel’s Room 606 is a delightful showcase of the work of Arne Jacobsen and can be booked by guests. All rooms include amenities like coffee and tea provisions and a mini bar. Be sure to visit Alberto K for award-winning cuisine and memorable views of the city. Other features include a fitness center and exceptional meeting facilities.
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Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen
In a stunning 26-story structure, this hotel in Copenhagen boasts 544 designer rooms and suites. Business and leisure travelers alike are sure to appreciate dramatic views of the city rooftops and the coast, and amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet ensure a relaxing stay. Along with 3 restaurants and 2 bars, this accommodation is also home to the city's only casino. A fully equipped fitness center and elegant meeting space round out the list of offerings.
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Things to do in Copenhagen
Must-sees, must-eats and must-dos
Landmarks and attractions
- Tivoli Gardens: Opened in 1843, this is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world and is said to have inspired Walt Disney World. From live shows to white-knuckle rides, it makes for a truly memorable day out for the whole family.
Directions: Just a 5-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Freetown Christiania: This self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood has gained notoriety since its creation in the 1970s. Its 84 acres are open to the public (there are even guided tours), and it’s one of Copenhagen’s biggest tourist attractions. There are no cars, and it has its own flag – not to mention its own set of laws. Fascinating and simply unmissable.
Directions: Just under a 30-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
- The Little Mermaid statue: You may be surprised to learn that this world-famous statue stands at just 1.25 meters! Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, it has been a popular Copenhagen tourist attraction since 1913 and is a city icon.
Directions: The statue is located near Kastallet fort, in the city’s harbor area. It can be tricky to find – the easiest way is to opt for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.
- Church of our Savior: A Baroque church famous for its helix spire and gorgeous external staircase. If you do climb to the top of this architectural wonder, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the city. Listen out for the carillon too, which plays tunes every hour from 8 am until midnight.
Directions: Just a 14-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
- Rundetaarn (Round Tower): This 17th-century tower was built as an astronomical observatory. Instead of stairs, a spiral ramp provides access to the Library Hall – a space that today hosts exhibitions and concerts.
Directions: Just a 15-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Christiansborg Palace: This palace houses the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of State. It boasts more than 800 years of history, and some sections of the building are open to the public.
Directions: Less than a 20-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Amalienborg Palace: The home of the Danish royal family (the world’s oldest monarchy) is made up of 4 palace buildings. In one of them, Christian VIII’s Palace, you can take a journey through time at the Amalienborg Museum. From the palace square, you can watch the changing of the guards every day at 12 noon.
Directions: A 30-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Kongens Nytorv: This public square is located at the end of the busy shopping street, Strøget. It’s a hub of activity, popular with tourists and locals alike. If you’re visiting Copenhagen in the winter, the square is turned into a picturesque ice rink. Be sure to take a look at the old kiosk and telephone stand: built in 1913, it marks the city’s first public telephone connection.
Directions: A 20-minute stroll from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Rosenborg Castle: This grand castle was built by Christian IV, one of Scandinavia’s most famous kings. Wander the magnificent grounds, see Denmark’s crown jewels and marvel at a selection of beautiful royal art treasures. The interiors are wonderfully preserved.
Directions: 20 minutes’ walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Frikadeller: Traditional pan-fried pork meatballs served with sides such as boiled potatoes, red cabbage, beetroot and pickles. Also sometimes served with brown gravy. You’ll find these on most menus across the city.
- Æbleskiver: Small, round pancakes with a delicious apple filling. They’re often topped with sugar and served with marmalade, and are a must during Christmas in Denmark.
- Stegt flæsk: The national dish of Denmark is not a great choice for those on a diet, but it’s packed full of flavor! Crispy-fried pork belly served with boiled potatoes and a creamy parsley sauce – perfect comfort food.
- Herring: Danes have been enjoying herring for hundreds of years. You’ll find it served with a variety of sides and cooked in a variety of ways. If you happen to receive yours with an egg yolk on the side, it should be poured on top of the fish.
- Strøget Shopping Mile: Based in central Copenhagen, this is one of Europe’s longest pedestrianized streets. You’ll find a few familiar designer stores, as well as more affordable chain stores. Look out for the street performers, too!
Directions: Just over 10 minutes from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Bredgade: If you’re more into antiques and furniture than fashion, head to Bredgade – one of Copenhagen’s most prominent streets. You’ll find major auction houses alongside fascinating art galleries.
Directions: A 30-minute, shop-filled walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Jægersborggade: Discover independent shops and vintage stores on this popular shopping street, where you’re guaranteed to find some unique buys.
Directions: Take a half-hour stroll from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, or hop on a number 12 bus from Vesterport Station (which is just 2 minutes from the hotel). Get off at Jagtvej (Borups Allé) – Jægersborggade is just 5 minutes away.
- The Latin Quarter: This area around Larsbjørnsstræde is the best place to spot up-and-coming fashion labels. You’ll also find several second-hand book stores to browse.
Directions: Less than 10 minutes from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek: Explore works of both ancient and modern art in opulent surroundings. This art museum houses displays on the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, plus Danish and French art from the 19th century.
Directions: Just under a 10-minute stroll from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- National Gallery of Denmark: A dynamic space hosting a variety of art. Enjoy exhibitions, concerts, performances, films, creative workshops and more. The range of Danish and foreign art dates from the 14th century right up until today.
Directions: Just under a 30-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- National Museum of Denmark: This is the country’s largest museum of cultural history. Discover exhibitions on both Danish and foreign cultures. A highlight is the Sun Chariot, made in the Bronze Age around 1400 BC.
Directions: Just over a 10-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
- H. C. Andersen Fairy-Tale House: Learn about the life of the beloved fairytale author – possibly the most famous Dane. Andersen’s stories come alive in this charming museum, which is housed in what is thought to be his birthplace.
Directions: Just an 8-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
Travel in Copenhagen
All you need to know about the city’s transport
Copenhagen is a very walkable capital city, with most attractions easy to reach on foot. If you choose a central hotel as your base, most of the main attractions will be on your doorstep. Both of our Copenhagen hotels are located in the city center (they are less than a 30-minute walk from each other), allowing you to save time and fit as much sightseeing as possible into your city break.
Using public transport in Copenhagen is hassle-free. Whether you’re exploring a little further afield or just planning your journey to and from the airport, here’s everything you need to know about traveling around the Danish capital:
The airport is around a 20-minute drive from the city center, so hopping in a taxi is an easy option. If you’d like to save a little time and money, the airport train only takes around 12 minutes to reach Copenhagen Central Station. You can also take the metro to Nørreport Station, with an approximate journey time of 15 minutes. Simple!
Copenhagen train stations
Copenhagen Central Station is the main railway station in the city and the largest in Denmark. It’s just a 3-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, or a 20-minute stroll from the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel. There’s also Nørreport Station, which serves the metro as well as main railway lines – it’s under a 15-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, and a 30-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel. Taxis and buses are also accessible from both stations.
You should try to buy a ticket before boarding the train or metro in Copenhagen. You can buy them at ticket machines, or at 7 Eleven kiosks at the train and metro stations. You can also purchase a bus ticket from the driver, if you have small change with you.
Tickets for the train, metro or bus are available to purchase online, too, or you can download the app called “Mobilbilletter Hovedstaden”. Just click on "Indstillinger" (settings) in the right-hand lower corner and choose "English" under "Sprog" (language). Get it on the App Store or Google Play.
Copenhagen’s bus network is very reliable. The A-buses are the primary buses in the city center, but the S-buses tend to be faster, as they serve fewer stops. There are also harbor buses, which are operated by the same bus company. These are a fun option for a city break, as they pass by many of the city’s main attractions, including The Little Mermaid.
The metro runs 24/7 in Copenhagen, making it one of the best ways to navigate the city. It consists of two lines, the M1 and the M2. Our hotel concierge will be happy to advise you on the best route and mode of transport for your destination.
Copenhagen is a very cycle-friendly city. There are over 390 kilometers of designated bike lanes, and it has been voted the “best city for cyclists” in the past. Most children can bike before they even start school, and you’ll spot many smartly-dressed residents pedaling their way to work.
If you’d like to make like a local during your city break, rent a bike. You’ll find Bycyklen bikes all around the city – they’re very easy to use and are available 24/7. Learn more and set up an account on the official Bycyklen website.
There are also plenty of bike tours to choose from – the perfect way for couples to while away an afternoon on a romantic break in Copenhagen. Simply speak to our concierge for recommendations.
Facts and Useful phrases
Language, costs, useful phrases and more
Top 10 Danish phrases:
|Hello||Goddag / Hej||Go-day / Hi|
|Do you speak English?||Taler du engelsk?||Tai-ler do eng-gelsk?|
|I don't speak Danish||Jeg taler ikke dansk||Yai tai-ler igge dansk|
|Where is the washroom?||Hvor er toilettet?||Vo rei-toileddener|
|How much is it?||Hvor meget koster det?||Vor my-et kaw-sta day?|
|Yes / no||Ja / nej||Ya / nai|
|I’m sick||Jeg er syg||Yai air sue|
There is no equivalent for “please” in Danish. This is because the Danish language has politeness built in. For example, many phrases open with “if you’d be so kind as to”. It is also polite to simply say thanks (“tak”) after a request.
You can technically translate “please” to “Vær så venlig”, but this phrase is considered somewhat snobbish. It’s generally used as a way to hurry people along – so is best avoided!
Population: 1,280,371 (2016)
Currency: Kroner (DKK)
Average cost of travel: A 24-hour ticket for the bus, train, metro and harbor bus is DKK 130.
Most defining feature: The beautiful Nyhavn harbor.
Average cost of a pint: DKK 47
Top 5 Copenhagen facts and tips:
- Copenhagen has been voted the best place to live several times, and was revealed as the happiest city in the world in the 2013 Word Happiness Report.
- 55% of Copenhagers cycle to work, all year round.
- The city is super eco-friendly and green. Copenhagen aims to become the first CO2-neutral capital city by 2025.
- Chic coffee shops are plentiful – Copenhagen is a city of coffee-lovers.
- Bring your sense of humor – the Danes are a wonderfully sarcastic bunch!
Copenhagen has fairly unpredictable weather, with an unstable climate in all 4 seasons. The coolest month is January, with lows of 0°C, and the summer sees highs of 21°C. There’s never a bad time to visit Copenhagen, although July can be quite rainy.