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Whether you're flying in or taking the train into the city, eventually you'll end up at the central train station. Budget-minded travelers have several hotel options within walking distance. Hotel Angsar and Copenhagen Star Hotel start at $75. For slightly more upscale hotels, there's also the Best Western Hotel Hebron and Du Nord Hotel which are just a little over $100. Staying near the central train station will make sense for those that want to be able to catch a long-distance train in the early morning. The train station is also a great place to base yourself if you want to see Tivoli Gardens (www.tivoli.dk), Copenhagen's historic amusement park which is right across the street.
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is located minutes away from Christiansborg Palace; this hostel is a perfect place to be staged for city exploration. They offer shared dormitories for as low as $22 a night. Danhostel Copenhagen City is another hostel that offers a cheap hostel option. Ten minutes from the central train station and Europe's largest hostel, they are consistently rated at the top for hostels in the city. With single, private en suite, and shared dormitory style accommodations, there are plenty of options to choose from at a fraction of what hotels charge in the vicinity.
There are over 1000 rentals available on Airbnb for Copenhagen, and they cover a wide variety of ranges of prices and sizes. You can rent private rooms or shared rooms, or you can get an entire home if you wish. Although a little pricier than hostels, consider this: you'll get a much more private and cozy experience. Compared to a hotel, Airbnb rentals offer a great price cut in prime locations. Factoring in the access to a full kitchen, budget travelers can save even more money by cooking their own food.
There are quite a few landmarks and tourist sites that you must check out if you're visiting Copenhagen. If you only have 48 hours in the city, this is a perfect list of everything that you should fit in.
This has been the royal residence since 1751. If you're here at noon, watch the changing of the guards here before heading to lunch.
This is the iconic bronze mermaid is based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. You can find this just north ofAmalienborg Palace, along the waterfront.
Colorful buildings line the canal that makes up the "New Harbour." Take a leisurely stroll in this area to catch this eclectic mix of buildings, boats, and shops.
The Round Tower (www.rundetaarn.dk) is the perfect place to get amazing panoramic views of the old city of Copenhagen. It was built between 1637 and 1642, which means that it isn’t the tallest building, but the architecture, history, and steep spiral walk to the top is fascinating and comes with a nostalgia that only the oldest functioning observatory in Europe can bring.
If you would prefer go to a church to check out some crazy stairs crazy stairs that lead to the top of a spire, check out the Church of Our Saviour instead of The Round Tower. The church itself inside isn't particularly pretty, but what you must do is the climb to the top which offers a complete view of Copenhagen.
The first section of the climb up the tower is inside but halfway up, you ascend on the outside to climb directly to the top. This church provides a fine vantage point of the entire city.
This is the city's main pedestrian shopping street. It’s a nice street to take your time and window shop or to bike down the thoroughfare to the Town Hall Square (Radhauspladsen).
Some of Denmark’s most famous designers have shops on this street. Be sure to stop at Illums Bolighus, which features Danish design as well as famed silver jewelry design; it is Georg Jensen‘s flagship store.
This is Copenhagen's self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood, founded by a group of hippies and political activities in the early 1970's. This is a great place to wander beside the canals and visit the quarter's many pleasant cafés.
One thing you'll quickly notice about Copenhagen is that it consists of numerous winding water ways that snake through and around the city. Therefore, the best way to see the city is from the water. DFDS Canal Tours (www.canaltours.dk) leave from Nyhavn and take 50 minutes, passing by the Little Mermaid, Christianshavn and Christiansborg Slot.
One thing you have to try in Copenhagen is their open-face smørrebrød sandwiches -- a Scandinavian speciality. This is where slices of cold meat, sausage, or hard-boiled eggs are placed on open rye-bread to create filling sandwiches. These are practically the staple of any cafés so you shouldn't have any problems finding them.
Copenhagen is also the gastronomical capital of Scandinavia. Home to famed Michelin star restaurants such as two Michelin star restaurant Noma (www.noma.dk) and the only Thai restaurant outside of Thailand with a Michelin star, Kiin Kiin (www.klin.dk), great food can be found which won’t need you to book a table months in advance.
For something a bit more casual, there are hot dogs from Døp. Danish newspaper Politiken recently had readers vote on their favourite Copenhagen eatery, and the award went to this hotdog stand. Den Økologiske Pølsemand, or Døp for short, near the Round Tower, serves grilled pork and beef sausages. If you want a more Swedish taste, swap the bread for potato and parsnip mash.
Other top suggestions are Rex Republic (www.rexrepublic.dk), which is famed for its Danish sirloin and rump steaks, Vespa for really good Italian food, or Ricemarket (www.ricemarket.dk) - the sister restaurant to Michelin starred Kiin Kiin.
After a busy day of exploring why not relax with some beer, Danish style? To try a Tuborg beer (Carlsberg), visit the meatpacking district which has several funky bars including local artist designed Karriere Bar. For cocktails head back to Nyhavn or check out Mikkeller Bar, a small but funky microbrewery two blocks away from Karriere Bar on Viktoriagade. Be sure to ask to see the squirrel bottle if you visit!
With Copenhagen being in Northern Europe, summer is the best time to visit. Between the months of June to September, the streets come to life with festivals and cafés spilling out into the sidewalks. With that being said, the summer months are the busiest and packed with visitors, especially with Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July, Roskilde Festival between June and July, and The Little Mermaid's Birthday in August coinciding with the high season. Visitors that don't have plans to attend one of these events will do better during the early or tail end of the warmer months.
While the weather may not be as pleasant, the months of April and May are great because of fewer crowds which translates to cheaper airfare and lower hotel rates. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit as well with the changing of leaves and like spring, there are incredibly travel deals to be had by booking a visit during this season. Just make sure you bundle up with a sweater and jacket to stay warm. Being positioned in a central part of the city like the Marriott Copenhagen is ideal for colder weather to minimize the amount of walking.
By far the best way to get around town is by bike. Walking is possible for a close cluster of sights near Christiansborg Palace but the distances to The Round Tower and the Little Mermaid should not be underestimated. Bicycle culture is a big deal in Copenhagen, and bikes are available to rent throughout the city. Beneath platform 12 at Central Station, Kobenhavns Cykler rents out bicycles for Dkr75 a day.
Public transportation is also incredibly simple with its extensive network of excellent underground and overground routes; the driverless metro system is a rail network called S-Tog. It'll essentially take you anywhere you need to go. All you have to do is grab a city map and away you go.
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