The Danish capital is a vivid and colourful city with modern architecture, reconstructed villages and cosy canals. Here you’ll have time and space to stroll in the squares, wonder at the colossal number of cyclists zooming along the streets and settle into a cosy café or restaurant for a drink or a tasty bite while soaking up a bit of the city’s bohemian atmosphere.
Copenhagen is home to a wide variety of culture, including 17th-century castles, art galleries and Baroque churches. The city is also known for its modern design and for being an inspiring centre of fashion. There’s lots of diversity to enjoy when you fly to Copenhagen.
Copenhagen and its citizens exude a sense of wellbeing, and this sizeable city has something to offer for all. During your visit, be sure to find time to visit the popular Tivoli Gardens amusement park for a colourful evening.
SIGHTS IN COPENHAGEN
The Little Mermaid – Denmark’s national symbol since 1913, the Little Mermaid, from the famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, is a 125-centimetre-high bronze statue displayed on a rock by the waterfront. It’s an iconic sight to see when you travel to Copenhagen.
Nyhavn – filled with old houses, high-class restaurants, outdoor cafes and people enjoying themselves, Nyhavn is a great place to visit – especially during the summer.
Copenhagen has plenty of museums to choose from, and we recommend the National Museum, where you’ll find a variety of cultural and historical objects, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the Art Museum and the Zoological Museum.
Tivoli Gardens – with rides for both young and old, a fantastic Christmas market and plenty of other fun activities, this amusement park and pleasure garden, located in the heart of Copenhagen, cannot be missed.
For those who want a little more action, a visit to Copenhagen Zoo or Bakken amusement park is highly recommended. Located just outside Copenhagen, Bakken is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks and home to rides, playgrounds and restaurants.
Royal splendour can be found at the Amalienborg Castle and the Renaissance-era Kronborg Castle, also immortalised in Hamlet.
COPENHAGEN WITH CHILDREN
If you’re thinking of visiting the Danish capital with kids, you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family happy. You can pre-order children’s meals and book your seating in advance when you choose Finnair to fly to Copenhagen with children.
The Blue Planet – Explore the underwater world at this gigantic aquarium and see many fascinating aquatic species, from sharks and eels to rays and colourful fish of all sizes. There are also sections with birds and butterflies.
Experimentarium – Children can learn more about science, maths and daily life with many interactive and fun exhibits.
Amager Beach Park – Swim, sunbathe and play on the sands of Amager Beach Park, a great summertime destination on Amager Island.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR COPENHAGEN
Christiania – the self-governing society of Christiania is a 35-acre area in Copenhagen with beautiful green fields, and is home to artists, hippies and people of an alternative lifestyle. Within walking distance of Copenhagen.
Roskilde – about 30 minutes from Copenhagen, known around the world for its annual music festival. In Roskilde, you´ll also find the Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum.
SHOPPING IN COPENHAGEN
Anyone who loves shopping will not be disappointed with Copenhagen. The city offers everything from luxurious designer boutiques to well-known discount chains, as well as flea markets and malls. Denmark is known for its design products, and those in search of cutting-edge style will certainly find something to tempt them.
Ströget – the largest shopping area in Copenhagen. Over one kilometre long and Europe's longest car-free street, it’s a shopper's paradise. Here the designer brands jostle for space alongside street performers, attractions and cosy eateries. Bargain hunters should continue on to Rådhusplatsen, where the shopping is a little more budget friendly.
There is also a good variety of stores to explore – at Magasin du Nord you´ll find everything from clothes and shoes to home decoration and food, and Illum offers a similar selection.
You can easily spend an entire day in the Fisketorvet mall, which boasts over 100 shops and restaurants. Another place to check out is Amager Centret – with over 70 shops to choose from you can find almost anything.
You’ll also find stores well stocked with a wide selection of vintage and second-hand products around the city.
DANISH FOOD & DRINKS IN COPENHAGEN
Red hot dogs, beer and sandwiches are just some of the famous Danish delights you must try while in Copenhagen. Copenhagen offers everything from classic Danish dishes to international fine dining. And if you visit the city in August, you should certainly check out the Copenhagen Cooking festival. Here are more specialities to look forward to when flying to Copenhagen:
Smörrebröd – perhaps the most well-known dish in Denmark, consists of rye bread with different toppings.
Fläskestek – pork with the rind left on, cooked in the oven for a few hours to give it a crispy finish. Served with potatoes, brown sauce and vegetables
Red hot dogs – the classic Danish hot dog with bread, sausage and toppings
Frikadeller – meatballs made of minced pork
Fried pork with parsley sauce – crispy fried pork, a common dish in the Danish kitchen
Wienerbröd – a famous sweet pastry
Gammel Dansk – flavoured schnapps drunk on festive occasions
Beer – Copenhagen’s pubs offer a huge variety to choose from
TRANSPORT IN COPENHAGEN
Metro – modern, quick and smooth. Connects with the urban S-train rail network that serves the city centre and surrounding areas.
Bus – buses are regular and a great way to get around the city.
Cycling – favourite mode of transport for the locals, who benefit from an extensive cycle-lane network, short distances and flat terrain.
BEST TIME TO VISIT COPENHAGEN
Summer is usually said to be the best time to visit Copenhagen, with bright, warm, sunny days that are ideal for sightseeing and relaxing in one of the many pavement cafes. However, be prepared for rain in the wettest months of July and August. As summer is the peak tourist time, search for Copenhagen flight deals and book your plane tickets to Copenhagen well in advance.
Spring and autumn can be great times to visit Copenhagen if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. The weather is fairly chilly but you can wrap up warm and enjoy the city in relative peace. Between March and May and from September to October are ideal times to find discounted accommodation prices and cheap flights to Copenhagen.
Winter flights to Copenhagen, Sweden and other places in Scandinavia let you experience magical snow scenes and festive joy. The city is especially vibrant in the run-up to Christmas, with Christmas markets, seasonal activities and festive foods. Outside of the Christmas period, the winter months of November to February are the low tourist season. Temperatures are cold and daylight hours are limited. This is when you can often find cheap flights to Copenhagen, Sweden, Norway and other European destinations.
FLIGHTS TO COPENHAGEN
Finnair has several daily flights to Copenhagen, connecting passengers with hundreds of destinations worldwide. There are direct Copenhagen flights from Helsinki, with a flight time of 01h 40min.
You’ll connect through Helsinki when catching flights to Copenhagen from the US, Asia and other European cities. All transit facilities and services are within the same terminal building, making for an easy journey.
When travelling to Copenhagen, airlines land at Copenhagen Airport (CPH), which is connected to the city centre by train, bus and taxi.
Book your airline tickets to Copenhagen with Finnair for comfortable seating, a range of pre-bookable extras and excellent in-flight services.