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To quickly comprehend just how sophisticated Denmark's capital is, you need look no further than the Tivoli Gardens. Yes, all other cities have gardens, but at the Tivoli (a mandatory summer experience since 1843) you can whiz around on a ride in the amusement park, take in a concert at the Glass Hall Theater, pretend to enjoy pantomime, witness boys and their flutes (and bear-skin hats) with the Tivoli Boys Guard and peruse the menu at a creative Michelin-starred restaurant (The Paul) as you stroll. And stroll you shall (unless you opt for a bike to act like a local). Copenhagen is a great and safe walking city, one of the reasons it has ...

To quickly comprehend just how sophisticated Denmark's capital is, you need look no further than the Tivoli Gardens. Yes, all other cities have gardens, but at the Tivoli (a mandatory summer experience since 1843) you can whiz around on a ride in the amusement park, take in a concert at the Glass Hall Theater, pretend to enjoy pantomime, witness boys and their flutes (and bear-skin hats) with the Tivoli Boys Guard and peruse the menu at a creative Michelin-starred restaurant (The Paul) as you stroll. And stroll you shall (unless you opt for a bike to act like a local). Copenhagen is a great and safe walking city, one of the reasons it has been named one of the best cities in the world to live. While you might begrudge the short opening hours of the wonderful hip design boutiques, you can't fault the locals for wanting to get out and hang with friends in the myriad bars, cafés and restaurants. The languid vibe (especially in summer) is palpable in this cool capital.

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Lara Dunston and Terry Carter have traveled to over 60 countries and written more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Rough Guides, Footprint, and others on destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Capital and largest city of Denmark, it is situated on the Zealand and Amager Islands and is separated from Malmö, Sweden by the strait of Øresund.
  • Language: Danish
  • Currency: Danish Krone
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, summer