Copenhagen & beyond
Many Brits focus on Copenhagen, Denmark's vibrant capital, which lies less than two hours away by air and is well served by multiple carriers, but venture a little further and there's islands, beaches and Denmark's second city and cultural powerhouse, Aarhus.
Copenhagen is all about the water. Canals criss-cross the city and some of the best sightseeing is by boat. Many of the boats leave from the celebrated waterfront area – Nyhavn, with its beautiful multi-coloured houses – and head towards the harbour area where you'll see the modern Royal Playhouse building and, sitting opposite,
The (very) Little Mermaid statue.
Another popular way to see the city is by bike (the city is flat and bikes have right of way over vehicles and pedestrians). You can hire them from all over the city. Take a trip to Christiania, an alternative community on the edge of town where residents pay no tax, kids are home schooled and drugs are legal (don't worry, everyone is very welcoming).
Copenhagen's most popular attraction is Tivoli Gardens, a slightly kitschy but fun funfair/old-fashioned amusement park, which dates from the mid-19th century and is the second-oldest in the world.
The exciting news is it opened for the first time ever in winter this year and it proved so popular that it will open again from February 1-24 2019 with ice skating, local delicacies and drinks and rides. Fast forward to July and you can't miss the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, a two-week event which attracts worldclass performers, centred on Nyhavn, but taking over most bars and clubs in the city.
New flights for 2019 include three twiceweekly Ryanair routes from Edinburgh to Billund; Liverpool to Copenhagen and London Southend to Copenhagen – all launching in April.
Opening in May this year is an urban development project called BLOX (blox.
dk/english), which is set to create a new centre for the city and houses the Danish Architecture Centre, Danish Design Centre and recreational urban spaces, playgrounds, homes, cafés and restaurants.
CopenHill (copenhill.dk), a power-plant turned ski slope is set to open in spring. The slope will form the roof of Copenhagen’s new green waste management centre, and there's also a climbing wall, café, viewing platform and green adventure and play landscape on the roof.
It'll be easier to get around the city from summer 2019 with the opening of the new metro Cityringen. It will have 17 new underground stations connecting vibrant neighbourhoods such as Vesterbro, Nørrebro and Østerbro with the city centre – and the airport in 20 minutes.
The advent of Noma – Denmark’s most famous restaurant and four-time winner of
Best Restaurant in the World – put Danish cuisine firmly on the map.
Not content to stand still, opening at the start of this year is Restaurant Alchemist, which will be an immersive dining experience practicing holistic cuisine with 50 courses, experience rooms, art installations and a 10,000 bottle wine cellar which spreads across three floors.
Copenhagen will also see a new street food market open this year, Boltens Food Court, which will have 19 food stalls and five bars. Located over three floors in a historic central Copenhagen building which has been completely refurbished.
Lying three hours by train or road from Copenhagen (or served by multiple direct flights from the UK), the birthplace of Lego is a magical spot, especially if you've got kids. Spring 2019 sees the opening of a giant Lego-themed Castle Hotel right next to the park, with 142 rooms, 710 beds and both indoor and outdoor play areas.
Denmark comprises the Jutland peninsula and over 400 islands, and has more than 7,000 kilometres of coastline. Copenhagen is on Zealand island, which is connected to Sweden by a bridge (made famous in the Danish TV series of the same name).
North of the capital is very popular with locals and tourists alike and has lovely beaches and small villages along the coast. On the west coast you'll find wide and sandy beaches; Fanø is a popular island for a summer holiday and is just off the west coast near Esbjerg. The Northernmost part of the west coast has lovely dune-backed beaches and coastal villages such as Løkken, Lønstrup and Blokhus, as well as its own surfing spot called Cold Hawaii.
At the other end of the country is the Danes’ own holiday island, Bornholm. At Dueodde Beach on the island’s South East corner the sand is so fine and white it has been used to fill hour glasses.
The European Capital of Culture in 2017 and Denmark's second largest city lies some three hours away by car from Copenhagen, on the main peninsula. As with most places in Denmark, the beach, harbour and forest are never far away (a 15-minute bike ride).
Aarhus is home to some of Denmark's most popular attractions including the modern art museum ARoS, Den Gamle By (The Old Town Museum) and the newlyrestored Moesgaard Museum. Time a visit for the 10-day Aarhus Festival (August 30 to September 8 in 2019), one of the biggest cultural events in the country, when every street, club, stage, gallery and museum is buzzing with art and entertainment.
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NYHAVN, COPENHAGENLØKKEN, NORTH JUTLANDSWIMMING IN THE CITY
BREW PUB WARPIGS IN COPENHAGEN'S MEATPACKING DISTRICT
AARHUS ART MUSEUM