Top areas in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is an enchanting city of canals, period architecture and cobblestone alleys. While it has long been a favorite on the Scandinavian travel circuit, recent efforts to revitalize its historic core have left it better than ever. Today's Copenhagen manages to be as old-fashioned as it is eclectic, with a thriving café and arts scene to compliment the bakeries and taverns of old.
Tivoli Gardens were built in the mid 19th century in the city center. It's a beautiful place to visit, with hundreds of thousands of flowers and colorful lights. Visitors come to relax by the lake, stop by a restaurant or watch a theater production. Plenty of accommodation in Copenhagen is within walking distance of Tivoli. The gardens close during the winter low season.
Amalienburg is another popular district with several hotels. The architectural highlight is the palace and its royal apartments which have been in use since the 1860s. Across Copenhagen, Baroque architecture, whimsical gardens and world-class museums form the backbone of what many insist is one of Europe's most captivating destinations.
Hotels in Copenhagen are busiest from May to September, when tourists are wise to make an advance online booking. The newest hotels front the harbor, while affordable 'mission hotels' and guesthouses are tucked into recently renovated districts. The latter are especially quiet and are well-suited for families.
Getting to Copenhagen is easier than ever thanks to the somewhat amazing Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden. Each year, nearly two million passengers fly into Copenhagen Airport, the busiest travel hub in Scandinavia. Express trains connect from the airport to the downtown hotel district in less than 15 minutes. Denmark's world-class public transport links include the metro, commuter trains, buses and taxis.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Copenhagen, click on the interactive Copenhagen map on the left-hand side of the page.