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Flights to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital of the ‘happiest country on Earth’ according to the UN’s World Happiness Report. This could be thanks to the high volume of cyclists in the city, which is by far the most popular way to travel. Joining the two-wheeled locals is one of the best ways to see all that Copenhagen has to offer. Another reason could be the number of Michelin starred restaurants in the city. Copenhagen boasts at least 15, bestowing locals and visitors with tantalising menus and creative cuisine.

Even in winter, the city is still full of smiles as locals spend their days in cosy cafes and wood-panelled bars in front of roaring fires; the perfect way to take a break from browsing the many designer outlets selling stylish home-wares and current fashions, particularly in the famed shopping area of Strøget. The Normann Copenhagen, located in a former cinema, is another place to flex the plastic.

For families visiting with children, Tivoli is an extraordinary labyrinth of playgrounds, lakes, roller-coasters and places to eat and drink. Not only during the summer months but winter too, when Christmas sees the park entirely lit with fairy lights for a magical experience. Legoland is another legendary destination kids will be clamouring to see.

Art buffs will love the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art complete with Sculpture Park and water pavilion or the cutting edge Dansk Design Centre. For those wanting to understand Copenhagen’s history, the Alborg Viking Site, the largest remaining burial site complete with castle, cathedral and monastery and the Amalienborg Palace, the royal winter residence, are a good place to start. Make a pilgrimage to the Carlsberg Brewery or explore the tales of Copenhagen’s most famous resident, Hans Christian Anderson, at the great writer’s childhood home or the Assistens Cemetery where he lies today.

Golf and kayaking are some great outdoor pursuits or for those that dare to bare, why not skinny dip with the locals at one of the lovely local seaside resorts. As the sun sets on Copenhagen, the Arhus Teater’s own theatre troupe puts on some spectacular performances in stunning architectural surroundings.

The following information is correct as of October 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Copenhagen Airport is located just 5 miles to the south east of Copenhagen city centre. It can be reached by car in approximately 20 minutes. There are high speed trains that travel directly from the airport to Copenhagen city centre in just 12 minutes while the metro line M2 connects the airport to the city in just 14 minutes. Several buses including the 5A, 35 and 36 run from the airport to the city centre taking just under one hour. Taxis are also available to hire outside the terminal building, taking between 15 and 20 minutes to reach the city centre.

Billund Airport is also close to the city centre of Copenhagen but particularly close to Legoland. Buses run from outside the terminal taking 25 minutes to reach the city centre while taxis take just 10 minutes.

What you need to know

Currency: The Danish Kroner (DKK)

Visas: British citizens and those from the European Union do not require a visa to enter Denmark but must have a valid passport or ID card for the duration of stay. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens may be required to produce a visa. More information can be obtained in a local embassy or the Foreign Office website.

Laws: Drug use is illegal in Copenhagen and fines of DKK 500 or even prison sentences may be imposed if found. The fine for crossing a red light on a bicycle is also about DKK 500. Smoking is banned in all public indoor places including public transport, cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. Those over the age of 16 can legally purchase alcohol but those wanting to drink in bars or pubs must be over 18 years of age. In Denmark bats, or flagermus as they are known, are protected by law. They must not be harmed or killed, even if they are in a person’s home.

Best Time to Visit

Even though the winters are dark, long and cold while summers are endlessly sunny and light, there are events and festivals taking place all year round in Copenhagen making it a wonderful place to visit, even off season.

The Copenhagen Marathon and three-day carnival come to the city in spring. In the summer, undoubtedly the busiest time to visit, the warm weather bringing with it the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July and the Pride Festival in August. Bathing and picnicking on the sandy beaches is often possible. Autumn brings film, art, music and cookery festivals while winter heralds the annual return of the festive Christmas markets and parades with mulled wine and the Winter Jazz Festival. 

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