The Best Copenhagen Travel Tips

Get hygge with it! Has anyone crocheted that into an afghan yet? The trendy Danish word for coziness is pronounced “hoo-guh” but we do not care! When we asked you for your best Copenhagen travel tips, you delivered. Here's what we learned.

  • “In the airport and at the visitors’ centre near the central train station, you can get a “Copenhagen Card,” which is an all access pass to public transportation (trains and buses) as well as free access to over 80 museums and tourist sights throughout Copenhagen and neighbouring cities. You can take the train for free and get access to Hamlet’s castle, Kronberg in Helsingor, for free as well. It was the easiest thing we did and worked out really well.” — Gritty in the City

  • “A FANTASTIC bakery called Dessert Dragon (Dessertdragens Kageværksted) is right near the city hall and the main tourist walk...but it’s a locals place. Check out the Instagram and drop by.” — EricMueller

  • “If you’re buying cold bottled drinks, there’s a large price difference between convenience stores and other stores, look for Netto (great discount grocery store) and Flying Tiger (also great for small hygge gifts) and you’ll pay half what you would at 7-11.” — Michael

  • “Copenhagen is a great place to take kids. They are very child friendly there in restaurants, stores, etc. We were there with our toddler, and people in restaurants (staff and customers) were understanding when he cried or needed to walk around. The Children’s Museum at the National Museum is fun for kids up to age 8 or so.” — TheCrandle

The Cisterns, a water reservoir turned art gallery (Photo: Nigel Burgher)
  • “We took a boat tour of the canals that passed the Little Mermaid statue, and we kinda smirked at how we would have been pissed to plan a trip just to see that dingy little statue.” — Gritty in the City

  • “Nyhavn is quite pretty but don’t get the beer there. It’s way too expensive and you can buy beer much cheaper in a supermarket and drink on the edge of the harbour. Remember you can drink alcohol while walking around in Denmark.” — Holger

  • “If you’re a bottled water person, learn the recycling scheme because the returnable fees on bottles add up quickly, but there’s machines to turn them in at every grocery store.” — aprilphresh

  • “When it rains on the weekend, in downtown, be prepared to wait up to an hour or an hour and a half for a taxi in the early afternoon. Apparently, brunch is big on the weekends and even the Danes don’t ride in all types of weather to certain events.” — oz4

  • “I got by for 3 years with minimal Danish—their English is impeccable.” — ovenproofwill

  • “Don’t bring a camera to Freetown Christiania, locals will harass you over it. Because they openly sell a lot of drugs there, mostly, but also because they resent becoming a sort of tourist attraction. But the public art and stuff is pretty neat.” — Santos L. Halper

  • “A fun place to stay that’s not far from town is the hostel in the Jægersborg Dyrehave. It’s pretty amazing that there’s this forested lakey park not far from town. We had a great time just hanging out in the park and feeling like we were in the middle of the countryside.” — gumby

  • “Make sure you and your party are on bikes. Saves money and opens up the city.” — BigManLittleHair

  • “[The bike shares] have a tablet in the handlebars that you can use to navigate the city. Just about every street has a bike lane or bike highway, so its very easy and enjoyable to get around.” — Mike

Kronborg in Elsinore, the setting of Hamlet (Photo: Eric Gross)
  • “Elsinore is small but packs a lot of fun, and you could easily spend a whole day there. The castle itself is enormous and gorgeous, with terrific exhibits, imposing architecture, and actors who put on a condensed performance of Hamlet that moves around various locations of the castle, you get to follow the play and tour the castle simultaneously. Right next to the castle is the Danish Maritime Museum and Kulturværftet, or the Culture Yard, which are all worth exploring.” — twattycake

  • “Prepare to deal with a lot of smoking. Almost everyone smokes there and there are rarely nonsmoking sections.” — srornat [Denmark outlaws smoking in public indoor areas, with an exception for some small establishments.]

  • “You can easily take a train to Malmo, Sweden for a day, but please bring your passport. There is a passport check as soon as you get off the train. Emporia shopping mall in Malmo is a nice day trip for Danish design and fashion buys.” — smacd

  • “Go to Noma. It’s expensive... and totally worth it.” — crbswiss

  • “For something really different try Copenhot. Take a sauna or hot tub down by the harbour. Even better take your hot tub in a boat in the harbour.” — On oN !!!

  • “If you want to experience extreme hipsterism, head to Khioskh (it’s just a corner store) on Sønder Boulevard on a warm Friday afternoon. They have Denmark’s biggest collection of craft beer in the basement, but don’t advertise it. You have to ask.” — Dorthe Kollo, The Real

Happy travels!


Comments

    At night, seek out the Merman and his seven children in the canal near the Højbro bridge, not very far from Illums in the walking street. A set of bronze sculptures underwater.

    Oh and the Copenhagen Card advertised in the story does not give you these things for free, but free access after a fairly hefty fee. Learn how to use the extensive public transport system before deciding it is a good deal for you.

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