Here is everything you need to know when you go on a city break to Copenhagen. Read, among other things, about the best and cheapest way to travel, where you should stay, what you must taste, and what experiences and sights you must bring with you.
That is why Copenhagen is a popular destination
With its many tourist-friendly areas and attractions, Denmark is one of the countries that Norwegians visit most often. According to DigoPaul, Copenhagen is not only the country’s capital, but also the most popular destination. Spread over a large area, more than 775,000 people live here, in what is both a beautiful and lively capital. The city can offer everything from old pedestrian streets to modern cultural quarters, and not least the world-famous amusement park located in the very heart of the city.
Travel to Copenhagen
Of all the big cities we have mentioned here at DinStorbyFerie, Copenhagen is the easiest to get to. As of today, you can fly directly from Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Kristiansand. The frequency of departures and the number of airlines vary from city to city. Gardermoen Oslo has the best offer, with up to 20 departures per day served by SAS, Norwegian and Widerøe. The direct flight time is 1 hour and 10 minutes. The price of a return ticket is usually less than NOK 1,500, as long as you do not book late.
Other travel options from Oslo to Copenhagen:
- The ferry to DFDS – the trip takes just over 17 hours each way.
- Train – the trip takes about 7.5 hours.
- Car – driving time is approximately 6.5 hours.
The best areas to live in Copenhagen
The vast majority who want to experience Copenhagen choose to live in the district called Indre by. This is bounded by Kastellet in the northeast, Tivoli in the southwest, Inderhavnen with Nyhamn, and the lakes in the northwestern part of the center. Strictly speaking, any choice of hotel here will give you a short distance to most things, but the areas in the Inner City still have their differences.
- Choosing a hotel in the aforementioned Nyhamn is great if you want to stay in the middle of good restaurants and nightclubs. This choice will be especially good when the degree creeps upwards, and the outdoor seating increases.
- The area around Tivoli is well covered with hotels, especially from the big chains. If you want proximity to the amusement park, this is a good choice. The same applies if you arrive in Copenhagen by train, and want a short way to the hotel, because here is also the Central Station.
- If you plan to spend a lot of time shopping, a hotel between Strøget and Slotsholmen will be perfect. Then you are also still close to Tivoli, as well as the beautiful castle Christiansborg.
- The district of Nørrebro offers many affordable hotels, and is often chosen by those who do not want to spend too much money on hotels. Please note that Nørrebro has many nightclubs that are quite lively in the evenings, in addition to the area having a somewhat tarnished reputation.
- If you prefer peace and quiet at night, but also want good access to the Inner City, Christianshavn is a good area to live in. It is easy to get from there to, for example, Strøget, either on foot, by bike or public transport. On foot it takes about 15 minutes.
- A good alternative to Christianshavn is the upper part of Indre by, on the border with Nørrebro. Around the lakes “Søerne” there are many nice hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants. From there you have about the same distance to Strøget as you will get if you spend the night in Christianshavn.
Copenhagen is a safe city
Copenhagen is a relatively safe city to holiday in, but as with all capital visits, precautions should be taken. This means that one is aware that there is pickpocketing in areas where many tourists travel, while not walking alone in quiet alleys after dark. The area in the immediate vicinity of the Central Station may be particularly congested.
The pedestrian street Strøget, Gammeltorv and Nytorv are lively in the evenings due to all the nightclubs, and there can therefore occasionally be squabbling and arguing. The same applies to parts of Nørrebro, and Gothersgade that go past Kongens Have.
See our overview of big cities that are suitable for a romantic weekend.
Climate in the capital
The city is characterized by its location along the coast, which is reflected in both buildings, restaurants and museums. In the summer you can enjoy a warm climate and delicious outdoor seating, while in the spring and autumn it can often blow cold and wet along the coastline. Mostly we Norwegians will experience that Copenhagen has a slightly more pleasant climate than we are used to from home.
Price level in Copenhagen
You know the expression “It’s great to be Norwegian in Denmark”? It is not without reason – the country is known for its tourist-friendly attitude and friendly service. There are activities and sights for all age groups and areas of interest, and the price level will generally be perceived as pleasant. The Danish krone is somewhat stronger than the Norwegian krone, and at the time of writing, 100 Danish kroner corresponds to approximately 130 Norwegian kroner. Mostly hotel accommodation, dining, drinks, transport and most of the shopping are cheaper than in Norway, although the differences are not very large.