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Must Dos in Copenhagen

Trying as many pastries as possible should be on your bucket list for Copenhagen
Trying as many pastries as possible should be on your bucket list for CopenhagenGetty Images/iStockphoto

1. Have a Danish Pastry: You can't visit Copenhagen without tasting some of these traditional Danish treats. Think mouthwatering creations like cinnamon rolls, Drømmekage (sponge cake with caramelised coconut topping), and countless variations of Wienerbrød (puff pastry). The best thing is they are not hard to find; Copenhagen is known for its amazing pastry shops.

2. Visit Strøget: Rest assured that you will end up on Europe's longest pedestrian street at some point. This bustling myriad of shops from budget to high-end brands is THE place to spend your Kroner the fun way.

3. Most #instagrammable place: Some of Copenhagen's most exciting urban spaces can be found in Nørrebro, with excellent opportunities for photos or to hang out. Superkilen public park is popular among locals and visitors, and the Black Market is a particular favourite of the Insta-savvy.

4. Best place for scenic views: Although it's not the most conventional place to find a great view of the city, Copenhagen’s ZOO boasts a 50m tower, which from the top provides a stunning view of the city and its skyline.

Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli GardensGetty Images

5. Tivoli Gardens: This is not just any old theme park. Situated smack bang in the middle of the city, Tivoli Gardens has something for everyone. The thrilling rides are set in between an impeccably kept garden and stunning architecture. What's not to like?

6. Swim in the Harbour: Recently named the best city in the world for swimming, Copenhagen is filled with perfect spots to enjoy sunny days and clean waters. You can also paddle through the canals in a kayak, captain an electric boat, or join many great canal tours. There are plenty of ways to have fun on the water without getting wet.

Copenhagen has more bicycles than inhabitants
Copenhagen has more bicycles than inhabitantsGetty Images

7. Hire a bicycle: Copenhagen has more bicycles than people, so if you have some time to explore the city, hiring a bike is the way to do it. There are plenty of places to pick them up; check online where the closest rental spot is to you. But have a look at the cycling rules first, so you don't get in the way of the two-wheeled rush hours in Copenhagen.

8. The meatpacking district: Originally home to Copenhagen's meat industry businesses, Kødbyen – part of the Vesterbro neighbourhood – has changed into a new and creative cluster with galleries, nightlife and restaurants.

9. Ski down Copenhill: Copenhagen is flat as can be, but that doesn't stop the city from offering year-round skiing. Putting a ski slope on top of a waste management plant was not an obvious choice, but the newly opened Copenhill offers skiing all year plus hiking and the world's tallest climbing wall.

Off the beaten path

Kronborg castle
Kronborg castleGetty Images

🍃 Day trip

If you have a day to spare and fancy a day trip, Kronborg castle is a great place to visit and is just a one-hour train ride from Copenhagen. If you don't recognise Kronborg, you may recognise Elsinore – the name given to the castle in Shakespeare's Hamlet. During the summer months, you can even enjoy a live performance of the play in the castle. Read more about Kronborg.

Phrasebook

ENGLISH - DANISH

Hello.
Hej.

How are you?
Hvordan har du det?

Please. / Thank you.
Tak.

Two beers, please.
To øl, tak.

I love Copenhagen!
Jeg elsker København!

Denmark will win EURO 2020.
Danmark vil vinde EURO 2020.

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