In need of some travel and insider tips for Copenhagen? We will reveal more about the capital of Denmark and home of the Little Mermaid.
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Copenhagen?
Due to its geographical location, Copenhagen is generally exposed to cold and humid temperatures throughout the year. Especially during the winter months from November to February, it can get especially cool, humid and gloomy in the capital of Denmark. But the colourful house facades as well as the high spirits of the Danes brighten up the mood. But not only friends of winter will get their money's worth in Copenhagen, also friends of the sun can expect pleasant and spring-like temperatures in the summer months from June to September. Particularly at this time of the year you can literally feel the Danish "hygge", i.e. the cosy, warm atmosphere and way of life of the Danes.
What Are the Must-Sees in Copenhagen?
The Little Mermaid
Each of you probably knows at least one of the countless fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, who spent a considerable part of his life in Copenhagen. The Little Mermaid is one of his many fairy tales and gave the city of Copenhagen its landmark: A bronze statue in the shape of the Little Mermaid on the Langelinie promenade. At only 125 cm, the mermaid, erected in 1913, is probably the smallest landmark in the world. The client? The fairy-tale enthusiastic son of the founder of Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen, Carl Jacobsen.
The Harbour of Copenhagen
Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales and Carlsberg are therefore characteristic of the city, which is called "København" in Danish and counts more than 500,000 inhabitants. With the word "Havn", we have already arrived at another characteristic: The Harbour of Copenhagen ("Nyhavn")!
Of course, the colourful buildings immediately catch your eye - a typical picture of Copenhagen. In one of the countless small cafes along the promenade you best sit down for a warm cup of coffee and enjoy the unique flair!
The Royal Opera House
One thing that definitely attracts attention during a trip to Copenhagen is the delightful word "kongelig", which adorns numerous buildings and posters. Denmark is a parliamentary monarchy, which is why many institutions have the term "kongelig", i.e. royal, in their name: Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Det Kongelige Teater, Den Kongelige Opera. The latter is located on the island of Holmen and is definitely a must-see for those who appreciate architecture, culture and a beautiful view of the sea. The total area of the opera house is 41,000 square metres, of which five of the 14 floors are underground. The main stage of the Opera House can accommodate up to 1,400 spectators.
The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory
Denmark is known for its unique design. Denmark's designers have made a name for themselves worldwide. When talking about Danish design, a visit to Royal Copenhagen becomes indispensable: The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory. You will find the manufactory on Amagertorv Square in the centre of Copenhagen. The porcelain painted with shell motifs (Musselmalet design) may be familiar to some of you and is still a sales hit today!
What Is the Best Place to Go Out in Copenhagen?
Great design can be found all over Copenhagen. There are beautiful chairs everywhere, even in snack bars. Many of them offer high-quality, healthy food and are a good tip for those travelling on a limited budget. What you can save on food is easy to spend on cocktails. An absolute recommendation here is the Ruby Cocktail Bar on Nybrogade. In order to avoid queues, just come early in the evening. For those who prefer jazz, we recommend the oldest jazz club in the city, La Fontaine.
What Else Should One Know About Denmark and Copenhagen?
- Denmark is the oldest monarchy in Europe
- Denmark has more than 400 islands, Copenhagen is located on the island "Seeland"
- The currency of the country is the Danish Crown
- Smørrebrød is a traditional dish from Danish cuisine, bread is buttered and topped with various ingredients
- For the professional preparation of Smørrebrød, a three-year training course as Smørrebrødsjomfru is necessary
- Copenhagen is the most bicycle-friendly city in Europe
Off to Copenhagen With Austrian Airlines
Do you feel like having a Smørrebrød with a view over the harbour? Then let's go to Copenhagen! Flights with Austrian Airlines can be found here: