Flights to Copenhagen (CPH)

Flights to Copenhagen make exploring a new city from your bucket list easy. It’s compact, but heavy on experiences.

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With its world-class restaurants, cool cafes, intriguing history and a generally civilised air, Copenhagen has become not just one of the best places to visit on the planet, but one of the best places to live, full stop.

So what makes the liberal, environmentally-friendly capital of Denmark so alluring? Its simplicity. Once your flight to Copenhagen lands, you can go everywhere by bike – and almost everybody does – visiting parks, castles, harbours and beaches. It feels safe, and although nearly a million people live here, it's also a very relaxed city, as if constantly on a coffee break.

And what coffee. Indeed, the Danish city has one of the best cafe cultures in the world. Check out the coffee shops dotted around Nyhavn, a harbour in the middle of the city.

Modern Scandinavian design has travelled around the world from Copenhagen – you won’t see flashy, ultra futuristic restaurants or lounges here. Instead, there’s a commitment to the organic and the natural, apparent in the food as well as the furniture. New Nordic Cuisine is now a buzz term across the world of food. Plus, the city can lay claim as the home of (officially) the world’s best restaurant, Noma.

It’s not just Copenhagen’s cuisine that has the rest of the globe buzzing. One of Denmark’s main attractions in recent years has been its sense of understated but incredible design. Warm fabrics, muted lighting, simple but effective furniture – it all comes together in this effortlessly fashionable destination.

And certainly this ethos extends to the best hotels in Copenhagen too, with cool establishments such as Avenue and Scandic Front offering a glimpse of what the tastemakers rave about. And with Copenhagen also able to offer both a range of business hotels, and classic old palaces that offer traditional hospitality in spades, there’s something to suit the needs of travellers across the spectrum. One more reason, then, why Copenhagen has become such a popular 21st century destination.

What’s more, some of the most talked about television shows of recent years – The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen – were all filmed in the city, and despite sometimes depicting Copenhagen’s darker elements, still managed to make it feel attractive and modern. Indeed, they’ve even sparked an interest in the genre Nordic Noir, and it’s possible to take Nordic Noir tours around the city to the most significant filming locations.

No wonder, then, that in 2014 Copenhagen was named the happiest city in the world. They’ve got nearly everything right.

Stroll the Strøget

Strøget is the collective name for one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, packed with wonderful shops. It also offers plenty of diversions away from ringing tills, such as Helligåndskirken, where Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were married, the courthouse at Nytorv Square and the Stork Fountain (Storkespringvandet) at Amargertov Square.

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 5
+45 33 15 4144

The National Museum of Denmark

Just off the Strøget is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, set in an 18th century classical mansion. Don’t be put off by the intimidating building though, as the National Museum of Denmark is a brilliant centre for understanding the Danes from their early history right through to the present day.

Prinsens Palæ
Vestergade 10
+45 3313 4411

Avenue Hotel

This boutique hotel in cosmopolitan Frederiksberg is the perfect place to truly understand creative and cultural Copenhagen, offering local delicacies and hosting Danish brands, artists, designers and chefs. With bikes available for rental, it’s a friendly, laid-back base for all the city has to offer just a ten-minute ride away.

Åboulevard 29
1960 Frederiksberg
+45 3537 3111

Hotel Scandic Front

It might look like a 1970s tower block from the outside, but inside Scandic Front is everything you might expect from a contemporary and luxurious hotel. Combine that with a perfect location on Nyhavn, with its canal-side lounges and restaurants, and this is a good, relatively inexpensive choice.

Skt Annæ Plads 21
+45 3313 3400

Hotel Skovshoved

Just a 20-minute bus ride from the city centre, you'll find this romantic seaside hotel in the affluent suburb of Charlottenlund, with cosy fires, candlelit lounges, its own private jetty and an award-winning restaurant. With 22 bedrooms, this is an intimate getaway, but still a great base from which to explore Copenhagen.

Strandvejen 267
2920 Charlottenlund
+45 3964 0028

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