Copenhagen is the ultimate European city - combining gourmet food with beautiful architecture and astounding cultural experiences. Read more...
Copenhagen melds stately Neoclassical architecture, exceptional gastronomic experiences, modernity and hundreds of cultural events to create a thriving metropolitan hub. The Royal Capital of Denmark for nine centuries, the years of prosperity Copenhagen has enjoyed are reflected in its architecture and cultural delights and it has many sights and experiences to offer every kind of visitor - from high-end to adventurous travel.
A Viking fishing village believed to have been founded about the 10th century, Copenhagen is dominated by Neoclassical buildings constructed following the Great Plague and two devastating fires in the 18th century. Known as the Danish Golden Age, the 19th and 20th centuries saw the creation of many cultural centres such as the Royal Theatre and Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and the appreciation for art, music, theatre and dance has only grown in Copenhagen as the centuries have passed.
Boasting 15 Michelin starred restaurants, Copenhagen is a foodie heaven and the gourmet capital of Europe. Bentours invite you to indulge your senses on our Copenhagen Food Tour centred around Torvehallerne, the new market halls, or take in the delights of Denmark as a whole on the Food, Fun and Fairy-tales self drive tour.
Copenhagen itself has too many tourist attractions to list, but many of the gardens and palaces such as the Rococo style Amalienborg and Christianborg Palace, the Rosenborg Castle Gardens and the Tivoli Gardens are not to be missed. We suggest investing in a Copenhagen City Card which provides unlimited public transport in central zones as well as free access to the above-mentioned attractions and many more. Copenhagen is extremely bicycle friendly, and most of the attractions can be reached by an easy bike ride. On a sunny day Amager Strandpark, an artificial island with 4.6km of beaches, is a 15 minute bike ride from the city centre and the perfect place for a picnic.
There are few traces of the medieval old town left due to fires in the 1700s, however there are many fascinating modern architectural marvels to see in Christianshavn. Originally built to be a fortified trading centre, Christianshavn is full of canals and ramparts and is now home to the new Opera House and the National Library's Black Diamond building, both of which are perched on the waterfront.
Freetown Christiania is a fascinating self proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of Copenhagen, independent of the Danish government and living by their own set of rules. Since its foundation in the 1970s in the old naval barracks, this hippie community has courted controversy, beginning out as a squatters community until the residents began the legal purchase of the land in 2012. Visitors are welcomed and can see homemade houses, workshops, art galleries, music venues, cheap and organic eateries, and an abundance of beautiful nature.
In the land of the father of fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson, a visit to the Little Mermaid Statue is a must and to the 17th century candy-hued waterfront town houses in Nyhavn. Kronburg castle is only a day trip away or explore the coast on our Coastal Fairytale package.
Denmark is also famous for Legoland of course - and what better way to visit than by rail on our Legoland by Rail tour. For a short city break, visit Bornholm or the Faroe Islands on a tour out of Copenhagen. Alternatively, you can easily combine a tour of Denmark with Sweden - from Copenhagen, the Øresund Bridge connects to Malmö, Sweden.