Denmark may not be at the top of your list of summer mini-break destinations, but it is absolutely the best time of year to visit the city of Copenhagen.
In this article, we take a look at how to plan your trip and some of the things that you might want to include in your itinerary.
Experience the pleasure gardens
One of the highlights of Copenhagen is a visit to the Tivoli Pleasure Gardens. Right in the heart of the city, opposite the central train station, the Tivoli Pleasure Gardens are a high-end amusement park. As well as lots of rides and distractions for the kids, there are some great restaurants, and during the summer months there are always lots of concerts and events happening within the gardens. This is a great place to experience one of the oldest wooden roller-coasters in the world, or just wander around and enjoy the atmosphere while having an ice-cream. The elaborate decorations of the gardens change with each season.
Put your dancing shoes on
The annual Distortion dance music festival takes over the streets of Copenhagen at the end of May each year. It is the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer. Distortion is a rolling tsunami of a music festival, each day sees the festivities moving to a different party of the city. Over 100,000 people take part in Distortion every day that the festival is on, so if you are visiting the Danish capital during this time you won’t be able to escape the rhythmic beats.
Go for a swim
One of the surprising discoveries about Copenhagen is that it is actually a great place to go for a swim. Situated on a large natural harbor, Copenhagen is a city that is defined by light and water. Despite the frequent shipping traffic, the water of the harbor is surprisingly fresh and clear – as soon as the warm weather appears you will see the locals heading to the harbor for a swim. There are several designated swimming pontoons constructed on the harbor, all monitored by professional lifeguards. The easiest to get to is at Islands Brygge – a great place to immerse yourself in the local life of this fascinating city.
One of the things that you will notice about Copenhagen is that everyone cycles everywhere. It’s a city that is relatively flat, and there has been a lot of investment in dedicated bike lanes, so it’s a fairly safe city for cycling – although, make sure that you follow the rules, otherwise you’ll be told off by conscientious locals.
Where to stay
There is a great range of diverse styles of accommodation in Copenhagen – everything from camping, to hotels on boats, to high-end luxury, or budget hotel choices. If you are travelling as a family, then Copenhagen holiday apartments are a great way to have all the self-catering benefits of a private home rental, but still with all of the convenience and reassurance of staying in a world-class hotel.