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Welcome to Copenhagen


City Breaks to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is built on water - a picturesque network of canals and islands and is one of the friendliest and most colourful cities in Europe. It is also known as a very ecologically friendly city, and you will see many Danes cycling in preference to driving. City breaks to Copenhagen from Dublin are perfect for visiting the Tivoli Gardens, home to one of the best Christmas markets in Europe and outdoor entertainment all summer long. 


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Nyhavn, once home to Hans Christian Anderson, is a great place to visit when the sun is shining, to sit in one of the many cafes and bars with views of historic boats along the quay. A leisurely canal cruise is a wonderful way to see the colourful houses lining the waterfront. Restaurants to suit every budget abound with an excellent choice of freshly prepared foods, from typical Danish smorrebrod to ethnic curries. Cheap weekend breaks to Copenhagen from Ireland are perfect for shopping not only in the excellent choice of boutiques and shops, but in the fact that many of them are in historic, beautifully preserved streets and buildings in pedestrianised areas close to the hotels. Last minute city breaks & short break deals to Copenhagen offer you the opportunity to visit the famous little Mermaid, the Royal Palace and changing of the guard.

The weather in Copenhagen is mild through all the four seasons. Summers bring temperatures averaging around 68°F (20°C), while in mid-winter temperatures hover just above or below zero. Rainfall is moderate too, but spread throughout the year, so showers are possible in any season. Grey skies are the norm rather than the exception in Copenhagen.


Danish is the official language, but English is understood and widely used.


Danish currency is the Krone (DKK), made up of 100 ore. ATMs are liberally sprinkled throughout the country, and all major credit cards are widely accepted, expecially Visa. Travellers cheques are welcome at banks and hotels. Most banks are not open at weekends, however Copenhagen has several bureaux de change which stay open late at night, seven days a week.


GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

The oldest amusement park in the world and one of Denmark's favourites, Bakken Amusement Park has delighted countless visitors since it first opened in 1583. Featuring 34 thrilling rides and roller coasters, a love tunnel, merry-go-round and even dancing, Bakken also has open-air eateries where exhausted families can relax and refuel.

When sightseeing in Denmark, the Christiansborg Palace is an architecture or history lover's dream, and a winter snowfall adds to its romantically royal appearance. This is further enhanced by the presence of ruins dating as far back as 1167 AD, when it existed as Absalon's Castle. The complex consists of several different buildings, centred by a neo-baroque core, and is home to important institutions; the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister's Office and the Supreme Court. The royal family uses the palace church, the Royal Reception Rooms and the Riding Ground Complex. From the front steps of the main castle, there are also some stunning churches within easy viewing distance. This attraction embodies the essence of Danish history, architecture and royalty.

Copenhagen is a city with a proud heritage of art and design, well showcased in numerous museums and galleries as well as architecture. Among the most renowned collections are those housed in the popular Museum of Decorative Arts (traces the history of Danish design), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (featuring world famous artists), the National Gallery (more than 8,000 works dating from the 13th century to modern times) and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (antiquities, French impressionists and contemporary Danish art).

The rich history of Denmark, from Viking days through to the Second World War resistance movement, is encapsulated in fascinating collections of artefacts housed in a series of museums in and around Copenhagen. The Prince's Palace in the city centre houses the National Museum covering Danish history in general and a collection of international antiquities. The open air museum a few miles north of the city makes for a fascinating excursion with its 100 or so buildings, most relocated from elsewhere in the country, set out to illustrate what life was like in rural Denmark in days of yore. Visitors can get up to date on the history of the city itself in the Copenhagen City Museum, housed in the Royal Shooting Society's palace dating from 1787.

Founded in 1859, the Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest in Europe and features an amazing selection of animals from all over the world. Featuring a popular Elephant House designed by renowned architect Norman Foster, the Copenhagen Zoo is the only zoo outside of Australia to feature Tasmanian Devils. Other notable animals in the 27 acre (11 hectare) park include red pandas, hippos, yaks and camels.

Boasting more than 300 species of marine life form across the globe, the Denmark Aquarium features over 70 aquariums with the largest containing 85,000 litres of water. There is also a biological museum with interactive themed exhibits for children. Other facilities include a café where visitors can take a break and grab a bite to eat, and there are feeding time shows and even touch pools for the little ones to enjoy.

Featuring almost 300 interactive exhibitions for children of all ages to enjoy, the Experimentarium is a hands on science museum that aims to encourage children to take an interest in science while learning and enjoying themselves at the same time through exhibits on energy, the human body, mathematics, and other interactive areas. With permanent and temporary exhibitions, visitors can be sure that there is always something fun and exciting for children to enjoy.

Freetown Christiania is a partially self-governing neighbourhood in the borough of Christianshavn, Copenhagen, dominated largely by a freethinking 'hippy' culture. Local rules forbid stealing, violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests and hard drugs. Aside from its cannabis smoking affinity, Christiana is also well known for its inhabitants' love of meditation and yoga, and abroad it is celebrated as a showcase of the progressive and liberated Danish lifestyle. Christiania is considered a Losers' Paradisefor the creative and recreational values widely practised in the area. However, visitors can enjoy the neighbourhood's peaceful green environment and its magical combination of village and metropolitan life.

Legoland Billund, the original Legoland Park, is a holiday must for children visiting Denmark. Opened in 1968, it plays host to numerous visitors from all over the world and is conveniently situated next to the original Lego factory. The features are divided into 'Worlds', including Denmark's iconic Miniland as well as Duplo Land, Imagination Zone, Legoredo Town, Adventure Land, Pirate Land, Lego City and the Knights' Kingdom. With a legendary selection of rides, shops and eateries, Legoland Billund has something to offer to everyone in the family, and is a must-do for families on holiday in Copenhagen.

The picturesque historic Nyhavn Canal, dating from 1673 when it was built to connect the inner city to the sea, is today colloquially known as the 'longest bar in Scandinavia'. This is because the pretty pastel-painted old townhouses that line the canal are fronted with numerous restaurants, pubs and cafes, full of action and entertainment 24 hours a day. The canal itself is crammed with old wooden sailing ships, adding to the atmosphere. Tourists enjoy not only the hospitality establishments along the canal but also visit the house at Number 20 Nyhavn, home of famous fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote his first stories here between 1834 and 1838. Andersen later occupied two other houses in Nyhavn.

The attractive Dutch Renaissance style Rosenborg Castle was designed by King Christian IV and served as his home until he died in 1648. Today the Castle is an important cultural institution, acting as a public museum detailing the history of Denmark's royal family as well as acting as repository for the Crown Jewels and royal regalia, which are kept in the castle cellars and can be viewed by the public. The magnificent castle gardens are a welcome retreat from the city hustle and bustle.

The Little Mermaid, basking on a rock at the Langelinie Harbour, is one of Copenhagen's biggest tourist attractions. The sculpture was put up in 1913, and over a million people visit the mermaid every year. At only about 4 feet (1.25m) high, she is very small, with naked breasts and a fish tail; she seems to be in her true element when the waves crash against her rock. The sculptor, Edvard Eriksen, modelled the mermaid's head after ballerina Ellen Price. When the ballerina wouldn't model in the nude for the body, the sculptor's wife posed for him. There are some similarities between the Little Mermaid and the 'Pania of the Reef' statue on the Napier beachfront in New Zealand, and with Vancouver's 'Girl in a Wetsuit' sculpture.

The Mystic Exploratorie is a fantastic, yet slightly creepy and somewhat thrilling attraction for kids of all ages to enjoy. The interactive exhibits allow visitors to play around in spooky scenarios like a graveyard, electric chair, and Dr Jekyll's laboratory. While very small children may be frightened, most kids will enjoy the opportunity to play ghosts and ghouls.

Copenhagen's world-renowned Tivoli Gardens are ever so much more than just a central city park. The relatively small area in the heart of the city is actually one of the world's most thrilling entertainment complexes, drawing about three million visitors during its five-month summer open season each year. Tivoli dates back to 1843 when Copenhagen was still a fortified city surrounded by tall ramparts and a deep moat. Today the Tivoli Lake is all that remains of the moat, which now reflects the incredible trademark fireworks displays that light the sky over the gardens twice a week. Tivoli is split in two, one section housing the beautiful miniature gardens where more than 100,000 flowers bloom, and the other the theme park with game arcades and thrill rides. Tivoli also boasts a concert hall and open-air stages where dozens of concerts, pantomimes and circus shows, many of them free, are offered during the season.

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