Home of Christian Anderson, Copenhagen is literally a fairy tale of colourful houses, picturesque harbours and cobbled streets. More than that with free health care, free education and an efficient transport system, it's unsurprising that Scandinavians are said to be the happiest people in the world. Home to plenty of majestic castles, towers and infamous statues there is a wealth of things to see and do in Copenhagen and although this is a slightly pricier city compared to elsewhere in Europe, it is a pretty and popular destination for a city break.
You may have noticed the recent increase in the fascination surrounding Denmark's charm. Often topping the 'happiest-people-on-earth' charts, the art of Danish 'Hygge' meaning to create a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life, has been packaged into a best-selling book and promoted to us miserable Brits as a better way of living. And it's no surprise their population is so happy. The city has clean rivers, electric powered buses, three-quarters of the city's restaurants serve organic produce and by 2025 Copenhagen plans to be the first carbon-neutral city, making it a pleasant and efficient place to live.
As Scandinavian's second largest city, Copenhagen has a existed since 1000AD and as it's ancestry can be traced back to the Viking Age it makes Denmark arguably one of the oldest kingdoms. Originally, Copenhagen was named 'Havn' meaning harbour a small unimportant fishing city, but became of vital importance when it was occupied by Germany for majority of the second world war. During this time the Royal family refused to leave Copenhagen and their many castles can be admired even today.
Copenhagen is an expensive city to visit, that is an unavoidable truth, but this doesn't mean you can't visit alot of the top attractions for free. Much more than that, just wandering around the colourfully lined cobbled roads and absorbing the Hygge of the city is a joy in itself.
Currency: Danish Krone
Time Difference: +1 Hours
Best Time to Visit: Visiting in spring means you can travel at a lower fare than during summer whilst also experiencing milder weather. Whilst the city is host to Christmas markets during the winter months be prepared for sub-zero temperatures and snow.
Flight Time: A mere 90 minutes from Manchester, UK.
Price Range: Alike to the rest of Scadinavia, Copenhagen is expensive. And whilst it is possible to do the city on a budget (keep your eyes posted for a blog on this!), coffees are at least £5 and alcohol drinks even more so - an Aperol Spritz at around £10. Public transport is reasonably inexpensive but alot of the food and drinks are pricey, even in shops such as Netto, a bag of Haribo was £5...
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