Copenhagen is the happiest capital on the planet, home to high profile designers, technological innovations and some of the best cuisine Europe has to offer. It's not difficult to imagine why Copenhagen attracts many tourists from all around the world.
Denmark is a monarchy, located in Scandinavia and part of the European Union. Ideally, you should spend at least a few days exploring the city, but luckily, you can also do 24 hours in Copenhagen.
I wanted to visit a Scandinavian country for a very long time, especially due to my immense passion for design and graphic. The second I had the opportunity to organise a trip to Denmark, I took full advantage of it. All I could think of were all the Copenhagen restaurants and cafes I was so eager to explore.
Getting from the airport to Copenhagen city centre is very easy and as always, you have several options.
Metro - You can get it from Terminal 3. The best thing about the Metro is that all trains go in the same direction. This makes things less stressful as you won't be getting on the wrong train. The Metro is frequent is it takes just under 15 minutes to get to the Nørreport Station.
Train - The Train is located at the Terminal 3. There are free shuttles available to Terminal 3 if you find yourself at a different terminal. The journey takes under 15 minutes and it takes you right at the Copenhagen Central Station.
Bus - You can take the 5A. It stops at both, Copenhagen Central Station,as well as Nørreport Station. It is a little slower than the Metro or the Train, as the journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
Taxi - Of course you can take a taxi from both, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The journey will take just under half an hour, and you should expect to pay around DKK 250-350.
What I learned whilst in Copenhagen is that everybody is incredibly friendly and willing to help. People are always smiling, they are laid back and have some English language skills to die for. Everybody I approached, spoke perfect English. I loved that I could have a happy conversation with anyone, and they all took great interest in my story and were delighted to share theirs. I don't think I ever came across such open bunch of people.
Copenhagen is not just pretty, chilled and full of beautiful people, Denmark's capital is also mega green. Known as the Bike City, Copenhagen has one of the world's most dedicated bike cultures. In fact, Copenhagen has more bicycles than people. There is no getting around to it, if you want to experience Copenhagen like a local, you should rent a bike and pedal your way around.
Once you get hungry from all that cycling, take a second to explore Copenhagen's diverse and extraordinary culinary scene. Whether you are after a luxurious Michelin restaurant, want a small bistro or a cozy cafe, you are guaranteed to find it in Copenhagen. People from all around the world come to Copenhagen to enjoy innovative dishes and world famous smørrebrød (also known as an open sandwich). Did anybody say Danish pastry?
You can't say you visited Copenhagen without a walk by the Langelinje Pier. One of the most visited tourist attractions, The Little Mermaid, awaits for you to photograph it.
You need to arm yourself with a lot patience, as there are always tones of tourists around the charming sculpture, gathered by the shore to take a closer glimpse of it.
Continue your stroll towards the Opera House which is one of the most modern opera houses in the world. It's fame also comes from the fact that it's one of the most expensive opera houses ever built, with constructions costs over 500 million US dollars.
End your evening in Nyhavn, the wonderful looking canal with a multitude of restaurants, bars, great looking ships and colourful houses. This is the place to relax, grab a drink and spark a conversation with the friendly locals. You are guaranteed to encounter great customer service, great story tellers and super refreshing Scandinavian beers.
The Copenhagen Botanic Garden is a brilliant way to have a relaxing morning walk. Put your earphones in, listen to some chillout music and make your way around the pond, visit the glasshouses and sit down with a book.
Make your way across the road and visit the Rosenborg Slot. This impressive castle, was built by one of the most famous Scandinavian kings, Christian IV, in the early 17th century. The crowns of the Danish kings and queens are kept in special vaults and are embellished with table-cut stones, enamel and gold ornamentation.
Hop on a bike and make your way to Amalienborg Palace just before noon. Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in Gothersgade by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg Palace, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12pm.
Take your inner shopper to Strøget, Copenhagen's largest shopping street, positioned right in the heart of the city. You can find lots of independent shops, full of great things, unique to Copenhagen. If you are more conservative, rest assured that all the big brands are also present along Strøget too. Grab a Danish pastry and a fresh coffee, brewed with love, just for you.
To get a proper glimpse of Copenhagen, pedal your way to Christianborg Palace and go right up to the tower. It's the highest tower in Copenhagen, it's free to access and has some of the most magnificent views over the city's roof tops.
Free yourself in Christiania, Copenhagen's alternative neighbourhood. Make sure to respect the do's and don'ts in the area which are listed right at the entrance. Explore the neighbourhood, chat with interesting people, eat organic food and breathe in an even slower pace of Copenhagen.
Don't be afraid to explore Copenhagen without any sort of map. Rest assured that wherever you end up, Copenhagen will surprise you with a cozy art gallery, modern design studio, tasty bakery or organic coffee shop. I don't think I ever felt as free and comfortable in a city before visiting Copenhagen. I am sure you will enjoy Copenhagen just as much as I did.