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Located on the islands of Zealand (Danish: Sjælland) and Amager in the Danish Straits, Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital and largest city of Denmark. Since 1999 (the bridge actually opened to the public in in 2000), Copenhagen has been connected to Malmö, Sweden by the Oresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen; Swedish Öresundsbron), which is a combined four-lane road and two-track rail bridge.

It is a little hard to pin down the exact population of Copenhagen, because the city limits are not well-defined. However, if you total the population of the 33 municipalities close to, and including, the municipality of Copenhagen, as of 2007, the total was 1,825,814. On the other hand, if one only counts the population for the contiguous built-up area, the population figure only comes out to about 1.1 million.

There are many attractions and places of interest that you will want to see if you visit Copenhagen, but there are two that you will surely not want to miss:
  1. The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbor - This is small, but highly distinctive and famous statue which sits on a rock in the harbor. It was created by the Edward Eriksen, and is inspired by the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid, written by Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen.

  2. Tivoli Gardens - A famous amusement park, which is in fact one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1843.
On your visit to Copenhagen, we also recommend that you visit the Nyhavn area if you get a chance. This is a popular area with many bars and restaurants lining the streets bordering a picturesque harbor. It's a wonderful, if crowded, location to sit outside and enjoy at an al fresco meal or drink on a sunny day. On cooler days, it's easier to get a seat, and many restaurants will thoughtfully supply a blanket to cover your legs.

Tivoli Gardens:
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

Key Facts about Copenhagen

Here are some facts about Copenhagen:
  1. Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital and largest city of Denmark.

  2. Copenhagen is located on the islands of Zealand (Danish: Sjælland) and Amager in the Danish Straits.

  3. As of 2007, the population of the entire municipality of Copenhagen was 1,825,814. However, the population for the contiguous built-up area, was only about 1.1 million.

  4. Copenhagen is not only the capital, economic and financial center of Denmark, but also one of the leading business centers for the entire Scandinavian-Baltic region.

  5. International companies headquartered in Copenhagen include A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Carlsberg, Novo Nordisk, and Novozymes.

  6. Copenhagen has some of the highest gross wages in the world. However, taxes are relatively high, and it has one of the highest costs of living for any city in Europe.

  7. Copenhagen is connected to Malmö, Sweden via a combined four-lane road and two-track rail bridge - the Oresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen; Swedish Öresundsbron).

Attractions and Places of Interest in Copenhagen

Attractions and places of interest in Copenhagen include:

Weather in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has an oceanic climate. The climate is also influenced by the Gulf Stream, which brings warm water across the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico, causing temperatures to be about 5°C higher than would otherwise be expected for a city at Copenhagen's latitude. Low-pressure systems from the Atlantic do however cause the weather to be unstable throughout the year.

Generally speaking, precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with the heaviest rain occurring between July and September. From December to March, temperatures are usually around freezing point, and there is a chance of snow as well as rain.

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Top 10 Copenhagen (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2018-08-21
Paperback (128 pages)

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Newly updated, revised, and redesigned for 2018.

True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Copenhagen covers all the city's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide to Copenhagen will lead you straight to the best attractions the city has to offer, whether you want to stroll around Nyhavn, visit Tivoli Gardens, tour Rosenborg Castle, or see the finest in Danish designs at must-see museums and galleries. Whether you're looking for the things not to miss at the Top 10 sights or want to find the best nightspots, this guide is the perfect pocket-size companion. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists--from the Top 10 historic buildings to the Top 10 Hans Christian Andersen sights; there's even a list of the Top 10 things to avoid! The guide is divided by area, covering all of Copenhagen's highlights, and packed with reviews for restaurants and hotels.

  *  Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip.
  *  Expanded and far more comprehensive, the new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
  *  Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
  *  New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-path ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
  *  Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on the inside cover flaps, with selected street index.
  *  New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Copenhagen.

Lonely Planet Pocket Copenhagen (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Paperback (160 pages)

Lonely Planet Pocket Copenhagen (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Copenhagen is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Enjoy all the fun of the fair at Tivoli Gardens, relive history at the engrossing Nationalmuseet, or be inspired at Louisiana, one of Europe's great modern art museums; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Copenhagen and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Copenhagen:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Copenhagen map (included in print version), plus over 18 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Tivoli Area, Slotsholmen, Stroget, Nyhavn and the Royal Quarter, Christianshavn, Norreport, Norrebro, Vesterbro and more

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

Frommer's Copenhagen day by day

By Chris Peacock

Paperback (192 pages)

Frommer s Copenhagen day by day
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Copenhagen, sometimes referred to as a "fairytale place", is surely among the most delightful cities of Europe. The home of Hans Christian Anderson, and the location of the world-famous "Tivoli Gardens", which so inspired Walt Disney, it is one of the most heavily-visited destinations on the continent, attracting many millions of visitors each year.

With this handy, pocket-sized, and thoroughly revised guidebook in hand, travelers will be able to organize their time in the smartest manner possible.

The book contains:
- Full color throughout with hundreds of photos and dozens of maps
- Sample one-, two and three-day itineraries and thematic itineraries for families, art and architecture lovers and those in search of “royal Copenhagen” or Hans Christian Anderson sights.
- Neighborhood walks and rewarding day trips from the city
- Star ratings for all hotels, restaurants, and attractions that steer readers to the city’s best finds
- Exact pricing so there’s never any guessing
- Tear-resistant foldout map in a handy, re-closable plastic wallet and bulleted maps throughout that lead the read through the city .

To do all this, we have called upon the considerable talents of Chris Peacock, who lives in Copenhagen and has written extensively about all things Scandinavian. Chris has more than a decade of experience in travel journalism and is a former contributing editor for National Geographic Traveller and ABTA Magazine in the UK. In addition to being responsible for our Copenhagen Day by Day, he produces numerous articles and reviews of Scandinavian travel for leading newspapers, magazines and websites.

Copenhagen: The Monocle Travel Guide Series

Released: 2016-12-19
Hardcover (148 pages)

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Monocle reports from around the globe in print, on radio, and online. As its editors and correspondents dart from city to city, they get to know the best places to rest their heads, stretch their limbs, and kick back with a contact in a hard-to-find cocktail bar. That information is now available in The Monocle’s Travel Guide Series: a line-up of titles that speaks to you in an informed but informal way about everything from architecture to art, late-night bars to early-morning markets.

Expect a mix of experiences dotted with some quirky surprises. These are books where grand hotels appear alongside family-owned bistros and internationally renowned galleries sit next to unassuming indie clubs that play host to top music talent. The Monocle’s Travel Guides mix the classic with the contemporary, go beyond the conventional, and reveal all the hidden spots that cities have to offer.

Published by Gestalten, these travel guides are for people who want to get the most out of their stay―however short―and feel like locals rather than tourists. That’s why each book has a series of neighborhood walks to take you away from the throng and leave you with a sense of discovery even in cities that you have visited numerous times. Cities are fun. Let’s explore.

CITIx60: Copenhagen: 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City

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Brought to you by Viction: ary, CITIX60 is the locals guide to some of the worlds most renowned design hubs cities that lead the world in creative output. Curated by a select group of artists, designers, chefs, architects, musicians, photographers and filmmakers that call each city home, these books provide an insiders look at the hidden gems that make a trip memorable. Museums, notable architecture and sculpture, cultural icons, public events and moreevery necessity is covered, along with up-to-date recommendations on the hottest accommodations, eateries and shops, each imbued with a citys distinctive flair. A handy section on travel tips includes basic information on getting around. Detailed maps and QR codes provide ease of travel and a blank section at the back with lined, gridded and blank pages allows for note taking and sketching. Beautiful photographs throughout set the tone and provide a sense of the aesthetic appeal of each venue. In addition, the dust jacket for each volume unfolds to reveal an illustrated map of each city. Dont forget to pack this small but informative travel guide on your next excursion!

Insight Guides Explore Copenhagen (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Insight Explore Guides)

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Insight Explore Guides: pocket-sized books to inspire your on-foot exploration of top international destinations. Now with free eBook.

· Practical, pocket-sized and packed with inspirational insider information, this will make the ideal on-the-move companion to your trip to Copenhagen

· Enjoy 14 irresistible Best Routes to walk, from royal palaces to the Little Mermaid and the city's Viking past at Roskilde

· Features concise insider information about landscape, history, food and drink, and entertainment options

· Invaluable maps: each Best Route is accompanied by a detailed full-colour map, while the large pull-out map provides an essential overview of the area

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· Includes an innovative extra that's unique in the market - all Insight Explore Guides come with a free eBook

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About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps aswell as picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.


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