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City Profile: Copenhagen, Denmark


Frederiksborg Castle Garden

Frederiksborg Castle Garden

Ted Fahn

The City of Copenhagen, Denmark:

Copenhagen was founded 1167 and is the capital of the Scandinavian country Denmark, with a population of now 1.1 million (metro area). Copenhagen is a modern city but still shows rich history. The long harbor faces Øresund, the 16 km (10 mi) wide waterway which separates Denmark from Sweden. Copenhagen started out as a fishing village, and has become one of the world's Scandinavian design capitals. Shops and stores in Copenhagen often have longer opening hours than rural areas.

Since its founding almost 900 years ago, Copenhagen has become a meeting place for cozy cafes and buildings and a very modern, Scandinavian lifestyle.

Make sure to explore the history of the Danish capital, for example in the Royal Gardens, in traditional copper-roofed town houses, or cobbled streets. Copenhagen is also referred to as the "Paris Of The North" due to its similar charm! In the Danish language, the city's name is København.

Copenhagen City Map

Transportation in Copenhagen:

Find out what your best transportation options are in Transportation in Copenhagen

Between Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, Denmark's capital Copenhagen is easy to reach. Copenhagen International Airport is the main air traffic hub of Northern Europe, and is served by more than 60 international airlines. The public transportation system in Copenhagen are light-rail trains (called S-tog), buses, and a metro. And don't forget the popular free bicycle rental service: CityBike in Copenhagen!

For public transportation in Copenhagen you can obtain discounted punch cards. Regional trains extend the S-train's network going further such as to the Copenhagen Airport. Alternatively, the city of Copenhagen offers countless bicycle paths (see CityBike review).

Location & Weather in Copenhagen:

Copenhagen sits on the eastern coastline of Zealand extending partly on to the island of Amager. Copenhagen faces the strait of water connecting the North Sea with the Baltic Sea. The municipality covers a land area of 88 (total a. 91.3) km².
Time zone: Central European: UTC+1
Latitude: 55°43' N
Longitude: 12°34' E. Find out more here: Weather in Denmark

The Scandinavian country Denmark has an island climate because of its variable and flat nature, and weather can easily change throughout the day. Travelers usually find the changeable, windy climate surprisingly pleasant. The coldest month of the year is February with an average temperature near 0°C (32 F), and the warmest is July with an average of approx. 18°-21°C (65-70 F).

Copenhagen's Attractions:

If you are interested in history and culture, visit the 3 wonderful Royal Gardens in the Danish capital. For party-lovers, read more about the Nightlife in Copenhagen. Families will love Tivoli Gardens & Amusement Park. And when you get hungry, stop by one of these Top 5 Copenhagen Restaurants.

Copenhagen has a lot to offer. You can find local festivities and events along with attractions and regional hotel/dining reviews in this helpful travel guide: Copenhagen Travel Guide.

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