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With a rich, multi-cultural population of 1.1 million, Copenhagen has an international vibe and multiple facets that will appeal to all interests.

At the centre of the city is the district of Indre By (the inner city), bounded by parkland and a myriad of lakes, canals and waterways.

This is the historical heart of Copenhagen jam-packed with medieval buildings, colourful harbours, narrow cobbled streets and royal palaces. Visitor attractions including the royal residence of Amalienborg, the City Hall, Rosenburg Castle and the National Museum can be found here.

Across the water from Indre By is the island of Christianshavn, the bohemian quarter. Founded in 1617 as a merchant town and later a fortified settlement, the district is today the self-proclaimed ‘free city, Christiania’ with a population of over 1,000 people. This is one of Copenhagen’s primary tourist attractions with visitors lured to the island by the individually designed, homemade houses, avant-garde community and cafés.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Copenhagen has much to offer. Visitors can cycle along picturesque canals, joining 36% of the population; swim in the harbours or kayak in the sound. Tivoli, the second oldest theme park in the world, in the inner city is an oasis with romantic gardens, visionary architecture and thrilling rides – perfect for all of the family. Throughout the year, Tivoli, the most popular attraction in Scandinavia also has musical and theatre performances, special exhibitions and events.

It is not possible to describe Copenhagen without mentioning Nordic cuisine. From delicious fresh seafood, open sandwiches, ice cream and sweet pastries to the 13 Michelin starred restaurants including Noma - the three times world number one and mould-breaking restaurant – the Danish capital is a gastronomic world-leader. A taste for all senses.

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Events in Copenhagen

Events in Copenhagen

2018 events:
Copenhagen Light Festival
Copenhagen Light Festival literally shows the city of Copenhagen in a new light by experimenting with colours, movement, and occasionally also sound. This will be done by bringing together a variation of forces in the making of the installations: light artists and designers, students, organisations and commercial players.
Date: February

Tivoli Summer Season
The world's second oldest amusement park and one of Denmark's most famous attractions, Tivoli, is packed with crazy rides, green oases, gourmet food, rock concerts, and much more. Every Friday during the summer season, Tivoli Gardens offers a different music genre live from one of its many stages.
Date: 24Mar-23Sep18

Beer Festival
One of Copenhagen's most festive events of the year is the Beer Festival. Danish Beer Enthusiasts invite you to join a three-day Beer festival in Copenhagen. The Festival is open to anyone aged 18+ years and anyone who’s interested in learning more about beer tasting, new beers or just wants to have a beer experience beyond the ordinary.
Date: 18-20May18

Distortion
Copenhagen's biggest street party and club festival Distortion takes place every year in June and attracts nearly 300,000 people to its street parties, dance, art rock, freestyle hip hop, tech-house, polka and street art. Distortion takes place in a new part of Copenhagen every night and thus, moves around the city. The Final Party is the culmination and biggest event during Distortion.
Date: 30May-03Jun18

Copenhagen Photo Festival
Copenhagen Photo Festival was founded in 2010, to raise awareness about, and focus on, photography. The festival showcases Danish and international contemporary photography in urban spaces, art and cultural institutions, galleries and photo schools. Today, Danish photography receives substantial recognition worldwide, and the CPF showcases both Danish and Nordic photography, whilst bringing the international photo scene to Denmark too.
Date: 07-17Jun18

Copenhagen Jazz Festival
With more than 250,000 visitors, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival is one of the biggest jazz events of its kind in Europe. Each summer, Copenhagen comes to life with jazz tunes in the city streets, squares, jazz clubs and unique concert halls. Copenhagen Jazz Festival is one of the Danish capital's oldest music festivals and 2018 marks its 40th of its kind.
Date: 06Jul-15Jul18

Copenhagen Opera Festival
Copenhagen Opera Festival is taking the opera out of the traditional theatre and letting its sounds ring out in the streets, the underground and the waterways of Copenhagen. Central to the Copenhagen Opera Festival is the wish to create a new space for opera. An international forum where tradition can meet innovation, and talent can meet experience.
Date: 29Jul-12Aug18

Copenhagen Summer Festival
Each year, the Copenhagen Summer Festival presents a handful of young talents in a range of classical chamber music concerts in the beautiful surroundings of Charlottenborg at Kongens Nytorv in central Copenhagen. Since 1969 this festival has lead the way to a professional breakthrough for a handpicked crowd of musically gifted and upcoming artists.
Date: 30Jul-10Aug18

Cultural Harbour
Cultural Harbour is the popular annual harbour festival in and around Copenhagen Harbour. Cultural Harbour festival offers three days of music, theatre, artistry, dance and a variety of sports events in the harbour area and along the city’s scenic waterfront, which also happens to be a model example of urban development.
Date: 24-26Aug18

Golden Days
Golden Days is a large history and culture festival in Copenhagen, taking place in the capital every year and has done so ever since is was launched back in 1994. Each year’s theme covers a popular period in Copenhagen's history. In 2018, the festival turns history inside out and puts a spotlight on experimentation, the repressed, and overlooked and demands that everything is revealed.
Date: 07-23Sep18

Culture Night
The Culture Night ‘Kulturnatten’ offers children and adults hundreds of cultural events – at night! Experience Copenhagen in a different light and see places you will not normally get access to, when hundreds of museums, churches, exhibition halls, art galleries, humanitarian organisations, political and cultural institutions open the doors to their secret rooms, basements, towers and cultural events on this one night only.
Date: 12Oct18

Halloween and Christmas at Tivoli Gardens
Visiting the Tivoli Gardens at Christmas is a long and very dear tradition amongst the Copenhageners. Do not miss famous amusement parks’ Christmas lights, market and entertainment for the world! The Christmas market has some 60 stalls , all selling gifts and decorations, arts and crafts, delicious snacks and hot drinks to keep you warm.
Date: Oct-Dec18

Excursions from Copenhagen

Kronborg Castle was immortalised in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as Elsinore and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Frederiksborg Castle, is located c.40-minutes north of Copenhagen by train in the town of Hillerod. The castle houses national portrait collections and has a Renaissance garden.

Roskilde, the former capital of Denmark, is renowned for its Cathedral and for the Viking Ship Museum. Roskilde is c.25 minutes by train from Copenhagen.

Louisiana is an international museum of Modern Art with over 3000 permanent works of art. Pieces by Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Morris Louis, Jorn, Baselitz, Polke, Kiefer, and Per Kirkeby are all on display. The museum is located c.35 minutes north of Copenhagen by train.

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city is located across the Öresund Bridge from Copenhagen. Spend the day exploring the historic centre of the city including the Lilla Torg square, Malmö Castle and the Western Harbour.

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