If you are looking for a European city that has a thriving cultural, design and food scene, then book a holiday letting in Copenhagen. This colourful capital is the perfect place to choose a holiday rental in Denmark, so browse through our extensive list of short term holiday rentals and let us find accommodation that suits you best!
Rent accommodation in the happiest city on earth
Kobenhavn or more widely known, Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and the happiest city in the world! Copenhagen is located on two islands (Zealand and Amager) and it is on the Oresund Strait, which is linked to Sweden by a connecting bridge. It is the largest city in Scandinavia and it is famous for its high quality of living. Overall Copenhagen is an incredible city to visit and whether you're visiting as a couple or with a group of friends, there is plenty of accommodation to choose from.
How to get there?
Copenhagen is easily reached from across the UK by air, with direct flights from London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen taking approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Flying from the UK is the only realistic way of reaching Copenhagen fairly quickly, though you can travel by ferry from Immingham to Esbjerg in Denmark, which takes 18 hours, and could be a possibility if you are not a fan of flying and have a little bit more time on your hands. Alternatively, if you are already holidaying in Scandinavia, you can take the train from your holiday apartment in Stockholm which takes only 5 hours, while a holiday home in Oslo takes around 7 hours by road.
Where to stay in Copenhagen?
There are many exciting and stylish districts in Copenhagen, so wherever you decide to base yourself, you'll get a real taste of the city. Holiday accommodation in Copenhagen can range from budget hotels to quirky house boats and everything in between. So make sure you research the best option for your holiday.
Copenhagen City Centre
Full of bars, stylish cafes and good value holiday apartments, Copenhagen City Centre is a great place to situate yourself. With a bustling atmosphere from dawn till dusk, you'll find jazz bars, delicious danish bakeries as well as high street chains such as H&M and Zara for a spot of shopping. Holiday apartments in Cophenhagen really vary in style, choose from something modern or go full Scandinavian and rent a minimalist self-catered apartment.
Nyhavn is the picture perfect neighbourhood in Copenhagen, it has a spectacular array of colourful town houses and a great selection of AirBnb hotel rooms. You will find an array of charming bed and breakfasts' here as well as authentic scandinavian hotels. It does attract many tourists, however you won't notice them because of its relaxed and inviting atmosphere. It is 100% worth a visit even if you decide not to stay in this area. This distric is also famed for being Hans Christians Andersens home neighbourhood, it is also where the cities harbour is which is normally full of drunken sailors. These days the district is full of high end restaurants and cocktail bars. In the summer, an Aperol Spritz in one of the quaint restaurant gardens is a perfect way to spend the afternoon people watching.
If you're looking for slightly cheaper accommodation in Copenhagen, then Vesterbro is the area for you. It is known as the ‘hippest neighbourhood' in the city, this area is full of tattoo studios, sex shops, vintage restaurants and underground bars. This area has seen a huge amount of gentrification over the last decade but the area still holds on to its working class roots, which means that you will find cheaper places to stay compared to the rest of the city. Hostels, homestays and cheap B&B's are readily available. We personally love the vibe of this district so it is definitely worth browsing through the available holiday lettings here.
What to see in Copenhagen?
Copenhagen is known to be a little on the pricey side for eating, drinking and visiting attractions, so if you're looking to go all out then start saving your pennies! However, your holiday doesn't need to be outrageously expensive so we've come up with three fun activities that won't cost you a penny (well, maybe the odd stop at a street vendor for some delicious grub).
Copenhagen has it all; design, culture and cuisine. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a great place to start your cultural tour of Copenhagen and it can be explored for free every Tuesday. It is filled with sculptures and paintings by Van Gogh and work from many other fantastic artists. The former church, Nikolaj Kunsthal, is another contemporary art museum that offers free entry on Wednesdays. If art galleries aren't up your street it is worth visiting just for a glimpse at the incredible architecture.
The Little Mermaid
Copenhagens most famous resident is the enchanting Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. Take a leisurely stroll along the Harbourside, admire the Gefion Foundtain and Kastellet, a fortress built in the 1600s. From here you can see the Little Mermaid perched on her rock, this excursion makes for an enjoyable and free activity whilst in the city.
Roam the gardens of Copenhagen
Copenhagen is full of parks and green spaces, so head to a local bakery, pick up some danish treats and maybe a few beers/bottles of wine, and head to a park to relax outdoors. The Kings Gardens are stunning and have beautiful views of the grounds of Rosenborg Castle.
One final attraction that you must visit whilst in Copenhagen is Tivoli. Although it is not free it is definitely worth the entry fee, it is one of the worlds oldest amusement parks founded by Georg Carstensen in 1843. An enchanting place filled with iconic gardens, amusements, quaint shops and thrill seeking rides. Make the most of Tivoli by visiting early in the morning and staying until the fantastic fireworks at 11.45pm to get your moneys worth.
Where to eat?
As we know, Copenhagen isn't a budget destination but that's not to say you can't have delicious food and drink on a budget and still get a real taste of Denmark.
The street food in Copenhagen is impeccable and a visit to the Reffen street food market is the perfect place to eat yourself into a food coma. It was created with a goal to inspire locals and tourists with different gastronomical feasts at reasonable costs.
Kiin Kiin Bao Bao was recently opened by a Danish chef as a better value option to his high end Michelin star restaurant Guldbergsgade Kiin Kiin. A menu filled with 25 tapas style Thai dishes and laid back decor, we love this spot for an early dinner before heading out for cocktails. The braised pork bao with peanuts and sweet hoisin source is our go to.
Danish bakeries are a budget friendly and heavenly way to eat your way around Copenhagen without having to take out a second mortgage! Skt Peders Bageri is an independent bakery with a delicious range of pizza slices, danish pastries and bread based goodies.