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Our guide to Copenhagen in 24 hours

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Snowdrops are flowering and other flowers have buds that are ready to burst open – it is spring in Copenhagen, the city takes on a fresh beauty and there is a new buzz to the street life. Enjoy the best of Copenhagen and allow us to provide a little spring inspiration, even though you may only be here for a day.

One of Copenhagen’s great advantages is that it is no larger than that almost everything is within walking distance – and this is without doubt the best way to explore the city. However, you can rent a bicycle from the reception desk if you would prefer to do your exploring on two wheels.

Below are some of our favourite pastimes and spots.

COPENHAGEN’S BEAUTY IS BEST SEEN FROM THE WATER
After your breakfast in the SALT restaurant, stroll the few minutes to Nyhavn, soak up the atmosphere and admire the charming houses before stepping aboard a canal cruise. The city’s beauty is even more apparent when seen from the water – the harmony that characterises the mix of old and new architecture – and you will also see many of Copenhagen’s popular attractions.

SHOP AMOK!
If your credit cards have been burning a hole in your pocket during the canal cruise, salvation is nearby once you disembark: Strøget with all its shops, the Magasin du Nord and Illum department stores are just 5 minutes away! The charming cobbled side streets, nooks and crannies that ooze history also conceal a wealth of small speciality boutiques with vintage and retro, antiques and applied art.


CULTURE CORNER
If shopping is the wrong culture for you, do not fear – Copenhagen is a fantastic city for art and history lovers. The National Gallery (SMK) and the Carlsberg Glyptotek for art and the National Museum for history each have superb collections as well as presenting changing, special exhibitions.

GREEN SPOTS
Parks and gardens are the lungs of any city and Copenhagen is especially well endowed in this respect, where you can always find a bench to catch the first, warm rays of spring sunshine. We mention a few: Kongens Have is the oldest of Denmark’s royally commissioned gardens and Rosenborg Palace (which houses the crown regalia) dominates one corner. The Botanical Gardens, which are close by, have an arboretum with centuries old trees, rockeries and old species of roses as well as perennials and Danish plants. At the Citadel – just a few minutes from the hotel – you may stroll on the ramparts and enjoy views of the Little Mermaid and the huge Gefion Fountain.