The Classics

Copenhagen is packed full of beautiful buildings. Watch the changing of the guard (11.30am) at Amalienborg Palace – the winter home of the Danish royal family. From here, take a walk along the waterfront to the star-shaped Kastellet, one of the best-preserved fortresses in Northern Europe, with picturesque berry red barracks and cobbled streets. Close to here is the underwhelming but must-see Little Mermaid statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous character. Walk thorough neighbouring Østre Anlæg Park to the fairytale Rosenborg Castle with its green turrets and symmetrical gardens. Finally, head down Gothersgade street to Nyhaven and spend the evening in Copenhagen’s most famous spot. Pitch up like the locals, legs dangling above the canal, can of beer in one hand, hotdog in the other, and gaze at the reflection of the multi-coloured houses in the water. 

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Nordic food is so beautiful it’s rude not to take photos. Head to Høst for flower-adorned dishes and rustic decor 

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Going off-beat

You have to ride a bike in Copenhagen, it’s the done thing. Pedal over to Christianshavn, a working-class neighbourhood turned hipster hang-out/hippy commune. The latter is ‘Freetown’ Christiania, a naval base now emblazoned with graffiti and bathed in a marijuana haze – grab a beer and wander through the ‘Green Light District’. After that, clear your head with a ride along the reed-fringed waterfront home to peculiar home-made houses. You’ll pass the famously cool Noma restaurant but you won’t get in so go to Reffen instead, the largest street food market in the Nordics. Sit in a deckchair by the water and feast.End the day at Kødbyen, a former meat-packing district where the white-tiled warehouses have replaced choice cuts with craft beers and DJs. 

Visit Hans Christian Andersen’s grave at Assistens Kirkegård, a green and peaceful cemetery