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Destination guide

Discover Scandinavian living with Copenhagen holiday lets

Effortlessly chic Copenhagen brings together history, culture and lashings of Scandinavian style. The Danish capital is regularly crowned one of the world's most liveable cities and it's easy to see why: pedestrian-friendly streets, vibrant neighbourhoods and a flourishing culinary scene make it one of Europe's top places to live, work and play. Copenhagen is also one of the continent's top travel destinations, lending itself to family holidays, honeymoons and everything in between. For the ultimate Scandinavian experience, settle into a boutique Copenhagen holiday let championing sleek Danish design and "hygge" inspired decor.

History

Discover Viking history from your Copenhagen holiday let

From ancient Viking relics to lavish royal palaces, Copenhagen cradles centuries of history. Art aficionados shouldn't miss the cavernous Statens Museum for Kunst, which houses the world's most extensive collection of Danish "Golden Age" paintings, as well as works from heavyweights like Picasso, Rembrandt and Matisse. Tivoli Gardens has been enchanting Danes since 1843, and it will win you over, too, with fairy light-strung pavilions, dazzling fireworks and a century-old roller coaster. If you visit just one of Copenhagen's lavish palaces, make it Christiansborg Slot, a magnificent 18th-century royal residence that now houses the Danish parliament.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Copenhagen

Do you want to discover top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Copenhagen a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Tivoli Gardens (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Wallmans Circus Building (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • City Safari (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Vesterbro Pool (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Copenhagen Zoo (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Royal Golf Center (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Copenhagen

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Copenhagen is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Deer Park (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Rosenborg Castle Gardens (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Orstredsparken (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Botanical Garden (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Palm House (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Islands Brygge Harbour Baths (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Copenhagen

Fly into Copenhagen (CPH-Kastrup), the closest airport, located 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Malmo (MMX-Sturup), which is 32.3 mi (51.9 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Copenhagen Norreport Station, Nørreport Station and Copenhagen Central Station are the main stations in the area. It's easy to get around Copenhagen by jumping on the metro at Kongens Nytorv Station, Copenhagen Vesterport Station or Christianshavn Station.

How to get around

Getting around Copenhagen from your holiday rental

Thanks to flawless urban planning, Copenhagen is a breeze to navigate on public transport. The city is serviced by an efficient network of buses and metro trains that run around the clock. Copenhagen takes its cycling culture seriously, so why not take cues from the locals and explore the city on 2 wheels? Alternatively, don a comfortable pair of shoes and navigate Copenhagen's compact and pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods on foot. Looking for inspiration on where to stay? Holiday rentals in picture postcard-perfect Nyhavn overlook sparkling canals, colourful houses and waterside cafes, while upbeat Indre By puts you just steps from Copenhagen's top Michelin-starred restaurants.

Food & drink 

Enjoy "New Nordic Cuisine" in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is considered the birthplace of New Nordic Cuisine, a culinary movement spotlighting local ingredients and traditional Scandinavian recipes. Today, you can take your pick of 15 Michelin-starred restaurants, including Noma, a legendary eatery known for its wildly creative cuisine. For something a little more casual, fill up on smorrebrod, an open sandwich made of rye bread, topped with delicacies like smoked salmon, roast beef and fried fish fillet. Breakfasts are best enjoyed with locally roasted coffee and Danish pastries, on the balcony of your Copenhagen holiday rentals apartment.

Essential info

Essential information for Copenhagen holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on Danish krone – local ATMs usually offer the best exchange rates
  • Tipping is not customary, though if you enjoy spectacular service, opt for 10%
  • Be sure to brush up on local cycling rules before you rent a bicycle
  • Making a toast? Simply raise your glass and say "skal!"
  • Denmark is part of the Schengen agreement, which means you'll be able to skip border passport control when arriving from most European countries
  • Swap city centre hotels for designer holiday rentals in neighbourhoods like Osterbro, where tree-lined streets, local cafes and leafy parks offer a glimpse of local life in Copenhagen

How many holiday rentals are available around Copenhagen?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 720 holiday lettings around Copenhagen. From 638 flats & apartments to 17 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Copenhagen?

There are loads of reasons to stay somewhere central when you're visiting a place for the first time, but you can't argue with the number one draw — location, location, location! HomeAway has 61 city centre holiday properties available. Of course, that might not be for everyone. Fortunately, HomeAway has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 54 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 32 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 27 seaside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Copenhagen?

There's no need to go without the conveniences of home just because you're on holiday. Sit back and relax in an apartment and live life like a local. HomeAway has 600 for you to select from here. If you get in early, you could be spending as little as £49 a night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Hotel: 101 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £42 per night.
  • Condo: 47 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £69 per night.
  • House: 42 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £55 per night.

Can I stay in Copenhagen in a large group?

There's nothing better than meeting up with old friends or spending a couple of weeks with your family in a wonderful new location. And the best thing, HomeAway has options big enough for the whole crew. Why not take a look at the 99 apartment holiday rentals featured here? They're the most popular option for large groups of guests. The holiday properties that are perfect for large numbers here include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we have 126 rental accommodation suited to that size. Stay a night from just £69.
  • Keen to find a rental property for 5 people? We have 102 that will serve you well. You can get one for as low as £73 per night.
  • Travelling with 8 guests? We offer 48 rental accommodation that will meet your needs. Prices begin at just £92 a night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you can bring your uncle, your grandpa and all your friends to Copenhagen.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Copenhagen?

Friends are the family we choose. Rejuvenate the bonds with your nearest and dearest and book a cost-conscious stay with HomeAway. Freetown Christiania is perfect for bargain hunters. And with 111 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £200 a night, it isn't difficult to see why. You'll find another 189 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Christianshavn. The average price in this area is £202 per night.