Copenhagen is a large, cosmopolitan city, It has both a modern section and a more historic section that is where most of the attractions that visitors come to see are located. As a result, it has the feel of a modern city that is in touch with and proud of its heritage. It has a relaxed pace and has been recognized for its high quality of life as well as for the quality of the environment.
Located on the eastern coast of Denmark, primarily on the island of Zealand, Copenhagen is situated on the Oresund, the strait that lies between Denmark and Sweden. This strait connects the North Sea to the Baltic and this strategic location has played an important part in the growth of the city.
Copenhagen is the largest city in Scandinavia. The greater
metropolitan area has a population of approximately 1.9 million
people. However, there are some 2.8 million people in the Oresund region. A bridge now connects Copenhagen with the Swedish city of Malmo and the two cities are starting to become a single metropolitan area.
As the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is the seat of the nation's government and is home to its Royal Family. It is a business and cultural center as well.
Copenhagen lends itself to walking with many of the main attractions located within walking distance of each other. There are also taxis, buses and a metro system. Many residents travel by bicycle.
A city with an extensive history, there are many places of historical interest in Copenhagen. In addition, there are numerous museums and other attractions.
The best known shopping area is the Stroget, a pedestrian street near the City Hall. However, beware that Copenhagen has been ranked as one of the world's most expensive cities.
Although Denmark is a member of the European Union, it does not use the Euro as currency. Instead, it uses its own Danish krone. Major credit cards are generally accepted.
There is a value added tax on most purchases. However, subject to various conditions, visitors from outside the European Union can apply to have the VAT refunded when they leave Denmark.
The Dragon Tail Spire atop the Borsen, built in 1624. Once the home of the stock exchange, it is now owned by the chamber of commerce.
The old section of Copenhagen.
Cruise destination travel guide - - Denmark - - Copenhagen - - Overview