With its world-renowned contemporary art museums and a growing number of independent art galleries springing up around the city, Copenhagen has long been known as a creative hub of art and design, but in recent years the city has earned itself a reputation for pushing the boundaries and championing innovative young artists too.
Long holding the title of Scandinavia’s gastronomic capital, Copenhagen has become a popular destination for in-the-know foodies in recent years, and with an impressive tally of 14 Michelin-starred restaurants (the most of any Scandinavian city), including the ‘World’s Best Restaurant’, eating out in the Danish capital is an experience to be savored.
With the sun shining and the days long, summertime is the perfect time of year for exploring the Danish capital, and whether picnicking in the park or partying at one of Europe’s biggest music festivals, there are plenty of things to do in Copenhagen in summer. Here are a few ideas.
With an array of bars, restaurants and art galleries springing up throughout the area, Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District, or Kødbyen, has reinvented itself in recent years, morphing into one of the city’s most vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods. Inspired by Manhattan’s legendary Meatpacking District, Kødbyen has transformed itself from the country’s largest cattle and meat market, into a creative hub of art, music and fashion.
From legendary rock musicians like Lars Ulrich to classical composers like Carl Nielsen, Denmark’s music scene is as varied as it is innovative, and the capital hosts live music events almost every night of the year. Whether you want to check out the hottest new bands, enjoy a night at the opera or dive into the moshpit at one of Europe’s largest music festivals, this is the music lover’s guide to Copenhagen.
From spear-wielding warriors charging through the streets to stalls heaped with traditional handicrafts, Ribe is a hive of Viking activity each spring, as it hosts Denmark’s biggest Viking Market. As Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe’s Viking history dates back to 869AD and with regular train and plane links to Copenhagen, the historic town draws visitors all year-round to step back in time at its top attraction – the award-winning Ribe Viking Center.