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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Copenhagen

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Copenhagen each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

April 16: Birthday of Queen Margrethe II (celebrated nationwide)

On this day, thousands of flag-waving Danes flock to the square outside the Amalienborg Palace before noon to wish the queen a happy birthday. Following the changing of the guard, the royal family steps out onto the palace balcony to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd. Shortly thereafter, the Danish Royal Military guards parade through the city's streets on horseback, leading the royal couple in an open carriage.

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

Danes take advantage of this work holiday by gathering in the 56-hectare (138-acre) Fælledparken in Copenhagen to enjoy picnics organized by the various trade unions, an opportunity to relax and have fun with colleagues.

May 5: Liberation Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the end of the German occupation during World War II. In 1945, at the announcement of the liberation, many Danes placed lit candles in their windows. In remembrance, many people still honour this tradition every year.

May: Copenhagen Marathon (local event)

Each year, runners from around the world compete in this popular event, which passes in front of many of the Danish capital's most beautiful landmarks and includes a large section along the waterfront. The course starts and ends in front of the Black Diamond, the extension to the Royal Library, where runners are cheered by throngs of spectators.

June 5: Constitution Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the constitution signed on this day in 1849, under which the country became a constitutional monarchy, as well as the new constitution adopted on the same day in 1953. Many political meetings and ceremonies are organized, together with cultural events and celebrations, including concerts and other performances.

June 23: Sankt Hans Aften (Saint John's Eve, celebrated nationwide)

Although June 21 is officially the summer solstice, Saint John's Eve on June 23 is considered as the actual midsummer eve in Denmark and is celebrated by sharing a feast with family and friends. If the weather is good, everyone then proceeds to the nearest bonfire venue to continue the celebrations.

Second Friday in October: Kulturnatten (local event)

For this event, cultural institutions, arts venues, houses of worship and architectural treasures in Copenhagen open their doors to the public from 6 p.m. until midnight for exhibitions and guided tours. A single ticket provides admission to more than 300 museums, libraries, educational establishments, theatres, musical venues and churches in the Danish capital.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a temperate oceanic climate. Summers are mild and relatively dry and winters are cold, but without extreme temperatures in either season.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -2/28 2/36 46/1.8 Not the best period to go
February -2/28 2/36 30/1.2 Not the best period to go
March -1/30 5/41 39/1.5 Not the best period to go
April 2/36 10/50 39/1.5 Not the best period to go
May 7/45 15/59 42/1.7 Not the best period to go
June 11/52 19/66 52/2.0 Good period to go Good period to go
July 13/55 20/68 68/2.7 Good period to go Good period to go
August 12/54 20/68 64/2.5 Good period to go Good period to go
September 10/50 16/61 60/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
October 7/45 12/54 56/2.2 Not the best period to go
November 3/37 7/45 61/2.4 Not the best period to go
December -1/30 4/39 55/2.2 Not the best period to go
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Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen Airport is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) south-east of the city centre, on the island of Amager.

  • Three terminals:
    • Terminal 1
    • Terminal 2 (Air France)
    • Terminal 3

Getting from the airport to Copenhagen and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via the E20.
    • Three categories of parking facilities are offered at the airport:
      • Budget: outdoor lots located 7–10 minutes from the terminals (via free shuttle bus) for stays of at least 5 days (from DKK 360 per week)
      • Standard: both parking lots and garages within walking distance of the terminals (5–7 minutes on foot) and rates ranging from DKK 45 for 1 hour to DKK 265 for 1 day
      • Direct: the parking garages closest to Terminals 2 and 3 (3–5 minutes on foot), with rates ranging from DKK 45 for 1 hour to DKK 355 for 1 day
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall at Terminal 3.
  • By underground
    • Line M2 of the Copenhagen Metro connects Terminal 3 (Lufthavnen station at the north end of the terminal) with the city centre. Trains run every 4–6 minutes during the day, with a travel time of about 15 minutes to Nørreport station. The fare is DKK 36 each way.
  • By bus
    • Bus 5A, which links the airport to Copenhagen Central Station, City Hall Square, Nørreport and other destinations in the city centre, runs every 10 minutes during the day and less often at night. The trip to Central Station takes about 30 minutes and the fare is DKK 36 each way.
  • By train
    • Danske Statsbaner (DSB) operates trains linking the airport with Copenhagen Central Station in about 13 minutes. Trains run every 10 minutes during the day and every 20–60 minutes at night. The fare is DKK 36 each way.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside Terminal 3. The fare to central Copenhagen is approximately DKK 250.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +45 32 31 32 31
  • Website: https://www.cph.dk

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GETTING AROUND Copenhagen

Copenhagen is an easy city to get around. Its public transport options are all convenient, efficient and very reliable. In addition, Metro and bus fares are integrated: a two-zone ticket (covering all of central Copenhagen) costs DKK 24 and may be used on both Metro lines and all of the buses.

By rail

The Copenhagen Metro consists of two lines serving a total of 22 stations. Single tickets (DKK 24 for two zones) remain valid for 60 minutes from first use, with unlimited transfers during this period. Two children aged 12 or less can travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult. City Passes are also available, offering unlimited use of the Metro and buses across four zones (thus including the airport) for 24 hours (DKK 80) and 72 hours (DKK 200). Two children aged 12 or less can also travel free of charge with a City Pass holder.

By bus

Copenhagen's bus network offers extensive coverage of the city. Buses run at frequent intervals and serve all city districts. From 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., night buses (which all have a letter “N” before their numbers) run on the main routes. The single integrated ticket (DKK 24) is valid for both night and regular buses.

By harbour bus

Copenhagen's blue-and-yellow harbour buses are a convient mode of transport and a pleasant way to discover some of the city's most celebrated sights: the Little Mermaid, the Nyhavn canal, the Chistianshavn district and the Royal Opera House. The integrated two-zone ticket used on the Metro and buses and priced at DKK 24 is also valid for the harbour buses.

By bicycle

Copenhagen is an ideal city to discover by bicycle. Not only is cycling by far the most pleasant way to get around, it is often also the quickest. In fact, Copenhagen, with its flat terrain and well-designed system of cycling paths, is perhaps the most bicycle-friendly city in the world! Rental rates for bikes start at about DKK 75 per day.

Vélos

N'hésitez pas à découvrir Copenhague à vélo. C'est certainement la meilleure façon pour explorer la ville et souvent la plus rapide ! Copenhague est en effet une ville pensée pour les cyclistes. Vous trouverez des pistes cyclables dans presque toutes les rues. Il est possible de louer un vélo à partir de 75 DKK la journée.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Copenhagen, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Copenhagen Visitor Service

Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Further information available online for visitors to Denmark

The official website developed and maintained by VisitDenmark, the Danish tourist office, provides a wealth of information on Copenhagen.

Website: http://www.visitdenmark.com

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Denmark is the danish krone (K).

1 € = 7,44 k

1 k = 0,13 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Denmark.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Eau

L'eau du robinet est potable à Copenhague.

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Administrative formalities

For a stay of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Denmark.

As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Denmark for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.

To find out whether you will need to obtain a visa for your stay, visit the website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
http://um.dk/en/travel-and-residence/short-stay-visas/

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Danish phrases that will make your stay in Copenhagen a little easier:

Good morning: Godmorgen

Good afternoon: Goddag

Good evening / Good night: Godaften

Good-bye: Farvel

Yes: Ja

No: Nej

No, thank you: Nej tak

Thank you very much: Mange tak

I don't understand: Jeg forstår ikke

Could you repeat that: Vil du gentage det?

Please: Værså venlig

What time is it: Hvad er klokken?

Excuse me: Undskyld

Airport: Lufthavn

Train station: Station

Taxi: Taxa

Hotel: Hotel

Hospital: Hospital

Bank: Bank

Telephone: Telefon

I'm (…): Jeg er (…).

I'm looking for (…): Jeg søger efter (…).

How much does it cost: Hvad koster det?

Do you have (…): Har du (…)?

Where can I find (…): Hvor kan jeg finde (…)?

Where can I buy (…): Hvor kan jeg købe (…)?

I'd like (…): Jeg ville gerne (…).

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Good to know

00 45
+ phone number (calls to Copenhagen)
0 : 00
of time difference with
Hamburg
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

And what about tipping?
In Copenhagen as in the rest of Denmark, all restaurant, hotel and taxi bills include a service charge. It is therefore unnecessary (but always appreciated) to leave any additional gratuity. However, if you are especially pleased with the service, it is customary to tip as much as 10 percent of the bill.