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Copenhagen is the perfect place for those wanting to plan a short break or a longer stay.

This area of Hovedstaden boasts a population of roughly 1,200,000 people.

Well-known attractions like Tivoli Gardens and Stroeget are just one part of what makes this destination such a popular place to visit.

If you're visiting with the whole family, take the time to explore the area's terrific child-friendly attractions. Let the kids loose at Bakken, Tivoli Concert Hall and Vesterbro Pool.

The Blue Planet Aquarium can teach your family about the importance of marine protection.

Take snapshots, admire the exhibits and learn all about a range of animal habitats at the Copenhagen Zoo. If you're short on time, collect a map so you don't miss out on any of the zoo's many highlights.

Spend an afternoon learning all about the fine art of brewing at one of the area's breweries. Both the Tuborg Brewery and the Carlsberg Brewery Visitors Centre make for a very refreshing day of sightseeing.

Conservationists can get their botanical fix at the Botanical Garden and the Palm House.

When it's time for a break, grab a bite to eat and find a shady corner at one of the pleasant urban parks, such as the Frederiksberg Garden or Faelledparken. Orstredsparken and the Rosenborg Castle Gardens are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy day and finally read that neglected book of yours.

If the sun is shining, the shimmering, mirror-like surface of Selsmose Lake is a beautiful sight.

Treat yourself to a pleasant afternoon at Bellevue Beach or Amager Beach Park. Listen to the seabirds squawking overhead, breathe in the cool ocean air and take a stroll along the water's edge. You'll be feeling like new in no time.

Nature enthusiasts often head to Deer Park and Charlottenlund Forest when they want to find some tranquility.

Schedule a visit to some of the favored cultural spaces in the area. Meander through the hallways as you check out the displays at the Guinness World Records Museum and the Danish Jewish Museum. Equally rewarding are theater Museum and the Workers Museum.

Discover an excellent range of artifacts and other gadgets at the Experimentarium and Tycho Brahe Planetarium, a couple of highly regarded science museums.

The samples of specimens and curiosities at the Natural History Museum of Denmark give a fascinating glimpse into a strangely unfamiliar world.

An oasis for art lovers, this area boasts an impressive range of spaces in which amateur and professional artists can showcase their wares. Revel in the creative atmosphere at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and the Thorvaldsens Museum. The Danish National Gallery and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art are also worth a browse if you can squeeze them in.

Take in the fascinating artifacts of the National Museum of Denmark or take in the exhibits at the City Museum. Both are great options for amateur and serious historians.

Wander back through this region's past with a visit to the Little Mermaid or Christiansborg Palace, just a couple of the historical sites here. More tales from the days of yore await at Round Tower and the Caritas.

The historic fortifications at Kastellet are well worth exploring if you have a fascination for Copenhagen's past conflicts.

When it came to building Amalienborg Palace and Charlottenborg Palace, you'll see that money must not have been an issue. You might also like to stroll through the leafy gardens and hear some stories at Frederiksberg Palace and Sorgenfri Palace.

Step back into the past and get a glimpse of how hard life was years ago in a historic medieval castle. Those stories created between the walls of Rosenborg Castle and Ruins Under Christiansborg Castle can still be experienced today.

The spiritual side of the region is on display at Church of Our Saviour and Frederik's Church. If you'd be interested to explore a couple more religious sites, check for guided tours at St. Peter's Church and Church of Our Lady.

Before you pack up your bags and head off home, ensure you visit some of the lesser-known attractions here. A couple of worthwhile places to start off with are the Danish Film Institute and the Danish Royal Library. If you have the time, also visit the Royal Stables or the Nikolaj Kirke.

Guide to Exploring Copenhagen

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Urban House Copenhagen by MEININGER

Urban House Copenhagen by MEININGER

Colbjørnsensgade 11, Copenhagen
of 5, from 2,380 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Copenhagen, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Oksnehallen, Tivoli Gardens, and City Hall Square. Stroeget and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek are also within 15 minutes.

The Square

The Square

Rådhuspladsen 14, Copenhagen
of 5, from 4,338 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Rådhuspladsen from which it takes its name, The Square, Copenhagen is right in the city center. Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen Central Station are only 5 minutes away, while the colorful canalside bars of Nyhavn are a 20-minute walk along Strøget, the city's main pedestrian street.

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport

Ellehammersvej 20, Kastrup
of 5, from 5,796 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport is connected to Copenhagen airport via a covered walkway, a 12-minute train journey from the city centre.

Tivoli Hotel

Tivoli Hotel

Arni Magnussons Gade 2, Copenhagen
of 5, from 4,730 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Tivoli Hotel is conveniently located a 10-minute walk from bustling Central Station, and 5 minutes on foot from Dybbølsbro Station. Major sights are within walking distance of the hotel, including Tivoli Gardens theme park, 15 minutes away. It's 20 minutes to the pedestrian shopping mecca, Strøget.

Skt. Petri

Skt. Petri

Krystalgade 22, Copenhagen
of 5, from 1,387 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this luxury hotel is steps from University of Copenhagen, St. Peter's Church, and Church of Our Lady. Stroeget and Torvehallerne are also within 10 minutes.

Copenhagen Island Hotel

Copenhagen Island Hotel

Kalvebod Brygge 53, Copenhagen
of 5, from 4,327 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Copenhagen Island Hotel sits right on the harbor within easy reach of the city center. Nearby Dybbølsbro Station is 1 stop from Copenhagen Central, and City Hall Square is a 25-minute walk. Fisketorvet, one of the city's largest shopping, entertainment, and dining complexes, is next door.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Toldbodgade 24-28, Copenhagen
of 5, from 4,046 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is housed in a converted warehouse, dating from 1787, in the heart of Copenhagen on the harbour waterfront where old schooners and yachts moor, with the Queen's palace, Amalienborg, a close neighbor.

Scandic Palace Hotel

Scandic Palace Hotel

Rådhuspladsen 57, Copenhagen
of 5, from 1,813 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this hotel is steps from Copenhagen City Hall and City Hall Square. Stroeget and Tivoli Gardens are also within 5 minutes.

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