Copenhagen Basic Information
You known those lip-smackingly delicious pastries we call Danishes? Well, in Denmark these delicacies are called wienerbrød meaning ‘Viennese bread’ after the Austrians who brought the Danish pastries to Denmark. For more essential info before you book your trip to Copenhagen, here’s our tips.
As Denmark is one of the Schengen Convention countries, Australian passport holders going to Denmark on holiday for less than a total of 90 days within a 180-day period do not need a visa to enter the country. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Denmark.
The currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Danish Krone fluctuates constantly so it’s a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.
For the past few years, Copenhagen has been making a name for itself in gastronomic circles as a culinary hotspot with several Michelin-starred establishments and inventive New Nordic kitchen cuisine. The most famous of these award-winning restaurants is Noma (ranked best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012) with its hyper-local organic dishes combining the woods and the sea and reinvigorating Nordic cuisine in the process. Others to jot down on your must-try list include Pony, Relæ, Restaurant Bror and Manfreds og Vin. Seafood and sushi are other local faves. For food-on-the-go, try Middle-Eastern shawarma stands or head to a bakery for smørrebrød – open-faced sarnies on rye bread. Make sure you try a Danish-style hotdog at a Copenhagen pølsevogn (sausage wagon) - a quintessential local experience, or a typical Danish layered cake for the sweet tooths.
Copenhagen boasts a vibrant after-hours scene with peak patronage from Thursdays to Saturdays. Locals tend to party at home or at bars before heading out to the clubs around midnight. Bright young things and street-style subjects flock to Vesterbro, Copenhagen’s red light district south of Indre By (the city centre), which includes Kødbyen, a former meatpacking district. With cool bars, flash clubs, old-school pubs (bodegas) and down-and-dirty warehouse raves, this is the centre of Copenhagen nightlife that’s a world away from the touristy Nyhavn spots. While Denmark is also famous for its brews, especially Tuborg and Carlsberg pilsners, cocktail bars are also popular haunts - head to Gammel Strand or Østerbro for atmospheric venues and tasty tipples. With a large gay scene, heaps of LGBT bars and clubs are within walking distance of each other in the city centre.