Practical City Guide – Copenhagen

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  • Post last modified:December 2, 2022
Find some practical information regarding your stay in Copenhagen.

Welcome to Copenhagen (Denmark).

You won’t find the best restaurants, activities or sightseeing in this guide. Rather, I’ll tell you

  • how to get from the airport to the city center
  • what are the supermarket companies
  • which hostels I stayed into
  • where to find food

In summary, all the “practical” information a classic city guide won’t tell you.


How to Get from Copenhagen Airport to the City Center

It’s very easy since there is a subway station in the airport itself.

When you get out of the luggage zone into the hall, continue straight and slightly on the left until you get to some stairs going up. Take them.

That’s the subway station.

A ticket will cost you roughly €4.5. The ride is less than 20 minutes.


Accommodation

I have stayed at two hostels, likely one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in.

The first one was Next House Copenhagen.

Next House can receive up to 1600 guests, so it’s enormous. You even have a gym.

Obviously this hostel has everything you could expect it to have, and it was one of the fanciest hostels I ever stayed at.

The second is Steel House Copenhagen. Same story, it’s a giant hostel (1100 guests) with lots of amenities, including a swimming pool and gym.

Both are well located, but Steel House is the closest to two big supermarkets.

In the end, Next House looks better and feels comfier too.


Moving Around

You have e-scooters (Bolt, Voi, Lime, Tier) and bikes (Donkey Republic), and of course public transportation.

You can also rent bikes at the hostel.

Since everything is very expensive I’d recommend you just walk (the free-floating bikes from Donkey Republic costs €2.2 for a 15-min ride).

The city is flat anyway.


Food

The main supermarkets are:

  • Irma: by far the fanciest and most expensive.
  • Netto: a little less expensive than Irma but still quite pricey. €14/kg for pork lard, €4.4 for one kg of Greek yogurt.
  • Aldi
  • Rema: discount supermarket, a little cheaper than Netto.
  • Lidl

I was told that kebabs had become the national food of Denmark at this point.

It’s true, you do have a lot of them.


Language

Danish.

Most people speak English though.


Mobile Network and Sim Card

I didn’t have to get a sim card there because I can roam for free with my Belgian sim card.

But if you want to get a sim card, then check out 3 DK or TDC.


Culture and Safety

Danish people aren’t as warm as the Spanish but most definitely warmer than the Latvians or Estonians.

They’re also well-educated, well-dressed, smart, and tall (the average height for a Danish guy is 181cm). I didn’t see many fat people which leads me to think that they eat healthy and exercise.

Copenhagen is a safe city except for the neighborhood of Christiania which is a little less safe. But don’t worry, it’s not like you will get killed like you would in Brussels.

For more technical city guides, head to auresnotes.com.

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