Visit the Little Mermaid
Copenhagen’s biggest – and smallest – icon, the Little Mermaid
is a diminutive statue sitting at the end of the Langelinie promenade. Commissioned in 1909 by the founder of the Carlsberg brewery, J. C Jacobsen, and unveiled in 1913, the poor little soul has been subjected to vicious vandalism over the years, having had her head and limbs chopped off, had paint thrown over her and even been bombed in 2003. It’s free to go and pay her a somewhat more deferential visit.
Picnic in the Kongens Have
Laced by leafy avenues and spread with lush green grass, the Kongens Have is Copenhagen’s oldest and most popular public garden – and makes the perfect spot to hunker down in the shade with a tasty picnic. In the height of summer there are puppet shows and free music concerts to accompany your sandwich.
Jump on a bike
Launched in 1995, Copenhagen was the very first city to offer free bikes to the public. The scheme is still going strong today – and with most of the city centre given over to pedestrians and cyclists, it makes for a pleasant, stress-free ride, whether you come in summer, winter or in between. At one of the 110 bike racks available, pop a 20DKK or €2 coin in the machine, pootle around on your bike, and when you’re finished you’ll get your coin back.
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Hit the beach
With so much sea water around, it’s not surprising that Copenhagen has a clutch of fine-looking beaches: Amager Strand (5km from the centre; take the metro to Amager Strand or Femøren, or bus #12), Bellevue Beach (S-train to Klampenborg Station) and Charlottenlund (bus #14) are long swathes of powder-white sand lapped by invitingly clear, blue water.