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Floating hotels, boutique townhouses, hipster hostels and a former sailor’s retreat, plus a stay that accepts ‘art money’. There’s nowhere quite like the Danish capital for visitors to check-in and hang out. Words: James Clasper


View over Amagertorv at Strøget, the main pedestrian shopping street in Copenhagen

Style guides deem it the world’s most liveable city, but the Danish capital has plenty to please travellers, too. Copenhagen manages to combine Danish design, new Nordic cuisine and award-winning architecture seamlessly with greenways and cycle paths that lead to harbour swims and cream-coloured beaches.

Its playgrounds and legendary fairground attractions at Tivoli Gardens make this one of Scandinavia’s most family-friendly destinations.

But, it isn’t cheap, especially for travellers navigating with sterling. Luckily, the city has hotels for every budget, many of which provide a great base for sightseeing. Far smaller than neighbouring Oslo or Stockholm, Copenhagen’s chief attractions are clustered around the higgledy-piggledy city centre (Indre By) and pretty harbour, but don’t miss the canals and cobblestones of historic Christianshavn. For buzzy bars, shops and restaurants, head to Vesterbro and Nørrebro, the city’s hippest quarters; not forgetting Frederiksberg, with its green spaces and grand old buildings. Cycling is usually the quickest way to get around town and, thanks to miles of segregated bike lanes, is very safe. And, when that takes its toll, you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep bedding down at any of these carefully curated hotels.

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Walk this way: Lofty passes through volcanic lunar landscapes; ancient pilgrim pathways strewn with churches and ruins; sumptuous forested trails opening out onto vineyards. a rambler’s reward is culture, ambience and wild scenery on the walking routes through Italy, France and Spain