Started working on the write-up for Denmark. This is all based on the 48-hour stay I had in Copenhagen so, by no means, I'm an expert.
Here's the first part, which I sent to one of the fellow OG sufuers who is leaving for Copenhagen tomorrow.
Traveling to Denmark:
If you are traveling from an area outside of Europe, you will most likely have to fly into Europe first and then get on a connecting flight. Use rome2rio and momondo to map out the most efficient and least expensive route.
With that said, I don’t recommend using a super-cheap budget airline. These companies have strict baggage restrictions and don’t allow you to transport the massive amount of stuff you are about to or have acquired in the EU. I personally used air berlin to travel from Berlin, TXL. The flight was approx. 60 or 70 USD round trip, which was slightly higher than the price of a super low budget airline. The seat pitch was actually more than I’m used on American companies and the service was really great. No complaints whatsoever.
Take the subway from the airport into town. The surface rail doesn’t run as frequently and is kind of a pain.
Transportation is very convenient and easy. Just make sure you pick up an all you can ride train pass from an airport vending machine.
VAT: Make sure you show up to the airport early on your way out to get the tax-free forms stamped by the Danish customs. You won’t get refunds otherwise.
Cash: ATMs are everywhere. My American ATM cards worked without issues. As far as having an IC-chip CC goes, I was able to get away with swiping magnetic at most stores.
Fast and reliable wifi: One of the few places in the city that had reliable, fast free wifi was at the University’s library lobby. Anyone can enter. It’s a good place to relax to upload /curate your life on social media if you are into that sort of thing.
When to go: Just avoid summer. Go in March or April if you can. Great time to go.
Food: Pretty expensive. If you are gonna go, you might as well go to Noma. Just make sure you book months in advance.
Coffee: there are some notable roasters and shops in Copenhagen. Koppi puts out solid beans and suggest that you buy some b/c you can’t find outside of the EU.
Places to stay:
Hotels in Copenhagen are ridiculously expensive. Two things I suggest: Book an intra-EU flight on expedia and use the special combo deal to book a hotel. You usually get up to 50% off and you don’t have to book the hotel at the same time. I think you get a 10 day grace period. Airbnb is the option I’d recommend. Make sure you have a GSM phone with a good SIM card that you know will work in Denmark. If you have to play phone tags, it’ll be a problem. I suggest Vodafone Ireland roaming SIMs.
Areas to stay: I personally would NOT stay near the central station. That’s sort of where all the big hotels are. I stayed near the Rosenborg Castle Garden and enjoyed it. The area near the University and norreport station is convenient (for me at least). Lots of places to eat at and see.
What to buy in Copenhagen:
I seriously wish I had known this before traveling but Scandinavian designer items are VERY affordable. For example, a Norse Projects t-shirt is something like 29 to 30 USD even before the VAT refund. Made in UK new balances were really cheap too. Other great deals to be had: Acne, B&O, AI AI AI, Hay, and others. Will explain this in further detail.