★ VISITING CPH

Here are some of the things I look for myself when I travel, and a list of links that you might find useful when you visit Copenhagen. This page is a work in progress, stay tuned for more. In case you check back once in a while, I have marked recent additions in yellow. (Inspected for expired links and updated as of November 2013, wow, that is a never ending job!)

Airport:
Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup)
Transport by Metro (a 20 min. trip to the centre)
Or you can take the train (see under Transport)

Bicycles:
Bicycles for rent:
Rent a Bike

Bicycle taxi's and rickshaws (sigthseeing and just for getting around):
Parked around the busy places in Copenhagen, but you can also book them in advance.
Copenhagen Rickshaw (in Danish only)
Flying Tigers

Bicycles for free:
During the warmer months you can borrow one of the public bikes on the street, the funny looking ones from the racks (if you can find one that works), but they are heavy to push, and you are not allowed to bring them to the bridge areas. Don't miss the bridge areas.. UPDATE: the city of Copenhagen has decided to retire the free bike system, making October 2012 the last month of service. There are talks about replacing it with a different system, expected to be up and working in fall 2013. Stay tuned for more information on that.

Copenhagen Free Bike Rental (non profit, salvaged bikes restored) NEW

Once you are on the bike:
Copenhagen Bike Tours (GPS guided bike tours) NEW
Cycle Copenhagen (online route planner for bicycles) (and check the nice introduction by Copenhagenize)
Cycle Guide DK (online bicycle guide, including the all important hand-signals)
The rules and fines, don't be the cashcow.. (article in English from Cph Post listing rules/fines) NEW

Bring your bike on the train:
You can bring your bike for free on the train (but not the Metro, that one still takes a special ticket), except on Nørreport Station in the rush hour. And you must place your bike in the bike cars (look for the bike symbol on the doors).

Cash vs. credit:
The currency here is Krone (DKR/Danish Crowns)
Paying with foreign cards often comes with a transaction fee on top, and the smaller shops and restaurants may not accept your brand of plastic. The Danes pay with Dankort, which is really a debit card.

Currency exchange points vs. banks: AS OF DEC. 2012 
I think I have finally found the perfect place to exhange currency in Copenhagen. Tavex charge a low 25 dkr fee (for selling currency, none for buying), compared to the banks (at 35 dkr fee) and exchange points across town (at 45 dkr fee). And they claim their rates are better than the ones you get in the bank. 

Tavex in the city centre: Bernstorffsgade 16, 1577 KBH V (central station), tel 33111510
Opening hours Mon-Sun 9AM to 8PM.

Tavex on Vesterbro, harbourside, Fisketorvet mall, on Kalvebod Brygge 59
Opening hours Mon-Fri 10AM to 8PM, Sat-Sun 10AM to 6PM.

(This is not a paid advertisement, it is just that I have been screwed so often, exchanging currency in Copenhagen, so I am pretty exited about this place).

Avoid the other places on the pedestrian street like the plague, they are basically out to suck you dry, with poor exchange rates, high fees and all kinds of hidden costs. Between the banks and the rest of the exchange points, the banks have slightly better exchange rates (on the day I checked),  but you can not always count on the banks to be open when you need them. The opening hours for banks are Monday through Wednesday plus Friday until 4PM, Thursday until 5PM and weekends closed.

City guides:
Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen 
Anywho (shop guide, fashion bloggers picks) 
CPH Treasures (guide to second hand, thrift and vintage stores in Copenhagen) 
Copenhagen Unlike (int. city guide, Copenhagen version)
DAC / Danish Architecture Centre (architectural guide)
Guide to Copenhagen NEW
In & Out Guide (events)
Kopenhagen (listing all contemporary art shows/openings, in Danish only)
MIMOA (not Danish, but listing interesting architecture in Cph., w. surprises even to locals)
The Market Calendar (in Danish only but it lists all flea markets. Check quick menu under "København")
Weirdwalks (alternative guided tours of different themes. Haven't tried it, but it sounds fun) 
Yelp.dk (recently launched user review site, in Danish but w. some reviews in English too) 

And, if you are in the mood to get to know us better:
Denmark.dk (the official website of Denmark, in English/German/French/Spanish) 

Danish online news in English:
Jyllands Posten (newspaper)
Politiken (newspaper)
The Copenhagen Post (newspaper)

Electricity:
Electrical current: 230V
Check the World Electric Guide, to see what our plugs look like.
For more detailed plug info check What Plug, an ancient but really informative site. (eg. US to DK) NEW

Emergency numbers (only):
Emergency: 112
Police: 114

Food:
(Too big a subject for me to sqeeze in here, but check this Cph foodblogger's recommendations:)
Gastroguide by Trine Lai/Very Good Food

Gay life:
Copenhagen Gay Life (gay city guide)
Copenhagen Pride (gay city guide/parade is only once a year, but there is lots of info) 
Out & About (gay guide)

Internet access:
More and more hotels, bars, cafés and some buses and trains now offer customers free Wi-Fi.
Pay as you go (list by Wikia)

Music venues:
Amager Bio (Amager)
Culture-Box (Centre)
Jazzhouse (Centre)
Huset Magstræde (Centre)
Jazzhus Montmartre (Centre)
Rust (Nørrebro)
Stengade (Nørrebro)
Vega (Vesterbro)

+ The Visit Copenhagen's guide to Cph Nightlife

Just to name a few.

Opening hours:
Attention all shoppers: Sundays closed!

UPDATE: As of October 1 2012, shops are no longer required by law to stay closed on Sundays. It is too early to predict how this will affect the opening hours in the Copenhagen shops, but I will keep you posted. 

For small shops (most shops, really):
Monday-Thursday 10-17.30 (some give you until 18.00)
Friday 10-19.00/20.00
Saturday 10-14 (some stretch it in varying degrees until 17.00)
Sundays closed

Most supermarkets:
Open all week, not all keep the same hours, but close. Mon-Sat 8-21.00 Sun 10-21 (some until 22 all week)

Exceptions:
Every first Sunday of the month, the big department stores and a selection of smaller stores are open until 16. Just like the hours are longer around the holidays.

24-hour businesses:
7-eleven on nearly every corner in Copenhagen. Smaller selection than the supermarkets and more expensive, but better than nothing.

Pharmacies:
Closing hours like regular shops (just don't get sick).
Headache medicine and over the counter stuff can be bought at most supermarkets and newsstands.

24 hour pharmacies:
Sønderbro Apotek (located on Amager/link in Danish)
Steno Apotek (located near the Central Station/link in Danish)

Public holidays:
(link)

Time:
Current local time in Copenhagen (and other current numbers)

Transportation:
Trains DSB
The Copenhagen Metro (with metro map)
Journey Planner (covering all Danish trains, busses and most ferries)
Ticket and travel card information  NEW
The clip card comes in different "sizes", see the prices and how they look, here. NEW

The clip card for the bus, trains and metro is the same, and looks like this:









You can buy it at most newsstands and supermarkets, and on the train stations (where manned). It comes in different colors depending on how many zones you need. For most the light version of 2 zones (blue) will do. If you want to spend more on your fare, you can buy a single ticket on the bus, but for the trains and metro you must buy it at the station, before entering. They are funny like that.

UPDATE: The clip card was supposed to be retired on July 1st 2013, but the replacement system "rejsekortet/the travel card" is not thought through (to say the least), so the sale of clip cards is extended for the second time. New date for last purchase of our beloved clip cards is October 12th 2014. Last day of use January 15th 2015. Ah, we are all so relieved.

The clip card is replaced by an automated system "rejsekortet" (the travel card), where you check in and out (likely forgetting the checking out part, and get penalized). I can't begin to tell you how it works exactly, because I despise public transport in Copenhagen, it is infrequent, impractical and incredibly expensive. Sorry to say. 

NOTE: The train station Nørreport is under major construction for the next couple of years, making it unavailable at times. Nørreport metro station runs on a separate track, and is not affected (end service announcement).

Weather:

Local weather forecast NEW This one is so much better/more accurate than the Danish version
Daylight calendar (in Danish, but you get the picture)