This Scandinavian city is hip, hospitable and historically rich. Pick up your hire car at Copenhagen airport and see for yourself.
"Our chic boutiques, gourmet food scene and buzzing nightlife combine to make Copenhagen one of the most happening cities, not just in Europe, but on the face of the planet."
While the Danish capital is at the forefront of cutting-edge fashion and boasts enough uber trendy nightspots to rival any European city, don't forget to visit Copenhagen's historic spire-encompassed squares or take a trip down its winding canals.
Copenhagen has a buzzing bohemian cafe culture, so there's plenty of chic coffee shops in which to pull up a designer chair and enjoy a cappuccino.
From the locals' immaculately tasteful dress sense to their designer litter bins, style means everything to these fashionable Danes.
Copenhagen is a winter wonderland between December and March, when most of the annual snowfall occurs. In summer, the pleasant weather provides the perfect opportunity to visit one of the city's spectacular beaches.
Danish food manufacturer Tulip produces around 50 million sausages every year, making the hot dog Copenhagen's number-one fast food snack. Speaking of piggy products, the country is also famed for its bacon.
Former model, Hollywood actress, ex-wife of Sylvester Stallone and one-time Celebrity Big Brother contestant Brigitte Nielsen was born in one of the city's suburbs.
The Danes love a bottle of beer. So much so that there's a 26-metre observatory tower built in the shape of a bottle of Tuborg in Copenhagen's Hellerup district.
"I did not know a living soul anywhere in the big city; with a small bundle of clothes I walked in through the West Gate... acquired a small room after handing over my passport, and now - it seemed to me - I had reached the goal of my desires." - Hans Christian Andersen on arriving in Copenhagen
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Take a tour around the fascinating old brewery and visitors' centre, and marvel at the stunning grounds and buildings of this Copenhagen institution.
It is free to park on Gamle Carlsberg Vej; the visitor entrance to the brewery is at number 11.
The winter home of the Danish royal family, these four splendid palaces in Copenhagen's city centre boast classical facades and rococo interiors. Even when the family are in residence, you can look around some of the regal chambers and see how the other half live.
There is a car park on Toldbodgade, which runs alongside the waterfront.
Tivoli has something for everyone. Depending on the time of year you can take a peaceful stroll around its spectacular floral gardens, check out one of the many summer concerts or enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled ride at its hair-raising fairground.
Tivoli has an on-site car park.
If you want to experience a rich slice of Danish cultural pie, visit this intriguing museum in the centre of the city.
Metered street parking is available in the city centre and the inner bridge areas (known as Indre Brokvarterer) from 8am-5pm Monday to Saturday.
If walls could speak, Copenhagen's 15th-century castle would tell the tale of 300 years worth of royal goings-on. Take a tour and check out the lavish regal artefacts, including the sparkling crown jewels.
There is a multi-storey car park on nearby Oster Farimagsgade, which costs from £1
The ancient city of Roskilde houses a 12th-century cathedral and the amazingly well-preserved remains of five Viking long ships. In summer, rock fans flock to Roskilde for the city's annual music festival.
Roughly 30 minutes from Copenhagen, follow Route 21 west and take exit 10 for Roskilde.
On an island in the middle of a lake in Hillerod is the breathtakingly ornate Frederiksborg Castle comprising, alongside its architectural treasures, a permanent collection of historic paintings and a baroque garden.
Take Routes 16 and 6 (following signs to Hillerod), turn right at Route 233 and continue along Roskildevej. The castle is 27-miles north of Copenhagen.
Kronborg is best known as the setting for Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet. The tragedy has been performed at the castle a number of times over the years, but if you're not lucky enough to catch a production of the play, you can still enjoy a stroll around the Renaissance fortress.
Just 30 miles from the capital, follow Route 19 north and merge with the E47/E55. Turn left onto Route 1 at Traekbanen and continue onto Kronborgvej.
If it's peace and tranquility you're after, head to the wide, open spaces of the Thy National Park. The Danish wilderness apparently experiences more sunlight hours than anywhere else in the country and is home to some of the cleanest lakes you're ever likely to see.
Situated on the west coast of Jutland, the park is around a four-hour drive from Copenhagen. Take the E20, merging with Route 18 towards Herning. Route 11 leads to the southern end of the park.
" Like most of Europe, here you drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. Parking in the city gets more expensive the closer you get to the centre. There are three different zones each with a different tariff - don't worry about carrying coins with you, parking meters all accept credit cards! Lots of people in Copenhagen cycle around the city, so be careful - be sure to check your mirrors and indicate if you are about to turn. Also, don't be surprised to see people driving with their headlights on all the time - because it gets dark so early in winter it is a regulation. "