My wife and I are planning to visit our daughter in Copenhagen while she is studying abroad at the Danish Institute of Study. We want to get an apartment for about a week and were wondering if there were particular neighborhoods to look into or avoid? We won't have a vehicle and plan to use public transportation. We figured staying nearer to the center of the city would be best? Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.
OK, nobody who knows Copenhagen better than I has answered yet, so I'll give it a shot.
I would say, at a minimum, you probably don't want to be in the vicinity of the main rail station around Tivoli and the Rådhuspladsen. This looked like a fairly hectic area... you probably would have trouble getting some sleep.
I stayed in the Nørreport section, which looked like a fairly quiet residential area. You're pretty close to Rosenborg Slot from here.
Indre Østerbro and Indre Nørderbro also looked like pleasent areas.
Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities I've ever seen, so you may want to look into renting bikes for the week. The city maintains a bike-share fleet, but I found most of these to be unusable.
Thanks for the advice. We were looking in the Indre By area, close to where our daughter will be at school. Is that area any better or worse than what you suggested?
Is it stating the obvious to suggest that you ask your daughter (and her classmates) about the best area, perhaps even the best hotel/apartment, to stay?
I appreciate that. My daughter thinks she will be staying in the outlying suburbs with host family so we were looking to be centrally located.
Indre By encompasses the entire center of town, including the aforementioned Nørreport neighborhood. I would think this is where you would probably find the majority of good hotels in the city. As mentioned before, you probably want to avoid the area immediately around Tivoli. Look a little further to the east and north, moving towards Øresund.
I personally like the area around Nyhavn the best. It's at the north end of the Stroget, so very convenient to walk to any of the downtown sights - plus it's a cleaner, quieter area than around the train station. It's easy to get to from the Airport. A metro takes you to Kongens Nytorv (adjacent to Nyhavn) faster than a train takes you downtown, 15 minutes max. Trains and the Metro serve this area well, so you can really get anywhere from here, either around town or daytrips out of town.
Anything walking distance from Nyhavn/Kongens Nytorv (either north past Amelienborg palace or west toward Rosenborg slot) would be really nice.
We totally enjoyed our five night stay at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, across the street from Tivoli. It is a adjacent to the railroad station. We were on a high floor, overlooking Tivoli. It was totally quiet. We were able to watch the comings and goings at Tivoli. Every night we could watch the fireworks show at Tivoli. We enjoyed eating in their café. It was kind of expensive, but very good. We ate breakfast there. We could see all the people on the streets in the mornings. It is amazing how many strollers and bicycles go by there. It was fun to look out two windows and see so much commotion. Our room was lovely and we couldn't hear any noise. We could walk back and forth to the train station or into the main area of Copenhagen.