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I’m 18 years old and plan on going to Europe this summer. Is Copenhagen worth going to for someone my age? Is it really that expensive? I need to know because I dont want to go there and get bored and have to spend a whole lot of money that I dont have! THANKS!

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Copenhagen is very expensive – as are most Scandinavian cities. Very good bars and interesting art scene; I don’t think you’ll be bored. Where else do you plan on going?

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I lived in Copenhagen from ’06-‘09 and loved it. It is expensive, generally, but compared to Stockholm or Oslo, in some ways it is cheaper. Beers, at least from supermarkets, are much cheaper, and you have more inexpensive places to eat.

There are several buffets in the main shopping street where you can fill up for ~ 69 Dkk at lunch. This includes tax, and tips are not customary, but rounding up to the next 10 kroner for good service is appreciated. Soda and beer at restaurants is expensive, so do like locals and get tap water instead; you might have a small charge for this, but way cheaper than buying sodas.

YMCA (KFUM in Danish) has a summer hostel in Vesterbro that, last I checked, was the cheapest bed available in the city, about 170 Dkk if I recall. Copenhagen is very walkable, so stay as close to the center as you can afford. If you have a hard time finding a place, then consider Cab Inn hotel or the Hostel at Amager; both are relatively close to metro stations.

Tivoli is in the center of town. Museums are mostly free. I recommend the Danish Resistance Museum near the Maersk offices in Osterbro. The Danish Design museum is also interesting, as is the Workers museum near Norreport and Gothersgade.

Transportation: rent a bike if the weather is good. About 80 Dkk/day. Otherwise, use a “klip kard” which works with all busses, metro, s-train (local, they’re red), and other trains on routes in greater Copenhagen. It’s the easiest way to save money on public transport. A 2 zone clip card is about 140 Dkk for 10 rides; that’s a savings of about 10 Dkk per ride, so it’s a significant discount. Corner shops and convenience stores sell them, as well as train stations and ticket machines.

Drinking age for beer is 16, and 18 for everything else—not that it’s strictly enforced.

Canal boat tour and exploring Christiania on foot are also interesting (to me and my guests).

What specifically are you interested in?

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Thank you guys for your responses! My friend and I are arguing over which countries to do. We need 5 bordering countries so we can get a rail pass that lets us take unlimited trains. So we decided on Czech, Germany, Amsterdam, Paris, and either Copenhagen or Barcelona. I am trying to explain to him that Barcelona is a better place for us to be at 18 years old as it is more affordable and lets be honest, has a better nightlife. Tell me what you guys think I should do please. I am very open minded and if I didn’t list a country that I should be going to then let me know!!!

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I like Barcelona too, but personally, I’d still go for Copenhagen. I think you’ll find nightlife in Cph. quite, uh, lively. Cover and drink charges in Bcn. will probably be cheaper though.

Before you jump into a big rail pass, look at adding cheap bus/flights/individual train tickets to your side-destinations. You can usually get from Berlin to Copenhagen quite cheaply, for example. Flight hops to BCN or GRO from many airports in Europe are usually also quite cheap.

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I don’t think deciding your route based on a railpass is a good idea. Decide where you want to go and then decide which, if any, rail pass is the best way to get around. As Don suggests, do some research on transportation costs before buying a rail pass. A 4 country pass and point to point tickets to/from/in Czech Rep. will probably be cheaper. If you’re doing the typical tourist thing of mostly visiting cities some other combination of less comprehensive rail pass, point to point tickets, and perhaps a bus or cheap flight may be better yet.

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If you are still argueing over which country you want to visit, i would really recommend you Barcelona! It expensive as much as Copenhagen and in my Opinion there are better places to see! ..not to mention the Parties!
When do you exactly start your trip??

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Hello dear.. Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of Zealand and stretches across part of Amager. A number of bridges and tunnels connect the parts of the city together, and the cityscape is characterized by promenades and waterfronts. You like it.. Go there…

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