An Insider's Guide to Copenhagen - United Hub

An insider's guide to Copenhagen

By The Hub team

Regularly ranking high on the list of the greatest places on Earth to live, visit Copenhagen and you'll quickly appreciate why. Historic, hip and contagiously happy, it's large enough to boast all the attractions of a big city, but small enough to navigate on foot and squeeze into a long weekend. If you find yourself here for a few days, here's an insider's guide to the city.

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When to go

The city's busiest months come during the summer run of June through August, when the climate is at its warmest and the city is in full bloom. Temperatures reach their height in July, averaging 68°F. If you don't mind trading a few degrees, May, early June and September are slightly quieter options and have more affordable deals.

Where to stay

For its location, The Square checks off every box, overlooking City Hall and as central as they come. One of the city's most historic hotels is D'Angleterre, a landmark building whose luxury appeals to passing royalty and rock stars. At the other end of the spectrum, Wakeup Copenhagen offers a great budget option with its small but sleek rooms. But for Copenhagen's kookiest stay, book the intimate, one-room hotel at THEKRANE – it's located in a former coal crane, overlooking the old industrial harbor of Nordhavn.

What to see, do and experience

Get your bearings on the city early by heading for the Round Tower. Europe's oldest functioning astronomy observatory stands 36 meters high and looks down on Copenhagen's cobbled streets. If you want more altitude, head for the tower at Christiansborg Palace (the Danish Parliament), which climbs 106 meters into the sky.

The city's history stretches back more than 1,000 years and is visible wherever you roam. Christiansborg Castle is also home to the ruins of Copenhagen Castle, located under the Palace, while Amalienborg Palace was constructed in the 1700s and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Danish Rococo architecture. It also happens to be home to the Danish royal family, and while you may not catch sight of Queen Margrethe II, arrive at noon to see the changing of the Royal Guard.


The National Museum is the standout in a city full of museums and home to, among so much else, an astonishing array of Viking artifacts. If you have time for more, head to Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, whose displays of ancient and modern art are contained in a building every bit as impressive.

The city's most iconic landmark stands on a rock by the waterside at the Langeline promenade, northeast of City Hall. Bronze and granite, and welcoming visitors to Copenhagen harbor for more than a century, The Little Mermaid was inspired by the fairytale of the city's most celebrated storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen. Be aware she's usually surrounded by tourists and mobile phones.


Just south of the statue, you'll discover the old harbor at Nyhavn. Packed full of colorfully renovated townhouses dating back to the 17th century, it's also home to a growing number of chic cafés, sophisticated restaurants and popular with tourists and locals alike.

Right in the heart of the city, just moments from City Hall Square, stands another iconic Copenhagen landmark, Tivoli Gardens. To describe the gardens as an amusement park is to miss the mark, for while it boasts rides and fairground stalls said to have inspired Walt Disney, it's also home to a number of high-end restaurants, historic buildings and lush flower gardens. For the full effect, visit at night when thousands of fairy lights turn the gardens into a twinkly wonderland.

If you want to escape the city center, Copenhagen has two excellent and very different options – head to the beach or visit a cemetery. Amager Beach Park is an artificial island that stretches for two kilometers, drawing crowds day and night and offering views of the mighty Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark with its near neighbor Sweden. Cemetery walking is a quirk of the Danes, who often stroll and relax among the city's dead. One of the most popular spots is Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro, an oasis of calm and the final resting place of Hans Christian Andersen. Other excellent, less macabre gardens are within easy reach, including the King's Garden, Frederiksberg Gardens and the Botanical Garden.


Where to eat

As home to one of the world's most decorated restaurant scenes, Copenhagen is a culinary powerhouse. If you can't get a seat at Noma, you have plenty of excellent alternatives in Gemyse, Amass and the three Michelin-starred Geranium, to merely scratch the city's culinary surface. For more worldly fare, Sanchez and Bæst offer some of the best Mexican and pizza in this or any city respectively.

Don't head home without having sampled the classic Danish staple of Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches). It's done well all across the city, but particularly at Restaurant Kronborg, Fru Nimb and throughout the epic food market at Torvehallerne. And make sure to seek out La Glace, a Copenhagen institution sating your sweet tooth since 1870.

The basics

Getting there

United Airlines' partners fly to Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH). Visit united.com or use the convenient United app to book your flight. Copenhagen Kastrup Airport lies just eight kilometers outside of the city center, so you can be in the heart of the city within 15 minutes by taking the train or metro.

Getting around

Flat, compact and with a very walkable core, Copenhagen is very easily navigated on foot. Most points of interest mentioned below are within walking distance of the very central City Hall Square and the Central Station.

To save your feet, buy a Copenhagen Card and you'll have unlimited use of public transport, including from the airport. The card also gives you free entrance to 86 museums and attractions, which includes the city's sightseeing boats that traverse the canals. Also, be aware that Copenhagen boasts one of the world's best cycle systems, with more bikes than inhabitants and 375 kilometers of cycle tracks. Most hotels and hostels provide bikes for its guests to use.

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Beach or mountains? Take your pick with our newly announced routes to the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains and the Caribbean

By Matt Adams , November 21, 2019

We will continue building out our already expansive route network next year, adding flights to some attractive leisure destinations in the United States and the Caribbean.

Our hometown hub, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, will be the beneficiary of three of those new routes, which include Santa Barbara, California; Pasco, Washington; and Vail, Colorado. Rounding it out, United will add service from Denver to Nassau, Bahamas, and from Houston to Spokane, Washington. Tickets for all of these destinations are on sale now.

Colorful houses in Nassau

The Denver-Nassau route will begin on March 7, 2020, followed by Chicago-Santa Barbara, Chicago-Pasco, Chicago-Vail and Houston-Spokane on June 4. When that time comes, United will be the only airline offering nonstop service between Denver and Nassau and Chicago and Pasco.

All of these routes will open up a world of connection possibilities for customers living in each market. They'll also be scheduled to give flyers optimal arrival and departure time options. For instance, a passenger going from Chicago to Santa Barbara will have a flight option that departs O'Hare at 7:45 p.m. local time, arriving at Santa Barbara Airport at 10:30 p.m. That's ideal for business travelers.

"We want to offer customers the very best schedule, the best network and the most flight options in the industry," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft will serve the Denver-Nassau route. Passengers going from Chicago to Santa Barbara and from Chicago to Vail will fly on the 737-700. United's 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft, equipped with United First, Economy Plus and United Economy class seats, will operate on the Chicago-Pasco and Houston-Spokane routes.

You'll find flight times and additional details in the grid below. For more information and to book your tickets, visit united.com or download the United mobile app.

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

Duration

Chicago (ORD)

7:45 p.m.

Santa Barbara (SBA)

10:30 p.m.

Daily

Year-round

SBA

11:20 p.m.

ORD

5:20 a.m.

Daily

Year-round

ORD

8:00 p.m.

Pasco (PSC)

10:24 p.m.

Daily

Year-round

PSC

11:38 p.m.

ORD

5:20 a.m.

Daily

Year-round

ORD

4:00 p.m.

Vail/Eagle (EGE)

5:54 p.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through September 6, 2020)

EGE

9:00 a.m.


ORD

12:45 p.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through September 7, 2020)

Denver (DEN)

9:56 a.m.

Nassau (NAS)

4:00 p.m.

Once a week on Saturdays

Year-round

(with a break from mid-August through late-October)

NAS

11:37 a.m.

DEN

2:43 p.m.

Once a week on Saturdays

Year-round

(with a break from mid-August through late-October)

Houston (IAH)

9:32 p.m.

Spokane (GEG)

11:32 p.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through August 17, 2020)

GEG

11:55 p.m.

IAH

6:17 a.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through August 17, 2020)

Reflecting on Veterans Day: a message from our CEO Oscar Munoz

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , November 11, 2019

Right now, around the world, brave members of America's armed forces are on duty, defending our freedom and upholding our values.

When not laser-focused on the mission at hand, they're looking forward to the day when their service to our nation is fulfilled and they can reunite with their families.

They are also imagining how they can use their hard-earned skills to build an exciting, rewarding and important career when they return home.

I want them to look no further than United Airlines.

That's why we are focused on recruiting, developing and championing veterans across our company, demonstrating to our returning women and men in uniform that United is the best possible place for them to put their training, knowledge, discipline and character to the noblest use.

They've developed their knowledge and skills in some of the worst of times. We hope they will use those skills to keep United performing at our best, all of the time.

That's why we are accelerating our efforts to onboard the best and the brightest, and substantially increasing our overall recruitment numbers each year.

We recently launched a new sponsorship program to support onboarding veterans into United and a new care package program to support deployed employees. It's one more reason why United continues to rank high - and rise higher - as a top workplace for veterans. In fact, we jumped 21 spots this year on Indeed.com's list of the top U.S workplaces for veterans. This is a testament to our increased recruiting efforts, as well as our efforts to create a culture where veterans feel valued and supported.

We use the special reach and resources of our global operations to partner with outstanding organizations. This is our way of stepping up and going the extra mile for all those who've stepped forward to answer our nation's call.

We do this year-round, and the month of November is no exception; however, it is exceptional, especially as we mark Veterans Day.

As we pay tribute to all Americans who have served in uniform and carried our flag into battle throughout our history, let's also keep our thoughts with the women and men who are serving around the world, now. They belong to a generation of post-9/11 veterans who've taken part in the longest sustained period of conflict in our history.

Never has so much been asked by so many of so few.... for so long. These heroes represent every color and creed. They are drawn from across the country and many immigrated to our shores.

They then freely choose to serve in the most distant and dangerous regions of the world, to protect democracy in its moments of maximum danger.

Wherever they serve - however they serve - whether they put on a uniform each day, or serve in ways which may never be fully known, these Americans wake up each morning willing to offer the "last full measure of devotion" on our behalf.

Every time they do so, they provide a stunning rebuke to the kinds of voices around the world who doubt freedom and democracy's ability to defend itself.

Unfortunately, we know there are those who seem to not understand – or say they do not - what it is that inspires a free people to step forward, willing to lay down their lives so that their country and fellow citizens might live.

But, we – who are both the wards and stewards of the democracy which has been preserved and handed down to us by veterans throughout our history – do understand.

We know that inciting fear and hatred of others is a source of weakness, not strength. And such divisive rhetoric can never inspire solidarity or sacrifice like love for others and love of country can.

It is this quality of devotion that we most honor in our veterans - those who have served, do serve and will serve.

On behalf of a grateful family of 96,000, thank you for your service.

Humbly,

Oscar

United named a top workplace for veterans

By The Hub team , November 10, 2019

Each year around Veterans Day, Indeed, one of the world's largest job search engines, rates companies based on actual employee reviews to identify which ones offer the best opportunities and benefits for current and former U.S. military members. Our dramatic improvement in the rankings this year reflects a stronger commitment than ever before to actively recruiting, developing and nurturing veteran talent.

"We've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months looking for ways to better connect with our employees who served and attract new employees from the military ranks," said Global Catering Operations and Logistics Managing Director Ryan Melby, a U.S. Army veteran and the president of our United for Veterans business resource group.

"Our group is launching a mentorship program, for instance, where we'll assign existing employee-veterans to work with new hires who come to us from the armed forces. Having a friend and an ally like that, someone who can help you translate the skills you picked up in the military to what we do as a civilian company, is invaluable. That initiative is still in its infancy, but I'm really optimistic about what it can do for United and for our veteran population here."

Impressively, we were the only one of our industry peers to move up on the list, further evidence that we're on a good track as a company.

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