The Venue - Copenhagen

For this first time since the inaugural European Microscopy Congress in 1956, emc is returning to Scandinavia to take place in Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is an ideal location within the Nordic region for emc2020, it is conveniently accessible from nearly all locations in Europe by either land or air. The beautiful city of Copenhagen is compact and easy to navigate with the majority of hotels, venues, sights and attractions within walking distance of each other.

emc2020 will take place at the Bella Center, Scandinavia’s largest exhibition and convention centre, just minutes away by the Copenhagen Metro from the city centre, Copenhagen Central Station and Copenhagen International Airport.


Copenhagen dates back to the first settlement at the site in the 11th century. From the middle of the 12th century it grew in importance after coming into the possession of Bishop Absalon, and the city was fortified with a stone wall during the 13th century. The harbour and the excellent possibilities for herring fishing contributed to Copenhagen's growth and development into an important trading centre.

The town was significantly enlarged under Christian IV of Denmark after his coronation in 1596 by the addition of new city districts and modern fortifications with earthworks and bastions. The king commissioned German and Dutch architects and craftsmen to construct magnificent edifices designed to enhance his prestige. By the time of Christian IV's death in 1648, Copenhagen had become Denmark's principal fortification and naval port, and the town formed a framework for the administration of the Danish kingdom and as a centre of trade in Northern Europe.


Shopping in Copenhagen can be done anywhere in the city and every neighbourhood has its own specialist shops. The city centre offers all the big brand names, but some of the essential smaller shopping streets include: Elmegade, Jægersborggade, Pilestræde, Grønnegade and Strøget.


Most of Copenhagen’s most popular attractions and sights are within walking distance of the city centre.

Tivoli Gardens
19th Century Amusement Park, antique roller coaster & live entertainment programme, Tivoli is located just a few minutes’ walk from City Hall.

The Little Mermaid
At Langelinje Pier you will find one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions: The sculpture of The Little Mermaid was unveiled on 23 August 1913, as a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copehagen.

Kronborg Castle
Known worldwide as Hamlet’s and Shakespeare’s Castle, Kronborg is one of Northern Europe’s finest Renaissance castles and a UNESCO world heritage site. Every summer in August, you can experience the Shakespeare Festival with international Hamlet performances.

Eating out

The restaurant scene in Copenhagen is among the worlds most distinct and innovative, and it caters for all budgets. Have a look at the Visit Copenhagen restaurant guide for inspiration.

Travelling to Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a central location in Europe and a great infrastructure, which makes it easy to arrive by train, bus, ferry or flight. Copenhagen Airport (CPH), is situated very close to the city centre, and you can get from the airport to the centre in around 13 minutes by metro or train.

Bella Center Copenhagen is in the heart of Ørestad, with its own Metro station. It is just five minutes from Copenhagen Airport and 10 minutes from Copenhagen City Centre.

Download the Copenhagen City Map

Getting Around

We are pleased to offer participants reduced Travel passes for the conference. This travel pass gives you unlimited access to buses, trains, metro and harbour buses in Zones 1-4, which includes the centre of Copenhagen and to and from the Airport. 

Purchase your travel pass at a 78% discount here!

Alternatively, if you plan to do some sightseeing whilst your in Copenhagen, check out the Copenhagen Card.

A Copenhagen Card will get you free unlimited public transport (including to and from the airport), free admission to multiple attractions, and discounts in many of the cities restaurants, bars and sightseeing tours. You can easily preorder your card and pick it up when you arrive, e.g. at the airport.

Or maybe you fancy staying active during the duration of the congress?....

Bcycklen (The City Bike) - These hireable bikes have a touchscreen tablet attached to help you with navigation, payment and guidance to the best attractions.
To use the bikes you must create an account, either on the bike’s touch screen or online at

The bikes can be found in more than 100 Bycyklen stations spread all over the city and you can return your bike to any station once you are finished with it.


The climate in Copenhagen follows the four seasons of the northern hemisphere. July and August are normally the warmest time of year with and average daytime temperature of 20°C / 68°F.


Danish Krone is the main currency, however most places accept Euros. Copenhagen is primarily a cashless city, credit/debit cards are accepted almost everywhere so there is not necessarily a need to carry cash.

Exchange rate as of September 2019
1 Danish Krone =  0.12GBP, 0.15USD, 0.13EUR

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