Denmark’s capital city has plenty of activities and experiences for people of all ages and interests to enjoy. Whether visiting Copenhagen for a day, a week, or going on holiday there, here are some of the many attractions that tourists should make sure to add to their itinerary.
Tivoli Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Copenhagen not only because of its numerous rides and games but also because its gardens complete with water fountains that serve as an oasis that contrasts the city’s hustle and bustle.
Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen, +45 33 15 10 01
Tivoli Gardens | © Anders Bøggild/Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens | © Anders Bøggild / Courtesy of Tivoli Gardens
Christian IV’s favorite castle has been standing in the same spot for 400 years and takes culture buffs on a journey through time and history. Visitors who want to catch a glimpse of the restless king’s life can take a stroll around the Renaissance castle’s rooms and look at a unique collection of paintings and objects.
Rosenborg Castle, Øster Voldgade 4A, Copenhagen, +45 33 15 32 86
The Black Diamond
The Royal Library, also known as the Black Diamond due to its black-cubic shape, is the biggest library in the Nordic countries. The building’s innovative architecture, its special location by the waterfront, and the great collection of books, newspapers, music manuscripts, and other documents are only some of the reasons for adding Black Diamond in your bucket list.
The Royal Library, 1219 Copenhagen, +45 33 47 47 47
Christiansborg Palace was initially built in 1740, but it was destroyed by fires twice. The building where the Queen now welcomes her guests and that houses the Danish government as well as the Danish Prime Minister’s office dates back in 1928. Visitors can take guided tours through the Royal reception rooms, the Royal stables, and the ruins located under the palace.
Christiansborg Palace, Prins Jørgens Gård 1, Copenhagen, +45 33 92 64 92
The Royal family’s residence—which consists of four classical-palace façades—is located in the heart of Copenhagen. It attracts visitors who’d like to observe the buildings’ architecture as well as King Frederik V’s equestrian statue. At noon, Royal Life Guards change guard in front of Amalienborg palace and offer a unique spectacle.
Amalienborg Palace, Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, Copenhagen, +45 33 12 21 86
Building, Market, Natural Feature
Nyhavn | © Michael Apel / Wikimedia Commons
Being one of the most picturesque districts in Copenhagen and Hans Christian Andersen’s former neighborhood, Nyhavn is certainly a must-visit attraction. What used to be sailors’ and fishermen’s hangout spot has evolved into one of the city’s most touristy districts.
Bakken Amusement Park in Dyrehaven
An amusement park located in the heart of a vast forest where approximately 2000 deer live is certainly a can’t-miss attraction. Numerous rides, games, restaurants, and cafés make Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park, one of the top destinations while visiting Copenhagen.
Bakken, Dyrehavevej, Klampenborg, +45 39 63 35 44
The Round Tower
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Its special location by the Øresund coast and its great collection of modern art masterpieces make the Louisiana one of Copenhagen’s most significant museums. Visitors will find artworks from many remarkable painters including Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and Andy Warhol.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl Strandvej 13, Humlebæk, +45 49 19 07 19
Once was a military base, Copenhagen’s autonomous car-free hippie district has its own special atmosphere. Smoky bars, vegetarian restaurants, concert venues, and souvenir shops are situated all over the neighborhood that looks like nothing to the rest of the city.
Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
Even though it’s not the most impressive sculptures in Copenhagen, the Little Mermaid has been one of Denmark’s top attractions since 1913. It’s worth noting that the statue has been vandalised many times and the statue’s head isn’t the one Edvard Eriksen made in the beginning of the 20th century. The original was cut off the statue’s body in 1964 and has yet to be found.
The Little Mermaid, Langelinie, Copenhagen
One of Copenhagen’s most noteworthy buildings is the 17th-century stock exchange (Børsen). The impressive building is mostly known for its uncommon spire that is shaped as the tails of four dragons. Once more, it was Christian IV who ordered the construction of the outstanding building.
Børsen 1217 Copenhagen, +45 33 74 60 00