The Best Bridges in Copenhagen

Øresund Bridge
Øresund Bridge | © Daniel 4021 / Good Free Photos
Aliki Seferou

A bridge that transforms into an underwater tunnel, another one that looks like a sailing ship and one known as the “Bicycle Snake” are just some of the bridges you’ll discover in this article. If you’re renting a bike during your stay in Copenhagen, pay special attention because this guide includes some of the best cycling bridges all over the city.

1. Queens Louise's Bridge (Dronning Louises Bro)

Bridge, Natural Feature

1. Queens Louises Bridge (Dronning Louises Bro)
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Designer: Vilhelm Dahlerup

Designed by Vilhelm Dahlerup and constructed between 1885 and 1887, Queen Louise’s Bridge is considered, to this day, to be one of the architectural masterpieces of Copenhagen. It stands in the middle of two spectacular lakes, Sortedam Lake (Sortedam Sø) and Peblinge Lake (Peblinge Sø) and links Frederiksborggade in the city center with Nørrebrogade in Nørrebro. Due to its unique location and impressive width, it is one of the locals’ favorite spots during hot sunny days. The granite bridge took its name from King Christian IX’s wife, Queen Louise.

2. Marble Bridge (Marmorbroen)

Bridge

Marmorbroen
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Designer: Nicolai Eigtved

The Marble Bridge, which was designed by Nicolai Eigtved, was built at the same time as the first palace and its construction completed in 1744. The rococo style bridge, which crosses Frederiksholms Kanal, is an extension of Ny Vestergade and leads to Christiansborg Ridebane, a square surrounded by old stables. These two parts of the palace were the only ones to survive the fire of 1794. It is known as Marble Bridge because it is paved with Norwegian marble. Its beautiful design, featuring three impressive arches, and its long history makes it one of the most notable bridges Copenhagen.

3. Inner Harbor Bridge (Inderhavnsbro)

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Inner Harbor Bridge
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Designer: Studio Bednarski, London

It might have three years after the expected inauguration date, but Inner Harbor Bridge finally opened in July 2016, welcoming thousands of cyclists and pedestrians. The 590 foot (180 meter) bridge, which was designed by Studio Bednarski from London, connects Nyhavn and Christianshavn/Holmen saving valuable time for students and commuters who cross the city on a daily basis. A discussion about the construction of a bridge to connect these parts of the city had started in 2004 when the Opera opened for the first time, but a series of unfortunate events delayed its construction. Copenhageners often refer to Inner Harbor Bridge as “The Kissing Bridge” due to the way it looks when it reconnects horizontally after splitting in two to allow ships to pass beneath it.

4. Knippel Bridge (Knippelsbro)

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Knippelsbro
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Designer: Kaj Gottlob

Knippelsbro is the fifth consecutive bridge built to connect Copenhagen with Christianshavn. Its construction was completed in 1937 after three years of public works. It was originally known as Great Amager Bridge but was renamed Knippelsbro after Hans Knip, the man who was responsible for the supervision of the bridge and for the collection of tolls from passing ships in the first half of the 17th century. If you notice the bridge suddenly appearing to move, don’t panic: Knippelsbro is a bascule bridge meaning that it has two leaves that rise up to allow ships to pass beneath it.

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