The old harbor of Copenhagen, Nyhavn, is crowded with classy restaurants and cozy cafes. Take in the picturesque sight of colorfully renovated townhouses from the 18th century. As a popular spot for locals and tourists, the area is often crowded, so arrive early if possible. Sit down at one of the nearby bars or the quayside and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, music and food. Nyhavn is also known as the heritage harbor, where many historical wooden ships are docked. Check out the Memorial Anchor at the end of the harbor, commemorating the fallen soldiers in World War II.
Inspired by a fairytale from the most famous children’s storyteller of all time – Hans Christian Andersen – the Little Mermaid is one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions. The fairytale is about a young mermaid who fell in love with a young prince on land. She used to sit on the rocks and hoped to catch the glimpse of him. The statue, made of bronze and granite, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. To learn more about Andersen’s fairytales, visit the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy-Tale House.
Climb up to the top of the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, built in the 17th century. Walk along the spiral path, around 200 meters in length, up to the top of the 36-meter tall tower. Enjoy the spectacular views of the old part of Copenhagen, overlooking the city’s main sights and narrow streets to the seaside. Follow the way of the Øresund Bridge, which connects Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden via a bridge and an underwater tunnel. Inside the tower is a library hall, where the entire book collection of the university was once stored.
Denmark’s National Museum exhibits an amazing collection of artifacts from the Viking Age, a large ethnographical collection and collection of classical, Eastern and Danish antiquities. See the well-preserved remains of the Huldremose Woman, dating back to the first century. The museum is located in the Prince’s Palace, built in 1744 and once the home of the Danish Crown Prince Frederik V. Although no longer used by the royal family, you can still admire the design, architecture and furniture preserved today.
National Museum of Denmark, Prince’s Mansion, Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 København, Denmark, +45 33 13 44 11
Amalienborg Palace is a palace complex made of four identical buildings, which are the official residences of the Danish royal family. Margrethe II is the current Queen of Denmark, having ascended the throne in 1972. The Palace was constructed in the 1700s and is considered to be one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture. See the statue of King Frederik V, located in the middle of the palace square. Don’t miss the changing of the Royal Guard every day at noon. For a better look into the lives of recent Danish royalty, visit the Amalienborg Museum.
Amalienborg, Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257 København, Denmark
Amager Beach Park is a two-kilometer long artificial island. On one side, the water is quite shallow and it’s a popular spot for families with small children. On the other side are dunes, which form big sandy beaches. The lagoon is a popular area for relaxing on the beach or engaging in different sport activities. The southern part of the lagoon has a long promenade, perfect for runners, skaters and cyclists. On one side of the beach, there is a big windmill park, and on the other you have a spectacular view on the Øresund Bridge.
Amager Beach Park, Amager Strandvej, 2300 København, Denmark
Christiansborg Palace was once the royal residence of the Danish monarchs; however, after a great fire in 1794, they vacated to their current residence. Today, Christiansborg Palace houses Danish Parliament. Climb up on the highest tower in Copenhagen and enjoy great views on the city’s rooftops. Access to the 106-meter tall tower of the Palace is free and you can taste real Danish cuisine in the Tower restaurant. If you like horses, visit the Royal Stables at the Palace, or explore the ruins of Copenhagen’s Castle, located underneath the Palace.
Christiansborg Palace, Prins Jørgens Gård 1, 1218 København, Denmark
Visit the location of the first Carlsberg Brewery, a Danish brewing company founded in 1847 by Jacob Christian Jacobsen. It surely is vying for the title of most architecturally stunning brewery in the world. Upon arrival to the brewhouse you are greeted by the remarkable Elephant’s Gate: four life-size elephants ‘holding’ the gate bearing Carl Jacobsen’s Latin motto “Laboremus pro patria” – meaning “We work for our country”. Discover the history of Carlsberg beer, named after the owner’s son Carl, while enjoying interactive exhibitions. On the tour you will see the world’s largest beer bottle collection, old brew house, award-winning stables and finish in the bar with a real beer tasting experience. Take a look around the sculpture garden, once owned by Carl Jacobsen, a real forgotten gem of the tour.
Visit Carlsberg, Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, 1799 København, Denmark, +45 33 27 12 82