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Top 10 Things To See And Do In Copenhagen, Denmark

Top 10 Things To See And Do In Copenhagen, Denmark

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Updated: 5 January 2018

Denmark’s beautiful capital is filled with sights and tourist attractions. This is our guide to the things you simply can’t miss in Copenhagen.

Stroll Along The Nyhavn

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.

Nyhavn, København K, 1051 København, Denmark


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Kun Dorottya / © Culture Trip

See The Little Mermaid

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.

The Little Mermaid, Langelinie, 2100 København Ø, Denmark


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Walk To The Top Of The Round Tower

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.

The Round Tower, Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark


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Kun Dorottya / © Culture Trip

Explore The National Museum

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


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Discover The World’s Oldest Amusement Park

Alongside Tivoli Gardens, Dyrehavsbakken, or Bakken for short, is the world’s oldest amusement park, opened in 1583. Located in Jægersborg Dyrehave, around 10km north of Copenhagen, Bakken offers more than 30 adventurous and exciting rides. The most famous one is undoubtedly Rutschebanen, a wooden roller coaster operating since 1932. Situated in the green woods, Bakken also offers quiet spots for relaxing and enjoying snacks and drinks.

Bakken, Dyrehavevej 62, 2930 Klampenborg, Denmark, +45 39 63 35 44

Visit The Home Of The Danish Royal Family

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


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Relax On The Amager Beach

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

Danish Cuisine With A View At Christiansborg Palace

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


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Kun Dorottya / © Culture Trip

Visit Carlsberg

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

Shop On The Strøget Street

Walk along one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe and enjoy exploring the numerous shops located there. On the 1.1 km long Strøget Street you can find the stores of big international brands: from luxury ones, such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Prada and Boss, to more affordable ones, like H&M, Zara and Vero Moda. The street is also popular with Copenhagen’s street performers, so you can enjoy the shows of musicians and acrobats.

Strøget, København, Denmark


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Kun Dorottya / © Culture Trip