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The Insider Guide to Copenhagen

"Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen," says the song. The Danish capital is that and more: a buzzing north European metropolis, home to unique architecture, achingly cool design, Michelin-starred restaurants, waterfront bars, museums, flea markets and parks, all within easy striking distance. So unleash your inner hygge!

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Lad os ga! The Main Attractions

Tivoli Gardens, arguably Copenhagen's most famous attraction – along with the statue of the Little Mermaid – is slap bang in the middle of the city for those looking to tick that box. However, the distinction of being the world's oldest amusement park goes to Bakken in the Deer Park, a short drive outside the capital. From here, go to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Elsinore Castle (of Hamlet fame) and the underground Maritime Museum of Denmark. Back in town, take the metro to Kongens Nytorv, near the Royal Theatre, and stroll through Nyhavn waterfront area or go to the main pedestrian shopping area of Strøget and visit Bredgade with its art galleries and up-market and vintage Scandinavian furniture designer shops. Travel south to Islands Brygge, Iceland's Quay, the most happening place on the Copenhagen harbourfront with an inbuilt hipster crowd, a park and baths as well as bars and restaurants. The Danish capital has plenty of hygge-filled brasseries to try local dishes, including open sandwiches, pickled herring and steak tartare, all washed down with beer and schnapps. For world-class grub, there's the Michelin-starred Geranium and the almost mythical Noma. History buffs will enjoy Christiansborg Palace, home of the Danish Parliament (aka Borgen for fans of the Nordic Noir TV show) and the National Museum. Experimentarium, the interactive world-class science centre, is roughly four miles to the north.

Neighborhoods in Copenhagen

FAQs About Copenhagen

Visit Christiansborg Palace, the Black Diamond, Round Tower, and Tivoli Gardens. See the full list here:

The Top Things to See and Do in Copenhagen

Kronborg Castle, Bakken amusement park, and Vesterhavegaarden Vineyard are good places to go on day trips. See the full list here:

The Best Day Trips From Copenhagen.

Nørrebro, Christianshavn and Nyhavn are all popular neighbourhoods. Check out the full list here:

A Guide to Copenhagen’s Coolest Neighbourhoods.

Enjoy some Nordic cuisine, go for a cycle in the city, or captain a boat and sail the seas. Read more here:

The Best Things to Do in Copenhagen.

Noma, Geranium and Kin Kinn are all popular restaurants. See the full list here:

The Best Restaurants in Copenhagen.