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Things to do in Copenhagen

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Welcome to Copenhagen

Visitors to Denmark’s capital find it easy to believe that Copenhagen is consistently rated one of the happiest cities in the world. Cycle down the network of cobblestone streets, hit up world-class restaurants for locally sourced food, embrace the Danish concept of hygge in cozy cafes, or take a guided tour of highlights such as the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, and the self-governing free town of Christiania. The modern Danish design aesthetic is mixed with centuries-old buildings, best seen on a bike or walking tour, or via a hop-on hop-off canal cruise.

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Copenhagen’s waterfront Nyhavn district is one of the city’s most picturesque destinations, featuring a canal lined with brightly painted townhouses and cozy bars, restaurants, and cafés. Cobbled streets, sailboats, and tidy houseboats create a feeling of old-world charm that attracts visitors year round.More

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

One of Denmark’s most beloved icons, the Little Mermaid first appeared in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale and achieved even wider recognition with Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation. A statue of the character by artist Edvard Eriksen looks out over Copenhagen’s harbor, and is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.More

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish royal family, the world’s oldest monarchy. One of Copenhagen’s most beautiful monuments and a popular visitor attraction, the Amalienborg complex contains four stately palaces: Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace, and Christian VIII’s Palace.More

Tivoli Gardens

Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.More

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot) is a Danish palace built in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style—typical of Danish buildings of the time—by architectural innovator King Christian IV. Originally the king’s summer home, today the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, impressive heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th centuries.More

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Once the principal residence of Danish monarchs, Christiansborg Palace is now the beating heart of Denmark’s government—home to the country’s parliament, prime minister’s office, and supreme court. Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks, holding over 800 years of Danish history.More

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

With a futuristic roof canopy jutting out over the harbor, the glass and steel Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) makes a striking impression. And the building is just as lovely on the inside, with a marble foyer and gold-plated ceiling. Catch a performance there, or simply admire the opera house’s award-winning design.More

Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

Immortalized as the setting of Shakespeare’sHamlet, Kronborg Castle is one of Denmark’s top attractions. The fortress casts an imposing silhouette on Øresund (“the Sound”), and its towering Renaissance facade holds more than 400 years of history. From lavish ballrooms to the darkest of dungeons, this castle has it all.More

Freetown Christiania

Christiania is Copenhagen’s most infamous district. A self-proclaimed state, it’s famous for its counter-culture atmosphere and legal cannabis trade. Located in a former military barracks, it draws curious visitors from all around the world.More

Round Tower (Rundetårn)

Built in the 17th century, Copenhagen’s Round Tower (Rundetårn is said to be the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Although there’s no longer a staff of scientists here, the tower is visited by amateur astronomers at night and tourists looking for great city views during the day.More

National History Museum (Frederiksborg Slot)

Denmark’s National History Museum is housed within Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Spread out over three small islets on Slotssøen (the castle lake), the palatial museum contains more than 500 years of Danish history, illustrated through a vast collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative art.More

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Built in 1625, the Old Stock Exchange is one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most recognizable buildings. Characterized by a green copper roof, the landmark is one of Denmark’s finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. Unfortunately, it’s not open to the public due to its role as the headquarters of the Danish Chamber of Commerce.More


Copenhagen’s pentagon-shaped Kastellet (Citadel) is one of the best-preserved fortresses in northern Europe. Built in 1662, the site, although still used for military activities occasionally, functions is now used as a public park. During a walk around the grassy grounds, you’ll find well-preserved barracks, a small chapel, a windmill, and a moat.More

Casino Copenhagen

Sharing its Modernist home with the four-star Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel on Amager Island on the Øresund, Casino Copenhagen is the city’s only casino and the largest in Denmark. Its interior is a mass of subdued lighting and it has an atmosphere of subdued concentration; there are nearly 30 gaming tables for roulette, blackjack, poker and Texas Hold‘em players and the casino also offers more than 140 high-return slot machines in floodlit arcades. Live sports including horse racing and football can also be viewed on big screens.There are several bars, restaurants and private members clubs on the premises, and unusually for informal Denmark, there is a smart-casual dress code that excludes sportswear, headgear, shorts and t-shirts for both sexes. A variety of casino packages are available to guests of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and other visitors but these must be ordered in advance.Copenhagen Casino is featured on sightseeing Copenhagen hop-on-and-off tours and shore excursions around Christiania.More

National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)

The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) is the country's largest cultural and historical museum. Exhibits encompass 14,000 years of Danish history and include a prehistoric Sun Chariot, Egyptian mummies, and an original hash stall derived from Copenhagen’s infamous commune, Christiania.More

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All about Copenhagen

When to visit

Summer is generally the best time to visit the Danish capita, as those months boast warm weather, extended daylight hours, and fun events, including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Copenhagen Pride. Bear in mind, however, that this is peak visitor season; April, May, and September offer similar conditions but fewer crowds. Winters are cold, rainy, and dark, but it’s worth visiting at this time of year to see the Christmas lights at Tivoli Gardens and the Kongens Nytorv Christmas market and to experience the hygge atmosphere.

Getting around

Much of Copenhagen is walkable, and the city’s public transport system is also clean, efficient, and integrated; tickets can be used on the Metro, buses, harbor buses, and trains. Copenhagen is also famously bike-friendly, and pedaling its streets offers a chance to experience the city like a local while you explore. You can book an organized bike tour or rent a bicycle and head off on your own.

Traveler tips

Copenhagen is famed for its art and design and is home to both world-renowned institutions, such as the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and the Designmuseum Danmark, and cutting-edge hotspots, including Copenhagen Contemporary and the Cisterne. But if you’re really into art, make sure to visit some of the country’s most interesting spots, which are located just outside the city. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, and Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Maritime Museum of Denmark are all within a one-hour train ride of Copenhagen Central Station.

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People Also Ask

What is Copenhagen best known for?

Copenhagen is known for many things including its cycling culture, Michelin-starred restaurants, creative design scene, the Little Mermaid statue, and its commitment to sustainability. It’s also reputedly home to some of the happiest people in the world.

Is Copenhagen really that expensive?

Yes, Copenhagen is expensive, but more so for the people who live there (the taxes are some of the highest in the world) rather than short-term visitors. Eating and drinking out will likely cause the most damage to your wallet, but you can keep to a budget by choosing lunch specials that many restaurants offer.

How can I spend 3 days in Copenhagen?

Three days is enough time to explore Copenhagen, sightseeing by bus, boat, or bike, and visiting a few of its world-class museums and palaces including Amalienborg Palace and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, as well as Nyhavn and Tivoli Gardens. You can even take a day trip to Malmö, Sweden or to the Danish countryside.

Do they speak English in Copenhagen?

Yes. Danish people start learning English at an early age and it is widely spoken in Copenhagen, and throughout the country, by people of all ages. If you don’t speak any Danish, you’ll be fine just using English in Copenhagen, but it never hurts to make the effort to learn a few words.

What should you not miss in Copenhagen?

Come rain or shine, sun or snow, Danish people love to go swimming. In Copenhagen, you are never far from a beach and you can also take a dip in the heart of the city at the historic Helgoland Bathing Institution on Amagerstrand; the Islands Brygge Havnebad (Harbor Bath); and at the mobile swimming circle by Kalvebod Bølge.

What's cool about Copenhagen?

Copenhagen could rightfully claim to be one of the world’s coolest cities. It’s down to several factors, including its combination of beautiful centuries-old architecture that blends with cutting-edge modern design; its pioneering food scene and hip bars; its sustainability credentials; and its stylish and creative people.


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