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Travel Guide of Copenhagen in Denmark by Influencers and Travelers

Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. As of 1 January 2020, the city had a population of 794,128 with 632,340 in Copenhagen Municipality, 104,305 in Frederiksberg Municipality, 42,989 in Tårnby Municipality, and 14,494 in Dragør Municipality.

The Best Things to Do and Visit in Copenhagen


1 - Nyhavn

Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants.

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2 - The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is 1.25 metres tall and weighs 175 kilograms.

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3 - Tours & Sightseeing | Copenhagen Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. You just know that if a city’s had a song written about it, it’s got to be something special! And Copenhagen is nothing if not special. With this 72-hour Classic Route ticket, you’ll be able to see and discover so many of the reasons why. One of the best parts about hop-on hop-off tour is if you can see something great, you can hop off to take a closer look. That will likely be the case when you pass Rosenborg Castle, a spectacular Renaissance building that was originally built as a summer house for King Christian IV. Some summer house, eh? But with 14 kids that survived childhood, maybe he needed the space! After you’ve seen a castle, it makes sense to visit a palace. And Amalienborg won’t disappoint. It’s actually four palaces with identical facades and has been home to the Danish Royal Family since their previous home burnt down at the end of the 18th century.

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4 - Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli, also known as Tivoli Gardens, is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg, also in Denmark.

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5 - Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo is a zoological garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded in 1859, it is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and is a member of EAZA.

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6 - Kayaking | Copenhagen Water Activities

Join a guided kayaking tour through Copenhagen's canals, led by a certified instructor. Perfect for water lovers and adventurers alike, this leisurely tour offers plenty of opportunities to chat, laugh, and enjoy incredible views. Paddle past landmarks like Christiansborg Palace, the Danish National Museum, and Gammel Strand, Copenhagen's oldest harbor. Don't miss seeing The Black Diamond, a modern architectural masterpiece. The tour starts and ends at Kalvebod Bølge, where the guide provides instructions and assistance. Young adventurers under 15 years old can share a double kayak with an adult. Enjoy approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes of pure joy on the water. Note that this experience is available only from May 1-31 and September 1-30.

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7 - Amalienborg

Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard; in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V.

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8 - Mindeankeret

The Memorial Anchor, located at the base of the Nyhavn canal, adjacent to Kongens Nytorv, is a maritime memorial in Copenhagen, Denmark, commemorating the civilian sailors who lost their lives at sea during the Second World War.

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9 - Morning | Tiqets Packages Copenhagen

Get two Copenhagen favorites with this handy combination ticket! See 4,000 animals at Copenhagen Zoo and discover the best sights of the city with a ride on the Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.

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10 - Frederik's Church

Frederik's Church, popularly known as The Marble Church for its rococo architecture, is an Evangelical Lutheran church in Copenhagen, Denmark. The church forms the focal point of the Frederiksstaden district; it is located due west of Amalienborg Palace.

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11 - Copenhagen Opera House

The Copenhagen Opera House is the national opera house of Denmark, and among the most modern opera houses in the world. It is also one of the most expensive opera houses ever built with construction costs well over US$500 million.

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12 - Church of Our Saviour

The Church of Our Saviour is a baroque church in Copenhagen, Denmark, most famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed to the top, offering extensive views over central Copenhagen.

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13 - National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures, alike. The museum's main building is located a short distance from Strøget at the center of Copenhagen. It contains exhibits from around the world, from Greenland to South America.

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14 - Bellevue Beach

   11 km away

Bellevue Beach, often simply referred to as Bellevue, is a beach at Klampenborg on the northern outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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15 - Store Hareskov

   13 km away

Hareskoven or Hareskovene is a forested area straddling the boundary between Furesø and Gladsaxe municipalities in the northwestern suburbs of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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16 - ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst

   14 km away

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art is a private non-for-profit charity, state authorised, contemporary art museum in Ishøj near Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

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17 - Jægersborg Dyrehave

   14 km away

Dyrehaven, officially Jægersborg Dyrehave, is a forest park north of Copenhagen. It covers around 11 km². Dyrehaven is noted for its mixture of huge, ancient oak trees and large populations of red and fallow deer.

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18 - Øresund Bridge

   20 km away

The Öresund or Øresund Bridge is a combined railway and motorway bridge across the Öresund strait between Sweden and Denmark. The bridge runs nearly 8 kilometres from the Swedish coast to the artificial island Peberholm in the middle of the strait.

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19 - Limhamn

   25 km away

Limhamn is, in an administrative sense, the southern district of Malmö Municipality in Sweden. Before 1915, Limhamn was a town of its own.

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20 - Turning Torso

   26 km away

Turning Torso is a neo-futurist residential skyscraper in Sweden and the tallest building in Scandinavia. Located in Malmö on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait, it was built and is owned by Swedish cooperative association HSB.

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21 - Scaniaparken

   26 km away

Scaniaparken is a park in Malmö, Sweden. It was built in the early 1990s on the waterfront. Scaniaparken was built as a narrow strip along the beach around the earlier Kockum area.

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22 - Roskilde Station

   28 km away

Roskilde Station is the principal railway station serving the city of Roskilde, Denmark, situated on the Danish Main Line between Copenhagen and Jutland.

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Why should you visit Copenhagen ?

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How to visit Copenhagen ?

To get to Copenhagen, you can either fly into Copenhagen Airport (CPH), which is the largest airport in the Nordic countries, or take a train or bus from other European cities. From the airport, you can easily reach the city center using public transportation like the metro, train, or bus.

It's a good idea to book some attractions in advance to avoid long queues and guarantee entry. Tivoli Gardens, an iconic amusement park, is a must-visit, and booking tickets online can save you time. If you're an art enthusiast, pre-book your entry to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which houses an impressive collection of contemporary works.

Copenhagen can be expensive, but there are ways to save on costs. The Copenhagen Card is a great investment, as it offers free access to over 80 attractions, free public transportation, and discounts on restaurants and sightseeing tours. Prices range from €60 for a 24-hour card to €120 for a 120-hour card.

Some of the best things to do in Copenhagen include exploring Nyhavn, the colorful 17th-century waterfront area; visiting the Little Mermaid statue; and strolling through the historic district of Christianshavn. For a taste of Danish history, visit Rosenborg Castle and the Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish royal family.

Copenhagen offers a wide variety of dining options. For a traditional Danish meal, try Restaurant Schønnemann, which specializes in smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches). If you're in the mood for seafood, Kødbyens Fiskebar is a popular choice. For a more budget-friendly option, consider visiting Torvehallerne, a bustling market with numerous food stalls.

When it comes to accommodations, Copenhagen has plenty of options to suit different budgets. For a luxurious stay, consider Hotel D'Angleterre, a historic 5-star hotel located in the heart of the city. Alternatively, the mid-range Andersen Boutique Hotel offers stylish rooms and a convenient location near the central station. For budget travelers, the trendy Urban House Copenhagen by MEININGER is a great option with both private and shared rooms.

Off the Beaten Path:

For an unusual travel experience in Copenhagen, visit the unique neighborhood of Freetown Christiania. This self-governed community is known for its colorful murals, alternative lifestyle, and relaxed atmosphere. Wander through the car-free streets, visit the local art galleries, and enjoy a coffee at one of the cozy cafes. Another offbeat experience is to take a bike tour to the Copenhagen Harbour Baths, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the city's clean harbor waters. These urban swimming spots are popular with locals and a great way to experience Danish outdoor culture.

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Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is one of the most attractive cities in Scandinavia.

A weekend in Copenhagen is a unique combination of tradition and design. Located at the gateway to the Baltic Sea, the city is crisscrossed by picturesque canals lined with colorful houses, such as the Nyhavn, which was long the haunt of sailors and writers. In this world of water and greenery, avant-garde buildings find a natural place. Home of Arne Jacobsen, the pope of design, Copenhagen remains the European benchmark for the most cutting-edge aesthetic concepts. The Danish capital can be visited by bike, between museums, cafés and gourmet breaks. Don't forget to say hello to the Little Mermaid, near the cruise port.

Nestled among the wild beaches and coves of the Oresund province, Copenhagen faces Sweden.

Founded eight centuries ago, this city of sailors, merchants, academics, and artists is the most dynamic capital of Scandinavia. The best way to explore the city is by bicycle, as distances are not excessive. With its large parks and rich heritage, the city offers many cultural visits: the discovery of its lively pedestrian streets, the Tivoli amusement park, and the "free city" of Christiana, without cars or motorcycles.

 For a stroll through the heart of the city, venture into the small winding streets of the old town, 

 A picnic on the shores of the beautiful lake in Christiania. Look for some elegantly designed objects to add a little Scandinavian flair to your home! Jazz is big in Copenhagen, so be sure to make time to go to one of the city's most famous jazz clubs, like La Fontaine, Copenhagen Jazz House, or Jazzhouse Montmartre. 

In the summer, enjoy some of the best fresh salmon you've ever tasted at Vesterbro, the old meatpacking district. 

One of the trendiest places to be seen, this is where you'll find the main gathering of bobos. If you want to kill two birds with one stone and Sweden has always attracted you but you've never had the opportunity to visit, then you're in luck because Copenhagen and Malmö in Sweden are connected by a bridge that can be crossed in about 30 minutes by car.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Copenhagen

Copenhagen : what to eat?

  • Fresh herring and brown bread at the Admiral Hotel's Salt beach bar on the bank of the Nyhavn Canal - arguably the best herring in the city in one of the most beautiful waterfront locations

  • The typical Danish Smorrebrod, or "open sandwich", is also worth trying.

  • You can opt for anything from delicious tuna mayo with delicately sliced apples to chorizo and cheese.

  • You can try dancing outside at the Copenhagen Jazz House street parties before the concerts during the annual jazz festival in July.

  • Another must on the list to feel like a local is to jump into the canal in the Bryggae Islands in summer - beware though, it's still a bit chilly!

If you have some money to spend, however, book a table at Noma, a world-famous Michelin-starred restaurant - you should book several months in advance if you don't want to be disappointed.

Take some of that sleek Danish design back with you - home decor stores are not hard to find as Danes are big fans of home decor, but if in doubt, check out Illium on Stroget or Design Zoo on Vesterbrogade towards the Friedriksberg area. For last-minute gifts, there are an impressive number of quality stores at the airport; however, they are slightly more expensive than in the city.

There are many things to see in Copenhagen, but the "must-sees" are the Design Museum and the Carlsberg district, where you'll find classy contemporary art galleries as well as the Carlsberg Museum, which you'll round off with a beer tasting.

You should also visit the old meatpacking district for its trendy and creatively decorated bars in Vesterbro, the Buanderie café in Norrebro, which has the most stylish washing machines we've ever seen in the back so customers can grab a homemade smoothie and a slice of delicious carrot cake while waiting for their machine!

Be sure to stop by Tivoli Gardens and check it out. Designed in 1843, this amusement park retains a historic charm intrinsic to its nature - in no way does it resemble Disneyworld in atmosphere or style. Although the Nyhavn area is always crowded with tourists, it is at least worth a visit to see its cobblestone streets and colorful terraced houses. However, whichever route you choose, be sure to cycle it in the summer - easy and cheap to get around, the city is perfectly suited to cyclists.

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