Copenhagen is a great city to explore. Enjoy Nordic cuisine, wander along the canals, or take advantage of the free bikes and discover Copenhagen like a local.
Being home to the Carlsberg Brewery, the Danish Royal family in Amalienborg Palace, and the 17th Century Rosenborg Castle – there are plenty of things to see and do. Read on for 6 Things to See in Copenhagen!
1. Tivoli Gardens
Opened in 1843, Tivoli is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Located in the centre of Copenhagen, it’s known for its beautiful gardens and the 28 ride funfair. There’s also an aquarium, concert hall, open air stages, and places to eat and drink. If you’re in Copenhagen over Christmas don’t miss the Christmas Market and firework shows.
2. Nyhavn – “New Haven”
What was once a busy commercial port is now full of cafes, bars, and restaurants. They’re all set in the traditional colourful port front buildings. But be careful of the prices as they aren’t too backpacker friendly. But you can buy drinks nearby and enjoy the views like the locals do.
3. The Little Mermaid
Denmark’s most famous author is Hans Christian Andersen who wrote the fairytale we all love. Carl Jacobsen (founder of Carlsberg Breweries) commissioned the sculpture and presented Die kleine Meerjungfrau as a gift to the city in 1913! Copenhagen celebrates her birthday every year!
4. Strolling the Strøget
Measuring in at 1,1 kms long, Strøget ist Europe’s longest pedestrian street. It flows through the city’s shopping area from City Hall Square all the way to Kongens Nytorv, where you can get incredible views of the sea. The street is also home to some of Denmark’s most famous designers.
Famous for being a self-proclaimed autonomous area within Copenhagen, Christiania is a must visit! The 850 residents have their own laws apart from Copenhagen and Denmark; the most famous being the legalisation of cannabis. The community is popular with artists, activists and those interested in New Age lifestyles. Look out for the political graffiti but be warned, photography is not allowed.
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Christiania er en hippiefristad midt i København, og uden tvivl én af Danmarks største turistattraktioner. Befinder du dig i København eller har planer om at besøge hovedstaden i Danmark. Fristaden er en blanding af kreative huse, workshops, gallerier, spillesteder, billige spisesteder og smuk natur, men området har også en rå bagside. Klar til en anderledes oplevede så nyd det smukke Christiania! 📸 #københavn #copenhagen #christiania #freetownchristiania #danmark #denmark #opleve #hovedstaden
6. Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art
A haven for modern art lovers, this outstanding gallery is a short train ride from Copenhagen and set in a unique beach-front location. With over 3,000 permanent artworks and rotating exhibitions from world famous artists, it’s a great place to soak up some culture.
In Summer you can picnic on the beach, and in winter walk amongst the sculptures in the snow. On a clear day you can even see across the Øresund to Sweden! One of the greatest things to see while in Copenhagen!
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4 in 1 👌🏼 Four of the most vital parts of the museum combined in one picture: Art, Architecture, Nature and — of course — You! Without you being here and exploring the museum, the nature and the art it would be worthless. — The museum’s founder, Knud W. Jensen put into action many visionary ideas about modern museum operation back in the 1960s, including a desire for art to have a wide audience. It has always been our view that art is not just for an elite but includes experiences and visions for the many. — And the architects, Jørgen Bo and Wilhlem Wohlert build a museum, with the basic conception to link the architecture with the natural surroundings. — Thanks for reminding us of this @a_unefille with your beautiful photo of Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man in our Giacometti Gallery 🧡 — [Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man, 1960. Part of The Louisiana Collection. Donation from Ny Carlsbergfondet] — #louisianamuseum #art #architecture #nature
We hope you’ve found lots of things to see in Copenhagen with help from this post! Curious about more? Check out our other posts: Copenhagen-Guide, 5 Summertime Things to Do in Copenhagen, and What to Eat in Copenhagen. And no matter what adventure you’re looking for, be sure to book accommodation at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel!