You’ve landed on this page because you’re searching for the best things to do in Copenhagen. And don’t worry, there’s more than enough to fill days, even weeks traveling around the city. In this post alone, we cover 73.
Copenhagen’s a bustling metropolis with a hip atmosphere, booming art and dance scene, and epic clubs – some of which rival Berlin. And while you might not expect it, Copenhagen has one of the best food scenes in the entire world; the city has 23 Michelin stars spread across 16 restaurants.
Copenhagen’s the coolest city I’ve visited in Scandinavia; it has some of the best neighborhoods in the world. (And that’s not just a cute antidote, its neighborhoods have literally been voted the coolest in the world).
It’s a city that’s sparked my imagination and my passion. And the deeper I dive into getting to know the city, the deeper in love I fall.
So if you find yourself saying, “Why should I visit Copenhagen?”, the real question you should be asking yourself, “Why haven’t I visited Copenhagen already?”
Let’s look at the 73 things to do in Copenhagen, that cover everything from amusement parks to museums.
Tivoli Gardens ranks first on most articles about “things to do in Copenhagen.” And with good reason! Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest theme park in the world and the most iconic site in Copenhagen.
Started in 1843, this theme park, which has an old romantic representation of the Orient, houses lush gardens, exotic buildings, and thousands of colorful lights.
All of which come together to create an otherworldly ambiance. The park’s perfect for kids of all ages, has a cemented place in history, and offers an unique experience.
Basically, Tivoli Gardens is a must-visit when traveling in Copenhagen. Those who love the thrill of roller coasters and heart- pounding adventures will want to check out the Tivoli gardens rides like Aquila, the Astronomer, the Golden Tower, and the Demon.
This theme park was visited many times by Walt Disney, who took inspiration from the park to create Disney Land. Connect with your inner child at one of the world’s oldest theme parks.
May 1st – October 4th
October 8th – November 1st.
November 13th – January 3rd.
11:00 to 23:00
Adult: 135 DKK ($19)
Child (Ages 3 -7): 60 DKK ($8)
Does not include ride tickets.
Tivoli Gardens entrance is also part of the Copenhagen pass.
It wouldn’t surprise me if about now you were asking yourself, “Why is biking one of the best things to do in Copenhagen?”.
From the first moment you step off the Eurail Train, you’ll notice hundreds (if not thousands of bikes) outside the central station.
Biking and Copenhagen are as synonymous as pasta and Italy. It’s part of their culture and a key component of many people lives in the city.
There are miles of world-class bike lanes and roads around the city. And while getting on a bike for the first time might seem intimidating, you will soon find that’s easy to navigate the city. (And it’s also the fastest way to get around).
If you want a little practice before hitting the busy roads, then the morning and evening rush hours.
After you gained some confidence, try biking the Harbour Ring; This 13 km trail takes you on an epic journey to some of the biggest sites in the city. When wondering what is Denmark famous for? Bikes are the top answer.
Are you an intrepid traveler who wants to avoid other tourists at all costs? Then Nyhavn ISN’T the place for you. Nyhavn pronunciation “Knee-houm”, translated as Harbor in English, could easily sit at the number one spot for things to do in Copenhagen. And one of the most scenic areas of the city.
In fact, there’s a good chance that a majority of the pictures of Copenhagen you’ve seen are photos of Nyhavn.
This historic waterfront’s the most famous neighborhood in the city. In Nyhavn, old wooden tall ships still line the canals, walkways are flanked on either side by large, colorful buildings, and the stony streets are lined with charming shops and restaurants.
Nyhavn’s an enticing neighborhood and one that captures the charm and atmosphere of Copenhagen. Nyhavn at night also filled with a lot of bustling restaurants and bars.
If you’re traveling to Copenhagen during peak season, don’t let the sizable crowds discourage you. Nyhavn maintains its beauty even with large groups of other travelers. For my fellow book lovers and historians, it also has some notable landmarks. If your traveling Copenhagen during the winter months don’t forget to check out the Nyhavn Christmas market.
Notably, there are three former houses of Hans Christian Anderson can be found at homes 18, 20, and 67.
Juno the Bakery
71 Nyhavn Hotel
Rosenborg Hotel Apartments
Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish author, has left an enormous mark on Copenhagen – as well as the rest of the world.
Arguably the renowned authors’ most famous fairy tale is the little Mermaid. Another famous Dane and artist, Edvard Eriksen, wanted to pay tribute to Anderson and this tale by constructing a statue along the coast.
Eriksen’s statue, made in 1913, depicts a woman (maybe Mermaid) looking out to sea. While the statue’s small, it’s a great place to get away from the city center, take in the beauty of northern Copenhagen, and grab some great pictures.
This a small, and perhaps overrated, thing to do in Copenhagen. The Little Mermaid Statue lies in the northeast part of the city, near where the cruise ships come to port. One of the best ways to get to a cool view of the statue is via a canal tour.
Rosenborg Castle’s probably the most recognizable building in the city – right up there with Christiansborg Palace. Rosenborg Castle (Or Rosenborg Slot) is a must for those interested in history and architecture. But nature lovers will also appreciate the Rosenborg castle gardens.
Rosenborg Castle inside is ornate, to put it mildly. To this day, the rooms stand elaborately decorated. However, there’s a good chance that the King’s Gardens will find most impressive.
Today the castle lingers as a symbol from the Dutch renaissance. Rosenborg Castle is just one of the many attractions you can visit for free using your Copenhagen card.
This may come as a shock – brace yourself people – but Copenhagen has busted onto the food scene with a smoldering intensity. (It came as a shock to me when I first found out)
Over the last decade has become one of the best cities to eat in the world. 23 Michelin stars have been awarded to 16 restaurants across Copenhagen. And no restaurant is more famous than Noma.
Noma has been ranked as the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 by restaurant magazine. And on those years it didn’t win first it often took 2nd place.
If you’re a foodie – and money isn’t an issue, then eating is hands down one of the best things to do in Copenhagen.
While Noma is a foodies dream, it might not be in our price range (The tasting menu starts at almost $300 a person). For those of us of more modest budgets, we can steer clear of the Michelin star restaurants and head to Torvehallerne Market.
This buzzing markets packed to the brim with food stalls — many of them giving you a massive bang for your buck. There’s everything from fresh fish vendors to strange cocktails to sip on.
As you wander the stalls and halls (did I just rhythm), you can sample a range of Torvehallerne best foods, inspired and new dishes without breaking your budget. It’s a great addition to anyone looking for fun things to do in Copenhagen.
Strøget’s famous in Copenhagen. It’s also one of the most touristy parts of the city. Strøget’s a pedestrian street that stretches across downtown. (It’s actually one of the longest pedestrian streets in the whole of Europe.) Lining the street are high-end shops, fancy restaurants, one of the biggest malls in the world, and a handful of independent shops.
Frederiksberggade marks Strøget’s starting point. From there, the street runs through both the new and old squares to Kongens Nytorv where it ends. From the central station, it is under a ten-minute walk to Frederiksberggade.
Strøget’s great for shopping (window shopping included), enjoying Copenhagen’s atmosphere, and people watching.
Strøget Copenhagen Opening Hours: Most of the stores are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, many stores open: 9 a.m. but shut their doors: 3 p.m. Sunday most stores are closed. So if you’re looking for things to do in indre by (Inner city) then this is a good place to start.
Pro tip: Strøget pronunciation – “stroy-it.”
Organic hot dog stand by Round Tower,
Hotel Chocolate Copenhagen
Conditori La Glace
House of Amber
Guinness World Records Museum
Copenhagen’s a very diverse and unique city. Alternative walking tours aim to show you the hidden corners of the capital, where most travelers never venture. Saunter through Copenhagen’s hippest neighborhoods like the up-and-coming Vesterbro, the “green” loving free state of Christiana, and even the lesser-known red-light district.
More than that, many tours explain in detail the city’s unusual perspective on art, theatre, homelessness, and government.
The Carlsberg Group has held a spot in the top 5 biggest breweries in the world for as long as I can remember. The Carlsberg Brewery offers an exciting tour of the very first brewery in the city. Along the tour, visitors uncover a handful of epic things to do in Copenhagen; like the largest collection of beer bottles in the world, and elephant gate (both of which we’ll talk about later).
The tour takes you up close to the original machines that helped put the company on the map. And of course, what brewery tour doesn’t give you some free beer.
The Carlsberg brewery gives you a peek into what makes this brand of the most established all over the world. A tour demonstrates the intertwined history of beer and Copenhagen. And will ignite your passion for Danish beer.
Right now, the brewery’s closed for restoration, we expect the Carlsberg Brewery opening to happen soon. And once it does you’re granted free entry to this site with the Copenhagen Card.
Welcome to the oldest amusement park in the world. This amusement park has been sitting in this spot since 1583….1583! And while not as famous as Tivoli, Bakken Amusement Park’s still worth a visit to experience the games, rides, entertainment, and food. The park doesn’t just cater to kids but offers a blend of attractions that appeal to everyone in the family. And – in the typical Danish fashion – there’s a couple of pubs in bars in the park.
Visiting Bakken Amusement Park’s like traveling back in time. Most of the rides are dated and old compared to today’s standards, but there’s a deep sense of nostalgia drenches every inch of the park. Bakken’s an icon of Denmark, and to think the impact that this park has had on the world from Tivoli Gardens all the way to Disney World and Universal.
The park is a 10-minute drive north of Copenhagen, located in the Dyrehaven Woods. There are 32 rides for people of all ages, and 78 other fun attractions. Oh yea, and did I forget to mention that the park has free entrance.
The Kings Garden (Also referred to as Rosenborg Castle Gardens) maintains the dual-title as the most visited park in Copenhagen and the oldest park in the city – dating back to the 17th century.
Built during the rule of Christian IV, walking the gardens, your mind quickly wanders to picturing danish royalty walking along the same paths. During the summer, the park has a puppet theatre with two performances a day (except Mondays).
These spectacular gardens have huge flowerbeds (depending on the time of year), and lie on the doorstep of Rosenborg slot. Much attention has been drawn to the fact that these gardens are the lushest place in Copenhagen. And they continue to attract over 2.5 million visitors annually.
Inside the park, you’ll find the renowned Hans Christian Andersen statue. As well as the Hercules Pavilion, and the sculptor heavy herbaceous rose garden, which also has a cafe and adventure playground.
Events, concerts, and ballets are often hosted in the park, so you never know what you might find.
Wondering about the King’s Garden Copenhagen price? Well, your in luck as entry to the garden’s free.
Jægersborggade street, in the Nørrebro neighbourhood, has shed its reputation as a dodgy part of town. Now the street’s been reborn as a cool, safe, and trendy street in Copenhagen. In fact, Jægersborggade has become one of the most visited streets in the city.
The transformation started with Christian Puglisi, a famed chef in the capital, who decided to open a restaurant on this dicey street.
Soon after opening, the restaurant earned a Michelin Star. As more people flocked to Jægersborggade to eat at the restaurant, crime, and drug activity when down.
Next, quaint bakeries, cafes, galleries, and shops were taking over the area.
Today Jægersborggade’s a buzzing street and home to some of Copenhagen’s best restaurants, wine bars, cafes, and organic markets and shops.
Sønder Boulevard’s a favorite place among locals. Sønder was miraculously transformed from a boulevard into a long grassy strip with benches, grassy knolls, and tall trees. Now Sønder’s become a noteworthy vibrant and lush section of the Vesterbro quarter.
Almost instantaneously, after the facelift, both locals and travelers gravitated to Sønder.
Sønder’s broke up into many sections, each offering something different. There’s the playground for kids, the BMX track, the ball field, and even ping pong tables. And what’s better than free things to do in Copenhagen with kids.
Mesmerized by the burst of beauty, it’s become a hotspot and the perfect area to hanging out with friends, go for a bike ride, or explore the cools cafés and local shopping.
Personally, I like to big some snacks and have a picnic.
Refshaleoen, an old shipyard on a man, made island. Sitting just outside the city center, Refshaleoen been converted into a thriving smorgasbord or culture, food, and events. The most unquie place in Refshaleoen is the restaurant alchemist. However, it isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a wholist dining experience or food, sound, science, art, and moving backdrops.
It’s also a vibrant and lively place to visit. It’s become of the most popular area to visit in the city. A hub for culture and creativity. It’s a great place to get food, hang with friends, or even have a spa day.
Imagine you’re in a neighborhood called by many “The world’s coolest, and in said neighborhood, you’re on the hippest street. Picturing it? Good, then you have some idea of what it is like to visit Istedgade.
Vesterbro’s, without question, tops the list of the coolest neighborhoods in Copenhagen; it even made Lonely Planet’s top ten list.
And no streets cooler in Vesterbro than Istedgade, the main hub of the area. Like Jægersborggade; Istedgade was once a terrible neighborhood dominated by drug crime and prostitution. So you might be wondering, “is Istedgade safe?” I’m pleased to report it, yes.
However, like Jægersborggade, the street has undergone a remarkable transformation. Today it’s packed with many shops and restaurants; a handful of them the best the city has to offer. There are slick hostels (for you budget travelers), clubs, bars, and more.
If you want the best of the best food, then there’s the Malbeck Vinebar (wine bar), Cafe Bang & Jensen, Neighbourhoods organic pizza, and the JAGGER – just to name a few. But you can find anything on Istedgade from fresh sushi to shopping for recent fashion trends.
Cafe Bang & Jensen
DANSK Made for Rooms
Edison & Co.
As a whole, Scandinavians aren’t very religious. However, the Church of the Savior’s a beautiful baroque building that dates back to the middle of the 1700s.
When approaching the building, you’ll notice the helix spire with a spiraling staircase on the outside. Yes, some steps are outside of the building, which adds a dash of adventure to this thing to do in Copenhagen.
The Church recently underwent six years of renovation to repair the spire. This tower is the main treasure of the Church, as from the top of the tower, you get the best view of the city.
View lovers should get ready to climb the 400 stairs to the top. Frightening enough, the last 150 are on the outside of the tower. But the juice is worth the squeeze, and the view from the top is unparalleled. And the spire draws more than 600,000 visitors a year.
At the top, enjoy the panoramic view of the city, but don’t forget to admire the impressive spire and the golden globe that’s meant to protect the capital.
February to April; October to mid-December:
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:00.
Sunday and holidays 10:30 – 16:00.
Tickets for the Tower start at 35 DKK (around 5 USD).
Free with the Copenhagen Card.
Where to begin with restaurant alchemist? This isn’t your run of the mill restaurant. Instead, Alchemist turns the takes the concept of eating and turns it into a holistic experience. Everything from the atmosphere to the sounds are meant to enhance your meal. It’s wild, crazy, and one of the coolest things to do in Copenhagen.
As you enter into Christiania, you makeshift, worn-down sign that signs, “Now leaving the EU.” These four words perfectly sum up Christiania. Located in downtown Copenhagen, Freetown Christiania is a self-governing society. They have their own laws, flags, and way of life. You’ll see handmade knick-knacks for sale, a weed market, and a hole in the wall restaurants. This hippie community has strike rules they follow, like no weapons, violence, or stealing.
Tourists are welcome but should stick to some basic rules: First, no violence, no car, no cameras, and photos.
It’s one of the most unquie and colorful communities I’ve visited in Europe, and one of the best things to do in Copenhagen.
Christiansborg Palace, a massive building, surrounded by water on the small Islet of Slotsholmen, plays an important part in Denmark’s history.
Denmark has one of the oldest monarchies in history. And Christiansborg Palace serves as a venue for royal receptions. Mainly the palace is used by the head of states and prime minister to receive important guests and heads of state from all over the world or hosts sumptuous dinners.
In the palace, you’ll find the Throne of Denmark (more detail on that later), the imposing Great Hall filled with the Queen’s tapestries.
The Christiansborg Palace also houses the PM’s office, the Parliament, and the Supreme Court of Denmark.
For those with a ticket to the Royal Reception Rooms, you also have access to a free guided tour of the area.
The ruins of the old castle (which date back to the 11th century) are a worthy site when visiting the palace. This accidental discovery is well preserved, and many of the ruins are part of Bishop Absalon’s Castle – dating back to the 11th-century. There’s Bishop Absalon’s wall, a wall once used to protect the palace from pirates.
The Blue Tower’s another large ruin under Christiansborg. This tower was a jail used to keep criminals and political prisoners. The most famed inmate was Leonora Christine, daughter of Christian IV, who was held in the tower for over 20 years.
Want a fun fact about Christiansborg Palace ruins? These historical sites under the palace we discovered by accident.
Vesterbro’s busted onto the scene in recent years, increases in popularity, garnered the reputation as one of the best neighborhoods in the world.
The main street – Istedgade, which we talked about earlier, was once the red-light district of the city.
Now Vesterbro’s has a strong mix of different vibes and atmospheres. Everyone from hipsters to families will find something to do in Vesterbro. It’s also an excellent spot to venture for nightlife, or hanging out in the iconic vesterbro meatpacking district.
Comfort Hotel Vesterbro
Copenhagen Island Hotel
Nørrebro’s a huge multicultural melting pot in the city. And a foodies dream. Here you can find everything from ramen to tacos. Also, increasing in popularity right now, there’s a huge buzz around Nørrebro and its area of the city with a promising future. The entire neighborhood feels like it’s one large hanging out spot.
As odd as it is to say, the most popular site is Assistens Cemetery. It’s a lush green section of Nørrebro that holds famous Danes such as Hans Christian Andersen. There’s also the busiest bicycle street in the world and the globally famous Superkilen Park.
Nørrebro’s an area where street culture thrives, and with great eats, locally-owned shops, and cool sites. It’s really a no-brainer to visit.
Fun fact, Nørrebro pronunciation in Danish looks like [ˈnɶɐ̯ɐˌpʁoˀ])
Gaarden & Gaden
The Barking Dog
Kølsters Tolv Haner
For those addicted to coffee, like myself, can’t pass up a visit to the Kent Kaffe Laboratorium. Opened in 2011, this organic coffee shop is a laboratory for experimentation. Here they brew coffee in all sorts of weird, wild, and complex ways, with a bunsen burner, for example. They take brewing coffee to the next level, and I love every second of it.
The atmosphere’s cozy, it’s unusual approach to coffee, and friendly staff makes this Copenhagen’s most unique coffee shop in town.
A word of warning, the Kent Kaffee Lab, focuses on brewing black coffee. If you ask for milk, there’s a good chance you’ll be greeted with precarious looks.
Those seeking to get away from the touristy sites and get a good feel for the culture of Copenhagen will want to head to the unique meatpacking district, popularly known as Kødbyen. This gritty part of town now plays hosts to small clusters of nightlife, restaurants, and galleries.
It’s a fashionable area, offbeat, but getting more popular. Great for hanging out with friends, people watching, meeting locals, or partying all night.
Foodies will want to venture to the meatpacking district food market; here for a few times during their visit. As it’s home to some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen. During the summer in Copenhagen this place is buzzing!
Tommi’s Burger Joint
Centre of Photography
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Experimentarium lets you explore science, the Danish way. This science center full of hands-on exhibits that people of all nationalities and age groups will love.
This rare take on science has over 19 presentations (including the bizarre tunnel of senses). You’ll take part and get hands-on with a variety of games, take the interactive Olympic test, or weigh your worth in The Arena. They even have the world’s first interactive experimentarium cinema based on motion sensors.
Can you get more Danish than the ‘Hygge’? Hygge’s the Danish art of being cozy. Yep, Danes are so addicted to relaxing and being cozy that they have a word and an entire museum exhibits dedicated to it.
This crazy place was named by TIME as one of the 100 best places.
Adult: 160 DKK
Child: 99 DKK
Student (With student cards): 144 DKK
I’ve got to come clean here. I’m not a massive fan of Aquariums or Zoos. I feel like wild animals should stay wild. But I do see there value as learning tools to inspire the next generation. So if you have curious little ones, then the National Aquarium of Denmark is a great option. It’s the largest aquarium in Northern Europe and holds over 7 million liters of water.
The vast array of animals, in the Ocean Tank, gives you a glimpse of life under the seven seas, from the Giant Pacific octopus to imposing hammerhead sharks.
Kids will love the Water Playground. Here learning and playing intersect, with large pumps and drains that aim to teach the little ones all the various ways water can be used.
Oh, did I mention that there’s also a Tropical Rainforest with exotic flora and fauna? A rainforest with tiny frogs, piranhas, and arapaimas.
This Aquarium brings out the inner kid in everyone.
Adult (from age 12): 185 ($27) DKK
Child (age 3 – 11): 100 DKK ($15)
Den Blå Planet is open 365 days a year including holidays:
Mondays: 10 – 21
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 – 17
The aquarium closes early during the Christmas Holiday.
For those looking for a different perspective of the capital will want to hop on a canal tours (included in the Copenhagen Card). This watery tour weaves you in and out of the city canals and idyllic harbors.
By boats takes you past some of the cities’ best sights like the Old Stock Exchange, Our Savior Church, the Black Diamond, and the Mermaid Statue. During the tour, your Danish guide will tell you the history of the churches, houses, canals, and castles.
Visiting CPH in the winter? No problem; during the winter, the boats are covered and heated. Tours are operated in Danish and English, plus a handful of other languages like French and German.
All the tours are run by locals who use environmentally friendly boats.
It’s no secret, Danes like to drink. The weekends in the capital are buzzing with fun events that range from salsas meetups to dancing to blaring music at nightclubs until 5 a.m.
Nyhavn’s the most scenic and classy neighborhood in Copenhagen to start your night out. However, drinking here comes with higher prices and more crowds.
Budget travelers will want to start their night out in Stroget or head straight to the clubs in Nørrebro later in the night. Vesterbro’s also great for nightlife, with cheap and lively bars.
If you’re looking for something tamer, not to worry, Copenhagen also has a plethora of wine bars, beer halls, and hole-in-the-wall bars.
Going for a tame or wild night out has to be one of the best things to do in Copenhagen. The city has a lively energy, and atmosphere, and a friendly bar crowd. Plus, I always say you don’t know a place until you experience its nightlife.
Speaking of booze, Copenhagen has the world’s largest collection of bottled beer. We quickly mentioned Leif Soone’s Cottled Beer Collection earlier. And while I don’t think this site warrants a visit on its own. The fact that its part of the Carlsberg Brewery means there’s no reason not to pay it a brief visit.
Entering the collection, you’ll see 22,000 unopened bottles of beer from everywhere in the world. The collection encompasses a range of brands and styles. There’s so much beer that the collection takes up an entire room of the Carlsberg Brewery. The Leif Soone’s Cottled Beer Collection holds the Guinness book of world records title for the biggest beer collection in the world. And overall, it’s an impressive collection that any beer aficionado will enjoy.
Travelers savvy enough to acquire a Copenhagen card will want to head to Roskilde Cathedral. This inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between the 12th and 13 centuries.
Roskilde has the honors of being the first Gothic Cathedral in Scandinavia. And the style soon became popular all over Europe. It has been a mausoleum to the Danish Royal family since the 15 Century.
Traveling here takes you through 800 years of Danish history from the Viking era, Reformation, to the funeral monument for the current queen.
Inside the Cathedral, visitors walk the narrow crypts, and under the vaulted ceiling, get to see Denmark’s heritage with your own eyes.
Roskilde Cathedral has been UNESCO stamped for 2 decades. The Cathedral lies on the Island of Zealand, the same island as Copenhagen, and sits around 30 minutes from the central station.
Hours vary by season so double check before visiting.
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday: 13:00 – 16:00
Adults: 60 DKK
Senior and students: 40 Dkk
Copenhagen Card and Under 17: Free
Another place to get a magnificent view of the city is from the oldest working observatory in all of Europe. The eponymously named tower gives you a beautiful 360-degree panorama of Copenhagen.
Christian IV built this Rundetaarn (Or round tower) in the 17th century. Today the Round Tower’s used by astronomers and visitors.
However, I have to warn you. Getting to the top isn’t easy. Visitors have to walk up the 268.5-meter long spiral walkway. One small constellation is that the walkways almost as beautiful as the view from the top.
Thrill and view seekers won’t want to miss climbing to the top of the round tower part of their things to do in Copenhagen.
Adults: 25 DKK
Children: 5 DKK
Children under 5 years are free of charge
Open every day:10-18
Open Tuesday to Wednesday: 10-21
We’ve already talked about how the LIttle Mermaid Statue’s claimed the spot as one of Europe’s most visited statues.
However, in 2006 a new statue was unveiled as “The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid.” The goal of the genetically modified mermaid statue was to bring Hans Christian Andersen’s work into the 21st century with a postmodern design.
The statue isn’t nearly as famous as her older sister. But there something fun about comparing the two. And it’s interesting to see how art has changed over the last 100 years. This newer version was created by Bjørn Nørgaard, a professor from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
This newer mermaid isn’t on the main river, and to find it, you’ll head further north of the little mermaid statue to find it.
When I first heard of Superkilen I thought to myself,” Only in Denmark”. And there’s no way you can miss Superkilen, literally. Superkilen’s an entire city block painted electric pink. (The pink is bright enough to hurt your eyes.)
The park’s broken into three different sections. The Red Square, the Black Square, and The Green Park.
The geometry of Red Square – the pink section of the park- is made up of sharp angles and abrupt curves.
The Black Square’s painted with white lines along the ground, that curve around the various statues, benches, and the Moroccan fountain.
Superkilen, sits just outside the downtown, is located in a diverse part of the city, which is the reason for the park’s existence. And while the part might have a futuristic art style, what is symbolized is as old as civilization.
The parks a celebration of a mixture of cultures and a cry that we should all live in harmony. Everything in the park, from benches to lamps and signs comes from over 60 different countries.
For example, there’re benches from Armenia, ping-pong tables from the Mediterranean, Cherry Blossom trees from Japan, and a Muay Thai ring from Asia.
The parks become famous worldwide as a symbol of our interconnected world. And a call to action, to how we need to unity as people.
Today Amalienborg palace is mainly known for who lives there, IE. The Danish Royal Family. Some tours take small groups through the museum (which we talked about above). However, the main reason to visit the palace section if for the changing of the guard.
This changing of the guard most likely different from others you’ve seen on your travels. The guard leaves the barracks at nearby Rosenborg Castle and marches through the streets to Amalienborg.
The changing of the guard happens every day at noon, and one thing in Copenhagen you won’t want to miss.
Can you really have a list of things to do in Copenhagen, without mentioning the legendary throne?
Denmark’s Throne dates back to the mid to late 1600s, ordered by King Frederick III. This grand, white throne that showcases a vast amount of wealth and Denmark. Now, when you see the throne in person, you might think, “What is it made of?”
Well, legend says that the Throne of Denmark was made out of Unicorn Horn. Were unicorns around in the 1600s?
Where myth ends, facts begin. And in this case, the facts are that the thrones built from the tusks from the Norwegian Narwhal.
Sitting alongside the throne as massive silver lions. These three lions are a symbol of the monarchy or the two Kingdoms. The throne was inspired by the Throne of Solomon from the bible, which was guarded by lions.
For almost 200 years, the throne was used for crowning the new king. However, in 1948 a new constitutional monarchy was put in place, and kings were no longer crowned. You can find this throne in the Castle of Rosenborg.
Looking to take in the sun? Or maybe you just want a quick way to cool down from the summer heat? Well, you find your answers at Islands Brygge Harbour Bath. These public baths, along the harbor, are popular among locals and travelers.
There are five pools to choose from (2 of them set aside for kids), and each bath has excellent views of the city skyline and waterways.
Worried about nasty water? Don’t be, they check these pools daily, and the water has to meet their lofty standards before they allow people to swim. These pools are a great escape from the heat, and a nice way to relax and take in the harbor area.
What I like about this thing to do in Copenhagen is that I’ve not seen anything like it anywhere else in the world. The amber museum, located in Nyhavn, and inside one of the oldest buildings in the capital, the Kanneworff’s House – dating back to 1606.
The museum covers the rich history of amber. Travel back in time and learn how, over 50 million years ago, amber formed. And how it made its way to the coast of Denmark.
The museum holds raw amber stones, rare amber artifacts, and even amber jewelry. Some ambers contain plants and insects that have remained trapped in the resin for millions of years. (I smell a Jurassic Park, Copenhagen edition coming).
The Copenhagen Amber Museum is recognized across the globe. And is run by some of the world’s leading amber experts.
Adults: DKK 25
Children (0-15 years old): Free
Free Entry with your Copenhagen Card.
May 1 – September 30: 09:00 AM – 19:30 PM
October 1 – April 30: 10:00 AM – 17:30 PM
Address: Copenhagen Amber Museum Kongens Nytorv 2, by Nyhavn 1150 Copenhagen K
Copenhagen’s Planetarium acts as a great learning experience and something that kids of all ages will enjoy. Because of this, it’s one of the best things to do with a family in Copenhagen.
This educational site will take you on a journey, a journey into the stars, space, and infinite universe (via movies on the 1.000 m2 dome-shaped screen.)
The “Made in Space” focuses on the opposite end of the spectrum. And instead of learning more about the vastness of space, it focuses on the building blocks that everything is made from; atoms. The planetarium’s one of Copenhagen’s highlights.
During certain weekends and holidays, they also offer free tours and activities. And while the spoken language for the shows is Danish, it’s possible to get narration in English via headsets at the ticket desk.
Monday: 12 noon – 8 p.m.
Tuesday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Adult: 160 DKK
Child: 99 DKK
Student (With student cards): 144 DKK
Assistens Kirkegård is perhaps the oddest burial ground on the planet. It’s a lively part park, part cemetery, and beloved in the city as a cultural treasure.
Assistens Kirkegård’s the final resting place of Hans Christian Andersen, and the famed philosopher Søren Kierkegaard; as well as thousands of other Danes.
The entire area of Assistens Kirkegård is lush with verdant trees and grass. Strangely enough, making it one of the most beautiful spots in the city to visit. On a typical day, you’ll see people relaxing on the green grass, riding bikes, or running not far graves dating back hundreds of years.
Amalienborg Museums, unlike many of the museums in Copenhagen. Visitors embark on a journey through the royal life of the constitutional kings and queens of Denmark. The tour takes you from Denmark’s old past all the way until the present. Not only that, but it houses an extensive collection of royal jewelry, elegant rooms, and gala halls.
Two of the rococo palaces are open to visitors. The Amalienborg Palace Museum; but also the palace of Christian VIII. For some rooms in Christian VIII, they require palace reservations.
Much of the museum follows the story of Christian IX and Queen Louise, who were famously known as the “In-Laws of Europe.” A nickname assigned to them since their children become the kings of Russia, Denmark, England, and Greece.
Everything inside and outside of the Design Museum Danmark represents an exquisite work of art. The museum simultaneously pays homage to the legacy of Denmark’s design influence. Even the old baroque buildings dates back to the 18th century.
Time flies by as visitors spend 2 -3 hours enjoying moving between the different contemporary danish designs. This Scandinavian design museum also has arts and crafts and everything from glass to textiles to fashion. In the summer there’s a beautiful garden to relax, and cafe tp get a caffeine boost.
If you even have the slightest interest in design, then this is a must-stop when planning your list of things to do in Copenhagen. They also have free tours on Sunday afternoons. From the national museum of Denmark to the Musical Instruments Museum, there are no shortage of exhibits to see in Copenhagen, however, this musuem’s one not-to-miss.
The museum’s found in the historic Copenhagen-area, Frederiksstaden, and rivals other musuems in the city like the National Gallery of Denmark.
Prices (25+): 115 DKK
(Free with Copenhagen Card)
Address: Bredgade 68, Copenhagen 1260 Denmark
Phone: 3318 5656
Unbenounced to most traveling Copenhagen there lies a hidden cavern below the city. Venture deep under the green grassy knolls of Søndermarken Park are you’ll stumble on these spacious caverns and tunnels. These forgotten cisterns once held the stores of drinking water for the city. The amount these large reservoirs could hold – up to 16 million liters of water – boggles the mind.
These dark and cold caverns remind you of the remnants of ancient cathedrals and catacombs. Today the cisterns are drained, and these dark reservoirs are now part of the Frederiksberg Museum and house an art gallery-like you’ve never seen.
The Cisternerne supplied drinking water to the city for almost 100 years. But also doubled as a reflection pool for Frederiksberg Castle.
Pro tip: Underground water tanks are usually damp, so proper shoes are highly recommended.
While you’re at CHristiansborg Palace head next door to Thorvaldsens Museum, this single-artist museum focuses on the collections of Bertel Thorvaldsens, a famous Danish sculptor. His sculptors are in a neoclassicism style. You’ll also find out about his work style, check out letters to his students, and interpretations of his work.It’s a fantastic museum like NY Carlsberg Glyptotek and the National Museum of Denmark.
Don’t fancy paying for this museum! No problem, head there on Wednesdays for free entry! Go here to see some of the Thorvaldsen Museum artworks.
Another museum we have to touch on briefly is the National Museum. This museum has a detailed Viking exhibit, including one of the largest collections of silver and gold in the country. This large treasure trove has the Runestones, Golden Horn, and much more.
Besides Vikings, there are exhibits. Exhibits which showcase the Renaissance, and modern historical artifacts of Denmark. And various other collections from all over the world.
The Museum also has a specific section for children where they can get hands-on with history. They have a small cargo ship, a Pakistan bazaar, and even a classroom to see what a school was like for Danes almost 100 years ago.
They have artifacts from all eras from history from the stone age to modern Denmark.
The Museum housed in the Prince’s Palace.
You can tour the museum in only an hour.
The newly reopened Danish Antiquity exhibit has treasure from the country that date back 3,000.
Admission: 55 DKK
Free with the Copenhagen Card, and if you’re under 18.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.
While you are in Roskilde, head to the RAGNAROCK Museum. The mind-boggling exterior of this museum will be the first thing you notice. But venture inside to discover the wealth of pop culture treasures.
The museum promises a “rocking experience”. And the museum takes travelers on a wild journey from 1950s rock-and-roll all the way through the 1980s pop culture.
It tells the story of the youth during these generations. It’s an exciting and colorful take on museums in general.
Hours vary by season so double check before visiting.
Tues-Sun: 10:00 – 17:00
Wed: 10:00 – 22:00
Adults: 110 DKK
Copenhagen Card and Under 17: Free
Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, you’ll find the Natural History Museum and the Botanical Garden. Get ready for a plethora of flora and fauna from orchids that lived around at the same time as T-Rex’s.
The gardens home to over 13,000 plant species, and only 600 are from Denmark. There are plants from all over the world, rock gardens, and perennial plants; just to name a few. There’s literally so much that it warrants an entire post on itself. And it’s a site better discovered for yourself, rather than reading about.
Copenhagen’s Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to visit. And a splendid way to get some unforgettable nature without leaving the city.
Art lovers will lose themselves drooling over the 600 years of art that’s housed in this ornate and lavish museum.
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek collection houses art from all over Europe. Including a massive collection of art from the ancient Mediterranean. There’s also a notable collection of Impressionist paintings. In total, the Glyptotek has a collection of over 10,000 works of art from a pan of time periods and civilizations dating back over 6,000 years.
Art isn’t the only treasure to be found here. The building and grounds feautre beautiful works of art—none more than the winter garden, featuring large palm trees, fountains, and a tranquil pool
Woman with Flower
Mummy Cat Case
Pompey tje Great
Admission to the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek starts at 115 DKK, and free for anyone under 18.
On Tuesday the Museum offers free admission.
The ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, located in the South of Copenhagen, is the number one place in the city to admire contemporary art. The museum houses more than 400 works making one of the finest collections of art in Scandinavia. Every inch of AKREN is art, including of the exterior and interior of the building. As well as the ARKEN shop and cafe which oddly dangles on the side of the building.
It features displays from the Danish and Nordic art scene. Featuring both established to up-and-coming artists. But they also feature artists from more than just Denmark and Norway. In fact, they feature artists from all over the world, such as the sculptors from Germany artist Anselm Reyle, and the works for British Artist Damien Hirst. They also have an eye for talent, and often feature talented contemporary artists who are starting to make a name for themselves.
In addition to their permanent 400 works of art, they have two of three temporary exhibitions a year. These exhibits are either theme or artist-specific. The Akren scope is amazing.
If you have any interest in art, then this is a see-worthy collection.
Another Copenhagen museum the kids will love is the Circus Museum. Step in the shoes of a clown or become the ring leader with circus workshops. Or just set back and enjoy the performances. July’s, arguably the best time of the year to visit, when there are free circus lessons on the weekends.
The Circus also has quirky exhibitions that the whole family will love. It lets you explore behind the scenes of a Circus, and will deliver the greatest show on earth. This strange mesh of fun and history’s located in the old barracks of Avedørelejren.
If the boat tour wasn’t up your alley, or you don’t like the idea of sharing the high seas with your fellow travelers, then renting a boat’s a great choice.
Prices are reasonable, and most places rent by the hour. Renting a boat allows you to make your own watery tour of Copenhagen and skip the sites you’re not interested in visiting. I’m going to come clean; this is one thing in Copenhagen I haven’t done. I’ve just heard about it from friends.
So I’m not sure if a special license needed. The best way to find out if you have questions or want to inquire about prices is head to look online or ask at your hotel.
While visiting Christiansborg, don’t miss the chance to get a rare insider’s glance into the royal kitchen. Here you get a behind the scenes look at what happens during a royal gala in 1937. You get to see how the food is prepared and get hungry pains from the intense and wonderful smells.
The royal kitchen of Christiansborg a fun experience that transports you back to the days of old. Days where large chefs carry larger copper pots, their exquisite candied fruit, and a special behind-the-scenes look at a royal kitchen.
Grundtvig’s Church has become my favorite building in the capital. Found in Bispebjerg district, just outside Copenhagen, sits this monumental architectural wonder.
The church’s a towering example of expressionist architecture and has a style unlike anywhere else in Europe.
The vision of this church was to combine many styles together from traditional danish styles to gothic. Personally, the top of the church resembles a church organ to me.
Grundtvig’s Church is made out of 6 million yellow bricks. The interior has a distinct gothic style, similar to Copenhagen Cathedral, although less ornamentation. There’s a narrow nave, a tiny transept, a couple of organs, and two lateral aisles.
Built-in the early 1900s, the minimalist style’s a stark reminder that something doesn’t have to be opulent to be grand.
Open 9 am to 4 pm daily.
Hours and services may vary during year.
Another not-to-miss site, while roaming around Christiansborg Palace, are the royal stables. At their peak, these stables held hundreds of horses at a time. Throughout history, fires have ravaged these stables. The fires caused these stables to be rebuilt almost 300 years ago.
Today the stables hold a handful of horses; however, they mainly act as a museum. The horses are brought out for special occasions like parties or when the Queen hosts New Year levées. The Royal Stables are a great addition to any visit to Christiansborg Castle.
First impressions of the Elephant Gate in Copenhagen might make you do a double-take in order to make sure you’ve haven’t been teleported to South East Asia. Four sculptors of larger-than-life elephants guard the entrance to the Carlsberg area of Copenhagen and the brewhouse portal.
These 100-year-old pachyderms stand as the most famous Carlsberg landmarks. It was once one, of only the few ways, to enter the Ny Carlsberg Complex. These Carlsberg elephants have become an icon and one of the best things to do in Copenhagen.
When you visit, the first thing you’ll notice is that the elephants have swastikas on their sides.
Yep, I said swastikas, but don’t be alarmed. Before WWII this symbol meant good luck. And these elephants pre-date WWI and WWII. Each elephant is also inscribed with the name of one of the founder’s children.
Mystery Makers’ is a stimulating and fantastic way to site see around the city. What is it, you ask.
Well, they basically turn sightseeing into a fun scavenger hunt.
You’ll have to solve clues, puzzles, and riddles as work your way around Copenhagen. This is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen as it combines sightseeing and entertainment in a single package.
Mystery Makers won several awards and even been called engaging by Lonely Planet.
Now, don’t swim in just any canal. But on warm days, when the harbor baths are packed, head to the canal close to the Black Diamond Library.
This canal’s not as popular as the Copenhagen harbour baths but still draws a crowd. The grassy areas perfect for sunbathing, the water cold enough to cool you down. It’s a great option, and a place where you’ll find more locals than tourists.
Just when you thought the artistic side of Copenhagen couldn’t get any stranger, I drop a nose collection on your lap. This off the beaten path site lies in the Glyptotek Art Museum.
Most people know that the nose part of statues is the weakest part (just look at the Sphinx). This collection spans throughout different historical periods. And some of these noses are the remnants from Roman and Greek statues.
It might take a little searching to find. But just follow your nose (sorry for the pun), and you’ll soon find yourself nose to nose (sorry, again) with a large glass display that features over 100 nozzles.
It’s a minor thing to do in Copenhagen, but still interesting to look at the distinct styles of noses from unique time periods.
In all honesty, this is another site that, by itself, doesn’t warrant a visit. But as it’s located in one of the best museums in Copenhagen, the Glyptotek Art Museum, you should keep an eye out for it.
By now, you’ve realized that Copenhagen has a strange fascination with people living under the sea. So when I tell you that our next things to do in Copenhagen have to do with a merman, you shouldn’t be surprised. Agnete and the merman (underwater sculpture) below sitting beneath the Højbro Bridge and at the bottom of the Frederiksholm canal.
This statue depicts the story, Agnete Of Havmanden. A famous Danish Ballad passed down orally that tells the tale of Agnete. One day when she was walking beside the sea, she was approached by the Merman. The merman, stricken by her beauty, proposed on the spot.
Agnete forsook her family and ran away with a merman. Below the sea, they have seven kids, er… merkids. Everything was going great until one-day, Agnete heard church bells in the distance. These bells drew her back to the land, promising her mer-family that she would return.
However, lured by her old life, she then forsook the sea. And for the rest of their days, her Mer-Husband and Mer – Kids pined for her return.
This merman sculpture (like the black diamond mermaid) pays fitting tribute to the story
While we are on the subject of traveling Copenhagen with the little ones, let’s talk about one last thing that kids will love to do when traveling Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Train Tours ( part of the Copenhagen Card) takes you an up-close and personal tour of the medieval section of the city.
Get hygge as you are taking on a tour through the medieval part of the city. This is where you’ll find the most impressive buildings, stony streets, and quaint squares. These medieval streets are a grab bag of different art shops, tiny restaurants, rousing bars, and great shopping.
It’s a brilliant way to get an overview of this area of town and spy a wonderful shop or restaurant to dine at later.
Den Free Centre of Contemporary Art features amazing art and architecture that’s a must-see (Well, that is, if you’re into art). Founded over 100 years ago makes it one of the oldest art venues in the country. They strive to showcase the very latest and greatest in contemporary art. They hold exhibitions from artists all over the world. Throughout the year, they hold a huge variety of different galleries and temporary exhibits.
Other than collections of contemporary art, it’s become a hangout for travelers, artists, and locals. I love a relaxed atmosphere and how friendly everyone was at the cafe. The unique architecture of the building alone makes it worthy of your list of things to do in Copenhagen.
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-18
Thursday: 12 – 21
Adult: 70 DKK
Child (0-11): Gratis
Copenhagen Card: Gratis
Student: 50 DKK
You can’t miss the City Hall Tower. Literally, it’s one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen and stands at 105 meters tall. If you’re up to the challenge, you can climb the 300 steps to the top of the tower. Here you will get a broad view of the downtown area. The towers open during the weekdays, and on Saturdays, there is a tour.
Bakkehuset’s a historic house museum that focuses on a specific time period – the Golden Age of Denmark. An age when art, culture, and literature was at its peak.
Bakkehuset museum sits in the eponymously named home; which acted as a home and hangs out spot for literary giants and famed authors from 1802 to 1830.
Here, authors like Hans Christian Andersen and Adam Oehlenschläger frequently visited. You can explore the ornate furniture, the grand library, and dive deeper into the culture of Denmark in the early 1800s.
Outside of the museum, you’ll find a newly resorted and beautiful garden. This fascinating museum’s worth a quick visit if you have the time.
If you didn’t get your fill of water on the Copenhagen Canal tour, then check head to Baadfarten for a boat tour on a few of the country’s best lakes right outside of the city.
These boat tour has been running for over 100 years. These tours are set along lakes flanked by verdant forest and idyllic landscapes. The tours cover three lakes – Furesøen, the deepest lake in Denmark, as well as Bagsværd and Lyngby Lakes, which are surrounded by incredible scenery.
The tour prices are reasonable for what you get. But the tours are also included with the Copenhagen Card.
Jazzcup encompasses all things jazz. Combining a jazz venue, with a record store, and cafe makes it the place for all things jazz Copenhagen.
Their mission is to showcase just how wonderful Jazz music to the Danish people. Every Friday and Saturday there are live jazz concerts. Here jazz thrives, and innovation reigns, as musicians – in typical jazz form – improvise with style.
If you are interested in Jazz music or just looking for something fun and different on the weekend, then Jazzcup’s an excellent option.
Jazzcup’s a stone throws away from the King’s Garden.
“The Snake,” an iconic bridge, is the city connecting the bike path to the harbor area.
But you’d be wrong if you thought this was a normal bridge. The Snake bridge loops and curves back and forth across the water and regarded by many as an architectural masterpiece.
Looking at the snake, it’s easy to see why Copenhagen is considered one of the best bike cities in the world.
Speaking of Bikes, you need to visit the world’s busiest bicycle street, Dronning Louise’s Bro. The Dronning Louise’s Bro (Or Queen Louise’s Bridge) connects the city center with the Nørrebro area. The most notable landmark in the area of the eponymously named bridge was created un the French Empire style; dating back to 1887 and designed by Queen Louise.
Even if you’re not biking, at sunset, the bridge has a fantastic view of the famous neon lights in Nørrebrø.
The busy bicycle areas also become a popular hangout spot in the city.
If you fancy testing your luck (or skill), then head to Casino Copenhagen. The casino has all the favorites such as blackjack, poker, and roulette. They also have poker tournaments every day.
Gambling is risky, so take part at your own risk. Personally, I always set a limit to how much I can lose.
Lastly, go on a day trip! There are a lot of fun things to do around Copenhagen. There is Hamlet’s castle in Helsingor. Or hop on the train, or ferry and spend the day Sweden ( I recommend Malmo; or meet me for a drink in Helsingborg).
There’s also the spiral walkway that takes you high above the danish forest. This treetop experience takes you 148 feet high to the top of an observation route. Let’s look at just a handful of the best day trips from Copenhagen.
Kronborg Castle’s the most popular day trip from Copenhagen, and another site included with the Copenhagen card, it’s worth visiting. Kronborg famous for two reasons.
First off, it’s one of the finest Renaissance castles in Europe. But the castle’s biggest claim to fame is that “Hamlet’s Castle: in Shakespeare’s world-renowned play. During the summers, they have live festivals featuring live performances at the castle.
The castle’s elegant but also set in a very strategic place, so it’s well fortified with tall bastions and ravelins.
It takes around 45 minutes via train from downtown Copenhagen to reach the castle.
A day trip from Copenhagen to Sweden a fantastic idea. There’s the port city of Helsingborg ( where I live) that offers awesome food, a beautiful beach, and an stunning downtown. There’s also a castle, parks, and historic sites.
There’s also Malmö; a cultural hub in Southern Sweden. Malmö’s less than a half an hour from downtown Copenhagen.
Møns Klint are a group of towering cliffs on the coast. These beautiful white cliffs are some of the tallest in the country. There are also tiny beaches, nature walks, and more.
However, the coolest thing (other than the landscape) is the science center. Finds in this area date back to the Tertiary Period, when meteors showered the earth, over 70 million years ago.
Like I touched on above, the Treetop Experience is a massive, unforgettable, spiral ramp that takes you almost 150 feet in the air. From the top, you get an unparalleled view of the surrounding landscape.
Afraid of heights well, there’s also wild ramps through the trees that aren’t as high, but still fun.
This is a mini-adventure my wife suggested to me. During the summer months, the piers north of Copenhagen are thriving with parties, events, and beauty. So take a mini road trip, get out of the city, and explore the various piers and places just outside the cit