Copenhagen has attractions and sights to suit every taste and interest – and most of them are within walking distance. The three most famous attractions in the city are most likely the more than 100-year old amusement park Tivoli Gardens, the statue of The Little Mermaid, and the freetown of Christiania.
But Copenhagen has a lot more to offer. This is ten official recommendations for a great stay in Copenhagen!
With a Copenhagen Card you get many advantages (free admissions to attactions, transport etc.).
Life in Copenhagen is lived in the saddle of a bicycle. Everybody does it. Bike that is. In Copenhagen we bike whether there is sun, rain or snow. We bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings.
Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses. Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
Copenhagen’s largest shopping area is centered around Strøget in the heart of the city. Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets with a wealth of shops, from budget-friendly chains to some of the world’s most expensive brands. The stretch is 1.1 kilometers long and runs from City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) to Kongens Nytorv. Strøget is a nickname from the 1800s and covers the streets Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet and Østergade and Nytorv square, Gammeltorv Square and Amagertorv Square.
Tivoli is a must for all children and those who like to play. Tivoli is located just a few minutes walk from City Hall, and with the Copenhagen Central Station as its nearest neighbour it is very easy to get to. In 2013 Tivoli Gardens presented a new 600 m2 Tycho Brahe area with three new rides, one of them being the 4G ride Aquila, live music is on the programme every day, fireworks every Saturday and international artists like Sting and Suede plays live on the open air stage.
Danish design & architecture
Functional. Edgy. Timeless. Minimalistic. Quality. Danish design, whether it is furniture or clothing, is known all over the world for its clean, simple lines, great materials and classic creations that never go out of style. On a larger scale, the recent architectural boom in Copenhagen is inspired by light, water, open spaces and sustainability.
Eat and drink
Copenhagen is world famous for the gourmet restaurant Noma. Noma has been ranked the Best Restaurant in the World five times.
Also the New Nordic kitchen has gained international appeal around the world and today the kitchen is highly praised internationally. The New Nordic kitchen is characterised by its uniquely Nordic identity among the world’s greatest cuisines and by its commitment to organic, sustainable and local products.
Garden and parks
Copenhagen has many parks and gardens that are perfect places to relax, sunbathe, go for a stroll or have a picnic. Most parks offer lots of playground fun for the kids. The King’s Garden is a popular spot for Copenhageners and Frederiksberg Gardens has a Chinese gazebo, open spaces and canals.
Copenhagen is a royal city, and home to the world’s oldest monarchy. In and around the city you will find castles, palaces, royal statues and monuments.
Amalienborg is considered one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture and was constructed in the 1700’s.
Amalienborg is also known for its Royal Guard, called Den Kongelige Livgarde. Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in Gothersgade 100 by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 noon.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The beautiful museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is located 40 kilometers north of Copenhagen and it has gained a reputation as a museum in touch with the zeitgeist of the contemporary art world. You can always be sure to take in refreshing and innovative contemporary art as well as modernist classics when you visit Lousiana. Besides the impressive permanent collection with over 3,000 works, the museum has 8-12 special exhibitions annually.
The Tower, Christansborg Palace
From the tower you can see Copenhagen from a completely new angle. You can see streets, building and details that you have probably never noticed. You can see roofs and towers and all the way to Sweden on a clear day.
The view from the tower of Christiansborg Palace is unique and magnificent – Copenhagen’s highest tower, which is now open to the public, for the very first time. The tower is the property of the Danish Parliament, whose Members took the initiative to open it – for the pleasure of all those who live in or are visiting Copenhagen.
Start the day off by running a few laps and without worrying about wasting any time from discovering Copenhagen’s attractions with these running routes. Follow these paths and get the chance to see some of the city’s most beautiful parts, historic buildings, and where the locals hang out. Lace up your sneakers and get ready for the best Copenhagen running routes. There are two running routes which you can ask for at the Concierge at the Tivoli Hotel.
Miles of great beaches a short bus ride from the centre of Copenhagen plus the clear waters of the city’s inner harbour, mean you are spoilt for choice when swimming in the Danish capital. And many offer free admission, too.
If you actually want to swim, or if you are not a fan of the large crowds at Islands Brygge, you may want to cross the harbour and visit Fisketorvet instead. The Olympic-size pool attracts swimmers training for a triathlon, and on Tuesday evenings there are free front crawl lessons open to everyone. There is also a separate diving pool and a children’s pool. When you are done swimming you can either go to the Fisketorvet shopping centre opposite or cross the pedestrian and cyclists’ bridge and hop on the yellow harbour bus boats that depart Islands Brygge every 15 minutes. (Free admission. Kalvebod Brygge 55. Open daily 11am-7pm until 31 August)