13 Things to Do in Copenhagen

Discover Copenhagen and the many things you can do! You can visit historical and cultural sites as well as places to relax and enjoy the time.

Keep reading if you want to know which are the best things to do on your trip to Copenhagen.

1 – Nyhavn

Nyhavn is probably the image you have in your mind of Copenhagen. A port surrounded by colorful façades in which you can spend your time in its bars and restaurants. It is the place to go where you can find both tourists and locals.

2 – Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is a beautiful theme park located in the center of Copenhagen. Apart from the attractions and spectacles that will love from kids to adults, you can enjoy the cared gardens and the artificial lake. It is worth coming at night to admire the illuminated gardens.

3 – The Little Mermaid

The most iconic picture of the city. It is located in Langelinie Park, on a rock in the port. It represents a story that tells that a fisherman fell in love with a mermaid. This story led to “The Little Mermaid” fairy tale by Andersen.

4 – Amalienborg Palace

The Amalienborg Palace is the residence of the Danish Royal Family. Actually, it is a complex made up of four palaces. It is the best way to get to know the Danish culture and to understand the history of royalty in the country. You can’t miss the change of the guard, which takes place every day at 12 pm (they march at 11.30 am from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace, arriving at 12 pm). 

5 – Marble Church

The Marble Church, or Frederik’s Church, is located in front of Amalienborg Palace. It has an impressive cupola inspired by the one in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

6 – Rosenborg Castle and The King’s Garden

It is also named “Rosenborg Palace” because it has the appearance of a palace.

In the interior of the castle, you can visit the museum of the history of the Danish Royalty, the Royal rooms and the crown jewels. In the exteriors you can discover The King’s Garden, which was actually established a year before the built of the castle!

7 – Christiania

It’s a peculiar neighborhood known as the “free city”, considered independent from Copenhagen and the European Union. It has approximately 1,000 inhabitants that live in houses made of recycled materials. A very interesting place to visit. You can find food stalls and little fashion and artisan stores, besides seeing the streets covered in street art.

An important fact: don’t forget that you can’t take photos.

8 – Refshaleøen Island

It was a shipyard that nowadays has been reinvented into a cool and alternative area packed with artisan breweries, cafés, restaurants, office spaces and art exhibitions. Don’t miss “Reffen”, the biggest street food market in Copenhagen where you can delight organic food from a great variety of countries, such as Nepal, Jamaica, Greece… (Note that the market is closed during the winter)

9 – Christiansborg Palace

Get to know this place full of history that nowadays works as the Danish Parliament. It was the royal residence until 1794 and you can visit the Royal Reception Rooms, the Royal Kitchen, the Royal Stables and the ruins.  

10 – Rundetårn Tower

It literally means “round tower” and you will get the most amazing views of Copenhagen from here. There are no stairs to get to the top of the tower, you will have to go over a ramp that gives seven turns and a half to the tower!

11 – Nyboder

Nyboder is a district of Copenhagen well-known for its yellow houses, which were built in 1641 to host the numerous personnel of the Danish Navy and their families.

12 – Strøget Street

Welcome to Europe’s longest street. It is the perfect spot to do some shopping, buying souvenirs or relaxing in one of its cafés. 

13 –  Rådhuspladsen

It is Copenhagen’s main square, located at the end of Strøget Street. You will find the sculpture of Andersen and the town hall, among other interesting buildings such as the Hotel Palace.