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Things To See in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen Things To See

There are many different things to see and do in Copenhagen, whether you're the thrill-seeking kind or in search of something a little more cultural.

A good way to get a unique view of Copenhagen is to go on one of the various canal boat tours offered. You'll be taken all around the city, from the Little Mermaid Statue to the free-town of Christiania. Along the way, your guide will provide lots of titbits of interesting information about Copenhagen's history and about the city as it stands today. On a fine day, these tours also provide great photo opportunities of some of the city's most notable landmarks.

Copenhagen is the home of Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, and the inspiration behind Disneyworld. Here you'll find the world's highest carousel, as well as many other rides, 40 restaurants, 2 theatres, 3 open-air stages and the longest tropical salt water aquarium in Europe.

One of Denmark's most notable exports also makes its home in Copenhagen, and that's Carlsberg beer. While visiting the city, you can take a trip around the Brewery in the Vesterbro area of the city.

Museums in Copenhagen are also well worth a trip, with the likes of the Statens Museum for Kunst (the Danish National Gallery) and the National Museet (Denmark's National Museum) offering free admission to their collections of interesting art and artefacts.

Attractions in Copenhagen

  • Canal tours

    Various locations, Copenhagen, Denmark

    If you've got an hour or so, taking one of the canal tours offered from Nyhavn is a great way to get a different view of the city. From the water, you can get up close to some of Copenhagen's main attractions, as well as learning a lot of interesting facts about the city. Watch the people watching you from the shore as you go by, and watch your head as you pass underneath some of the many low bridges stretching over the canals.

    Tours run from March-Dec, opening hours vary; admission 60 DKK.

  • King's Gardens

    beside Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Created in 1606 at the same time as the Rosenborg castle was built, this large park is a great place for a stroll. Filled with trees and flowers, it's also home to a large number of interesting statues from seahorses to modern art. There are lots of benches to have a rest on too.

    Open 7 days, 7am-9pm; free admission.

  • Assistens Cemetery

    Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark

    A visit to the Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro gives you the chance to see the final resting places of some of Denmark's most notable citizens, including famous writer Hans Christian Andersen and well-known physicist Niels Bohr. Filled with trees and plants, as well as being a cemetery it's also a nice, peaceful park to wander though on a sunny day.

    Open Nov-Feb 8am-4pm, Mar-Apr Sept-Oct 8am-6pm, May-Aug 8am-8pm.

  • Trinitatiskirche

    Købmagergade, Copenhagen, Denmark

    If you're visiting the Round Tower, why not take the time to pop into the church attached to it. Inside you'll find high ceilings elaborately decorated in gold leaf with hanging chandeliers. At the back of the church, a huge organ faces the alter. Choral performances and concerts are often held here.

    Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm; free admission.

  • The National Museet

    Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Denmark's National Museum is the place to visit if you want to learn a little more about the Danish people from the Ice Age to the present day. Taking up three floors, it’s filled with interesting and often unusual artefacts, including pottery, jewellery, clothing and weapons. The Eskimo artefacts are a must-see, from the harpoons to animal hide underwear. There's also a toy exhibit here, filled with teddy bears, dolls houses and much more.

    Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mondays; admission free.

  • Experimentarium

    Tuborg Havneveg 7, Copenhagen, Denmark

    A science centre that's fun for people of all ages, the Experimentarium focuses on interactive exhibits dedicated to modern technology and the human body. From musical instruments made from sand and a bow, to rowing machines, to a model of a beating human heart you'll find something here to catch your interest.

    Open Mon, Wed-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Tues 9.30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm; admission 135 DKK.

  • NY Carlsberg Glypotek

    Dantes Plads 7, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Beside Tivoli Gardens, this art museum has a huge selection of things to see, from painting to sculpture to ancient artefacts. It's actually made up of 2 different collections covering ancient Mediterranean art, and French and Danish art from the 19th-20th C. Some of the highlights include ancient Egyptian mummies, and paintings by Monet and other important impressionist painters. There's also a winter garden, where you can sit inside under the palm trees and watch the fish in the fountain.

    Open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm, closed Mondays; admission 50 DKK, free on Sundays.

  • Rosenborg Castle

    Øster Volgade 4A, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Home to the Danish crown jewels and the museum of the Danish Royal Family, it's well worth a visit. Inside the castle you'll see everything from chess sets to musical instruments to portraits to a room filled with mirrors. Then head down to the treasury where you can marvel over the large collection of lavish jewels and crowns.

    Open Nov-Apr Tues-Sun 11am-4pm, Jun & Sept-Oct Mon-Sun 10am-4pm, Jul-Aug Mon-Sun 10am-5pm.

  • Tycho Brahe Planetarium

    Gammel Kongevej 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Discover the stars here, where you'll find lots of interesting exhibits about this history of astronomy right up to the present day. On top of this, check out a show at the IMAX movie theatre and get up close and personal with everything from coral reefs to dinosaurs. Headphones to hear the narration in English are available.

    Open 7 days 9.30am-9pm.

  • Tivoli

    Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

    With its unique location, in the heart of the city, this world famous amusement park has been visited by millions of people since it opened 1843. Today it houses the highest carousel in the world, as well as a huge number of other rides, 40 restaurants, 2 theatres, 3 open-air stages and the longest tropical salt water aquarium in Europe.

    Open 7 days at 11am Apr 17th-Sept 21st, Oct 10th-19th, Nov 14th-Dec 30th.

  • Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) Statue

    Langelinie 1263, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Perhaps the citys most famous landmark, the statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen can be found at the opening of the harbour. His beloved fairy tale of the Little Mermaid was first published in 1837 and this bronze statue has overlooked the harbour since 1913. It is the most photographed statue in the world.

  • Christiansborg Castle

    Christiansborg Slotsplads, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Christiansborg Castle is the fourth castle to occupy this site. Initially, Bishop Absalon, the founder of Copenhagen, built a castle on the site in 1167. The present castle was built between 1907-28 in the new baroque style. The northern wing houses the Royal Reception Chambers. The southern wing is home to The Danish Parliament and the centre of Danish politics. Visitors can also explore the subterranean ruins of Bishop Absalons Castle and Copenhagen Castle that replaced it. From the palace square, the entrance is under the tower and to the right.

  • Statens Museum for Kunst (State Museum of Fine Arts)

    Solvgade 48-50, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This is Denmark's national gallery and is home to around 10,000 paintings and sculptures by both Danish and international artists including Rembrandt and Picasso. It was initially opened to the public in 1896.

    Open Tues & Thurs-Sun 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-8pm, closed Mondays; free admission.

  • Amailenborg Palace

    Amalienborg Slotsplads, Copenhagen, Denmark

    In the heart of town stands Amalienborg Palace. When Queen Margrethe resides in the palace, her lifeguard performs the changing of the guard in the square at 12 noon. The square is flanked by four palaces and has Frederikskirken (Frederiks Church) as its focal point. Unfortunately' most of the interior is closed to the public but you can see the apartments of Christian VII.

  • Carlsberg Brewery

    Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, Copenhagen, Denmark

    No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without a sample of its famous beer. 15 million bottles of the brew are consumed daily across the globe and it is the world's sixth largest brewery. At the Brewery's Visitor Centre you will receive a wealth of information and of course, free samples! The Centre is located in a building dating back to 1847. It housed the old brewery and today you can see both the old horse-stables as well as a variety of exhibitions and videos displaying brewery-techniques here. It's also home to the largest collection of beer bottles in the world, which is growing all the time.

    Open Oct-June Tues-Sun 10am-4pm, July-Sept 7 days 10am-4pm.

  • Christianshavn

    Badsmandsstraede 43, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This area is known as little Amsterdam for its waterways and the free-town or commune of Christiania in its southern section. Christiania was founded in 1971 by youthful squatters in an abandoned military barracks. Hippies, artists, and political activists moved in and settled there. Today many of the barracks 1000 inhabitants are by young artists who live in tax-free bliss. 500,000 people visit annually. Attractions include restaurants, coffee bars, shops and music venues. There are guided tours of Christiania on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, and everyday from June 26th to August 31st. All tours depart at 3pm.

  • The Round Tower

    Købmagergade 52A, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Completed in 1642, this tower was commissioned by King Christian the 4th. It's Europe's oldest functioning observatory and stands 35 metres high. Walk round and round the spiral ramp leading almost to the top and then climb the last few steps and step outside where you'll see great views across Copenhagen. It's a really popular spot with visitors to the city and is still used by astronomers as well. Inside the tower you can also see the bell ringer's loft where lots of old astronomy equipment is on display.

    Open 7 days, May-Sept 10am-8pm, Oct-April 10am-5pm, mid Oct-mid March Tues/Wed 7pm-10pm.

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