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Sightseeing and things to do in Copenhagen

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At CityXplora we've recently added Copenhagen, our newest and (at least for now) most exciting location!

The launch so far includes two products, the first is our open-top sightseeing bus tour and second is a comprehensive Copenhagen city pass card. Together they constitute a brilliant base on which to plan any trip the Danish capital. Below we'll list a few introductory ideas for things to see and do in the city.

On the Red Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour every key landmark in the capital's city centre is within quick and easy reach. The group even operate a shuttle between Copenhagen's cruise terminal and the rest of the sightseeing route.

Copenhagen's most famous landmark, the Little Mermaid Statue located in the middle of Copenhagen harbour, was gifted to the city by Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen in 1913. It depicts the central character in Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up her life beneath the waves to unite with a human prince with whom she has fallen in love. You can see the statue by heading to Langelinie Pier and looking out over the water.

The quayside neighbourhood of Nyhavn is one of the oldest in Copenhagen, with its oldest structures dating back as far as 1681. Though new buildings have been added since that time the same late 17th century design conventions have been retained all the way down the line. The result is a spectacularly colourful feat of historical preservation where timeless comforts and traditional surroundings blend seamlessly. Nyhavn is the place to be if you want to enjoy a proper Danish beer in an authentic, peaceful atmosphere. There's plenty of restaurants and you can also visit a few of the houses lived in by Hans Christian Andersen by going to buildings 18, 20 and 67.

The lengthy pedestrian street of Stroget lies at the centre of Copenhagen's pulsing commercial heart. It is a place where visitors and locals alike can conduct all kinds of shopping from flashy upmarket brands to simple groceries. In all, Stroget is comprised of a collection of important locations: Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmels-Kaftet, Ostergade, Nytorv Square, Gammeltorv and Amagertov. Given Copenhagen city centre's fairly small size the relative scope of Stroget makes it one of the capital's best areas for sightseeing. Gammeltorv is the oldest market square in Copenhagen and it functions as a sort of centrepiece along the length of the district. Many of Gammeltorv's buildings were reconstructed in a neo-classical style following the Fire of 1795, and its primary landmark is currently the beautifully decorated Caritas Fountain. Adjacent to Gammeltorv is Nytorv, literally, New Square. This public space is where you can find the Copenhagen Court House, a building which also served as city hall from 1815-1905.
Both the old and new town squares lie only a short walk away from two of Copenhagen's main cathedrals, the Church of Our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke), and Helliganskirken at Amagertov. At its farthest southern point Stroget opens out onto the spacious Radhuspladen and new town hall, while its northern end is marked out by Ostergade's intersection with Kongens Nytorv.

When in Copenhagen it's hard not to miss Amalienborg Palace, a dual landmark and attraction situated on the crossroads between Frederiksgade and Amaliegade. It is to the Danish capital as Buckingham Palace is to London, unlike Buckingham, however, the palace does not consist of a single structure, rather it is a complex of four buildings arranged around an octagonal plaza. Amalienborg is currently the official winter residence of the Danish Royal family, but is still very much open to the public most days of the year. A great thing to check out is the Changing of the Guard, an event that occurs every two hours, with full changes taking place at 12 noon daily.

Why not check out the open-top bus tour on our site to discover more of Copenhagen's delightful treasures?

The perfect addition to the bus tour is the Copenhagen Card. With this generous city pass you're entitled to 72 free museum and attraction entries; free transport on the s-trains, city buses, harbour buses and Metro; and great discounts on car hiring, restaurants and sightseeing tours. The list of places to go and things to do is too large to explain here, but a few of the highlight offers to look out for include: Amalienborg Museum, The Blue Planet Aquarium, Tivoli Amusement Park, and the Visit Carlsberg centre. You're also sure to love Copenhagen Zoo (one of the oldest in Europe), the impressive sculptures of the Thorvaldsen Museum, and the amazing personal collection of Carl Jacobsen housed with the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. All free with the Copenhagen Card!