Things To Do In Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a little capital with huge cultural clout. Situated on the eastern tip of Denmark's Sjælland island the city is a major business and financial centre for the wider Scandinavian-Baltic region. It upholds a renowned reputation for quality of life, flourishing entertainment scenes and the classical beauty of its spiralling skyline.
Enjoy one of the most liberal nightlife cultures in the world with Copenhagen's extensive variety of bars and restaurants. Visit the two oldest amusement parks in the world or travel further afield and uncover a true Viking history. There's no shortage of great things to do in Copenhagen. To make the most of your trip, consider giving the following activities a try:
1) Little Mermaid Statue:
Copenhagen's most famous landmark was gifted to the city by Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen in 1913.
Located in the middle of Copenhagen harbour, 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.
2) Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Tour:
Red Sightseeing makes finding and reaching Copenhagen's top landmarks quick and easy. Whether you arrive in the city by air, rail or through the cruise port terminal at Frihavnen, this open-top bus service is the perfect way to get acquainted with the capital.
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 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.
4) Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek:
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a renowned art museum displaying the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, son of the Carlsberg Breweries founder.
5) Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park:
Disembarking at the Glyptotek also places you next to Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park. It may be the second oldest of its kind is the world, but this unmissable attraction is filled with some of the most exhilarating things to do in Copenhagen. Fun rides and vibrant backdrops ensure a constant carnival atmosphere, and there's even the occasional live concert!
With all the excitement of Tivoli Amusement Park another museum you might like to visit is the Cirkusmuseet, where you can try your hand at some amazing tricks and step into the life and traditions of the circus.
7) Amalienborg Palace:
When in Copenhagen it's hard not to miss Amalienborg Palace, looming large 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 may currently be the official winter residence of the Danish Royal family, but it is open to the public most days of the year. Something well worth checking out is the Changing of the Guard, an event that occurs every two hours, with full changes taking place at 12:00 daily. Then there's Amalienborg Museum, where visitors can hear the history and see the art and artefacts of the Danish monarchs.
8) Copenhagen Zoo:
Copenhagen Zoo is one of the city's most prolific attractions, with over 260 different species across various themed enclosures. One such zone is called the 'The Nordics', which focuses on Scandinavian animals and other creatures native to the Northern Hemisphere. Be sure to also see the polar bears in the Arctic Ring.
9) A Stroll Down Stroget:
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 several important locations: Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmels-Kaftet, Ostergade, Nytorv Square, Gammeltorv and Amagertov. Given central Copenhagen's fairly small size the relative scope of Stroget makes it one of the capital's best areas for sightseeing.
10) Gammeltorv & Nytorv:
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.
11) Copenhagen Card:
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!