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Welcome to Denmark

Perched on the Jutland peninsula and an archipelago comprised of more than 400 islands, Denmark has a reputation for high-quality living and health-forward thinking. Copenhagen, the Scandinavian country's capital, is one of the world's most bike-friendly cities, so cycling tours are a natural way to take in the sights, from the elegant Amalienborg Palace and Kastellet Fortress to Rosenborg Castle and the famous Little Mermaid statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. Hop-on hop-off bus tours let you mix and match from the many attractions scattered across the city's varied neighborhoods, including the alternative neighborhood of Christiania, which essentially functions like an independent nation. Copenhagen isn't just about sightseeing, either; examples of the modern Danish aesthetic—clean, simple, and lovely to look at—are everywhere, from Copenhagen's architecture and interior design to local fashion and cuisine. Sample the best of the city's cutting-edge culinary scene on a food tour, or learn about the pursuit of hygge (a Danish concept meaning contentment, coziness, and camaraderie) on a tour of locals' favorite spots. Once you've exhausted Denmark's capital, consider taking a day trip to North Zealands and the UNESCO-listed Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet; a guided tour to Sweden's Malmö, just across the Öresund bridge; or a wine-tasting adventure on the shores of the Baltic sea at an organic vineyard.

Top attractions in Denmark for Spring

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Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

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One of Denmark’s most beloved icons, the Little Mermaid first appeared in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale and achieved even wider recognition with Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation. A statue of the character by artist Edvard Eriksen looks out over Copenhagen’s harbor, and is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.More
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Nyhavn

Nyhavn

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Copenhagen’s waterfront Nyhavn district is one of the city’s most picturesque destinations, featuring a canal lined with brightly painted townhouses and cozy bars, restaurants, and cafés. Cobbled streets, sailboats, and tidy houseboats create a feeling of old-world charm that attracts visitors year round.More
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Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

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Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish royal family, the world’s oldest monarchy. One of Copenhagen’s most beautiful monuments and a popular visitor attraction, the Amalienborg complex contains four stately palaces: Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace, and Christian VIII’s Palace.More
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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

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Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.More
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Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

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Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot) is a Danish palace built in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style—typical of Danish buildings of the time—by architectural innovator King Christian IV. Originally the king’s summer home, today the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, impressive heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th centuries.More
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Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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Once the principal residence of Danish monarchs, Christiansborg Palace is now the beating heart of Denmark’s government—home to the country’s parliament, prime minister’s office, and supreme court. Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks, holding over 800 years of Danish history.More
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Thorvaldsens Museum

Thorvaldsens Museum

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Opened shortly after the death of Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1844, the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen is the only place in the world to see all of his works of art. The first public museum building in Denmark, the museum features Thorvaldsen’s sculptures, sketches, letters, books and personal objects, as well as contemporary art, antiquities, paintings and graphic art. The ground floor is home to Thorvaldsen’s own plaster and marble sculptures, while the first floor displays a collection of paintings and Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities.The building itself is known to be one of Denmark’s most beautiful buildings. Inspired by ancient Greek architecture, it was built around an inner courtyard where Thorvaldsen is buried. With brightly colored walls inspired by the colors and patterns found in Pompeii and Herculaneum, mosaic floors and decorated ceilings, the museum building looks today just as it did more than 150 years ago. Outside, a frieze wraps around the building that tells the story of the arrival of Thorvaldsen’s sculptures to Copenhagen.More
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Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

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With a futuristic roof canopy jutting out over the harbor, the glass and steel Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) makes a striking impression. And the building is just as lovely on the inside, with a marble foyer and gold-plated ceiling. Catch a performance there, or simply admire the opera house’s award-winning design.More
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Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

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Built in 1625, the Old Stock Exchange is one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most recognizable buildings. Characterized by a green copper roof, the landmark is one of Denmark’s finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. Unfortunately, it’s not open to the public due to its role as the headquarters of the Danish Chamber of Commerce.More
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Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

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Immortalized as the setting of Shakespeare’sHamlet, Kronborg Castle is one of Denmark’s top attractions. The fortress casts an imposing silhouette on Øresund (“the Sound”), and its towering Renaissance facade holds more than 400 years of history. From lavish ballrooms to the darkest of dungeons, this castle has it all.More

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Top Castles Near Copenhagen

Top Castles Near Copenhagen

Top activities in Denmark

Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
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Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
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Copenhagen Card

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The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
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Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
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2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour
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2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour

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3-hour Culinary Bike Tour in English
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Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Copenhagen Private Tour
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Private 3-Hour Copenhagen Walking Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Denmark

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Brilliant tour
Laura_O, Oct 2021
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
The tour was a good length to see the sights but not to feel too tiring.
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Day Trip with Benji!
Stacey_M, Sep 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
This was a perfect way to see a lot of sites and get historical information about Denmark.
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Outstanding tour!
Andrew_D, Sep 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
His command of history and of English were both outstanding; we saw a lot for one day without feeling rushed; and I left the day feeling like I had seen the essentials of what Denmark has to offer outside of Copenhagen.
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Great value enabling one to use the...
cmstuart43, Sep 2018
Copenhagen Card
Was able to visit museums and palaces in the Copenhagen area and filled my three days.
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Superb tour. A great chance to try...
Teresa_H, Jun 2014
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Plenty to eat and lots of Copenhagen to see and learn about too.
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Informative Trip
Raymond_J, Jul 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
The trip covered a lot of attractions.
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Includes free transit throughout the...
rich, Jul 2012
Copenhagen Card
Includes entrance fees to most local attractions (We went into Tivoli 3 nights for concerts and/or dinner).
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Best tour ever!!
Michelle_H, Jul 2021
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
We went and got covid test the day before and we didn't need it because no one asked to see it!!!
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Maria was our guide. Maria was...
John L, Apr 2015
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Her English is flawless and she has a charming dry Danish sense of humor all wrapped up in the local ubiquitous modesty.
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Very good day out and about in...
David B, Nov 2017
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Good way to see some historic sights and not have to drive.
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I don't usually spend so much for a...
Cindy P, Aug 2017
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
We were also able to go to places that would have been difficult to see without a car.
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This tour met our expectations and...
LisaA_P, Mar 2017
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Unfortunately, the inside of the cathedral was closed to visitors but we were given a refund for the price of the entry.
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This tour gives a great overview of...
fredw_k, Sep 2016
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
The pace was fun be with plenty of time to see and experience the stops.
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You don't want to visit Denmark...
Maria R, Mar 2017
Copenhagen Card
You don't want to visit Denmark without getting this card.
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The trip was perfect for folks that...
Gisele B, Jul 2016
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
The trip was perfect for folks that don't know much a bout Denmark and don't want to figure out what to visit.
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My family and I went to Denmark to...
debcrane15, Mar 2016
Copenhagen Card
My family and I went to Denmark to visit our daughter who is studying abroad for the semester in Copenhagen.
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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Nidia_D, Aug 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Expect to see a lot and be emerged in the history of Denmark's Kings and Queens.
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This is an excellent way to see and...
Ilse H, Oct 2014
Copenhagen Card
This is an excellent way to see and do lots when visiting a new city - definitely worthwhile.
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Great Trip!
Gary_H, Jul 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
To see the place where so many famous actors and actresses learned their trade was impressive.
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Susan P, Sep 2012
Copenhagen Card
This office was very busy and operated a ticketed "slot" system to see a member of staff and this wasted about half an hour of our precious time in Denmark added to the time that it took to get from the ship to the city centre.
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