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Welcome to Copenhagen

Visitors to Denmark’s capital find it easy to believe that Copenhagen is consistently rated one of the happiest cities in the world. Cycle down the network of cobblestone streets, hit up world-class restaurants for locally sourced food, embrace the Danish concept of hygge in cozy cafes, or take a guided tour of highlights such as the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, and the self-governing free town of Christiania. The modern Danish design aesthetic is mixed with centuries-old buildings, best seen on a bike or walking tour, or via a hop-on hop-off canal cruise.

Top 10 attractions in Copenhagen


Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park in Copenhagen. The park opened in 1843 and became one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. It offers a mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants. Although always continually evolving, Tivoli maintains its traditional feel and quaint charm. Tivoli is part of early theme park history; Walt Disney modeled Disneyland after Tivoli once he'd experienced its magic. The park is known for its wooden rollercoaster Rutsjebanen. Another attraction, Himmelskibet, was unveiled in Tivoli in 2006 and is the world’s tallest carousel. Tivoli also plays host to a variety of concerts and performing arts and is an integral part of the cultural scene in Copenhagen.More

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace is the winter residence of the Danish royal family in Copenhagen. It consists of four identical palace exteriors with rococo interiors that create an octagonal courtyard. A majestic equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V, lies in the center of the courtyard, created by French sculptor Jacques-Francos-Josephy Saly. Amalienborg was originally built as manor houses for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace suffered fire damage in 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various royal families have resided in the four different palaces. Although it is still the residence of the royal couple, you can experience some of the rooms that are not in regular use filled with royal furnishings, tapestries, photographs, portraits, and heirlooms.More

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

The Little Mermaid statue rests on a rock in the harbor of Copenhagen. Based on the fairytale by acclaimed Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the modest but beautiful statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction. Carl Jacobsen, heir to the Carlsberg beer fortune, commissioned the statue in the early 20th century after watching the ballet about the fairytale in Copenhagen's Royal Theatre. Jacobsen asked sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create the statue, which was unveiled in August of 1913. The statue's head was modeled after the ballet's prima ballerina but the body was modeled after Eriksen's wife.More


With its jumble of 17th- and 18th-century townhouses, painted in a rainbow of bold colors and its cobblestoned waterfront lined with shops and restaurants, Nyhavn is one of Copenhagen’s most photogenic thoroughfares. The scenic road and canal runs from the grand Kongens Nytorv (King’s Square) to the banks of the main Inderhavnen canal and makes a strategic starting point for sightseeing cruises, with tours taking in nearby attractions like Amalienborg Castle, Copenhagen Opera House and the Little Mermaid statue. Nyhavn also makes a popular choice for a lunch date or evening drinks, and the many bars and restaurants spill over onto the waterfront during the summer months, from where you can watch the traditional wooden fishing boats moving along the canal below. Additional sights of interest along Nyhavn include the Memorial Anchor commemorating the Danish Navy fleets of WWII and a number of houses formerly lived in by fairytale writer H. C. Andersen – no.18, 20 and 67.More

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

With a history dating back over 800 years, the Baroque Christiansborg Palace is one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, set on the island of Slotsholmen in Copenhagen harbor. For a long time, Christiansborg Palace was the principal residence of the Royal Family but despite their relocation to Amalienborg Palace in 1794, the palace remains at the center of Danish rule, housing the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Danish Supreme Court, alongside a number of Royal Reception Rooms. Today, the palace welcomes visitors by guided tour, offering guests the chance to view the ornate Throne Room, where Danish monarchs are crowned; the richly decorated Queen's Library; the grand Royal Banqueting Hall and the Great Hall, where a series of spectacular tapestries depicting 1000 years of Danish history are displayed – a gift to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II on her 50th birthday in 1990. Visitors can also opt to tour the Royal Stables.More

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

Since opening its doors in 2005, the Copenhagen Opera House has quickly secured its place as one of the capital’s most iconic buildings, with its futuristic roof canopy looming over the waterfront of Copenhagen harbor. The award-winning design, which spans 41,000 square meters and 14 stories, was created by local architect Henning Larsen and features equally captivating interiors, including a striking marble foyer and a gold-plated auditorium roof, shimmering with 24-carat gold leaf. The opulent surroundings are the home stage of the Royal Danish Opera but the Opera House’s varied schedule includes everything from classical, ballet and opera performances to jazz concerts, held on the 1,500 seat main stage, alongside a roster of experimental works held on the smaller Takkelloftet stage. The principal opera season runs from mid-August until June, when guided tours of the impressive building are also available.More

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

The Danish castle, Rosenborg Slot, was built between 1606 and 1633 in the Dutch Renaissance style, typical of Danish buildings of the time, by architetual innovator King Christian IV. Now the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th century. Some of these artifacts belonged to the nobility and the aristocracy in the past. The castle became state property and was opened to the public in the1830s and to serve the dual function as a royal treasury and a museum. The particularly interesting attractions include the glittery crown jewels, the Danish Crown Regalia, coronation furnishings, and impressive family portraits. The castle is surrounded by the city’s oldest public park, Kongens Have, featuring lovely botanical gardens.More

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Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Denmark’s Old Stock Exchange, which was built in 1625, is one of the oldest building in Copenhagen and home to some of the city’s richest history. The original structure housed some 40 stalls for trading and was flanked by water on three of its four sides. Between 1658 and 1659 the lead roof was removed in piecemeal and used to fashion cannonballs to combat the Swedish occupation of the nation. It wasn’t until a few centuries later that roof was full restored. Although the Old Stock Exchange is iconic in the city’s history, it’s not open to the public. Travelers can explore the land around the building, but it’s difficult to actually get inside. Only those with invites to dinners, conferences or galas are typically lucky enough to pass through the doors. Visitors should still keep their eyes out for the swirling dragons’ tail spire that sits atop the red brick building, which represents the original kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden and Norway.More

Ocean Quay Cruise Port

Over 300 cruise ships call every year at the port in Copenhagen, which was named Europe’s top cruise destination each year from 2004 to 2008. The largest city in Scandinavia, Copenhagen is a charming capital with 17th and 18th century architecture and winding cobblestone streets. Also home to one of the world’s oldest monarchies, the port is a great starting point for cruises to the Baltic countries, St. Petersburg, and even the British Isles and Greenland. Arriving in Copenhagen, you will debark at either the Langeline Pier or the Freeport Terminal. Langeline Pier is an easy walk from the city center, but you might also take a taxi, a waterbus from the end of the pier or bus #26, which runs about every 20 minutes. Free city bikes are also nearby – you can check one out for the day if you prefer to pedal your way around Copenhagen. From Freeport Terminal, shuttle buses run into the city center, as does bus #26, and taxis are also available.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Copenhagen

A great way to see some of the most charming parts of Scandinavia in one day!
Lynlie W, Dec. 2019
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
Traveling from Copenhagen to two quaint cities in Sweden AND getting to see Kronborg in one day was incredible.
Wonderful introduction to Copenhagen
Andrea S, Dec. 2019
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It was great to be able to ask to see certain areas that were of interest.
Great overview of a magnificent city!
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It hits the major sites and was managed by a tour guide with excellent English and thorough command of Danish history.
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Pete P, Nov. 2019
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Very convenient way to see and experience the highlights of Copenhagen.
Great tour, nice driver, highly recommended
Sarah_Fey88, Nov. 2019
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I can recommend this tour for a day trip outside Copenhagen and to see a bit of Sweden :)
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What a fun way to see Copenhagen.
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susan s, Sep. 2019
The Grand Tour from Nyhavn
A wonderful way to see the city we were lucky the weather was perfect and Copenhagen is such a pretty place.
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jtlaf, Sep. 2019
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As we only had a day to spend outside of Copenhagen this was an excellent use of time to see the sites of North Sealand.
Outstanding tour!
ajdekever, Sep. 2019
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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.
Copenhagen Canal Tour
wendytormey, Aug. 2019
The Grand Tour from Nyhavn
An easy way to see the sights.
Good way to see Copenhagen.
colleenh52, Aug. 2019
Bus & Boat Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen
This was a good way to see Copenhagen.
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lesaux2016, Aug. 2019
Copenhagen Card
No problems whatsoever checking into the sights we wanted to see in Copenhagen.
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capitalservice, Jul. 2019
Copenhagen Card
We saved £430 on 10 attractions and transport.
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robynlesleys, Jun. 2019
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The driver was very helpful explaining where different attractions were and about the area we were staying in.
Great for Families
Regina O, Jun. 2019
Skip the Line: Tivoli Gardens Admission Ticket
Tivoli is a must see if you are in Copenhagen with kids.
Excellent experience. The guide...
Farel, Jul. 2016
Small Group Bike Tour of Copenhagen with a Photographer
The guide, Grigore, was knowledgeable, spoke perfect English and patient.
Great intro to Copenhagen and local food scene
arrwes, Oct. 2018
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Our tour guide was informative and friendly and we got to see parts of the city we wouldn’t have on our own in our short visit timeframe.
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ATChalmers, Dec. 2018
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Nice way to see Copenhagen, helps you get your bearings of the city, good food stops.
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debiaze, Sep. 2016
Royal Castle Tour from Copenhagen
It was wonderful to visit nside the two castles.
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This was a magical way to see the city.

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