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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 15 attractions in Copenhagen

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

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

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

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

Casino Copenhagen

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Sharing its Modernist home with the four-star Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel on Amager Island on the Øresund, Casino Copenhagen is the city’s only casino and the largest in Denmark. Its interior is a mass of subdued lighting and it has an atmosphere of subdued concentration; there are nearly 30 gaming tables for roulette, blackjack, poker and Texas Hold‘em players and the casino also offers more than 140 high-return slot machines in floodlit arcades. Live sports including horse racing and football can also be viewed on big screens.There are several bars, restaurants and private members clubs on the premises, and unusually for informal Denmark, there is a smart-casual dress code that excludes sportswear, headgear, shorts and t-shirts for both sexes. A variety of casino packages are available to guests of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and other visitors but these must be ordered in advance.Copenhagen Casino is featured on sightseeing Copenhagen hop-on-and-off tours and shore excursions around Christiania.More

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

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

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

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

Freetown Christiania

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Christiania is Copenhagen’s most infamous district. A self-proclaimed state, it’s famous for its counter-culture atmosphere and legal cannabis trade. Located in a former military barracks, it draws curious visitors from all around the world.More

Round Tower (Rundetårn)

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Built in the 17th century, Copenhagen’s Round Tower (Rundetårn is said to be the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Although there’s no longer a staff of scientists here, the tower is visited by amateur astronomers at night and tourists looking for great city views during the day.More

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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Dramatically set on the shores of Øresund (the Sound), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is Denmark’s leading modern and contemporary art institution. Behind its glass-fronted facade are more than 3,000 pieces, including works by Picasso, Warhol, and Bourgeois. Visitors also enjoy the museum’s idyllic seafront sculpture park.More

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

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

Kunstforeningen Gl Strand

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An exhibition center given over to promoting contemporary art, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND is located in the center of Copenhagen on Gammel Strand, one of the city’s busiest harbor-side streets. Tucked away in an elegant 1750s townhouse since 1952, the Kunstforeningen was renovated and expanded in 2010 by Danish architectural practice Vilhelm Lauritzen.As well as hosting up to eight exhibitions per year from up-and-coming Danish talent and international big names (Mario Testino’s celebrity photos featured in 2016) in its light and airy purpose-built galleries, the venue has an arts movie house and stages a packed schedule of talks and lectures. Facilities also include a well-stocked bookshop and a pleasant courtyard café; this is a lovely spot to while away an hour after visiting the museums around Christiansborg Palace.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Copenhagen

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Totally Hygge!
Monica_R, Oct 2022
Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
If i were to visit Copenhagen again, i would take this tour with Christian as my guide.
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Cathy, Oct 2022
Copenhagen Highlights Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
The best way to see the beauty of copenhagen without walking a lot especially with cold weather.
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Great orientation
Tricia_C, Oct 2022
3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Copenhagen
Sabina spoke excellent English , had very good knowledge of Copenhagan which she shared in a very friendly way.
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Fantastic guide
Elijah_L, Sep 2022
Hamlet And Sweden Day Tour from Copenhagen - Two Countries in One Day!
Very convenient your to visit Sweden from Copenhagen with an addition of Kronborg as well.
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Great Private Tour
Emalee_D, Sep 2022
Highlights & Secrets of Copenhagen - History & Culture - Private Walking Tour
We got to see so much in just a few hours and try some of Copenhagen’s best pastries.
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Perfect Grand Day around Copenhagen!
Linda_G, Sep 2022
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Felt like we had plenty of time to visit all the destinations listed on the tour.
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Efficient tour outside of Copenhagen
Stephanie_M, Aug 2022
a day at North Zealand Castle Tour
Not a very long tour, but enough time to see two sites and have a nice lunch on the coast.
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Cycle tour of Copenhagen
Maggie_N, Aug 2022
Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour
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Graham_S, Aug 2022
2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour
Great way to see Copenhagen.
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Beautiful trip!
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Hamlet And Sweden Day Tour from Copenhagen - Two Countries in One Day!
This tour gave us a chance to see the beauty of the smaller towns.
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Best bike tour in Copenhagen
Terry_H, Jul 2022
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
Copenhagen is such a beautiful city with so many sites and attractions it was really good to do a bike tour on our first day and get to know the city from a guide with extensive historic and local knowledge.
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An Ideal Bike Tour for Copenhagen
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Guided Bike Tour in Wonderful Copenhagen
Biking is the best way to see Copenhagen, and this tour did not disappoint.
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Great way to simplify Copenhagen!
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Copenhagen Card
One card for access to transportation and so many activities.
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Wonderful way to see Copenhagen
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2 Hours Copenhagen Segway Tour
A chance to see most of the main attractions in the beautiful city.
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Relaxed Copenhagen boat tour
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Social Sailing - Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
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Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour
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2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour
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Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
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All about Copenhagen

When to visit

Summer is generally the best time to visit the Danish capita, as those months boast warm weather, extended daylight hours, and fun events, including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Copenhagen Pride. Bear in mind, however, that this is peak visitor season; April, May, and September offer similar conditions but fewer crowds. Winters are cold, rainy, and dark, but it’s worth visiting at this time of year to see the Christmas lights at Tivoli Gardens and the Kongens Nytorv Christmas market and to experience the hygge atmosphere.

Getting around

Much of Copenhagen is walkable, and the city’s public transport system is also clean, efficient, and integrated; tickets can be used on the Metro, buses, harbor buses, and trains. Copenhagen is also famously bike-friendly, and pedaling its streets offers a chance to experience the city like a local while you explore. You can book an organized bike tour or rent a bicycle and head off on your own.

Traveler tips

Copenhagen is famed for its art and design and is home to both world-renowned institutions, such as the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and the Designmuseum Danmark, and cutting-edge hotspots, including Copenhagen Contemporary and the Cisterne. But if you’re really into art, make sure to visit some of the country’s most interesting spots, which are located just outside the city. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, and Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Maritime Museum of Denmark are all within a one-hour train ride of Copenhagen Central Station.

Currency
Danish Krone (DKK)
Time Zone
CET (UTC +1)
Country Code
+45
Language(s)
Danish

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What is Copenhagen best known for?

Copenhagen is known for many things including its cycling culture, Michelin-starred restaurants, creative design scene, the Little Mermaid statue, and its commitment to sustainability. It’s also reputedly home to some of the happiest people in the world.

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Is Copenhagen really that expensive?

Yes, Copenhagen is expensive, but more so for the people who live there (the taxes are some of the highest in the world) rather than short-term visitors. Eating and drinking out will likely cause the most damage to your wallet, but you can keep to a budget by choosing lunch specials that many restaurants offer.

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How can I spend 3 days in Copenhagen?

Three days is enough time to explore Copenhagen, sightseeing by bus, boat, or bike, and visiting a few of its world-class museums and palaces including Amalienborg Palace and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, as well as Nyhavn and Tivoli Gardens. You can even take a day trip to Malmö, Sweden or to the Danish countryside.

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Do they speak English in Copenhagen?

Yes. Danish people start learning English at an early age and it is widely spoken in Copenhagen, and throughout the country, by people of all ages. If you don’t speak any Danish, you’ll be fine just using English in Copenhagen, but it never hurts to make the effort to learn a few words.

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What should you not miss in Copenhagen?

Come rain or shine, sun or snow, Danish people love to go swimming. In Copenhagen, you are never far from a beach and you can also take a dip in the heart of the city at the historic Helgoland Bathing Institution on Amagerstrand; the Islands Brygge Havnebad (Harbor Bath); and at the mobile swimming circle by Kalvebod Bølge.

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