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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)

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


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

Tivoli Gardens

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

Amalienborg Palace

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

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

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

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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)

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)

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

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

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

Freetown Christiania

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)

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


Copenhagen’s pentagon-shaped Kastellet (Citadel) is one of the best-preserved fortresses in northern Europe. Built in 1662, the site, although still used for military activities occasionally, functions is now used as a public park. During a walk around the grassy grounds, you’ll find well-preserved barracks, a small chapel, a windmill, and a moat.More

Torvehallerne Market

Urban centers are known for their diverse flavors and unique establishments. Nowhere is this truer than in Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne. This incredible market is jam-packed with more than 60 vendors selling everything from fresh fish to organic produce to home-baked goods. For travelers looking to eat their way through the city, this is the place to do it!Sample cheese, caramel and chocolate at a shop selling items from the Danish island of Bornholm, Italian-style pizzas from Grom’s and tuck into the flavors of France at Ma Poule, where a glass of wine and possible the best sandwich in the city has the possibility to transport travelers without needing a passport! Whether it’s sushi, tapas, paleo fare or strong and sweet coffee, Torvehallerne is the perfect stop for visitors looking to get a taste of the city!More

National History Museum (Frederiksborg Slot)

Denmark’s National History Museum is housed within Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Spread out over three small islets on Slotssøen (the castle lake), the palatial museum contains more than 500 years of Danish history, illustrated through a vast collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative art.More

Casino Copenhagen

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

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Hamlet And Sweden Day Tour from Copenhagen - Two Countries in One Day!
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The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
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2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour

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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Copenhagen Private Tour
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Malmö & Lund Tour, Crossing the Bridge to Sweden
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Recent reviews from experiences in Copenhagen

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Sally_E, Mar 2023
2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour
Best experience and a great way to see Copenhagen city!
Great tour of Copenhagen!
Lauryn_H, Feb 2023
Copenhagen Private Tour with Hygge Walking, Lunch & Gastro Experience
We felt like we got to see so much in a short period of time and he was super knowledgeable and helpful.
Great Trip
James_w, Jan 2023
Copenhagen Sightseeing Cruise With Live Guide
Great tour and way to see Copenhagen I would highly recommend this trip.
Christian’s hygge is the best
Mary_L, Dec 2022
Good Morning, Copenhagen: Feel The Danish Hygge & Happiness
And of course the food and drink stops where very welcoming, especially on a cold winter’s day.
Fun Segway tour - a different way to see Copenhagen!
Karen_E, Dec 2022
2 Hours Copenhagen Segway Tour
Really fun way to see the main attractions of Copenhagen and learn a bit about the city and its history!
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.
awesome 👏
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.
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.
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.
Great Private Tour
Emalee_D, Sep 2022
Highlights and Secrets of Copenhagen Private Walking Tour
We got to see so much in just a few hours and try some of Copenhagen’s best pastries.
Layover excursion in Copenhagen
Jose_K, Mar 2023
Copenhagen Sightseeing Cruise With Live Guide
We figured the canal tour would be a great way to see the city quickly.
Great way to learn about the history of Copenhagen
JACKIE_M, Feb 2023
3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Copenhagen
I’d recommend this tour for adults and if you come in the winter months wear plenty of layers & bring a warm drink!
Amazing day with WONDERFUL guide/driver!
Gail_S, Dec 2022
Hamlet And Sweden Day Tour from Copenhagen - Two Countries in One Day!
To see and do and learn so much in one full day was tremendous.
Great day tour that covers the majority of what Copenhagen has to offer
Nolan_P, Oct 2022
Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
I couldn’t have asked for a better day trip in Copenhagen that brought me to the majority of the top attractions in the city, it was a Great tour and I highly recommend!
SO much to see and love about Copenhagen through this tour
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
You will fall in love with the city while on bike.
Best tour we have ever taken
Kevin_B, Oct 2022
3-Hour Private City Walking Tour with a Canal Tour ticket
Our tour guide, Rob, was prompt and had excellent English and was a professional guide who knew his history of Copenhagen and could answer any question.
Willing to be Flexible with her route
Kevin_B, Oct 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Copenhagen Private Tour
It turned out to be a fantastic tour and we saw a part of Copenhagen that we would not been able to see without Crystal being so willing to accomidate our request.
Wonderful Private Copenhagen Walk with a Knowledgeable Guide
Richard_H, Oct 2022
Highlights and Secrets of Copenhagen Private Walking Tour
Our personal guide for the walking tour, Karolina, was charming, intelligent and completely thorough in her presentation of each of the attractions we visited.
Great value, so much to see and do!
JILL_C, Oct 2022
Copenhagen Card DISCOVER 80 attractions and public transport
My only drawback was that a few of the key places I wanted to visit were closed.
Very good cycle tour
Dan_C, Oct 2022
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
Our guide Lini spoke flawless English (like most in Copenhagen) and gave stories with good detail and interest.
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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.

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People Also Ask

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's cool about Copenhagen?

Copenhagen could rightfully claim to be one of the world’s coolest cities. It’s down to several factors, including its combination of beautiful centuries-old architecture that blends with cutting-edge modern design; its pioneering food scene and hip bars; its sustainability credentials; and its stylish and creative people.


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