What to see in Copenhagen

21 must see places

Nyhavn
Nyhavn

City Quarter, Water Canal

The old port of Nyhavn is the most important centre of Copenhagen for locals and tourists alike. Here you'll find picturesque, colourful houses that are replicas of historic buildings according to surviving plans, with dozens of restaurants, bars and cafes. Be sure to explore the place, but for coffee, head to the streets outside Nyhavn or ideally to the end by the sea behind the Royal Theatre. [btn "View rates for hotels in central Copenhagen…

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Rosenborg
Rosenborg

Castle, Garden

Rosenborg Castle lies between the Royal Gardens and the Botanical Gardens. The Renaissance-style castle, dating from 1606, houses the Danish crown jewels and royal jewels in its cellars. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-rosenborg] Around Rosenborg Castle is the beautiful Kongens Have park with its rose garden, avenues of mature trees and vast lawns where you…

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Amalienborg
Amalienborg

Palace, Castle

The Danish royal complex of Amalienborg consists of 4 rococo palaces and the Amalienborg Slotsplads with the equestrian statue of King Frederik V. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-amalienborg] Amalienborg still serves as the main residence of the Danish royal family and is considered one of Denmark's major landmarks. Part of one palace is also open to the…

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Christiania Gate
Christiania

City Quarter

Christiania is a semi-autonomous community on the site of the original military barracks, which, after being abandoned by the soldiers in 1971, was occupied by hippies who established a state with its own currency and laws. [btn "View rates for hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-christiania] Experience a throwback to the past as you stroll through the 1960s-era…

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Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid

Statue

One of the many fairytale characters of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is immortalised in the form of a statue on the shore of the north-eastern part of Copenhagen. The Little Mermaid has become an icon of the city and is certainly a must-see sight, as the ever-present crowd of photographers and tourists will attest. [btn "The 10 best hotels in Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan…

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Superkilen
Nørrebro

City Quarter, Park

Copenhagen's multicultural quarter offers dozens of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants, and together with the famous Jaegersborggade, it will keep you entertained for many an evening. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-norrebro] You'll also find the famous Superkilen design park. The ideal hygge district Nørrebro has a very relaxed atmosphere that follows the…

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Stroget
Strøget

Shopping class

At 1,100 metres, Strøget is one of Europe's longest shopping streets. Although it's not very cost-effective to go shopping in Copenhagen, take a stroll anyway. It's alive and well, plus it's in the very centre of the city and your steps will be heading this way anyway. [btn "View rates for hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-nyhavn] At one end is the Københavns Rådhus city…

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Tivoli
Tivoli

Amusement park

The amusement park in the city centre was built in 1843, making it the second oldest amusement park in the world today (the oldest is Dyrehavsbakken, also Danish and located about 15 km north of Copenhagen). [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-tivoli] However, Copenhagen's Tivoli is not just an amusement park with rides, but also a pleasant place to relax with a…

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Christianborg
Christiansborg

Palace

The former royal palace now serves as the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Government Office and the museum. It is built on the island of Slotsholmen. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-christiansborg] Although Christiansborg is an active seat of parliament and government, much of the interior of the former royal chambers is open to the public every day. The…

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Phonate Gefion
Gefion Fountain

Fountain

The large and sprawling fountain depicts Gefion, the Norse goddess of virgins and agriculture, chauffeuring a troop of animals. You can also visit the Church of St Alban in the immediate vicinity. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-gefion] You'll find the fountain in Langelinie Park on the border between the city centre and the Østerbro district, and you'll pass…

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Frederik Kirke
Frederiks Kirke

Church, Lookout

Frederiks Kirke is one of the most significant landmarks of central Copenhagen. For its ornate Rococo style, the church is known locally as the Marble Church (Marmokirken). [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-marmokirken] The church belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church and is often mistakenly attributed to the Amalienborg royal complex due to its proximity…

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Børsen
Børsen

Historic building

The historic stock exchange building, called Børsen in Danish, is one of Copenhagen's most famous tourist attractions. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-borsen] The Copenhagen Stock Exchange is located on the island of Slotsholmen right in the centre near the Christiansborg Parliament. The impressive building with its spiral tower The Danish Stock Exchange…

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Copenhagen City Hall
Rådhus

Town Hall

Copenhagen City Hall is one of the symbols of the city and one of the main landmarks of the historic centre. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-radhus] Even today, the city council still resides in the historic building on one of Copenhagen's main squares, Rådhuspladsen. The present City Hall was built in 1905 in a typically Scandinavian National Romantic style…

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Castellet
Kastellet

Fortress

When visiting the Little Mermaid, venture into this territory in the form of a five-pointed star. Formerly a military fortress, Kastellet has now become a pleasant place to walk. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-kastelet] In the centre of the star you'll find red buildings, the original barracks and, at one end, a well-preserved windmill in the lining of the…

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Rundetaarn
Rundetaarn

Tower, Lookout

The round tower of Rundetaarn was built in the 17th century to serve as an astronomical observatory. Today it is one of Copenhagen's most popular viewpoints. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-rundetaarn] The tower does not stand alone, but is part of the Trinitatis Complex, which brings together the large Trinity Church, the university chapel and the academic…

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Royal Library
Den Sorte Diamant

Library

Den Sorte Diamant, or the Black Diamond, is a modern building on Copenhagen's waterfront and the headquarters of the Royal Danish Library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek). [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-knihovna] In addition to its 40 million copies, the building hosts various cultural events and is a tourist attraction in its own right thanks to its novel modern…

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Nationalmuseet
Nationalmuseet

Museum

The National Museum of Denmark is the country's largest museum institution and provides a detailed insight into the cultural history of Denmark and the world. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-muzeum] The museum is an ideal destination to visit in bad weather and also for anyone who wants to get a closer look at the history of Denmark and the Nordic nations in…

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Park
Fælledparken

Park

Copenhagen's largest park offers facilities for walks, sports, sunbathing, concerts and the famous Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix (vintage car race) held every year on the first weekend in August. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-faelledparken] Relax on the grass by the water The vast Faelledparken offers a great opportunity to relax on warm summer days and…

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Operaen
Operaen

Opera

The Copenhagen Opera House boasts the world's most modern opera house, completed in 2005. With a total cost of over 370 million USD, the Copenhagen Opera House has become the most expensive building of its kind in the world. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-opera] The modern building is located on Holmen Island opposite the historic centre. Inside the…

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Nyborder
Nyboder

City Quarter

The historic district of old sailors' houses, Nyboder, lies north of the centre near Kastelet Fortress and is a popular tourist destination. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-nyboder] Today, the row houses of the sailors' barracks are spread over 8 parallel streets and have lost none of their original 17th and 18th century characteristics. Nyboder through…

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Amager Strand
Amager Strand

Sandy beach, Park, Swimming pool

Denmark may not be associated with beach holidays, after all, there are few warm summer days in Scandinavia and the North Sea doesn't even manage to warm up completely over the summer. [btn "View hotels in central Copenhagen" https://www.booking.com/city/dk/copenhagen.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-kodan-amager-strand] Even so, in Copenhagen, visit the beautiful Amager Strandpark, a beach area with natural grassy dunes, sandy beaches and relaxing…

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