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Things to do in Copenhagen

Things to do in  Copenhagen

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

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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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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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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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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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
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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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Round Tower (Rundetårn)

Round Tower (Rundetårn)

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The Rundetårn (or 'Round Tower' in English) is perhaps the best place in Copenhagen to enjoy panoramic views of the city’s skyline with its fairytale old town and many spires. The observation deck is located 35meters (115 feet) above street level, offering an expansive view of inner CopenhagenThe tower was built by King Christian IV, the famous architectural innovator of Denmark, to be an astronomical observatory. A wrought iron lattice runs along the edge of the platform, featuring Christian IV’s monogram. The Rundetårn was mentioned in two Hans Christian Andersen fairytales and is commonly used as a metric to compare heights of buildings in Denmark.More
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Carlsberg Brewery

Carlsberg Brewery

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The Carlsberg Brewery was established in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen. The visitor's center showcases the history of Danish beer and has dioramas to illustrate various processes involved with brewing.After a self-guided tour in the museum you walk through a garden and stables with Jutland dray horses. In the courtyard there is a smaller replica of the Little Mermaid Statue that Carl Jacobsen commissioned for Copenhagen. You can enjoy an authentic glass of beer in the brewery, as well as some traditional Danish food. There's also a giftshop for souvenirs with Carlsberg insignia for beer connoisseurs.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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Kastellet

Kastellet

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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
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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Copenhagen

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Great walking tour of Copenhagen
Sofija_A, Nov 2021
Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
So much to see and learn!
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Wonderful way to explore the city!
Emily_S, Nov 2021
The Grand Tour from Nyhavn
I had a few hours in the city for a layover and this tour was a perfect way to highlight the essential tourist attractions of Copenhagen in just 1 hour.
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Lovely views of the city
Graham_F, Oct 2021
The Grand Tour from Nyhavn
Copenhagen is an incredible city to visit and this was a nice relaxing way to have a look around.
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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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Copenhagen adventure!
Charlie_B, Sep 2021
Copenhagen 1.5-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
This is a must for anyone visiting the city as you get an amazing overview of the city and get ideas on what to see next.
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Highly recommend the tour and Nicholas!
Anne_C, Jul 2021
Private 3-Hour Copenhagen Walking Tour
This is a great way to see Copenhagen and learn about things that wouldn't be covered on a more commercial tour.
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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.
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Wonderful introduction to Copenhagen
ANDREA_S, Dec 2019
Private Copenhagen City Tour by Car
It was great to be able to ask to see certain areas that were of interest.
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Fantastic Copenhagen
Pete P, Nov 2019
Bus & Boat Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen
Very convenient way to see and experience the highlights of Copenhagen.
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Great tour, nice driver, highly recommended
Sarah_J, Nov 2019
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
I can recommend this tour for a day trip outside Copenhagen and to see a bit of Sweden :)
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Boat tour
Marci_W, Oct 2019
Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
What a fun way to see Copenhagen.
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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
jtlaf, Sep 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
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.
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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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Good way to see Copenhagen.
David_H, Aug 2019
Bus & Boat Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen
This was a good way to see Copenhagen.
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Very convenient
Catherine_L, Aug 2019
Copenhagen Card
No problems whatsoever checking into the sights we wanted to see in Copenhagen.
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Highly recommended
Pradeep_A, Jul 2019
Copenhagen Card
We saved £430 on 10 attractions and transport.
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Great for Families
Regina O, Jun 2019
Tivoli Gardens Admission Ticket
Tivoli is a must see if you are in Copenhagen with kids.
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Great intro to Copenhagen and local food scene
Francie_S, 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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Tasty tour of Copenhagen
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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This was a magical way to see the city...
albert f, Sep 2018
2 Hours Copenhagen Segway Tour
This was a magical way to see the city.
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