20 must-visit places in Copenhagen

The Danish capital, no matter how reserved it may seem, will never cease to amaze you: a blend of tradition and innovation, practicality and creativity that tourists from all over the world have grown to love. Today we will tell you what to see and where to go in Copenhagen so that you fall in love with this city forever.
01 march 2019
9 min

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1. Amalienborg

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful palaces in Denmark, and still in use, Amalienborg remains the residence of the royal family. The palace consists of four mansions united around the square of the same name. Two of them — the mansions of Christian VII and Christian VIII — are open to tourists. Here you can see what the royal apartments looked like from 1863 to 1947, as all the furnishings, furniture, and household items have been preserved since that time. The changing of the guard ceremony, held in the square in front of the palace, is also worth seeing.

Amalienborg - Copenhagen
Photo author - Henk Bekker
  • Hours: Apartments are open for visits from Tuesday to Sunday. From December to April, the palace is open from 11:00 to 16:00, and in other months — from 10:00.
  • Ticket price: The entrance fee for adults is 60 kroner (10 euros), for pensioners — 40 kroner, and for children — free.
  • How to get there: You can reach the palace by bus No. 1A, 15, 26, 83N, 85N.

2. Town Hall

If you want to see the best views of Copenhagen, City Hall is the ideal place for this. At the top of its 105-meter tower is an observation deck that offers a stunning view of the city, although you will have to climb 300 steps to get there as there is no elevator in the tower.

Copenhagen Town Hall
Photo author - Haimanti Weld

The City Hall also houses the famous Jens Olsen's astronomical clock, which has been running continuously since 1955 and is considered one of the most accurate in the world. Be sure to visit this Copenhagen landmark.

  • City Hall Address: Radhuspladsen 1

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3. Freetown Christiania

Christiania, the Free Town, is a true state within a state located in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen. Tourists are drawn here by the unique free-spirited atmosphere and distinctive charm, offering handmade souvenirs and a chance to immerse in the hippie culture, diametrically opposed to orderly and "proper" Copenhagen.

Freetown Christiania - Copenhagen
Photo author - Beke Clara
  • How to Get There:
    Christiania can be reached either by canal or on foot (the latter offering a detailed view of all the highlights).
  • Exact Address: Prinsesseg. and Badsmandsstr.

Note: Photography is allowed in Christiania, but it's advisable to ask for permission before taking photos of someone's house.

4. Hans Christian Andersen Museum

This museum dedicated to the great storyteller is a must-visit for any tourist, especially if you are traveling with children.

Here, you won't find dull exhibits or standard tours; instead, everything breathes magic. Immerse yourself in the world of beloved characters, meet Hans Christian Andersen himself in the 3D animation gallery, explore video installations based on his favorite fairy tales, literally diving into them headfirst. Or have fun examining amusing caricatures, whimsical sculptures, and enchanting paintings straight out of the pages of the great storyteller's books.

Hans Christian Andersen Experience
Photo author - Jane Nearing
  • Address: Radhuspladsen, 57
  • How to Get There:
    By foot from the city center or by bus No. 95N and No. 96N to the stop Rådhuspladsen / Lurblæserne.
  • Opening Hours:
    June-August — daily from 10:00 to 22:00;
    September-May — Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday — closed.
  • Entrance Fee:
    Adults - 85 DKK (12 EUR);
    Children aged 11-14 - 68 DKK,
    Children aged 4-10 - 43 DKK;
    Children under 4 - free.

5. National Museum of Denmark

Where else to study the history of the Danish kingdom if not here? The museum's rich and diverse exhibition will tell you about Stone Age Denmark, Denmark in the Viking era, and many other epochs. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, ethnographic collections — there's plenty to see!

  • Address: Ny Vestergade 10
  • How to Get There:
    You can walk from the central railway station in 15 minutes. The nearest bus stop is Stormbroen (bus No. 1A, 2A, and 11A).
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00; Monday — closed.
  • Free Admission.

6. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

The Glyptotek is one of the largest collections of art objects, once owned by the Danish entrepreneur Carl Jacobsen, the founder of the famous Carlsberg brand. Today, it houses artistic works and artifacts from ancient times to modernity: paintings, sculptures (there are about thirty works by Rodin alone!), Egyptian sarcophagi, and much more that will not leave anyone indifferent.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Photo author - Will
  • Address: Dantes Plads 7
  • Opening Hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00,
    Monday — closed.
  • Entrance Fee: 75 DKK (11 EUR).

7. Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens, a true island of celebration in the bustling business Copenhagen, is one of the oldest parks in Europe. Once here, you'll feel like you're in a fairy tale: cozy alleys, antique carousels with painted horses, a leisurely Ferris wheel offering a wonderful view of the park, music, and laughter filling the air — believe me, you won't want to leave, and the overwhelmingly positive reviews from visitors confirm that.

Tivoli Gardens
Photo author - Heather Cowper

Tips: It's best to visit Tivoli in the evening when the lights are on and the park with its attractions looks particularly beautiful.

  • Address: Vesterbrogade 3
  • Opening Hours:
    Daily from mid-April to mid-September, during Halloween, and at Christmas from mid-November to the end of December — 11:00–22:00, Fridays — 11:00–00:30, Saturdays — 11:00–00:00.
  • Prices:
    • Entrance Ticket
      Adults — 99 DKK (14 EUR),
      children up to 7 years old — free.
    • Ride Tickets start from 25 DKK,
      multi-ride ticket for rides — 199 DKK.
    • Aquarium Entrance:
      Adults — 25 DKK,
      children up to 3 years old — free.
  • 8. Rosenborg Castle

    Rosenborg Castle may not impress with its size, but it will charm you with its unique tranquil atmosphere and beautiful Royal Garden — the oldest in the country.

Rosenborg Castle
Photo author - Elodie Delattre

You can explore the ancient interiors once used as royal chambers, and, of course, the collection of royal regalia and crown jewels. Then take a stroll through the garden, walk along its paths, and feed the ducks at the pond.

  • Address: Oster Voldgade 4A
  • Opening Hours:
    November-April from 10:00 to 14:00, Monday — closed;
    May, September, October from 10:00 to 16:00;
    June-August from 10:00 to 17:00.
    Closed on January 1, December 22-26, December 31.
  • Entrance Fee:
    Adults — 90 DKK (13 EUR),
    children up to 17 years old — free.

9. The Little Mermaid Sculpture

What's Copenhagen without the famous Andersen's Little Mermaid? Thousands of tourists from around the world come here to see this elegant sculpture on Langelinie Quay. So be sure to take the time to see it with your own eyes and take a memorable photo of the beloved heroine and unofficial symbol of the Danish capital.

The Little Mermaid (statue)
Photo author - Russell Scott
  • How to Get There:
    You can reach the monument by S-train. Take the metro at Nørreport station, get off at Østerport station, then walk to Langelinie Quay and follow the signs saying Lille Havfrue (Little Mermaid).

10. Kastellet Fortress

Few know about this landmark of the Danish capital, and that's a shame. Kastellet Fortress is notable for being one of the best-preserved star fortresses in Europe, built in the shape of a pentagram. But unlike other similar fortifications, Kastellet is still active today: it has its own Commandant and houses a garrison of soldiers.

Photo author - Jørgen Bjerring

Come here to stroll along shady paths by the pond, feed the ducks, watch the Royal Guard's mounted procession, and visit the historic windmill. There are even special barbecue areas on the fortress grounds.

  • Location:
    The fortress is located near the Little Mermaid monument at Gl. Hovedvagt, Kastellet 1
  • Opening Hours: from 06:00 to 22:00.

11. Museum Ripley`s Believe it Or Not?

This museum will definitely outshine its most famous counterparts, as it's the only place where you can learn practically everything about various oddities and curiosities that have ever existed. The museum's collection, assembled in its time by its founder, the English collector Robert Ripley, features all sorts of riddles, puzzles, and interesting events—absolutely useless, but nonetheless fascinating.

  • Museum Address: Radhuspladsen, 57
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Admission: 85 Danish kroner (12 euros), children under 11 years old – 68 Danish kroner.

12. Thorvaldsen Museum

Even if sculpture isn't particularly close to your heart, the Thorvaldsen Museum is worth your attention. It houses the largest collection of works by the outstanding Danish sculptor whose name it bears. The creations in the neoclassical style will impress you with their grace and elegance, and the museum also regularly hosts exhibitions by many other stone artists.

Thorvaldsen Museum
Photo author - arthistory390
  • Museum Address: Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2
  • Opening Hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00,
    Monday – closed.
  • Admission: 50 Danish kroner (7 euros).

13. National Gallery of Denmark

If you're in Copenhagen, be sure to set aside a couple of hours to visit the National Gallery. It boasts an impressive collection of artworks, including paintings by masters such as Rubens, Hogarth, Rembrandt, and others. Not only that, the building itself is a true work of art: the walls of the gallery's restaurant, for example, are painted by Rex Whistler, and the bronze figures at the grand staircase are sculptures by Henry Moore.

National Gallery of Denmark
Photo author - Svetlana Cekic
  • Gallery Address: Solvgade 48-50
  • Opening Hours:
    Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00,
    Monday – closed.
  • Free Admission.

14. Experimentarium

For restless souls of all ages, this museum is simply a treasure trove. It's here at the Experimentarium where you can learn all about modern science and technology. Guests have access to over 300 exhibits that you can not only touch but are encouraged to handle and explore.

Photo author - Kimrasm

Only here can you feel like a great scientist, conducting real chemical experiments in the laboratory or exploring the mysteries of physics. You can also imagine yourself as a spy or intelligence agent, since there are plenty of lie detectors and listening devices here. Create a tornado, make real clouds, or solve optical illusion puzzles – it's all possible at the Experimentarium.

  • Museum Address: Tuborg Havnevej, 7, Hellerup
  • Opening Hours:
    Daily from 9:30 to 17:00;
    Tuesday – from 9:30 to 21:00.
  • Entrance Fee: 160 Danish kroner (23 euros).

15. Round Tower

Located at Kobmagergade 52A in Copenhagen, the little-known Round Tower offers a beautiful view of the city, especially in clear sunny weather. After exploring the surroundings, you can visit the nearby church and listen to the organ (free entry to the church).

The ascent to the tower costs 25 Danish kroner (4 euros).

16. Gefion Fountain

Undoubtedly one of Copenhagen's most beautiful landmarks, Gefion Fountain is located near the Citadel at Langelinie Park. Despite its small size, the fountain impresses with the completeness of its composition and the beauty of its execution: water cascades down stone steps adorned with wild stone into a wide reservoir at the base.

Photo author - Bram van Rijen

Tips: Visit the fountain in the evening when the lighting is turned on – it's truly a magical sight!

17. Fælledparken

A cozy piece of nature in the middle of the city, Fælled Park is great for leisurely walks along its paths and avenues, picnics on the lawn, or strolls by the lake with swans. It also hosts festivals, historic car races, and the Copenhagen Carnival.

18. Strøget Street

Would you like to stroll along Europe's longest pedestrian street? Then you need to visit Copenhagen, because here lies Strøget Street – the longest and oldest in Europe.

Strøget street
Photo author - Andrey Omelyanchuk

It stretches for one and a half kilometers, where it concentrates its unique world: restaurants, cafes, shops of all sorts, boutiques, as well as ancient churches, narrow alleyways, squares, clowns, and street musicians. Life here is vibrant 24 hours a day!

  • How to get there:
    You can reach here by bus No. 95, 96 (stop Rådhuspladsen/Lurblæserne).

19. Mirror House

If you think Copenhagen is all about neat houses and strict forms, you're mistaken. The Danish capital has a place for creativity, and what a place it is! A bright example is the Mirror House, built in the Central City Park.

House of Mirrors
Photo author - undefined

The facade of the house is covered with mirrored panels, which organically integrate the building into the park's landscape when reflecting its surroundings.

  • Address: Fælledparken, corner of Blegdamsvej/Frederik V vej

20. Copenhagen Harbour Baths

This bath is one of the Copenhagen Harbour Baths network, known as Københavns Havnebade. It is located on the shore of the Øresund Strait, in the area of "Islands Brygge" on the island of Amager.

Copenhagen Harbour Baths
Photo author - Heather Cowper

The bath accommodates up to 600 people and consists of several pools (including children's pools). You can dive or jump off a diving board here. Overall, it's a great place to spend a whole day with pleasure.

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