Copenhagen is one of Europe’s oldest and most popular cities. It is the capital of Denmark and sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s also one of the most cleanest metropolitan areas. The city centre’s small size makes it the ideal city for discovering on foot. The city is a wonderful fusion of modern and historic architecture. Just In this post, I have listed the top things to do in Copenhagen, when you are there. One tip before we start, a lot of these activities can be done free with the Copenhagen Card. So I’ll definitely recommend buying one, if you want to explore these activities properly and use public transport for free.
Royal Copenhagen – Copenhagen is home to one of the oldest monarchies in the world. And, their roots can be traced back to the Viking Age. Whilst not famous as a historical city like Rome or Athens, Copenhagen exudes its own historic charm. The city with its cobblestone streets, royal palaces and artefacts can very well be something straight out of a Disney movie. Some of the most famous palaces in the city are the Christiansborg Palace, Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle and the Amalienborg Palace.
Christianborg Palace once used to be the home of kings and queens. This grand palace is now the site for the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of State. Present day royal family resides in the Amalienborg Palace. Kronborg Castle, often known as the Hamlet or Shakespeare’s Castle, is one of the finest Renaissance castles in Norther Europe. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Frederiksborg is another Renaissance castle which is also the Museum of National history.
Copenhagen Cultural District – The historic centre of Copenhagen is often referred to as the Copenhagen Cultural District. It is home to 19 major monuments, museums, and galleries. This is to make it simpler for visitors to explore the historical and cultural experiences of Copenhagen. Some of the key sites in this district are the Danish Architecture Center, Musuem of Copenhagen, The Garden of the Royal Library, and the Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, amongst others. In fact, the Christianborg Palace is also located in this district.
Stroget – This is probably the most famous street in Copenhagen and is the go-to shopping area in the city. It is completely car free. It is about 1.1 km (0.7 miles) long and is brimming with shops, restaurants, and cafés of every kind and for all budgets. This pedestrian-shopping street is one of the most vivid spots of the city and the perfect place for an afternoon walk. It may sounds cliché, but plan ahead and take a slow relaxed walk along Strøget. Dedicate a moment to the street musicians who fill the air with tunes along the way. Buy a bag of caramelized almonds and choose a bench to relax for a while before resuming your promenade.
Tivoli – Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park is third oldest operating amusement parks in the world. It opened its doors on 15 August 1843 and is still going strong. This is due to its ability to continue to innovate and entertain thrill seekers. One of its most famous rides is the Fatamorgana. It is a first-of-its-kind 148-ft. tower that’s actually three rides in one. The tower spins at two speeds (one for dizzying thrills, one for scenic views), and at its base are bumper cars. This a must visit for adrenaline junkies and you should always book your tickets in advance.
Nyhavn – One of the most recognisable places in Copenhagen, Nyhavn means New Harbour in English. Although it isn’t so new, as this is in fact a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district. It is lined by colourful 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants.
The canal also harbours many historical wooden ships. This is a perfect place to end a long day, especially in the summer. Hans Christian Andersen, one of the most famous fairy-tale writers, used to live in no. 20 house at Nyhavn.
A little walk from Nyhavn will take you to the world famous Little Mermaid statue. It is one of the most photographed statues in the world. The statue was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. And it depicts the scene of a mermaid becoming human.
Day Trips – If you have a few more days on hand, then there are plenty of beautiful and exciting day trip opportunities from Copenhagen. You can go to West Zealand, to explore Viking culture and the winemakers of the region. South Zealand is known for its beautiful coastal lines and chalky cliff known as Møns Klint. You can also take a trip to the Forest Tower which is a 45 metre tall wooden skyscraper in the middle of the forest.
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