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Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is an extraordinary city with something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, art, or nightlife, Copenhagen has it all. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start, especially if you’re short on time.

Having visited Copenhagen multiple times, I want to share some of my favorite spots. Of course, there’s no need to rush and try to fit everything into your itinerary. Exploring a new city should be enjoyable and stress-free.

16 Best Things To Do In Copenhagen (1)

So, let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Copenhagen on your next trip. Trust me, it’s an incredible city that easily ranks among my favorites.

1.) Rosenborg Castle

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle is a stunning royal palace that is definitely worth a visit. The castle grounds are steeped in hundreds of years of history, both inside and out. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the oldest gardens in the city, the beautiful rooms inside the castle, and the hidden jewels below. It’s a truly special place.

If you’re looking for accommodation, I highly recommend the Kong Arthur hotel, which is conveniently situated in the city center. I stayed there for a few days and absolutely loved it, especially their gorgeous spa area.

2.) Reffen Food Market

After the closure of Paper Island food market, Reffen has emerged as a delicious alternative for street food in Copenhagen. Located in the Refshaleøen area, it’s best to reach Reffen by bike or bus if you’re coming from the city center. Trust me, it’s well worth the short journey.

Once you arrive, prepare to indulge your taste buds with a vast array of stalls offering tasty dishes from around the world.

3.) Rundetaarn (Round Tower)

If you want to delve into Copenhagen’s history, a visit to the Rundetaarn is a must. Built in the 1600s, this tower is Europe’s oldest observatory and offers an easy way to admire the city’s panoramic views. To reach the top, you’ll need to spiral your way up the tower, following a unique architectural design that was originally intended to allow horses to reach the top. Along the way, you can also explore various art exhibitions held throughout the year.

4.) Frederik’s Church (Marble Church)

Copenhagen is a city rich in history, and Frederik’s Church, also known as the Marble Church, is a shining example of its architectural heritage. Situated in the Frederiksstaden district, this church is the largest dome church in Scandinavia. Its resemblance to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is striking, and a visit inside is highly recommended. If you’re lucky enough to be there in the summer, you can even enjoy the view from the dome. Just make sure to check the visiting hours in advance.

For a delightful dining experience, be sure to visit Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, which offers incredible local dishes in a beautiful setting. Their wine pairing menu is a real treat.

5.) Christiansborg Palace

If you have a fondness for palaces, exploring Christiansborg Palace is a must-do in Copenhagen. This palace serves as a venue for both government functions and royal occasions. Though the current castle is relatively young, the site has a history of castles and palaces dating back almost a millennium. With a combined ticket, you can access the royal reception rooms, ruins, kitchens, and stables. As a bonus, the ticket also includes a free guided tour.

6.) Little Mermaid

Now, I must be honest with you about the Little Mermaid. While it’s undoubtedly one of Copenhagen’s most famous landmarks, it can be a bit underwhelming. For me, visiting the Little Mermaid is more of a checkmark on the list of things to do. However, everyone has different opinions, so if you do decide to visit, I suggest seeing it from one of the cruise boats that tour Copenhagen. It adds a unique perspective to the experience.

7.) Stroget Street

Considered Europe’s longest pedestrian street, Stroget is a bustling area filled with shops, cafes, and souvenir stores. It’s a great place to wander and explore, whether you’re looking to shop or simply enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Don’t miss the chance to dine at Marv & Ben’s, where you can savor some delicious local dishes. Just make sure to make a reservation as tables fill up quickly.

8.) Tivoli Gardens

For a day of fun and excitement, Tivoli Gardens is the place to be. Located next to the central train station, this amusement park offers a mix of historic and modern attractions. In fact, it’s said to have inspired Walt Disney in creating Disneyland. To make the most of your visit, be sure to book your tickets in advance and plan your day accordingly. Don’t miss the chance to ride the wooden Roller Coaster, one of the oldest of its kind in the world, and catch one of the daily shows at the Pantomine theater.

9.) Amalienborg Palace

As the official residence of the Danish royal family, Amalienborg Palace is a must-see in Copenhagen. The palace, which dates back to the 1700s, is actually composed of four distinct palaces that together form a “super palace.” While you can explore Christian VII and Christian VIII palaces, the others are not open to the public. Plan your visit early in the day, as the estate closes between 3-4 pm.

10.) Nyhavn

Undoubtedly the most famous area of Copenhagen, Nyhavn is a picturesque neighborhood characterized by its colorful houses and waterfront streets. Take a leisurely stroll through the area, stop for a coffee or cocktail, and enjoy a meal at one of the charming eateries just off the main street. To avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit early in the morning. Nyhavn is an absolute must-visit in Copenhagen.

Conclusion

Copenhagen offers a wealth of experiences and attractions that cater to all interests. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply looking to immerse yourself in Danish culture, this city has it all. From castles and churches to picturesque neighborhoods and amusement parks, there’s something to delight every traveler. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the wonders of Copenhagen!

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