20 places worth seeing in Copenhagen
The Danish capital, no matter how prudish it may seem, will not cease to amaze you: the combination of tradition and innovation, practicality and ingenuity are not without reason so loved by tourists from all over the world. Today we will tell you what to see and where to go in Copenhagen so that you will love this city forever.
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Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful palaces in Denmark, and also a functioning palace, Amalienborg still serves as the residence of the royal family to this day. 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 for tourists. Here you can see how the royal chambers looked like in 1863-1947, especially since all the furnishings, furniture and household items have been preserved since then. Also interesting will be the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place on the square in front of the palace.
- Opening hours : The palace is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. From December to April the palace is open from 11:00 to 16:00, in other months from 10:00.
- Ticket price: Adult admission costs 60 CZK (10 EUR), senior citizens 40 CZK, children free admission.
- How to get there: You can get to the palace by bus № 1A, 15, 26, 83N, 85N.
2. Town Hall
If you want to see the best views of Copenhagen, the Town Hall is the perfect place to do so. There is an observation platform at the top of its 105 meters high tower with a stunning view though you have to climb 300 stairs to get there because there is no elevator.
And also in the City Hall there is famous astronomical clock of Jens Olsen which has been working continuously since 1955 and is considered to be the most accurate clock in the world, don’t miss it.
The free city of Christiania is a real state within a state, located in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen. Tourists are attracted here by a special free atmosphere and unique flavor, unique handmade souvenirs and also – the opportunity to plunge into a world of hippie culture, diametrically opposed to the neat and “proper” Copenhagen.
- How to get there: You can get to Christiania either by canal or on foot (in the latter case you have an opportunity to see all the most interesting things in detail).
- The exact address is Prinsesseg. and Badsmandsstr.
On a side note: photography is allowed in Christiania, but if you want to take a picture of someone’s house, it is better to ask the owners permission.
4. Andersen Museum
This museum dedicated to the works of the great storyteller is simply a must on the itinerary of any tourist, especially if you are traveling with children.
You won’t find dull exhibits or formulaic tours; on the contrary, everything breathes with magic. Dive into the world of your favorite characters or meet Hans Christian himself in the 3D animation gallery, visit a video installation based on his favorite fairy tales, and immerse yourself in them. Or have a good time looking at cartoons, sculptures, goofballs and beautiful pictures that look like they were taken from the books of the great storyteller.
- Address : Radhuspladsen 57
- Getting there : Walk from the city center or take bus lines 95N and 96N to the Rådhuspladsen/Lurblæserne stop.
- Opening hours : June-August every day from 10:00 to 22:00, September-May Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday off.
- Entrance fee : Adults – 85 CZK (12 €), children 11-14 years old – 68 CZK, children 4-10 years old – 43 CZK, kids under 4 years old – free of charge.
5. National Museum of Denmark
Where else could one study the history of the Danish kingdom but here? The rich and varied exposition of the museum tells you about Denmark of the Stone Age, Denmark of the Viking Age, and many other eras as well. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics and an ethnographic collection – there is a lot to see here!
- Address : Ny Vestergade 10
- How to get there : Walking distance from the Central Station is 15 minutes. The nearest bus stop is Stormbroen (buses 1A, 2A, and 11A).
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00; Monday off.
- Entrance is free.
6. Karlsberg Glyptothek
The Glyptothek is one of the biggest art collections in the world, which belonged to the Danish entrepreneur Carl Jacobsen, founder of the famous Carlsberg brand. Today, it contains works of art and artefacts ranging from antiquity to the present day: paintings, sculptures (Rodin alone is worth about thirty!), Egyptian sarcophagi and much more will leave no one indifferent.
- Address: Dantes Plads 7
- Opening hours : Tuesday-Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday off.
- The entrance fee is 75 CZK (11 EUR).
7. Park Tivoli
A real holiday island in the midst of bustling business Copenhagen, Tivoli Park is one of the oldest in Europe. Once here, it is like being in a fairy tale: cosy alleys, old merry-go-rounds 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 here at all, and this is confirmed by only the most positive feedback from visitors.
Tip: Tivoli is best experienced at night when the lights go on and the park looks especially beautiful.
- Address : Vesterbrogade 3
- Every day from mid April to mid September, during Halloween and Christmas, from mid November to the end of December 11:00-22:00, on Fridays 11:00-00:30, on Saturdays 11:00-00:00.
- Prices :
- Admission Fee. Adults – 99 (14 €) CZK, children under 7 years old free of charge.
- Tickets for the rides Costs from 25 CZK, multi-use ticket for attractions – 199 CZK.
- Entrance to the Tivoli Aquariumadults 25 CZK, children up to 3 years old free of charge.
8. Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle, though not impressive in its size, but will charm you with its unique peaceful atmosphere and beautiful Royal Gardens – the oldest in the country.
In the castle you can explore the ancient interiors, which were once royal chambers, and, of course, the collection of royal regalia and the treasury of the crown. And then go to the garden, stroll along the paths and feed the ducks by the pond.
- Address: Oster Voldgade 4A
- Opening hours: November-April from 10:00 to 14:00, Monday off; May, September and October from 10:00 to 16:00; June-August from 10:00 to 17:00. Holidays: January 1, December 22-26 and December 31.
- Admission ticket for adults is 90 CZK (13 EUR), children under 17 years old are free.
9. The Little Mermaid Sculpture
What would Copenhagen without the famous Little Mermaid? Thousands of tourists from all over the world come here to see this graceful sculpture on the Langelinie Embankment. So take some time to see the popular heroine of this popular fairytale and the unofficial symbol of the Danish capital with your own eyes and take a photo.
- How to get there: You can get to the monument by city train S-tog. Take the subway station Nørreport, get off at the station Østerport, then walk from there to the promenade Langelinie and then follow the signs with the inscription Lille Havfrue (Little Mermaid).
10. Castellet Castle
Few people know about this attraction of the Danish capital, and in vain. Castellet Fortress is remarkable because it is one of the best preserved star-shaped fortresses in Europe, built in the shape of a pentagram. But unlike other similar fortifications, Castellet is still active today: the fortress has its Commandant and a garrison of soldiers.
It’s a great place to walk along the shady paths by the pond, to feed the ducks, and to see the royal guard’s horse-drawn carriage and the old mill. There are even barbecue pits in the fortification.
- Location : The fortress is located near the Little Mermaid Monument at Gl. Hovedvagt, Kastellet 1
- Visiting hours : from 0 6:00 to 22:00.
11. Ripley Museum “Believe it or not?
This museum definitely loses out to its most famous colleagues, because only here you can learn almost everything about all sorts of curiosities, oddities and unusual things, which ever took place. The collection of the museum, gathered in his time by its founder, English collector Robert Ripley, presents all sorts of riddles, puzzles and interesting incidents, absolutely useless, but no less interesting.
- Museum address : Radhuspladsen 57
- Opening hours : Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.
- Admission costs 85 kronor (12 euros), children under 11 – 68 kronor.
Even if you’re not particularly fond of sculpture, the Thorvaldsen Museum is worth a visit because it has the largest collection of works by the prominent Danish sculptor whose name it bears. The classical style will impress you with its grace and elegance and the museum also regularly hosts exhibitions of many other stone artists.
- Address: Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2
- Opening hours : Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 – 17:00, Monday off.
- Entrance ticket costs 50 kronor (7 euros).
13. National Gallery
When in Copenhagen, be sure to set aside a couple of hours to visit the National Gallery. It has an impressive collection of art, including works by such masters as Rubens, Hogarth, Rembrandt and others. Even the building itself is a work of art: the walls of the gallery’s restaurant, for example, are painted by Rex Whistler, and the bronze figures at the front stairs are the work of sculptor Henry Moore.
- Address : Solvgade 48-50
- Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday – off.
- Entrance is free.
14. the Experimentarium
For restless kids of all ages this museum is a real catch, because in the Experimentarium you can learn everything about modern science and technology. There are over 300 exhibits at your disposal that you not only can, but must touch, take in your hands and explore.
Only here you can feel like a great scientist, conducting real chemical experiments in a laboratory or exploring the mysteries of physics. Or pretend to be a spy or a scout, with all sorts of lie detectors and eavesdropping devices abound here. Make a tornado, create real clouds or solve the riddle of optical illusions – all these things are possible at the Experimentalium.
- Address : Tuborg Havnevej, 7, Hellerup
- Open daily from 9:30 to 17:00, on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 21:00.
- The price of admission is 160 crowns (23 €).
15. Panoramic Tower
Located at Kobmagergade 52A in Copenhagen is the little-known Round Tower, which offers a beautiful view of the city, especially in clear sunny weather. After a tour of the neighborhood you can go to a nearby temple and listen to the organ (admission to the temple is free).
The ascent to the tower costs 25 kronor (€4).
16. Fountain “Hepheon
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sights in Copenhagen, the “Hepheon” is located near the Kastellet fortress in Langelnier Park. Despite its small size, the fountain impresses with its completeness of composition and beauty of execution: water cascades from the stone steps, decorated with wild stone, into a wide tank at the foot of the fountain.
Advice: come to the fountain in the evening, when they turn on the lights – the sight is simply magical!
17. Felled Park.
A cozy piece of nature in the middle of the city. Felled Park is perfect for a leisurely stroll along the paths and alleys, a sit in a clearing or a stroll by the lake with the swans. There are also festivals, historic car races and the Copenhagen Carnival.
18. Stroget street.
Would you like to stroll down Europe’s longest pedestrian street? Then you need to go to Copenhagen, because here you can find Stroget street – the longest and oldest street in Europe.
Its length – a mile and a half, where concentrated its unique world: restaurants, cafes, stores and boutiques, shops of all varieties, but also – old churches, narrow streets, squares, clowns and street musicians. There’s life pulsating 24 hours a day here!
- How to get there: Take buses 95, 96 (stop Rådhuspladsen/Lurblæserne).
19. The Mirror House
If you think that Copenhagen is all about neat houses and strict shapes, then you’re wrong. The Danish capital has room for creativity, and lots of it! A striking example is the Mirror House, built in the Central City Park.
The facade of the house is lined with mirror panels, so the surrounding landscape, reflecting in them, seamlessly blends the structure into the “picture” of the park.
- Address : Fælledparken, corner Blegdamsvej/Frederik V vej
20. Copenhagen Harbour Baths
This baths is one of a network of city beaches called Københavns Havnebade. It is located on the shore of the Øresund, in the district of Bruges Iceland, on the island of Amager.
It can accommodate up to 600 people and consists of several pools (there are also children’s pools). You can also go snorkeling or bungee jumping here. All in all, a great place to enjoy spending a whole day here.