The best places to see in Copenhagen, Denmark

9 places to see in Copenhagen

A fifteen-minute walk from the Nørreport subway station along Frederiksborg Palace and you can find yourself in one of the most beautiful areas of the city, Slotsholmen Island. Well, it’s hard to realize that you’re on an island, but if you look closer, you’ll see that you’re surrounded by the city’s canals and harbor. This area is home to some of Copenhagen’s most important historic buildings: Christiansborg Palace, Thorvaldsen Museum, Børsen, the Royal Library and the Copenhagen Stock Exchange of Christian IV. Even a simple walk near these places is enjoyable, not to mention, if the sun is shining, you can grab a beer and hang out like a local on the wooden plazas of the canals.

Slotsholmen and Christiansborg| © By Mik Hartwell/Wikimedia Commons

– 2 – Admire the Black Diamond

When the Royal Danish Library was expanded in 1999 with a modern architectural building known as the “Black Diamond” for its shape and black glass façade, the waterfront area of Copenhagen harbor was given new life. The Black Diamond’s interior design and different rooms are equally impressive, and the building’s exterior architecture is considered one of the best in the city.

The Black Diamond | © Jeroen Pulles/Wikimedia Commons

– 3 – Explore Hans Christian Andersen’s neighborhood

Nyhavn is Copenhagen’s old port, where H. H. Andersen himself lived for more than 20 years, socializing with fishermen, prostitutes, tattoo artists and famous musicians of the time. Nowadays, the atmosphere has definitely changed as the place has become one of the most popular tourist destinations, but Nyhavn has retained its charm, thanks to its colorful houses.

Nyhavn | © Michael Apel/Wikimedia Commons | © Michael Apel / Wikimedia Commons

– 4 – Taking an Instagram shot in Magstræde

Magstræde, with its colorful houses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, is considered one of Copenhagen’s most picturesque alleyways. Since there aren’t many bars and restaurants here, there aren’t crowds of people walking around, which makes this alley an easy place to take pictures to capture the architecture of the city.

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Magstræde | © Niller56 / Pixabay

– 5 – Walk across the Queen Louise Bridge

The bridge runs between the lakes and is one of the most popular spots in Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the busiest spots in the city. It dates back to the ninth century, is surrounded by antique-style lampposts, and is so beautiful that it’s worth a visit at any time of day or year.

Dronning Louises Bro | © Aliki Seferou

– 6 – Have a coffee or vegan meal in Copenhagen’s hippie district

Everyone has probably heard of the free city of Christiania. This is mostly due to the fact that the autonomous hippie neighborhood allows the sale of marijuana. However, those who have been to the Free City realize that the open pot trade is the least of the reasons that make this neighborhood special. Cozy restaurants, smoky bars, one of the city’s best skate parks and a gorgeous lake are what make this neighborhood a must-see in Copenhagen. Even Prince Henrik himself loved to walk around Christiania with his friends.

The Freetown Christiania | © Aliki Seferou

– 7 – Get emotional in Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is the place to go to see a real fairy tale. Lots of flowering gardens, fountains that look like a bamboo forest or a park in Japan. For thrill-seekers, there is also something to enjoy. Those who want to photograph Copenhagen from above should take a ride on the Star Flyer – it is 80 meters high. A good shot is guaranteed (don’t forget to adjust your camera).

Tivoli Gardens | © Kun Dorrotya / Culture Trip

– 8 – See the Christianshavn Canal

Despite the many canals that can be found all over Copenhagen, the canal on the artificial island of Kristianshavn is very picturesque. The beautiful canal in the eponymous district is between cobblestone streets and old houses, away from the noise of the city.

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Christianshavn Canal in sunset | © Aliki Seferou

– 9 – Stroll along one of the longest shopping streets – Strøget

One of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe let you enjoy browsing its many stores. More than a kilometer long, Strøget is lined with major international brands, from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Prada and Boss, to more accessible ones like H&M, Zara and Vero Moda. The street attracts not only shopping lovers, but also residents and tourists, as Strøget is popular with Copenhagen’s street performers. Here you can see musicians or acrobats performing right on the street.

Kun Dorottya / © Culture Trip

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