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14 Best Things To Do In Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a city with a fascinating history. Originally a fishing village, Copenhagen rose to prominence to become the Nordic capital by the 15th century. Establishing one of the world’s oldest monarchies, Copenhagen’s royal past blends seamlessly with modern day life. 

Cobblestone roads and palaces dotted across the cityscape create a unique ambiance and back drop to a city that offers cutting edge sustainable architecture, a mouth watering food scene, classical amusement parks and a blend of neighbourhoods that each have something special to offer. 

Trying to decide what to do in Copenhagen? We’ve got you covered with this list of the best things to do in Copenhagen.

1. Nyhavn

A fun and colourful harbour, Nyhavn is the picture perfect postcard of Copenhagen. A great place for a bite to eat or a pint in the sunshine.

2. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 

A collection of works of art and archaeological objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, Etruscan Culture, as well as Danish and French art of the 19th century.

3. Strøget 

A pedestrian, car free shopping area in old city Copenhagen. This popular tourist attraction in the centre of town is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe at 1.1 km.  

4. Frederik’s Church 

This awe-inspiring Marble Church with the characteristic copper green dome has to be one of the most impressive churches of the city – and is definitely home to one of the best views in town.

5. Church of Our Saviour 

One of Denmark’s most famous churches. Ever since the serpentine spire was inaugurated in 1752, has been a popular pastime to climb the 400 steps to the top.

6. The Round Tower

The 17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn, or the round tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and an icon in the Copenhagen cityscape.

7. Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania, is an unexpected liberal slice of Copenhagen. An independant zone of the city, you’ll find grafitti art everywhere, small shops and the scent of cannabis in the air.

a couple sit on the waters edge at Nyhavn in Copenhagen, one of the best things to do in Copenhagen

8. Rosenborg Castle

A royal home set in the King’s Garden in the heart of Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle features 400 years of history, royal art treasures and the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia. 

9. Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen is a must for all. A playful part of Copenhagen’s history, it’s a fun day out. Centrally located, it’s very easy to get to and a glimpse into the local culture. 

10. Sustainable Architecture

Copenhagen boasts beautiful modern architecture projects across the city. Copenhagen has set ambitious goals for carbon neutrality, and the buildings area big part of the plans.

11. Copehagen Opera House 

Copenhagen makes the perfect setting for a breathtaking opera, ballet or theatre experience.

12. Botanical Garden

The Botanical Gardens are located in the centre of Copenhagen. The garden covers an area of 10 hectares and has beautiful glass greenhouses that date back to the 19th century.

13. Christiansborg Palace

Get inside 800 years of royal history at the awe-inspiring Christiansborg Palace. Once home to kings and queens, and now housing the Danish Parliarment, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. Parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for various functions and events.

14. Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid statue was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale, and is one of the more popular waterfront attarctions.

Best Places To Hang Out in Copenhagen

Latin Quarter

Diverse and trendy, the Latin Quarter is a stones throw from the main shopping district. Hip cafes, independent shops and a young, lively vibe make this neighbourhood perfect for people watching and chilling with the locals.

Kødbyen / Meatpacking District

Perhaps the best place for a night out, Kødbyen is made up of former slaughterhouses turned cool restaurants, lively bars and eye catching studios. This is where Copenhagen’s cool kids hangout. Whether you’re looking for a raucous atmosphere for some pints with friends, or cutting edge cuisine, this is the perfect place to launch an all night affair into Copenhagen’s club scene.

a street in Copenhagen with 6 storey buildings in brown brick andwhite paint
wavy white lines along the dark ground at Superkilen park in Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid Statue on the waterfront in Copenhagen

Top Copenhagen Events

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week is held twice a year and consists of three big fairs plus a mixed range of fashion shows at City Hall and the Royal Academy of Music. 

Copenhagen Carnival

The Copenhagen Carnival is an annual event taking place in Fælledparken and on the streets of Copenhagen during the Whitsun Holiday. Over the years it has developed into the largest Danish festival for World music.

Jazz Festival

Copenhagen Jazz Festival is an annual Jazz event, taking place each July. Featuring some of the world’s best musicians, greats like Miles Davis have performed in the past.

Pride Festival

Copenhagen Pride is an LGBT festival which is held every August in the City Hall Square, Copenhagen. A festive event, the city celebrates freedom, love and art.

Beer Festival

A large annual beer festival which takes place each year in Copenhagen. The festival mainly features micro breweries from all around the world.

Sakura Festival

Copenhagen Sakura Festival began in 2010 with a donation of 200 Cherry Blossom trees from Japan.

Featured Host

Nimb

The Nimb Hotel is combined beautifully with Tivoli Gardens in a refreshing and fantastical experience that unfolds before your feet. Classy and artisitic décor, playful and well thought out, each detail is part of a flawless curation. Boasting a roof top pool and bar, spa, fitness facilities and grand halls for events, the Nimb meets every need whilst exceeding all expectations.