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Things to do in Copenhagen

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Welcome to Copenhagen

Visitors to Denmark’s capital find it easy to believe that Copenhagen is consistently rated one of the happiest cities in the world. Cycle down the network of cobblestone streets, hit up world-class restaurants for locally sourced food, embrace the Danish concept of hygge in cozy cafes, or take a guided tour of highlights such as the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, and the self-governing free town of Christiania. The modern Danish design aesthetic is mixed with centuries-old buildings, best seen on a bike or walking tour, or via a hop-on hop-off canal cruise.

Top 10 attractions in Copenhagen

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Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

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One of Denmark’s most beloved icons, the Little Mermaid first appeared in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale and achieved even wider recognition with Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation. A statue of the character by artist Edvard Eriksen looks out over Copenhagen’s harbor, and is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.More
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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

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Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.More
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Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

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Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish royal family, the world’s oldest monarchy. One of Copenhagen’s most beautiful monuments and a popular visitor attraction, the Amalienborg complex contains four stately palaces: Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace, and Christian VIII’s Palace.More
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Nyhavn

Nyhavn

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Copenhagen’s waterfront Nyhavn district is one of the city’s most picturesque destinations, featuring a canal lined with brightly painted townhouses and cozy bars, restaurants, and cafés. Cobbled streets, sailboats, and tidy houseboats create a feeling of old-world charm that attracts visitors year round.More
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Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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Once the principal residence of Danish monarchs, Christiansborg Palace is now the beating heart of Denmark’s government—home to the country’s parliament, prime minister’s office, and supreme court. Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks, holding over 800 years of Danish history.More
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Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

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Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot) is a Danish palace built in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style—typical of Danish buildings of the time—by architectural innovator King Christian IV. Originally the king’s summer home, today the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, impressive heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th centuries.More
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Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

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Built in 1625, the Old Stock Exchange is one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most recognizable buildings. Characterized by a green copper roof, the landmark is one of Denmark’s finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. Unfortunately, it’s not open to the public due to its role as the headquarters of the Danish Chamber of Commerce.More
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Thorvaldsens Museum

Thorvaldsens Museum

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Opened shortly after the death of Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1844, the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen is the only place in the world to see all of his works of art. The first public museum building in Denmark, the museum features Thorvaldsen’s sculptures, sketches, letters, books and personal objects, as well as contemporary art, antiquities, paintings and graphic art. The ground floor is home to Thorvaldsen’s own plaster and marble sculptures, while the first floor displays a collection of paintings and Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities.The building itself is known to be one of Denmark’s most beautiful buildings. Inspired by ancient Greek architecture, it was built around an inner courtyard where Thorvaldsen is buried. With brightly colored walls inspired by the colors and patterns found in Pompeii and Herculaneum, mosaic floors and decorated ceilings, the museum building looks today just as it did more than 150 years ago. Outside, a frieze wraps around the building that tells the story of the arrival of Thorvaldsen’s sculptures to Copenhagen.More
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Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

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With a futuristic roof canopy jutting out over the harbor, the glass and steel Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) makes a striking impression. And the building is just as lovely on the inside, with a marble foyer and gold-plated ceiling. Catch a performance there, or simply admire the opera house’s award-winning design.More
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Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

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Immortalized as the setting of Shakespeare’sHamlet, Kronborg Castle is one of Denmark’s top attractions. The fortress casts an imposing silhouette on Øresund (“the Sound”), and its towering Renaissance facade holds more than 400 years of history. From lavish ballrooms to the darkest of dungeons, this castle has it all.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Copenhagen

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Highly recommend the tour and Nicholas!
Anne_C, Jul 2021
Private 3-Hour Copenhagen Walking Tour
This is a great way to see Copenhagen and learn about things that wouldn't be covered on a more commercial tour.
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Best tour ever!!
Michelle_H, Jul 2021
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
We went and got covid test the day before and we didn't need it because no one asked to see it!!!
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Definitely the way to see Copenhagen for a first pass
Robert_from_Austria, Aug 2020
The Grand Tour & Tivoli
Great way to see a large portion of the sights in Copenhagen in one compact hour from the comfort of a smooth boat ride.
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A great way to see some of the most charming parts of Scandinavia in one day!
Lynlie W, Dec 2019
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
Traveling from Copenhagen to two quaint cities in Sweden AND getting to see Kronborg in one day was incredible.
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Wonderful introduction to Copenhagen
Andrea S, Dec 2019
Private Copenhagen City Tour by Car
It was great to be able to ask to see certain areas that were of interest.
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Great overview of a magnificent city!
ajdekever, Nov 2019
Grand Inner City Tour of Copenhagen
It hits the major sites and was managed by a tour guide with excellent English and thorough command of Danish history.
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Fantastic Copenhagen
Pete P, Nov 2019
Bus & Boat Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen
Very convenient way to see and experience the highlights of Copenhagen.
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Great Tour
Susan S, Oct 2019
Copenhagen Small Group Bike Tour
What a great way to see the sights in Copenhagen!
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Boat tour
marci125, Oct 2019
Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
What a fun way to see Copenhagen.
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Beautiful Copenhagen
susan s, Sep 2019
The Grand Tour from Nyhavn
A wonderful way to see the city we were lucky the weather was perfect and Copenhagen is such a pretty place.
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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
jtlaf, Sep 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
As we only had a day to spend outside of Copenhagen this was an excellent use of time to see the sites of North Sealand.
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Outstanding tour!
ajdekever, Sep 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
His command of history and of English were both outstanding; we saw a lot for one day without feeling rushed; and I left the day feeling like I had seen the essentials of what Denmark has to offer outside of Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen Canal Tour
wendytormey, Aug 2019
The Grand Tour from Nyhavn
An easy way to see the sights.
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Biking the Bike Capital
jlparker710, Aug 2019
Copenhagen Small Group Bike Tour
Wonderful way to see Copenhagen.
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Good way to see Copenhagen.
colleenh52, Aug 2019
Bus & Boat Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen
This was a good way to see Copenhagen.
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Very convenient
lesaux2016, Aug 2019
Copenhagen Card
No problems whatsoever checking into the sights we wanted to see in Copenhagen.
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very interesting and informative
pleebo, Aug 2019
Copenhagen Small Group Walking Tour
able to see most of copenhagen with a history lesson as well .
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Highly recommended
capitalservice, Jul 2019
Copenhagen Card
We saved £430 on 10 attractions and transport.
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Great for Families
Regina O, Jun 2019
Skip the Line: Tivoli Gardens Admission Ticket
Tivoli is a must see if you are in Copenhagen with kids.
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Great tour, nice driver, highly recommended
Sarah_Fey88, Nov 2019
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
I can recommend this tour for a day trip outside Copenhagen and to see a bit of Sweden :)
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