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After reading this review to the end, you will learn about those sights of Copenhagen with which your trip to the hospitable Danish city will be bright and memorable. We will tell you what every curious tourist must see in Copenhagen.
What to see first in Copenhagen?
Not a single rating will allow listing all the interesting places in Copenhagen. Because there are really a lot of them. Therefore, we have included only the most popular and recommended excursions in Copenhagen in our list:
1. The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen Wilson Hui
A sculpture that shows the famous heroine from Anderson's fairy tale. The figure is located in the city harbor on a rock. She appeared here at the beginning of the 20th century at the request of one of the members of the family that owns the Carlsberg brand. Such sights of Copenhagen are its business cards.
Kastellet Citadel in Copenhagen
A powerful and imposing building of the 17th century, made in the form of a pentagonal star. The object has not only historical, but also practical significance – it is still part of the country's defense department. From the former greatness, only ancient cannons towering on the embankments remained. There are no towers, no stone walls anymore.
3. Tivoli Park
Main entrance to Tivoli Park in Copenhagen
What to visit in Copenhagen with the whole family? This famous amusement park complex from 1843. On the vast territory there are cafes, flowering gardens, numerous attractions. Disneyland was invented by Walt Disney after visiting here. Tivoli is popular with both guests and residents of the city, because. A fabulous atmosphere reigns here all year round: music sounds, a Ferris wheel and old carousel horses work. At night, modern illumination turns on.
Official website: https://www.tivoligardens
4. Copenhagen City Hall
Copenhagen City Hall on the main square in Copenhagen – Rådhuspladsen
Where to go in Copenhagen for lovers of architecture? To the majestic building of the town hall, which, as before, serves as the seat of the city municipality. Pay special attention to the original thermometer located on its facade: on sunny days you will see a girl riding a bicycle, on rainy days – her, but with an umbrella in her hand. No less interesting is the inspection of the interiors with sculptures of famous inhabitants of Denmark and unusual astronomical clocks. The town hall has its own viewing platform, also accessible to tourists.
5. National Gallery of Denmark
National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen
Guides in Copenhagen advise you to definitely visit this attraction and admire its unique exhibits of the Renaissance and Viking eras, the Middle Ages – church utensils, household items, weapons, jewelry, ancient coins, etc. Collections are temporary and permanent, some of the samples come from other parts of the world.
Official website: https://www.smk.dk/en/
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6. Frederik's Church
Frederik's Church, Marble Church in Copenhagen
The diameter of the green dome of the church, based on 12 columns, is more than 30 meters. The temple is made in the Baroque style, and is visible literally from any area of Copenhagen. The construction was laid in the middle of the 18th century by King Frederick the Fifth. Construction work lasted for 150 years (due to lack of finance).
7. Church of the Savior
Church of Our Savior in Copenhagin
The bell tower with an 86-meter spire, around which a staircase wraps, and a beautiful temple are also real symbols of the Danish capital. Date of creation of the church – the end of the 17th century, the bell tower – the middle of the 18th century. The staircase design allows you to climb to the very top of the bell tower – to the observation platform, and look at the figure of Christ installed here. Despite the fact that some of the city's observation decks are located at a higher altitude than this, the emotions of the guests are indescribable, and the reviews are always enthusiastic. As the spire sways in the wind.
Rosenborg Castle in the center of Copenhagen
A great option for what to see in Copenhagen in 1 day. Rosenborg, with its beautiful orchards, magnificent baroque park, medieval statues and manicured lawns, is also famous for its ancient palace from the early 17th century. The palace was built for the monarch Christian the Fourth. Now it houses a museum with 24 exhibition halls, the exhibits of which tell more than 500 years of the history of Denmark and its rulers. Other examples include 18th century silver furniture and late 17th century tapestries. Even the best hotels in Copenhagen cannot boast of such a luxurious environment.
Official website: http://www.kongernessamling
9. New Carlsberg Glyptothek
New Carlsberg Glyptothek in Copenhagen
A large collection of art exhibits, which was once owned by businessman C. Jacobsen. Guests are invited to look at the sarcophagi of ancient Egypt, ancient sculptures and canvases. The samples date back to both modern and ancient times.
Official website: https://www.glyptoteket.com/
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Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen
Your trip to the Danish capital should certainly include a visit to this castle. Our recommendations are not accidental: the attraction was built over 8 hundred years ago at the direction of Bishop Absalon. Now part of the building is reserved for the Supreme Court and the Parliament of the state. And the other part belongs to the royal family, and is open to tourists (on days when solemn events are not held in the chambers).
Official website: http://kongeligeslotte.
Copenhagen attractions: what else to visit in Copenhagen?
We told you about the best attractions in Copenhagen. However, our list would be incomplete without the following objects:
11. Amalienborg Royal Palace
Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen
Listing the main attractions of Copenhagen briefly, it is necessary to tell about Amalienborg. A chic castle in which the royal family of Denmark “winter”. The complex includes: a statue of the monarch Frederin the fifth on horseback, an octagonal courtyard and 4 identical palace buildings, the facade of which is made in the rococo style. By purchasing a tour ticket, you can see the lush interiors of the 18th-20th centuries with silver and crystal furnishings, unique paintings and antique furniture. Every day, at exactly 11:30 am, the royal guards guarding the kit replace each other. The soldiers are dressed in national uniforms: black fur hats and white and blue trousers.
Official website: http://www.kongernessamling
12. Round tower
Round tower in Copenhagen
The construction is located in the central part of the Danish capital within walking distance from the town hall. If you want to see all those sights of Copenhagen, photos with names and descriptions of which we have now given at one time, come to the Round Tower. At a height of 35 meters, there is a panoramic observation deck on it. The tower itself was to become an astronomical observatory (as conceived by Christian the Fourth). These and many other facts will be told to you during the tour – it is conducted through the building and the operating library located in it with a rich collection of books on various topics.
Official website: http://www.rundetaarn.
Newhavn – canal in Copenhagen
The new harbor is a kilometer-long capital canal, equipped in the 17th century. Around the canal, the area gradually grew, in which travelers and sailors began to live. Until 1980, Newhavn was considered a restless and even unsafe place in Copenhagen. However, thanks to the reconstruction, it has become a well-known historical attraction for tourists. If you want to plunge into the indescribable atmosphere of Denmark as a whole, you should visit the New Harbor first of all. You can buy souvenirs and taste local cuisine, look at the buildings traditional for the country.
14. Museum of Military History and Weapons
Mini-tank in the museum of military history and weapons in Copenhagen Thomas Quine
The opening date of the large-scale museum complex is 1928. The museum was arranged in the building of the arsenal of the early 17th century. All kinds of cannons (several hundred copies at the moment) and various hand weapons are exhibited as samples. Guests can look at an extensive exposition of transport equipment: aircraft, motorcycles, trucks and tanks.
Official website: https://en.natmus.
15. Direhavsbakken Park
Direhavsbakken amusement park in Copenhagen Erkan
The date of creation of an amusement park with numerous carousels and attractions is the 16th century. Guests can walk among the green lawns, have picnics in the fresh air, watch theatrical performances of characters from fairy tales and cartoons. If you are interested in those attractions in Denmark that are worth visiting with the whole family, come here by all means. There is entertainment for both children and adults.
Stroget in Copenhagen – the oldest and longest pedestrian zone in Europe missbossy
The best way to explore Copenhagen on foot is to take a walk along the Strøget pedestrian street, which is considered the longest in all of Europe. Surprising is the fact that Strøget cannot be found on the map of the city, only in guidebooks you can find its colorful description. The fact is that this is not a street in the classical sense, but a whole tourist area that stretches from west to east and connects five streets flowing into each other. A 2-kilometer-long pedestrian zone was organized here in the 1960s and has become the most popular place for city walks. People not only walk here, but also come for exciting shopping in local shops, chic boutiques and souvenir shops. Many attractions are also concentrated here – museums, towers, fountains, temples and much more. Restaurants focused mainly on Copenhagen guests have also found their place.
17. Gefion Fountain
Little girl at the Gefion Fountain in Langelinie Park in Copenhagen Benson Kua
Numerous myths and legends have been spawned over the centuries by fabulous Copenhagen. A photo at the Gefion Fountain has become an obligatory item of the walking program for many, because the sculpture with mythical bulls is not just a skillful creation of the late 19th century, but an image of the characters of one of the famous legends, and also a real symbol of the birth of Denmark. There is a legend that the Swedish king once promised the goddess Gefion as a gift as much land as she could plow in one night. The goddess turned her sons into bulls and cultivated vast territories with them, which later became the possessions of Denmark. Returning to reality, it is worth mentioning that the magnificent fountain was once presented to Copenhagen by the famous Carlsberg brewing company in honor of its half-century anniversary. A tall statue of the goddess with faithful bulls-cultivators, crowning a stepped pedestal, looks especially impressive in the evening, when the blue illumination of the fountain lights up.
18. Grundtvig's Church
West Facade of the Expressionist Grundtvig Church in Bispebjerg Hans Andersen
Scandinavian architecture is a special page in the history of Danish and world culture. The magnificent palaces and castles of Scandinavia cannot be confused with other ancient buildings, and the temples immediately become symbols of the places where they are built. One of the typical examples of Scandinavian architecture is the Grundtvig Church, built in honor of the famous Danish theologian. The monumental temple evokes the most opposite emotions – if the facade impresses with its severe appearance, then the inner halls wave a gloomy mood with life-affirming decoration. From afar, the building, built of sand-colored blocks, resembles a huge organ, and the Gothic towers and lancet windows give the structure a certain odious elevation and solemnity. By the way, inside the temple there is also a real organ with the largest 11-meter pipes in Scandinavia.
19. State Museum of Arts
The building of the State Museum of Art in the style of the Italian Renaissance in Copenhagen Matt Kieffer
The Danish National Gallery, called the State Museum of Art, is located directly opposite the residence of the kings of Christiansborg. Once the collection of the museum began with a collection of paintings by King Christian IV himself. The idea of creating a gallery was submitted by the caretaker of the Chamber of Arts, and the king approved and generously sponsored it, and the best works of world masters began to quickly replenish the museum collection. Thus, at the end of the 19th century, a museum building was erected, in the galleries of which today you can see paintings covering a vast period in the history of painting, from the Renaissance to the present, with a total of more than 35 thousand exhibits. Permanent exhibitions acquaint guests with the classics of painting, temporary – with modern creations of artists from Denmark and all over Europe. The main treasury of the museum is the European Art collection, which includes works from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
Official website: https://www.sm
20 National Museum of Denmark
National Museum of Denmark on four floors of King Frederick V's Palace in Copenhagen Richard Mortel
The Danish capital is rightfully considered a city of museums, and in order to be in time for the most interesting exhibition sites, traveling around the city, you should plan the best route in advance. Copenhagen has about 60 museums, but among the first it is worth visiting one of the most significant places – the National Museum of Denmark, the country's main cultural and historical museum. Its history began back in 1807, when the local authorities decided to form the Royal Commission for the Preservation of Antiquities, and only half a century later the collection was presented to the public. The main direction of the museum is the cultural and historical heritage in the field of numismatics, ethnography, archeology, and some natural sciences. Here exhibits are presented, inherent in the most different eras, from the ice age to the last centuries. The expositions of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages are especially popular, and several halls are reserved for the Viking Age.
Official website: https://en.natmus
21. Thorvaldsen Museum
Five doors on the central façade of the Thorvaldsen Museum building on Slotsholmen Island in Copenhagen
The most complete collection of works by the outstanding sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen is presented in a museum entirely dedicated to his work. Thorvaldsen lived and worked in the style of classicism in the 18th and 19th centuries, and today the great master rests right in the inner museum courtyard. The sculptor lived in Rome for several decades, and at an advanced age he decided to return to his native lands, and shortly before his return, he presented all his works to his country. In those years, King Frederick VI himself ordered to allocate land for the construction of a museum next to the royal residence. Today, the exposition includes drawings, sculptures, graphic works, as well as personal belongings of the master – books from his library, collections of coins, glass and bronze items, more than 20 thousand exhibits in total. The ground floor is completely occupied by plaster and marble sculptures, the floor above is occupied by paintings, and in the basement there is an exhibition describing the process of creating sculptures.
Official website: http://www.thorvaldsens
22. Museum of David
Entrance to the David Museum on Kronprinsessegade Street in Copenhagen Orf3us
The Museum of David is the spirit of the East in the heart of a European city. Before the opening of the museum in 1945, the collection was owned by entrepreneur Christian Ludwig David, who for many years collected art from the Middle East, and after the transition of this wealth into state ownership, the collection began to grow rapidly. Today it has thousands of exhibits related to Eastern culture, and partly to the culture of the West. Here you can see skillful porcelain dishes, products made of the finest silk, luxurious carpet products, silver items and much more. From the contemplation of all this abundance, quite justified bewilderment arises – how could a businessman have such a unique collection? The fact is that David often received oriental guests who, knowing about his passion, considered it their duty to surprise the host with something unusual and original.
Official site: http://www.davidmus
23. Carlsberg Beer Museum
Elephant Gate on the site of the former Old Carlsberg brewery Gabriel Hes
Collection of unopened beer bottles at the Carlsberg Beer Museum at the Old Carlsberg Allan Henderson
Copenhagen is inextricably linked with the history of the famous beer manufacturer – the Carlsberg factory. This is an original Danish brand, under which the small brewery of Jacob Jacobsen began to operate, which later grew into a large brewery. The discovery by the ingenious chemists of the brewery of unique methods for cultivating yeast led to the birth of the legendary foam, which became famous all over the world under the Carlsberg brand. And in the old building of the brewery, there is now a beer museum, where anyone can see the traditional process of preparing a hoppy drink, which has been carried out since the middle of the 19th century. The premises even recreate the atmosphere of that time, there are expositions showing the workers of the brewery engaged in the preparation of foam. Here you can see the whole process step by step, including the technology – steam engines, brewing barrels, boilers and even vintage cars that transported beer.
Official site: https://www. visitcarlsberg.
24. Royal Theater of Denmark
The Royal Danish Theater is popular with classical and art lovers AndreasPraefcke
There is no doubt that the best attractions in Denmark are an inexhaustible treasury of cultural and historical treasures that can be comprehended endlessly. But it is impossible not to include the Royal Theater of Denmark in the travel program. After all, the theater building alone is a pompous architectural masterpiece. This is a unique historical place that recreates the atmosphere of the 18th century when it was founded. Over the years, the structure was actively modified to expand the space and improve acoustics, but this ultimately led to its complete unsuitability. And in 1871 a new building was built, which was designed for 1600 spectators – this is the view that has survived to this day. At the end of the 18th century, three main directions were formed in the theater – opera, ballet and drama. Later, a drama school, opera classes and a choreographic school were opened here.
Official website: https://kglteater.
25. Copenhagen Opera House
Waterbus pier at the National Opera House in the center of Copenhagen James Cridland
The opera house in Copenhagen can be called one of the most costly theater projects not only in Denmark, but throughout the world. It's no joke – the state authorities spent more than half a million dollars on its construction. The building was erected in 2004 opposite Amalienborg Castle, next to the Marble Church. The building has 14 floors, with a total area of about 40 thousand square meters, and behind its modern glass facade hides luxurious halls decorated with gold leaf, calcite and Sicilian marble. Chic and grace can be traced in every detail – the furniture is made of valuable wood, the floor in the main hall is lined with natural oak, fantastic chandeliers amaze with their beauty. The repertoire includes mainly classical pieces, but in an unusual modern arrangement. On the top floor of the theatre, there is a wonderful restaurant with a panoramic view of the bay and the castle.
Official website: https://kglteater.dk
26. Royal Library Denmark
Fans of ancient literature and ancient manuscripts are advised to visit the Royal Library of Denmark – a classic reading room with huge halls and an incredible amount of books. Today it is one of the largest libraries not only in Denmark, but throughout the world – almost all publications in Danish starting from the middle of the 15th century are stored in its funds. This is a place where real literary treasures are collected, including the Gutenberg Bible, which began the history of printing, the works and personal correspondence of Hans Christian Andersen, the work of the naturalist Carl Linnaeus. Here you can find medieval manuscripts, and modern editions, and diaries of famous people, and collections of old photographs, musical notes, maps, and much, much more. This institution was founded in the 17th century by King Frederick III. The library is so huge that it has many buildings, including the most modern Black Diamond.
Official website: http://www.kb.dk/
27. National Aquarium of Denmark
Ocean Aquarium at the Blue Planet National Aquarium of Denmark » in Charlottenlund Kostas Limitsios
Despite its authenticity, the Danish capital is fraught with many interesting places that reflect the modern facets of the ancient city. These include the National Aquarium of Denmark, opened recently – in 2013. This is the largest aquarium in all of Northern Europe, with a total volume of about 7 million liters of tanks. The exposition includes several interesting directions. For example, dwarf crocodiles, freshwater stingrays, large catfish are found in the tropical forest zone, and thousands of piranhas are found in a separate reservoir. In the Great Lakes zone, different types of fish from the world's largest lakes are represented. In the mangrove section there are a large number of fish and contact aquariums with turtles. The North Sea zone represents mainly local species of sea and river inhabitants. The coral reef is a giant 4 million liter reservoir with reef sharks, rays, shrimps, jellyfish and seahorses.
Official website: https://denblaaplanet
< h3> 28. Bursen Exchange Building
The historic building of the Copenhagen stock exchange on the island of Slotsholmen in the center of Copenhagen Jebulon
Bersen is the building of the capital's stock exchange, erected in the style of the Flemish Renaissance in 1619. The first floor was a compartment for storing goods, the second was a spacious hall for trading. Over time, the building was repeatedly reconstructed and completed, until by the end of the 19th century it acquired the form in which it is now. A characteristic feature of the building is its 56-meter spire in the form of woven dragon tails, symbolizing the union of the Scandinavian countries. For almost three and a half centuries, the stock exchange occupied these walls, even surviving an assault by aggressive anarchists and unemployed union members at the beginning of the last century. Today, official receptions, gala dinners and various cultural events are regularly held in the interior of Börsen.
29. Botanical Garden
Indoor glass greenhouse in the Botanical Garden in the center of Copenhagen Thue
Going to Copenhagen on your own, you can plan a walking program at your discretion. But so that during the trip the head does not go round from the constant flickering of ancient facades and millions of museum exhibits, it is worth planning a measured, contemplative walk through the Botanical Garden. This is a real living museum, founded 4 centuries ago and located almost in the very center of the Danish capital. The garden has the largest collection of plants in Denmark – a total of about 9 thousand species, as well as impressive collections of dried mushrooms and herbariums brought here from all over the world. Here you can not only walk among the ever-blooming greenery, bewitching fountains, greenhouses and ponds, but also learn a lot of interesting things in the zoological museum, a library with a huge selection of botanical books, an observatory with an observation deck.
Official site : https://botanik.snm
30. Free City of Christiania
Entrance to Christiania Free City in Copenhagen's Christianshaun Neptuul
Free City of Christiania – the most famous and iconic place in Copenhagen Kieran Lynam
In general, Copenhagen for a tourist is a measured, very atmospheric city with old houses, majestic medieval castles, cozy parks and embankments. But few people know that this city can be different: a special area is separated from the main part of the capital by a ridge of houses and walls – the free city of Christiania, which lives according to its own laws. Its territories are spread on the site of the former military barracks. Christiania is a relatively young settlement, it was formed in 1971, when a group of hippies illegally settled here. More than 40 years have passed, the population of the mini-state has grown to a thousand people, and today soft drugs are traded here, meditations are held in local studios, various performances are held at art venues, hand-made creations, paintings, furniture and others are offered at thematic fairs. items as original as Christiania itself.
31. Lyngby Open Air Museum
Ducks by the pond and old building at Lyngby Open Air Museum Benno Hansen
One of the world's largest open-air museums is located 15 kilometers from Copenhagen, against the backdrop of picturesque forests and green meadows. Here, scientists painstakingly recreated a piece of agricultural Denmark, as it was 3-4 centuries ago. On a vast territory of 40 hectares there are original village buildings – peasant huts, farms, workshops and other original structures, specially brought here from different parts of Denmark. All the interior items inside them are also authentic, antique, and an amazing atmosphere reigns on the streets – the whole village seems to have come to these lands from the past: geese and ducks run everywhere, cattle roam imposingly, a mill rotates its wings, women wash clothes in a vat, a baker kneads dough . By the way, interesting performances and master classes are often held on the territory of the museum, teaching visitors ancient crafts.
Official website: https://en.natmus
32. Guinness World Records Museum
Statue of the tallest man in the world in front of the entrance to the Albertyanks Guinness World Records Museum
The winter sky of Copenhagen is dotted with low dark clouds, and windy weather does not please with warmth, but, perhaps, it is in winter that the strict northern architecture looks especially harmonious. And when choosing what to see in Copenhagen in winter, it’s worth taking the time for a simple walk through the atmospheric streets of the city, and to escape from the bad weather and make good use of your time, go to one of the museums along the way – for example, the Guinness World Records Museum. This place is a priceless treasury of the most extraordinary exhibits, reflecting the various achievements of man, and not only. The “records” of the sea depths are demonstrated here – for example, the largest or fastest fish. There is a hall where achievements in space exploration and sports records are shown. The hall dedicated to “physical features” demonstrates on mannequins examples of the tallest and smallest person in the world, the largest newborn, the longest hair, mustache, etc.
Official website: https://www.ripleys
33. Øresund bridge-tunnel
The Øresund bridge-tunnel across the Øresund Strait connects Danish Copenhagen and Swedish Malmö Nick-D
The list of what Copenhagen is famous for is endless – it is a city of cultural festivals, Scandinavian castles, the birthplace of the world-famous storyteller. But the advent of the age of high technology shifts the focus from ancient monuments to masterpieces of modern engineering, which include the Øresund Bridge. This crossing connects the Danish capital with the Swedish city of Malmö, and the border of the two states runs exactly in the middle of the bridge. The design combined the surface part and the tunnel, cars and trains drive along its two levels, which in a matter of minutes overcome the border between continental Europe and Scandinavia. The surface part of the bridge, starting in Malmö, passes along the specially created 4-kilometer island of Peberholm, dives underground here and smoothly passes into the tunnel, which ends on the eastern outskirts of Copenhagen, near the Kastrup airport.
Official website: https://www.oresun
34. Copenhagen Zoo
Wooden 43-meter observation tower on the territory of Copenhagen Zoo Daniel
In the town of Frederiksberg, near Copenhagen, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, founded in 1859, is located. Spread over a picturesque area of 11 hectares, he collected a huge variety of animals and plants. For pets, special pavilions are equipped here with conditions as close as possible to the natural environment. The great pride of the park is a large one-and-a-half-hectare elephant enclosure with a modern fence that allows the elephants to see the surrounding nature. Here you can also observe the life of polar bears not only on land, but also under water, in a huge transparent tank. In the tropical zone, vegetation characteristic of the corresponding climatic zone is presented, as well as all kinds of birds, frogs, tropical butterflies, there was even a place for zebras, giraffes, antelopes, tigers and rhinos. In a special contact area, you can feed harmless living creatures right from your hands.
Official website: https://www.zoo
35. Copenhagen Harbor Baths< /h3>
Copenhagen Harbor Baths on the shores of the Øresund on Amager Island webjay
Springboard and pools for adults and children at Copenhagen Harbor Baths in Denmark milgrammer
The Danish capital is built on three islands at once, forming Copenhagen. The sea washes the city in the eastern part – to be precise, this is the Öresund Strait, so in the summer here you can reach the coast in a matter of minutes and plunge into the sea on one of the beaches. But in addition to the beaches, here you can also swim in the special Copenhagen Harbor Baths, located in the Iceland Bruges region right on the coast of the Øresund Strait. The bath can accommodate up to 600 visitors and includes several pools where you can swim, dive and jump into the water from the springboard. There are areas for both children and adults – in a word, a great option for a family holiday. And the bath appeared as a result of the work of the city authorities aimed at solving the problems of sea water pollution within the city. So the former harbor, which was previously used for industrial purposes, was transformed into a bathing and recreation area.
We hope that when you come to Copenhagen, you will want to see all the sights that we have just described for yourself.