Energetic, robust, historic and visually inspiring, these are just some of the terms used to describe this abundantly beautiful city. Conventional is an afterthought when reminiscing of the time spent in one of the hidden gems in vacation hot-spots.
If you a millennial or young at heart Copenhagen will engulf you in a world full of wonderful amusement parks and some of the trendiest shopping centers and night-live.
The vast nature of Copenhagen opens you up to different experiences.
When you need something more substantial you can also view the many historic palaces and museums in which ancient Viking and bronze treasures are on display.
Copenhagen can mean many things to many people, but one truth is that once you’ve been, you are left with a lifetime of memories.
Let’s take a look at some of the places to visit when you are in Copenhagen
Fun, experimenting and life-changing science are just a few of the many things you get to encounter at the Experimentarium. It is a hub full of activities for you and your family. The best learning takes place when you are having fun, and the Experimentarium offers plenty of both.
- Experimentarium was named one of the best places by TIME.
- Carry out experiments at ‘the beach’ and learn about water.
- Learn about science and uncover many mysteries.
- Take part in live experiments, dissections, and life-saving techniques.
- Visit the Miniverse (adventurous science exhibition) with your kids aged 1-5.
- The Energy zone will help you keep track of your carbon footprint.
- Hear inside the human body at Under Your Skin and battle an evil virus
TIP – Get the Copenhagen City Card (including transportation)*
Small group walking tours
If walking aimlessly and getting lost is not your thing then you should definitely join a walking tour. If you are traveling alone you will get to meet fellow voyagers, and learn more about the city from an expert guide. The tours take around half-a-day and you get to see sites like Amagertov, Nyhavn district, and the Christianborg Palace.
- The guide will expand your knowledge, on little known facts.
- You get to visit most of the important city highlights in just half-a-day.
- The experience teaches you the local aspect of walking about in Copenhagen.
- Being a small group will make the tour more intimate and more personalized.
Small group bike tour
Actively exploring a city is one of the best ways to see the sights and get a workout in. If you already explored most of the well-known places in Copenhagen this bike tour will uncover the hidden side of the city. You can rent the bike or you can bring your own to explore the inner city sanctum at your pace.
- Follow stunning routes and go off trail to explore.
- Get to see hand-built huts and gardens of Nokken’s allotments.
- Get a work-out in while enjoying the picturesque scenery.
- Enjoy a fun ride on Denmark’s only Cuban bicycle – a 3 wheeler with a passenger seat at the Sonderbro Haveforening allotment area.
NationalMuseet (National Museum) *
Immerse yourself in a world that dates back 3000 years. The museum offers a variety of activities and expeditions that will keep your whole family entertained. In the children’s museum, you will get to see and try things that people ate, played and dressed 100 years ago.
- Get to see African masks and Egyptian mummies.
- Enjoy the largest culture-historical museum in Denmark.
- Experience modern day Danish history
- Get to see the 3000-year-old sun chariot.
Visiting Tivoli in the summer is truly something to behold with a lush array of flowers and bushes in full bloom. Thousands of luminous lamps will guide you at night creating a truly awe-inspiring atmosphere. Instilled in their DNA is fireworks, this can be experienced between 4 May – 21 September every Saturday just before midnight. Tivoli offers a lot of great experiences from music and entertainment to the most delicious cuisines from Italia, Spain and traditional Danish dishes.
Fancy building a bear ………. Yes, this can be done at Tivoli Build a bear workshop.
- Enjoy fireworks on summer nights.
- Be in the crowd in Summer classic or Friday rock events.
- Take the children to Rasmus Klump’s house, and meet the world’s friendliest bear.
- Soar to new heights on the roller coaster and enjoy spectacular views from the ferry’s wheel.
Danish Hygge Culture walking tour
Finding the elusive ‘hygge’ has become a historical endeavor that many a traveler has taken on. Loosely translated the term ‘hygge’ means “cozy” and this tour encompasses that meaning, so the only way to truly appreciate it (hygge) is to embark on this walking tour and find out for yourself.
- Get to explore streets like Strøget.
- Find the true meaning of Hygge at cafés that serve coffee and pastries.
- Get lured to a tucked away garden near the Royal Library.
- Experience a 3-hour walking tour with a guide.
- Visit one of the first public parks (Kongen’s Have), and learn about King Christian IV.
Rent a bicycle
If roaming and exploring on your own is your kind of thing, then you will be thrilled at the many routes cyclist have in Copenhagen. The cycling culture is ingrained into our way of life. People of all walks of life use this means of transportation, whether it be taking their kids to school, going to work, or just taking a late afternoon bike ride you will always encounter a fellow bike companion.
- Enjoy the super cycle highways.
- Beat peak time traffic while burning some kilos.
- Copenhagen was named the first official bike city by the International cycling union.
- Visit the Kalvebod Fælled, it is just out of reach by foot and public transport.
TIP- Book a bicycle online and receive a 20% discount.
The Botanical Gardens has a rich history that dates back to the 1600s. It moved to its current location in 1870 and the garden stretches a whopping 10 hectares of land. Overall the garden is home to over 13,000 species of plants. Beauty is at the center of this amazing place, just last year a butterfly house was introduced to the garden. In the butterfly house, you will get to experience the fascinating life cycle of a butterfly.
The garden also boasts an air-conditioned greenhouse that is tailor-made to recreate Arctic environments for the plants. It truly is a wonderland for the Flora enthusiast.
- Conifer hill will expose you to various coniferous trees.
- Enjoy 27 glass houses of which the oldest dates back to the 1870s.
- The café offers various refreshments.
- There are guided tours that will expand your knowledge of plant life.
Copenhagen train tours
Purchase a 24hour train pass and explore the city one stop at a time. The whole journey only takes 45 min, however, you can get off at 4 different stops and go gallivanting as you please. Some of the sites along the journey include the canals of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Cathedral, Round Tower, City Hall Square, and Christianborg Palace. Where2now only recommends the best places so that your journey can be worthwhile.
- Save money on taxis and public transport, because each stop is close to major attractions.
- See the city plaza and charming streets from aboard the train.
- You get to hop on and off the train as you desire for the full 24hours.
- Experience a true Copenhagen introduction to the city by completing the whole circuit.
- Go and explore the city at your pace one stop at a time.
SMK the national gallery of Denmark*
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The national gallery of Denmark is the largest in the country. It has a kaleidoscope of modern and classic art, from the Renaisance period to European classics, there is something for all art lovers. Some of the artists on show are, Mantegna, Nolde, Anna Ancher, Derain, Rubens, Matisse and Hammershøi.
The SMK is world renowned for having one of the best Matisse collections.
- View Danish Golden Age Art.
- Grab a snack at the cafeteria while enjoying fine art.
- Experience art from the last seven centuries.
- Enjoy workshops, performances, concerts, guided tours and much more.
Nyhavn (New harbour)
One of the more trendy places to be in Copenhagen is the New Harbour. On summer days you will see all the locals and tourist flock to this one-stop activity hub. The harbour is surrounded by colourful old buildings that reflect the rich history of the Danish people.
Two of these homes were occupied by well-known fairy tale author, Hans Christian Anderson.
The Harbour was originally dug out by Swedish prisoners of war in 1671 – 1673.
- There are lots of restaurants to choose from.
- Take pictures of the surroundings and in-coming cruise ships.
- Experience a canal boat ride along Nyhavn.
Norrebro neighborhood walking tour
The Norrebro neighborhood is unlike any other neighborhood that you would find in Copenhagen. It houses more than 55+ different nationalities. The atmosphere is electrifying with an abundance of character and progressive nature. You can book a walking tour through Norrebro, with a small group of people of less than 12.
- Get a guided tour and explore the many shops, bars, and restaurants.
- Experience a giant octopus slide and a flying carpet at one of the most cutting edge parks in Europe.
- Marvel at the Scandinavian design shops.
- Enjoy the commentary of the guide and decide where to explore next.
National Aquarium Denmark, Den Bla Planet*
A great family outing starts with a visit to the biggest Aquarium in Northern Europe. The National Aquarium offers different sea life for young and old. The Aquarium is specifically designed to give you the feeling of being submerged in water – it has water on all sides. By doing this you can navigate by yourself around the Aquarium.
- Be sure to check out the biggest tank in the aquarium the Ocean Tank.
- Get to see hammerhead sharks swimming together with rays and moray eels.
- Enjoy a powerful visualization of the coral reef.
- It is just a 12minute walk to the Kastrup Metro station from the Aquarium.
Church of our saviour
This mind-blowing reflection of Danish Architecture is worth admiring. The Church is prominently known for its helix spire that has an external winding staircase that many a visitor has taken to the top – breathtaking views over central Copenhagen can be experienced from here. It is also well known for its carillon which tunes out melodies every hour like clockwork (pun-intended).
- Enjoy a panoramic view from on top of the spire.
- Explore the important and historic relics the church has.
- The spire is open between April-October.
Take a ghostly walk and explore creatures of the night
To get a different take on the city and a spine-tingling effect a tour with a ghostly aspect should be considered. Copenhagen is full of stories of epidemics and disasters that date back to war times. On this guided tour your guide will captivate you with all these often forgotten but true historical moments.
- Listen to haunted stories through the street of Strøget.
- Experience the tour at night.
- Go on a journey of guardians and victims that haunt Copenhagen.
- Enjoy the night with up to 20 travelers.
Everyone likes seeing the extraordinary but this zoo gives you experiences worth remembering. As a child going to the zoo was one of my fondest memories. At the start of the morning, you get to see the chimpanzees taking showers. Just before mid-day, you will get to feed the black-capped squirrel monkeys. Then you get to interact and feed a baby polar bear all before the day is done. There is a lot to see so I urge you to get there early.
- The main attraction is the panda bears.
- Hear about the wonders of reindeer.
- Get to experience the shift from day time to night time zoo.
- Explore the kitchen that caters to all the animals in the zoo.
Christianborg Palace *
One of the great marvels in Copenhagen is situated on the tiny island of Slotsholmen. You can find the Supreme Court, the Danish parliament, and the Ministry of State all grouped together in this grander palace. Various functions and events are held there by the Royal family.
The throne room is especially important as this is where Danish monarchs are proclaimed.
On the queens 50th birthday, she was presented with a gift by the business community. The gift was 11 tapestries that depict 1000 years of Danish history, and it is admired worldwide.
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- Get a guided tour around the royal palace.
- Marvel at the colorful tapestries, paintings, and patterned floors.
- You will see two tons of copper kitchenware.
- The Chapel is among the great architecture in the palace.
- Visit the royal stables and see the queens white horses and carriages.
Explore the Viking heritage from Copenhagen to Roskilde
Stories of Vikings are not just tales told to pass the time, on this 3-part bus tour you will witness the heritage that the Vikings held in Danish history. You will start off with a visit to the Viking Ship Museum, where original Viking Ships.
Then on the UNESCO listed Roskilde Cathedral tour you will be taken back with stories of the great Viking Kings Sweyn Forkbeard and Harald Bluetooth.
To end it off you will get to visit Lejre Museum, where you will indulge in the Viking drink mead.
- Visit a 3000 BC burial chamber at Lejre Museum.
- Refreshments can be bought along the tour.
- Explore the exciting lives of the Vikings.
- Drink the oldest beverage in the world mead.
The David collection
The largest Islamic art collection in Scandinavia can be viewed here in Copenhagen. The museum has three permanent collections namely, the collection of 18th-century European art, the collection of Danish early modern art and the collection of Islamic art as previously mentioned.
- View 3 different collections.
- Use a tablet with an integrated audio guide to explore the collections.
- The Islamic art collection is among the 10 most important in the western world.
- Works on offer include artist such as Theodor Philipsen, Jens Ferdinand Willumsen, L. A. Ring, Peter Hansen.
Bekken Amusement park
If you want to be part of history when visiting the oldest Amusement park in the world is a must. Situated in the woods of Dyrehaven the amusement park offers a sense of nostalgia, however, a flair of modernity too. There is a variety of rides, food stalls and ice-cream vendors for you and the kids to enjoy.
If you want a more mature setting there are lots of bars and live music on offer to entertain you.
- Free entry to the Amusement park.
- The park is tucked away in the woods of Dyrehaven.
- Experience the nostalgic feel of the oldest Amusement park in the world.
- Get on an 82-year-old wooden roller coaster.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art *
Art is something that bonds generations together and without art, life would literally be bland. This is why visiting the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art will reinvigorate your passion for the arts. There are over 3500 works on display at this museum.
- Get a greater view of the Sweden area
- Enjoy a variety of activities and events.
- Free daily workshops for kids to draw, paint, sculpt and explore artistic methods.
- Guided tours of the museum can be arranged.