I’ve lived my entire life in or around Copenhagen. So when my dear friend Leah from the US came to visit we went around and saw a bunch of places in Copenhagen.
I’d like to share some of my favorite places with you here. If you are visiting Copenhagen or want to show someone around I hope this will give you some inspiration.
Copenhagen Botanical Garden is probably one of my favorite green spaces in the city. It’s just so beautiful wherever you look both outside in the park and in the greenhouse.
Nyhavn and Channel tours
Nyhavn or New Harbor is one of the oldest areas in the city. It has a very Amsterdamish vibe and so many lovely street restaurants. From here you can also hop on one of the channel tours which is a great way to see the city.
Glyptoteket is my favorite museum in Copenhagen. As the pictures suggest Glyptoteket contains mostly statues and they are stunning! Really worth a visit! Plus if you are into drawing bring your supplies. Glyptoteket lends out stools for you to sit on while you draw some amazingly beautiful statues.
Tivoli – Friday Rock
Tivoli is one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe and the atmosphere in there is amazing especially after the sun has set and you can see all of the lights in the park. Every friday throughout summer tivoli has free concerts with different artists. On Saturdays (I think) they have a firework show at midnight. On all other days they have lots of fun rides and beautiful lights. Hence it is always worth a visit.
The Round Tower and Our Saviors Church tower
From the Round Tower and the tower of Our Saviors Church you are able to get a great look at the city from above. The Round Tower is an old observatory and to get to the top you walk on the inside of the tower. Our Saviors Church tower on the other hand has 400 steps you’ll have to climb to get to the top. Most of them being on the outside of the tower. Both are great experiences but if you have a slight difficulty with hights I would recommend the Round Tower over the church.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is probably the most known turist attraction in Copenhagen (Perhaps in all of Denmark?). If you like the story or are really into statue attractions do stop by. It won’t take too long if you can do without a picture. Having you picture taken with the Little Mermaid is possible but you might have to fight off some Chinese turists to get it. Here is one I got of Leah.
The Kings Garden
The Kings Garden is one of my other favorite parks in Copenhagen. During the summer it will be filled with locals chilling in the grass enjoying the sun and each others company. It is a great place to bring a picnic basket or just a great bottle of wine (preferably rosé). Within the Kings Garden lies the Rosenborg Castle where you can see the crown jewels, or just admire the little castle from the outside.
The Marble Church
The Marble Church is one of the most beautiful church. For sure worth a visit if you are into old churches or photography since it is very picturesque. Actually most of the churches in Copenhagen are pretty, and if you are by the Round Tower take a minute to enter the church next to the tower, that one is gorges on the inside.
Christiansborg castle and the ruins underneath.
Christainsborg castle used to be the resident of the royal family here in Denmark, although today it houses the parliament. It is possible to inter parts of the castle (the Queens tapestries show most of Denmark’s history and is on display in the castle). You can also go under the castle and see the ruins of the first 4 or so castles that burned down on several occasions.
Little side note: today the resident is Amalienborg which is also worth a visit. Try getting there around 12 when the guard shift is happening
The butt load of statues and fountains found throughout our the city.
Besides all of the above Copenhagen is filled with statues and fountains scattered around the city. There are also so many other museums worth visiting for example the national gallery, national culture museum. If you are more into shopping, the shopping street Strøget is for you. And if you are into food check out Torvehallerne and Copenhagen Street Food at Papirøen.
Hope you enjoyed this little guide.