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15 Best Things To Do In Copenhagen

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Things To Do In Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is one of the most beautiful European cities and should be on your bucket list. In recent decades, in many studies examining happiness and life satisfaction, Denmark has positioned itself at the very top.

There are many reasons for this and we will introduce you to some of them. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world.  The quality of life in Copenhagen is at a very high level. And even as a tourist, you will be able to feel the good sides of it.

See our selection of 15 things to do in Copenhagen.

1. Tivoli Gardens

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Copenhagen has a good connection with the rest of Europe, but also the world. So it will be easy for you to plan your trip. Kastrup Airport is the largest airport in the country.

When you arrive, there are three ways you can reach Copenhagen, which is only 7 km away. We recommend that you use the metro and you are in the city in 15 minutes. Tickets cost less than $ 5 and you can buy them at vending machines at the airport. The first destination we recommend is the Tivoli Gardens. Just a three-minute walk from the main station, there is a paradise for children and adults.

The world-famous park offers numerous facilities that will make you lose your sense of time. The most famous are roller coasters and for complete enjoyment, we recommend that you set aside the whole day.

2. Nyhavn

One of the most famous landmarks of Copenhagen and the association to Denmark is this place.

It is only a few minute’s pleasant walks if you come from the Copenhagen city center. And you can use public transport. At the main train station, you’ll get all the timetable information to help you choose the means of transport.

Literally translated, the name Nyhavn would mean a new port. However, today ships from all over the world no longer dock here. Now, this is an old port where brightly colored houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Numerous waterfront restaurants attract tourists from all over the world. Locals like to buy food and drinks in the evening and sit on the steps by the water.

3. Boat cruise

A valuable experience that you can afford for yourself and your friends is a boat cruise.

This is one of the things we recommend because you will get a whole new perspective from the water. The view of the city is magical, and experienced guides will explain the history of parts of the city as you sail past them. All tours are in Danish and English and can be organize in the third, e.g. Italian, Spanish, German or French. The ticket price is less than $ 10, special discount for family travel is available.

Ships sail throughout the year, mostly for an hour as long as the tours last. It’s a round trip tour from Nyhavn to Nyhavn mostly, so before you leave, ask the guide which route they use.

4. House of H.C. Andersen

H.C. Andersen was a world-famous writer originally from Denmark. Generations of children around the world have grown up with his fairy tales and are growing up today.

Numerous anecdotes are known about his life, and for some of them no one can claim with certainty that they really happened the way they are told. One thing is for sure, during his life, his place of residence was Nyhavn.

Today, there is a board on the house number 20, so you will be sure that you are in the right place. Just a few steps away, there is a souvenir shop where you can buy gifts with motifs of Andersen’s fairy tales.

5. The Little Mermaid

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The Little Mermaid is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Denmark. The statue is based on the fairy tale of the same name by H.C. Andersen, but what few people know is that this attraction disappoints visitors very often.

Everyone who had the opportunity to get to the sculpture was surprised by how small it really is, barely noticeable from a distance and if you didn’t know that it was right there, you could pass by and not notice it. It is an important part of Danish culture, and has often been the target of vandals in recent years. However, it has been renovated every time and you should visit it when you are in Copenhagen.

But get ready to wait in line for a photo because there are tourists here at any time of the year who came with the same intentions as you

6. The Royal Library

The Danish National Library is one of the largest in the world and the largest in the Nordic countries. Here are the most important collections of books, valuable manuscripts and other items that are important for Danish culture.

All books from the 17th century to the present day are preserved there. Of particular interest is the new building, the Black Diamond, which is considered the center of cultural events in the city. It belongs to the library, and its unusual exterior as well as the interior, attract the eye.

From time to time, exhibitions of world-renowned artists are held here, and if you are lucky, maybe during your visit, they will be in progress. The view from the inside of the library on the water, especially in the evening, is magical and leaves you breathless.

7. Open faced sandwich

There is one dish that Danes are very proud of. They gladly consume it and present it to the visitors of their country.

It can be found on the menu of almost every restaurant and there are often house specialties. Smørrebrød, that’s what this sandwich was originally called in Danish. It’s just that the whole art came from him and he became famous all over the world.

There are different variations, but if you are not sure which one to choose, try the classic flavors. As the two main ones, you can choose pieces of meat or fish on rye bread coated with butter, with various toppings.

At Cafe Norden, in the heart of Copenhagen, you can try the most delicious food. We also recommend coffee after meal, and if you are lucky enough to take a seat by the window, upstairs, your enjoyment is complete.

8. Visit Carlsberg

The Carlsberg brand is well known to beer lovers. The Danes are a people who like to enjoy beer, and Carlsberg is one of their most famous and favorite brands.

The story behind the creation of the bottle of this drink is interesting and that is why a visit to the museum is a good choice. At Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11 there is a red brick building and a well-known logo. Although it is temporarily closed for renovations, you can usually get there by free shuttle from the main train station.

You can also rent a bike or take a walk, but it is almost 5 km away from the city center. Tours are organized at certain times, and beer tasting is possible with a previously purchased ticket at a price of about $ 10.

9. Superkilen Park

If you don’t have friends in Denmark, and you would like to hang out with the locals, we have a suggestion. Visit Superkilen Park located in the district of Nørrebro.

This place was created with the idea of ​​gathering locals and promoting tolerance, because it is considered one of the parts of the city where an increasing number of foreigners live in the last few years. Not only locals gather here, but also tourists who know this place from social networks.

About 60 different nationalities live in this part of the city and it is especially frequent in the evening. The park was created so that they could all connect and get to know each other better, so you can take advantage of that.

10. National Museum

The National Museum of Denmark is located in the capital and is the largest museum of the history and culture of this country.

The main museum building is a short walk from the main pedestrian street in the center. It is interesting that this museum does not only preserve exhibits from Danish and Nordic culture, but from all over the world. Most of the collection is dedicated to the history of Denmark, so you can travel through time.

Admission for children under 17 is free, and adults pay around $ 10 for a ticket. There is a discount for families, so the entrance is around $ 8, but for details it is best to check before the visit.

11. Reffen – Copenhagen Street Food

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One of the places that is well known to the locals, and tourists will be thrilled to learn that something like this exists. The largest street food venue in the Nordics is located in Copenhagen. On about 6000 square meters of space, there is so much things to see.

If you arrive with the idea of ​​just eating something, you will need a lot of time to decide what. The food offer is high quality and diverse and you can choose specialties from all over the world.

If you want to meet the locals, get food, drinks and sit outside. This way you will be able to enjoy the fresh air, delicious food and the good atmosphere that reigns in this place.

12. The Lakes

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When you live in a city for a long time, you start to take a lot of things for granted. It happens to everyone, but that’s why tourists are here to remind us that what is a part of our everyday life is a completely new experience for someone.

Such is the story with this place. It is completely common for people who live nearby to watch the refraction of the sun’s rays on the surface of the lake every night. Tourists were delighted with this place because it is peaceful, quiet, and yet close to the central city squares.

In the evening you can go for a walk and you will understand what hygge, the Danish concept of enjoying the little things, means.

13. Rosenborg Castle

It is considered a tourist attraction and there is a reason for that. It was originally built as a summer house for Christian IV, one of the most famous Danish kings, but over time it was given a completely different purpose.

To go around everything, you need at least 3-4 hours and in the end you will have the impression that you want to stay a little longer. Entrance to the castle costs around $ 12 and needs to be booked in advance. The park located around the Rosenborg castle is a favorite among the locals, especially the younger population.

On weekends, they like to gather and hang out with beer and snacks. You will notice how little is enough to be happy and spend quality time with dear people.

14. Assistens Cemetery

Nørrebro district has a lot to offer. If you are visiting Copenhagen for only a few days, we recommend that you set aside a couple of hours and visit the Assistens cemetery.

Originally, this place was conceived as a cemetery, but today it is one of the popular tourist destinations. Famous Danes are buried here, such as the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, then H.C. Andersen.

You will see more and more people walking and hanging out here, and that is completely normal, it should not surprise you. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax your mind and body, you know where to go.

It is very easy to get here, just a few minutes walk from Nørreport station which is considered to be one of the busiest in the city and all transfers from the main train station go to it.

15. La Neta bar

Copenhagen at night is so charming. For the end of the tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, we recommend a place that will delight you.

It is a La Neta bar located in the Nørrebro district. He collaborates with the micro brewery Mikkeler, which is a favorite among young people and fans of the urban lifestyle. Their bars are located in several locations in the city, so you can choose the one that is closest to you. With them, you can taste different types of beer for free and then choose the one you will order.

We recommend that you take one of the dark beers, order a portion of authentic Mexican food and treat your senses to royal pleasure.

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