From cobbled streets and boat-laden canals to palaces and amusement parks, Copenhagen, Denmark, offers great attractions to make you smile.
When it comes to an enjoyable travel experience, certain cities always deliver. Enter Copenhagen, Denmark. From cobbled streets and boat-laden canals to palaces and amusement parks, this capital city serves up a bevy of delightful attractions for both tourists and business travelers.
Once you discover what Copenhagen has to offer, you won’t be surprised to learn the Danish top the list as the happiest people in the world. After exploring the city and indulging in some Danish charm, you’ll leave with an extra spring in your step.
Explore Rosenborg Castle
Located within the King’s Gardens in central Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle was erected in 1633 by King Christian IV. Authentic furnishings, household goods, clothing, handicrafts, and other collectibles take you on a journey back in time. Ornate spaces like The Knight’s Hall, The Bronze Room, and The Marble Room feature plenty of pomp and pageantry, but the castle is also home to curiosities like bullet holes, peepholes, and speaking tubs (a medieval intercom system). Beautiful portraits created by 18th century painter Jens Juel offer insight into the castle’s former occupants.
Take Pleasure in Tivoli Gardens
It’s not hard to see why famous figures like Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney fell in love with Tivoli Gardens. Located just minutes from City Hall, Copenhagen’s beloved theme park offers something for everyone with a colorful mish-mash of rides, restaurants, live entertainment, flora, fauna, and more.
Watch as people of all ages enthusiastically board classic rides like The Roller Coaster and heart-stoppers like The Demon, or join in the fun yourself. If you’re fascinated by marine life, Tivoli Aquarium features more than 100 species of marine plants and animals. At the end of a busy day, enjoy a tranquil stroll through the Hanging Gardens or the Bamboo Forest.
Exploring the grounds at Tivoli Gardens works up an appetite. Choose from an international assortment of tasty bites, including hotdogs, burgers, tacos, sushi, smørrebrød (Danish sandwiches), and pizza. In the evening, the park takes on a fairytale atmosphere with thousands of colored lights (even better at Christmas), and Friday night fireworks cap off a day of amusement park fun with a spectacular bang.
Get Wild at the Copenhagen Zoo
Home to more than 3,000 animals, the Copenhagen Zoo in the Frederiksberg neighborhood offers a wild and wonderful experience for nature lovers. Just a few of the many creatures encountered include lions, monkeys, marmosets, snakes, crocodiles, and hippos.
Considered one of the best facilities for elephants in the world, the zoo’s Elephant House permits visitors to see the big beasts up close and personal. The Arctic Ring exhibit offers an up-close look at polar bears, seals, and North Atlantic birds. In the Children’s Zoo, make friends with cows, chickens, llamas, pigs, rabbits, goats, and horses.
Take a Stroll Along Stroget
As one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, Stroget offers abundant opportunities for shoppers and diners. Upscale shops like Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton intermingle with charming local boutiques and cafes amidst a mix of historic and modern architecture. Wandering along Stroget, particularly through Amagertorv Square, takes you past a number of street vendors, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, magicians, and musicians.
Enjoy the View at Nyhavn
The neighborhood of Nyhavn sits right at the canal’s edge. Featuring brightly colored, 18th-century townhomes and boats of all shapes and sizes, it’s the subject of countless travel photos and the former home of Copenhagen’s favorite son, Hans Christian Andersen.
During the day in Nyhavn, join the locals in grabbing a bite at one of the charming neighborhood cafes, or find a spot along the pier and enjoy a cold beer. After hours, upscale bars and nightclubs offer excitement well into the night. During the holiday season, shop in the Christmas market, nibble on Danish goodies, and enjoy the myriad of twinkling, colored lights on display.
More Must-See Attractions in Copenhagen
With so many charming lures, it’s not hard to enjoy your stay in Copenhagen. Make time for even more must-see attractions in the “City of Spires.”
- Fall in love with The Little Mermaid, the popular bronze and granite statue at Langelinie Pier that was inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
- Watch the Changing of the Guards at Amalienborg Palace, the majestic winter home of the Danish Royal Family.
- Fill up a grocery basket at Torvehallerne, a lively covered marketplace selling fresh seafood, meats, cheeses, pastries, chocolate, coffee, and more.
- Take in a performance at Copenhagen Opera House, a magnificent modern structure perched directly on the waterfront.
- Relish the massive wall tapestries in the Great Hall at Christiansborg Palace, the home of the Danish Parliament and the country’s Supreme Court.
- Savor local flavors at Paper Island, a market featuring trucks, stalls, and stands cooking up delicious seasonal cuisine.
Steeped in rich history and radiating Scandinavian charm, Copenhagen offers a unique array of attractions to keep you happily entertained during your visit. Snap a few photos of your favorite attractions, and share them with us on Instagram.