The 10 BEST Things to Do in Copenhagen

Discover my top 10 things to in Copenhagen!

10) Check out Kastellet.

Designed in the shape of a pentagon, Kastellet is one of the best preserved and oldest (dating back to 1626) fortresses in Northern Europe. The fortress is now a public park and the ramparts are popular with runners and walkers alike. *FREE TO VISIT*

9) Visit Christiansborg Palace.

Christiansborg Palace is home to the Danish Parliament and is the location of a number of events hosted by the Danish Royal Family. Indeed, the Palace’s location has an 800-year long history as Denmark’s centre of power. Tickets to explore the Royal reception rooms can be purchased here.

8) Amble through the beautiful Orstedsparken.


7) Experience a traditional Danish menu with dinner at Karla.

6) Appreciate the world famous sculpture of the Little Mermaid.

At four metres tall, the sculpture is slightly underwhelming, but it is Copenhagen’s most photographed attraction all the same. The original sculpture was commissioned in 1909 and it survived World Wars, political protests and decapitation attempts. The current genetically altered version was created in 2006. *FREE TO VISIT*

The Little Mermaid

5) Explore Tivoli Gardens.

Opening in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is the third oldest amusement park in the world. Tickets can be bought here.

4) Climb to the top of the Rundetaarn.

The 17th century Rundetaarn, or Round Tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. The Rundetaarn is only 36 metres tall, but the spiralling walkway inside means that visitors have to walk at least 209 metres to ascend to the top of the tower.

3) Wander through the hippy commune of Freetown Christiania.

Christiania is an autonomous neighbourhood covering 7.7 hectares of land in Copenhagen. The land was a former military base, before ‘hippies’ broke down the barricades and began squatting there in 1971. 50 years later, Christiania is home to approximately 1,000 inhabitants, comprising an independent community living under separate rules and regulations from those imposed by the Danish Government. *FREE TO VISIT*

2) Admire Rosenborg Castle.

Located in the King’s Gardens, Rosenborg is a beautiful 400-year old Renaissance Castle which is home to the Danish Crown Jewels. Tickets to see the Castle are available to buy here.

Rosenborg Castle

1) Enjoy the café culture on the Nyhavn canal waterfront.


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