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Welcome to Copenhagen

Visitors to Denmark’s capital find it easy to believe that Copenhagen is consistently rated one of the happiest cities in the world. Cycle down the network of cobblestone streets, hit up world-class restaurants for locally sourced food, embrace the Danish concept of hygge in cozy cafes, or take a guided tour of highlights such as the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, and the self-governing free town of Christiania. The modern Danish design aesthetic is mixed with centuries-old buildings, best seen on a bike or walking tour, or via a hop-on hop-off canal cruise.

Top 15 attractions in Copenhagen

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Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

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One of Denmark’s most beloved icons, the Little Mermaid first appeared in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale and achieved even wider recognition with Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation. A statue of the character by artist Edvard Eriksen looks out over Copenhagen’s harbor, and is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.More
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Nyhavn

Nyhavn

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Copenhagen’s waterfront Nyhavn district is one of the city’s most picturesque destinations, featuring a canal lined with brightly painted townhouses and cozy bars, restaurants, and cafés. Cobbled streets, sailboats, and tidy houseboats create a feeling of old-world charm that attracts visitors year round.More
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Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

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Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish royal family, the world’s oldest monarchy. One of Copenhagen’s most beautiful monuments and a popular visitor attraction, the Amalienborg complex contains four stately palaces: Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace, and Christian VIII’s Palace.More
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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

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Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.More
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Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

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Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot) is a Danish palace built in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style—typical of Danish buildings of the time—by architectural innovator King Christian IV. Originally the king’s summer home, today the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, impressive heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th centuries.More
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Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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Once the principal residence of Danish monarchs, Christiansborg Palace is now the beating heart of Denmark’s government—home to the country’s parliament, prime minister’s office, and supreme court. Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks, holding over 800 years of Danish history.More
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Thorvaldsens Museum

Thorvaldsens Museum

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Opened shortly after the death of Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1844, the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen is the only place in the world to see all of his works of art. The first public museum building in Denmark, the museum features Thorvaldsen’s sculptures, sketches, letters, books and personal objects, as well as contemporary art, antiquities, paintings and graphic art. The ground floor is home to Thorvaldsen’s own plaster and marble sculptures, while the first floor displays a collection of paintings and Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities.The building itself is known to be one of Denmark’s most beautiful buildings. Inspired by ancient Greek architecture, it was built around an inner courtyard where Thorvaldsen is buried. With brightly colored walls inspired by the colors and patterns found in Pompeii and Herculaneum, mosaic floors and decorated ceilings, the museum building looks today just as it did more than 150 years ago. Outside, a frieze wraps around the building that tells the story of the arrival of Thorvaldsen’s sculptures to Copenhagen.More
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Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

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With a futuristic roof canopy jutting out over the harbor, the glass and steel Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) makes a striking impression. And the building is just as lovely on the inside, with a marble foyer and gold-plated ceiling. Catch a performance there, or simply admire the opera house’s award-winning design.More
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Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

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Built in 1625, the Old Stock Exchange is one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most recognizable buildings. Characterized by a green copper roof, the landmark is one of Denmark’s finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. Unfortunately, it’s not open to the public due to its role as the headquarters of the Danish Chamber of Commerce.More
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Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

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Immortalized as the setting of Shakespeare’sHamlet, Kronborg Castle is one of Denmark’s top attractions. The fortress casts an imposing silhouette on Øresund (“the Sound”), and its towering Renaissance facade holds more than 400 years of history. From lavish ballrooms to the darkest of dungeons, this castle has it all.More
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Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania

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Christiania is Copenhagen’s most infamous district. A self-proclaimed state, it’s famous for its counter-culture atmosphere and legal cannabis trade. Located in a former military barracks, it draws curious visitors from all around the world.More
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Round Tower (Rundetårn)

Round Tower (Rundetårn)

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Built in the 17th century, Copenhagen’s Round Tower (Rundetårn is said to be the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Although there’s no longer a staff of scientists here, the tower is visited by amateur astronomers at night and tourists looking for great city views during the day.More
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Torvehallerne Market

Torvehallerne Market

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Urban centers are known for their diverse flavors and unique establishments. Nowhere is this truer than in Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne. This incredible market is jam-packed with more than 60 vendors selling everything from fresh fish to organic produce to home-baked goods. For travelers looking to eat their way through the city, this is the place to do it!Sample cheese, caramel and chocolate at a shop selling items from the Danish island of Bornholm, Italian-style pizzas from Grom’s and tuck into the flavors of France at Ma Poule, where a glass of wine and possible the best sandwich in the city has the possibility to transport travelers without needing a passport! Whether it’s sushi, tapas, paleo fare or strong and sweet coffee, Torvehallerne is the perfect stop for visitors looking to get a taste of the city!More
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National History Museum (Frederiksborg Slot)

National History Museum (Frederiksborg Slot)

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Denmark’s National History Museum is housed within Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Spread out over three small islets on Slotssøen (the castle lake), the palatial museum contains more than 500 years of Danish history, illustrated through a vast collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative art.More
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Kastellet

Kastellet

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Copenhagen’s pentagon-shaped Kastellet (Citadel) is one of the best-preserved fortresses in northern Europe. Built in 1662, the site, although still used for military activities occasionally, functions is now used as a public park. During a walk around the grassy grounds, you’ll find well-preserved barracks, a small chapel, a windmill, and a moat.More

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Top activities in Copenhagen

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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
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Copenhagen Card

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City Sightseeing Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour

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3-hour Culinary Bike Tour in English
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Private 3-Hour Copenhagen Walking Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Copenhagen

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Hygge and Food
Ryan_H, May 2022
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Meeting up at the fresh market and walking around Copenhagen to visit various spots was amazing: the food, the drink, the guides, the people, and Danish food and atmosphere!
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Worth the money
Lynne_C, May 2022
Copenhagen Card
Transport system in Copenhagen is amazing so you can use it on trains and buses everywhere aswell as the attractions
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Awesome way to see the city!
Katrina_G, May 2022
2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour
Awesome way to see such an amazing city!
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Fabulous tour
Lizzy_H, May 2022
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Great way to see the city and try things we never would have thought of trying!
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Good tour
san_t, Apr 2022
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Great host and good things to see outside of Copenhagen.
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100% Recommend
Olivia_A, Mar 2022
Copenhagen 1.5-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
Great way to see the city how the locals do it!
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Great tour, covering many sights in the city, with a friendly and informative guide!
Kimi_S, Feb 2022
Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, which was a great introduction to Copenhagen and a great way to see all the main tourist sites.
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Great walking tour of Copenhagen
Sofija_A, Nov 2021
Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
So much to see and learn!
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Exactly what I look for in a walking tour
Eimear_M, May 2022
★★★★★ 3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Copenhagen
She gave us lots of tips of where to eat, and where to go/what to do after the tour and for the rest of our time in Copenhagen.
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Great Neighbourhood Tour Guide in Céline!
Willie_W, May 2022
Copenhagen Neighbourhoods Private Tour: Vesterbro & Christianshavn
Céline was our tour guide whom was a fluent speaker of both English & French.
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A must do trip!
Paul_C, Apr 2022
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
Really recommend booking this if you are in Copenhagen & want to see the sights, learn the history and visit Sweden.
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Enjoyable tour
graeme_w, Mar 2022
City Sightseeing Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We booked the 72hr service to see the sights of Copenhagen, even though there was only one route on as it was still classed as the winter season there was plenty to see and do.
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Amazing experience with Celine!
Ange_L, Feb 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Copenhagen Private Tour
Celine timed nicely for us to see the horse carriage and changing of Royal guards separately.
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Brilliant tour
Laura_O, Oct 2021
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
The tour was a good length to see the sights but not to feel too tiring.
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Copenhagen adventure!
Charlie_B, Sep 2021
Copenhagen 1.5-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
This is a must for anyone visiting the city as you get an amazing overview of the city and get ideas on what to see next.
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Anne_C, Jul 2021
Private 3-Hour Copenhagen Walking Tour
This is a great way to see Copenhagen and learn about things that wouldn't be covered on a more commercial tour.
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A great way to see some of the most charming parts of Scandinavia in one day!
Lynlie W, Dec 2019
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
Traveling from Copenhagen to two quaint cities in Sweden AND getting to see Kronborg in one day was incredible.
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Wonderful introduction to Copenhagen
ANDREA_S, Dec 2019
Private Copenhagen City Tour by Car
It was great to be able to ask to see certain areas that were of interest.
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Fantastic Copenhagen
Pete P, Nov 2019
Bus & Boat Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen
Very convenient way to see and experience the highlights of Copenhagen.
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Boat tour
Marci_W, Oct 2019
Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
What a fun way to see Copenhagen.
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