23 Best Things to do in Copenhagen: Top Places to visit

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Copenhagen, a city with a relaxed atmosphere and the most colourful harbour, Nyhavn, which literally beckons you to walk along the waterfront to the Little Mermaid statue while the cold wind whips your face. Here’s a list of the most beautiful places and things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark.

I absolutely fell in love with Copenhagen. It’s casual, fun and yet doesn’t lack royalty. Everything works here, people are nice, they sit around the waterfront and don’t mind the 10 degrees.

If you’re looking for a destination for your first holiday without a travel agent, Copenhagen is absolutely perfect.

In today’s article we’ll look at the attractions and sights to visit in Copenhagen. It also includes a map that you can download to your mobile phone, edit and plan the perfect itinerary for your holiday in Copenhagen.

Best things to do in Copenhagen: Top places to visit

1. Port of Nyhavn

You can’t start any other way than with Nyhavn harbour, an iconic spot that features in almost every photograph of the city. Nyhavn is not to be missed when visiting Copenhagen.

The harbour is famous for its colourful houses that line the Nyhavn Canal, where several historic ships are moored. Located in the city centre, it is the starting point for boat trips across Copenhagen’s canals.

Nyhavn harbour / things to do in Copenhagen
Nyhavn harbour / things to do in Copenhagen

There are shops and restaurants with gardens all around where you can watch the action. But as it happens, most restaurants are not worth much. But the same cannot be said for the ice cream on tap at Vaffelbageren Nyhavn. They also have waffles and other goodies (see the map at the end of the article for the location).

Nyhavn harbour / things to do in Copenhagen

How to save in Copenhagen: Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Thanks to the Copenhagen Card The Copenhagen Card gets you free entry to over 80 places in Copenhagen, including the boat cruise, Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg, the Round Tower, the zoo, Rosenborg and more. This includes unlimited free transport not only in Copenhagen, but throughout the region (including travel from the airport).

2. Christiansborg – the most beautiful sights in Copenhagen

Christiansborg is home to the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister’s Office, making it the only building in the world where the three main state institutions are housed under one roof.

Christiansborg / things to see in Copenhagen, Denmark

Interestingly, Christiansborg is the fifth building on this site. The locals built it on the ruins of four previous palaces and castles that were rebuilt due to fires and political changes. Its present form was completed in 1928 in the neo-Baroque style.

Visiting Christiansborg is like discovering different chapters of Danish history. Visit the parliament, where the future of the country is decided, or explore the ornate rooms. Or head underground to Christiansborg and explore its archaeological excavations with the remains of the old forts and castles that once stood on the site.

Stables at Christiansborg / things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark
Stables at Christiansborg / things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark

Admission and opening hours Christiansborg

  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

Admission to Christiansborg varies depending on what you plan to see.

The combined ticket is the best value if you plan to see everything (the royal state rooms, the royal banquet kitchen, the ruins under Christiansborg and the royal stables) – adults DKK 175, students DKK 155, children under 18 free

Tickets for individual seats range from DKK 65-105 – click here for more information. Entrance to the tower and church is free.

Visits to Parliament are also free, including guided tours. You can book your seat on the Danish Parliament’s website.

The interior of the castle is usually open from 10:00-17:00, but may change throughout the year. Check the current opening hours on the official website.

Frederiksholms Canal around Christiansborg
Frederiksholms Canal around Christiansborg

3. National Museum of Denmark

Just a few minutes from Christiansborg you can walk to the Nationalmuseet (National Museum of Denmark). The museum is housed in a former royal palace, which houses an extensive collection of artefacts spanning 14,000 years of Danish history.

National Museum of Denmark

Among the most important exhibits are the famous Golden Horns of Gallehus, which were stolen and melted down in the past, but the museum exhibits their faithful replicas. Get a glimpse into Viking life and see unique exhibitions on the history of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Children will have fun in the children’s corner. There is a restaurant in the museum, but feel free to bring your own snack and eat it in the garden.

  • Admission to the National Museum of Denmark: admission is 120 DDK and free for children under 18.
  • Opening hours: The National Museum of Denmark is open daily from June to September from 10:00-18:00 and from October to May from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-17:00.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

4. Rådhuspladsen

Rådhuspladsen, translated as Town Hall Square, is the imaginary heart of Copenhagen. The large square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, the most important of which is the town hall itself.

Rådhuspladsen Copenhagen, Denmark

The building was inspired by the town hall of Siena in Tuscany, Italy. Wander its arched corridors, admire the beautiful paintings and decorations, or climb the City Hall tower for one of the best views of Copenhagen.

5. Tivoli Amusement Park and Gardens

Did you know that Denmark is home to two of the oldest amusement parks in the world? The first is Dyrehavsbakken, about 10 km north of Copenhagen, the second is Prater Park in Vienna and the third is Tivoli Park, located in the centre of Copenhagen.

Tivoli Gardens / Copenhagen

Tivoli Park was first opened in 1843 and remains one of the most popular places in Denmark today. You will meet all age groups here and everyone will find their own thing.

And you don’t have to be a fan of thrill rides at all. As soon as you walk in, the first thing that catches your eye is the beautiful garden full of colourful flowers, small ponds and mature trees. A perfect oasis in the middle of the bustle of the city, where among the attractions there are quiet corners with sun loungers, benches and restaurants.

Tivoli Gardens / Copenhagen

In terms of attractions, Tivoli offers everything from classic carousels and roller coasters to modern adrenaline rides. There is something for everyone, big and small.

Among the attractions are various souvenir stands or refreshment stands, such as the traditional smørrebrød sandwich. There are also a number of restaurants, some of which are located away from the attractions so you can eat in peace.

Tivoli Gardens / Copenhagen

Admission and opening hours of Tivoli Park

Admission to Tivoli Gardens varies depending on what you want to experience:

  • A separate ticket to the Tivoli Gardens without rides – 155 DDK Monday to Friday for everyone over 8 years old and 70 DDK for children 3-7 years old, at the weekend the entrance fee is 165 DDK (for children it remains 70 DDK). For tickets, click here.
  • Combination tickets include Tivoli Gardens and unlimited rides – 439 DDK for everyone over 8 years old, 339 DDK for children 3-7 years old, children under 3 get in free. Get your tickets by clicking here.

If you’re only planning to go on one or two rides, it’s better to buy a separate ticket to Tivoli Gardens and pay for individual rides on the spot using your credit card or the Tivoli app.

Included with the Copenhagen Card: yes, the Copenhagen Card includes a separate ticket to Tivoli Gardens. If you would like to enjoy unlimited rides, you need to buy a Turbo Pass for 259 DDK (same price for all).

Tivoli Gardens / Copenhagen

Tivoli’s opening hours vary throughout the year. In the summer season the opening hours are as follows:

  • 31 March – 22. June Sunday-Thursday 11:00-22:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00-24:00
  • 23 June – 13. August Sunday-Thursday 11:00-23:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00-24:00
  • August 14 – 24. September Sunday-Thursday 11:00-22:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00-24:00

Tip: Queues can form at the entrance to Tivoli Park, especially in high season from April onwards. When buying a ticket in advance, go through the middle entrance and show the printed tickets on your mobile phone or scan the QR code from your mobile phone.

Tickets purchased in advance are valid for the whole day (you can come at any time) and are the same price as if purchased at the door. Here you can find tickets for the Tivoli Gardens:

6. Christianshavn

On the eastern outskirts of Copenhagen is Christianshavn, an authentic neighbourhood that has been nicknamed the “Venice of Copenhagen”. Stroll along the picturesque canals lined with preserved old buildings, where colourful boats and yachts lazily roam. Walk down to the waterfront where there are tables and various seating areas to sit by the water and just relax with the locals.

Christianshavn Copenhagen

Christianshavn is easily reached from Nyhavn Harbour – just cross the modern bridge. Right by the bridge in Christianshavn is Broens Gadekøkken, with refreshment stands and outdoor seating. Here you can try local specialties, burgers, nachos, burritos and other delicacies from around the world or have a drink. It’s not the cheapest, but it tastes great.

Another bridge connects Christianshavn to Christiansborg and the old stock exchange building, but it’s also easy to get here by public transport.

7. Church of Our Saviour

When in Christianshavn, don’t miss the Church of Our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke). Baroque church from 17. century, which is famous for its spiral tower with external stairs.

As you climb up to the viewing gallery, you pass the large church bells and the chimes, which play soft melodies thanks to 48 bells.

Please note: Access to the tower is not suitable for those who suffer from a fear of heights and do not feel comfortable in confined spaces. There are 400 narrow stairs up to the tower, with the last 150 steps outside overlooking Copenhagen.

  • Admission to the church: free
  • Admission to the tower: 69 DDK, 53 DDK for students and seniors over 65, 20 DDK for children 5-14, under 5 free
  • Tickets: especially in high season and on weekends, it is better to book your ticket in advance and just show your reservation with your name when you enter.
  • Opening hours: 9:00-20:00
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

8. Christiania

We come to the most controversial place to visit in Copenhagen. For some one of the top attractions in Copenhagen, for others (including me) a place that evokes more contradictory than positive reactions.

Freetown Christiania, often referred to as Christiania, is a place with an alternative lifestyle and bohemian atmosphere. Located in Christianshavn, it was founded in 1971 by a group of local artists and activists who occupied a former military barracks with the aim of creating a community based on the ideals of freedom, creativity and collective decision-making.

Christiania Copenhagen

Christiania covers an area of 34 hectares and is home to over 800 residents who live in colourfully painted houses and communal buildings. The neighbourhood is known for its eco-friendly philosophy, with many homes built from recycled materials and a strong emphasis on sustainability and living in harmony with nature.

My subjective impression is that Christiania gives a relatively cold impression, there are a lot of marijuana dealers around and the locals are not friendly unless you want to buy something from them. But if you like the hippie vibe, consider visiting. The place is not suitable for children.

  • Admission: free
  • Please note: There are a number of locations where photography is prohibited. Frequent police raids.

9. NY Carlsberg Glyptoteket

Do you love art and beautiful objects? Then don’t miss the Glyptoteket Art Museum, housed in an impressive building in the centre of Copenhagen. Inside, you’ll be treated to a collection of more than 10,000 works, from ancient sculptures to modern paintings.

NY Carlsberg Glyptoteket Copenhagen

In the middle of the museum is a glass-enclosed conservatory full of exotic plants and water fountains. A wonderful place where you can relax between viewing the various collections.

You can go up to the roof and enjoy the view of Copenhagen. The view is not as good as Christiansborg or Rundetaarn, for example, but it’s still worth it if you’re here. The museum also has a café.

  • Price: admission to Glyptoteket is 125 DDK, 95 DDK for students and under 18 years free. Free admission for everyone on the last Wednesday of the month.
  • Opening hours: the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-17:00 and on Thursdays until 21:00.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

10. Amalienborg

Amalienborg is one of the most beautiful places to see in Copenhagen. The Royal Palace in the city centre, a symbol of the Danish monarchy, one of the oldest in the world.

Amalienborg is an elegant complex of four identical buildings surrounding a circular square, in the centre of which stands a statue of King Frederik V on horseback. Today, two of the palaces are used as residences of the Danish royal family, the Christian VIII. is the Amalienborg Museum.

Amalienborg Copenhagen

Inside the museum, you can explore the rich interiors, including the magnificent library and the Gala Hall, which is used by the Royal Family for special occasions.

At noon, don’t miss the Changing of the Guards, which takes place in front of the Christian VIII Palace. in the northwest corner of the square. Come early, because that moment before 12. hour is really crowded and you would see almost nothing.

Changing of the guard Amalienborg Copenhagen

Admission and opening hours Amalienborg

  • Admission to the Amalienborg Museum is 120 DDK and discounted for students 78 DDK. Children under 18 years of age are admitted free of charge. You can buy a combined ticket to Amalienborg and Rosenborg at a discounted price.
  • Opening hours are very variable and change throughout the year. Check here for current opening hours.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

How to save in Copenhagen: Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Thanks to the Copenhagen Card The Copenhagen Card gets you free entry to over 80 places in Copenhagen, including the boat cruise, Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg, the Round Tower, the zoo, Rosenborg and more. This includes unlimited free transport not only in Copenhagen, but throughout the region (including travel from the airport).

11. Frederik Kirke

From Amalienborg Palace you can see the Frederiks Kirke dome peeking out, which is just 2 minutes away.

Frederiks Kirke put between 18. and 19th century in the Baroque style. Danish marble was used for its construction, which gives the church the nickname “Marble Church”. With a diameter of 31 metres, its dome is one of the largest in northern Europe. They were inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican when building the church.

Frederiks Kirke Copenhagen

Inside, the church contains beautiful frescoes, gilded details and tall marble columns.

  • Admission: entrance to the church is free and you can even go up into the dome – click here for more information about visiting the dome.
  • Opening hours: the Marble Church is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10:00-17:00, Friday 12:00-17:00 and Sunday 12:30-17:00.

12. Rosenborg and the King’s Garden

Rosenborg, a majestic castle with towers and gardens, is one of the most beautiful sights in Copenhagen. The castle was built by King Christian IV. as his summer residence, so inside you can see many important historical objects, including Danish crown jewels, royal portraits, beautiful furniture and a collection of weapons and armour.

Rosenborg Copenhagen

Rosenborg is surrounded on one side by the beautiful Kongens Have (King’s Garden), which is the oldest and most popular city park in Copenhagen. The gardens are full of flower beds, old trees, statues and small lakes where locals go for picnics and walks.

Rosenborg Copenhagen
king's park copenhagen

Please note: It is possible that the gate from Rosenborg to the King’s Garden will be closed – you would then have to leave the castle grounds again and enter the King’s Garden from the outside.

Admission and opening hours Rosenborg

  • Admission to Rosenborg is 130 DDK and discounted for students 84 DDK. Children under 18 years of age are admitted free of charge. You can buy a combined ticket to Amalienborg and Rosenborg at a discounted price.
  • Opening hours are very variable and change throughout the year. Check here for current opening hours.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

13. Botanical Garden

Just opposite Rosenborg is the Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have), which is part of the National Museum of Natural History. A bit off the beaten track for tourists, a place for locals to come and relax and sit in the grass among the 13,000 plants that spread over 10 hectares.

Copenhagen Botanical Garden

The dominant feature of the Botanical Garden is the Palmehuset (Palm House), a historic greenhouse from the 19th century. century. In summer, the Butterfly House is also part of the visit.

Copenhagen Botanical Garden
  • Admission: entrance to the Botanical Garden is free. There is only a fee for visiting Palmehuset if you are interested – 60 DDK and 40 DDK for students and children aged 3-17.
  • Opening hours: 8:30-18:00
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry to Palmehuset with Copenhagen Card

14. Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo (København Zoo) was founded in 1859 and is one of the oldest zoos in the world. It is home to more than 4,000 animals from all over the world, divided by ecosystems, from African savannah to Arctic tundra to tropical rainforest.

Admire lions, elephants and giraffes in the African Pavilion, come face to face with polar bears in the Arctic Habitat, or take a walk through a rainforest full of colourful birds, monkeys and exotic plants.

copenhagen zoo

The biggest draw is the endangered giant pandas, because Copenhagen Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world that is allowed to breed pandas.

Copenhagen Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Copenhagen with kids. The animals have free range and are almost at your fingertips.

  • Admission: admission is 239 DDK and 139 DDK for children 3-11 years.
  • Opening hours: the zoo is open daily, but opening hours vary according to the season.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

15. Kongens Nytorv and Strøget

Explore the historic centre, which is full of winding streets lined with colourful houses. One is more charming than the other (Magstræde is particularly charming), with small shops and cosy cafés where you can have a Danish smørrebrød or a classic kanelsnegl (cinnamon snail).

Magstræde / things to do in Copenhagen
Magstræde / things to do in Copenhagen

Plus, it’s largely pedestrian-only, so you can just wander and enjoy.

The centre is around the pedestrianised Strøget Avenue, between the vast Kongens Nytorv Square and Copenhagen Cathedral.

Copenhagen, Denmark / things to do in Copenhagen
Downtown / things to see in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark / things to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark / things to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark / things to do in Copenhagen

16. Round Tower

As you wander around the historic centre, you’re sure to come across the Rundetaarn, a round tower that offers one of the best views of Copenhagen.

Rundetaarn is an iconic landmark of Copenhagen and one of the oldest working observatories in Europe (it has stood here since the 17th century). This place definitely needs to be on your list of things to see in Copenhagen.

Rundetaarn Copenhagen

Even the journey up is an experience – instead of the traditional stairs, a spiral ramp winds its way to the top of the tower, which is lined with historical exhibitions about the history of the tower.

Rundetaarn is still used as an observatory and regularly hosts evening stargazing for the public.

  • Admission: admission is 40 DDK and 10 DDK for children 5-15 years.
  • Opening hours: the Round Tower is open daily from April to the end of September from 10:00-20:00 and from October to March from 10:00-18:00 and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 21:00, so you can enjoy the view of beautifully lit Copenhagen.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

17. Walk along the waterfront

Walking along the waterfront is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. The seafront is beautifully landscaped, with seating, stalls and attractions to keep you exploring.

Copenhagen waterfront

It winds all along the shore and leads to the Little Mermaid in the north, overlooking the futuristic Opera House on the other shore. At times you feel like you are in Hamburg thanks to the red brick houses.

Copenhagen Opera
Opera, Copenhagen
Copenhagen Denmark water buses
Water bus dock at Nyhavn, Copenhagen
Copenhagen waterfront / things to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen waterfront / things to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen waterfront / things to do in Copenhagen

Or head south along the shore to see modern buildings such as the Royal Danish Library and the Architecture Centre.

You can rent a bicycle and ride along the shore. From Nyhavn harbour you will be at the Little Mermaid by bike in a few minutes, on foot in about half an hour.

18. The Little Mermaid – the most beautiful sights in Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid, known in Danish as “Den lille Havfrue”, is one of the most famous and iconic sights in Copenhagen.

The Little Mermaid Copenhagen

The bronze statue of the Little Mermaid was created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen and unveiled in 1913. It was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a young mermaid who fell in love with a human prince and sacrificed her life under the sea for a human soul.

You may be surprised to learn that the statue is only 1.25 metres tall. It may be disappointing for some, but its significance is rather symbolic and in my opinion worth a pleasant walk from the centre. There are parks and a landscaped waterfront where you can sit in a café or have a picnic in the park.

  • Admission: open all year round free of charge

19. Kastellet – things to do in Copenhagen

Kastellet is a fortress located by the statue of the Little Mermaid. A place you might not expect to find in Copenhagen. Another piece of the mosaic that makes for an interesting mix of what to expect in Copenhagen.

Kastellet Copenhagen
Kastellet Copenhagen

Kastellet is one of the best preserved star fortresses in Europe (like Suomenlinna in Helsinki). It is surrounded by massive walls that you can walk along.

Today it serves as a military barracks, which is open to the public free of charge. It is not overcrowded, on the contrary, you will feel a pleasant peace and security.

  • Admission: free
  • Opening hours: Kastellet is open 6:00-22:00 in summer and 6:00-20:00 in winter.

20. Boating

Boating on the canals and harbour is one of the best ways to explore Copenhagen. You’ll get a completely different perspective on Copenhagen’s architecture, historical monuments and vibrant city life.

Most cruises start in Nyhavn harbour, from where the ship sails past some of the city’s most famous sights, including Christiansborg Castle, the Opera House and the Little Mermaid statue.

Many boat cruises include a passage through the city’s historic canals, surrounded by old merchant houses and elegant palaces. It’s a great opportunity to understand why Copenhagen is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.

boat cruise Copenhagen

The guide will tell you all sorts of interesting facts and you will also get a great angle for photography. The boats sail all year round and are heated and covered in winter.

Price: boat cruise starts from 109 DDK (half price for a child). Boats usually depart from 9:30 in the morning at regular half-hour intervals until the evening.

If you want to avoid the crowds, choose morning times. For the most beautiful light, don’t miss a cruise at golden hour or around sunset (in summer the sun usually sets here between 8-10pm).

Tickets: You can book your cruise here . You just show your booking confirmation at check-in and skip the queue for tickets.

Included with Copenhagen Card: yes, free with Copenhagen Card. If you are planning a cruise with the Copenhagen Card, the embarkation point is in Ved Stranden (opposite Christiansborg, 5 minutes from Nyhavn). The cruise takes an hour. Here you can find more information about sailing with the Copenhagen Card.


21. National Aquarium of Denmark

The National Aquarium of Denmark, in Danish Den Blå Planet, means Blue Planet. It is one of the largest and most modern aquariums in Northern Europe and is located just a short walk from Copenhagen Airport.

It is housed in a futuristic building that was inspired by the shaping of water currents. Inside, the aquarium is divided into several sections, from Denmark Lake to the Alaskan kelp sea to the Ocean.

Blue Planet Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Admission to the National Aquarium of Denmark: full admission is 185 DDK (195 DDK in season) and 100 DDK (105 DDK in season) for children 3-11 years old
  • Opening hours: daily 10:00-21:00 in high season, Monday 10:00-21:00 and Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00 during the rest of the year
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: no

The aquarium is connected to a small harbour with wooden huts, behind which is the long Amager Strandpark beach, where you can swim, have a snack or enjoy the view of the long bridge that connects Denmark to Sweden.

Amager Strand Copenhagen

22. Kronborg – the best hike around Copenhagen

Kronborg, often called “Hamlet’s Castle”, is one of Denmark’s most important historical sites and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located on the northernmost tip of the Danish island of Zealand, this castle and fortress plays a key role in Danish history and is one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Europe. Kronborg is best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s drama Hamlet.

Kronborg Denmark
  • How to get: Kronborg is 40 minutes north of Copenhagen and is the most popular day trip from the Danish capital. The easiest way to get here is to take a direct train from Copenhagen Central Station, which is near Tivoli Gardens in the centre. If you have a Copenhagen Card, you travel for free.
  • Admission to Kronborg Castle: full admission is 145 DDK, 135 DDK for students and under 18 free.
  • Opening hours: open daily – in season from May to October from 10:00-17:00 and in low season from 11:00-16:00.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

This tour includes a visit to Sweden with a stop in Kronborg. The trip is packed with experiences – it includes a ferry, the iconic Malmö Bridge, visits to the Swedish cities of Malmö and Lund (Lund is particularly charming with its brick houses), Hamlet’s Castle and small stops along the coast. See the complete itinerary and more information at this link (The tour is not included in the Copenhagen Card).

Lund Sweden

23. Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Cathedral, located in the town of Roskilde west of Copenhagen, is one of the most important historical and architectural monuments in all of northern Europe. It was the first Gothic church built of brick, after which the style spread throughout northern and eastern Europe. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Roskilde Cathedral Denmark

From 15. century to the present day, more than 40 Danish kings and queens are buried in the cathedral. Moreover, the interior of the cathedral is as impressive as its historical significance, with richly decorated chapels and magnificent stained glass windows.

  • How to get in: Roskilde is just 20 minutes by direct train from Copenhagen, departing from the main station in the centre. If you have a Copenhagen Card, your trip is free.
  • Entrance to Roskilde Cathedral: Full admission is 70 DDK, 50 DDK for students and seniors over 67 and under 18 free.
  • Opening hours: check the opening hours here.
  • Part of the Copenhagen Card: yes, free entry with Copenhagen Card

How to save in Copenhagen: Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Thanks to the Copenhagen Card The Copenhagen Card gets you free entry to over 80 places in Copenhagen, including the boat cruise, Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg, the Round Tower, the zoo, Rosenborg and more. This includes unlimited free transport not only in Copenhagen, but throughout the region (including travel from the airport).

Where to stay in Copenhagen

  • Comwell Copenhagen Portside Dolce by Wyndham : Fantastic, new hotel with full facilities, excellent breakfast and just steps from the metro and boat bus
  • Next House Copenhagen : Great value accommodation in a quiet area on the edge of the centre, lounge with games room, shared kitchen, washing machine, choice of single rooms with bathroom or shared rooms
  • CPH Hotel : Cosy Scandinavian-style hotel with swimming pool and spa
  • Cabinn Copenhagen A: Cheap, modern accommodation including private bathroom, breakfast and good access to the centre
  • Zleep Hotel Copenhagen Airport : Pleasant three-star hotel near the airport

What to taste in Copenhagen

Your taste buds will be spoilt for choice in Copenhagen. You can taste traditional Danish food, but also modern and innovative dishes from around the world. Here are some tips on what to try in Copenhagen:

  • Grød: Flaky porridge with nuts and fruit for breakfast
  • Smørrebrød: A classic Danish sandwich in a healthier version, consisting of a piece of dark bread, usually rye, covered with various fillings such as smoked salmon, beef, pork, cheese, eggs or various vegetables. It is often decorated with herbs or even flowers.
  • Frikadeller: Danish meatballs made from pork or beef, served with potato salad, red cabbage or cranberry jam.
  • Hot Dog in Denmark: Copenhagen is famous for its hot dog stands, which offer hot dogs in many variations. A Danish hot dog usually contains a hot dog, garnished with mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, onions, pickles and sometimes remoulade.
  • Denmark is famous for its excellent seafood, including oysters, prawns, crayfish and more. Many restaurants in Copenhagen offer special seafood that is fresh and locally sourced.
  • Danish pastries and sweets such as kanelsnegle (cinnamon snail) and tebirkes (poppy seed strudel).
Smørrebrød / what to taste in Copenhagen, Denmark
Smørrebrød / what to taste in Copenhagen, Denmark

Things to see in Copenhagen – map

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map of what to visit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to see the names of the places I mention in the Copenhagen guide. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.

Basic information before travelling to Copenhagen, Denmark

Language: the official language is Danish, but English is also very easy to understand.

Currency: the currency in Copenhagen is the Danish krone (DKK).

Socket: Denmark uses socket types C and K, voltage 230 V and frequency 50 Hz. Type C is a common “euro” connector with two round pins. Type K has two round pins like type C, but also has a third pin for grounding.

Safety: like many European cities, Copenhagen is a safe place to live and visit. The city districts are well lit, public transport is safe and most people speak English, so you can understand if you need to.

However, as in any big city, it is better to be careful and mind your personal belongings. Pickpockets can be active in tourist areas and places with large numbers of people, such as train stations or large public events.

Basic phrases:

  • Hey – Hi
  • Goddag – Hello
  • Hey hey – Informal Goodbye
  • So – Thank you
  • I – Yes
  • Not – No
  • Undskyld – Excuse me
  • Hvor er toilettet? – Where’s the toilet?
  • Jeg forstår ikke – I don’t understand
  • Kan du tale engelsk? – Do you speak English?
  • Hjælp – Help
Copenhagen, Denmark

How to enjoy Copenhagen

  • You can pick up free paper maps and small guidebooks of Copenhagen at the metro stations.
  • Rent a bike and ride around the waterfront. Copenhagen is very bike-friendly.
  • Copenhagen has beautiful parks and a long, landscaped waterfront that invites strolling. Comfortable shoes are a must.
  • If you get cold easily, wear a scarf around your neck to protect yourself from the cold wind.
  • Get your Copenhagen Card and get free entry to most places in Copenhagen and unlimited transport throughout the region (including from the airport) for one price.
  • Clean toilets are free in Copenhagen. In the centre, it’s by Nyhavn harbour, Strøget or the square with the town hall. Just type “public toilet” into Google maps and the nearest ones will pop up (just beware that some are for ladies only and some are for gentlemen).

This was our guide to things to do in Copenhagen. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

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HELSINKI: Here are tips on the best places to see in Helsinki.

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