Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, and usually also often counted as the Nordic region’s capital. København, as it is called in Danish is a multicultural city with a long history behind it. Thus, there are a lot of things to do in Copenhagen.
Here is something for everyone, regardless of age, interest or budget. Are you traveling to Copenhagen? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Copenhagen as a tourist!
Nyhavn is without a doubt Copenhagen’s coziest and most beautiful neighborhood. What characterizes Nyhavn is the colorful houses, boats and all the lovely restaurants and outdoor cafes along the waterfront. Additionally, there are plenty of small, charming shops and entertaining street performers. Strolling around here is one of the must things to do in Copenhagen!
If you only have one day in Copenhagen, make sure to visit Nyhavn!
Ströget is the heart of Copenhagen. The pedestrian zone stretches 1.1 kilometers and goes all the way from the Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv. Along the pedestrian street, you’ll find shopping for all tastes and many nice cafes, bars and restaurants.
The shopping is really good, and there is both international brands and stores, but also some local shops and several upscale shops such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci and much more. Strolling along Ströget is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen!
This historic amusement park is located in the center of Copenhagen and is extremely popular. Every year this theme park is visited by no less than 4 million people. There are rides for both children and adults and a lot of other activities. The Tivoli Gardens has a cozy and family-friendly atmosphere.
Every year during the Christmas there’s also a large and popular Christmas market being held as well.
Church – Our Saviour
Our Savior is located in Christianshavn in Copenhagen. The church is built in the Baroque style of Rödsten and is a classic tourist attraction in Copenhagen. The church is characterized by its black and golden spire with a surface-mounted staircase and its many bells in the church game.
It is possible to go up to the spire, and well up there one can enjoy spectacular views of Copenhagen.
Visit a Castle – One of the must things to do in Copenhagen
There are many castles in Denmark, and several of them lies around and within Copenhagen. Amalienborg is Denmark’s Royal Palace, and that is where the Danish royal family lives. Changing of the Guard at the Amalienborg Palace is a popular attraction for tourists.
A few other castles that are well worth a visit are: Rosenborg Castle, Christan Castle, and Frederiksborg Castle. As the supply of the castle in the city is so large, this is surely a must to put on your list of things to do in Copenhagen.
Glyptotek is a major art museum in Copenhagen. Here you can wander around and check out the antique paintings and sculptures from around the world. Most of the art comes from Egypt, Greece, France, the Near East and Italy. If you are interested in art, culture, and history, a visit to the Glyptotek is a must to do in Copenhagen.
Museum exhibitions vary, and it might be good to check in advance if there is a show that seems interesting. The exhibition of Egypt and Greece is permanent all year round.
Christiania is a free state in central Copenhagen and is today a haven for people with alternative lifestyles. Among other things, marijuana and hashish are sold openly, and it is possible to try inside Christiania.
The police tried for years but gave up because of there were constantly new people came and joined Christiania. The district is popular with tourists and it is also possible to go on a guided tour.
Travel across the Öresundsbridge to Malmö and Skåne
If you’re staying in Copenhagen a few days, one of the best things to do in the Danish capital is to take the train across the Öresundsbridge and explore Skåne, the southern region of Sweden.
There are many good flea markets in Copenhagen, and the chances of bargains are great. Flea markets are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays. Two of the largest flea markets “Remisen”, located indoors at Trianglen in Østerbro and the blue holes, which have a total area of 2000 square meters.
The range is very mixed and equipped with clothing, antique gadgets, collection items, novelties, souvenirs, crafts and more!
Smørrebrød at Schønnemann’s
The typical Danish open sandwiches are something that everyone should try at some point in life. The best place for this is at the famous Restaurant Schønnemann. The restaurant is extremely popular with both tourists and Köpenhamnbor. There are many different variants of open-faced sandwiches, so just pick and choose. The prices are however on the upscale from 50 DKK and upwards.
There are cheaper places to try the Smörrebröd, if you like to explore like a local.