Museums and Monuments in Copenhagen

Art, architecture, history, castles and palaces, find out how to make the most of the museums and monuments in Copenhagen using the Copenhagen Card...

The Copenhagen Card

For easier and cheaper entry into 65 different museums and attractions, the Danish Tourist Board offers a Copenhagen Card (CPHCard), available online.

The CHPCard also allows free transport by train, bus and metro, including to and from the airport, and provides discounts on restaurants, car hire, shops and sights.

There are several CPHCard options:

  • 24/hrs card
  • 72/hrs card
  • Adult card (from 16 years old)
  • Infant card (ten to 15 years old)
  • Two children (up to nine years old) may be included free with an adult CPHCard

A CHPCard can be bought online and posted; it is advisable to order at least ten days before arriving in Copenhagen. The price includes service and postage fees. A card is posted to the given address together with a comprehensive guide.

  • For more information about purchasing a Copenhagen Card: Click here

Monuments in Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid: Denmark's most enduring icon was inspired by the ballet The Little Mermaid. The bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen was a gift from Carl Jacobsen, founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, to the city of Copenhagen, and unveiled at the Langelinie Harbourfront Promenade in 1913.

In April 1964, the Little Mermaid was decapitated, but given a new head in June the same year.

Rundetaarn: The Round Tower, built by Christian IV in 1642, is Europe's oldest functioning observatory. It is encircled by an outdoor platform which offers spectacular views across the old part of Copenhagen. To get there, visitors must climb a 268.5m long spiral walk, which also leads to the library hall. Once home to the university's book collection, it now hosts changing exhibitions of art, culture, history and science.

  • At: Koebmagergade 52A, Central Copenhagen
    Tel: 33 73 03 73
    Open: Daily between May and September (10:00-20:00); September and April (10:00-17:00)

The Old Stock Exchange (Boersen): One of Copenhagen's oldest and most impressive buildings. Built by King Christian IV between 1618 and 1624, it was used as a commodity exchange. It contains an exchange hall, a library, and various assembly rooms, and while it is open to the public, it is also used for conferences, banquets and meetings.

  • At: Boersen, 1217 Central Copenhagen
    Tel: 33 74 65 73

Royal Palaces and Castles

Amalienborg Palace: Built in the 1700s, Amalienborg Palace is considered one of the greatest works of Danish Rococo architecture, and is the main residence of Queen Margrethe II. When the Queen is present, the flag is raised.

The palace includes four identical buildings around an octagonal courtyard, two of which are open to the public:

  1. Christian VIII's palace - a museum for the Glücksburg royal family.
  2. Christian VII's palace - used by the Queen for receiving guests and official representatives.

Amalienborg is also known for the Danish Royal Guard, who patrol the palace grounds, marching from Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 daily, and executing the changing of the guard in front of Amalienborg Palace at noon. When the Queen is in residence the guard is accompanied by the Royal Guards music band.

  • At: 1257 København
    Tel: 33 92 63 00
    Open: Between July and October on weekends only (11:30-15:30)

Christiansborg Palace: Located on the island of Slotsholmen, Christiansborg Palace contains the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State.

Parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for functions and events. The Royal Reception Rooms include the Tower Room and the Oval Throne Room where foreign ambassadors to Denmark are received by the Queen, and the Great Hall houses a collection of the Queen's tapestries, which depict 1000 years of Danish history.

  • At: Prins Joergens Gaard, Copenhagen
    Tel: 33 92 64 92
    Open: Daily between May and September (10:00-16:00); between October and April on Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-17:00)
    Metro: Kongens Nytorv Station or Noerreport Station

Kronborg Castle: This castle features in Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Located in Helsingoer, or Elsinore, it is Denmark's most famous castle. It is both a Renaissance castle and military fortress, surrounded by fortifications. Among its most important attractions are the 62m long ballroom, the chapel and the statue of Holger Danske (Ogier the Dane) in the castle dungeons.

In 2000, Kronborg Castle became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • At: Kronborg 2C, Helsingoer
    Tel: 49 21 30 78
    Open: Hours vary throughout the year: generally the Castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday (11:00-15:00); between May and September (10:30-17:00 daily)
    Access: Buses - 340, 388 and 840; Trains - take the Coast Line from Copenhagen Central Station to Elsinore Station, or the HHG Line from Gilleleje to Groennehave Station

Rosenborg Castle

Built in 1606-1634 by King Christian IV as a royal pleasure retreat, Rosenborg Palace is now a museum displaying objects related to the Danish monarchy during the last 400 years.

In the basement, the Royal Regalia and state jewellery belonging to Queen Margrethe II are on display. The Green Cabinet houses objects from the private collection of the monarchs. The Third Cabinet exhibits works in ivory and amber.

  • At: Oester Voldgade 4A, Central Copenhagen
    Tel: 33 15 32 86
    Open: Daily from 10:00 between May and October; between November and April from Tuesday to Sunday (11:00-16:00)

Museums in Copenhagen

National Museum (Nationalmuseet): Denmark's largest museum of cultural history, with exhibits from the Stone Age, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance period through to modern Danish history. There is also a children's museum suitable for children up to 12.

  • At: Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen
    Tel: 33 13 44 11
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-17:00)

Open Air Museum (Frilandsmuseet): Situated north of Copenhagen, this museum is one of the largest and oldest in the world. Spread across 86 acres of land, it houses more than 50 farms, mills and dwellings from the period 1650-1950, and represents almost every region in Denmark and the Faeroe Islands, as well as the former Danish provinces of southern Sweden and northern Germany.

  • At: Kongevejen 100, Lyngby-Taarbæk
    Tel: 33 13 44 11
    Open: Between mid-April to mid-October from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-17:00)
    Access: Go to Frilandsmuseet station

Karen Blixen Museum / Rungstedlund Park and Bird Sanctuary: Karen Blixen (1885-1962), whose pseudonym was Isaak Dinesen, is considered one of Denmark's most significant 20th century writers. Between 1914 and 1931 she ran a coffee plantation in Kenya, on which her novel Out of Africa was based. She also wrote the short story Babette's Feast. Both the novel and short story became Oscar-winning films.

She was born and lived in Rungstedlund and returned there after her years in Africa. Her house is now a museum, and attractions include a gallery featuring her drawings and paintings, a documentary exhibit on her life and work, a library, film-screening room, café, museum shop, and an auditorium for lectures and exhibitions.

The Karen Blixen Museum is in North Sealand, on the shores of the Øresund strait. Behind it are 40 acres of land, which, in accordance with Karen Blixen's wishes, have been preserved as a bird sanctuary, open to visitors. Karen Blixen is buried in the grounds, at the foot of Ewald's Hill.

  • At: Rungsted Strandvej 111, Hørsholm
    Tel: 45 57 10 57
    Open: Between May and September from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-17:00); between October and April from Wednesday to Friday (13:00-16:00); weekends (11:00-16:00)
    Access: Go to Rungsted Kyst station

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: This museum houses contemporary art and modernist classics, with a permanent collection of over 3,000 works, including works by Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg and Henry Moore. It hosts up to six special exhibitions annually.

  • At: Gammel Strandvej 13, Fredensborg
    Tel: 49 19 07 19
    Open: Tuesday to Friday (11:00-22:00); weekends (11:00-18:00)

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek: An art museum founded in 1888 by the brewer Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914), it contains two main departments; the Department of Antiquities, which houses a collection of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art and the Modern Department, which has Danish and French paintings, and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries

  • At: Dantes Plads 7
    Tel: 33 41 81 41
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday (11:00-17:00)
    Access: Take the Metro to Stormgade/Glypoteket

Fredensborg Falkonergård: A museum dedicated to falconry, with indoor and outdoor performances where visitors can see displays of falcons, hawks and eagles.

  • At: Davidsvaenge 11, Fredensborg
    Tel: 48 48 25 83
    Open: Show times vary throughout the year

The Museum of Danish Resistance (Frihetsmuseet): Visitors can find out about Danish resistance during the Nazi occupation of 1940-1945. There are free guided tours in English from June to August (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and on Sundays at 14:00.

  • At: Churchillparken 1263, Central Copenhagen
    Tel: 33 47 39 21
    Open: Between May and September, from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00-17:00); between October to April (10:00-15:00)