Places of Interest in Copenhagen

Information about the main tourist attractions and must-see sights in the Copenhagen region...

Copenhagen is a compact, friendly city with a highly developed public transport infrastructure, including buses, a metro and railway system, as well as ferries.

Considered one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the world, Copenhagen is also home to the world's longest pedestrian street (Strøget at 1.1 Km long), and has a well-developed bicycle culture, with bicycles for hire and a series of inter-connected cycle routes, known as Greenways.

In addition, there are a number of canal and bus tours available with stops at key sightseeing destinations.

Copenhagen for Children

There are a number of activities for children, including amusement parks, an open air museum, a circus museum, an aquarium, a zoo, a planetarium, a science centre, a falconry centre, puppet shows in the King's Garden, and a harbour swimming pool complex which includes a children's pool.

Parks and Gardens

Copenhagen has several parks and gardens, many of which have children's playgrounds.

Tourist Attractions

With a history that dates back to 1043, Copenhagen has a wide range of attractions and sights, most of which are within walking distance from each other. The three most famous attractions in Copenhagen are:

  1. Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park
  2. The Little Mermaid
  3. Christiania

The Danish Tourist Board offers the Copenhagen Card, which allows free entry to about 65 museums and attractions, free transport by train, bus and metro, including to and from the airport, and discounts on certain restaurants, car hire, shops and sights. The card is available for either 24 or 72 hours.

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The Little Mermaid

Denmark's most enduring symbol, the Little Mermaid sits on a rock in Copenhagen's harbour Langelinie. A gift from Carl Jacobsen, founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, to the city of Copenhagen, the bronze statue is only 1.25 metres high, and was created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen, whose wife posed as the model.

Christiania

Also known as Freetown Christiania (Fristaden Christiania), this is a free city within the city, with around 1,000 residents, and has become one of Denmark's most popular tourist attractions. A former military barracks, the area was taken over in 1971 in protest at the lack of affordable housing in Copenhagen.

The community is known for its liberal attitude towards soft drugs and an alternative way of living, and represents the progressive and liberated Danish lifestyle. There are many entrepreneurs, musicians and artists living and working in Christiania, and organic markets, cafés and restaurants, with guided tours offered during the summer.

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Nyhavn

Originally a busy commercial port, this quayside area has since been renovated and is now home to several restaurants and hotels. The oldest house is No. 9, and dates back to 1681. Many prominent artists have lived here, including Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in three different houses, Nos. 18, 20 and 67.

Not far from Nyhavn is the Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square), a baroque square leading to Nyhavn. The highlight of this square is the Equestrian Statue, a bronze statue commemorating King Christian V (1646-1699). The statue, which shows the King dressed as a Roman Empreror, was sculpted by the Frenchman, Lamoureux.

Amalienborg

Amalienborg is a complex of palaces and has been home to the Royal family since 1794 and features some of Denmark's best rococo architecture. It was designed by Nicolas Eigtved, who was the royal architect. Altogether there are four palaces, set around an octagonal square in Frederiksstaden.

Highlights of the complex include Christian VII's Palace, often used by the Queen to welcome foreign guests; Christian VIII's Place, part of which is a museum dedicated to the Glucksberg Dynasty; the Marble Church (Marmorkirken) which has one of the largest domes in Europe with a diameter of 31m; and Amaliehaven - the Amalie Garden and its splendid fountain. Christian IX's Palace is currently the home of Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik.

Strøget

At 1.1 Km long, Strøget is the world's longest pedestrian street. It runs from City Hall Square (Raadhuspladsen) to Kongens Nytorv, and is a major shopping street, housing both budget-friendly chains and leading designer brands.