Copenhagen constantly tops lists as the most liveable city on earth. Find out where you should go on your next trip to the Danish capital.
Copenhagen's 10 Best Attractions
1. Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is the world's 2nd oldest theme park and has been thrilling Copenhagen's residents since 1843. The Danes know a thing or two about enjoying themselves, and many people visit Tivoli Gardens to see the illuminations at night or to catch one of the Friday night concerts with international acts. Legend has it that Walt Disney was inspired to create Disneyland after visiting the park with his wife in 1951. The park is home to one of the world's oldest rollercoasters, which recently celebrated its 100th birthday.
Tivoli Gardens features a mix of traditional rides and modern thrill rides, such as Himmelskibet (pictured), which takes you on a swing ride 8o metres up in the air with stunning views of Copenhagen. You will also find a number of thrilling rollercoasters and white knuckle rides located side by side with traditional carousel rides that date back to the early 1900s.
Tivoli Gardens also features a number of renowned restaurants. If you have a sweet tooth, we would recommend trying out the cake buffet at Nimb. If you want to try some traditional Danish food and perhaps bump into some Danish celebrities, you could try dining at Grøften, which has been a hot spot for celebrities since first opening its doors in 1874 and is one of Denmark's most famous restaurants.
Christiania is a freetown set up by squatters on a military base in 1971. It is one of the world's last remaining hippie communes, and to this day many of the original squatters still call Christiania home. Although the area has gained a reputation for drug dealing and gang turf wars, Christiania is also home to a number of interesting boutiques and interesting architecture. The residents of Christiania have had ongoing disputes with the Danish Government for years regarding their tax status and their use of utilities.
As a free state, Christiania is governed by a series of rules set by its 800 residents. The area is divided into 15 residential zones with a flat democratic structure. All residents have a say in the running of Christiania and if a disagreement arises, this can be discussed at the regular resident meetings. There is ban on cars and photography, Cannabis is sold freely on the street and there are a number of niche shops selling the famous Christiania bikes and other handmade goods.
Den Grå Hal is a large venue that hosts concerts with local and international artists, such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Metallica. The venue also hosts an annual Christmas market, where you can pick up some alternative Christmas gifts. Christiania also produces its own beer, which can be purchased at the freetown's restaurants.
3. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek contains one of Europe's largest collections of ancient Greek and Egyptian sculptures. The museum also has the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of France. Built in 1882, the museum was constructed to house the collection of Carl Jacobsen – the son of the founder of the Carlsberg brewery.
The museum courtyard features large palm trees and a Greek fountain, offering an atmosphere that is a world away from the cool Scandinavian vibe outside the museum walls.
4. Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace has been the home of the Danish Royal Family since 1794, following a fire at Christiansborg Palace. Originally built for four noble palace, it is unique in that it is technically 4 separate homes set in a square. The changing of the guards takes place every day at noon, complete with a marching band when the Queen is in residence.
Denmark has Europe's oldest monarchy with roots tracing back to the Viking age. The current Royal Family, headed by Queen Margrethe II, have become known for their markedly more down to earth approach than other European monarchies. Don't be too surprised if you see them walking around the square.
Three of the Royal Residences are in permanent use by the Royal Family, guided tours of the 4th residence are available throughout the year.
5. Copenhagen Canal Tours
Copenhagen is a city surrounded by water. There are a number of tour operators that run guided canal boat tours through Copenhagen Harbour and the canals crossing the city. Tours are available in most commonly spoken languages and depart from either Slotsholmen or Nyhavn.
Opting for the cheapest option doesn't mean a decrease in quality. Netto-Bådene are a discount operator that charge 40kr (£3.80/€5.35) for an adult ticket and 15kr (£1.42/€2) for children's tickets. Tours are always provided in English, Danish and German or French, depending on the individual guide.
You can see most of Copenhagen's attractions by water, including The Little Mermaid statue, and tours last around an hour.
6. Vor Frelsers Kirke
Vor Frelsers Kirke is one of Copenhagen's main churches. The church spire resembles fairy tale architecture, with a winding staircase around the outside of the tower that takes you up to the top. The church is within easy walking distance of Christianshavn and Christiania and can also be seen if you take on the canal tours.
Entry to the tower costs 35KR-45KR per adult depending on the time of year. Discounts are available for children, students and senior citizens. You can see the full fare tariff on the church's website. (In Danish)
7. Illums Bolighus and Strøget
Strøget is the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe. It contains a variety of high-street chains and specialty boutiques. But this being Copenhagen, the home of design, you can't visit Strøget without taking a look at Illums Bolighus. Illums Bolighus is one of Europe's most renowned interior design shops. They stock a huge variety of designer furniture and accessories at various price points.
Insider tip: Check out the HAY concession on the ground floor, where you'll find lots of great gift items from the trendy Danish design label.
Rundetårn is one of Copenhagen's most famous landmarks. Located on Købmagergade, a short walk from Strøget, the tower was originally built as an astronomical observatory. To get to the top, you must climb a winding slope, which back in the 17th century saw horses pull the heavy telescopes to the top of the tour.
Entry to the tower costs 25kr for adults and 5kr for children aged 5-15 years old.
9. Den Blå Planet
Den Blå Planet is Northern Europe's largest aquarium. Located near Copenhagen airport, the aquarium is home to 450 different species, including fish, sharks and other marine mammals.
The aquarium opened in 2013 as a replacement for the previous National Aquarium of Denmark, which was located north of Copenhagen. The building has been designed to resemble a whirlpool when viewed from above and has received numerous architectural awards.
Torvehallerne near Nørreport is a large food market where you can buy speciality and organic foods. The market is filled to the brim with delicious cakes, artisan coffee shops, seafood counters and stalls serving traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches.
Torvehallerne is one of Copenhagen's most popular food markets and has helped cultivate a growing movement for buying local and experimental foods. Whether you're looking for cupcakes, tapas or a plain old hotdog, you'll be sure to find something that suits your tastes at Torvehallerne.
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