Copenhagen is the capital and largest city in Denmark. It’s one of Europe’s oldest cities and is now a popular tourist destination and one of the cleanest cities in Europe. There’s a wide range of entertainment, cultural and historic sites, and shopping, and the city is one of the best places to visit on a vacation either by yourself or with your loved ones. The city is famous for its formal gardens, beautiful canals, and charming port. While you should take all the time you want to explore the old town and Nyhavn on your own, don't forget to check out some of the top places to visit in Copenhagen.
The Rosenborg Castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 before the city slowly grew around the estate. It’s now open to the public and home to a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, artifacts showcasing Danish arts and culture from the late 16th century to the 19th century. One of the most popular collections in the museum is that of Schatzkammer, which displays the Crown Jewels of Denmark. If you or your family are history buffs, the beautiful castle and gardens are definitely something worth considering while you’re abroad!
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue that sits on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie in Copenhagen. Artist and sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the Little Mermaid in 1913, and, since then, it’s become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Copenhagen, perfect for an idyllic photo on the historic quay. Over a million people visit the iconic monument every year. At the same time, the sculpture is infamous for constant defacement and political protests!
Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest amusement park in the world (inspiring Walt Disney in his design of Disneyland) and the second-most popular theme park! In 2015, it had over 4.7 million visitors from all over the world. The park is known for its wooden roller coaster, built in 1914 and still operating today. It’s also home to a pleasure garden area with various activities for the whole family.
The National Museum of Denmark
The National Museum of Denmark is the country’s largest museum of natural history. It hosts exhibits from all around the world, but most impressively houses over 14,000 years of Danish history including Vikings and pieces of religious art from the Middle Ages. It’s also home to Denmark’s largest collection of objects from the ancient cultures of Greece, Italy and Egypt. If you’re going to visit only one museum while you’re in Copenhagen, this is the one.
Amalienborg is the home of the Danish Royal Family and has been home to various kings and their families over the years. The beautiful palace has four elaborate facades grouped around an octagonal plaza surrounded by pristine gardens. The palace is guarded day and night by the Royal Life Guards, so don’t miss the “Changing of the Guards” in front of the palace every day at noon. The fountain in Amaliehaven is a beautiful sight that attracts many visitors, especially when viewed with the Copenhagen Opera House in the background.
Copenhagen is a beautiful city, especially during the summer, when you can rent bicycles or wander the old town on foot. The charming capital combines European elegance with Scandinavian efficiency, the perfect city for a fascinating vacation.