Best Things To Do in Copenhagen, Denmark

What's not to love about the capital of the happiest country in the world, Denmark?! If you can picture a waterfront capital of streets fringed with sorbet-colored houses and tiny canals anchored by cute boats, you can picture Copenhagen just the way it is! Not to miss an art culture beautifully befitted across the museums and galleries of the city. Copenhagen is one place that embraces the young and old alike, given the diversity of the things to do here. There are things one can do at night, absolutely free of cost, fun things that spell leisure, lots of romance and even some special activities saved for those festive times of the year, like Christmas, here in the colorful city of Copenhagen. As you begin to explore the city you are likely to realize that the city bestows you with a hocus-pocus experience. You have the fantastic Tivoli Gardens, that give you the best of both worlds; a super thrilling amusement park and something more mellow like its pleasure gardens. Then there is the sculpture of The Little Mermaid sitting pretty, at the promenade. Evenings in the city can be mesmerizing with the skies turning into a canvas of a flushed orange and lavender. No better place, to bask the beauty of sunrises and sunsets than the Nyhavn, a 17th-century waterfront, canal, and entertainment district. And if you seek some enlightenment signing up for guided tours of attractions like National Museum of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle and Rundetaarn are just the right places to go to.

The once Viking fishing town of Denmark, Copenhagen is a plethora of fine dining restaurants along with some lively night entertainment. The city is laden with several avenues offering you opportunities to dance the night away, load up on those delicious cocktails, or just wander the streets through the night. Nightlife in Copenhagen is largely remarked by the assortment of bars here, cocktail and beer being the most notable assortments. Top bars in Copenhagen include The Jane, Madam Chu's and Jolene. But if you are looking for exclusive beer bars head to Mikkeller and Friends, BRUS or Kølsters Tolv Haner.

The music scene is unmissable in Copenhagen, given the number of Jazz clubs. SO much that the city also hosts an annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival. There is no dearth of dance clubs either. If you prefer something quieter, then the wine cellars in Osterbro are a good option.

Whether you are on a tight budget or not, Copenhagen does not cease to lure you with its must-sees and things to do. Good thing, many of them are free of cost or extremely cheap. Attractions such as Church of Our Savior, Copenhagen which also happens to be one of the must see Copenhagen is one such free attraction. Other places include the Little Mermaid perched at the Langelinie promenade, museums such as National Museum, Danish Resistance Museum and National Gallery are great places to spend a few hours at.

Other than attractions, you can also undertake a lot of activities free of cost. The beach can never be a bad idea, so heading here to spend a relaxing evening could prospectively be one of the best free thing. Beaches that are ideal for this are Amager Strand, Charlottenlund and the Bellevue Beach. Evenings can be an ideal time to hit the beach, but afternoons at the Botanical Garden can be unparalleled. However, while visiting the garden, in quest of things to do in Copenhagen in December bear in mind that the closing timings differ than those in the summers.

There are many free walking tours too around iconic regions like the Christiana, which has this characteristic hippie vibe to it, in this rather sophisticated city. On the harbor front lies the Amalienborg Castle where you can watch the very interesting Changing of the Guard. Picking up a free bike and exploring the city at your own pace can be a fab idea too.

It is no doubt that after being bestowed with the title of the happiest city in the world, time and over again, Copenhagen has no death of fun things to do! In fact, being treaded to as one of the most upcoming European cities on the fronts of tourism this gem of a music, culinary and historic destination leaves no stone unturned to ensure you have a merry time here.

As mentioned in the free things to do on Copenhagen point, riding a bicycle here not only is free of cost but also one of the most fun things to do. And why not, this one activity that brings back memories from the childhood! But you must know an interesting fact here, it is the city's Government that made free cycle for tourists a thing, so as to encourage a novel way to sightsee and that too without harming the quite pristine environment of the city. Visiting the amusement park of Tivoli at night can be a great idea too. The waterfront of Nyhavn in the afternoons is a good place to meet new people or just watch the world go by. This region has an eccentric vibe to it with its colorful houses, restaurants serving good food and drinks. The lakes Copenhagen for a run or battering stroll couldn't be more perfect.

The quaint city doesn't stop charming visitors with its glistering shores and streets fringed with colorful houses, a lot of hidden spots and garden to add to that; you are ought to feel mushy and romantic here. But go ahead and embrace that feeling for Copenhagen will surprise you with what a romantic delight it can turn out to be.

You can never get depleted on romantic things to do in Copenhagen. There is a surfeit of date ideas Copenhagen and so we cannot miss out on the rooftop restaurants Copenhagen either! But before you skip this as all things fancy hold on as there is shortage of cheap restaurants Copenhagen too. But first it's a good idea to stir up an appetite visiting some romantic attractions of the city. Its museums of Thorvaldsens Museum or the Denmark's National Museum of Natural History also known as the Frederiksborg Slot with its baroque gardens, are example of incredible architecture that can be admired with your lover.

Follow this up by quenching your thirst the at the old Carlsberg brewery nestled in Carlsberg Byen complex's J.C. Jacobsens Have. A dreamy afternoon guaranteed! Taking a cruise tour in the city's canals, visiting the Tivoli Pleasure Gardens, watching a show at the planetarium are good ideas too. But nothing can beat watching a movie at the movie theaters here, given their 'love seats' in the last row, Strolling hand in hand with your partner on the city's cobbled streets at night and of course the European classic of locking your love at the love-lock bridges!

If you especially happen to be in the city around Valentine's day and are contemplating things to do in Copenhagen in February, you can pursue the aforementioned activities and visit restaurants that have special romantic menus for the evening.

You will be delighted to know that Copenhagen is one of the most child-friendly destinations of the world. Full of activities, attractions and novel experiences, the city can easily become a child's favorite! Firstly, given the expanse of the city, you can get around it easily with kids. The museums and the Tivoli amusement park are the obvious choice to take you kids to, but before they get bored and cranky, check out what else can you do with the kids here.

The Blue Planet which is North Europe's biggest aquarium will have your kids happy and excited given the number of exquisite marine life. Following this up with a trip to the Copenhagen Zoo will make for a cherishing day in Copenhagen for the kids. There are theatre shows too that are especially created to suit young viewers. Det Lille Teater and the Anemone Teatret are theatres you can take your kids to for some colorful entertainment. Experimentarium is one brilliant place, where kids can get a chance to turn a scientist for a day!

Copenhagen in winters can be an enchanting experience. Especially in the festive months and the holiday season, this beachy town transforms into a Christmas paradise. In fact, for your information, there are some things that can be enjoyed in Copenhagen only in the winters! Like the Tivloi Amusement park that comes up with a new theme every winter, gorgeous Christmas markets among others. But if you would like to bear a little cold and madness, for that matter, taking dip in the South Harbour can be a prospective thing to do! Not to forget it is one of those thigs that locals here are very fond of!

Wondering what are the things to do in Copenhagen in November? Ask a lazy person and you will have an in-your-face answer of enjoying a glass of glögg in one of the many warm and cozy cafées of the city! This after a session of ice-skating can prove to be one of the most cherishing evenings of Copenhagen.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Copenhagen, Denmark

Must see places in Copenhagen ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Copenhagen tourist attractions & points of interest.

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    Church Of Our Saviour

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Skt. Annæ Gade 29, 1416 København K

    Timings: 11:00 am - 03:30 pm Details

    The Church of Our Saviour forms an intrinsic part of the beginning of Denmark’s absolute monarchy post the wars in 1660 when the country lost its southern boundaries. Christian V, the son of Kin...Read more

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    Grundtvigs Kirken

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: At Mount (På Bjerget) 14B, 2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Built in the memory of NFS Grundtvig, a famous Danish pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian and politician, the Grundtvig Church is loved for its Expressionist style of architecture and was con...Read more

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    Copenhagen Opera House

    Tags: Architecture , Opera House

    Address: Ekvipagemestervej 10, 1438 København K, Denmark

    The Copenhagen Opera House was completed in 2004 and in 2005 Copenhagen found one of its most prestigious venue for the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Playhouse. The ultra modern building was d...Read more

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    Kongens Have

    Tags: Garden, Park

    Address: Øster Voldgade 4, 1350 København K, Denmark

    Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Literally translating to ‘the Kings’ Garden’, Kongens Have forms the adjoining area of the Rosenborg Castle and is loved for its lush green surroundings that make way for romantic pa...Read more

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    Assistens Cemetery

    Tags: Cemetery

    Address: Kapelvej 2, 2200 København N, Denmark

    Timings: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Assistens Cemetery embraces the idea of creating an oasis for those who want to come back to visit the famous people buried here and combines outdoor landscaping with spirituality, tranquillity and be...Read more

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    St Alban's Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Churchill Parken 11, 1263 København K, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Timings: 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm Details

    Built for the flourishing English congregation in Denmark, St. Alban's Church was added to Copenhagen’s skyline in 1887. The church was designed by Arthur Blomfield in Gothic Revival style with ...Read more

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    Thorvaldsens Museum

    Tags: Museum, Sculpture

    Address: Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, 1213 København K, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Dedicated to sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, the Thorvaldsens Museum has some of the best works of the artist and is loved for its collection of sculptures, paintings, sketches, graphic art, medals, pers...Read more

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    Det Kongelige Bibliotek

    Tags: Library

    Address: The Royal Library, National Library of Denmark, Copenhagen University Library, Postbox 2149, 1016 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Timings: 08:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    The Royal Library was established more than 350 years ago and has a collection of national historic artefacts and documents, copies of all the work published in the country since the 17th century, a s...Read more

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    Danish Museum Of Art And Design

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade 68 / 1260 København K, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Designmuseum Danmark, the biggest design library in Scandinavia, was established in the early 20th century and is dedicated to Danish design and crafts. In the museum you can see the designs of legend...Read more

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    Islands Brygge

    Tags: Harbour

    Address: Islands Brygge 14, 2300 København S, Denmark

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Islands Brygge is a harbour area located at the heart of Copenhagen and includes Havneparken- one of the most popular places around the city. You can see the the Radisson Scandinavia- the tallest ...Read more

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    The Tower

    Tags: Tower

    Address: Christiansborg Slotsplads, 1218 København, Denmark

    Timings: 11:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    In the crowd of tourists exploring Copenhagen the popular way, the Taarnet offers something different to the tranquil seekers who still love comfort. The Taarnet is the highest tower in the city and o...Read more

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    Stock Exchange

    Tags: Heritage Building

    Address: Børsen, 1217 København K, Copenhagen, Denmark

    The Borsen building was built in the 1620’s by King Christian IV to have an official trading center in Copenhagen. Over time the building found many purposes including being used as a marketplac...Read more

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    Hans Christian Andersen

    Tags: Monument

    Address: Rådhuspladsen, 1599 København V, Denmark

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    H.C. Andersen’s relationship with Denmark was more than just by birth! In 19th century Denmark, most of the Danish, French and German tales were considered exotic and was often read in a selecte...Read more

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    Tags: Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: Kalvebod Brygge 59, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The Fisketorvet - Copenhagen Mall is spread out over an area of 58,000 square metres and has a 4-star ambience that offers a quintessential shopping experience. The mall is home to Scandinavia’s...Read more

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    Tags: Square

    Address: Radhuspladsen, 1, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If your idea of exploring a city is observing it like a local, the Radhuspladsen (City hall Square) is just where you need to be. The historic square dates back to the mid 19th century and was popular...Read more

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