This colorful 17th-century waterfront is the perfect place to spend a morning, afternoon, or night. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbor near the Royal Playhouse, Nyhavn is lined with eye-popping townhouses, vibrant bars, and cute cafes. The perfect place for a stroll, a bite to eat, or a beautiful sunset.
Home of the Danish royal family, Amalienborg is as beautiful as it is historic. Experience the changing of the guards and immerse yourself in royal history.
The Little Mermaid
Unveiled in 1913, this bronze statue was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale – you guessed it – The Little Mermaid. Take some photos at Langelinje Pier and admire Edvard Eriksen’s popular work of art.
Okay, so this one’s a few miles outside the city, but if you can make it there, it’s worth the trip. Not only is this 16th-century castle mysteriously beautiful, it’s also the model for Elsinore in Hamlet! Step back into Shakespearean times and immerse yourself in royal tales.
Nestled in the heart of the city, this large shopping area is buzzing with high-end stores, budget-friendly shops, street performers, and dining options. Spend the day here people-watching or loading up on souvenirs!
Fall in love in Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and accompanying amusement park are ideally suited for a relaxing stroll, traditional carnival rides and boating on the lake. Situated minutes from the iconic City Hall, visiting Tivoli Gardens is a Danish past time that has become an international destination. Frequented by the famous author Hans Christian Anderson whose fairy tales were inspired by his experiences in the gardens and visited several times by Walt Disney, you will fall in love with the tranquility, picturesque views, lush greenery and striking architecture. In the summer months, the gardens are open until 11pm and the colorful lights hanging from the trees give off the enchanting fairy tale atmosphere – just like Disneyland!
The Amalienborg Museum, Copenhagen
Celebrating the rich history of the Danish royals, a vacation to Copenhagen is not complete without visiting Amalienborg Museum, which showcases over 150 years of royal history dating back to the days of Christian IX and Queen Louise, better known as the “in-laws of Europe.”
Throughout the Amalienborg Museum, you will be amazed at the private interiors of the most recent royals and learn about royal family life. The rooms of Christian IX and Queen Louise remain in perfect condition and provide insights into the personalities of these royal 19th century European icons.
Travel tip: The Gala Hall and other magnificent rooms in the Amalienborg Museum welcome guests but not at all times as some rooms are still used by the royal family. Tours for children are also well publicized and a perfect activity for the families traveling to Denmark.
Cycling and Shopping in Copenhagen
Locals in Copenhagen live on the saddle of their bike. They ride to work, to school, to the stores downtown and to social gatherings! And they do it rain, hail and even snow.
The city is home to 250 miles of bicycle lanes and traffic lights that are coordinated in favor of the cyclists, particularly during the daily peak hour. Rent a bicycle and enjoy the city sights on two wheels.
It has been said that Danish fashion is cool and wearable. So when in Copenhagen, one must take time out to stroll through the shopping scene. The city center offers the big names from Prada to Gucci and Zara to H&M while other neighborhoods in the city offer small boutique shops. Strøget is one of the longest streets in Europe for shopping, offering everything from designer brands to budget bargains.
Dine like a Royal
When in a royal city, eat like a royal no matter what cuisine you enjoy. Bistros or Michelin-starred restaurants, Copenhagen has something to tickle your taste buds.
While in Copenhagen, dining at the award-winning Nordic Kitchen restaurant should be on the list of things to at least once. Nordic Kitchen is renowned throughout Denmark for high-quality food using local, organic and seasonal produce.
Other must-try restaurants include the infamous Noma who was ranked the world’s best restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Noma changes its menu seasonally, but is always in tune with the Scandinavian cuisine.
Throughout Denmark, its maritime history ensures that many restaurants serve daily fresh seafood!