Copenhagen

Things to do in Copenhagen

The heart of Copenhagen is surprisingly compact. You can easily stroll along the Strøget, walk up to the Castle overlooking the harbor, drop by the Little Mermaid, tour the Amalienborg Palace, and get to Nyhavn with is waterfront restaurants in time for a late lunch. Here's a list of some musts when you travel to Copenhagen:

Strøget. Europe's longest pedestrian mall runs through the heart of Copenhagen and is home to both international brands but also suniquely Danish stores, like the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain outlet and a branch of the Magasin du Nord department store.
Opera House. English-language tours of the contemporary Opera House, designed by Henning Larsen, are offered daily for 100 kroner. Tickets should be booked in advance on the Opera Houses's website.
Tivoli Gardens. Perhaps the most famous amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens isn't big on high-speed roller coasters. Instead it's more of a playland meets beer garden, with the rides decidedly mellow as parents and grandparents come as much to stroll, snack and socialize.

Soren Robert Lund's design for the Arken Museum of Modern Art places great emphasis on the contours of the surrounding landscape and the area's maritime heritage.

Loppen, short for Musikloppen, meaning “the music flea,” is a popular performance venue located in the artistic Copenhagen neighborhood of Christiania.

To get a sense of the enduring legacy of Bertel Thorvaldsen, by most accounts the world's most famous 19th-century Neoclassical sculptor, visit his majestic museum, with finished pieces and casts of most of his work, including the iconic Christ statue (the final version is a short stroll away in

When touting Copenhagen’s serious caffeine cred, javaheads usually cite this java joint, founded by World Barista Champion Klaus Thomsen in the scruffy-chic Nørrebro district.The shop serces direct-trade beans from the developing world that are hand-roasted on site.

Located in the lively Latin Quarter area near the University of Copenhagen, this narrow boutique with white walls and wide, stained wood floors is known for its trendsetting hoisery.

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Quirky items (a minimalist bird feeder or a mounted plywood moose head), plus some of the most cutting-edge furniture around.

Copenhagen's city beach park is busy all year with everything from people-watchers to kite surfers to kayakers.

The Ordrupgaard houses one of Europe’s largest collections of French impressionist art, as well as a substantial collection of Danish works.

Bordered by the sprawling botanical gardens and 17th-century Rosenborg Castle (where the crown jewels are on view), the palatial national gallery holds the broadest survey of Danish art (including masterpieces by Kristoffer Eckersberg, father of Denmark's 19th-century Golden Age of art), along wi

Admire candies being made with old-fashioned equipment. Former pop icon Charlotte Vigel (a.k.a. Tiggy) and friend Tina Ipsen opened Karamelleríet, where they produce hard and soft caramels in many flavors (licorice, mint, cinnamon) in an old-fashioned copper pot.