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.

The creative vision of Icelandic designer Birna Karen Einarsdottir is on display at Birna, a women's clothing boutique on Istedgade, the main artery of the hip Vesterbro district.

With a colorful display of newsboys, fedoras, cloches, and pillboxes, Juul's showroom feels like a holdout from another era. Her bright-red fox fur and wool "Kosak" caps are both fetching and warm.

The greenhouses were built in the 1800's by Carl Jacobsen, the father of Carlsberg beer.

Cars are nowhere to be found in Den Gamle By (The Old Town).

Sells pastel dresses from the romantic Danish atelier Bruuns Bazaar.

The waterfront Royal Danish Playhouse is the home of the Royal Danish Theater. It houses three stages: the Store Scene, the Port Scene, and the Lille Scene, and can accommodate up to 1,000 people for performances.

Located on the Stroget (High Street) of Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, Geog Jensen Damask is the Danish luxury brand's primary outlet for linens.

Don't try to find American-style Danishes (raised dough, fruity filling)—there's no such thing in Copenhagen. Summerbird is known for its flødeboller (snowballs), delicious confections of marshmallow cream and dark chocolate atop a marzipan base.

Housed in a three-story, corner-spanning, early 20th-century building just a few blocks from Stroget (Copenhagen's central shopping street), Arnold Busck is the flagship edition of a bookstore chain that boasts outlets all over Denmark.