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.
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.
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.
Designed by Boje Lundegaard and Lene Tranberg, Skuespilhuset, Denmark's Royal Playhouse, is a landmark of modern Danish architecture and was completed in 2008.
A handful of the best new Scandinavian ceramicists—including Ditte Fischer and Anne Black—have pieces at Designer Zoo, a workshop-gallery that also sells jewelery and clothing.
Valdemars Slot is on the quiet little rural island of Tåsinge, two hours southwest of Copenhagen.
The opulent Royal Danish Opera House, donated by the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation, was opened by Queen Margrethe in 2005.