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 airy five-story building is both exhibition hall and modern design research center.

Make your nightcap a Red Rum (currants muddled with sloe gin then given a shake with Bacardi 8 Year Old) in the gorgeous space that preserves many of its original 18th-century details.

After having previously closed its doors, Castenskiold re-opened in late 2011 as Castenskiold Food & Nightlife. The new concept of a cafe by day, nightclub with DJs and dancing after dark, draws crowds, proving the three owners' catering expertise.

The library hosts concerts, exhibitions, and has an excellent restaurant.

Denmark has experienced an artisanal beer resurgence in the last few years with the opening of 25 new microbreweries. Ushering in a new era is the Nørrebro Bryghus, whose owner Anders Kissmeyer recently opened a branch between terminals 2 and 3 (before security).

This unique tour company offers architecture-themed tours of Copenhagen, all of which are led by trained architects.

Standing on the edge of the harbor is the Henning Larsen-designed opera house—a soaring glass-and-steel response to the classical and surpassingly regal Amalienborg Palace (the residence of the royal family) across the water.

One of the most popular bars and music venues in Aarhus, Kupé is the sister venue of Train. Kupé serves a selection of wines, beers, cocktails, and champagne and offers both table and bar service.

The peaceful park is a memorial for the Danish World War II freedom fighters.

One of the city's best live music venues, the space was designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen, a renowned Danish architect and has been known to host David Bowie to Interpol.