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Five fun things to do in Copenhagen

By Edited Mar 2, 2016 0 4

There is no shortage of things to do in Copenhagen - a vibrant, modern European city, famed for its medieval history and culture. 

Whether you’re visiting for a week or a long weekend, Copenhagen’s architecture, nightlife, dining and shopping will impress. The quaintly cobbled streets, pleasant waterfront and canals, coffee shops and Danish pastry houses will no doubt leave you wanting more.   

To make the most of a short city break and enjoy the best in Copenhagen sightseeing, check out the following five things to see and do in Copenhagen:  

Den lille havfrue - The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Copenhagen’s most famous tourist landmark is a statue based on the fairytale The Little Mermaid, the work of world-renowned children’s author and former local resident Haans Christian Anderson.

Although not nearly as iconic as Paris’ Eiffel Tower or Big Ben in London, you can’t visit Copenhagen without making a pilgrimage to the waterfront suburb of Langelinie to see the little mermaid sitting on her rock by the shore.

So long as the petite beauty isn’t missing, a short 10-15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier should bring you face to face with the mythical creature. 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen  

Europe’s second oldest amusement park sits in the heart of the city and is must visit for all children and children at heart. Built in 1843, this attraction has something for everyone with thrill rides and adventures, green spaces, fountains, flowers, live music and dining options.   

Although it’s only open at certain times of the year, the Tivoli Gardens amusement park is a great place to wander, listen to live music, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants within the park and spend a pleasant summer evening.  


For the best in Copenhagen nightlife you can’t go past Nyhaven, a quaint canal district lined with bars, restaurants and cafes. 

The views along the waterfront are impressive and you could do a lot worse than have a cool drink or bite to eat al fresco style along here.  Blankets are provided at most places if the weather is a little cool.

 Stop for a sandwich nearby and rest your feet over lunch, with plenty of spots to sit along the quayside it’s the perfect place for a bit of people-watching with a local cider or beer in hand. This is also the starting point for some canal tours.    

 The Round Tower and Rosenborg Castle

Copenhagen view

Visit Copenhgaen’s round tower for great views of the city and a tour of the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.  Inside there is a huge spiral ramp that leads you to the top and guided tours are also available.  

Located nearby, in the heart of the gorgeous King's Garden, lies Rosenborg Castle.  Today, Rosenborg is a museum holding some of Denmark's greatest cultural treasures including the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia. In the summer the gardens offer spectacular flowerbeds and sun-worshippers line the lawns. 


Danish pastries aren't the only delicious cuisine available in Denmark. With plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants and approximately 2,000 cafes, restaurants and snack bars, there are plenty of choices available of where and what to eat.

Almost a national institution, the lunch time smørrebrød (open-faced sandwich) can be picked up almost anywhere and there are plenty of picnic spots around town. For dinner, there are a number of great restaurants clustered around Tivoli and Nyhaven - but these may be expensive.

So there you have it, five fun things to do in Copenhagen. A friendly and welcoming city, Copenhagen is best enjoyed in spring and summer as the weather in Copenhagen is likely to get mighty chilly in winter. Plus you’ll want to enjoy the city’s many beautiful sights and gardens, al fresco restaurants and bars.




May 9, 2012 5:25am
Thank you for a good article about Copenhagen. However, I must correct you: Tivoli is not the oldest amusement park in Europe, Tivoli is only about 170 years old. Only 10 kilometers north of Tivoli is another much older amusement park: Bakken which is THE OLDEST amusement park in the world, dating 425 years back.
PS: I was born in Copenhagen
May 9, 2012 6:10am
Thanks for the comment and the correction! Bakken sounds great too
May 9, 2012 10:07am
Nice article! I was in Copenhagen for 3 months about 5 years ago and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I love to travel, so I will keep a look out for your articles.
May 10, 2012 8:33am
Thanks for your comment - randomly stumbled into a Danish cafe in Krabi, Thailand and it brought back such great memories. Those open sandwiches are the best!
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