Top 10 Things to See in Copenhagen
Let´s run you through the most interesting sights of the city:
1) Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen is the only major city in the world that has an amusement park literally right in the city center. It was founded in 1843 and at that time it was right outside the old city walls. Today, the walls are gone and the city has grown around Tivoli. (The lake inside was part of the old moat). Tivoli Gardens has more the 4,6 million visitors a year and it is a beautiful place with lots of flowers, decorations, restaurants and rides for kids of all ages.
2) Rosenborg Palace
This may be the most well preserved Renaissance Castle anywhere in the World and certainly in Scandinavia. It is the home of the magnificent Crown Jewels of Denmark and has so many artifacts that you will not believe it. Among other things, Rosenborg has what we believe is the World´s oldest wine. (Please correct us if you know of any older). Bought in the 1580´s, this German red wine is still served every year at the Queens New Years reception.
Rosenborg is located very centrally in Copenhagen in a beautiful garden popular with students. Some of the rooms in the palace are completely as they were when the palace was built in the 1620s. (Read more here)
3) The World´s longest pedestrian street
Right in the center of the city from the City Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv runs the World´s longest pedestrian street called Strøget (very hard to pronounce but something like stroy-ed). Denmark is not cheap, but if you need clothes or gifts, you can find it here.
4) Nyhavn (New Harbour)
Nyhavn may be the most picturesque place in Copenhagen with its colorful old houses, old ships and lots of restaurants. The famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in Nyhavn for combined more than 20 years in number 20, 67 and 18. On a hot summer day Nyhavn is very crowded with both locals and tourists.
5) Amalienborg Palace
The Danish monarchy is the oldest continuing line in the world. The Royal family lives at Amalienborg Palace and unlike royal palaces in other countries, it is not hidden behind walls or fences. You can walk freely around the square with the four big houses that make up the palace complex. In our opinion it is the most beautiful place in Copenhagen. (Read more here)
6) Christiansborg Palace (Parliament)
Christiansborg Palace is unique because it the only building in the World that has all branches of power in it. It houses the parliament, the supreme court, the prime ministers office, a church and the Queens receptions rooms. It is a majestic building from both the outside and inside and has been the center of power in Denmark for centuries. (Read more here)
7) The Round Tower (Rundetårn)
The Round Tower is not that tall (34 meters). But the walk to the top is great fun. The tower does not have stairs but instead has a long road paved with bricks that winds its way around the tower all the way to the top. The Russian zar Peter the Great once rode his horse to the top while his wife followed in a horse carriage behind him.
8) The Little Mermaid Statue
This iconic statue has become the symbol of Copenhagen and most tourists want to see it. It is very small but beautiful. You will see it if you go on a canal tour but get much closer if you see it from the land side.
The fairy tale of The Little Mermaid was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837 and the statue was erected in 1913. Over the years, it has both been decapitated, painted red as a protest against whale hunting and dressed in a burka as a protest against muslim immigration to Denmark.
9) Church of Our Saviour
The church with the remarkable spire was inaugurated in 1752 and is one of Denmark´s most famous and beautiful. It is very popular to climb the 400 steps to the top.
The church has an immensely impressive organ and altarpiece dating from the late 1600s and is a beautiful example of the simple Northern European Lutheran style.
The so-called Freetown of Christinia is not for everybody. Some guests find it dirty and rough. But it is certainly different and interesting. The area used to belong to the Danish Army but since they did not use for anything, hippies decided to occupy it in the 1970´s and they have stayed there ever since. As you enter, you will see signs saying that you are leaving the EU and cannabis is sold and smoked quite openly. This makes some visitors believe that it is legal. It is not. But the police has given up trying to enforce the law in this part of town. (Although they sometimes raid the cannabis stalls).
It is worth a stroll to see this very different community.
Do you agree with our list? Let us and other travellers know what you think are the best things to see in Copenhagen: