Things To Do In Copenhagen
Copenhagen looks more stunning from the water. The capital city of Denmark is confounded by a system of channels, yet despite the fact that the ships and tall boats have since a long time ago, cruised into the nightfall, the streams are still an essential component of the city's character. In the waterway quarter of Christianshavn, yachts, freight ships and houseboats push around for space along the rock quays, while voyage pontoons laden with tourists fiddle past the exquisite covered townhouses. As the sun sets, the patios of the waterside bistros, gets filled up with casual - dining customers while local singers regale them with traditional Danish folk music.
It's barely astounding that the city is regularly referred to as most bike friendly city in Europe. Lined with cycle paths and designated bike lanes, the charm is discernible, yet the genuine delight of cycling here is the sheer assortment of bicycles in the city. Copenhageners treat their bicycles as an interpretation of their identities and have them customized according to their preferred choices.
When To Go:
The ideal time to visit Copenhagen City is in the summer season, the humid but tolerable months of June up to August, regardless of it being by and large invaded with guests. The summers are comfortable and conducive to touring around the city, with high temperatures extending from the mid 60s to the low 70s. Still, you ought to pack some warm garments to ensure against cool winds, which sweeps over from the Baltic Sea (even summer has its share of cold breezes).
In the middle of May and September, the roads liven up as pubs spill to the walkways and celebrations fill the air with festive music. When October begins, the city goes into hibernation and prepare for the winter season to escape the cold weather; with the main exemption of December, when inns get filled up with revelers targeting the cold holiday or the “White Christmas” wonderland vacation.
You'll require a lot of warm garments because the winter season is very cold and freezing, with high temperatures averaging in the mid- to upper-30s. If you feel that you can overcome the chilly weather, plan your vacation a month ahead of December when the avenues are lavishly transformed with the colors of Christmas.
Here are the things to do and attractions you must not miss when in the city of Copenhagen.
If you visit Copenhagen with children, it is a must to see the Tivoli Gardens. Children below 8 years old need not pay an admission fee, and if you go around 8:00 pm you can have a discount but you must hurry up and make the rounds in the famous carousel because the ride closes at about 21:00 pm. The structure is very small but the park is really nice and very well cared for. You can see that it is an older facility, but it does not give the impression of something obsolete and still retains its captivating charm to entice visors from all ages. If you are not into rides, it is ideal for a leisurely stroll.
Inside you can find a pond, the Chinese Theater, the aquarium, fountains, (large and pleasant), and the many cafes to eat, lots of dining options (and the prices are not exaggerated!), gift shops, rides to explore and games for those who are interested. At night the atmosphere becomes more magical as the Tivoli Gardens greet its guests with a show of lights / fountains and music. It is a perfect place to spend a romantic evening and quality time with the family.
Nyhavn (New Harbor)
The Nyhavn or New Harbor is as characteristic as the people of Denmark. There are lots to see and admire in this lovely neighborhood in Copenhagen. Aside from the festive and lively atmosphere, you will see lots of private yachts, fishing boats, and colorful houses overlooking the canals and the many cafes’ where you can relax and enjoy something to drink or to eat. The Danish people you will meet here are very kind, helpful and friendly. The Nyahvn is considered as the emblem of Copenhagen (after the little mermaid).
You will get fascinated with all the colorful little houses attached to each other; it looks romantic and cute and it is worth going to see it. It is like a small corner of your dreams is nestled among the colorful houses, moored boats, and sails. In the afternoon you will see local street musicians, people crowded in the restaurants and bars, seamen, boys and girls sitting along the canal, and find yourself immersed in a perfect size to observe, photograph, relax, drink beer, while watching its dramatic sunset along the bay. A visit here is a must and if you do not want to miss anything, a dinner in one of the many restaurants is ideal especially if you are a couple.
The David Collection
This museum has a wonderful collection of Islamic and Danish contemporary art sprawled in the upper floors. The David Collection is such a marvel to behold. A visit to this museum is a real breath of fresh air, it is very quiet and the museum staffs and guides are friendly and helpful. Admission to see the entire museum is free, and the no-flash photography must be strictly followed. It is located near the Castle Christians Borg and one of the gems that every traveler must discover when in Copenhagen. The other collections range from ancient coins to porcelain style tapestries and Arabic art works.
They provide an iPad as a guide and there are many corners where you can type on and find out more detail about the objects you will see in the museum. The collection is truly immense and spread on all 4 floors of the museum owned by art connoisseur and lawyer named C. L. David. See a huge variety of pottery works, paintings, carpets, crystal chandeliers, and Danish furniture. You will also have the opportunity to know the story of the owner of the museum and the history behind his precious collections. It is interesting, well-maintained, and housed in a cute Neo-classical type building. It is one of the best starting points to explore in Copenhagen City.
Church of Our Saviour
After climbing 400 steps, the tower of the Baroque style Church of Our Saviour has a great view over Copenhagen. Admission is 60 crowns and the tower is quite spacious but the climb is worth so much more. It goes past the bells that strike every hour so it can be a bit noisy. Everyone wants to make it to the top, which can sometimes be a bit cramped. People with a fear of heights are clearly not advised to explore this area, because the stairs must be climbed from the outside. The spire introduces meandering around the tower staircase.
Since Denmark is usually very windy and the rise also gets smaller, it is not to be underestimated.
It is very steep and sometimes almost looks more of a ladder than a staircase. This is made of wood but has handrails everywhere. Up to the platform it is not a problem, and after that, it takes courage but the view is fantastic. Continue the tour outside of the tower up to the top. The staircase is made of sheet metal and has a high railing. Almost at the top, in which the cross is located seems more problematic with other visitors because of the steep location, but it is definitely worth all the effort.
The Rosenborg Castle is very unique in some cases, the interior is dark, but still has a considerable amount of furniture and old paintings, and a collection of ancient weapons. The best things to see in the basement are definitely the crown jewels. It is accessed by a beautiful park, where every day at 12:00 pm you can see the changing of the guard ceremony (about 30 minutes) happening right inside the grounds of the Royal Palace, right next to the prominent castle. The Rosenborg is a beautiful and distinctive castle that is typically Nordic in its construction surrounded by a lovely rose garden and water.
The historic castle is easily reachable from Copenhagen by car or by train. It is well-maintained and has spacious rooms with furniture, paintings, and well – kept tapestry collections. The interesting exhibition of the jewels of the royal house has a lot of guards and taking pictures is not allowed. The staff is very careful where you go and what you touch, but always very polite to let you observe and admire the entire collection. Another interesting feature, some rooms contain precious wallpaper in leather. A visit is highly recommended in the morning and pay particular attention to the animated clock on the ground, the interior decoration of the top floor, and the excellent porcelain collection. In general, it is good, plus it has a small museum cafe that does not offer exorbitant prices on its menu.
It is a nicely decorated palace that gives you a tour of the history of the Danish monarchy. The Christianborg Palace is a must see attraction in Copenhagen that you definitely will not regret. It was built from the ashes of the original royal palace that was destroyed by fire. The present one, was never truly inhabited by the royal family, but used for leisure (there is a beautiful world library with titles in the original language), tourism, and for institutional meetings.
The entrance is free of charge and you can also visit the underground part of the castle. The palace is equipped with three themed museums that can be explored even without a guide. In the stable you will be able to see live horses, and royal carriages of different times. Be sure to visit it first because the stable is open for only a few hours a day.
The Frederiksberg Have is a large, comfortable, and clean park that stands side by side with the zoo. Inside you can admire the hilly landscape, the water, and the mass ducks and birds. It is a pleasant place where you can lie on the grass, take a walk, go jogging, or go on a picnic with family and friends. Dogs and cycling are not allowed within its premises.
There are hammocks and swings provided if you wish to unwind and spend some quiet time and need to be alone. You can also stay in the pond area to see and feed the whole brood of ducks from small to large swimming in groups. Besides gulls, geese, and ducks, herons also roam the small stream of water in this park. The natural environment of the site is perfect. It has charming places like the bridge designed in oriental style and a well kept garden where every guests love to take photographs.
National Gallery of Denmark
Both the mainland location and the content of the National Gallery of Denmark are worth visiting. While there are various works of European artists, particular preference is given to the Danish artists such as Juel and Eckersberg. There are also important works of Scandinavian painters like Edvard Munch Norwegian. But it is not only made for art lovers, it is one of the best museums in Copenhagen where you can spend an entire day and not get bored with the wealth of exhibitions displayed. The museum is large and filled with donated works and art works of everyday life, starting from the beginning of its recognition as an independent nation.
The gallery is housed in a beautiful setting, an old building with expanded modern and clear spaces, water, and large windows. It is a place where the works are classified by styles (Italian, Scandinavian, and religious). It has a huge library with books to check out and special rooms for kids where they can play indoor games. One wing is dedicated to modern art; paintings, religious icons, sculptures, and other facilities. There are no barriers or cordons to the works, which allows everyone to observe closely the paint strokes and details. A guide map is available at the entrance. There is also an impressive digital art exhibit in the first room located on the first floor. Admission is free and picture taking is allowed.
The Copenhagen Zoo is very nice for a family visit and a must watch for the polar bears. It contains many animals and has a good overall organization. The environment is serene and surrounded by lush greenery. It is a beautiful zoo, with great space for animals, and easy access for visitors.
The design of the enclosure succeeds in making every guest feel closer to the animals without disturbing their peace. It is two minutes away from the center of the city. The animals are kept in large spaces and in excellent health and the zoo has interactive play spaces for children.
Copenhagen Opera House
The Copenhagen Opera House is a masterpiece of modern architecture in the Scandinavian region. It is located right in front of the royal palace and across the canal; the Opera House is a beautiful modern monument of the city that is one of the symbols of Copenhagen. It is a wonderful place, cool, and very innovative. The light can enter through the large windows, the sound is superb and the interior is cozy.
When it snows, it becomes a great tourist attraction. You can climb to the roof deck and see breathtaking views of the city. It is considered as one of the most modern theaters in the world. If you avail of the tour of the canals, the picture from the other side of the canal is lovely.
The building of the Opera in Copenhagen, is a modern structure located in the island of Holmen, and stands in front of the Amalienborg. The view is beautiful, eye-catching, and surrounded by the other attractions of Copenhagen. At night it is lit and becomes a pleasure to behold.
How is it possible that this was made by human hands? What a magnificent edifice! The Oresund Bridge connects Denmark to Sweden and a joy to drive. Do not forget to pay attention when entering the bridge from the side of Jutland. From there you can see at the foot of the bridge a beautiful lighthouse with small houses around it. From a distance, the bridge looks spectacular. You can see it from the Rundetårn in Copenhagen, but you can also view it better from the Swedish coast.
The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) is much smaller than expected and packed with tourists, as expected. It is important to take selfies or group shots (if you can jostle a space along with other tourists who want a picture with the mermaid made famous by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale) beside this famous landmark statue.
After the visit to the mermaid, you can drive to Kastellet (an uphill Citadel), which is a fortress-like village, including a visit to the three memorials, and a traditional Dutch house which you can find here. It completes the visit to this side of the enchanting Copenhagen City and makes your tour truly interesting and memorable.