Top 10 things to do in Copenhagen

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The Little Mermaid was my personal motivation to visit Copenhagen. The fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen accompanied my childhood and now it was time to visit this city where the story started.x

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark is a “must” travel destination in Scandinavian in Northern Europe. The fishing village from 10th century became a indispensable part of European culture and economy today.

Here is a list of top 10 things to do in Copenhagen.

Little Mermaid

Obviously I start with the Little Mermaid which I could NOT see. Yes, I could not see her because the time I was in Copenhagen she was transported to China for an exhibition. The poor lady has been target of vandalism and political protests many times.

Originally published by Spiegel Online. Photo: AP Photo


The colourful houses in Nyhavn look like a scene of a fairy tale of Andersen who lived in some of these town houses. Have a sit outside of a restaurant, order the local beer Carlsberg and listen to the street jazz musicians while sipping on your beer.

top things to do in copenhagen nyhavn

Photo by Ingmar Sörgens

Eat Smørrebrød

Try it even if you can not pronounce it! This danish traditional snack is based on a slice of buttered rye bread with a topping like meat, fish or cheese. It is a perfect option for lunch.


Gammel Strand

In this cute street located in Slotsholmen Canal across Christiansborg Palace there are these old town houses dating back from 18th century which are today turned into trendy cafés, bars and restaurants.

top things to do in copenhagen gammel strand

Photo by Ingmar Sörgens

Freetown Christiania

In 1971 the abandoned 34-hectare military area was turned into an establishment of communal living. Since then Christiania became a self-governing autonomous community of approx. 850 residents which is even officially recognised by the Danish government. It is unique!

top things to do in copenhagen visit christiania

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Tivoli Gardens

The amusement park Tivoli is the second oldest in the world, dating back from 1843. There are open air concerts, fireworks, roller coaster, pantomime theatre and much more. It is probably best place to visit with children. Tivoli is not open all year long, so check their website to make sure.

things to do in copenhagen tivoli amusement park

Eat Pølse

It is called Pølse, NOT hot dog. In every corner of Copenhagen you can find a vendor of this extra-long beech wood smoked sausage. It will be probably the best hot dog (sorry pølse) you’ll ever have.

things to do in copenhagen eat a hot dog

Photo by Ingmar Sörgens

Amalienborg Slot

The queen of Denmark, Margarethe II lives in Amalienborg Slot. Four palaces dating back from 18th-century surround the large square. At noon time you can watch the ceremony of changing guards.

things to do in copenhagen amalienborg slot

Photo by Ingmar Sörgens


This building with a stylish 56 meters tall spiral on top of its copper roof is the oldest chamber of commerce in Europe.

things to do in copenhagen borne

Photo by Ingmar Sörgens

Ride a bike

Copenhagen is the most bike-friendly city in Europe. There are more bikes than cars. 350km of bike lanes make cycling in the city very comfortable and safe and there are many convenient ways to rent a bike.

things to do in copenhagen ride a bike

Photo by Ingmar Sörgens

For more insights I recommend Lonely Planet's Travel Guide for Copenhagen.
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