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Welcome to Copenhagen

Visitors to Denmark’s capital find it easy to believe that Copenhagen is consistently rated one of the happiest cities in the world. Cycle down the network of cobblestone streets, hit up world-class restaurants for locally sourced food, embrace the Danish concept of hygge in cozy cafes, or take a guided tour of highlights such as the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, and the self-governing free town of Christiania. The modern Danish design aesthetic is mixed with centuries-old buildings, best seen on a bike or walking tour, or via a hop-on hop-off canal cruise.

Top 10 attractions in Copenhagen

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Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

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One of Denmark’s most beloved icons, the Little Mermaid first appeared in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale and achieved even wider recognition with Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation. A statue of the character by artist Edvard Eriksen looks out over Copenhagen’s harbor, and is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.More
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Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

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Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish royal family, the world’s oldest monarchy. One of Copenhagen’s most beautiful monuments and a popular visitor attraction, the Amalienborg complex contains four stately palaces: Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace, and Christian VIII’s Palace.More
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Nyhavn

Nyhavn

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Copenhagen’s waterfront Nyhavn district is one of the city’s most picturesque destinations, featuring a canal lined with brightly painted townhouses and cozy bars, restaurants, and cafés. Cobbled streets, sailboats, and tidy houseboats create a feeling of old-world charm that attracts visitors year round.More
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Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

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Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot) is a Danish palace built in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style—typical of Danish buildings of the time—by architectural innovator King Christian IV. Originally the king’s summer home, today the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, impressive heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th centuries.More
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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

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Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.More
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Casino Copenhagen

Casino Copenhagen

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Sharing its Modernist home with the four-star Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel on Amager Island on the Øresund, Casino Copenhagen is the city’s only casino and the largest in Denmark. Its interior is a mass of subdued lighting and it has an atmosphere of subdued concentration; there are nearly 30 gaming tables for roulette, blackjack, poker and Texas Hold‘em players and the casino also offers more than 140 high-return slot machines in floodlit arcades. Live sports including horse racing and football can also be viewed on big screens.There are several bars, restaurants and private members clubs on the premises, and unusually for informal Denmark, there is a smart-casual dress code that excludes sportswear, headgear, shorts and t-shirts for both sexes. A variety of casino packages are available to guests of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and other visitors but these must be ordered in advance.Copenhagen Casino is featured on sightseeing Copenhagen hop-on-and-off tours and shore excursions around Christiania.More
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Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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Once the principal residence of Danish monarchs, Christiansborg Palace is now the beating heart of Denmark’s government—home to the country’s parliament, prime minister’s office, and supreme court. Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks, holding over 800 years of Danish history.More
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Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

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With a futuristic roof canopy jutting out over the harbor, the glass and steel Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) makes a striking impression. And the building is just as lovely on the inside, with a marble foyer and gold-plated ceiling. Catch a performance there, or simply admire the opera house’s award-winning design.More
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Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo

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Founded in 1859, Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe. The animal inhabitants of the 27-acre (11-hectare) zoo span all corners of the globe, including rare and endangered species such as polar bears, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, and lions.More
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Torvehallerne Market

Torvehallerne Market

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Urban centers are known for their diverse flavors and unique establishments. Nowhere is this truer than in Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne. This incredible market is jam-packed with more than 60 vendors selling everything from fresh fish to organic produce to home-baked goods. For travelers looking to eat their way through the city, this is the place to do it!Sample cheese, caramel and chocolate at a shop selling items from the Danish island of Bornholm, Italian-style pizzas from Grom’s and tuck into the flavors of France at Ma Poule, where a glass of wine and possible the best sandwich in the city has the possibility to transport travelers without needing a passport! Whether it’s sushi, tapas, paleo fare or strong and sweet coffee, Torvehallerne is the perfect stop for visitors looking to get a taste of the city!More

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Top Castles Near Copenhagen

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Top activities in Copenhagen

Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
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Social Sailing - Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
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The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
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Copenhagen Card

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City Sightseeing Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Copenhagen

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I would do it again and recommend! It would be nice to have a break at midpoint to have a refreshment and use toilet:)
Virginia_S, Jun 2022
3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Copenhagen
Great pace with time to see n learn about Copenhagen.
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A lot to see without feeling rushed.
Helen_W, Jun 2022
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
Great to see parts of Denmark outside of Copenhagen.
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Biking Copenhagen
kurt_H, Jun 2022
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
Wow what a way to see the city!!!!
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Excellent way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny day
Cristina_M, Jun 2022
Social Sailing - Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
It was great to see the differing architecture throughout the periods of Copenhagen.
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Biking, History, & Fun! OH MY!
Gretchen_M, Jun 2022
Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour
Biking is serious in Copenhagen and we learned what to do and how to do it!
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Great way to see Copenhagen
kurt_H, Jun 2022
Social Sailing - Copenhagen Canal Tour - Exploring Hidden Gems
Great guide and very friendly and informative got to see Copenhagen from the water.
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Hygge and Food
Ryan_H, May 2022
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Meeting up at the fresh market and walking around Copenhagen to visit various spots was amazing: the food, the drink, the guides, the people, and Danish food and atmosphere!
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Worth the money
Lynne_C, May 2022
Copenhagen Card
Transport system in Copenhagen is amazing so you can use it on trains and buses everywhere aswell as the attractions
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Awesome way to see the city!
Katrina_G, May 2022
2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour
Awesome way to see such an amazing city!
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Fabulous tour
Lizzy_H, May 2022
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Great way to see the city and try things we never would have thought of trying!
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Good tour
san_t, Apr 2022
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Great host and good things to see outside of Copenhagen.
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100% Recommend
Olivia_A, Mar 2022
Copenhagen 1.5-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
Great way to see the city how the locals do it!
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Great tour, covering many sights in the city, with a friendly and informative guide!
Kimi_S, Feb 2022
Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, which was a great introduction to Copenhagen and a great way to see all the main tourist sites.
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Fab day out
Bernadette_M, Jun 2022
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
From Copenhagen went north to Helsingør to see Hamlets Castle and look round the town.
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Exactly what I look for in a walking tour
Eimear_M, May 2022
3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Copenhagen
She gave us lots of tips of where to eat, and where to go/what to do after the tour and for the rest of our time in Copenhagen.
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Great Neighbourhood Tour Guide in Céline!
Willie_W, May 2022
Copenhagen Neighbourhoods Private Tour: Vesterbro & Christianshavn
Céline was our tour guide whom was a fluent speaker of both English & French.
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Enjoyable tour
graeme_w, Mar 2022
City Sightseeing Copenhagen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We booked the 72hr service to see the sights of Copenhagen, even though there was only one route on as it was still classed as the winter season there was plenty to see and do.
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Amazing experience with Celine!
Ange_L, Feb 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Copenhagen Private Tour
Celine timed nicely for us to see the horse carriage and changing of Royal guards separately.
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Great walking tour of Copenhagen
Sofija_A, Nov 2021
Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge
So much to see and learn!
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Brilliant tour
Laura_O, Oct 2021
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
The tour was a good length to see the sights but not to feel too tiring.
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All about Copenhagen

Currency
Danish Krone (DKK)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+45
Language(s)
Danish

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What is Copenhagen best known for?

Copenhagen is known for many things including its cycling culture, Michelin-starred restaurants, creative design scene, the Little Mermaid statue, and its commitment to sustainability. It’s also reputedly home to some of the happiest people in the world.

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Is Copenhagen really that expensive?

Yes, Copenhagen is expensive, but more so for the people who live there (the taxes are some of the highest in the world) rather than short-term visitors. Eating and drinking out will likely cause the most damage to your wallet, but you can keep to a budget by choosing lunch specials that many restaurants offer.

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How can I spend 3 days in Copenhagen?

Three days is enough time to explore Copenhagen, sightseeing by bus, boat, or bike, and visiting a few of its world-class museums and palaces including Amalienborg Palace and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, as well as Nyhavn and Tivoli Gardens. You can even take a day trip to Malmö, Sweden or to the Danish countryside.

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Do they speak English in Copenhagen?

Yes. Danish people start learning English at an early age and it is widely spoken in Copenhagen, and throughout the country, by people of all ages. If you don’t speak any Danish, you’ll be fine just using English in Copenhagen, but it never hurts to make the effort to learn a few words.

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What should you not miss in Copenhagen?

Come rain or shine, sun or snow, Danish people love to go swimming. In Copenhagen, you are never far from a beach and you can also take a dip in the heart of the city at the historic Helgoland Bathing Institution on Amagerstrand; the Islands Brygge Havnebad (Harbor Bath); and at the mobile swimming circle by Kalvebod Bølge.

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What's cool about Copenhagen?

Copenhagen could rightfully claim to be one of the world’s coolest cities. It’s down to several factors, including its combination of beautiful centuries-old architecture that blends with cutting-edge modern design; its pioneering food scene and hip bars; its sustainability credentials; and its stylish and creative people.

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