Explore Copenhagen's Charm
With cozy restaurants, pretty canals and intriguing districts, Copenhagen is one of Scandinavia’s most welcoming and attractive cities. Here are 10 things you must do when visiting the Danish capital.
Try the Danish pastries
You cannot leave Copenhagen without trying at least one Danish pastry. The capital has pastries that are both ubiquitous and incredibly tasty. Only the finest methods and ingredients are used to make them. The result is a delicious, sweet snack that doesn’t taste too heavy or sugary. Head to Emmerys, Lagkagehuset or Andersen Bakery to sample some of the best in the city.
In Denmark, ‘Hygge’ is a very big deal. It roughly translates to the English word “coziness,” but it covers much more. The Danes go the extra mile to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere wherever you go. From atmospheric restaurants and intimate coffee shops to charming winding waterways, there are many places in Copenhagen to experience the famous Danish “Hygge” for yourself.
Wander the world’s longest shopping street
Strøget is the main street running through the center of Copenhagen, and it’s officially the world’s longest pedestrian shopping street. The street – which was made traffic-free in 1962 – consists of a series of attractive roads and elegant squares that stretch for 3.2 km. Lined with a mix of luxury stores, excellent restaurants and designer boutiques, Strøget is a great place to while away an hour or two.
Go for a cocktail in the Meatpacking District
Similar to New York’s Meatpacking district in Manhattan, this is Copenhagen’s hippest new area. The former meat-processing quarter, Kødbyen now is home to a fabulous collection of cool bars, clubs and restaurants. Head for one of the most popular haunts, Karriere – part art gallery, part DJ bar - where cutting-edge mixologists serve their latest creations.
Visit the Little Mermaid
Although Copenhagen’s famous statue may not be as big as you expect, it still remains a must-see attraction in the city. Commissioned by Carl Jacobsen of Carlsberg as a gift to Copenhagen, the Little Mermaid was completed by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913. She’s a popular lady, too; more than 1 million people pay her a visit every year.
Take the kids to Tivoli Gardens
This is a place where fairy tales really do come true. Opened in 1843, the world-famous Tivoli Gardens is Denmark’s answer to Disneyland and one of the most visited theme parks in Europe. It’s an enchanting place with a wonderful mix of thrilling rides, Hans Christian Andersen-themed attractions and elegant gardens that will please both children and adults.
Have a beer in Nyhavn
Nyhavn is one of the most attractive parts of the city. It’s a beautiful waterfront, lined with colorful townhouses that date back to the 17th century. Today, it’s a popular tourist spot filled with bars, cafes and restaurants. Take a stroll and marvel at the collection of historic wooden ships.
Situated on an artificial island, Christianshavn is one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Copenhagen. The area has tall, colorful 19th century town houses that flank long canals, similar to Amsterdam. Also, expect a fine collection of cafes and restaurants so critically acclaimed they boast month-long waiting lists.
Relax in Christiania
Christiania, located in Christianshavn, is a self-governing free state and commune with 850 residents. Its alternative culture, vibrant street art and colorful characters make it a fascinating Copenhagen attraction. You’ll also find art galleries, restaurants, cafés, historic buildings and an interesting collection of hippie shops.
Take a boat tour
One of the most relaxing ways to see the city is by sea. Most Copenhagen boat tours depart from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand and take you to the best sights and attractions, including attractive harbors and idyllic canals. Learn about Copenhagen's beautiful churches, ancient castles and historic buildings at a leisurely pace.