Something old, something new: Copenhagen offers visitors ultra-modern attractions and renaissance elegance. From hands-on museums and fairytale castles to elegant parks and visionary architecture, Copenhagen is perfect for sightseeing on a daytrip or longer.
Those travelling with children will find Copenhagen kid-friendly and packed with family-friendly attractions. Where else has a pleasure park in its downtown district? Tivoli Gardens makes our list with two centuries of old-world charm; more than nostalgia, Tivoli’s magic moves with the times and has concerts, rides and eateries to suit all age groups.
Copenhagen’s most famous icon remains The Little Mermaid: Her disappointingly small stature doesn’t stop hundreds of daily visitors from making the lovely harbor walk (or canal tour) up to her rocky perch.
Castles are plentiful in Copenhagen. While Amalienborg is the royal family’s residence, power base Christiansborg is shared between royalty and the state. Splendid Rosenborg Slot houses the crown jewels - also from the 1600s, the uniquely-designed Round Tower observatory provides one of the best views of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has an abundance of excellent museums and art institutions, making it hard to single out just one: We find the beautiful building of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, with its stunning winter garden, makes a hard act to follow. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art meanwhile makes an ideal day trip, located some miles north of Copenhagen.
For those who love to wander around, quayside street Nyhavn makes the ideal pit stop while free town Christiania is a must-see for those interested in alternative lifestyles.