Canals, palaces and a lovelorn mermaid await Copenhagen's romantic visitors

From its lovesick mascot, Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, to the fairytale turrets of Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen invites its romantic visitors with warmth and intimacy, with a charming mix of Scandinavian reserve and a clear lack of inhibitions. It offers starry-eyed couples hidden, secret places in the very heart of the city, in parks, gardens, and museums.

Take a walk up the unique spiral pathway of the Round Tower and see the red-roofed capital much as it would have seemed in the Renaissance. One of history's greatest lovers, Catherine the Great, made the trip by horse-drawn carriage! During summer or Christmas season, share the playfulness and wonder of Tivoli Gardens with a loved one, or hide out in the tropical Palm House of the Botanical Gardens.

Cupid awaits with bow and arrow at Thorvaldsens Museum, amongst many other impressive busts and statues; another of Copenhagen's art museums with a beautiful and romantic decor is Glyptoteket, where the greenery of the winter gardens is topped only by the delicious cakes in the museum's cafe. The Glyptotek was founded by the Carlsberg brewery magnate Carl Jacobsen, whose private gardens, J.C. Jacobsens Have, have only recently been opened to the public.

Take a boat trip on the city's canals, or take a paddle boat out onto the boating lake in Frederiksberg Have. During the summer, you could also visit the sumptuous gardens of Frederiksborg Slot - built in the English romantic style in the 18th-century - by boat across the lake. If the weather isn't on your side, go catch a movie--several of Copenhagen's cinemas still have old-fashioned "love seats" perfect for smooching on the back row.

Frederiksborg Slot
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A masterpiece of elaborate baroque architecture, Frederiksborg Slot was built in the early 1600s on the orders of King Christian 4. The castle - located near Hillerød north of Copenhagen - has been home to Denmark's National Museum of Natural...  Read More

Thorvaldsens Museum, a striking, classically columned building overlooking the canals across from Gammel Strand, is the oldest museum in Denmark, and houses the collection of Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1884), who lived most of his...  Read More

One of Copenhagen's smallest parks, the private garden of brewery magnate J.C. Jacobsen is located in the Carlsberg Byen complex, the site of the old Carlsberg brewery, and is also sometimes called 'Akademihaven' or the Academy Garden, as the...  Read More

A canal boat is a great way to get around Copenhagen as well as the perfect means to take in some sightseeing. Two companies offers boat tours in Copenhagen, Canal Tours Copenhagen and the blue Netto Boats. The sightseeing boats of Canal Tours...  Read More

Frederiksberg Have
Photo courtesy of Jakob Botter

Definitely one of Copenhagen's best parks as well as its largest, the romantic landscaped gardens of Frederiksberg Have date from the late 18th century and were built in the English style popular at the time. The long lawns and avenues of trees...  Read More

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Photo courtesy of Kim Nilsson

Arguably Copenhagen's most beautiful museum, the stunning building of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, situated at the back side of Tivoli Gardens, was built at the end of the 19th century by Dahlerup to house the growing collection of brewery...  Read More

Nansensgade Quarter
Botanisk Have
Photo courtesy of Ty Stange / Copenhagen Media Center

A part of the University of Copenhagen's Natural History Museum, Copenhagen's botanical garden may be a place of scientific research and conservation value to the academics who nurture it, but to visitors, it is a vibrant, blossoming oasis in...  Read More

City Centre
Rosenborg Slot
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There aren't many castles that actually look like the trademark Disney one, with fairytale turrets raised high over Copenhagen's other rooftops, but Rosenborg does, and stone lions guarding the entrance, too. This castle was built as the summer...  Read More

The raucous cries that emanate from Tivoli Pleasure Gardens can be heard a few blocks away, and the fact that Copenhagen can support such a centrally-located funfair kind of sums up its resident's take on the work-play balance. Tivoli wasn't...  Read More

Rundetaarn (The Round Tower)
Photo courtesy of Morten Jerichau

The Rundetaarn dates back to 1642 and is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Built on the orders of Christian IV, it forms one-third of the scholarly Trinitatis Complex, the other two being the university library and church,...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane