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3 days in Copenhagen

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3 days in Copenhagen
These top attractions will give you a great idea of all Copenhagen has to offer, from natural beauty to rich history. Get ready to do some serious exploring; sneakers recommended.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Day 1
Nyhavn
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Nyhavn

Copenhagen's Nyhaven, or "New Harbor," is actually steeped in a long heritage. Colorful buildings line the canal and hint at a history of small-vessel traffic. Like many ports, this strip has a salty history, rich with sailors, drinking and literary exploits. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen made his home in Nyhavn as well. It's cleaned up now and is a lovely place for a stroll.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Christiania
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Christiania

Christania or by danish slang 'Øen' or 'Staden ' Christiania has about 500 000 visitors yearly and is the third greatest tourist attraction in... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Tivoli Gardens
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Tivoli Gardens

From mid-April to mid-September, a world-class amusement park comes to life in the center of Copenhagen. More than two dozen rides await you, in addition to live entertainment and more than 30 eateries.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
Danish Jewish Museum (Dansk Jodisk Museum)
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Danish Jewish Museum (Dansk Jodisk Museum)

The Danish Jewish Museum documents the lives of Danish Jews over time. The building, designed by noted architect Daniel Liebeskind, houses more than 5,000 photos and objects related to history, heritage and observance. Winter hours are Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., weekends noon to 5 p.m. Summer hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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National Museum
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National Museum

Housed in an 18th century mansion at the center of Copenhagen, the Nationalmuseet offers self-guided tours that let visitors navigate an extensive collection of artifacts related to cultural and national history, from prehistoric times to the present. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free guided tours in English at 11 a.m. June through September on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
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The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)

Born of a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the statue incarnation of the Little Mermaid has watched over Copenhagen's harbor since 1913. In 2010, Den Lille Havfrue, as she is known in Danish, left her post to represent Denmark at the World's Fair in Shanghai.

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Day 3
Rosenborg Castle
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Rosenborg Castle

This country-home-turned royal residence is emblematic of Dutch Renaissance style. Visit for the day to learn about the long history of Danish royalty. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with longer hours in warmer months. Closed on Mondays in winter.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Rundetaarn
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Rundetaarn

The Round Tower Lookout Tower – Observatory – Exhibitions – Concerts.One of the best-known and most popular structures in Denmark, the Round Tower has been a distinctive feature of the Copenhagen skyline since 1642. The Tower once soared far above the rest of the rooftops in the city, and University astronomers studied the stars and planets from the Observatory at the top. The scholars... More

The Round Tower Lookout Tower – Observatory – Exhibitions – Concerts.One of the best-known and most popular structures in Denmark, the Round Tower has been a distinctive feature of the Copenhagen skyline since 1642. The Tower once soared far above the rest of the rooftops in the city, and University astronomers studied the stars and planets from the Observatory at the top. The scholars may have forsaken the building a long time ago, but during the winter visitors are still able to gaze at the cosmos from Europe's oldest functioning observatory. The platform that runs around the outside of the Observatory affords views over the old Latin Quarter – from here, you can spot most of the city's famous buildings. The Round Tower does not have an elevator, so visitors have to climb the winding, white-washed Spiral Walk, where kids often hide in the niches, only to jump out shouting “boo!” as adults approach. Halfway up the tower is the entrance to the large and stunningly beautiful Library Hall, which now serves as a popular gallery and concert venue. It hosts several exhibitions a year, and stages concerts almost every week. Above the Library is the Bell Loft, notable for its enormous wooden beams, which were used in the reconstruction of the Tower following the great fire of Copenhagen in 1728. The Loft is also home to a small exhibition of fascinating artefacts from the Tower's history, including Christian IV's wax seal, a tin of medicine produced by Tycho Brahe, and a piece of the bomb that exploded in the Library Hall during the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807.The Round Tower was built by Christian IV between 1637 and 1642. It was the first part of the Trinitatis Complex, which combined church, library and observatory in a single building. Less

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Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have)
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Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have)

Learn about Denmark's flora through this extensive collection of plants and fungi. The Botanical Gardens and Museum houses a seed bank and a library that specializes in books about plants and trees. It's also a great place to take a walk. The Botanical Gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter, and every day until 6 p.m. from May through September.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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