Places to visit in Copenhagen

Top Things to Do in Copenhagen, Denmark

Places to Visit in Copenhagen


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Top Attractions in Copenhagen

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Historic Sites
Christiansborg Palace is situated on the little island of Slotsholmen (Castle Island) which is surrounded by canals in the heart of Denmark's capital, Copenhagen. Denmark has one of the oldest monarchies in the world, and the palace has a long, dramatic history which revolves around the exercise of royal power. Today, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. Under its beautiful copper roof, the palace houses the Danish parliament, the office of the Danish prime minister and the Supreme Court. It is therefore the center for legislative, executive and judicial power in Denmark. The palace also accommodates rooms for the Danish Monarchy. Focusing on the royal part of the palace, Christiansborg Palace is H.M. the Queen's working palace. This is where the Queen holds audiences, signs laws, holds banquets and receptions, celebrates royal anniversaries and receives state visits. It is a working palace where old traditions and the modern Royal Family meet. You will see dazzling halls, adorned with colorful tapestries, vast paintings, patterned floors, glittering chandeliers, and sumptuous stucco ceilings. You can explore The Royal Kitchen and see its two tons of shiny copper kitchenware. You can visit the beautiful palace chapel, stand underneath its dome and let your head spin as you gaze up at the angels in the ceiling décor more than 30 metres above you. In The Royal Stables you'll find the the white royal horses in the wintertime, and in the summertime the exhibition "All the kings' horses" - all year around you can see the Royal Family's array of carriages. One of them is coated with 24-carat gold leaf. You can also explore the underground ruins underneath Christiansborg Palace. These are ruins of earlier castles and palaces showing that the Castle Island is steeped in 800 years of power and political intrigue.
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Observation Decks & Towers
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.
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What travellers are saying

  • Laura B
    Hamilton, UK98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful spot in the old harbour. Lovely buildings and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Canal boats are also here and give excellent tours. Easily accessible from town centre or by metro.
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • Tina P
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful clean park
    Lots to do for young and old alike
    Fantastic food halls that you could visit either as a park guest or just pop in from the street
    Great value for money
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • Soko37
    Budapest, Hungary4,606 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Park and castle 🏰 go together and it is worth to see. It is big park and smaller castle but very 👍. Built 400 years ago by Christian IV, not having exhibition of crown jewels
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • Jackie K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Palm Garden at this Museum is Spectacular, A Must See, the museum is full of Sculptures, if that's your thing it's fantastic.
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • Tina P
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly beautiful church in a lovely area..The climb to the tower was well worth it,although I personally didn't make it all the way to the top..very steep stairs and no lift..
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • Alastair T
    Taunton, UK22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting place to understand the history of Denmark throughout the ages. Collections are really varied from the inside of churches and danish rooms, to dolls houses and toys though the ages. There’s even an area for kids to play in including a pirate ship and imaginary play. Well worth a visit
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • GuppeC
    Hulshout, Belgium663 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice and large palace with a variety of sections to visit like the ruines, the royal stables, the royal kitchen and much more.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Tina P
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved this beautiful place..the climb to the tower was great fun,watching and listening to children and adults alike hiding in the alcoves all the way up around the tower...
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • AML
    Birmingham, UK94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely food market, with stalls selling fresh vegetables, flowers, meats, oils, wine…plus many options for food. We had the most amazing roast pork sandwiches from a butchers stall, super generous, crispiest crackling. Wet filling. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. It was around £10/95DKK, and worth every penny/øre! Only watch out is seating. We sat outside and were moved on as sone of the tables are reserved for certain outlets. There wasn’t enough seating on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Tina P
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens and greenhouses..disappointed to of missed the butterfly House by only 3 days..some truly wonderful plants on display and the gardens are immaculate
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • BirdBrain99
    Greater London, UK236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is world class. The Islamic art and artefacts are the the most comprehensive I have ever seen. The collection or Indian art is more extensive than I have seen in trips to India.
    Written 29 March 2024
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  • Susan M
    Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of my short trip to Copenhagen - first visit in 40+ years!
    What a new gorgeous building with lovely open public spaces looking over the water. Extremely comfortable seats and excellent view from the very top balcony - great value for money at around £40 equivalent (everything else in Copenhagen was very expensive!)
    A grand production of a grand opera with impressive cast - well-balanced singing and orchestra on form and the sound was intense especially hearing it from up high. I appreciated the subtitles in both Danish and English.
    Easy to reach by public transport (2 buses via the central station) but the bus due after the performance didn't turn up so had to walk 30 minutes to the nearest Metro...best check travel arrangements late at night.
    PS watch out for strange seat numbering - I was seat no 2 in the middle of the row but seat 1 was to my left and seat 4 to my right... Is this a Danish quirk?
    Written 24 September 2023
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