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Copenhagen's Architecture - from Past to Present

See modern marvels and stunning historical sites
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The bustling streets of charming Copenhagen are packed with architectural gems - some of them dating from the 17th century and others ... more »

Tips:  Flat-as-a-pancake Copenhagen is ideal for walking, but make sure you wear sturdy boots that cope with cobbled streets. Bring sunblock ... more »

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Points of Interest

Charming Copenhagen is jam-packed with architectural gems; it would take more than a three-hour tour to see them all.

A good way to take in some of the best - especially on a warm summer day - is to follow the meandering waterfront of this canal-studded town.

Start your tour at Amaliehaven Garden. Created in the 1980's by Belgian landscape... More

A masterpiece of Danish rococco architecture built at the beginning of the 18th century, Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Royal Family.

With its stunning views across the boat-lined harbour and over to the city's new opera house, this is the perfect place for taking great photos. Although there are four palace buildings, only ... More

3. Royal Danish Playhouse

Leave Amalienborg Palace via Ammaliegade street - pausing to admire the 18th century Louis-XVI-style Yellow Palace building that now houses the Lord Chamberlain - and take the first left that leads down to the Royal Danish Playhouse.

Opened just four years ago, this harbour-side pearl designed by renowned local architects Boje Lundgaard and... More

Established in the 18th century to link the inner city with the sea, many of the houses around the colourful Nyhavn port area date back to that time. Look out for number 20 where Hans Christian Andersen lived from 1834-38 and Charlottenborg Mansion, a beautiful Dutch baroque style building that now houses The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

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You can't do a tour of Copenhagen's historic buildings without getting a glimpse of The Stock Exchange, or Borsen.

The city's oldest building - and one of the few that survived fires which raged through the city in later decades - it was built in the early 17th century under the reign of visionary King Christian IV. Denmark's stock exchange was... More

Cross over from Nyhavn and descend to the waterside once more to enjoy a pleasant stroll along Havnegade and CHR Brygge and you'll reach The Black Diamond.

Designed by Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen and completed in 1999, this extension to the Royal Danish Library's old redbrick building is another of the city’s gems and an ideal spot ... More