Explore Copenhagen’s classic tourist attractions, iconic Danish design, world-class cuisine, and hidden gems. On this page, we have gathered the best information from www.visitcopenhagen.com for you.
See & Do
Top attractions – Some sights and attractions are almost synonymous with Copenhagen. Most of them are within walking distance from the city center.
- Copenhagen Zoo hosts more than 4,000 animals from all over the world and is one of Denmark’s most visited attractions.
- At Den Blå Planet (National Aquarium Denmark) you can visit the bird colonies on the steep fells of the Faroe Islands, the playful sea otters from Alaska, the elusive Giant Pacific octopus, and many more species.
- Tivoli is a playground for young and old and a spot so full of wonder that it inspired Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney. Whether you come for the gardens, music or rides, you’ll have a blast. In December, the gardens are redecorated to convey cozy winter vibes and a hearty Christmas feeling.
- Arguably one of Copenhagen’s most iconic tourist attractions, the sculpture of The Little Mermaid was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale.
- Copenhagen’s largest shopping area is centered around Strøget in the heart of the city. With 1.1km it is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets.
- The 17th century Round Tower was once an observatory is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic buildings.
- The Danish Architecture Center explores urban development and architecture from its base at BLOX on Copenhagen harbourside. You can visit engaging exhibitions or join city walks and lectures.
- Reffen is an organic street food market and urban area for start-ups, innovation and creativity in Refshaleøen in Copenhagen. The venue is open during December, with wood burning stoves contributing to the Christmassy feeling.
- Copenhagen is a pocket-sized city – small enough for you to experience it by foot. In case you don’t know where to start here are some of the great guided tours on offer that will take you through the ins and outs of the city.
Copenhagen with kids
- In Copenhagen, we love kids! And kids usually love Copenhagen. Plenty of space, 125 public playgrounds, and child-friendly attractions set the scene for a good time in the city for kids of all ages.
A sustainability guide to Copenhagen
- Get to know the green and sustainable Copenhagen and how you can make the most eco-friendly choices when visiting. Hit the streets and harbour baths with this guide made in collaboration with Copenhagen Municipality.
Eat & Drink
Whether you are into bistros or Michelin-starred restaurants, you will find it in Copenhagen. The restaurant scene is among the world’s most distinct and innovative, and it caters to all budgets, tastes and situations.
Value for money restaurants
- Looking for a quality meal that will not blow your budget? No worries, a lot of bistros and value for money restaurants offer high-quality tasting.
Waterfront restaurants in Copenhagen
- The Copenhagen harbour has plenty of perfect places to soak up some sunshine while enjoying stunning waterfront views and delicious foods.
Michelin-starred restaurants of Copenhagen
- Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2021 has awarded a total of 23 stars to 14 restaurants in Copenhagen. Noma joins Geranium at the top of the list as the only two restaurants in Denmark with three stars, while AOC, Kadeau, Alchemist, Kong Hans, and Jordnær all hold two stars.
- Many of Copenhagen’s cafes and restaurants have special children’s menus, and provide a special high chair for toddlers. Some places though, go out of their way to make children welcome.
Arts and Culture
- The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) features some of the finest Danish and international art from the past seven centuries.
- Amalienborg Palace is at the heart of Copenhagen. Here, you can visit the seat of one of the world’s oldest monarchies and go behind the scenes in a real royal palace.
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek displays ancient and modern art in truly unique surroundings. Founded in 1888, the gallery is renowned for its marble sculptures and its winter garden.
- Rosenborg Castle, located in the city center, was built by one of the most famous Danish kings, Christian IV, in the 17th century. The beautiful castle features 400 years of royal treasures, and the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.
- Once home to kings and queens, Christiansborg Palace now houses the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. You can visit the state rooms and walk in the footsteps of royalty.
- Only a few places in the world are surrounded by as much drama and history as Kronborg Castle. It is world-famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a leading international art museum and an absolute top attraction in Denmark. Art, nature and architecture combine in a total experience that attracts guests from all over the world year-round.
- ARKEN – discover works by Damien Hirst and Ai Weiwei at this stunning modern art gallery on the beach at Ishøj.
- What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term Danish design? Simplicity and functionalism? You’re not far off. But there is actually more to the story than that.
Copenhagen when it rains
- Danish weather can be tricky, but do not worry. There are plenty of things to do in Copenhagen on a rainy day. Besides being true moments of “hygge”, these days are perfect for a visit to a museum and also a great excuse to go shopping.
Copenhagen in winter
- The season of hygge, Christmas markets, woolen sweaters, candlelight and good times with the ones you love. Winter in Copenhagen can be quite special, and we’re here to guide you.