Exploring Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Where to explore in Copenhagen, Denmark’s cosy capital that is packed with must-see attractions, cafes, shops and some of Scandanavia’s best restaurants.

To find cafes and restaurants and to make reservations using an app, head over to my Handy Travel Apps page to choose one to use.

Nyhaven

Originally Nyhaven, a 17th century waterfront, was a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock and the lovely colourful buildings, which were pubs and alehouses would be full of sailors.

Now, the buildings have been renovated into restaurants and cafes that offer a great place to relax and to enjoy the view. Don’t forget to try the delicious waffles!

Nyhaven is where Hans Christian Andersen (Danish fairy tale writer) wrote ‘Tinderbox’, ‘Little Claus and Big Claus’ and ‘The Princess and the Pea’

Top Tip: Visit during December to marvel at Nyhaven covered in snow and beautifully lit with Christmas lights, sample the Danish delicacies and wander through the Christmas market that fills the cobbled streets.

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Little Mermaid Statue

Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’, sculpted by Evard Eriksen and unveiled in August 1913, this is one of Copengagen’s most famous tourist attractions.

The fairytale goes that the mermaid gives up everything so that she can be united with a handsome prince who lives on the land. Every morning and evening she will swim to the surface, sit on her rock and gaze at the shore, hoping for a glimpse of her gorgeous prince.

Top Tip: The mermaid sits on her rock in Copenhagen Harbour but be ready for quite a long walk through the harbour.

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Amalienborg Palace

This beautiful building is the Queen’s winter residence. Visit the museum where you can learn about Danish Kings and Queens (if the Royal Family interests you!) and the current traditions of the monarchy.

Usually you can visit the Gala Hall and the other beautifully decorated rooms. The reception rooms are still used by the Royal Family.

Watch the changing of then Royal Guard. They will march from their barracks, through the Copenhagen streets and finish at the Palace where the guard change takes place daily at 12pm.

Top Tip: Closed on Mondays

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Christiania

Known as Freetown Christiana, this is an international community and commune that was home to the cannabis trade (green light district) for nearly 50 years and is the most hippie neighbourhood in Copenhagen.

Found in the Christianshaven area and easily accessible by metro, bus or your own 2 feet but cars are not allowed!

It used to be an old and abandoned military base that was empty for many years until a group of hippies broke in in 1971 and began squatting there. Now it is home to approximately 900 people.

Photography used to be banned but now you are allowed to take pictures. Ask anyone who is in your photo for permission but they may say no and don’t try to take sneaky photos as people may become angry.

Top Tip: If you enjoy live music, then head to Christiana for lot of live music venues including Jazzklubben for all you jazz lovers!

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Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle

This is known as the Danish Disney Castle and was built by King Christian IV in the early 17th century.

It is home of Denmark’s Crown Jewels and the Knight’s Hall with the coronation thrones and 3 life-size silver lions who stand guard over the room.

It is also possible to see the King’s private writing cabinet, his bathroom and wax figures of former castle inhabitants.

Top Tip: Looks magical through lightly falling snow

Rosenborg Castle

Round Tower

Built in the 17th century, this tower and observatory is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.

Denmark used to be famous for its astronomical achievements by astronomer Tycho Brahe and after he died in 1601, the King wanted to continue his research and built the Round Tower.

From the top of the observatory there is a great view of Old Copenhagen and to reach it you need to walk up the spiral walkway. The walkway also leads to the library hall, which used to be the home of the universitiy’s book collection and Hans Christian Andersen used to visit for inspiration. Now the hall shows exhibitions.

Top Tip: The walkway is 2685 metres long

Round Tower

City Hall Square

This is one of the main squares in Copenhagen and is where the famous shopping street Strรธget begins (don’t miss out on this if you love retail therapy!)

Demonstrations take place at the square as well as people gathering to pay tribute to returning sports heroes, large concerts and out door exhibitions.

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Tivoli Gardens

Founded in 1843, these gardens were visited by Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney who found the inspiration here for his own Disney World.

The lush gardens have beautiful scenery, architecture and historic buildings.

It is also home to the Tivoli Gardens theme park which includes the ride Vertigo, which was one voted as Europe’s best ride. The rides have all been designed to match the Tivoli’s architecture and garden scenery. Check out the new virtual reality experience in a Chinese universe with fire-breathing dragons and fireworks!

This is a lovely place for a relaxed stroll, a peaceful picnic or a visit to one of the many restaurants featuring all types of cuisine, from tradition Danish to Asian street food.

Top Tip: For those music fans, Tivoli Gardens features live music every Friday!

The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid

Here is something rather different for you to check out when down by the water front; the genetically modified Little Mermaid statue in all its glory!

Located near the warehouses in Copenhagen harbour, this statue is one of several that has been designed by Bjรธrn Nรธrgaard (a Danish professor) with the name ‘Genetically Altered Paradise’. The sculptures who represent Adam, Eve, Mary Magdalene, Christ and a pregnant man, as well as the Little Mermaid are supposed to show a provocative and humorous look at post modern society.

The original Little Mermaid statue has been vandalised several times but so far, the genetically modified one hasn’t and her creator puts this down to her ‘fighting against the order of nature’ as she is already modified!

Top Tip: Visit on a clear day

Genetically Modified Little Mermaid
Sculpture Park

Toga Vin & ร˜luste

Located in a small street in the old town, this is old bar is where Danish politicians, unions, members of parliament and cabinet ministers visit for a spot of off-the-record drinking!

Top Tip: Pop in for a drink but remember…..conversations that take place here are off-record and photos are frowned upon

Danish Government

Laksegade

This may look like an ordinary street but rumour has it that it was visited by the devil!

In 1826, all sorts of objects such as potatoes and books were being thrown from the windows of the house and while this was happening, onlookers could hear screaming, laughing and swearing coming from inside. Of course people tried to look inside, which is only natural. Wouldn’t you?! Some claimed to have seen glowing red eyes, others to have heard a non-human growling and the rest said there was nothing there.

The police came to investigate but as soon as they entered the house, all noise and the throwing of objects ceased. On closer inspection, the police to failed to find anyone (human or not) in the house and there were no clues as to what might have happened. This led residents to believe that the commotion had been caused by none other than the devil.

Top Tip: Easier to walk or cycle as the street is one-way with limited parking

The street where the devil visited

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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