Landmarks in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a city that mixes the new and the old, especially when it comes to landmarks. The city's popular squares have bustled with life for centuries, and although none of the capital's architecture is particularly tall, it still has the power to move the visitor with its golden spires, stately solidity and ultra-modern glass and steel facades.

Walking through the city, visitors are generally drawn to walking street Strøget, which is divided by its squares: the biggest of these being Rådhuspladsen, at the southern end and Kongens Nytorv at the other. These days, Kongens Nytorv (New King's Square) is more of a roundabout than a square, framed by department store Magasin Du Nord, The Royal Danish Theatre and Nyhavn; City Hall Square Rådhuspladsen, meanwhile, spreads out from the 19th-century City Hall and for most visitors is one of the first impressions of Copenhagen.

It may be small, but the bronze homage to H.C. Andersen's immortally tragic heroine The Little Mermaid on Langelinie is what souvenir shops put on their snow globes. Millions flocked to see the statue when it was displayed at Shanghai's Expo in 2010.

Nudging up against the harbor, the impressive modern architecture of the Royal Library has been nicknamed The Black Diamond, and it's easy to see why. On the other side of the water, the golden spire of 250 year-old Vor Frelsers Kirke stands high above the other rooftops, visible from many points of the city.

Rådhuspladsen

Rådhuspladsen

Town Hall Square... read more

Amagertorv

Amagertorv

Busy central square... read more

Kongens Nytorv

Kongens Nytorv

King's New Square... read more

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Den Lille Havfrue

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Langelinie
Langelinie on the harbor

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Kongelige Bibliotek (Royal Library)

Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1

Vast archives housed in the Black Diamond... read more

Vor Frelsers Kirke

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Skt. Annægade 29

Church with uniquely twisting gold spire... read more

Palads

Axeltorv 9

Brightly-colored movie theater... read more

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Rundetårn

Købmagergade 52A

Renaissance tower, observatory and art gallery...
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Copenhagen Opera House

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Øresundsbroen

Øresundsmotorvejen

Spectacular suspension bridge over to Sweden...
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