Copenhagen Attractions

For such a compact city, Copenhagen packs its attractions in. Whether you're hunting out museums, art galleries, funfairs or park gardens, everything is close at hand. Downtown, the Danish capital comprises charming, medieval cobbled streets and canals a stone's throw from ultra-modern, waterfront architecture. There's no elitism here, and the Danish love of play is as apparent in the National Gallery as it is in the city's famous Tivoli Pleasure Gardens.

History buffs are urged to see where it all started, on the museum island of Slotsholmen, where Copenhagen was founded back in the 12th century: this tiny area is now the site of many of the city's museums as well as the nation's Parliament at Christiansborg. Fans of royalty, meanwhile, can take a peek at the crown jewels in Rosenborg Slot before catching the changing of the guard in the rococo square of Amalienborg Slotsplads: there's savings to be made by buying a combined ticket to both royal palaces.

Discover first-hand Copenhagen's libertarian side with a visit to the 'free state' of Christiania, a marvellously ramshackle display of autonomy in action. Another fine example of ideals turned into reality, the renaissance Round Tower, affords some of the best views of the city. The city's best-known landmark the Little Mermaid is also its most over-rated, but the walk up to the stumpy statue is extremely pleasant; or view it from a boat as part of a harbor and canal tour.

Those who enjoy museums should note that most are closed on Mondays. If you can, visit on a Wednesday, when many offer late-night opening that day as well as free entry: the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket, on the other hand, is free on Sundays. Go crazy with a Copenhagen Card, offered by the local tourist information centre and allowing free entry to a whopping 65 museums and attractions in the Copenhagen area as well as free travel on buses, trains and Metro.

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Tivoli Gardens

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Vesterbrogade 3

Magical amusement park in the heart of the city...
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Rosenborg Slot

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Øster Voldgade 4A

Home to the crown jewels... read more

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Christiania

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Christiania

Alternative Copenhagen... read more

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Amalienborg

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Christian VIII's Palace
Christian VIII's Palace

Residence of the Danish Royal Family... read more

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Glyptoteket

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Dantes Plads 7

Art museum in a uniquely elegant setting... read more

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Rundetårn

Købmagergade 52A

Renaissance tower, observatory and art gallery...
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DFDS Canal Tours

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Nyhavn 2
Ticket Office

Explore the city from its canals... read more

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Den Lille Havfrue

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Langelinie
Langelinie on the harbor

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Statens Museum for Kunst

Sølvgade 48-50

Denmark's National Gallery... read more

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Christiansborg

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Prins Jørgens Gård 1
Christiansborg Slotsplads

Eight centuries as the country's power base...
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Thorvaldsens Museum

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Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2

Sculptor's collection in Denmark's oldest museum building... read more

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Louisiana Museum

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Gammel Strandvej 13

Modern art and architecture in spectacular setting... read more

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Københavns Zoo

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Roskildevej 32
Frederiksberg

Tire out the kids with animal adventures... read more

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Nyhavn

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Nyhavn

Picturesque old harbor popular with tourists...
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The Royal Library Gardens

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Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1

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Danmarks Akvarium

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Kavalergården 1
Strandvejen, in Charlottenlund Fort Park, Charlottenlund

Up-close marine life, from seahorses to sharks...
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Experimentarium

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Tuborg Havnevej 7
Hellerup

Science museum where kids can touch everything!...
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Nationalmuseet

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Ny Vestergade 10
The Prince's Palace

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Copenhagen Card

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Vesterbrogade 4A (seller)

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Botanisk Have

Øster Farimagsgade 2B

Copenhagen's Botanical Gardens... read more
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