Copenhagen's Indre Byen (the Inner City) neighborhood is the city's oldest quarter and offers many things to do not only in the form of museums and historic landmarks but also in terms of shopping and art galleries. Bustling with life and character around its winding, cobbled streets, the Indre Byen has activities for families, couples and backpackers.
Top of our list is Rosenborg Slot
, a beautiful Renaissance palace on the edge of the old city surrounded by one of Copenhagen's best parks, Kongens Have
(The Kings Gardens). Most visitors come to catch a glimpse of Denmark's crown jewels, but the mansion has plenty more to see. Built in the 1600s, Rosenborg was ordered by 'builder king' Christian IV as his summer residence - combine it with another architectural masterpiece of the period, the renaissance observatory Round Tower
, number two on our list.
Those interested in history will also find much to see at in the National Museum
- and can enjoy free admission. Just across the canal, Slotsholmen
is a whole isle of museums, though we've classed it as a separate neighborhood.
Walking down from the National Museum to the waterfront, Gammel Strand was once the site of the city's fish market. Today, visitors come to visit contemporary art museum Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand
as well as the street market,
specializing in antiques.
Copenhagen has become world-famous for its gastronomic invention, so don't miss out on a visit to the city's purpose-built covered market Torvehallerne København
, a gourmet taste session of delis and takeouts on Israels Plads.
For families, Copenhagen's Indre Byen offers Sømods Bolcher
, a traditional candymaking shop offering free guided tours of the sweetmaking process and the hands-on Post & Tele Museum
, while the Danish Design Centre (DDC)
should be on the list of all design-hungry fans of clean Scandinavian minimalism.
Øster Voldgade 4A
Renaissance tower, observatory and art gallery...
Ny Vestergade 10
The Prince's Palace
Øster Voldgade 4
The King's Gardens of Rosenborg Palace... read more
Gammel Strand 48
Independent contemporary art museum... read more
Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2
Nørregade 24 og 36b
Old-fashioned sweet makers with guided tour of production... read more
The Danish Post and Telegraph Museum... read more
27 HC Andersens Blvd
Everything you ever wanted to know about Danish design... read more