Established as a Viking fishing village in the 10th century, Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and the major cultural, financial and tourist centers of this county.
One of the most charming aspects of Copenhagen are its numerous bridges connecting various districts and its colorful art noveau buildings dotting the waterfronts.
Below are the top 10 things to do in Copenhagen:
- Amalienborg Castle: The palace, named for Queen Sophie Amalie, originally was the site for a summer retreat for the Royal Family. The waterfront gardens alone are worth the trip to this historic site.
- Tivoli Gardens: What many say is the inspiration for Walt Disney’s theme parks, Tivoli Gardens is one of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen. Built in the 1800s, the park features more than 20 attractions and numerous gardens.
- Boat Tours: One of the best ways to see the city and taking a boat cruise through its canals. On a boat, you’ll be able to see some of Copenhagen’s well-known attractions including the Little Mermaid statue, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen Opera House and the Black Diamond Library.
- Christiansborg Palace: Dating back 800 years, visitors will be able to see the ruins of the original castle and medieval fortress on the small island of Slotsholmen. Today, this magnificent Palace is the site of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Supreme Court and the Parliament.
- Stroget Shopping District: This pedestrian area offers an abundance of shopping including high-end stores such as Chanel, Gucci and Prada. You’ll also find numerous boutique stores, restaurants and cafes.
- National Museum of Denmark: An impressive collection of Danish history plus other areas including Asia and Africa are housed in this beautiful museum. It is also the site of the Prince’s Palace dating back to 1744.
- Nyhavn Street: One of the most photographed streets in Europe is Nyhavn Street. Gabled houses featuring colorful facades line the streets which are now home to outdoor cafes and restaurants. This is a starting point for canal and other boat rides through the city.
- The Round Tower: Dating back to 1642, this tall structure was built as an observatory featuring a spiral ramp to climb up to the top. From there, you’ll enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the city. A new feature is a glass floor approximately 82 feet above the ground floor where you can look down the tower’s interior.
- The Little Mermaid: The official emblem of Copenhagen, this stunning sculpture was created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913, which is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. The Little Mermaid is situated on the waterfront in the town of Kastellet.
- Christiana: This unique area is a throwback to the more carefree, 1960s era where residents have a more laidback attitude, cars are not allowed and bicycles are the main source of transportation. You’ll see numerous handmade houses and buildings and wild horses roaming the area.