Must-see attractions in Copenhagen

  • Christiansborg Slot Tower exterior

    Christiansborg Slot Tower


    The palace tower opened to the public for the first time in 2014. It’s the city’s tallest tower, delivering a sweeping view over the Danish capital. The…

  • De Kongelige Stalde signage and entrance

    De Kongelige Stalde


    Completed in 1740, the two curved, symmetrical wings behind Christiansborg belonged to the original baroque palace, destroyed by fire in 1794. The wings…

  • Vor Frelsers Kirke (church).

    Vor Frelsers Kirke


    It's hard to miss this 17th-century church and its 95m-high spiral tower. For a soul-stirring city view, make the head-spinning 400-step ascent to the top…

  • Borsen spire.



    Not many stock exchanges are topped by a 56m-tall spire formed from the entwined tails of four dragons. Børsen is one. Constructed in the bustling early…

  • Folketinget building exterior



    Folketinget is where the 179 members of the Danish parliament debate national legislation. Guided tours also take in Wanderer's Hall, which contains the…

  • Nikolaj Kunsthal, entrance wide shot

    Nikolaj Kunsthal


    Built in the 13th century, the church of Sankt Nikolaj is now home to the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre, which hosts around half-a-dozen exhibitions…

  • Palmehus and surroundings



    Forget Thailand: to escape the Nordic cold, simply slip inside the Botanic Garden's Palm House. A large, elegant glasshouse dating from the 19th century,…

  • Tøjhusmuseet exterior entrance



    The Royal Arsenal Museum houses an impressive collection of historic weaponry, from canons and medieval armour to pistols, swords and even a WWII flying…

  • Visit Carlsberg

    Vesterbro & Frederiksberg

    Set to reopen in 2020 after a major refurbishment, Visit Carlsberg explores the history of Danish beer from 1370 BC (yes, they carbon-dated a bog girl who…

  • Aleksander Nevskij Kirke


    Completed in 1883, golden-domed, granite-and-brick Alexander Newsky Kirke flaunts a Russian Byzantine style, complete with marble staircase, mosaic floors…

  • Botanisk Have


    Restorative and romantic, Copenhagen's Botanic Garden lays claim to around 13,000 species of plant life – the largest collection in Denmark. You can amble…

  • Arken Museum of Modern Art


    Modern art fans wanting a quick escape from town should consider a trip to Arken. It's best known for its temporary exhibitions, spanning the usual modern…

  • Cykelslangen

    Vesterbro & Frederiksberg

    Two of the Danes greatest passions – design and cycling – meet in spectacular fashion with Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake. Designed by local architects…

  • Tycho Brahe Planetarium


    Explore the heavens at Copenhagen's planetarium, with its state-of-the-art equipment capable of projecting more than 7500 stars, planets and galaxies in…

  • Sankt Petri Kirke


    A handsome place of worship in the Latin Quarter is the German church of Sankt Petri Kirke. Dating from the 15th century, this is the oldest church…

  • Kunstforeningen GL Strand


    The HQ of Denmark’s artists’ union continues to foster emerging and forward-thinking talent with around six to eight exhibitions of modern and…

  • Kastellet


    The star-shaped fortress of Kastellet was originally commissioned by Frederik III in 1662. Today, it is one of the most historically evocative sites in…

  • Geologisk Museum


    Perched at the northeast corner of the Botanic Garden, Copenhagen's Geology Museum hosts interesting exhibitions, with themes ranging from the solar…

  • Inderhavnsbroen


    Connecting Nyhavn to Christianshavn, the car-free Inner Harbour Bridge opened in 2016, three years after its original scheduled completion date. Among the…

  • Shooting Range Wall

    Vesterbro & Frederiksberg

    In a cul-de-sac off Istedgade is this imposing red-brick wall, its gate leading to the delightful Skydebanehaven (Shooting Range Gardens). While it might…

  • Dronning Louises Bro

    Nørrebro & Østerbro

    Dating from 1887 and inspired by the French Empire style, this is one of Copenhagen's best-loved bridges, designed by the prolific Vilhelm Dahlerup and…

  • Hirschsprung


    Dedicated to Danish art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Hirschsprungske is a little jewel-box of a gallery, full of wonderful surprises for art…

  • Fotografisk Center

    Vesterbro & Frederiksberg

    Hidden away in a warehouse in the 'brown-brick' section of the Meatpacking District, the Fotografisk Center serves up rotating exhibitions of contemporary…

  • Holmens Kirke


    Queen Margrethe II took her marriage vows here in 1967, and while much of the present Dutch Renaissance–style structure dates from 1641, the church's nave…

  • Cisternerne

    Vesterbro & Frederiksberg

    Below elegant Søndermarken Park lurks Copenhagen's damp, dripping 19th-century reservoir. These days it's best known as Cisternerne, one of Copenhagen's…

  • Strædet


    Running parallel to crowded Strøget, Strædet is technically made up of two streets, Kompagnistræde and Læderstræde. The strip is a good spot to shop for…

  • Dansk Arkitektur Center


    This gallery hosts changing exhibitions on Danish and international architecture and features an excellent book- and design-shop. On weekends from late…

  • Copenhagen Zoo

    Vesterbro & Frederiksberg

    Located up on Frederiksberg (Frederik's Hill), Copenhagen Zoo rustles and rumbles with more than 2500 critters, including lions, zebras, hippos and…

  • Jens Olsen's World Clock


    The most famous resident at Copenhagen's Rådhus (City Hall) is the curious Jens Olsen's World Clock, designed by astromechanic Jens Olsen (1872–1945) and…

  • Christians Kirke


    Named in honour of Christian IV – who founded Christianshavn in the early 17th century – Christians Kirke is well known for its unusual rococo interior…

  • Overgaden


    Rarely visited by tourists, this non-profit art gallery runs about 10 exhibitions annually, putting the spotlight on contemporary installation art and…

  • V1 Gallery

    Vesterbro & Frederiksberg

    Part of the Kødbyen (Vesterbro's 'Meatpacking District'), V1 is one of Copenhagen's most progressive art galleries. Cast your eye on fresh work from…

  • Children's Museum


    Located inside the Nationalmuseet, the Children's Museum is aimed at curious folk aged four to 12. Exhibitions are immersive and interactive, exploring…

  • Rådhus Tower


    You can climb the 105m city hall tower for a commanding view of Tivoli Gardens and the city centre.

  • Little Mermaid


    New York has its Lady Liberty and Sydney its (Danish-designed) Opera House. When the world thinks of Copenhagen, the chances are they're thinking of the…

  • Caritas Well


    Named for the Goddess of Charity, this lovely fountain was built in 1608 by King Christian IV, when Gammeltorv was the city's main square, and is the…

  • Ordrupgaard


    An extension by the late architect Zaha Hadid put Ordrupgaard on the international map, but this petite art museum, housed in an early-20th-century manor…

  • Domhuset


    Built in 1815, Copenhagen’s neoclassical courthouse was designed by CF Hansen, also responsible for Vor Frue Kirke. It's linked by its own ‘bridge of…

  • Gefion Fountain


    At the southeastern edge of Kastellet is Anders Bundgaard's monumental Gefion Fountain, depicting the Norse goddess Gefion steering some rather stoic oxen…

  • Rådhus Courtyard


    Influenced by the architecture of northern Italy, City Hall's courtyard features a central fountain.

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