Things to do in
Copenhagen

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Our most recommended things to do in Copenhagen

Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens Entry Ticket

1. Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens Entry Ticket

Skip the ticket-purchasing line and enjoy faster access into Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens with your pre-booked ticket. Founded in 1843 by the multi-talented and well-traveled Georg Carstensen, Tivoli is the second-oldest amusement park in the world. Enjoy the lovely flowers and gardens, restaurants and cafés, and maybe take a ride on one of the park’s roller coasters. Whether you’re visiting Copenhagen on your own, as a couple, or with your family, Tivoli Gardens has so much to offer. You could easily spend the entire day simply walking around and taking in the sights. Have a cup of coffee in the sun or enjoy the Tivoli Youth Guard playing their instruments. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this is truly an oasis in the city and one that you don’t want to miss.

Copenhagen Card-Discover: 80+ Attractions & Public Transport

2. Copenhagen Card-Discover: 80+ Attractions & Public Transport

Get your personal sightseeing pass to Copenhagen with the digital Copenhagen Card-Discover and enjoy free entrance to 80+ different museums and attractions. Available for periods of 24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 hours, the card grants access to some of the city’s best museums and attractions. Redeem the 8-character Copenhagen Card code in the Copenhagen Card app whenever you want to and then activate when you need to start using the card. Get from site to site with free and unlimited use of the transportation system, including city buses, trains, the harbor buses, and the metro. Learn more about the Danish capital at sites such as the Royal Palace, or enjoy all the thrills of one of Europe’s oldest amusement parks. Here is a small selection of the attractions that your Copenhagen Card covers: • Tivoli Gardens (gardens access only, rides not included) • Canal Tours (Classic Canal Tour of Copenhagen) • Rosenborg Castle • Amalienborg Castle • ARKEN Museum of Modern Art • Danish Architecture Centre • Karen Blixen Museum • The Viking Ship Museum • The Danish War Museum • Design Museum Denmark • Christiansborg - The Royal Reception Rooms • The National Museum • Kronborg Castle • Copenhagen Zoo • Casino Marienlyst • The Cisterns • And many more! See the full list of attractions at copenhagencard.com

Copenhagen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Boat Tour Option

3. Copenhagen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Boat Tour Option

Experience the beauty of Copenhagen from an open-air double-decker sightseeing bus. With your ticket, you can hop on and off as much as you like at any of the conveniently located stops around the city. Discover the city’s must-see attractions at your own pace. The tour is made even more entertaining and informative with digitally recorded commentary available in 10 languages. With 22 stops around the city, the bus stops near all of Copenhagen's attractions and must-see sights. From the second oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli, to the winter residence of the royal family, Amalienborg Palace, and many other top attractions. Choose the bus and boat tour option for the complete sightseeing package. Sit back and relax in the excellent, blue sightseeing Nettobådene boats. Enjoy a trip through the many harbors and canals of the city and see a different side of Copenhagen. During this 1-hour boat tour, pass the colorful Nyhaven, the hip and happening Christianshavn, and even the world-famous statue of the Little Mermaid.

Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens Entry Ticket with Unlimited Rides

4. Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens Entry Ticket with Unlimited Rides

Save your time with skip-the-ticket-line access to the Tivoli Gardens and enjoy a day of exciting rides with this attraction ticket to the Tivoli theme park in Copenhagen. Take advantage of your access to unlimited rides to explore the Villa Vendetta haunted house ride. Get an adrenaline rush as you ride the roller coaster, the Flying Trunk, the Mine, or the Demon ride. Have fun on the Vintage Cars and the Milky Way Express roller coaster. See the exhibits at the aquarium. Take a spin on the Hyggehjulet for a taste of something sweet or place a bet at the Grand Prix game.

From Copenhagen: Lund and Malmö 2-Country Tour

5. From Copenhagen: Lund and Malmö 2-Country Tour

Take a guided day trip from Copenhagen to the historic cities of Malmo and Lund in neighboring Sweden. Visit Hamlet's Castle, enjoy free time in Helsingør, take a boat ride across the Øresund, and explore the Lund Cathedral, before shopping in Malmo. Start your day of adventure by meeting your local guide in front of the Grand Hotel. After a short meet and greet, hop aboard your comfortable vehicle and set off on your day trip. Start your tour with a visit to Hamlet's Castle. Shortly after, take a scenic drive down the coastal road of Strandvejen and arrive in the charming old town of Helsingør, also known as Elsinor. Enjoy free time to stroll the streets of this beautiful city before boarding a boat to Sweden.  Set sail across the Øresund, traveling to the shores of Sweden. Upon arrival in Sweden, drive down the picturesque country roads to the ancient city of Lund. Visit the Lund Cathedral. Behind the Cathedral there is a chance to explore the tiny streets with houses that date back to the 1700s. Continue with a trip to Malmö with free time to do some shopping. With Sweden's lower purchase taxes this a great place to get bargains on goods to take home with you. End your tour back in Copenhagen, passing by the impressive Øresund Bridge on the return journey.

Copenhagen: 48-Hour Sightseeing Bus Ticket, 1-Hour Boat Tour

6. Copenhagen: 48-Hour Sightseeing Bus Ticket, 1-Hour Boat Tour

Explore Copenhagen at your own pace with a 48-hour pass to the city’s double-decker sightseeing bus and complimentary access to a 1 hour Classic Canal Tour in the canals of Copenhagen. You can hop off at up to 30 city center stops, including the Gefion Fountain, The Marble Church and the legendary commune of Freetown Christiania. Hop off at the zoo, explore Frederiksberg Castle, marvel at the Liberty Monument, or hop off at the Meatpacking District. Copenhagen's palaces and museums are laid out for you as the bus cruises through the graceful Danish capital’s streets. On warm days, take to the open-top deck and relax on comfortable seats. You can hop on and hop off as many times as you like, for as long as your ticket is valid. On cold days, buses are heated to keep you warm during the great experience. Go down to the harbor side and catch the cool breeze and breathe in the fresh air. See the famous Little Mermaid and the stunning Black Diamond building, home to the Royal Library, Denmark’s national library. You can join our Classic Canal tour from either Nyhavn or Ved Stranden to see the city from the water. here you will see some of the major attractions, such as Christiansborg Palace, the striking new Opera House* Remember to go the the ticket office to get a ticket for a specific departure time for the Canal Cruise. A small selection of bus stops: The Little Mermaid The Marble Church Kongens Nytorv Christianshavn Christiansborg Palace Carlsberg Christiania The Opera* Planetariet* and Langelinie (Cruise Terminals) Audio guides and headphones are provided with pre-recorded commentary in various languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Italian, Danish, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish, Polish and Ukranian. Boat stops: Ved Stranden Nyhavn

Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour

7. Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Copenhagen on a 3-hour guided bike tour. Ride along the city's bike lanes, discovering hidden spots and historical highlights. Discover the famous marble-built Frederiks Kirke and the popular Tivoli Gardens. Explore the historic Christiansborg neighborhood, bike along the picturesque waterfront at Nyhavn and spot the famous Little Mermaid statue. See the majestic Rådhuspladsen, or City Hall Square, and the Amalienborg Royal Palace and enjoy a spot of greenery around Copenhagen's famous lakes. There will be many photo opportunities along the way. The friendly local guide will answer your questions about the city and give you personalized tips for your stay in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen: Guided Canal Tour by Electric Boat

8. Copenhagen: Guided Canal Tour by Electric Boat

This eco-friendly boat tour is the best way to explore Copenhagen. Discover all the hidden gems and hear lesser-known stories of the different areas you pass by while gliding through the picturesque canals and old harbor of Copenhagen. Your knowledgeable captain will be live-guiding the tour in both English and Danish, and you are welcome to ask questions along the way. This tour is bound to make you see the capital from a different perspective. During winter we have heated seats in the boat

Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens Unlimited Rides Pass

9. Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens Unlimited Rides Pass

Tivoli is the most visited theme park in Scandinavia, and the third most visited theme park in Europe. This 1-day, unlimited pass makes it easier than ever to take advantage of all the thrilling rides. Release your inner child and try more than 30 roller coasters as many times as you’d like. Book your wristband before you travel to avoid any hassle, and enjoy unlimited access to Tivoli Gardens’ roller coasters and other rides with this wristband. Explore the highlights of this top Copenhagen attraction. Whether you’re visiting Copenhagen on your own or with your family, Tivoli Gardens has so much to offer. You could easily spend the entire day simply walking around, taking in the sights. Please note that this ticket does not include the entrance fee, which has to be purchased separately.

Copenhagen: Roskilde, Frederiksborg & Kronborg Day Tour

10. Copenhagen: Roskilde, Frederiksborg & Kronborg Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic sightseeing tour of North Sealand on an 8.5-hour excursion from Copenhagen, and visit the royal monuments of Kronborg Castle and Frederiksborg Castle and the World Heritage site of Roskilde Cathedral. Ideal for those who want to explore further than the city center to see as much as possible of historic Denmark, but are short of time, you will travel in a small group for a more personalized experience. The tour includes time to explore the imposing exteriors and interiors of Frederiksborg and Kronborg castles, the latter set on the banks of the Sund between Denmark and Sweden, and most notable as the site of Elsinore in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Soak up the romantic setting of Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, surrounded by a beautiful lake and gardens. The guide will take you to Roskilde to visit Roskilde Cathedral, the burial site of 39 Danish kings and queens, including Ingrid of Sweden, spouse of Denmark’s Frederick IX, father of the current Queen Margrethe II. The last stop on your tour will be the Viking Ship Museum to see rebuilt models and excavated ships from the days when the Vikings rampaged their way - and conquered - much of Western Europe and the North Atlantic. Please note, that between November and March and most of April, the tour does not include a visit to the Cathedral's interior but rather a walk around the impressive structure and an introduction to the Cathedral's place in history.

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What should I do on my first trip to Copenhagen?

Visiting Denmark for the first time? There are many amazing things to do in Copenhagen, the country's most famous city. One of the most notable things to do is to pay a visit to Tivoli Gardens. This amusement park opened in 1843 and is the 2nd oldest in the world! It is open most of the year and offers rides and fun during the summer months and Christmas magic during the winter months. It is in the heart of the Danish capital city and is not to be missed. Another thing one must do in Copenhagen is to walk along Nyhavn, the city's recognizable harbor. It is colorful and brimming with cafes and restaurants. You can even take a canal cruise of the harbor, which is one of my top recommendations! While it is smaller in real life than imagined, Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) statue is worth a visit since Denmark is the home of Hans Christian Andersen, the author of the fairytale.

What are some hidden gems to see in Copenhagen?

Copenhagen has a lot to offer visitors and not everything there sits along the tourist drag! The Cisternerne is an underground museum that focuses on contemporary art, for example, and is worth a visit. It is located beneath Søndermarken park in an old water reservoir. Another place that is not exactly a hidden gem but many people don't add to their itinerary is Rundetårn (Round Tower). The 17th century tower actually is one of the best places in the city to get panoramic views! Lastly, summer visitors to Copenhagen will love the Kastrup Søbad (Kastrup Sea Baths). This is an off-the-path area to most tourists, but it is a popular local hangout in the summer months, offering open-air swimming opportunities!

How much time should I spend in Copenhagen?

You can easily see the main sights of Copenhagen within 3 days. But, merely three days doesn't allow you to explore much more than the main highlights. The city is super walkable and bikeable, but there are some really cool neighborhoods worth visiting, as well as some fantastic day trips. I would suggest spending a couple more days in the city - around 5.

What food is Copenhagen known for?

Danish food is delightfully simple and seasonal. But one thing that the country (and Copenhagen!) are renowned for are the smørrebrød. These open-faced sandwiches are synonymous with Danes and you can find some of the tastiest ones in Copenhagen at the many food halls and markets. Smørrebrød comes in many different variations - from toppings of eggs to toppings of pickled herring. Other typical Danish fare includes frikadeller (meatballs), stegt flæsk (a crispy pork with potatoes and sauce), herring, and Æbleskiver (Danish pancakes that are common during the holiday season). And while it is not food, Danes love a delicious cup of coffee - so be sure to hit up one of the many cafes throughout the city.

What is the best way to get around Copenhagen?

The best way to get around Copenhagen is by bike! Like the Dutch, the Danes are famous for their biking culture and the best way to really experience the city is to hop on one of your own! If biking is not your thing, you can explore a lot of the city on foot. As for public transportation options, you will have a metro, S-trains, and buses at your disposal. There are also waterbuses throughout the city. The public transportation is super efficient and it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

What are the best months to visit Copenhagen?

Denmark is best visited during the summer months. The winters are long and relatively dark (although nothing is cozier than a Danish cafe during the winter season!). However, the summer months allow the cafes to put tables outside where you can enjoy a beer or baked good under the sun. Days are long in the summer and you can really maximize your trip by visiting then.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Copenhagen?

Every neighborhood in Copenhagen has its own perks and reasons to visit. Nørrebro has traditionally been one of the most diverse neighborhoods of Copenhagen but these days it is hip and home to some of the best artisanal bakeries, coffee shops, and more. If you're looking for something upper-class and trendy, Østerbro is a great option to check out. The neighborhood is home to gourmet shops, exclusive restaurants, and more. Freetown Christiania is also an area of the city worth visiting. This micronation is actually located in Christianshavn and the commune began in 1971. Today, it is filled with street art and greenery and is worth a walk-through.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

You can eat your way around the world in Nørrebro, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Copenhagen. You'll find everything from ramen to tacos and beyond. And while diversity in people was what the area was known for traditionally, today it is also known for its diversity in food and affordability. You can find a small shwarma shop close to a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Østerbro is in Copenhagen's business district and you will find plenty of options to suit all palates there. Valby may be a bit off-the-path, but you will find some delicious eats there as well, including a Mikkeler concept of a ramen and craft beer bar rolled into one!

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Copenhagen is a haven for fashion and design lovers and even though it is the most famous place for shopping in the city, it is still essential to head to Strøget, the main shopping street in the Danish capital. The street spans across the city center from Radhusplasn to Nyhavn area. You will also find plenty of food options along the street. If you're looking to shop for food items and products, check out Torvehallerne, a central market that has plenty of gourmet groceries and more. There are many Danish brands that are internationally famous and you can find the flagship stores for several in Copenhagen. Some of these brands are Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, Samsøe Samsøe, Bang & Olufsen, Hay, and Lego. Kids will love visiting the Lego store on Strøget.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Copenhagen?

If you are a first-time visitor to Copenhagen and merely have a few days in the city, opt to stay downtown or closest to the sites that catch your eye and are on your itinerary. If you don't mind commuting a bit, try to find lodging in Østerbro, Vesterbro, or Nørrebro. All have so many cool restaurants and places to enjoy in the evening.

What's are 4 best tips for a person traveling to Copenhagen?

1) Danes speak impeccable English (some of the best in the world) but you can really impress them by learning a few words of Danish before your trip. It will go a long way!

2) If you're a budget traveler, you can save a bit of money by heading to the grocery store and purchasing homemade bread with cheese and some toppings and make your own smørrebrød for a fraction of the price you'd pay buying it out. Grocery stores are cheaper than kiosks and gas stations - just remember that!

3) Visiting Copenhagen over the Christmas season? Be ready for Christmas everything! You'll find gingerbread, Christmassy drinks, and more in the city. It makes the darkness of this time of year feel a bit lighter and more enjoyable. Also be sure to check out Tivoli Gardens during the holiday season - there are plenty of activities and things to see for travelers of any age.

4) The Copenhagen Card can be your best friend! Purchasing this card will give you free public transportation as well as free or reduced entry into many of the museums in the city. It is an essential for visitors!

What should people avoid doing in Copenhagen?

Avoid hopping on a bike without understanding the rules of the road. Copenhagen is a great place to cycle, but they have systems in place that must be adhered to! Research what these are and make sure you understand them so you don't upset the locals or throw off bike traffic! If you don't feel comfortable getting acquainted with these rules, opt for public transportation instead.

Also, don't assume that Denmark uses the Euro... because they don't. They use the Danish Krone (DKK). But, you may never even need to see a bank note because Denmark is as close to a cashless society as it gets!

What are your top 5 favourite GetYourGuide experiences in Copenhagen?

1) Copenhagen: Canal Cruise from Nyhavn

2) Lund & Malmö: Guided Tour of 2 Countries in One Day

3) Copenhagen Card-Discover: 80+ Attractions & Public Transport

4) Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour

5) Copenhagen: Roskilde, Frederiksborg & Kronborg Day Tour

What is one thing that surprised you about Copenhagen?

I previously lived in Norway and have spent a lot of time in the Nordic countries and what surprised me the most about Copenhagen was how it felt far less conformed than other Scandinavian cities. The residents were creative and all had their own flair and style. It made Copenhagen such a cool place in the north and it makes me appreciate how locals inject their personality and uniqueness in their small businesses and everyday life.

What are the best beaches around Copenhagen?

While Copenhagen isn't world-famous for its beaches, you will certainly find plenty near (and in!) the city. One of the most popular beaches in Copenhagen is Amager Beach Park and it is merely 5km from the City Hall. Another popular option is located in Østerbro and it is called Svanemølle Beach.

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Perfect 1 hour trip on the canal with a guide who explained things nicely. I enjoyed that there were two options for seating, either outdoors where you can see better or indoors where it is heated and even indoors you could lift up the windows to improve your view. Really cute activity especially for your first day in the city in order to get an overview of Copenhagen.

Per was a terrific driver and tour guide, very friendly and patient and helpful. The bus was very comfortable and it was so nice to have Wi-Fi. I definitely feel that we got what we wanted out of this trip and I would highly recommended if you have extra time on a trip to Copenhagen.

I loved the tour, relaxed pace with a personal touch, enjoyed the history references along with all the food and there was a lot of it, having a couple of beers and a shot to wash it down with was nice.

We had Jens Toni as our guide, who told us lots of interesting facts about Copenhagen in a very entertaining and funny way! I can only recommend it! Small group in an electric boat! Top!!!

Wonderful and informative tour. Group size was perfect. Thank you Jörn!