The Inner City can be defined as the metropolis of Copenhagen, which encompasses the oldest district of Copenhagen with pretty narrow streets and original houses. The city centre is full of shops, bars, restaurants, parks, numerous canals and of course the Nyhavn, the wonderful harbour of Copenhagen. The main street of Inner City is Strøget, which goes from the town hall square to Kongens Nytorv. Strøget is always frequented by a myriad of street performers, but do not forget to take a trip to the pretty side streets like Frederiksberggade, Nygade and Vimmelskaftet.
Broad boulevards, impressive parks, countless cafes and innovating design shops. The neighborhood of Østerbro, which is also called Copenhagen Ø, is somewhat posh and extravagant but at the same time completely down to earth. Østerbro is located north of Copenhagen city centre, right nearby the old city gate Østerport. Shop design items at Normann Copenhagen, sip a glass of wine at Panzon or relax and rest in Fælledparken – Denmark’s largest public park.
Frederiksberg is a fashionable part of Copenhagen with excellent shopping opportunities and green areas. It is considered to be posher than Nørrebro and Vesterbro and people living here are usually slightly older and more established. The main street through Frederiksberg is Gammel Kongevej - ‘Old Kings Road’. Shopping is great in this neighbourhood with a variety of clothing shops as well as sushi restaurants, cafes and delicacy shops. The same is true for Værnedamsvej, which is seen as cosy, yet cool. Frederiksberg is also a green oasis with Frederiksberg Gardens, the romantic garden of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Søndermarken.
Once Vesterbro was mostly known for its infamous red light district. Today it is one of the most trendy places in all of Copenhagen. The district is situated within walking distance from the city centre, right behind the Central Station. It is one of the most fashionable places in the city - not just to live, but to shop, eat, drink and have an amazing and memorable night out.
Vibrant, colourful, casual and young at heart, Nørrebro is a magic area of Copenhagen. Here you will find trendy bars and fashionable designer shops next door to dodgy dive bars and cheap kebab places. If you are into small design shops head for Elmegade or Jægersborggade, and if you like antiques Ravnsborggade is the place for you to head to. At Sankt Hans Torv and the streets around it you have plenty of choices for dinner and drinks. And at Assistens Cemetery you can visit the grave of famous Danes, such as the famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen or philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, or get inspired by the Nørrebro citizens and relax in the park.
Visit Carlsberg is a must-see when you visit Copenhagen. Enjoy the legendary landmark where you can use and indulge your senses. Smell the ingredients, see beautiful architecture, taste world-famous Danish beer in many styles, and get a feeling of what Carlsberg is all about. Enjoy your lunch in our “hyggelig” Jacobsen Brewhouse & Bar. Take the free shuttle bus from Vesterbrogade 6, 100 metres from Copenhagen Central Station.
This iconic postcard-ready sight is somewhat of a sudden splash of colour, and a definite must-visit when in town. Stroll along the harbour and sit down for an evening drink in one of the many enticing establishments, most of which offer heating and blankets to make for a cosy time even at low temperatures.
Tivoli Gardens combines the best of both worlds: home to multiple roller coaster rides that will easily keep adventure-seekers occupied for at least a day, it is simultaneously a great location for a relaxing stroll among the beautiful gardens and public spaces. Christmas and Halloween are great times to visit - Tivoli goes all out on the decor, which will surely help you catch the holiday spirit.
This city within a city is a self-proclaimed autonomous community, home to about 800 permanent residents who took over this abandoned military complex in 1971. The “Freetown” they created was controversial at first, but with its heavy emphasis on tolerance, community and ecology it eventually gained recognition from the government and has since endured as a “social experiment.” The infamous “Pusher Street” can be a little intimidating, but beyond it the beautiful homes and gardens of the alternative and free-thinking residents lie.
The Little Mermaid has become Copenhagen's most recognisable symbol, and visiting to snap a quick shot is certainly worth the detour from the city's core. This commemoration of Andersen's genius is conveniently located right next to the historic fortress of Kastellet, so make sure to walk through the green star-shaped area on your way back.
The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) is Denmark’s leading exhibition venue for new architecture and urban development located in an old warehouse by the waterfront. DAC offers changing exhibitions, discussions, debates and cultural events. Enjoy lunch in the cafe and visit the bookshop with the finest selection of books on architecture and design.
Located by the canals, GL STRAND is a unique venue of modern and contemporary art. Annually they present 6-8 exhibitions which feature the newest tendencies and modern art with a contemporary twist along with artist talks, performances, and other events. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the café with an outdoor terrace and browse the fascinating bookshop.
Statens Museum for Kunst, the Danish national gallery, is the only place in Denmark that features 700 years of Western art and cultural history under one roof. Consequently, a visit to the museum means an artistic encounter between classical, modern and contemporary art, just as the museum building itself that represents a fusion of new and old. In addition to the permanent exhibition the museum is also highly capable of delivering temporary exhibitions of international quality and outlook.
Whether you choose to go inside for the tour or opt for a walk around the area, this palace is worth a visit even if only to go up the tower to the observation deck and take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the city. There is an elevator all the way to the top and admission to the deck is free.
Copenhagen is small enough to experience it by foot. But if you do not know where the good sights and you are wondering what to do, remember that there are lots of excellent guided tours. Copenhagen is known for its maritime feel and vibe. There are many ways to explore the city but one of the best ways is on a boat tour. One popular company that provides boat tours is Canal Tours Copenhagen, provided by the Stromma Company. The boat will take you to The Copenhagen Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Black Diamon Library and the Little Mermaid. So, relax, take a seat and enjoy the calming feeling of the rocking boat!
One of the most iconic architectural masterpieces in Copenhagen is 'The Blue Planet', Northern Europe’s largest aquarium, home to thousands of animals and 7 million litres of water. It offers a unique experience, combining entertainment, fascination and knowledge in a spectacular setting. Surely worth to pay a visit.
In Copenhagen you are never far from a beach and during summer you can go for a swim in the many centrally located harbour baths. Amager Strandpark offers 4.6 kilometres of white sand beach, Islands Brygge Harbour Bath has five basins and Urban Beach offers sand, shells and drinks. Amager Strandpark is also ideal for children. On one side, you have children's pools and on the other side sand and dunes. Fun times for every age are guaranteed.
Copenhagen is a very kid-friendly city. Buses and trains have areas reserved for prams and pushchairs, there are children’s menus in restaurants, and of course reductions at all museums and galleries. The famous Experimentarium is a science centre filled with exciting experiments and activities that will make your kids interested in science right away. Some of the activities are The Tunnel of Senses and The Labyrinth of Light.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located 35 km north of Copenhagen with a panoramic view across the Øresund. The interaction between world class art, nature and architecture is unique, and Louisiana is often hailed as “probably the most beautiful museum in the world”. The collection includes significant chapters in XXth century art, and Louisiana is a dynamic framework for grand exhibitions, concerts, literature and more.
Where can you learn about the history of the Danes from the first hunters of the Ice Age to the last hash stall from the ‘free state’ of Christiania? And where can you see one of the world’s biggest collections of exhibits from cultures all over the planet? The National Museum of Denmark is a must-see for every visitor of the city of Copenhagen. As Denmark’s most important and largest cultural and historical museum it hosts a broad variety of fascinating exhibitions.
The Round Tower is one of the best known and most popular structures in Denmark. It is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, and the platform that runs around the Observatory on the top of the tower affords views over the old Latin Quarter of Copenhagen. The road leading to the top takes the form of a white-washed spiral walk, passing the old Library which is the forum of exhibitions and concerts.
Visit Ripley's attractions in the heart of Copenhagen at the Guinness World Record Museum. The 1,000 m2 attraction is filled with exciting records in sport, art, nature, science, fashion and music. Meet the world’s tallest man who measured 272 cm or the heaviest, see the sight of 1.382.101 dominoes topping over. The world of music featuring the king of pop Michael Jackson, and the world of fashion featuring Hollywood’s queen of dresses Marilyn Monroe - just some of the many attractions providing entertainment for all the family.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg is the largest contemporary art venue in Copenhagen, presenting exhibitions by the most exciting artists from Denmark and around the world. You can also visit the great café with outdoor serving during summer and the bookshop – Motto Charlottenborg. Kunsthal Charlottenborg is situated on Nyhavn, next to the canal, just behind Kongens Nytorv.
The Hirschsprung Collection displays a unique selection of Danish art from the 19th century. The collection gives an almost overwhelming view of the period’s pictorial art, which is one of the most exciting and dynamic in the Danish art. Here are works by masters such as Hammershøi, Eckersberg, Købke, Ancher and Krøyer. The museum is set in one of the most beautiful parks in the heart of Copenhagen, Østre Anlæg.
The Karen Blixen Museum is located in the charming old estate of Rungstedlund where the world famous author was born and lived most of her life. Experience the unique atmosphere of the very rooms where books such as Out of Africa and Seven Gothic Tales were written. The museum has a park and many special exhibitions and events. Relax in the cosy café.
Experience an atmospheric museum with elegant 19th-century interiors, fine collections of furniture, porcelain and silver, and works by many renowned Danish painters, from Jens Juel and Christen Købke to the internationally acclaimed, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Then, enter a completely different cultural sphere through one of the world’s largest collections of Islamic art.
Restaurant Peder Oxe opened in 1978 and it is therefore one of Copenhagen’s oldest restaurants. Peder Oxe lies at the historical Gråbrødretorv, which makes your visit a big experience. Peder Oxe focuses on using the products of the shifting seasons, which gives the guest a unique exquisite meal beyond the usual. For lunch it is recommended to try the Danish speciality open sandwiches – in Danish called smørrebrød.
Höst is a cosy rustic restaurant specialised in Scandinavian cuisine, so if you're looking to see what Nordic cooking is all about - look no further. The pre-set menus are highly recommended by patrons and often include surprise dishes in between the set courses. Portions are small, but their abundance will make up for the modest size.
Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Nørrebro, Kiin Kiin is a Thai restaurant that was awarded a Michelin star. Thai classics with a twist are served as part of daily menus and wine pairings are recommended. To remind you even more that you are having a Thai dinner, guests are seated in rattan chairs.
If you're in search for an upscale dining experience while in Copenhagen, look no further. Restaurant Krebsegaarden brings art not only into its food, but it also aligns its decor with the current exhibitions at the Krebsen Gallery nearby, which means patrons enjoy a new exposition at least eight times a year. The quality of food and service is, naturally, superb.
The seating area of this tiny fine dining restaurant might as well have been someone's dining room. The cosiness does not take away from the impeccable service and high quality of food served - the restaurant lives up to the status of having a Michelin star. Portions are very moderate, which is compensated by the number of courses - up to 14 at a time.
The cafe's location in the hip neighbourhood of Vesterbro sets the tone for the cafe's vibe - a trendy mix of eatery and pub, this venue is known for its impeccable breakfast foods, and Morgenmadstallerken (Breakfast Plate) in particular. The cafe is open until late into the night and it serves not only coffee, but also a selection of beer and wine.
With its unbeatable downtown location next to the University and all the Copenhagen hot spots, The Living Room is the perfect casual hangout venue. Bringing together the best of both worlds - delicious cafe treats and great cocktails, it entices you to have a drink in the cosy, dimly-lit downstairs seating area.
Is it time to catch up on some reading, or you just want to browse through endless amounts of books and get inspired… but are you in need of coffee too? Paludan Bog Café is the perfect place for you. The cafe started out as a bookstore and publisher which focused on selling books to students. At the turn of the millennium, the owner decided that a good book store needed to be served with coffee. The customers recommend the flavorful Cortado with a Morning Plate filled with bread, Greek yogurt and fruit!
Everyone needs a bit of Paris in their life, and that’s exactly what the owners of Café Norden gave us. You can find this spot in the centre of Copenhagen, right next to the crowded street of Stroget. The cafe has the Parisian Art Deco vibe which makes you believe that you are having a croissant in France. The cafe latte and the raspberry cheesecake are one of the most popular dishes, so don’t skip them!
The famous Danish pastry shop where the Copenhageners have nothing but praise for the authentic pastry. The shop has a variety of traditional pastries, such as the famous kanelsnegle, strawberry tart and an endless amount of Danish pastries filled with cream. The first, original Lagkageshuset was so successful that they established 3 more that you can find all over Denmark! If you have a sweet tooth and a passion for coffee, this is the place for you.
Sometimes you need something else with your coffee, and we are not talking about pastry, cakes or food. Sometimes all you need is an old-fashioned board game which transports you back to the good old days. That’s what the Danish have the Bastard Café for. Besides the regular cappuccinos and café lattes, they also offer Monopoly, chess and scrabble. The café can easily be found in the neighbourhood of Christiansborg Slot.
Nowadays you can find lots of vegetarian and vegan cafes, but this is the café that has been recommended by the Copenhageners themselves. Kalaset serves the most delicious pancakes (try the walnut variety with raspberries), and the most amazing hamburgers. One of their most famous burgers is the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, inspired by the movie and filled with a patty of chickpeas, grilled vegetables and an olive tapenade. Could you resist?
Tea. One of the most soothing drinks that there can be. Atelier September has dedicated their drinks menu not just to the traditional Western-European style, but also to the flavours of Asia. Some of the Japanese tea they offer is Matcha, Hojicha and Oolong. To make it special, they serve their food and drinks with traditional Japanese tableware.
There are some cafes where you feel like home right away. It’s not hard to understand why that’s the case at Next Door Café. The owners, Skyler and Klaus, live next door and decided to make an extension of their living room. This explains the kitsch and quirky decoration and the comfortable chairs! Get yourself a cappuccino and let your worries vanish when you sink into one of those. Skyler recommends the lemon squares, it’s his mom’s recipe. Enjoy!
Even if you just had a sip of the best coffee in the world – if the service isn’t up to standards, it’s not the best coffee experience of your life anymore. The reviews of Enghave Kaffe state that they have the friendliest staff of all the cafés that they have ever been to. Good thing that coffee lives up to expectations, too. Try the flat white and it’s like you’re in coffee heaven. Bonus: laptops are not allowed, so you won’t hear the tapping noises of someone’s fingers on the keyboard.
Loppen is a counter-cultural music venue located inside Freetown Christiania - Copenhagen's famous self-established territory. The building is always packed with new and known musicians. Check the schedule to see what's on when you're in town and expect to find plenty of alternative musicians.
Tucked away in a small inside yard, KB18 is worth the search - this underground venue is where you can catch some great electronica, techno and rock music, which can be seen on the show schedule. The venue is open late into the night, so prepare to party until the wee hours of the morning.
Spread over a few floors each with its own vibe and music genre to be played, Rust is a popular nightclub venue located in the upcoming area of Nørrebro. Expect to hear indie rock and pop, as well as hip hop and electronic music, you'll have much to pick from! Regular live shows are hosted here too.
Jazzhus Montmartre has a long history going back to the mid-20th century when it first opened its doors. It has since hosted some legendary jazz musicians, including Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Kenny Drew among many others. World-class jazz is still to be heard here today, as accompaniment to a wonderful evening.
If outrageous and extravagant clothing is something you dare to wear, Henrik Vibskov's boutique is the right place for you. Those whose tastes lean into a slightly more conservative direction will still enjoy browsing through this store's one-of-kind clothing items, even if for entertainment only.
The best way to describe this unique little store is as a "typography playground" that far not only graphic designers will find entertaining. What's on display here is the result of experimenting with all sorts of prints, and the items on sale are products created by a Danish brand and design agency e-Types.
A name not unfamiliar to fashionistas worldwide, Storm is a high-end boutique that features clothing and accessories by Céline, Adam Kimmel, Maison Kitsuné, Comme des Garçons, Peter Pilotto, Common Affairs and Katy Ear, to name just a few. Books, music and even mini in-store exhibitions are to be found here, too.
Jægersborggade is a street that has managed to shed it's reputation of being somewhat dodgy and it has recently turned into one of Copenhagen's hippest places to be. The street runs through the upcoming neighbourhood of Nørrebro and it is lined with vintage boutiques, cafes and even Michelin-starred restaurants.
The neighborhood of Vesterbro isn't only home to Copenhagen's red light district and some of the best eateries in town, but also quite a few vintage shops and clothing boutiques that will surely make a fashionista's heart beat faster. Do not miss Istedgade street, the hippest of them all.
Copenhagen's very own Latin Quarter is made up of 4 main streets (Studiestræde, Skt. Pedersstræde, Larsbjørnsstræde and Teglgårdsstræde), and is known for the variety of creative avantgarde boutiques, as well as second-hand shops and food take-outs. The proximity to the University means the area is always flooded with hip, in-style young students.
Denmark can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Copenhagen has the shortest distance from airport to the city in Europe. It only takes 15 minutes by metro from the airport to Kongens Nytorv and 12 minutes by train from the Central Station to the city centre next to Tivoli. The train station is located in Terminal 3, and the metro station is right above it. Tickets may be purchased directly in Terminal 3 from self-service machines of a DSB ticket sales counter.
The Copenhagen Metro, which has been ranked the best in the world for several years, runs between the airport and the city centre - useful for both tourists and locals. It takes just 15 minutes to get from the airport to Kongens Nytorv in the heart of Copenhagen, but you can also get off at Christianshavn or Nørreport. www.m.dk S-trains - The bright red regional "S" trains connect the suburbs and the surrounding towns with the city. www.dsb.dk Buses are efficient and use the same ticketing and pricing system as the S trains and the metro. www.moviatrafik.dk
While in Copenhagen, why not get around the Danish way? In Copenhagen practically everybody rides a bike – it is an easy way to get around and it is good for the environment. Rent a bike from your hotel or at one of the many bike rental shops in the city. One of the most popular bike rental shops is Donkey Republic. You can rent a bike and pick it up from a various amount of places, you can easily unlock it via your phone!