Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, is known for many things. It is vibrant, historic, and packed with places to go and things to do. The city has one of the most dynamic food scenes on the planet, with Michelin starred restaurants springing up across the city. Whether you only have one day in Copenhagen or a few weeks, here are a few things you might want to see and places to visit in Copenhagen before leaving:
1 Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest theme parks in the world. It has a 19th-century oriental feel about it, and you do feel that you are visiting a park from the past. The park features rollercoasters as well as the ‘Star Flyer’ carousel that takes you almost 200 feet into the air.
Shopping in Strøget, the long pedestrian street offers you both high street and high-end stores. Any brand worth its salt is here. If you want shops unique to Copenhagen head to the Old Town.
To discover Denmark’s history, you could do a lot worse than visiting Copenhagen’s National Museum. Artifacts date back thousands of years and include the Trundholm Sun Chariot from the Bronze Age. As you can imagine, Viking artifacts are prominent too.
4 Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg Palace is where the Danish Prime Minister and royal family entertain heads of state. You can go on a guided tour of the palace and marvel at the ornate reception rooms. The highlight of the tour is the 130 feet long Great Hall.
5 Botanical Garden
Slap bang in the middle of Copenhagen is the city’s botanical gardens. The glasshouse that structures them was completed in 1874 and inside are species of fauna over 200 years old. The part that houses the glasshouse is truly beautiful and spans ten hectares of land.
Set in an ex-army barracks, Christiania started in the 1970s as a counter-culture commune and is still thriving today. It now features live gigs, organic shops and restaurants, and the community battles Copenhagen authorities for more autonomy. Worth a look.
7 Rosenborg Castle
Built, in the 1600s by Christian IV, Rosenborg Castle has hardly changed since its original construction. Inside you’ll find tapestries charting the thirty-year war between Denmark and Sweden together with the King’s chambers.
8 The David Collection
Danish businessman C.L.David donated the museum (his former home) and art collection to the city, and you can visit the museum and take in the exhibits. Featuring the largest collection of Islamic art in Scandinavia, modern art, and paintings dating back to the 18th century, this free of charge museum should be on your bucket list.
9 Bakken Amusement Park
Opened in 1583, this is the oldest amusement park in the world. The rides still retain the feeling of nostalgia, and you can even watch a cabaret in the music hall.
10 Church of our Saviour
Constructed in the 1700s and featuring a baroque design, the first thing you’d notice is the spire is wrapped in gold ribbon. The ribbon is a staircase, and you can climb all 400 of them to get the best view of the city possible.
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Copenhagen is a wonderful city, and from 2021 you can get an Etias for Denmark, allowing you to apply for a visa online. Not only is Denmark a fantastic country you’ll be able to get your tourist visa in minutes. Have fun!