Nyhavn is a picturesque harbor which is surrounded by both traditional and colorful Danish houses. As a result, Nyhavn is the top Instagram spot in Copenhagen. Famous Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen lived at both house number 67 as well as 18. Finally, this is a popular place to grab a cold beer.
The statue of the little mermaid is the main landmark of Copenhagen but why? Firstly, it was inspired by a fairytale written by Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen (who lived at Nyhavn). That fairytale was called The Little Mermaid. Lastly, it was the son of the Carlsberg beer owner who ordered it. As a result, the little mermaid truly is a wonder of Denmark!
Rosenborg Castle is a 17th century castle built for Danish royalty. Its architectural style is Renaissance. You will not regret visiting the castle as it’s extremely picturesque and surrounded by elegant gardens. Additionally, you can visit the interior which is full of royal artefacts. Visit the Rosenborg Castle site to buy skip the line tickets and read more about it.
Round Tower – Rundetaarn
The Round Tower is a 17th century observatory as well as a watch tower. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best places in Copenhagen for a panoramic city view. Furthermore, the building itself is extremely photogenic. Did you know about Nice Observatory in France which has a cupola designed by Gustave Eiffel?
Tivoli Gardens are one of the oldest theme parks in the world. In fact, they opened over 160 years ago! If you’re traveling to Copenhagen with kids, you must visit Tivoli Gardens. Due to the popularity, I recommend you buy a skip the line ticket in advance.
Christiansborg Palace is the main parliament building of Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition, inside is the office of the Danish Prime Minister. It’s the Danish equivalent to Parliament House in neighboring Stockholm, Sweden. Finally, the architectural style is Baroque Revival.
One of the top things to do in Copenhagen is take a walk through Stroget shopping street. It’s an over a kilometer long pedestrianized street which makes it one of the longest shopping streets in Europe.
Christiania or Freetown Christiania is a self proclaimed autonomous region of Copenhagen. This place is interesting to visit because it’s run under its own law and rules. As an example of the type of product you can buy here is that you’re very likely to hear a Bob Marley song whilst walking around Christiania! On the back of the Christiania sign it says ‘Welcome to the EU’ so does a visit to Christiania count as visiting another country? Finally, I would describe Christiania as a rougher version of Amsterdam but without the women.
Day Trip to Frederiksborg and Kronborg Castles
Denmark is home to some of the most majestic castles in the world. If you’re in Copenhagen for more than 1-2 days, I recommend you take a day trip to see more castles.
From Copenhagen I took the overnight Flixbus service to Berlin, leaving at 2340 and arriving the next morning in Berlin around 8am. The cost of this overnight bus is €19 therefore much cheaper than staying in a hotel and traveling throughout the day. When traveling in expensive Scandinavian countries you should always look for the option of a cheap overnight bus. This can save you a lot of money as in effect, it’s a hotel whilst traveling to your next destination.