A historical place where ships from around the world docked and filled the harbour with sailors. Nyhavn (New Harbour)’s former merchant houses – delightful old and crooked buildings – have been beautifully renovated and many now house popular restaurants and bars.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is the most famous tourist attraction in Denmark. You will find her by Copenhagen's waterfront. She is a national landmark and synonymous with the city.
Copenhagen by boat
One way to explore a big part of the city within a short timeframe is to take a canal tour. Many of the attractions in Copenhagen can be experienced from the water, providing a relaxing way to enjoy the sights of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is a royal city, home of one of the world's oldest monarchies. The present Queen, Margrethe II, resides in the Royal Amalienborg Palace in the heart of the city. Each day at noon, watch the 'pomp and circumstance' of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. You'll also find many statues, monuments, and other royal touches throughout the city. Or venture outside the city to a majestic touch of Royalty at the Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød and experience an extraordinary cache of 11th century Viking ships, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen.
Tivoli Gardens, the highly renowned amusement park, is usually top of everyone's list of places to visit in Copenhagen. Founded in 1843 it is a beautiful, romantic park with numerous restaurants and lanterns in the trees creating a unique atmosphere. Please go to their web site for opening dates. Tivoli opens 14 April 2011. Check their website for full details.
Sightseeing by bike
Rent a bike – the young Copenhageners' favourite means of transportation – and explore the city on two wheels. There are more than 300 km of cycle paths in and around the city so getting on a bike, really is a fun way to get to know the Danish capital. You can easily get hold of a bike at one of the many city bike racks dotted around the city centre for a deposit of only 20 DKK.
The Copenhagen Card
Pick up a CPHCARD when you arrive in Copenhagen and avoid all the hassle of booking and buying.
- Free entry to around 60 museums and attractions
- Free transport by train, bus, and Metro – also to and from the airport
- Discounts on restaurants, car hire, shops and many attractions
- Includes a comprehensive guide to Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the perfect destination for the environmentally conscious traveller. All over Copenhagen you will find green and environmentally friendly accommodation, organic restaurants and organic food stores. You can even find specialist shops and boutiques selling Danish and international environmentally conscious fashion.
Visit the well-known Free State of Christiania in the heart of Copenhagen and enjoy the free atmosphere and refreshing diversity. Christiania is lively and colourful and there is always live music or theatre playing somewhere. Wherever you go there are paintings and sculptures, and many of the houses in Christiania, built by present or previous inhabitants, are works of art in themselves.