This week, head to Copenhagen. The Danish capital is beautiful and welcoming from the very first step you take there. Cosmopolitan, easygoing and at bottom so Scandinavian, Copenhagen is a perfect destination to get away from it all for a few days…. and don’t want to go home! We tell you everything: how to get there cheaply, and what to see once there. Follow the leader !
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What are the must-sees in Copenhagen?
1. Tivoli Gardens
This is a amusement park founded in 1843. Right in the center of the city, this park brings together superb roller coasters, one of the largest carousels on our planet, and other rides, each more authentic and impressive than the next. There are also restaurants, exhibitions, concerts and flower beds… The gardens are open from the beginning of April to the end of September, and also for 3 weeks at Halloween and a month and a half at Christmas.
It is from this park, the second oldest in the world, that Walt Disney was inspired to create Disneyland.
If you are going to visit Copenhagen with your family, this is the flagship activity to book during your stay, namely that there is a pass to enjoy unlimited attractions, which costs 200 DKK (27€).
Remember to check if you are in the right period before going there so as not to be disappointed when you arrive.
2. The Louisiana Museum
Louisiana should hold your attention for two reasons: its impressive collection of modern art of course, but also its architecture and its location among the trees, with a view of the Baltic Sea and Sweden. It takes 30 minutes by car or 35 minutes by train to get there. All the details of the exhibitions and practical information are on the louisiana.dk website (in English).
The Free City of Christiania is a unique social experiment that began in 1971. That year, a group of residents of the Christianshavn district broke through the barriers that closed an abandoned military area, to create a children’s park. Since then, the area has been gradually settled by locals, and today has some 1,000 permanent inhabitants. They have built their houses and installed their gardens there, each in its own style, so that there is a joyful mess.
The place is kind of haven of greenery and non-conformism in the heart of the city, which is very pleasant to explore on foot or by bike. You have to go deep into the unpaved alleys of the community to really fill up with thealternative atmosphere neighborhood.
4. The National Museum
The National Museum of Denmark is housed in the former royal residence and is arguably the most important museum in the country. If only to visit the princely apartments, it is worth the detour. In addition, this museum presents in an exhaustive way thehistory of the Kingdom of Denmark and allow to dive into nearly 20 millennia of history. We discover Viking remains, Egyptian mummies and fabulous treasures dating from the Bronze Age.
On the ground floor, an area is dedicated to children. Free entry. All the info here.
5. The Little Mermaid
It’s a detail for some, and a true work of art for others. Be that as it may, the Little Mermaid is undoubtedly one of the must-sees, especially if you go traveling to copenhagen with family ! At the mouth of the city’s port, you will discover a superb statue of the Little Mermaid, the key character in the eponymous story written by Hans Christian Andersen. It is one of the most photogenic places in Copenhagen!
Nyhavn (“new harbour” in Danish) is the district that surrounds the canal of the same name. With its colorful houses, this district is the place to go to end a beautiful day. Bars and restaurants follow one another on the quays and you will not be the only ones to come and enjoy the atmosphere and the great neighborhood food.
Find a restaurant that makes smørrebrød, the famous savory sandwiches. Our advice, if you want to treat yourself: Told & Snaps, for a typical local lunch. Danish experience guaranteed!
7. Christiansborg Palace
A visit to Christiansborg Palace will appeal not only to architecture enthusiasts, but also to history buffs. Comfortably installed on a small island off the city center, this monument houses the Danish parliament as well as some government offices. It is here, in this sumptuous palace, that part of the Danish royal family lives. Until the end of the 18th century, Christiansborg was even the main residence of the king. The former royal carriage shed has been transformed into a museum: the Thorvaldsen Museum, which brings together the works of the artist who gave it his name.
If you want to go out and meet the Danes, we recommend Kødbyen, the butcher district, in Vesterbro: many high-end restaurants (you have to count on a certain budget – Danish prices…) and very nice bars. the new hype district of the capital.
9. The Rundetårn
You will often see in the distance this 34.8 m high round tower during your walks in the center of Copenhagen. By climbing to its summit, you will be able to find your way around the city better. This tower, built in the 17th century to be an astronomical observatory (which it still is to this day), offers an unobstructed view of Copenhagen and a journey into the past in the footsteps of King Christian IV who had ordered the construction. Today it is the oldest observatory still in operation on the Old Continent. Access to its summit is via an absolutely unique spiral paved ramp!
10. Rosenborg Castle
This 17th century castle is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful monuments of the capital. Located north of the city, it allows you to dive into the country’s history. First built as a royal residence, Rosenborg was later turned into a museum. You will discover a fabulous collection of furniture, art objects and royal objects, as well as real treasures from the 17th century: a French almanac, crowns, etc.
Visit Copenhagen: Practical Sheet
The essentials to know
- Population : 602,000 inhabitants (2022)
- Tongue : Danish
- Cash : euro
- No jet lag compared to France
- Best time to go: during summer
- Visa: No need for a visa, or even a passport if you are a citizen of the Schengen area.
When is the best time to travel to Copenhagen?
The best time to travel to Copenhagen is from May to September if you are sensitive to rain. Otherwise, you can visit the city all year round, the beer and the local dishes will take care of warming you up!
How to get around in Copenhagen?
To visit the Danish capital, you will have the choice between public transport (metro, bus, train, boat), walking, cycling or even taxi.
If you want to travel by public transport, know that there is a Copenhagen Card valid 24h to 120h. This is valid for all means of transport, all areas combined. It also gives free access to many attractions and museums as well as discounts in certain restaurants. Also note that public transport is free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult, and that a reduction applies for young people aged 12 to 16.