I’m not 100% sure what I was expecting from Copenhagen, Denmark, but I can definitely say it did not disappoint! Copenhagen is a city full of both grandeur, and quaintness, and with every turn you take, there’s amazing pieces of architecture tucked away. So although many people might think of Copenhagen with reluctance, as it is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, it is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a place filled with character and beauty! So without further ado, here is my extensive bucket list for visiting Copenhagen!
Looking at these pictures, I don’t think I need to explain why Nyhavn is worth a visit! The colourful houses are located on the harbour, creating a brilliant sea-side like feel, and although the area is teeming with people, it feels incredibly quaint! Nyhavn is a fantastic place to both explore, and relax at, so as it is only a 20 minute Metro ride from the airport, I would recommend this as the first place to go when arriving in Copenhagen!
Amalienborg Palace (only a 10 minute walk away from Nyhavn), was one of my favourite stops in Copenhagen. It was not so much the palace that impressed me, but the way the square framed Frederik’s Church. The palace itself is beautiful, consisting of four identical buildings arranged to create a large square, while the top of the square offers fantastic views of the Church. You can also catch sight of the Royal Guards there (who are a little scary, particularly since we saw one get angry at someone!), and if you’re around at midday, you can also see the changing of the guards.
Since I mentioned it, Frederik’s Church was the piece of architecture that most stunned me in Copenhagen. With its stunning dome roof, it dominates the landscape and is breath-taking! The inside of the Church is also stunning, so be sure to go inside.
As I mentioned before, Copenhagen can be quite expensive, so if you’re looking for somewhere slightly cheaper to eat, be sure to visit Papirøen Island! It’s an indoor street food market, located right on the water’s edge, and there really is something for everyone. The atmosphere inside is fantastic, and really shows another side to Copenhagen!
If you’re looking for something completely different from the grand architecture, be sure to visit Freetown Christiania. Although it has a very central location, Freetown Christiania is self-governed, operating under its own laws (and is known for its open trade of Marijuana). With plenty of street art, there’s colour everywhere and it provides a very different perspective to Copenhagen. It’s a fantastic place to just wander around for an hour or so, just make sure to obey the no photo signs when they appear!
Find the Little Mermaid:
The famous “Little Mermaid” statue (inspired by the Han Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name), is one of the most photographed things in Copenhagen. Although I don’t think it quite deserves the hype surrounding it – particularly since there are so many other cool statues in Copenhagen – it’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re a fan of the fairy tale! It is also interesting to note that there is a second statue inspired by the fairy tale located outside the Royal Library, and one that is also worth visiting if you’re in the area! On that note, another thing I particularly enjoyed doing was just wandering around the streets, admiring the abundance of statues. My particular favourites were the enormous angel near the Little Mermaid, and one of a boy, which we stumbled across when looking in at a Church garden.
Church of Our Saviour:
The Church of Our Saviour was another stunning piece of architecture we stumbled across. Known for its gold and black spiralling spire, the Church of Our Saviour can be seen from all over Copenhagen. It’s possible to climb to the top of the spire (and apparently offers fantastic views), and is especially well known as the final 150 steps are actually outside the spire, winding round it externally! Unfortunately it was closed due to wind when we visited, but the Church itself is definitely worth seeing.
Rosenborg Castle and Gardens:
Rosenborg Castle was another beautiful building (and I’m 100% a fan of the dark bricks and green roofs!), but Rosenborg isn’t just worth visiting for the Castle. The gardens surrounding it are beautiful, and it is the perfect place to spend an hour or two relaxing!
Tivoli was one of my absolute favourite places in Copenhagen! It is the second oldest amusement park in the world, and is inspired by the fairy tales of Han Christian Andersen. Even if you don’t go on the rides, it has such an amazing atmosphere and is filled with such an amazing amount of beauty that it cannot be missed!
The Round Tower:
I’ve left this one till last as we visited it last – and the fact we did made it even better! The Round Tower offers some of the most stunning views overlooking Copenhagen, and due to the shape of it, you can see all over Copenhagen. This was a fantastic place to come last, as we could recognise a lot of the buildings we could see! From this high up, you can really appreciate the size of some of the Churches as their steeples are all very distinct and recognisable.
Have any of you guys visited Copenhagen? If I missed anywhere, let me know below!