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In three days, it's possible to hit most of Copenhagen's obvious sights as well as some lesser known attractions in the outskirts. This guide includes one day of outer Copenhagen, one day of city strolling and sightseeing and one day of good food in Kødbyen and relaxation in Tivoli Gardens. There should be a little something for everyone here!

Good for
  • History enthusiast
  • Art and design lover
  • Outdoors explorer
  • Food lover
  • Peace and quiet seeker

15 Places

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15 Places

Day 1

Kronborg Castle

Castles, Historic Sites

Holger Danske

Monuments/ Statues

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Museums, Art Museums

Restaurant Brdr. Price

Restaurants

Day 2

Christiansborg Palace

Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites

Islands Brygge

Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks

Peblinge Lake

Bodies of Water

Nyhavn

Neighbourhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks

morgenstedet

Restaurants

Bikify Copenhagen Bike Tours

Black Diamond (Den sorte diamant)

Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Art Museums, History Museums

Radhuspladsen

Government Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts

Rosenborg Castle

History Museums, Castles

Day 3

Tivoli Gardens

Gardens, Amusement/ Theme Parks

Kodbyens Fiskebar

Restaurants

Christopher L's City Tips

  • The Copenhagen Card offers discounts and free public transport. You can purchase it online, at your hotel or 7-Eleven. Check the website for a full list of sales points.
  • Eating out in Copenhagen can be rather expensive. Look for restaurants outside the city center, or follow one of the many 'buffet' signs (which come at around 100-200 Kroner).
  • Although tipping is said to be included in salaries, keep in mind that Copenhagen is expensive, and servers rely on tips.
    Day 1
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    Kronborg Castle
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    Christopher L Says:

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kronborg Slot (Kronborg Castle) is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe, and the architecture is very impressive. There has been a castle at this site in Helsingør, just north of Copenhagen, since the 1420s, although it was rebuilt and expanded throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle has a strategic position, near the water passage between Sweden and Denmark that is one of the only outlets of the Baltic Sea. Together with Kärnan (The Core in English) in Helsingborg, Sweden, Kronborg used to maintain a coastal fortification and have full control of the outlet. And, of course, the castle is also well known the world over because a certain playwright decided to set some play called 'Hamlet' here.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • There are a few ticket options, the highest level offering access to a very large part of the castle including the room of Holger Danske (Holger the Dane).
    • With transport from central Copenhagen to Helsingør this activity deserves almost a full day.
    • Don't rush! This is a beautiful castle and you can easily spend the majority of a day here.
    • Joint tickets are also available that offer entrance to the castle and the Maritime Museum of Denmark in the same day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 21 attractions in Helsingoer
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating 25/11/2014
    • Hamlet's castle 20/11/2014
    • Kronborg Castle
    Address:
    Kronborg 2 C
    Helsingoer 3000
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 4921 3078
    Other:
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    Holger Danske
    Monuments/ Statues
    Christopher L Says:

    One of the most important legends of Danish history sleeps in Helsingborg. Holger Danske actually made his first appearance in medieval French literature as ‘Ogier le Danois,’ but his story has become legend and his statue is an important Danish artifact. According to legend, the statue of the hero will wake up and fight for his country if the Kingdom of Denmark is threatened.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Get to Helsingborg and Holger Danske early. This tourist hot spot can be rather crowded later on.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 21 attractions in Helsingoer
    • Beautiful statue, but long dark walk 14/09/2014
    • The highlight at Kronborg Castle 01/09/2014
    • Holger Danske
    Address:
    Nordre Strandvej 2
    Helsingoer 3000
    Denmark
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    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Museums, Art Museums
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    Christopher L Says:

    As an art lover, I have to say that Louisiana is my absolute favorite museum. If you like modern and contemporary art this is a must see! Located just north of Copenhagen in the town of Humlebæk (less than 40 kilometers from central Copenhagen), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has an impressive collection of more than 3500 artworks and showcases several different exhibitions every year. Louisiana is mainly known for paintings and artworks dating from the end of World War II up until today, but it also functions as a milestone for Danish architecture. The museum opened in 1958 with the purpose of collecting and protecting Danish modern art. After collecting an impressive amount of Danish art, it started to pursue foreign contemporary and modern art, and selectively picked out beautiful paintings, sculptures and other art objects and artifacts. For anyone remotely interested in modern art, this is the place to go. Louisiana simply has it all. It is the most visited museum in Denmark, and I am impressed every time I go.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Spend some time in the spacious area outside the museum, with its sculptures and statues, sloping terrain, well-kept gardens and beautiful flora.
    • Check out the Andy Warhol collection - it's fantastic!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Humlebaek
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must-see! 24/11/2014
    • Visited in summer - a beautiful place 15/11/2014
    • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Address:
    Gl. Strandvej 13
    Humlebaek 3050
    Denmark
    Phone:
    45 4919 0719
    Other:
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    Restaurant Brdr. Price
    Restaurants (Danish)
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    Christopher L Says:

    The Danish cooking duo, the Price Brothers, are the sons of two of Denmark's first TV celebrities. Their mother was an actress, and their father, John Price, was an actor, food lover and bon vivant. The brothers have their own cooking show on national TV and have recently opened two restaurants. This one is simple, seasonal, and delicious.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Trendy traveller
    Tips
    • The restaurant serves some of the food that the brothers have been cooking on TV. Ask for the Pulled Pork.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #464 of 1,348 restaurants in Copenhagen
    • Great food! 22/11/2014
    • Awful and overpriced 27/10/2014
    • Restaurant Brdr. Price
    Address:
    Rosenborggade 15-17
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 38 41 10 20
    Other:
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    Christiansborg Palace
    Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Christopher L Says:

    Christiansborg. Where to start? Christiansborg is the political stronghold of Denmark – home of the parliament. This impressive (neo-)baroque building used to be the principal residence for the Danish kings. Today it is still used partially by the Danish royal family, but its primary function is as the home of executive, judicial and legislative power. Christianborg has something for everyone, as it gives great insights into so many different aspects of Danish history: the monarchy, the architecture, the politics and artworks. Visiting Folketinget (The Parliament) can only be done with a guide, but the royal reception rooms, chapel, royal stables, old ruins and museum can all be visited without a guide - and are all well worth exploring!

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Visit the old ruins.
    • Get a guide and check out the Parliament.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 189 attractions in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go just for the free view 26/11/2014
    • Plenty to see 25/11/2014
    • Christiansborg Palace
    Address:
    Christiansborg Slotsplads
    Denmark
    Phone:
    33-92-64-92
    Other:
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    Islands Brygge
    Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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    Christopher L Says:

    Islands Brygge is a quay located on the coast of Amager that was artificially constructed during the 1880s. It is one of the preferred places to relax during the summer: drink a cold beer, stroll along the water or jump in the sea to refresh. Because Islands Brygge is a local favorite for the (especially younger) crowd of Copenhagen, it's an easy way to mingle with the locals and get some tips and insights into the culture of Copenhagen.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • This is one of the places where the Copenhageners go to relax. Mingle with them!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 189 attractions in Copenhagen
    • best hangout around central st. 15/11/2014
    • Great chilling spot 30/08/2014
    • Islands Brygge
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    Peblinge Lake
    Bodies of Water
    Christopher L Says:

    One of the things I personally love about Copenhagen is all the green areas and all the water. Besides canals and actual harbors/docks, there are even a few lakes in the inner city. They are commonly known as ‘Søerne’ (The Lakes), and consist of three individual (artificial) lakes: Sankt Jørgens Sø, Peblinge Sø and Sortedams Sø, which have been divided into five basins. The lakes are now used mainly for recreational and leisure purposes, and during the summer this is a also great place to mingle with the locals. Many Copenhageners come here on the summer weekends to relax and tan. Bike and footpaths surround the water, and the surrounding architecture is just stunning.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Local favourite
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • This is THE best place to go jogging in inner Copenhagen.
    • If you are not too keen on running (or walking) around the lakes, picnicking is also a great activity!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 189 attractions in Copenhagen
    • "Joggers' ponds" 26/09/2014
    • Nice Place to Relax 19/09/2013
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    Nyhavn
    Neighbourhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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    Christopher L Says:

    Copenhagen has beautifully curved canals, which serve as buffer zones between many of the areas. Taking a trip on the canals is a great way to experience the city in a different way, as well as a perfect way to take a break, rehydrate and reenergize.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • If you are visiting Copenhagen during summer do this in the afternoon when the sun makes it too warm to stroll around - it is relaxing and re-energizing to do a canal tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 189 attractions in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you are in Copenhagen you must see Nyhavn 26/11/2014
    • can't remember the name of the restaurant 26/11/2014
    • Nyhavn
    Address:
    Nyhavn 1-71
    Kobenhavn K
    1051
    Denmark
    Other:
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    morgenstedet
    Restaurants (Vegan, Vegetarian)
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    Christopher L Says:

    This is one of my favorite places to go for food in Copenhagen. Right in the middle of the free town of Christiania, you will find this hidden gem. Morgenstedet serves vegetarian food only, but even if you are an extreme meat eater this place will surprise you. The food is absolutely awesome, and the prices will suit even the tightest budget.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Budget traveller
    • Hidden gem
    Tips
    • If they have chickpea curry on the menu.... Well.. Order it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 1,348 restaurants in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Self-serve vegetarian 27/10/2014
    • nice and honest vegetarian food 27/10/2014
    • morgenstedet
    Address:
    Fabriksomradet 134
    1440
    Denmark
    Price range:
    $5 - $15
    Other:
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    Bikify Copenhagen Bike Tours
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    Christopher L Says:

    Copenhagen has many times been voted one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, so a bike tour is a great way to explore it. This is how the locals experience the city everyday, and I guarantee you that you will move faster on two wheels than in a taxi or rented vehicle. You can do a guided bike tour, or just rent a bike and pedal around at your own pace. Whatever you do, make sure to bike around Vesterbro, one of the city's hip areas and home to the famous ‘Istedgade.’ Istedgade (and the majority of Vesterbro) used to be home to the working class but is today a very hip area with expensive apartments and costly nightlife. Vesterbro has a multi-cultural atmosphere and features a wide range of restaurants, from Turkish, Indian and Thai, to Danish sandwich shops.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Adventure seeker
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Other great places to ride are Amager, Christiania and Christians Havn.
    • In the evening, have a drink at McKluud, an inexpensive local favorite that is a great place to start the night.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 93 activities in Copenhagen
    • The only way to see Copenhagen! 19/10/2014
    • Electric Bikes - no thanks - stick with regular bikes 23/09/2014
    • Bikify Copenhagen Bike Tours
    Address:
    Radhuspladsen
    1599
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 50 80 50 81
    Other:
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    Black Diamond (Den sorte diamant)
    Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Art Museums, History Museums
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    Christopher L Says:

    Black Diamond may be an extension of the royal library of Denmark, but you are not here for the books. The architecture of this building is very modern, far different from the 'old' Copenhagen surrounding it. It is opposite of Amager and located right at the waterfront.

    Good for
    • Trendy traveller
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • This building is best viewed from Islands Brygge/Amager.
    • The National Museum of Photography, also located in the building, is worth a visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 1,171 attractions in Zealand
    • Impressive building and beautiful location on the waterfront 31/05/2012
    • Interesting building 20/02/2012
    • Black Diamond (Den sorte diamant)
    Address:
    Christians Brygge 1
    DK-1219
    Denmark
    Phone:
    45 33 47 47 47
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    Radhuspladsen
    Government Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
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    Christopher L Says:

    Rådhuspladsen is the central square where the city hall is located. It's busy and slightly chaotic, but that is part of the charm. It is the most central place in Copenhagen, connecting Strøget (the central shopping street) with Tivoli Gardens, the railway station and the hip area of Vesterbro.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • If you split up with your travel companions, this is a good meeting point because it is very central and easy to find.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 189 attractions in Copenhagen
    • Huge 23/11/2014
    • Massive 06/11/2014
    • Radhuspladsen
    Address:
    Radhuspladsen, 1
    Denmark
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    Rosenborg Castle
    History Museums, Castles
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    Christopher L Says:

    Rosenborg Slot (Castle) was built by one of Denmark's most infamous kings, King Christian IV. The castle houses the crown jewels and many hundreds of years of royal history. Rosenborg is located in Kongens Haven (The King's Garden), which is absolutely beautiful and relaxing during summer.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Make sure to check out Kongens Have (King's Garden).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 189 attractions in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice walk at Rosenberg Castle 25/11/2014
    • Great Castle Museum for a rainy day 25/11/2014
    • Rosenborg Castle
    Address:
    Oster Voldgade 4A
    1350
    Denmark
    Phone:
    33-15-32-86
    Other:
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    Tivoli Gardens
    Gardens, Amusement/ Theme Parks
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    Christopher L Says:

    Though it's not the cheapest attraction in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is a must see! I think of it as something rather special and unique to Copenhagen; it is an amusement park as well as a beautiful garden, and it can be found just between the municipality and the central station, right in the heart of the inner city between Strøget (the shopping street) and the hip and attractive area of Vesterbro. Tivoli Gardens is so magical that Walt Disney came here for inspiration, and it's so unique and special that the King of Pop (Michael Jackson himself) wanted to buy it. The theme park is lively in the summer and cozy in the winter. You’ll find all kinds of rides, concerts, food and snacks, exhibitions and beautiful and well kept gardens. It is easy to spend several hours or an entire day here, and it is a must-see for anyone spending more than one day in Copenhagen.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Adventure seeker
    Tips
    • Buy a full access pass. You want to try all the rides! Especially 'Det Gyldne Tårn' (The Golden Tower).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 189 attractions in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pure Magic 26/11/2014
    • Magnificient Cristmas Decorations 26/11/2014
    • Tivoli Gardens
    Address:
    Vesterbrogade 3
    1630
    Denmark
    Phone:
    3315 1001
    Other:
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    Kodbyens Fiskebar
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    Christopher L Says:

    If you love fish and shellfish, this is the place to go! Situated in Kødbyen (The Meat Packing District), a hip sub-district of Vesterbro, Kødbyens Fiskebar holds its own in the company of some of the best restaurants and bars in Copenhagen. Occupying a former factory, it retains the post-industrial cool of the area and serves delicious, seasonal foods.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local favourite
    • Trendy traveller
    Tips
    • Ask for something Danish. This place will serve you the best seafood!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 1,348 restaurants in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting place with perfect ambiance 25/11/2014
    • Fantastic Dinner 18/11/2014
    • Kodbyens Fiskebar
    Address:
    Flaesketorvet 100
    1711
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 32155656
    Price range:
    $0 - $35
    Other:
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