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Top 5 things to do in Copenhagen

Discover the best of Copenhagen with our insider’s guide to the top five attractions, sights and areas not to miss out on in Denmark’s capital

Emily Scrivener
City Guide
Emily Scrivener ,

Discover the culinary scene
Another literary must-see is Nyhavn, once home to Hans Christian Andersen. Its picturesque harbour, with its striking, colourful houses and old sailing ships, provided much inspiration to the author. Throughout summer locals flock to the old harbour to enjoy al fresco dining and live music, while in winter Nyhavn offers a wealth of cosy restaurants

Walk in Hamlet’s footsteps
Kronborg castle has been immortalised worldwide as Elsinore, the setting for William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. Located on the coast near Copenhagen, the castle is rich in the history and drama of the country’s Renaissance kings. Housing collections of Renaissance and baroque interiors, its well-preserved rooms include an impressive banqueting hall 62 metres long. Kronborg is a must-see for history lovers, and literary enthusiasts will enjoy the guided tours that take place in September and October – led by Hamlet’s friend Horatio.

Explore the magic of Tivoli
Part amusement park, part fairy-tale village, Tivoli has been charming visitors since it opened in 1843. The world’s second oldest theme park, Tivoli is a unique mix of rides, attractions, performances and gastronomic delights. We recommended going either at Christmas or Halloween when the park is at its most atmospheric, offering a range of seasonal treats, displays and shows. The 171-year-old amusement park is also home to some impressive restaurants, including Grøften, which is one of Denmark’s most famous bistros.

Uncover Danish history
For the ultimate lesson in the country’s cultural history, head over to the Nationalmuseet, Denmark’s national museum, in Copenhagen. This is the largest museum in the country and covers an extensive period, with highlights including a fascinating exhibition on the Vikings and a collection of classical antiquities. One section is dedicated to children. The space is perfect for entertaining younger children who can dress up in costumes of the past.

Delve into the Blue Planet
You cannot fail to be impressed by Copenhagen’s Blue Planet aquarium, Denmark’s latest architectural landmark. With water on all sides, it immerses visitors in an underwater world complete with exotic fish and (newly introduced) sea otters, while the Amazonas area above water is filled with butterflies and birds. This is the largest aquarium in northern Europe and it presents an extensive array of species and experiences that will delight visitors of all ages.



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