Top 5 things to do in Copenhagen

Denmark's capital and one of the most liveable cities in the world. From its castles to the iconic statue of the Little Mermaid, this Scandinavian city truly packs a punch as a holiday destination....

1. Check out the Danish Royal history at Amalienborg

This place is where the Danish Royal family reside.

It has a palace, a museum and a public square.

Tip: Watch out for the changing of the guard ceremonies which is normally scheduled at 12 noon.

There's an entrance fee to get in Christian VIII’s Palace. 

Check the building with a Danish flag flying over it as this means a member of the royal family is there. You may be lucky to see them in person.

Roam around the public square and see the fine details of the buildings too.

Right at the centre of these palace buildings is the commanding statue of Frederick V.

A good time to visit will either at early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowd. But chances are you'll miss the changing of the crowd.

And why not start your walking tour at the nearby port area where Copenhagen's Opera House stands out!


2. Visit the statue of the Little Mermaid

This statue needs no introduction as it is widely popularised by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen in his fairytale story.

Tip: This iconic statue easily picks up a crowd so get in early. It's a bit of a walk from the city centre too but is one that you'll like want to cross off your bucket list while in Copenhagen.

A word of caution when trying to get nearby for photography as the rocks are a bit slippery.

Finally, go for a walk around the corner and you'll see St. Albans Church which is a beautiful display of Victorian architecture.


3. Drive out of Copenhagen to the town of Hillerod and visit Fredriksborg Castle

This castle was built in the Renaissance era of the 17th century.

Not only is this a palace but it has a vast garden and houses perhaps the largest art collection of Denmark.

The interiors are peppered with spectacular artwork.

Tip: This castle is at least 2 hours drive out of Copenhagen so allow for at least half-a-day for a visit or better yet a full day if you want to maximise your time.

We suggest you take one of those small group tours.

Don't forget to take a stroll to the gardens after checking the castle.


4. Walk thru the streets of Nyhavn

Nyhavn is a bustling waterfront and entertainment area of Copenhagen. It's very popular with tourists who choose to hang out as it has lots of food choices, bars and restaurants.

Tip: As trendy as it is, the place is crowded particularly on weekends. Try to go for an early walk while the crowd is not yet there. The colourful houses are always a sight.

The area is also the starting point of canal tours so it's a very convenient location to start your Copenhagen tour.


5. Cycle like a local

The first thing you'll observe in Copenhagen is that everyone loves to cycle! At least half of the students and teachers cycle to school and even more than half of the people in Parliament do the same thing. 

Several cyclists along the road