What to see in wonderful Copenhagen

What to see in wonderful Copenhagen

What to see in wonderful Copenhagen

Wonderful – Wonderful – Copenhagen – the famous song rings true! Copenhagen is one of Europe’s oldest cities which means you can explore everything from Viking culture to over 1000 years of Royal history.  There’s a pretty canal network, a squeaky clean harbour, a dreamy amusement park and fairy tale heritage to soak up.  With Danish design shopping streets and modern Nordic food to try – here’s what to see in wonderful Copenhagen.

How to see Copenhagen in just a day

Let’s start in Nyhavn Harbour, the iconic and photogenic harbour.  Nyhavn is a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district, lined with brightly coloured townhouses, bars, cafes and restaurants and home to many historical wooden ships.  Take some memorable photos and enjoy a waterside cafe. 

What to see in wonderful Copenhagen - Nyhavn harbour

Next, head North to Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish Royal family. It consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard; in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg’s founder, King Frederick V.​  The Amalienborg Museum is also an option if you’d like to explore where the Royal family live and hold special events.  There is Christian X’s study, the Fabergé Chamber and the Gala Hall.  The Marble Church, a stone’s throw away, is worth a quick look at with its mesmerising ceiling. ​

Amalienborg Palace

Insider tip!

Arrive at noon and you can catch the changing of the Royal Guard as they march from their barracks. Don’t worry where you stand as they circle most of the courtyard.

Royal Guard Amalienborg

Now we can walk North through The Citadel (Kastellnet) – a well preserved 17th Century citadel that is still in use by the Danish Military. It’s a hidden gem and is a lovely place to stroll through, past the Commander’s house and barracks.

What to see in wonderful Copenhagen - Citadel - Copenhagen

We can’t miss the Little Mermaid!

Once through Kastellnet turn right and follow the corner around to the famous – Little Mermaid.  This has to be one of Copenhagen’s most iconic tourist attractions (although it might be a little smaller than you expect!). The sculpture of The Little Mermaid was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.  It was unveiled on 23 August 1913.  The statue is made of bronze and granite and was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen and was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen.


The Little Mermaid Copenhagen

Walk back past St Alban’s Chuch and the beautiful Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in Copenhagen and a beautiful depiction of the legendary Norse goddess. You’ll continue South along Bredgade until reaching the Kongens Nytorv square and gardens with its elegant buildings and statues.  There’s some wonderful shopping to enjoy along Ostergade.  Stop in to enjoy some Danish classics – Illums Bolighus, Royal Copenhagen (China), Georg Jensen, Lego and Hay House to name a few.

What to do in Copenhagen - shopping streets

Ending the day at Tivoli Gardens amusement park is a delight.  Built in 1843, Tivoli is the third oldest amusement park in the world.  It was said to the be inspiration for Walt Disney’s theme parks.  Head into the park at dusk and enjoy a romantic night filled with twinkling lights, traditional and modern rides all with an authentic vintage feel.  There are lots of places to eat – from fine dining to traditional theme park fare.

What to see in wonderful Copenhagen - Tivoli Gardens

There are so many other highlights in Copenhagen – so mix and match as you like!  Here are some of the other top Copenhagen locations on offer!

what to see in wonderful copenhagen - botanical gardens

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Garden is Denmark’s largest collection of living plants, a few steps from Nørreport Station. It’s a free public green space to roam and relax in and is filled with rare trees, shrubs and herbs. There’s also a flower shop, cafe, butterfly house, and a beautifully renovated Palm house.

Church of our saviour

Church of Our Saviour

The Church of Our Saviour is one of Denmark’s most famous churches. Ever since the serpentine spire was inaugurated in 1752, it has been a popular pastime to climb the 400 steps to the top. From 90m above street level, the view over the city is impressive.  The last 150 steps are outside the spire – this is not an ascent for the vertiginously challenged! Open from 9 – 8 daily but not in all Winter months so check before you go.

what to see in wonderful Copenhagen - round tower

The Round Tower

This is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe – and as you’d expect has a fantastic view from the top.  Finished in 1642, the slightly eccentric architecture involves a long internal brick spiral ramp.  You can also enjoy the small library hall that is a museum today.

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle and Gardens

Rosenborg Castle was built by one of the most famous Danish kings, Christian IV, in the 17th century. The beautiful castle features 400 years of royal treasures, and the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.  The gardens are as delightful as the castle and include rose gardens and even talking statues.

Copenhagen food delights!

Make the most of traditional foods, fine dining and fresh food market produce

Reffen – Open daily, Reffen is an urban playground for co-creation, innovation, food and creativity – and last but not least – the largest street food venue in the Nordics. You can get there by bike, bus or boat. More than 50 chefs and artisans share their food passion and knowledge.

Torvehallerne Food MarketWith over 115,000 locals visiting every week, Torvehallerne is a popular spot to find local produce and farm-to-table dining. There’s a mix of Danish specialities and global cuisine.  The undercover market housed in two buildings is located near the central pedestrian zone by Nørreport station.

Fine Dining  – In 2022 there were 15 Michelin star restaurants to choose from in Copenhagen – try Geranium, Alchemist or Kokkeriet.  Seaside Toldboden might not have the stars, however it has fantastic food and a wonderful harbour view!

Broens Gadekøkken  – At the Inner Harbour bridge between Christianshavn and Nyhavn you find Broens Gadekøkken, with harbour views and amazing street food. The food stalls offer delicious street food from established and well-known chefs and restaurants in Copenhagen and it’s a real melting pot of flavours.

For more information on Copenhagen, here’s a link to the Copenhagen information website

Some Of My Top Destinations

Some Of My Top Destinations

Some of My Top Destinations

Looking for inspiration? Here are some of my top destinations.  There are ideas for a weekend away, a trek or a splurge vacation. Some destinations are about the culture and mood, while others are for the experiences and activities.  Take a look and be inspired!

Seville - Plaza De Espana Some of My Top Destinations

City break – Romantic – Walkable

Seville, Spain

Seville is one of my favourite cities in the world.  It has stunning architecture, soft sunny colouring, tempting tapas and numerous iconic buildings to visit. It’s very walkable and invites you to explore both day and night.

Seville, Andalucia, South-West Spain, Europe

Sightseeing, food and drink

Visit in the Spring or Autumn

Nyhavn Harbour Copenhagen

City break – Cultural

Copenhagen, Denmark

Reputedly the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen has a lot to offer. Sightsee on canal tours, through beautiful Nyhavn harbour or cycle through the gardens to castles and palaces. There is plenty of culture to soak up too, with an opera house, theatres and museums.

Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe

Sightseeing and culture

Spring through Autumn

Some of My Top Destinations - Lacanau Ocean Beach

Beach holiday – sports

Lacanau Ocean, France

The 14km long sandy beach is a base for lots of family fun, watersports and walking. It’s one of the best surf spots in France – so a great choice for beginners through to pros.  The sandy beach leads into deep forests and nature reserves to explore on foot or by bike.  There’s lots of great locations to day trip to including St Emilion, Bordeaux or the Phare du Cordouan.

Lacanau Ocean, France, Europe

Surfing, hiking, cycling

Early Spring to Late Summer

Some of My Top Destinations - Little Gasparilla Island Boardwalk

Family – beach and relaxing

Boca Grande & Little Gasparilla Island, Florida

If you are in the need of some R&R, then Boca Grande or Little Gasparilla Island might be your spot.  BG is a village on Gasparilla Island Northwest of Fort Myers, and LGI lies a short boat ride away. Low-key beach life blends with delicious dining. Spend your days fishing off a boat, shell collecting on beach walks or perusing the BG shops and cafes.

Boca Grande & LGI, South-West Florida, USA

Relaxing beach vacation

October to March

Some of My top Destinations Trek to Petra through rocky desert

Trek – across the Jordanian desert to Petra

Dana village to Petra – Jordan

This epic trek is one of the finest in the Middle East. Through rugged and rocky terrain across the edge of the Rift Valley. There are canyons and gorges, steep inclines and breathtaking views. Wilderness Bedouin style camping under the stars end each of your trek days. The final destination is magical Petra – one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites.

Dana village to Petra, Jordan, Middle East

Trek and Sightseeing

April, May, October or November

Some of my top destinations Scilly Isles from a boat

Relaxation – outdoor activities

Scilly Isles, England

The Scilly Isles might lie just off the Cornish coast; however they feel a world apart.  140 small islands lie in turquoise waters waiting to be explored by foot, boat or bike. There’s a sense of escaping to these isles as you get to explore and enjoy or equally do nothing but soak up the spectacular views. Each island has a unique feel, and there are sub-tropical gardens, beach, coastal or country walks and water activities to try out.  And did I mention great seafood? 

Scilly Isles, off Cornwall, South-West England

Walking, watersports, relaxation and dining

Spring to Autumn

Some of my top destinations

Couples or Family Beach & Activity Holiday

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Sweeping white-sand beaches are dotted with All-Inclusive hotels, small boutique hotels and restaurants galore. Riviera Maya is perfect for a care-free holiday especially suited when you have a mix of ages to cater for.  Take days out to sacred ruins and sparkling cenotes or get some adrenaline hits with zip-lining, horseriding and activity adventure parks. Quieter than Cancun, you can still seek out Mexican culture and authenticity – but you can equally sit back, relax and recharge. The choice is yours.

Riviera Maya, Caribbean Coast, Mexico

Relaxing beach holiday with activity and cultural days out.

December through to April

Some of my top destinations, Keystone Colorado mountains

Winter or Summer activities

Keystone, Colorado, USA

A fantastic ski resort in the rocky mountains of Colorado.   Mountains of fun – from skiing, sleigh rides, snow tubing and ice skating.  In the summer, take the lifts and cruze down the mountain bike runs.  There are fabulous places to stay, eat and shop too.

Keystone, Colorado, USA

Winter sports and Summer hiking, biking, fishing

January to March (Ski) May to Sept (Hike and Bike)

Rhossili Beach The Gower

Walking, Surfing and outdoor life

The Gower, Wales

It’s no wonder that The Gower was Britain’s first Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty!  There’s so much to explore and do here.  Rhossili, Three Cliffs or Whiteford Sands are the perfect place for a recharge day.  Walk the Wales Coast Path taking in saltmarsh, dramatic cliff or secluded bay views. There’s history and heritage to explore and local food and drink to try. 

The Gower, Wales, Europe

Coastal walks, watersports, history and heritage

Year round

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