Whenever I’m travelling or visiting somewhere new, I’m all about getting the perfect itinerary. In addition to creating travel diaries on return from a trip, I really want to produce more content that is really highlighting where you need to go. My itineraries are a perfect mix of including those must see sights and unique lesser known discoveries. Copenhagen really surprised me, there was so much to see and do. We are talking three palaces in the city centre, the longest shopping street in Europe and the home of Hans Christian Anderson and Carlsberg. With so much going on, these my five must-see places in Copenhagen.
When you think of Copenhagen, you’ll probably think of these brightly coloured buildings by the waterside, this is called the Nyhavn district. You can’t really come to Copenhagen without getting that typical tourist selfie with the buildings and old sailing ships in the background. It is a very touristy area so restaurants are quite pricey. If you are looking to eat in the area, I would recommend a pizza place called Gorm’s.
2. Rosenborg Slot
Rosenborg Slot is home to the Royal Crown Jewels and just looks like it has come straight out of a Disney fairytale. The gardens are also equally as beautiful and looked so magical when we were visiting in the snow. I found it so interesting to learn about the Scandinavian Royals with jewels, artefacts and history spanning back to the 17th century.
I previously mentioned that there is actually three palaces/castles right in the city centre. The royal family actually live in Amelianborg Palace which I also visited but I didn’t find it as interesting as Rosenborg. You can, however, view the changing of the guard daily at 11.30am.
3. The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is another sight that you’ll think of when thinking of Copenhagen. Sitting on the waterfront on Langelinie Pier around 15 minutes from the city centre it certainly is a must see. I believe a lot of the boat tours will drive you past it but you really need to see her from the front. The statue, which is inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale can get really busy so you might have to wait for your turn for photos.
4. The Round Tower
After seeing numerous photographs on Instagram of The Round Tower (or the Rundetårn if you’re a local) I knew I had to visit. The tower offers panoramic views over Copenhagen and to get to the top you walk up a winding ramp. From what I can gather the Christian IV built the astronomy tower but it was built like this so he could ride his horse to the top. It’s only 25DKK for entry which is around £3 so well worth visiting!
5. Tivoli Gardens
If you’ve seen my Copenhagen travel diary you’ll know I didn’t visit Tivoli Gardens. I still, however, think it deserves a place on my list. Tivoli is closed in the winter months, hence why I didn’t visit. It does, however, open on certain evenings for theatre productions. The Amusement Park is located right in the city centre and is the second oldest park in the world. It looks like it would be so much fun to visit but it’s an excuse to return to the city in Summer, right?
I would really recommend visiting Visit Carlsberg if you are partial to a beer or two. The National Aquarium or Den Blå Planet is also worth a visit just to see the building as it’s incredible. Have you ever been to Copenhagen? What are your must see sights?