10 things to do in Copenhagen

10 things to do in Copenhagen

Mathias Mølgaard
Mathias Mølgaard
May 24, 2024

Are you looking for the perfect vacation spot? Look no further than Copenhagen, Denmark! Packed with gorgeous architecture, waterways, rich history and vibrant culture, Copenhagen is a must-visit destination! With so much to do, from visiting the iconic Freetown Christiania to exploring some of the city's best tourist attractions, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience. Continue reading to discover a selection of the best things to do in Copenhagen!

Discover Freetown Christiania - a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood

A sign that says "Wonderland" in Christiania, Copenhagen

Step into a world of color and creativity at Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood established in the 1970s that can be experienced in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen. This bohemian community is known for its street art, unique architecture, and lively atmosphere. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets, listen to street musicians, and sample local food and drinks. To learn more about Christiania, take the self-guided audio tour.

Did you know? Christiania is one of the world's most famous squats and has its own set of rules and regulations, including a ban on taking photos in certain areas.

Indulge in the delicacies of Torvehallerne

A look into Torvehallerne in Copenhagen

Foodies and culture enthusiasts won't want to miss Torvehallerne Market, a charming indoor food market. With over 60 stalls offering fresh produce, gourmet cheeses, traditional pastries, and street food, there's something for everyone to try! Torvehallerne is located easily accessible close to Nørreport station.

Did you know? The market is housed in a beautiful 19th-century iron-and-glass building and was once a hub of Copenhagen's flower trade.

Pay your respects at the Assistens Cemetery

A sign leading to H.C. Andersens grave in Assistens Cemetery

Take a peaceful stroll through the historic Assistens Cemetery, the final resting place of many famous Danish figures, including Hans Christian Andersen. The cemetery, now a public park, offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city and is a popular spot for picnics, walks, and outdoor concerts.

Did you know? Despite being a cemetery Assistens is a popular place to hang out. In the summer, you are even likely to see people sun-bathing there. Here you can surely experience the laid-back vibe of Copenhageners when the sun is shining.

Explore the vibrant art scene

Wall art on a building in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is home to an incredible street art scene, with murals and graffiti adorning buildings and alleyways throughout the city. Explore on your own or join a guided street art tour to discover the hidden corners of the city and explore this unique form of artistic expression.

Did you know? Some of the city's street art is actually commissioned by local businesses, turning otherwise drab walls into works of art.

Street food and good vibes at Reffen

People exploring the food options at Reffen

Reffen is a vibrant street food market located in the industrial area of Refshaleøen, just a short ferry ride from central Copenhagen. The market features dozens of food stalls serving up a wide range of international cuisine, from tacos and burgers to sushi and vegan options. In addition to the food, Reffen also has a lively atmosphere with music and events throughout the year, making it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Note that Reffen is closed during winter.

Did you know? Reffen is actually the largest street food site in Scandinavia? It's definitely worth showing up on an empty stomach, as there are so many delicious things to try!

Explore the Copenhagen Botanical Garden

A view of the green house in the Botanical Garden of Copenhagen

The Copenhagen Botanical Garden is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, with its beautiful grounds and lush greenery. Wander through the many gardens, with their exotic plants and flowers, or take a leisurely stroll along the pathways. The gardens also feature a number of sculptures, as well as a tranquil lake and a unique greenhouse. Take some time out of your day to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the gardens.

Did you know? The Copenhagen Botanical Gardens are the oldest in Denmark, having been founded in 1872. The gardens are home to a collection of over 13,000 species of plants, and have even been recognized as an important historical site by UNESCO.

Explore the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum

Woman enjoying some art at Glyptoteket in Copenhagen

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is one of Copenhagen's most fascinating museums, with a collection of over 10,000 works of art from all over the world, including ancient Egyptian and Classical sculptures, modern art, and much more. Wander through the galleries and take in the impressive works of art, or relax in the beautiful winter garden.

Did you know? The courtyard garden of Glyptoteket features palms that were initially cultivated in the childhood residence of Carl Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg. These palms, now 140 years old, have since grown to be 20 meters tall.

Experience the unique nightlife of Copenhagen

A group of friends on a night out in Copenhagen

If you're looking for a great night out in Copenhagen, you'll be spoilt for choice! With a vibrant music and club scene, you can find a range of venues to suit any taste. Explore the different neighborhoods: Each neighborhood in Copenhagen has its own unique character, and the nightlife in each reflects that. Head to Vesterbro for trendy bars and clubs, Nørrebro for hipster hangouts, and Indre By for more upscale venues. Drop by Kødbyen, a former industrial area in Vesterbro, which is now a bustling hub of nightlife. Here you can check out the popular Jolene Bar, which hosts a variety of events and parties. If you are looking for some live music, visit venues like Vega or Pumpehuset which hosts both local and international acts. Whether you’re looking for a cozy evening or a wild night-out, Copenhagen has something for everyone.

Did you know? Culture Box, the most prominent venue for electronic music in Denmark, was recognized by inthemix in 2016 as the 13th best small club in the world.

Explore the magic of Tivoli

A ride in Tivoli, Copenhagen

If you're looking for a classic experience in Copenhagen, look no further than Tivoli. This iconic amusement park is the third oldest in the world and has been a popular destination for generations of visitors. With its vintage rides and attractions, lush gardens, and exciting shows, Tivoli is the perfect place for a fun day out. Enjoy classic attractions like the rollercoaster, carousel, and ferris wheel, or buckle up in "Himmelskibet" and take in the spectacular view of the city from 80 meters up in the sky. And when the sun sets, the tivoli gardens comes alive with light shows, fireworks, and live music.

Did you know? Tivoli is said to have inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland.

Get a theatral experience in Copenhagen

A dramatic performance on a theatre stage

Copenhagen is no stranger to the performing arts, boasting a number of world-class theatres. Some of the most iconic offerings are found in the The Royal Danish Theatre, including the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Opera, which has been around since 1748. If you're looking for something a bit more contemporary, check out the Betty Nansen Theater or the Husets Teater, both of which stage productions from both national and international playwrights.

Did you know? The Royal Theater was the focal point of H.C. Andersen's ambitions when he was 14 years old.

In conclusion, Copenhagen is a vibrant city, full of unique tourist attractions from street art and street food to world-class museums and beautiful parks. There is something for everyone in this city, so why not plan your next trip to Copenhagen and experience it for yourself? From admiring the street art in Christiania to sampling the delicious cuisine at Reffen, there are so many amazing experiences waiting to be discovered.

Opening hours and directions

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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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