Don't Dare Leave Copenhagen Without Doing These 15 Things
There's so much choice but we've whittled it down to 15 of the best
There's an endless list of things to do in Copenhagen but we here at Lovin Trends understand that a lot of the time, we can regret heading to certain attractions or spending a bucket on a tour that you end up dreading half way through. So we've whittled it down to the top 17 things to do in this amazing city that won't disappoint:
1. Visit the Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Garden is the second oldest amusement park in the world. It attracts several million visitors a year and has a a handful of rides to suit all ages and other attractions like theatres, an arcade, an aquarium and is even home to two hotels. Make sure this magical place makes your list.
2. Have a design day
You can't go to Copenhagen without taking time out to appreciate their love for slick design in all meanings of the word. If you're into art and love design then make sure you go to ARKEN Museum of Modern Art and hit up Designmuseum Danmark (Danish Museum of Art & Design). Copenhagen is the world's design capital after all.
3. Do everything at the Christiansborg Palace
There's a lot more to taking the perfect Instagram photo of this stunning palace. You can go access the tower for free which is the highest in Copenhagen, snoop around the palace stables, discover the hidden ruins underneath the palace and appreciate the Queen's tapestries that are hung in one of the Royal Reception Rooms that is open to the public.
4. Eat your way through the city
Copenhagen is renowned for it's bustling food scene so it would be pretty hard to come here and not eat your way around the city. Noma is considered one of the best restaurants in the world. But it doesn't stop there - the place is littered with amazing Scandinavian inspired restaurants. If you like to follow food trends, you'll get the first bite of the next big thing here. Check out the top 10 burgers to eat in Copenhagen here.
5. Drink your way through the city
Also hard to ignore the copious amounts of amazing bars, pubs and the likes in Copenhagen. And to make life easier for you - we've already found the best 10 cocktail bars for you to enjoy.
6. Take a stroll
One of the best things about this city is that everything is accessible by foot. And the architecture is easy on the eye too. You'll also notice you won't be short of places to stop if you need your caffeine fix... Copenhagen has some seriously cool coffee shops that offer free Wi-Fi so you can catch up on your emails, post your envy inducing photos online or just to provide your feet with some respite!
7. Do a bit of retail therapy on Strøget
Strøget is Copenhagen's main shopping thoroughfare. You'll find all the best high street stores, boutiques and whatnot here. The pedestrian shopping street runs through the city centre from Rådhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv and consists of five continuous streets. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and a bit of spare cash you're willing to splash or just enjoy the fun of window shopping.
8. Experience Torvehallerne Market
Torvehallerne is one of the best city markets you'll ever go to. There are over 60 stalls selling everything from fresh fish to gourmet chocolate. It's the perfect place to soak up the real Scandinavian atmosphere and get a taster (excuse the pun) for all different types of global cuisines and fads. Now we would have popped this is in the "Eat your way through the city" but it deserves its own spot on this list cause it's that good.
9. Spend a day out on the water
You can do either of these - take the harbour cruise and canal tour or even go rogue and be independent on a kayak but make sure you take to the water so you can get a whole different perspective on the city. Plus this will be the perfect opportunity to appreciate the architecture, layout and skyline that defines the city, oh and rest the feet for a few hours!
10. Rent a bike
Do it like a local and rent a bike. There's over 390km of bike lanes in Copenhagen so you can get around much easier than by taxi or bus this way. Just another way to soak up the amazing energy. You'll be like a happy fool peddling along.
11. Chill out in Cinemateket
Okay so when you're dying of that hangover we gave you from bar hopping from cocktail bar to cocktail bar the night before, why not chill out and head to Cinemateket. Yeah, we know it seems like a waste of a day when you want to discover a city but trust us - this place is exactly where you want to be. It's a real culture hub and they show all sorts of Danish and international films.
12. You've GOT to go to the LEGO Emporium
Do it for your sins, do it for the love of LEGO, whatever it is this is a must. Okay well, it's just a store, but still. It's bigger than any other and has every bit of classical LEGO product you can think, plus the new stuff and a wide range of branded merchandise. Let your inner child out for a few hours sure!
13. Hike to the buried lighthouse
Something unconventional and bizarre but this is like something out of a fairytale. Take a sand-filled (shoes) hike to the abandoned Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. It's in Jutland which is about two and a half hours away from Copenhagen but totally worth it.
14. Do the Castles Tour
If you love castles and are seriously feeling the wanderlust while in Copenhagen, take the castles tour. Visit the picturesque region of North Zealand where you'll see the gorgeous Kronborg Castle (the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet) as well as seeing the Fredensborg Palace and Frederiksborg Castle. It's a wee bit pricey (about €100 per person) but with transport and entry fees included you'd be mad to try and do this independently of the tour operator.
15. Hang out in Nyhavn
This is the perfect place to end any day. Have a meal in any one of the superb restaurants along the canal and then grab a beer and hang your feet off quayside.