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Things to do in Copenhagen

Visitors are drawn to the romantic Little Mermaid statue on the Copenhagen harbourside and alternative lifestyles across the water in Christiania in Copenhagen K. See the evolution of sleek Danish design at the Design Museum Denmark and watch the dramatic Changing of the Guard at the 18th-century Amalienborg Palace. Most museums open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and many are free.

Christiania, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - Museums and Galleries

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    Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Photo by Dorte Krogh, courtesy of Visit Denmark

    The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek gallery in Copenhagen V was founded in 1888 by brewer Carl Jacobsen. It holds two important collections - one of ancient Mediterranean art, the other of French and Danish art of the 19th and 20th centuries.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK60; under-18s free; Sun free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    7, Dantes Plads, 1556 Copenhagen V

    Telephone

    +45 33 41 81 41

    Transport

    Copenhagen Hovedbanegård S-train station

    Website

    Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

  2. 2. Design Museum Denmark - Museums and Galleries

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    The Danish Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Wonderful Copenhagen

    The Museum of Art and Design (Kunstindustrimuseet) is housed in the old Frederik's Hospital in Copenhagen K. The collections embrace poster design by Matisse to fascist propoganda. Textiles include dresses from Japan and Danish embroidery. The onsite bakery serves pastries.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK50; under-18s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    68, Bredgade, 1260 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 33 18 56 56

    Transport

    Bus 1A, 15 or 20E to Bredgade

    Website

    Design Museum Denmark

  3. 3. The National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The National Museum, Copenhagen. Photo by Peter Søllner, courtesy of Visit Denmark

    The history of Denmark is portrayed at the National Museum, in Copenhagen K. Beginning in prehistoric times 14,000 years ago, the collection includes Eskimo exhibits and a coin collection. The Great Hall of the 18th-century palace is hung with tapestries.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    Prinsens Palais, 10, Ny Vestergade, 1471 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 33 13 44 11

    Transport

    Copenhagen Hovedbanegård S-train station

    Website

    National Museum

  4. 4. Open Air Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Open Air Museum, Copenhagen. Photo by Christian Alsing, courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    Frilandsmuseet open air museum at Lyngby on the edge of Copenhagen whisks visitors back into a vivid recreation of 19th-century Denmark. Complete with period buildings and costumed interpretative staff, it's an absorbing view of Hans Christian Andersen's era.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Apr-Oct Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    100, Kongevejen, 2800 Lyngby

    Telephone

    +45 33 13 44 11

    Transport

    Bus no 14, 15 or 3A

    Website

    Open Air Museum

  5. 5. Thorvaldsens Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen. Photo by Christian Alsing, courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    Thorvaldsens Museum houses a collection of neo-classical sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldsen, one of Denmark's most celebrated artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. It's all housed in the rebuilt Royal Coach House, close to Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen K.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK20; under-18s free; Wed free to all

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    2, Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads, 1213 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 33 32 15 32

    Transport

    Koningens Nytorv Metro station

    Website

    Thorvaldsens Museum

  6. 6. State Art Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    State Art Gallery, Copenhagen. Photo by SMK Foto, courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    A collection of international and Danish art from the 13th century onwards is displayed at the elegant Victorian State Art Gallery in Copenhagen K's Østre Anlæg park. Displayed chronologically, the 1600 masterpieces range from Titian and Rembrandt to Braque.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK80; concessions DKK60; children free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-8pm

    Address

    48, Sølvgade, 1307 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 33 74 84 94

    Transport

    Bus 6A

    Website

    State Art Museum

Attractions

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  1. 7. Copenhagen Zoo - Attractions

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    Copenhagen Zoo, Copenhagen. Photo by Christian Alsing, courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    More than 3000 animals are on view at Denmark's biggest zoo in Copenhagen's Fredriksberg. The zoo, which opened 150 years ago, showcases Scandinavian species like musk oxen and reindeer. Visitors take a break in African-themed Café K.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK130; children DKK70

    Opening hours

    Nov-Feb daily 9am-4pm; Mar Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm; Apr-May & Sep Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm; Jun daily 9am-6pm; Jul-Aug daily 9am-9pm; Oct daily 9am-5pm

    Address

    38, Roskildevej, 2000 Fredriksberg

    Telephone

    +45 72 20 02 00

    Transport

    Bus 6A to zoo entrance

    Website

    Copenhagen Zoo

  2. 8. The Round Tower - Attractions

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    The Round Tower, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Visit Denmark

    Built at King Christian IV's orders in the 1630s, the Round Tower (Rundetårn) is Europe's oldest observatory. It has excellent views of Copenhagen V in which it sits, and is a popular spot for couples sharing tender moments.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK25; children DKK5; group rates available

    Opening hours

    May-Sep daily 10am-8pm; Oct-Apr daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    52A, Koebmagergade, 1150 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 33 73 03 73

    Transport

    Nørreport Metro station

    Website

    The Round Tower

  3. 9. Carlsberg Visitor Centre and Jacobsen Brewhouse - Attractions

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    Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    Live and interactive exhibitions tell the story of Danish brewing on the impressive original Valby Carlsberg site in Copenhagen V. The Carlsberg Brewery also contains the Jacobsen Brewhouse, producer of speciality beers, and naturally, a bar for sampling them.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK60; concessions DKK40

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-4pm

    Address

    11, Gamle Carlsberg Vej, 2500 Copenhagen V

    Telephone

    +45 33 27 12 82

    Transport

    Enghave S-train station

    Website

    Carlsbergv Visitor Centre and Jacobsen Brewhouse

  4. 10. Amalienborg Palace - Attractions

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    Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen. Photo by Klaus Bentzen, courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    Queen Margrethe's residence, Amalienborg Palace is an elegant and remarkably accessible 18th century construction. There are daily ceremonial guard changes and rooms open to public view. The palace is set north of the city centre in Copenhagen K.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK75 for tour

    Opening hours

    Jul-Sep Sat & Sun guided tours at 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm

    Address

    Amalienborg Slotsplads, 1257 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 33 92 64 51

  5. 11. Christiansborg Palace - Attractions

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    Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen. Photo by Cees van Roeden, courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    Seat of the Danish parliament, the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen K dates back to the 12th century. The current imposing neo-Baroque buildings bustle with politicos and lobbyists. Highlights are the royal coaches collection and theatre museum.Show this on map

    Cost

    Various prices, according to area visited

    Opening hours

    Guided tours Tue-Sun from 11am

    Address

    1, Prins Jørgens Gård, 1218 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 33 92 64 94

    Transport

    Kongens Nytorv Metro station

    Website

    Christiansborg Palace

  6. 12. Tycho Brahe Planetarium and Omnimaxteater - Attractions

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    Tycho Brahe Planetarium and Omnimaxteater, Copenhagen. Courtesy of the Tycho Brahe Planetarium

    Named after the 16th-century astronomer, the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen V transports visitors through the universe - culminating in an immersive IMAX 360° Space Theatre cinema experience. There is also a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK130; under 13s DKK80

    Opening hours

    Mon 1pm-9pm; Tue-Sun 10.30am-9pm

    Address

    10, Gammel Kongevej, 1610 Copenhagen V

    Telephone

    +45 33 12 12 24

    Transport

    Bus 14 or 15 to Gammel Kongevej

    Website

    Tycho Brahe Planetarium

Special things to do

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  1. 13. Christiania - Special things to do

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    Christiania, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    The self-proclaimed free town of Christiania is a unique aspect of Copenhagen life. Originating as a hippie-inspired social experiment, the community houses 1000 people living alternative lifestyles. There are several jazz clubs and restaurants, although cars are forbidden.Show this on map

    Cost

    Tours DKK40

    Opening hours

    Always open; guided tours Sat & Sun 3pm from main entrance

    Address

    43, Bådsmandsstræde, 1407 Copenhagen K

    Telephone

    +45 32 57 96 70

    Transport

    Bus 66 to Prinsessegade

    Website

    Christiania

  2. 14. Tivoli Gardens - Special things to do

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    Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Visit Copenhagen

    A leafy Copenhagen institution since 1843, the Tivoli Gardens, in Copenhagen V, features a funfair, as well as hosting shows, film and concerts. There are 38 restaurants to choose from, a wooden rollercoaster called The Demon, and a bandstand.Show this on map

    Cost

    DKK95; concesssions DKK45

    Opening hours

    Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm; early Apr-mid Jun & mid-Aug-mid Sep Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11.30pm; mid-Jun-mid-Aug Sun-Thu 11am-12am; Fri-Sat 11am-12.30am (closed late Oct-late Nov)

    Address

    3, Vesterbrogade, 1630 Copenhagen V

    Telephone

    +45 33 15 10 01

    Transport

    Copenhagen Hovedbanegård S-train station

    Website

    Tivoli Gardens Website

  3. 15. The Little Mermaid Statue - Special things to do

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    The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen. Photo by Stuart Bowden

    Symbol of Copenhagen, The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) is surprisingly small and set on Langelinie quay. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale character, she was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen and donated in 1913 by brewer Carl Jacobsen.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Langelinie, 2100 Copenhagen Ø

    Transport

    Bus 26 to Langelinie

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