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Like most tourists to a new country, we enjoy visiting the main sites of interest. However, we enjoy exploring a city or a country at our own pace, picking and choosing what we’d like to see. Often we’re lured in by vintage shops instead, or cool coffee shops with great hot chocolate. We didn’t get to see all of the sights in Copenhagen, but here are a few of our favourites out of what we did get to!

Rundetaarn

Rundetaarn, or the Round Tower, is what it says on the tin – a round tower! It’s an easy walk up a spiral cobbled path, originally designed so that people could ride their horses to the top (say what?!?). The tower was opened in 1642, originally designed as an astronomical observatory. Today, it’s a simple walk up to the top to a viewing platform which provides beautiful views over the city – all orange rooftops and picturesque houses.

It was incredibly windy when we visited the tower, but we managed to get a few good shots and enjoyed looking out over Copenhagen. This was one of the first places we visited, and it really set us up for the rest of our trip, getting us excited to explore the inner workings of the city.

Entry to the Rundetaarn is DKK 25, which when we visited was around £2.50. It’s a pretty reasonable entry price compared to other viewing platforms in other cities, and an easy walk up to a lovely view. It’s five minutes walk from Norreport station and the opening hours are 10am-8pm. The hours vary based on the time of year so do check before you visit!

The Little Mermaid

A little way out of the city centre, at Langelinje Pier, is the Little Mermaid statue. She’s a tribute, created in 1913 for Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Perched upon rocks by the river, she’s pretty to look at and completely free to visit. If you’re a huge Little Mermaid or Christian Andersen fan then you’ll want to check this out! If you’re not, the mermaid is a little way outside the centre of the city and you may find yourself underwhelmed after a long walk. We would suggest either taking a boat, or if you have bikes so you can ride there in no time. Many of the canal cruises offer the option to alight here so it’s an easy way to see her and snap a few photos.

Kastellet

Almost next to the Little Mermaid and a short stroll away is Kastellet. This is a star fortress which is beautifully preserved and well worth a walk around. We stashed our bikes and walked up onto the ramparts here, taking in the sights of the military buildings which are still in use. There’s also one mighty impressive windmill! It’s a little scary being on top of the steep embankments when it’s windy, so do be careful. If you’ve got time and like looking at old fortresses and buildings, then a wander around here is a must. It’s totally free too so good if you’re on a budget!

Amalienborg Palace

We stumbled upon the Amalienborg Palace by accident – doing what we do best and letting the little blue dot on google maps guide. There are four residences here, with the Crown Princess and Prince still residing in one of the buildings. It’s about ten minutes walk from Nyhavn so super easy to walk to.

We chose to just wander rather than enter any of the buildings since we were on a budget. The changing of the royal guard is free and happens at around 11:30-12 noon depending on which watch it is that day. We managed to accidentally catch one just as we arrived at the palace – it’s a treat to watch the guards step together, and fun to try and spot who’s a few steps out!

Nyhavn

Possibly the most recognisable place in Copenhagen and Denmark, Nyhavn is a strip of beautiful houses by the waterfront, and somewhere that you’ll definitely end up on your trip. It’s worth a wander around to look at the pretty houses, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. We took a boat cruise for 8 euros which lasted an hour. It dropped off and picked up here so there’s the option to hop on a boat here if you like. Make sure to bring your camera to get those perfect shots!

 

Rundetaarn

Norreport Station

The Little Mermaid

Kastellet

Amalienborg Palace

Nyhavn

  • Rundetaarn
  • Norreport Station
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Kastellet
  • Amalienborg Palace
  • Nyhavn

There are so many sights in Copenhagen, and just wandering the city provides you with plenty of places to stumble upon. Despite being a capital city it doesn’t feel too touristy, we found it more rewarding to go at a steady pace and take the city in rather than trawl all the tourist hot spots. If you do miss anything don’t worry, there’s always the chance to visit the country again!