It’s time. We need to play tourist and catch all the top Copenhagen Denmark sightseeing attractions and activities available.
This morning, our first in Copenhagen, we signed up for a walking tour of Copenhagen guided by expat American, Richard Karpen, dressed in long coat and top hat as Hans Christian Andersen.
He lead us through the back streets of the old city. There, he shared his thorough knowledge of Copenhagen Denmarkwith our curious band of tour participants. The 90-minute walking tour of the city, served up a glimpse back into Danish history, and culture through the eyes of the country’s most famous writer.
As part of this walking tour, Richard takes time explain some of the things that make the country of Denmark such a great place to live. Social consciousness is a central theme here, and taking care of the weak, the sick, and the helpless is central to that.
One of the things that I value most about Denmark. What a society values is reflected in the things they are willing to pay for. Like universal health care, a year of paid leave to mothers and fathers, and provides automatic job re-training to people who lose their jobs.
Walking about is always a way to develop a significant appetite, So, after an hour and a half traipsing around Copenhagen Denmark, we broke for lunch and devoured a delicious platter of Swedish Meatballs and Frites. Muy delicioso!
The touring didn’t stop there though. Nope! We rejoined Richard at Copenhagen’s 400-year-old Rosenborg Castle. No longer is he Hans Christian Andersen, but fictional Renaissance nobleman, Sir Richard, suitably dressed to play the part, as would be expected. We had a great time getting to learn about the royal jewels, the living areas, and history of the Danish royal family.
We are great believers in taking small specialized tours with knowledgable guides. There is no better way to get to know a place well. Using a good guide book is certainly helpful, but a good tour can’t be beat. You can find out more about Richard Karpen’s tours at CopenhagenWalks.Com. The 90 minute tour of Copenhagen cost 100 DKK or $20 USD per person.
After all of that, were we calling it quits? Not on your life. There are still more touristy things to see and do. (Have you ever noticed how “touristy” gets such a bad rap? Nothing wrong with touristy as long as it isn’t t-shirts and knick-knacks everywhere.)
Time to head to Nyhavn and get out on the water. Copenhagen Denmark sightseeing is a joy from the water, and taking a boat tour of the waterfront attractions is another fun, “touristy” thing to do. Hop on one of the boats and take in Copenhagen from the water.
You’ll get to see sights like Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Castle, Copenhagen Opera House and the Old Stock Exchange. Additionally, you’ll get to hear some of the history of the city from a knowledgable guide, as well as discover fascinating neighborhoods like the Christianshavn canal quarter. Tours are priced at about $12 bucks, this was a lot of fun, and cheap, too.
After an enjoyable day of sight-seeing, cool beer along the water is calling our name. And, Nyhavn is just the spot to do that.
Nyhavn was once a busy port where you would expect to find ships from all over, but things are a lot different from the rough and tumble days. Now, this is one of the trendiest parts of the city. As Visit Copenhagen puts it, “the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, listening to jazz, and enjoying great food.”
I can think of no better place to end a day of Copenhagen sightseeing, than exciting Nyhavn. It’s darn near the perfect spot. Tables near the water make it a great place to kick back with a beer or two. Or, if you need to save a little by your beer at a nearby store and then relax quayside.
Copenhagen Denmark is such an attractive city with attractive people often stylishly perched on their bicycles. It warms my little bicycle loving’ heart to see people of all ages riding to and from work, or the shops, or dinner… In other words, everywhere!
And, you won’t see a helmet anywhere. Well, maybe one or two, but they are rare. Riding a bike in heels, skirts, suits, with no lycra to be seen and no helmet? Damn, right! So cool!
Update: Am so excited! Now, you can take a 3 hour bicycle tour around the city! Check out the main sights of Denmark’s beautiful capital of Copenhagen! Led by an expert guide, you’ll get to ride around this bike-friendly city taking in all of its major sights including the elegant Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, star-shaped Kastellet Fortress and the postcard-perfect Nyhavn waterfront. Next time we are here, we are so going to check this bicycle tour out.
Things to Do in Copenhagen Denmark
Earlier we mentioned a few of the many things that await your Copenhagen sightseeing adventures. Here we are offering a more extensive list.
- Take a Boat Tour – We mentioned this earlier on, but it doesn’t hurt to suggest it again. A boat tour of Copenhagen is just one of those “touristy” things that are a lot of fun to do. Heck, even the locals will do it on a nice day with drink in hand. And, at about $12, pretty cheap fun too.
- Stroll the Strøget – Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets and is home to a ton of shops. But, that is all. As you stroll, be sure to check out the side streets for various sights and attractions. Strøget is also a very popular hangout for the city’s street performers. Especially Amagertorv Square.
- Tivoli Garden Amusement Park – This is one of the best sights in Copenhagen Denmark, and is fun for everybody. You’ll find beautiful and nostalgic rides, a wonderful ambiance, and an exciting variety of things to enjoy.
By the way, one of the things you will want to invest in is the Copenhagen Card. If you are planning to take in a lot of different sights during your Copenhagen Denmark visit, this is a must. What do you get?
- Free transport by train, bus and Metro, including to and from the airport
- Free entry to 75 museums and attractions
- Discounts on many attractions, sightseeing tours, restaurants and on car rental
- Includes a comprehensive guide
Choose between a 24, 48, 72 or 120 hour Copenhagen Card.
More Things to See and Do
These are just a partial list of the places that you can see using the Copenhagen Denmark Card while Copenhagen sightseeing.
- The Blue Planet – Denmark’s Aquarium is Northern Europe’s largest aquarium and offers a unique experience for children and adults.
- Denmark’s National Museum – Exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History.
- Rundetaarn, or the round tower, – the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and it offers great views of the old city. It’s quite the climb though.
- Carlsberg Brewery – For beer lovers, this will give you an idea of how the world-famous Carlsberg Beer is made.
The list of things goes on. And, even if you don’t visit everything, you will more than likely find that you save a considerable amount of money with the card once you calculate in the savings in transportation. Remember, you get to hop off and on buses and trains whenever you like. And, always make sure you carry the card with you as you see Copenhagen Denmark, inspectors do check regularly and will ask to see your ticket.
Places to Stay in Copenhagen Denmark
Andersen Boutique Hotel – Is a smart, chic, comfortable that is very centrally located. This is a great hotel, and will leave you ready to take on the city, its sights and attractions, its cool bars and restaurants. And, the hotel provides a great breakfast to boot.
For something a bit more moderately priced:
The Tivoli Hotel – A very nice hotel with modern amenities and comfort. About a 10 minute walk to Tivoli Garden, this hotel is convenient, comfortable, and provides all the essentials for a nice stay.
Happy travels on your Copenhagen Denmark sightseeing adventure.