You will have numerous things to do in Copenhagen if you are planning to take a vacation in this lovely Scandinavian city. It is situated on the eastern coast of the island with a small portion situated on Amager. The city was established in the 8th century as a small fishing village and became the capital of Denmark in the 15th century. It is the financial, cultural, and economic center of Denmark and the Scandinavian countries. It is famous for several monuments, museums, historical places, gardens, zoos, educational centers, and much more. It is well connected within the country and to all cities of the world. It is a well-developed urban city with good infrastructure like metro, which is about to expand big this year, and the city also has a good bus service.
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5.Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
6.Danish Architecture Center
You can find several tourist attractions listed in our things to do in Copenhagen to ensure that your trip to the city is as exciting and enjoyable as possible.
1.Den Blaa Planet
The National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blaa Planet, is in our list of things to do in Copenhagen. This is located in Kastrup suburb of the city and is the largest aquarium in northern Europe, having recently moved to this much larger facility. This has a total of a staggering 48 aquariums housing thousands of sea creatures to offer you a wonderful experience of their life undersea with some shows and storytelling threw in for children to improve their knowledge about these interesting creatures. Den Blaa contains aquaria that house creatures from a pond, lake, river, and big oceans, animals from the big, medium, and small to present them in surroundings resembling their natural environments. You can see some of the most feared like piranhas, and sharks, other beautiful and lovely creatures in close quarters, and learn a lot about them. You will be allowed to see feeding and training of sea otters, see huge sea creatures having their food.
The place is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days, except Mondays when it will close at 9:00 PM. Entry costs DKK 170, with an annual card offering year-round free entry costing DKK 365.
2.Bakken Amusement Park
Bakken Amusement Park is one of the most visited places which has to find a place in our things to do in Copenhagen list. This is the oldest amusement theme park in the world, with an unbelievable history dating back to 1583. The park has something to offer for all age groups and a lot more for children who will go crazy with the 32 fun rides in the wild, on the hill, thrill rides, and more. For the family, the park offers 35 fun games in shooting ranges, fishing ponds, ball games, and many more. For the kids, there are 11 games specifically made for them to enjoy with abandon. If you have what it takes for the extreme thrill rides and as the rush of adrenaline, you can take the octogenarian 1932 roller coaster, sky roller, get upside down on the Extreme, or go on a 30-meter high walk-in Tangiest for a great view of Bakken. You can also get into a radio car ride contest.
Apart from all the fun, amusement, and the games, you will also find around 25 eateries where you can get delicious food to suit all tastes and budgets. The biggest advantage here is that the entry is free, and you will be paying only for the rides, parking, food, and the like.
Tivoli Gardens is another of the popular tourist places in our list of things to do in Copenhagen. It is a garden with many amusement and fun themes which opened in 1843. It has got various themes for Halloween, where children can have with Christmas for decoration, illumination, and New Year celebrations, winter for sports, fun and decorations, Easter for lots of fun with family and friends, and summer for lots of adventure sports for the thrill lovers. The gardens offer fun and thrill rides like Dragon Boats, Ghost Trains, Aquila, Balloon Swing, Golden Tower, and many more in a total of 30 plus rides. Of course, you need to take care of your health limitations when you take rides like Vertigo where you need to take up to 5g forces.
The entrance with turpas plus costs about 400 DKK, whereas a normal entrance ticket costs around 130 DKK, with children between 3 and 7 getting a discount of 50%. Tour pass tickets for rides are from 216 to 295 DKK. Apart from this, the aquarium entrance is 20 DKK. The garden is open from 1:00 AM to 11:00 PM and up to midnight on weekends.
This is a lovely place for the entire family to visit and is in our list of things to do in Copenhagen to enable you to get a real firsthand experience of the behavior of wild animals in near freedom, away from the wild environment in the jungles. The zoo allows you to watch the animals feed, play, and they also guide you regarding some of the animal traits to enrich your knowledge. You can even get close to some animals like giraffes, penguins, and see the gentle giant elephants being trained. You can even get a real experience of being a pet keeper for the day. The zoo has an amazing collection of animals from the mammoth elephants to the tiny frogs and rats, tall giraffes to the small penguins, fast leopards to barely moving snails, and from various parts of the globe. You can even celebrate some personal events like birthday parties in the zoo. It also has plenty of good food available.
The zoo is open every day, and the skip-the-line entrance ticket is priced at DKK 195 and DKK 105 for children. There are several seasonal discounts, and combo offers, including zoo card which brings in year-round benefits.
5.Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located on the shore 25 kilometers north of the capital, is a lovely place where about 4000 art pieces are on display from 1945 to the present. This place in our things to do in Copenhagen has attractive architecture and brings in huge number of visitors, especially during the 8 – 10 international exhibitions every year. It has a cultural event in the evenings on most days. It has an extensive collection of artworks related to Giacometti and Asger Jorn, who have their dedicated galleries. The museum has three paintings of Pablo Picasso in its collection. Even though this started as a collection of Danish Art, it soon started collecting some lovely works related to post 1945 American and other European artworks, to give it more of an international flavor. Apart from this, it has a sculpture park where about 60 of some of the most amazing sculptures are housed in lovely surroundings.
It is open from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM on weekdays and up to 5:30 PM on weekends, with Monday being a holiday. The adult ticket is priced at DKK 155, with discounts allowed for students, groups, and members.
6.Danish Architecture Center
The DAC, Danish Architecture Center, is next on our list of things to do in Copenhagen as it is a must-visit for all budding architects as well as architecture lovers across the world. It was opened in 1985 as a center for collection, dissemination, and guidance on information related to architecture, urban development, and buildings to all aspiring people. It conducts regular workshops on various related issues to students, architecture enthusiasts, and also frequent exhibitions on various related themes. Interestingly, it conducts a 90-minute walking tour of the city visiting various existing and newly constructed buildings to hear the experienced talk on the visionary architectural concepts and challenges behind the success of the huge projects in the city. You can also explore the DAC design shop for some interesting design concepts. There is also a café where you can enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee in three rooftop terraces which offer a lovely view of the city.
The DAC is open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and the entrance fee is DKK 110 for adults and free for students.
The 8 house is based on the architectural marvels in Orestad, which are designed by BIG, the Bjarke Ingels Group. 8Tallet, or number 8, or the BIG house, in our list of things to do in Copenhagen, was the winner of the Housing category design during the World Architectural competition during 2011. It is community complex of 476-row houses and apartments beautifully designed to provide space for everything and every activity, be it free time, community meeting place, community time, family time, or child-friendly areas, in a mixed-use complex where 10,000 km2 of retail and office space is also made available. It has a 1.3kilometer-long safe walk path that goes around the building complex. The home has everything a family needs and designed brilliantly with different floor and ceiling levels for great looks. The complex has many free spaces for every type of community gathering and celebrations and to add beauty to the concept. It is located in an attractive, scenic area.
The Eventyrhuset in our list of things to do in Copenhagen is a lovely adventure house where children can have fun, adventure, play, and let their imagination work. This is a private daycare center for children, which was opened in 2011. It has a nursery adventure house located near the beach, which accommodates 11 children and 3 permanent adults in each of the 4 living rooms. By its side is the kindergarten adventure house with 3 living rooms accommodating a total of 63 kids. In 2017, it opened a new fairytale forest nursery adventure for children aged between 3 to 6 years. This is a new concept where the children divided into 3 groups are brought in close contact with nature with year-round outdoor activities with animals and seasonal nature to grow up into healthy adults. You can experience the lovely concept of the adventure house by visiting it after writing an email.
The New Harbor, or Nyhavn, was built outside the city limits in the year 1671 by the King Christian fifth. This place in our list of things to do in Copenhagen is a must-visit as this has a history of 300 years with a vibrant life around this artificial canal. You will have a good gastronomy experience in its various restaurants, get a feel of its good culture, canal tours, and a lovely overall environment. Restaurants like Barock, Cap Horn, Fisken, Fyrtojet, Havfruen, dish out gourmet food of Nordic and international cuisine and flavors. The places are tastefully decorated, with a lovely friendly atmosphere. For a large selection of malt whiskeys, international brands of beers, and other drinks, you can visit Mc Joy’s Choice. A variety of cultural events are arranged frequently where you can participate and relax.
10.The Copenhagen Lakes
Copenhagen Lakes in our list of things to do in Copenhagen form a lovely row of three rectangular lakes, which make up one of the distinctive features of the city for a long time. The 6 km path around the lakes is a popular place for walkers, joggers, intimate couples, children feeding ducks, bikers, and people coming for a cup of coffee at some of the fine cafes soon after sunrise and at sunset. During summers, you can rent a boat and row in the lakes from the Copenhagen lakes boat rentals beside the Dronning Louises Bridge. The three lakes, Sortedam, Peblinge, and St. Jørgen’s, which are split into five reservoirs lined with grassy slopes, and promenades present a lovely picture, especially during May the bloom of white flowers on chestnut trees give the appearance of lights on the trees. When the lakes freeze in winter, people enjoy skating on the lakes.
11.Design Museum Denmark
The Design Museum Denmark, in our list of things to do in Copenhagen, is famous for its big collections of handicrafts, art, and industrial design of the west from middle ages to till date, and China and Japan from pre-historic times. It has got all types of Danish posters collection, political, commercial, exhibitions, concerts, tourism, and others over the last 100 years. Apart from the museum’s vast collections of designs and art, it has a very extensive library that is used as a reference place by students and interested groups. Regular exhibitions are held on special themes like glass or ceramics or jewelry collections.
The museum is open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day with Monday being an off day. The entrance fee is 115 Kr for adults and free for children and students up to 25 years. For seniors above 65 years, the rate is 80 Kr.
12.The Little Mermaid
The lovely Little Mermaid can be said to be the smallest attraction in Copenhagen being just 4 feet tall but has huge popularity. It is located by the Langelinie shore of the cruise harbor in the new harbor area. This has its origin related to the Hans Christian Anderson’s story of a 15-year-old mermaid who saved a shipwrecked price and longed for his love. When she ultimately fails to get his hand, she pays a very heavy price and loses her mermaid tail and lovely voice. The statue projects her melancholy looks as the prince weds someone else, and she loses everything dear to her. You may remember that Walt Disney movie based on the same story, which however had a happy ending.
This stunningly beautiful sculpture was created by Edvard Eriksen, who was commissioned for this job after watching a play Karl Jacobsen who got this idea after watching the Little Mermaid ballet in 1909. The statue was unveiled four years later at the harbor as part of the initiative to beautify the city’s public areas, and since then, it has become a major tourist attraction.
Kronborg Castle is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is located in the Helsingor area and is around 45 km from Copenhagen. The renaissance palace in our list of things to do in Copenhagen stands tall between the shores of Denmark and Sweden with its spires, towers, copper roofs, and columns. For about 400 years, this majestic castle with its guns pointed at sea was collecting sound dues from all ships sailing through this part of the world. The magnificent and lavishly furnished castle was destroyed in a fire in 1629 and then was later on used only as a barrack for the Danish army. Now it is completely refurbished and lavishly decorated and receives around 325,000 visitors a year. It is even used for private parties and business conventions in the stunning halls, which give a royal setting to the events.
Take time to enjoy the flavor, culture, and life of Copenhagen in every possible way by covering these places in your schedule.