I had a mere 24 hours to cram in everything I wanted to see in the magical city of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. I have compiled a list of how to squeeze the most out of this bustling Danish hub.
SEE: Perhaps the most iconic location in all of Copenhagen, this view is well-known online and across social media. The iconic Hans Christian Andersen lived here in his day in one of those beautifully coloured homes on the dock. famous for being home to Hans Christian Andersen’s House.
DO: Take a guided boat tour that winds all through the city, showing off the architectural highlights and a stop at the famous Little Mermaid statue.
SEE: Christiania for short is a self-proclaimed communal living space comprising of 850 people in the centre of Christianshavn. As it is not technically part of Copenhagen, Christiania has a bustling drug trade. The culture of the area is fascinating.
DO: Strict photography rules banned many areas from being captured on film, however I can tell you that some of Denmark’s most delicious foods can be found here. You’re welcome in advance.
SEE: One of the most well-known attractions, and for good reason, are the exotic Tivoli Gardens.
DO: Complete with four roller coasters and a beautiful outdoor stage, these beautiful gardens attract 4 million visitors annually! Fun little tidbit: Tivoli is the world’s second-oldest amusement park. Now go enjoy yourself!
Copenhagen Cathedral: Church of Our Lady
SEE: Right in the middle of Copenhagen lies a beautiful big old cathedral with the iconic skyline dome. The first building of the cathedral was built in 1209 on Vor Frue Plads, and today, it sits happily next to the University of Copenhagen for eager tourists to photograph.
Copenhagen International Sand Sculpture Festival
SEE: If you happen to be in town during one of the world’s largest international sand castle contests, I highly recommend taking the time to wander through some of the incredible sculptures. My sand sculptures tend to look like destroyed upside-down buckets – oh wait, that’s exactly what they are. I guess I’ll leave the sandcastles to the professionals!
The Royal Danish Theatre
SEE: This gorgeous theatre sits right on the road across the street from where you first walk out of the train station. Home to the National Danish Performing Arts, this beautiful structure houses world-renowned performances.
The Tallest Man in the World
SEE: Outside the Guinness World of Records Museum, you can find a statue of the world’s tallest man.
DO: Take a picture to make yourself feel like a right shorty!
Hard Rock Cafe Kobenhavn
SEE: The Hard Rock Cafe has created a global brand that has thrived off the internationalism of their locations. Hint – think of the white shirts with city names on them.
DO: Enjoy something yummy of their Danish twist on comfort food.
Eat a Danish in Denmark
DO: Because have you really been to Denmark otherwise?? Try out any number of local bakeries and cafes – they all serve them, and they all serve them well.
*Including photos by Helle