There are so many interesting things to do in Copenhagen (København), it will be a good idea to plan a few days in this vibrant capital city. Built in 1043, it certainly has its share of beautiful art and architecture. And yet, its status as a culinary and cultural mecca ensures it stays modern and moving with the times. Your Denmark rail pass is your ticket to hip, modern, historic and memorable Copenhagen.
Go where the grown-ups play
Take a walk on the wild side and visit the bohemian Christiania – the free town in the center of Copenhagen. This self-governed and regulated area is home to artists, activists and open-minded cultural architects. Known for its relaxed views on hash and its unique housing styles, Christiania is one of the most free-thinking and open spots in all of Copenhagen.
Do something tourist-y
We’d be amiss if we didn’t mention the most popular tourist attraction in Copenhagen. Whether you choose a canal, bike, bus or walking tour, be sure to get a glimpse of the Little Mermaid, one of the most photographed statues in the world! Danish author Hans Christian Anderson wrote The Little Mermaid in 1837, and today she resides on Copenhagen's waterfront, as a national landmark.
Cruise the major sights
Like many other European cities, like Venice and Amsterdam, Copenhagen is best seen by boat. Take a 1-hour canal cruise and view all of the major attractions, such as the new Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, the impressive Black Diamond Library, and, of course, the Little Mermaid. There are now also stops at Christianshavns Torv, a beautiful square at the center of the harbor area.
Play in the garden
Although the name ‘Tivoli Gardens’ may sound like a tranquil place to stroll through flowering meadows, Tivoli is actually much more than that. Amid the manicured lawns and beautiful flowers, visitors will also find roller coasters, bustling cafés, live music and crowded beer gardens. No wonder it’s the most visited attraction in Copenhagen!
Walk till you shop
A stroll down the world’s longest pedestrian street (Strøget) is an absolute must during your Denmark train travel adventure. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this is also the city’s largest shopping area. From budget-friendly stores to exclusive brands, you’ll find them here. Of course, there’s also a wide variety of restaurants, cafés and people-watching perches to stop for a rest.
Visit some great Danes
Copenhagen is a bustling metropolis, but the Danes haven’t forgotten their past. Various castles and palaces will transport you back in time. Kronborg Castle, in Helsingør, was made famous as Hamlet’s home in Shakespeare’s famous work. Amalienborg Palace, made up of four buildings, is the current royal residence, complete with daily changing of the guard. Rosenborg Palace has been converted to a museum of royal history.