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Welcome to Denmark

Perched on the Jutland peninsula and an archipelago comprised of more than 400 islands, Denmark has a reputation for high-quality living and health-forward thinking. Copenhagen, the Scandinavian country's capital, is one of the world's most bike-friendly cities, so cycling tours are a natural way to take in the sights, from the elegant Amalienborg Palace and Kastellet Fortress to Rosenborg Castle and the famous Little Mermaid statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. Hop-on hop-off bus tours let you mix and match from the many attractions scattered across the city's varied neighborhoods, including the alternative neighborhood of Christiania, which essentially functions like an independent nation. Copenhagen isn't just about sightseeing, either; examples of the modern Danish aesthetic—clean, simple, and lovely to look at—are everywhere, from Copenhagen's architecture and interior design to local fashion and cuisine. Sample the best of the city's cutting-edge culinary scene on a food tour, or learn about the pursuit of hygge (a Danish concept meaning contentment, coziness, and camaraderie) on a tour of locals' favorite spots. Once you've exhausted Denmark's capital, consider taking a day trip to North Zealands and the UNESCO-listed Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet; a guided tour to Sweden's Malmö, just across the Öresund bridge; or a wine-tasting adventure on the shores of the Baltic sea at an organic vineyard.

Top 10 attractions in Denmark

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Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

Little Mermaid (Lille Havfrue)

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One of Denmark’s most beloved icons, the Little Mermaid first appeared in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale and achieved even wider recognition with Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation. A statue of the character by artist Edvard Eriksen looks out over Copenhagen’s harbor, and is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.More
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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

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Opened in 1843 in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of Europe’s most famous—and one of the world’s oldest operating—amusement parks, and served as a model for Disneyland in the United States. Tivoli offers a lively mix of attractions, gardens, and restaurants, and maintains a traditional feel and quaint charm.More
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Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

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Amalienborg Palace is the official residence of the Danish royal family, the world’s oldest monarchy. One of Copenhagen’s most beautiful monuments and a popular visitor attraction, the Amalienborg complex contains four stately palaces: Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace, and Christian VIII’s Palace.More
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Nyhavn

Nyhavn

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Copenhagen’s waterfront Nyhavn district is one of the city’s most picturesque destinations, featuring a canal lined with brightly painted townhouses and cozy bars, restaurants, and cafés. Cobbled streets, sailboats, and tidy houseboats create a feeling of old-world charm that attracts visitors year round.More
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Karen Blixen Museum (Karen Blixen Museet)

Karen Blixen Museum (Karen Blixen Museet)

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The Karen Blixen Museum (Karen Blixen Museet) at Rungstedlund honors the memory of the Danish author who may be best known for her book, Out of Africa. Blixen was born at Rungstedlund in 1885 and returned to live there after she returned from years in Kenya. The oldest part of the house dates to 1680 and its sits on 40 acres of land on the shores of the Oresund Strait. The rooms of the main building remain almost exactly as they were when Blixen died in 1962 and provide a look into her daily life. A small gallery room displays her paintings, several African portraits and charcoal drawings and the west wing includes a documentary exhibition, museum shop and café.The land behind the museum has been designated as a bird sanctuary and is open to the public. From the museum’s main entrance, a pleasant walk will take you along a path past a pond and through an orchard until you arrive at the foot of a hill where Blixen is buried.More
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Technical Museum of Denmark (Danmarks Tekniske Museet)

Technical Museum of Denmark (Danmarks Tekniske Museet)

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The Technical Museum of Denmark(Danmarks Tekniske Museet) in Elsinore has an impressive collection of steam engines, inventions, electric appliances, bicycles, cars, and airplanes. Located in a former iron foundry from the 1960s, the museum has since been extended to 26,000 square feet (8,000 square meters). The big halls, which take about 2-3 hours to explore, are filled with the development of technology, science, and industry. The museum has a complete pewter workshop built inside of it, and the extensive aviation department has complete, former military aircraft.All forms of transport are documented at the Technical Museum of Denmark, so if you even remotely like old cars, airplanes, trains, or buses, this museum is a must-visit! There are a wide variety of exhibits, many of which are interactive — you can even walk through and sit inside of a number of the aircraft.More
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Circus Museum (Cirkusmuseet)

Circus Museum (Cirkusmuseet)

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Tucked away in the town of Hvidovre south-west of Copenhagen, Denmark’s Circus Museum (Cirkusmuseet) is housed at Avedørelejren, a red-brick former barracks now given a new lease on life as an entertainment complex.This cute, colorful little museum — even the souvenir store has a cheery, red-and-yellow circus theme — presents the history of the circus in Denmark and has Europe’s biggest display of wonderful faux-furry, feathery and sparkly costumes, lots of circus posters from across the ages, old photographs of animal trainers and rare movie footage of magicians and acrobats.Best of all, much of the museum is thoroughly interactive and visitors can try out circus tricks for themselves; in the fall and winter seasons there are circus performances at the museum, when visitors can watch clowns, conjurers and acrobats. There’s a packed year-around schedule of events and workshops, at which visitors can try their luck on trapezes, ropes, juggling, uni-cycling, plate-spinning or conjuring — and all instructors are professionals so safety is paramount.More
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Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

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Once the principal residence of Danish monarchs, Christiansborg Palace is now the beating heart of Denmark’s government—home to the country’s parliament, prime minister’s office, and supreme court. Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks, holding over 800 years of Danish history.More
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Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)

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Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot) is a Danish palace built in the early 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style—typical of Danish buildings of the time—by architectural innovator King Christian IV. Originally the king’s summer home, today the castle contains a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, impressive heirlooms representing the span of royal Danish culture from the late 16th to 19th centuries.More
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Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

Old Stock Exchange (Børsen)

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Built in 1625, the Old Stock Exchange is one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most recognizable buildings. Characterized by a green copper roof, the landmark is one of Denmark’s finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. Unfortunately, it’s not open to the public due to its role as the headquarters of the Danish Chamber of Commerce.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Denmark

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Best tour ever!!
Michelle_H, Jul 2021
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
We went and got covid test the day before and we didn't need it because no one asked to see it!!!
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Day Trip with Benji!
millersj2017, Sep 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
This was a perfect way to see a lot of sites and get historical information about Denmark.
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Outstanding tour!
ajdekever, Sep 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
His command of history and of English were both outstanding; we saw a lot for one day without feeling rushed; and I left the day feeling like I had seen the essentials of what Denmark has to offer outside of Copenhagen.
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Great value enabling one to use the...
cmstuart43, Sep 2018
Copenhagen Card
Was able to visit museums and palaces in the Copenhagen area and filled my three days.
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Superb tour. A great chance to try...
teresahavell, Jun 2014
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Plenty to eat and lots of Copenhagen to see and learn about too.
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Informative Trip
rayjohanson, Jul 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
The trip covered a lot of attractions.
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Includes free transit throughout the...
rich, Jul 2012
Copenhagen Card
Includes entrance fees to most local attractions (We went into Tivoli 3 nights for concerts and/or dinner).
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Excellent and entertaining
Robinowski, Sep 2019
Copenhagen Small Group Bike Tour
There were a lot of native speakers, but I think with someone not so firm in English she would have been able to adjust.
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Hamlet Grand Inner City Tour Copenhagen
Harry H, Jul 2019
Grand Inner City Tour of Copenhagen
Jergen spoke perfect English and had a great sense of humor about Danes, Swedes and Americans.
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LOTS of amazing food
ColetteinSF, Dec 2018
Copenhagen Christmas Food Walking Tour
The tour really made me fall in love with Denmark ❤️
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We were very pleased with the tour...
Stephen K, Jul 2017
Grand Inner City Tour of Copenhagen
We particularly enjoyed the variety of typical Danish offerings on the café menu various sorts of herring, fish cakes, shrimp, for example and the opportunity to see Rosenborg, which is so well preserved, so unlike the typical palace, and which contains quite a few unusual unique artifacts.
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Good tour of Copenhagen. We had a...
Paul G, Sep 2016
Copenhagen Small Group Walking Tour
We had a tour guide from South America that was spending a few years in Denmark for our tour guide and also had an intern from another company join us to see how this company operates its tours.
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Great value for money. We saw all...
the-grim, May 2016
Copenhagen Private Full Day Walking Tour
We would definitely recommend the lonfer 6 hour tour as we got to see the majority of what the city center has to offer without feeling rushed.
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Very good day out and about in...
David B, Nov 2017
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Good way to see some historic sights and not have to drive.
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I don't usually spend so much for a...
Cindy P, Aug 2017
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
We were also able to go to places that would have been difficult to see without a car.
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Maria was our guide. Maria was...
John L, Apr 2015
The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour
Her English is flawless and she has a charming dry Danish sense of humor all wrapped up in the local ubiquitous modesty.
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The trip was perfect for folks that...
Gisele B, Jul 2016
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
The trip was perfect for folks that don't know much a bout Denmark and don't want to figure out what to visit.
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This tour gives a great overview of...
fred w. k, Sep 2016
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
The pace was fun be with plenty of time to see and experience the stops.
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This tour met our expectations and...
Lisa A P, Mar 2017
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Unfortunately, the inside of the cathedral was closed to visitors but we were given a refund for the price of the entry.
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You don't want to visit Denmark...
Maria R, Mar 2017
Copenhagen Card
You don't want to visit Denmark without getting this card.
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