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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 15 things to do 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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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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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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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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Casino Copenhagen

Casino Copenhagen

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Sharing its Modernist home with the four-star Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel on Amager Island on the Øresund, Casino Copenhagen is the city’s only casino and the largest in Denmark. Its interior is a mass of subdued lighting and it has an atmosphere of subdued concentration; there are nearly 30 gaming tables for roulette, blackjack, poker and Texas Hold‘em players and the casino also offers more than 140 high-return slot machines in floodlit arcades. Live sports including horse racing and football can also be viewed on big screens.There are several bars, restaurants and private members clubs on the premises, and unusually for informal Denmark, there is a smart-casual dress code that excludes sportswear, headgear, shorts and t-shirts for both sexes. A variety of casino packages are available to guests of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and other visitors but these must be ordered in advance.Copenhagen Casino is featured on sightseeing Copenhagen hop-on-and-off tours and shore excursions around Christiania.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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Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo

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Founded in 1859, Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe. The animal inhabitants of the 27-acre (11-hectare) zoo span all corners of the globe, including rare and endangered species such as polar bears, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, and lions.More
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Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen)

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With a futuristic roof canopy jutting out over the harbor, the glass and steel Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) makes a striking impression. And the building is just as lovely on the inside, with a marble foyer and gold-plated ceiling. Catch a performance there, or simply admire the opera house’s award-winning design.More
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Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania

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Christiania is Copenhagen’s most infamous district. A self-proclaimed state, it’s famous for its counter-culture atmosphere and legal cannabis trade. Located in a former military barracks, it draws curious visitors from all around the world.More
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Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot)

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Immortalized as the setting of Shakespeare’sHamlet, Kronborg Castle is one of Denmark’s top attractions. The fortress casts an imposing silhouette on Øresund (“the Sound”), and its towering Renaissance facade holds more than 400 years of history. From lavish ballrooms to the darkest of dungeons, this castle has it all.More
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Torvehallerne Market

Torvehallerne Market

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Urban centers are known for their diverse flavors and unique establishments. Nowhere is this truer than in Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne. This incredible market is jam-packed with more than 60 vendors selling everything from fresh fish to organic produce to home-baked goods. For travelers looking to eat their way through the city, this is the place to do it!Sample cheese, caramel and chocolate at a shop selling items from the Danish island of Bornholm, Italian-style pizzas from Grom’s and tuck into the flavors of France at Ma Poule, where a glass of wine and possible the best sandwich in the city has the possibility to transport travelers without needing a passport! Whether it’s sushi, tapas, paleo fare or strong and sweet coffee, Torvehallerne is the perfect stop for visitors looking to get a taste of the city!More
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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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Dramatically set on the shores of Øresund (the Sound), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is Denmark’s leading modern and contemporary art institution. Behind its glass-fronted facade are more than 3,000 pieces, including works by Picasso, Warhol, and Bourgeois. Visitors also enjoy the museum’s idyllic seafront sculpture park.More
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Round Tower (Rundetårn)

Round Tower (Rundetårn)

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Built in the 17th century, Copenhagen’s Round Tower (Rundetårn is said to be the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Although there’s no longer a staff of scientists here, the tower is visited by amateur astronomers at night and tourists looking for great city views during the day.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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Great tour with an...
Luke_E, Jul 2022
Malmö & Lund Tour, Crossing the Bridge to Sweden
We really enjoyed crossing the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, visiting Jakriborg was fascinating, and we wished we could have had more time in Lund and Malmo as there is so much to see and do!
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A lot to see without feeling rushed.
Helen_W, Jun 2022
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
Great to see parts of Denmark outside of Copenhagen.
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Great day out from CPN
heidi, Jul 2022
Hamlet And Sweden Tour - Two countries in one day !
a great trip to do when in Copenhagen which allows you to visit and see a bit of Sweden.
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Brilliant tour
Laura_O, Oct 2021
Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour
The tour was a good length to see the sights but not to feel too tiring.
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Day Trip with Benji!
Stacey_M, 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!
Andrew_D, 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...
Teresa_H, 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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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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Hamlet Grand Inner City Tour Copenhagen
Ellen_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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Informative Trip
Raymond_J, Jul 2019
Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
The trip covered a lot of attractions.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maria R, Mar 2017
Copenhagen Card
You don't want to visit Denmark without getting this card.
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This tour met our expectations and...
LisaA_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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This tour gives a great overview of...
fredw_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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All about Denmark

Currency
Danish Krone (DKK)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+45
Language(s)
Danish
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