The 13 best places to visit in Copenhagen

 

This modern outdoor art work is a parody of August Rodin's famous statue, 'The Thinker'. It is made from scrap metal and sits on 'The Key To The Future' overlooking the harbour.

13. Zinkglobal

 

The Round Tower, built in 1642 as an astronomical observatory. There are no stairs, instead a spiral ramp built to allow horse and carriage leads up to the observation deck, 35 metres (115 ft) above street level giving a lovely view over the surroundings.

12. Rundetaarn

 

The Gefion Fountain is the largest monument in Copenhagen. First activated in 1908, it depicts four wild bulls being driven by the Norse God, Gefjun.

11. Gefionspringvandet

 

Christiansborg Palace, probably the most important building in the country. It is the seat of the Danish parliament, the Prime Ministers office and the supreme court of Denmark. Some parts of the palace are also used by the Danish Monarch. You do need tickets to enter some parts of the building, though the Palace Chapel and the Parliament are free to enter.

10. Christiansborg Slot

 

The original plan was to have the entire church built from marble, which is why it is more popularly known as the Marble Church. Work started in 1749 before being abandoned for 145 years, eventually being completed in 1894. This is the largest church dome in Scandinavia having drawn it's inspiration from St. Peters Basilica in Rome.

9. Frederik's Kirke

 

The Stock Exchange. This impressive looking riverside building is notable for it's distinctive spire, shaped as if four dragons have their tails entwined.

8. Børsen

 

At the southern end of Strøget (pedestrianised shopping area) is the city square, a large open square with an imposing City Hall. For a small fee visitors can climb it's 106 metre (348 ft) tower that allows for one of the finest panoramic views over the city.

7. Rådhuspladsen

 

Completed in 1901, the Elephant Gate, sometimes called the Elephant Tower is an archway where four elephants appear to carry a building on their backs. You'll notice that each elephant has a Swastika symbol etched onto it, the Indian religious symbol for luck and auspiciousness.

6. Elefantporten

 

Built in 1662, the Citadel of Copenhagen is one of the best preserved star fortresses in northern Europe. Now it is a pretty public park with moats, steep banks and a few historic buildings, including this windmill from 1847.

5. Kastellet

 

Unveiled in 1913 on the Langeline Promenade is one of the most famous statues in the world, The Little Mermaid. Based on a fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, this 1.25 metre (4.1 ft) bronze statue of a mermaid sitting on a rock is one of a handful of iconic statues around the world that symbolizes a city.

4. Den Lille Havfrue

 

Completed in 1624 is the Rosenborg Castle. This beautiful building stands in the lovely surroundings of the Kings Garden. Inside the castle there are a few notable displays, including the Crown of King Christian IV, and the Throne Chair of Denmark. Legend had it that it was made from Unicorn horns, though in reality it is made from Narwhal tusks. It is an extremely ornate chair guarded by three life size silver Lions.

3. Rosenborg Slot

 

This famous amusement park opened in 1843, making it the second oldest park in operation. Incidentally, the oldest in operation is also in Denmark. It's a magical place full of lights and music.

2. Tivoli

 

Meaning 'New Harbour'. The view of the canal with it's brightly coloured 17th century townhouses, bars, cafes and restaurants with it's many historical wooden ships is possibly the most famous view of Copenhagen, and therefore the whole of Denmark.

1. Nyhavn

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