There is so much to see and do during a visit to Copenhagen. So if you have time here are a few of our favourites that we recommend...
The famous Tivoli Gardens, the magical park which is more than 160 years old, attracts thousands of people every year. It has been the inspiration for many creations including Hans Christian Andersen's idea for his fairy tale about the Nightingale. Also, Walt Disney drew inspiration for Disneyland from Tivoli Restaurant Nimb during several visits in the 1950s. Tivoli, with its unique world-famous location in the centre of Copenhagen, has something for everyone - whether it be pure fun and entertainment, an artistic event or simply first-class wining and dining. Tivoli's evocative lighting is often mentioned as being particularly inspirational. It is illuminated by 115,000 incandescent lights casting a warm, soft light over the Gardens' flowers and trees.
"probably the best beer in the world"...is it?? Try it for yourself with a historical step back in time and through the ages of Carlsberg at their visitors centre in Copenhagen. A visit to the brewery wouldn't be complete without sampling what the world famous brewery has to offer.
The New Opera House
The new Copenhagen Opera House opened on 15 January 2004 with a Royal Command Performance. It is a technical, architectural and artistic wonder, which will rank among the top most modern opera houses in the world. Copenhagen's New Opera House is a DKK 2,5 billion present offered to the nation by the richest man in the country, Maersk Mc Kinney (world leader for shipping and logistics). The venue, right in line with Amalienborg (The Queen's Palace) and the Marmorkirke ('The Marble Church') is a high-tech cultural institution hovering over the Copenhagen harbour waters, packed with state-of-the-art accommodation for producing fine opera and ballet, and with the potential to make Copenhagen better known around the world for the exceptional acoustics of its ultra-modern mega-opera. Danish architect Henning Larsen designed the new Copenhagen Opera House and a number of Danish artists have also contributed to its decor. Among them are Per Kirkeby who has created four bronze sculptures for the opera house, and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson who has contributed the three light sculptures that adorn the foyer of this monumental building.
The little Mermaid sitting at Langelinie in Copenhagen, is one of Denmark's biggest tourist attractions.
The sculpture was put up in 1913, and has since then been the symbol of Denmark. Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Little Mermaid is an important landmark for Copenhagen. It is easy to see that The Little Mermaid is an important lady - more than a million people visit her every year!
Amalienborg Palace (Danish: Amalienborg Slot) is the winter home of the Danish royal family, and it is located in Copenhagen. It consists of four identical classicizing palace facades with rococo interiors around an octagonal square (Amalienborg Slotsplads); in the center of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederik V. Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Castle burnt down on February 26, 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces. Every noon, when the Royal family is in residence, you can see the the Royal Guard change accompanied by a brass band.
Nyhavn Harbour Area
Nyhavn (lit. "New Harbour") is a popular area in Copenhagen with both locals and tourists. The street is lined with many small bars and restaurants facing out to a picturesque harbour. In warmer weather people fill every available table in the outdoors seating area in front of every restaurant. And even in cooler weather, the heartier types sit outdoors with a beer and a blanket, provided by the restaurant on each seat, over their legs. It is the starting point for various canal tour excursions, and is located near Kongens Nytorv, at one end of Strøget, and near the start of Langelinie, which leads to Amalienborg Palace. Nyhavn was built by King Christian V, and it once had a bad reputation on account of the concentration of sailors living in the neighborhood. The colourful buildings at Nyhavn are normally an image everyone has seen and relates to Copenhagen.
Visit Kronborg Castle (Hamlet's Castle) situated on the Øresund, a narrow strip of water that separates Denmark and Sweden. Here you will enjoy beautiful views from the castle ramparts. This castle is richly ornamented and dating from the 16th to 18th century and also well known from Shakespeare's setting of Hamlet . This castle was important to former Danish kings in making ships pay toll when going in to Baltic sea.
Leave Copenhagen and drive through the lush Danish countryside of rolling farmlands and beautiful thatched roof houses towards the town of Hilleroed to pay a visit to the most charming fairy tale castle, Frederiksborg Castle, considered by many to be the finest example of Danish renaissance architecture and the most magnificent castle in Denmark. The towers of the castle are visible from far away, indicating the massive size of the complex. The castle was originally built by Christian IV in the early 17th century, and after a fire in 1859 it was later rebuilt with the help of considerable amounts of money from the Carlsberg Foundation and opened up as a museum of Danish national art and history. The museum has a considerable collection of historical paintings and portraits, as well as art and furniture associated with the various periods shown. The castle holds as well a small chapel with the oldest organ in the world still in use - the Compenius organ from 1610.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
For lovers of modern art and architecture, Louisiana is not to be missed. The most visited museum in Denmark. The museum of Modern Art opened in 1958 and it is the mixture of pictorial art, architecture and landscape that gives it such a wonderful atmosphere.
The museum is set in a park with huge and ancient trees that slope down towards the Sound - in the park you'll find among others sculptures by Henry Moore and Andrew Calder. In addition to the permanent collection, throughout the year there are varying exhibitions from all over the world.
The Christmas Markets
Christmas is a truely enchanting and magical time in Copenhagen. Dispite the chilly weather the streets are packed with locals and tourists alike enjoying the unique and merry Christmas spirit. The Nyhavn harbour area and Tivoli Gardens play host to numerous stalls and stands offering everything from handcrafted gifts, souvenirs to local art work. Outdoor iceskating rinks and magical christmas decorations light up the dark December nights. So meander around the city, soak up the atmosphere and sample some of the traditional Danish fare - Gløgg and apple dumplings!!!
An undiscovered paradise. Playing golf on some of Northern Europe's most scenic courses at the continent's cheapest green fees - is an unbeatable birdie experience. This experience is there to be had at no fewer than 140 Danish golf courses across the country. It does not matter much, golfing-wise, where you choose to stay in Denmark. The courses are spread throughout the country and wherever you go - from Grenen to Gedser, from the West Coast to the capital, you will find all types of courses. From tough championship courses to the easy, but well-tended fitness courses. Denmark has over 10 courses ranked at international championship standard. At the other end of the scale there are several pay-and-play courses evenly distributed across the country. One of Britain's leading golfing writers Malcolm Campbell writes: "Denmark is not a big country, but small is sometimes beautiful. The divine powers must have had Denmark in mind when golf was invented. I was amazed at the high standard and variety of the courses; there can be few places on the planet where golf blends so harmoniously and naturally into the scenery of blue sea, quiet fjords, verdant woods and rippling cornfields. A golf holiday in Denmark is a real hole-in-one. I'll be back!"
Enchance your program with a visit to Sweden - Two Kingdoms in one stay. With a bridge linking Denmark and Sweden a multitude of possibilities are available. Gala dinner events, sightseeing or conferences are just a 30 minutes journey away in southern Sweden.