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Top Copenhagen Attractions

The first time you visit Copenhagen, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Copenhagen to help with your itinerary planning.

Tivoli Gardens Tivoli Gardens
The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid
Amalienborg Palace Amalienborg Palace
Christiania Denmark Christiania Denmark

Tivoli Gardens

 Address Vesterbrogade 3
 Admissions DKK 68

Copenhagen’s landmark amusement park, Tivoli, is Denmark’s biggest attraction. Tivoli Gardens opened its gates to the public in 1843. Not surprising, Tivoli is one of the oldest amusement parks operating today. The park is open from April through September and then again during the Christmas season from November 18th until December 23rd. The park opens daily at 11 am during this time.

Tivoli CopenhagenThe twenty-one acre amusement park provides an assortment of entertainment including children’s rides, shooting galleries, games of chance, a hot air balloon ride, and one of the scariest wooden roller coasters around. In addition, there are numerous free events including outdoor concerts and theatre performances. Pickup a guidebook at the ticket office. The guidebook includes a map of Tivoli along with a calendar of events. There are plenty of dinning areas scattered throughout the park ranging from gourmet restaurants to informal cafes perfect for lunch, dinner, or taking a break from the rides. There is no better place then Tivoli for sampling Danish cuisine.

Tivoli enchants its guest with palaces, a swan filled lake, and thousands of colorful flowers. In the evening, the park is illuminated with thousands of lights giving it a magical look. Every Saturday just before midnight the park ignites the sky with a brilliant display of fireworks.

Tivoli is a celebration of life. There is no place else that exudes Danish culture like Tivoli. It’s no wonder why the park attracts over 4 million visitors per year.


The Little Mermaid

 Address Langelinie 2100 Copenhagen

Little Mermaid CopenhagenThe statue of the Little Mermaid is one of Copenhagen’s largest attractions. The statue was inspired by H.C. Anderson’s fairy tale. The statue was unveiled in 1913. The Little Mermaid is located on top a boulder just off shore Copenhagen’s harbor. The Little Mermaid sits amongst parks filled with rolling green hills. The walk to the famous statue is most enjoyable. However, finding the statue can be difficult. The Little Mermaid is just slightly larger then life size. Locals tend to poke fun at the statue’s enduring popularity. However, a visit to Copenhagen would not be complete without seeing the Little Mermaid perched on her boulder along the harbor. The statue is often the victim of vandals; so don’t be surprised if you make the journey to the mermaid’s stoup only to find that the statue is out for repairs. (On 9/11/2003 the Little Mermaid was knocked off its boulder into the harbor. The statue was cracked and had to be remolded. Disappointed tourists made the best out of the situation. Many climbed on top of the boulder posing as the Little Mermaid for photographs.)


Amalienborg Palace

 Address Amalienborg Slotsplads

Amalienborg Palace became the official royal residence in 1794 after Christiansborg Palace burned down. Amalienborg Palace consists of four elaborate French-style mansions built around a large square. The changing of the guard occurs daily at 11:45 am when Queen Margrethe II is in residence. The royal family is typically home from December to April. Queen Margrethe and her husband Prince Henrik usually spend the summer months at Fredensborg Palace in North Zealand. The guards are dressed lavishly with bearskins hats. The event draws a large crowd and consists of a lot of marching followed by a parade. Much of the palace remained closed off until 1994 when a number of chambers opened up to visitors. Today, visitors can tour Christian IX’s private study, Queen Louise’s drawling room, and Frederik VIII’s study. The private rooms are royally decorated with the monarchs’ actual belongings.


Christiania Denmark

Contrary to what many folks would have you believe. Copenhagen is not like its merry neighbor, Amsterdam, to the south. Meaning, marijuana use and sale is not permitted. There is, however, a small self-governing community affectionately called Christiania that was founded by hippies in the 1970’s where such behavior is accepted. There has been an ongoing battle between city officials regarding Christiania. The debate between allowing Christiania to exist or to reclaim the land has been ongoing. The area known as Christiania is quite small, only 800 yards. Here you’ll find small vendors selling marijuana and hash along side the community’s walkways. Pre-rolled joints are also available for purchase. There are a number of establishments where locals and tourist gather to smoke marijuana and enjoy a beverage. Christiania does have a four star restaurant called Spiseloppen that draws folks from all over Copenhagen.

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