If you are visiting Malmö, you should know that you are just 1 hour by bus from the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. Yes it is! It is very worthwhile to make a small detour to visit the largest city in Denmark.
Copenhagen is a lively city, very famous among travelers. If this is your first time visiting this place, there are some attractions that you cannot miss and that you will find below.
But first, here’s a tip. If you go to the Danish capital the best way to get around there is with bicycles or public transport. This is because the city was carefully planned to facilitate these means.
How to get from Malmö to Copenhagen
There are three options for taking this route:
- By car, it is possible to rent a car and make the journey;
- By bus, the company that makes this route is Grahundbus and the stop of this bus is in front of The Royal Danish Teathre;
- By train, the train to Copenhagen leaves Malmö Central station (Lokgatan) and arrives at Copenhagen central station (København H);
11 Attractions and Tours to do in Copenhagen
- Visit the Little Mermaid statue and the Kastellet
The Little Mermaid Statue was carved in 1913 and is a tribute to the story’s creator Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish writer who also wrote the story of the Ugly Duckling.
The Kastellet (citadel) is a preserved fortification from 1664. Today it functions as a kind of park where people go for walks and outdoor activities.
In addition to the Little Mermaid statue, the site also houses a very charming Baroque church (Saint Albans Church), military buildings and even a windmill.
2. Walk through Nyhavn
Nyhavn means new port, and is one of the most visited areas in Copenhagen. The canal, in the style of the Dutch channels, is surrounded by colorful houses, bars and restaurants.
3. Have fun in the Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens was opened in 1843, and is an amusement park in the center of Copenhagen. It is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world still in operation and the most visited theme park in Scandinavia.
4. Discover the free city of Christiania
Christiania is also known as Cidade Livre de Christiania, and is an independent community of approximately 850 inhabitants founded by people in search of an alternative lifestyle in the 1970s.
If you love graffiti, artistic attractions and enjoy having a diverse experience on your trip, don’t miss Christiania!
5. Watch the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace
This is the official winter residence of the Danish royal family. It is formed by 4 palaces that are identical on the outside, and are arranged around an octagonal square. In the center of this square is a statue of King Frederick V, the founder of Amalienborg.
Among the four buildings, only one of them is open for visitation, the site houses a museum with exhibitions of the monarchy.
And a tip for those who visit Amalienborg Palace is that there is a daily changing of the guard at noon in the square. It is an attraction that lasts around 15 minutes and something different to see, and detail, is free.
6. Appreciate the structure of the Marble Church
This church started to be built in 1740. With the death of the responsible architect, in 1754, the works were paralyzed for 150 years. Finally, it opened on August 19, 1894.
From the Amalienborg palace square you have a beautiful view of the church. It is possible to climb on its dome, and from there you have a beautiful view of the city.
A curiosity is that the church has the largest dome among all the churches in Scandinavia, with 31 meters in diameter that are supported by 12 columns.
7. Strøget pedestrian walk
Copenhagen’s main shopping street is in the heart of the city. Strøget is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, 1.1 km in length from the Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) to Kongens Nytorv.
And curiosity, it is one of the oldest streets in Europe. If it is Christmas time, you will find the whole street lit up at night with a decoration that leaves everyone dazzled.
8. Visit the Chistiansborg Palace
This palace is located on the small island of Slotsholmen, and is the seat of the Danish parliament. Parts of the palace are used by the royal family for various functions and events. It is possible to visit some parts of the castle for free.
9. See Copenhagen from the top at the Vor Frelsers Kirke church lookout
Even if you’re not a big fan of churches, the Vor Frelsers Kirke church or Church of Our Savior is worth a visit.
The reason, this church has a spiral tower where visitors can climb, about 400 steps, and reach the top of the tower. There is the viewpoint of the church, where you can see one of the most beautiful views in the region.
10. Go to Rosenborg Castle
This is a Renaissance castle that was built in the early 17th century. The furniture, objects and interior of the castle reflect all the pomp and circumstance of the monarchy of the time. Rosenborg was opened to the public as a museum in 1838. I also recommend a stroll through the castle’s splendid gardens.
11. Visit Carlsberg
For those who like beer, there is a delicious tour in Copenhagen, a visit to the Carlsberg brewery. This visit takes place at the old brewery factory. The visit also includes a beer tasting.
Where to Buy Tickets Online for the Best Copenhagen Attractions, Tours and Excursions?
Some of the tours above can be purchased in advance through specialized websites such as GetYourGuide, Civitatis, Viator, and Tiqets. Perfect to save money and make sure you can visit the place you want without any problems! Here are the Copenhagen tours and attractions I recommend:
Copenhagen is an unmissable destination. Here are the main attractions of this incredible city:
- Visit the Little Mermaid statue and the Kastellet
- Walk through Nyhavn
- Have fun in the Tivoli Gardens
- Discover the free city of Christiania
- Watch the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace
- Appreciate the structure of the Marble Church
- Strøget pedestrian walk
- Visit the Chistiansborg Palace
- See Copenhagen from the top at the Vor Frelsers Kirke church lookout
- Go to Rosenborg Castle
- Visit Carlsberg
Copenhagen is full of incredible destinations and attractions to visit. Do you know any attractions that were not on the list? Any comments or questions?
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