What to do if you only got one day in Copenhagen, Denmark

As a Dane, it was quite surprising to my boyfriend when he heard that I had never seen the famous Nyhavn or Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Which is why he took me on a weekend of sightseeing only a few hours by train away from home. The trip was of course topped off with a trip to Tivoli Gardens - the second oldest operating amusement park in the world and the most-visited theme park in Scandinavia.


Nyhavn was once a busy comercial port for ships from all over the world. Now it's dominated by restaurants with authentic Danish foods and the iconic colourful houses, which are an important part of Copenhagen's identity. It's the perfect place for lunch, a cold one or an ice cream - the options are many here. Nyhavn is also where the famous Canal Tour starts.

Tårnet (the Tower)

If you want to experience on of the best views of Copenhagen, do it from the tallest tower of Copenhagen. The Tower is located inside Christiansborg Palace (Prins Jørgens Gård 1) and it's completely free to visit! It's open between 11am and 9pm all days except Monday, however, be ready to stand in line for a while; they only have room for 40 people at the same time. To beat the crowd, try coming as early as possible or later in the day.


When you are near Christianborg Palace anyways then head by the famous little street, Magstræde. The street is one of the few old preserved streets from the 1600 or 1700 with cobbled roads and old colourful brick houses.

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle is located inside the King's Garden, which is also worth a visit. The garden is full of beautiful flowers and alleés (avenues). Rosenborg Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Denmark (in my opinion) and is located right in the middle of Copenhagen. It was built for King Christian IV. The garden is free to visit and so is the castle - on the outside at least. The museum costs 115 DKK and this is where you'll find the Danish Crowns and the Danish Crown Jewels.

Frederiks Church - the Marble Church

The church, located right next to the Queen's home, Amalienborg, is a magnificent marble church (hence the nickname). It resembles the churches of the Vatican City with the beautiful dome in the middle. The church is located on Frederiksgade 4 and is free to visit every day between noon and 5pm. Afterwards it would be pretty stupid not to go the 100 meters down the street to see Amalienborg Castle.

Other must sees in Copenhagen if there's time:

  • Tivoli Gardens

  • Freetown Christiania

  • Christianshavn

  • The Little Mermaid



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