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Top 30 Things to do in Copenhagen 4

cggsa_copenhagen_map22. Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady)

  • Open 8 am – 5 pm

You can’t miss this neoclassical architectural masterpiece!

23. The Rundentaarn (The Round Tower)

  • May – September: 10 am – 8 pm
  • October – April: 10 am – 6 pm, until 9 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • 25 DKK

At such a great price, there’s really no reason not to take a tour of this beautiful and historic tower. Plus, from October 18 to March the observatory is open every Tuesday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Perfect for anyone, but especially for a couple looking for a romantic start to a beautiful evening.

24. Trinitatis Church

  • Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This church has a jaw-dropping interior.

25. Vor Freisers Kirke (Church of our Savior)

  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • About 40 DKK

Because Baroque Architecture is incredible.

26. The Christianshavn Neighborhood

Like the famous Nyhavn neighborhood, but with less tourists.

27. Christiania

This self-declared autonomous  anarchist region (complete with it’s own flag) will feel like another universe. Explaining Christiania would require a post of its own, but this video does a great job of explaining the commune.

To get to 28-30, take the subway to Frederiksborg Station, which is adorable.

28. Frederiksborg Garden

The perfect place to relax with a picnic lunch. While you’re in the park, be sure to check out the Chinese summerhouse and bridge, the Apis Temple, the Swiss Cottage, the Pheasntry, the Elephant viewpoint, and the Pacifier tree, where children can tie their old pacifiers (or iphones) and leave a sentimental note.

 

29. Frederiksborg Castle

  • October – March: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • April – September: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • 75DKK Adults/60DKK Students

Don’t be that person who goes to the Frederiksborg Garden, sees the awe-inspiring castle, and thinks “ehh, it’s probably not worth going inside.”

30. The Cisterns

  • Closed December – February
  • 50DKK Adults/40DKK Students

This massive underground former reservoir is like a cave and a cathedral had a baby together.

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Top 30 Things to do in Copenhagen 3

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15. The David Collection

  • FREE Admission
  • Open 10 am – 5 pm, Until 9pm on Wednesdays
  • Closed Mondays

This amazing collection of Islamic Art is truly unbelievable.

16. Kongens Have (King’s Gardens)

Nothing is more serene than the park next to the Rosenborg Castle, which is the oldest park in Copenhagen.

17. Rosenborg Castle

  • Hours vary tremendously
  • 110DKK Adults/70DKK Students

18. Botanical Gardens

  • January – March: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • April – December: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • FREE Admission

There’s a Botanical Gardens in lots of major cities, but they’re honestly always worth it. plus, you will already have your camera with you and this is a great place for photographs!

19. Østre Anlæg Park

This is the park containing  items #20 and #21, but it’s absolutely beautiful and worth strolling through.

20. National Gallery of Denmark

  • Open 10 am – 5 pm, Until 9pm on Wednesdays
  • Closed Mondays
  • 110DKK Adults/85DKK Under 30

The best museum in Denmark for Renaissance to Contemporary Art.

21. Hirschsprung Collection

  • Open 11 am – 4 pm
  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 75 DKK

This quaint museum of Danish paintings is an absolute must.

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Top 30 Things to do in Copenhagen 2

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9. Amelienborg Palace

  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, Closed most winter Mondays
  • With access to the Piano Nobile: 95DKK Adults/65DKK Students
  • Without access to the Piano Nobile: 75DKK Adults/55DKK Students

Four palaces for the price of one! Live out your childhood Disney dreams! Try to catch the Changing of the Guards ceremony occurs. Also, the Piano Nobile is the grand floor still used by the Royal Family, not an actual piano.

10. Frederiks Kirke (aka The Marble Church)

  • Open Monday-Thursday 10 am – 5 pm, Friday-Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

This Rococo style church has the largest dome in Scandinavia.

11. Aleksander Nevsky Church

In 1886, Princess Dagmar of Denmark married Alexander Alexandrovich, a  Grand Duke of Russia because both of them had extremely catchy names (presumably among other reasons). The Russian government subsequently built the Aleksander Nevsky Church, which is the oldest (and perhaps the only) Russian Orthodox church in Copenhagen.

12. Danish Museum of art and design

  • 100DKK, FREE for students
  • November 1 – April 30: Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesdays 11 am- 9 pm
  • May 1 – October 31: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesdays 10 am- 9 pm

Think MOMA meets IKEA. If IKEA were Danish. It’s pretty awesome.

13. The Little Mermaid Statue

This famous statue is a tribute to the fairy tale by Danish author H.C. Andersen. Also the Langelinie Promenade is beautiful.

14. Kastellet

  • Open 6 am – 10 pm.

Explore the citadel in the star fortress, which is complete with beautiful buildings and even a windmill.

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Top 30 Things to do in Copenhagen

Make the most of your time in Copenhagen! I’ve curated this list of the top 30 attractions in Copenhagen grouped by proximity. You could do each color in a day, or combine colors if you’re super speedy. As of January 2017, 35 DKK = about $5.00. Underlined text links to the attraction’s website.cggsa_copenhagen_map

1.  The Sandeman Tour

  • Sandeman Tours incentivize their guides to deliver quality by letting you decide what to pay them. You are expected to tip roughly 80DKK (10% discount for total assholes).

I’m a strong believer that in any city where they’re offered, going on a Sandeman Tours should be the first thing you should do. The guides are super knowledgeable about the cities history, and they will take you to many of the places listed below. Although the stops tend to be very quick (you might stop to admire the exterior of a cathedral but not go inside), these tours will give you a great sense of how you would like to spend the remainder of your time in the city. Furthermore, your guide’s stories about modern and historic life in Copenhagen could very well spark your curiosity about particular spots in Copenhagen. The tour meets at the Dragon Fountain by the City Hall/Town Hall Square (please verify this on the website, as the meeting place can change). Book online to guanantee a spot on the tour.

Below are the topics the tour currently covers, exactly as listed by Sandeman:

  • Copenhagen Town Hall
  • Tivoli Gardens
  • Danish Royal Palace
  • The Marble Church
  • Picturesque Nyhavn harbour
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Absalon – the warrior bishop
  • Nazi occupation
  • WWII resistance
  • Strøget shopping mile
  • The Lur Blowers
  • Nytorv and Gammeltorv
  • Kongens Nytorv
  • Danish Parliament
  • The Royal Danish Theater
  • Copenhagen Opera House

2. Thorvaldsens Museum

  • 60DKK Adults/45 DKK Students, Free on Wednesdays
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Mondays

Immerse yourself in the work of Danish neoclassicist sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

3. Christiansborg Palace

  • Royal Reception Rooms: 90DKK Adults/80DKK Students
  • Royal Stables: 50DKK Adults/40DKK Students
  • All-Access: 150DKK Adults/125 DKK Students
  • Royal Reception Rooms & Kitchen: 10 am – 5 pm, Royal Stables: 1:30 pm – 4 pm
  • October – April: Closed Mondays

The palace offers free admission to the chapel and while the Parliament is in session, free tours of the public Parliament galleries. The Palace also has a game for children called “The Museum Mystery” that involves stopping a theif – turns out it’s an iphone app.

4. Ruins Under Christiansborg

  • 50DKK Adults/40DKK Students, Free with All-Access Christianborg Pass
  • Open 10 am – 5 pm, October – April: Closed Mondays

Go on a  medieval adventure!

5. The National Museum of Denmark

  • 75 DKK
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Mondays

You won’t find a Danish cultural history museum like this anywhere else in the world! In all seriousness, learning  about the history will definitely make you appreciate your time in the country.

6. Tivoli Gardens

  • Price varies, roughly 120 DKK
  • Open:
    • Spring and Summer: April 6 – September 24
    • Halloween: October 13 – November 5
    • 44 Days of Christmas: November 18 – December 31

A bit of a misnomer, given that it’s an amusement park, not a garden. The Tivoli Gardens earns a spot on this list because it’s the oldest operating amusement park in the world (it opened in 1843!). The park is open for Spring, Summer, Halloween, and also goes all out for Christmas. My opinion on the park will not go uncontested, but here it goes: if you are only in Copenhagen for a few days, especially if it’s not around Christmas time, I would skip it. There aren’t that many rides, and how much culture can you get from an amusement park? That is an actual question, feel free to answer it in the comments section.

7. Walk around the Nyhavn neighborhood.

Although it’s included in the Sandeman’s tour, this picturesque is the stuff that postcards are made of – don’t forget your camera and be sure to soak it in. I would also recommend this neighborhood for a scenic jog (or a scenic selfie).

8. Kongens Nytorv

One of the most beautiful public squares imaginable. Be sure check out the old kiosk. It’s adorable and you feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine (if you ignore all the people taking pictures for their instagrams).

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Copenhagen Metro & S-Tog Map

Transportation via railroad can be a bit confusing in Copenhagen because the city has both a metro and an s-train (aka S-Tog) system. This map shows both systems, and, as always, I’ve highlighted stations near awesome attractions in hot pink for your traveling convenience.  I’ve also compiled a list of the top 30 things to do in Copenhagen.

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Tokyo Metro Map

An extremely modern city, it’s quite fitting that Tokyo has a huge metro system. Here is a map of all the subway stations in the Japanese capital city to help you during your trip to Tokyo. I’ve circled the stations I thought travelers would be most likely to use in hot pink.

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Munich Metro Map

Here is a map of the subway stations in Munich to help you navigate the metro system, aka the Bahn! I’ve added a hot pink dot to the locations I thought tourists may want to visit to make them easier to spot on the map. So many amazing sights are located near Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz in the very center of the city that you probably won’t need to ride the metro too many times during your stay in München.

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Barcelona Metro Map

Here is a map of the subway stations in Barcelona to help you navigate the metro system! I’ve added a hot pink dot to the locations I thought tourists may want to visit to make them easier to spot on the map. I’ve also added in the location of Park Guell – it’s not 5 feet away from a metro station like most of the attractions, but it’s well worth the little walk (which is quite beautiful).

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Travel Tip of the Day

This tip is especially good for enjoying your stroll down those iconic (but pricey) streets while on traveling. If you struggle with impulse purchases, consider carrying a padlock and (discretely) placing your wallet into your backpack and literally locking it up when you walk down streets that sell overpriced (or simply expensive) items. Yes, you will know the combination and be able to unlock it, but it will force you to commit to saving your money and force you to think through your purchase while you take the extra step of unlocking it.