To truly connect with a new city, it’s always best to see and do the things that make it unique. If your heart is set on visiting Copenhagen, we’ve got good news — there are plenty of fun and fascinating things to do in this one-of-a-kind city.
At Discover Scandinavia Tours, our US-based team lives and breathes all things Nordic! With years of expertise, we have carefully crafted a beautiful Denmark luxury tour that showcases the best of what the country has to offer — and that includes the charming capital of Copenhagen.
So, if you’re looking for Denmark travel inspiration, join us as we look at some of the most unique things to do in Copenhagen. If any questions come to mind as we go, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Visit The Little Mermaid on Langelinie Promenade
Our first stop in Copenhagen is as iconic as it is picturesque: The Little Mermaid statue. Perched along the Langelinie promenade, this diminutive sculpture has a larger-than-life presence and has become the unofficial mascot of the city.
Created by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen, this timeless symbol of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale has welcomed travelers for over a century.
As you stand before the stoic yet serene mermaid, the salty breeze in your hair, you’ll be transported into the world of the beloved tale. Be sure to capture the moment with a photograph, but don’t forget to admire the surrounding waterfront scenery, which is just as enchanting.
If you’re traveling with children, consider adding this to our other recommendations for fun family activities in Denmark.
Go Shopping on Strøget, Europe’s Largest Pedestrian Shopping Street
Now that you’ve had your dose of enchantment, let’s embark on a shopping adventure! Copenhagen’s Strøget, often hailed as the largest pedestrian-only shopping street in Europe, is the perfect place for some retail therapy.
This 1.1km (0.7-mile) street runs from City Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv, passing streets like Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, and Østergade.
Whether you’re in search of Danish design, international fashion brands, or quirky boutiques, Strøget has it all. Simply stroll along and see what stands out to you! You’ll find everything from high-end luxury shops to charming, locally owned stores that stock unique Danish souvenirs.
Climb Rundetaarn, a Living Landmark of Copenhagen
Our next stop is Rundetaarn, literally ‘Round Tower’, a 17th-century tower that has stood the test of time and remained an essential part of Copenhagen’s skyline.
Unlike many historical buildings in Copenhagen and across the world, climbing this tower doesn’t involve negotiating tight, steep steps.
Instead, Rundetaarn boasts a unique spiral ramp that winds its way to the top, offering stunning panoramic views of the city. As you ascend this architectural marvel, take your time to soak in the historical significance of the tower and appreciate the astronomical observatory inside.
The ingenious design was a practical solution for lugging heavy and expensive astronomical equipment to the top of the 34.8m (114 ft) tower.
Have a Fun-Filled Time at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens, one of Denmark’s most beloved amusement parks, is a whimsical wonderland for all ages. With its romantic gardens, twinkling lights, and an array of rides and attractions, this is a must-visit spot in Copenhagen.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or someone who appreciates the charm of vintage carousels, there’s something for everyone at Tivoli. It even has its own resident symphony orchestra! It’s especially magical in the evening when the park comes alive with a symphony of lights.
Opened in 1843 — making it the world’s second-oldest amusement park — Tivoli’s enchanting atmosphere has been captivating visitors for generations. The Beatles played here in 1964, Michael Jackson tried to buy it, and its whimsical atmosphere inspired Walt Disney’s plans for Disneyland… Now that’s an impressive history!
Climb the Corkscrew Stairs at the Church of Our Savior
Up for a physical adventure? Head over to the Church of Our Savior, a baroque masterpiece in Christianshavn. While the exterior of the church is impressive in its own right, the real adventure lies in climbing the unique spiral staircase to the top of the spire.
As you ascend the 400 steps (150 of which are part of the external spiral staircase), the views become increasingly breathtaking. At the very top, you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view of Copenhagen and its harbor. You’ll also have an up-close look at the remarkable golden, winding staircase that makes the Church of Our Savior truly one of a kind.
Construction of the church began in 1695 as King Christian IV expanded the city. Today, it’s still a place of worship and one of Copenhagen’s most famous buildings.
Looking to extend your visit into more cultural adventures? Read our blog Exploring Denmark: Palaces, Castles, and Gardens for more inspiration!
Soak Up the Bohemian Vibes in Freetown Christiania
Our last stop takes us to the heart of bohemian Copenhagen — Freetown Christiania. This unique, self-governing commune in the heart of the city is a stark contrast to the historic grandeur and royal palaces you’ll find elsewhere in Copenhagen.
Christiania is a place where creativity thrives, and rules are different. Wander its colorful streets, adorned with vibrant street art and quirky stalls. Experience the free-spirited atmosphere and unique way of life that the residents have chosen.
You’ll also find a variety of cafes, art galleries, and performance spaces, making it a hub for the city’s counterculture scene. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly one of the most unique things to do in Copenhagen!
If you’re already looking for vacation inspiration beyond Denmark, we think you’ll appreciate our blogs Where is the Best Place to Visit in Sweden? and Where is the Best Place to Visit in Finland? Both are filled with ideas for even more Scandinavian adventures!
Complete Your Copenhagen Experience in Nyhavn
No visit to Copenhagen is complete without experiencing the vibrant allure of Nyhavn. Dating back to the 17th century, this historic harbor is home to iconic colorful facades and tales of maritime history.
Nyhavn’s lively waterfront is lined with restaurants, cafes, and bars. There aren’t many better experiences in Copenhagen than sitting by the water, enjoying Danish delicacies, soaking up the friendly atmosphere, and watching the boats bob in the harbor.
As evening falls, Nyhavn transforms into a magical spectacle, with illuminated facades, street performers, and a bustling atmosphere. Nyhavn is a celebration of Copenhagen’s past and present, ensuring a memorable stop on your Nordic adventure.
Unique Experiences in Copenhagen: Honorable Mentions
While the above attractions are some of the most unique things to do in Copenhagen, the city has many more hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.
Here are a few honorable mentions that we simply had to include somehow!:
- Grundtvig’s Church: An architectural marvel, this expressionist-style church just outside the city is a true masterpiece built using over six million yellow bricks!
- Agnete and the Merman: A lesser-known statue in the water beneath Højbro Bridge, this sculpture depicts a merman and his sons pining for Agnete, both wife and mother.
- Kulturtårnet: A charming cafe and community space with panoramic harbor views atop a copper tower on the Knippelsbro Bridge.
- Nasothek Nose Collection: A quirky and offbeat museum dedicated to the many wonders of the human nose, where you can explore the fascinating world of olfaction.
- Leif Sonne’s Bottled Beer Collection: Beer enthusiasts, this one’s for you! A unique collection of 20,000 unopened bottled beers spanning several decades and brands.
- Jens Olsen’s World Clock: A remarkable gilded astronomical clock that will provide accurate dates, times, and planetary positions for thousands of years.
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