A weekend in Copenhagen is a nice city trip. I brought 9 tips from Copenhagen for your city trip there.

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For me, Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the capital of Denmark there is simply no stress and no hectic pace. Here you can understand why the Danes are repeatedly voted the happiest people in the world. Since I’m there regularly, this time I’ve brought 9 slightly different tips for sights for your weekend in Copenhagen.

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Copenhagen is not only located directly on the sea, there are also many canals that flow through the old town. So what could be more obvious than a city tour through the canals past the many sights of Copenhagen. The flat ships cast off at Nyhavn, among other places. The tour leads from there through the harbor canal to the district of Holmen. Here used to be the old naval base, which is gradually being transformed into a modern residential area. The tour continues again via the canal to the Little Mermaid, where you can watch the many people standing around the small statue from the ship. The boat enters the canal of Christianshavn, past the new theater and the victims, past the many colorful houses of this beautiful part of the city. Once the ship has left the Christianshavn Canal, it returns via the harbor canal to the Frederiksholm Canal. Here you can see old Copenhagen with Christiansborg Palace, which now houses the Danish Parliament. After that the tour is already over and it’s back to Nyhavn.

There are various tour providers, some of which do not only stop in Nyhavn. All providers have tours in different languages, e.g. in German, English, Danish or Spanish. The language of the respective tours can be found in the timetable. A tour lasts about an hour, in bad weather the boats are covered.

Due to the long lines at the ticket counters on weekends, it is worth booking tickets in advance.

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A walk through the castle and the old soldiers’ quarters

Actually, I find old military installations pretty boring. For me, the old castle in Copenhagen is definitely a sight in the city. Built in the 17th century, the fortress was built in the shape of a pentagon. It is surrounded by a moat. Today the complex is the seat of the Danish military administration and a museum is housed there. A walk inside the fortress is interesting, but the walk around the moat is really beautiful. On the one hand, you can see the shape of the fort better here and, on the other hand, you can observe the many waterfowl that now live in the ditch. If you leave the fort in a southerly direction, you will see St. Alban’s Church on the left, Denmark’s only Anglican church.

Southwest of the fort are the old soldiers’ quarters from the 17th century. If you walk through the streets, e.g. Delfingade, Elsdyrsgade or Suensonsgade, you walk along the yellow-orange facades of the terraced houses for what feels like forever. Soldiers used to live in the small apartments with their families. The houses are still inhabited today. If you want to see how people used to live there, you should visit the small museum Nyboders MINIMUM. Unfortunately, it’s only open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For me, a walk through this district is always a little journey through time.

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Into the Free State Enter Christiania

The Free State of Christania is already legendary. Founded in 1971 by autonomists on a disused military site, the Free State is still tolerated by the Danish government today. The Free State has its own rules and laws, e.g. cars and weapons are forbidden, cannabis is allowed there, but hard drugs are not. (Please note that cannabis is fundamentally forbidden in Denmark and is therefore only tolerated in Christiania, but not legal) The Free State is governed by grassroots democracy and is geared towards consensus. There is no police.

The Christinia site is on the city island of Christianshavn, with an entrance diagonally across from the Church of the Redeemer (Vor Frelsers Kirke). It is easy to walk through the area, but you should always be aware that you are actually walking through a housing estate. This may also explain why some residents are not very enthusiastic about the tourists. Photography is allowed but not welcomed. The only exception is Pusher Street, the hub for cannabis, where photography is strictly forbidden (and not recommended). Drugs were publicly sold here until 2004, the hash was in front of the houses here by the block. In the meantime, these may only be sold inside the house.

The many residential buildings, some of which are very imaginatively built, are very interesting. Vegetarians and vegans get their money’s worth in Christiania, because there are several snack bars or restaurants with good and affordable food.

I found an interesting report about a visit to the Free State of Christiania at Blickgewinkelt. You can also see photos of Christiania here.

Gourmets now also get their money’s worth in Christania, because the world-famous restaurant NOMA is now also in the area of ​​the Free State.

Buy a “Gammeldags Isvaffel” in Nyhavn

Gammeldags Isvaffel is THE ice cream in Denmark. It consists of an ice cream cone with 2-3 scoops of ice cream. Then comes whipped cream, strawberry sauce and a foam kiss. As an alternative to cream and strawberry sauce, you can also get guf, a Danish cream that tastes a bit like marshmallow cream. The whole thing is not exactly low in calories, but very tasty.

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Contrary to all expectations, you can get a good Gammeldags Is am Nyhavn at Vaffelbageren. The ice cream cones are freshly baked here, really delicious!

Climb the Rundetårn and look down at Copenhagen

Rundetårn is, as its name suggests, a round tower in the middle of Copenhagen. It served as the university observatory well into the 19th century. The oldest observatory in Europe is still housed there today. Even the ascent to the tower is special, because there are no stairs leading up, but a spiral corridor, a so-called riding staircase. In the past, this made it possible to transport astronomical equipment using horse-drawn carriages. If you climb the viewing area of ​​Rundetårn you have a wonderful view over Copenhagen.

Marionette-theater in the park of Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle and its park (Kongens Have) alone are worth a visit. But that’s in every travel guide. I really liked the small marionette theater that is located in a small pavilion on the north-east side of the park. Free demonstrations are given here from Tuesday to Sunday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. A great destination not only for families.

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Copenhagen Sightseeing Travel Tips Rosenborg Castle

You can get more info about visiting Rosenborg Castle in the TravelWorldOnline article.

Tip: Admission to Rosenborg Castle, like many other attractions, is included in the Copenhagen City Card. You can buy the map here* at GetYourGuide.

Amalienborg Palace

Anyone who wants to visit the home of the Danish royal family should not miss Amalienborg Palace. The castle, which consists of four buildings, is within walking distance to Nyhavn. You can tell whether the queen is at home by the Danish flag that flies on her house or castle. If you are interested in parades, watch the Changing of the Guard, which takes place at 12pm every day. If the queen is at home, it will be slightly larger.

Eat a real Danish hot-dog

In addition to the rich Gammeldags Is, a visit to Copenhagen also includes a real Danish hot dog for me. It consists of the typical red sausage (Rød pølse) in a hot dog bun, Danish tartar sauce, French mustard, Danish ketchup, pickled cucumber slices, roasted onions or raw onions. A big mess, but delicious. The nice thing about it is that the famous Pølse wagons, where you can buy the hot dogs, are everywhere in Copenhagen.

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A market-visit to the Torvehallerne

I always find market halls beautiful, Copenhagen also has one. The Torvehallerne is located in the Frederiksborg district, right by the Nørreport metro station. A good mix of market stalls and street food is on offer in the two halls and on the open-air area in between. Here you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and cheese, but also Italian specialities, craft beer or spirits. For physical well-being, there are fresh pasta, fish dishes, roasts and the typical Danish bread, the smørrebrød.

A toilet as a landmark of Copenhagen

The beautiful public toilet right on Nyhavn is almost an insider tip. If you go down the stairs, you enter another century. The cabins are made of dark wood, the brass fittings and fittings gleam. This toilet is really worth seeing, even if you don’t need it at the moment. Another toilet worth seeing is e.g. at Amagertorv.

More tips for your weekend:

There is much more to experience in Copenhagen than these eight things. The Tivoli, a stroll on the Strøget, the changing of the guard in front of Amalienborg or the old Carlsberg brewery are also worthwhile activities for a weekend in Copenhagen. I have put together information about these sights and many more travel tips for Copenhagen in the city guide Copenhagen.

Do you have any tips for other sights in Copenhagen?

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