Grab your photography loving friend or your selfie-stick and get ready to make some of the most Insta-worthy shots to remember your visit to Copenhagen. With this list you’ll know exactly where to go in the Danish capital for the picture-perfect backgrounds for your photo’s. From castles to old harbours, amusement parks and nature, Copenhagen has it all.
If you have seen any pictures or videos of Copenhagen on your feed than Nyhavn was probably in them. This old harbour was once a busy commercial port notorious for prostitution and other distractions for the sailors. Today this is one of the hippest neighbourhoods of the city, its picture-perfect and colourful houses have been renovated and provide a relaxed atmosphere.
The harbour’s waterfront serves as a terrace for the many cafés and restaurants, which makes it a great place for some people watching. Don’t expect to take any pictures here without (other) people in them. If you want a photo of colour buildings with less of a crowd, head to the Hammerichsgade, near Vesterport station for a shot of the back of the Nordisk Film Biographer Palads, one of the most colourful buildings you’ve ever seen!
There is nothing quite like this public park in Nørrebro. It is a rare and interesting mix of architecture, urban life, art and green meadows. The park is divided into three main areas: The Red Square, The Black Market and The Green Park. While The Red Square offers modern, urban life with café, music and sports, The Black Market is the classic square with fountain and benches. The Green Park is a park for picnics, sports and walking the dog.
The Black Market with its curving white lines on black asphalt are especially photogenic and keeps drawing your eyes to something else. But there is more to include in your posts, for the park truly represents this most diverse area of Copenhagen. With fountains from Morocco, swings from Iraq, benches from Brazil, and a black octopus slide from Japan, the park is like a small world exhibition.
If this amusement park could inspire Walt Disney to open his own park, just imagine what amazing content you can create at Tivoli. Tivoli Gardens has something for everyone, from beautiful gardens to music and rides. The scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings, and lush gardens. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique.
You’ll find Tivoli in the city centre, right next to the Central Station. No matter when you get there throughout the year, each season has its own unique theme in Tivoli. From Halloween to Christmas and from summer to winter, you’ll find the season conveyed all around you in Tivoli. The perfect place for some creative content creation for your TikTok or Instagram feed.
If the fairy tale surroundings of Tivoli didn’t get you the pic you were hoping for than try the King’s Garden to get some amazing shots with the 17th century castle in the background. The King’s Garden is the oldest and most visited park in central Copenhagen. To visit the garden, take your pick from one of three entrances and wander along tree-lined paths, under rose-bound arches and to the Hercules Pavilion, the statue of Hans Christian Andersen and a multitude of other sculptures. The Kings Gardens also includes herbaceous borders, a rose garden and several fountains.
The castle itself started as a summer palace for king Christian IV. Inside you’ll find the Danish crown jewels and regalia, the coronation thrones, life-size silver lions and beautiful tapestries commemorating the battles between Denmark and Sweden. Time for some royalty inspired content!
Surprised at this location? That is understandable but Bispebjerg Cemetery really is one of Copenhagen’s most Instagrammed locations, especially in spring. Denmark’s largest cemetery includes several avenues lined with sakura or cherry blossom trees. In spring when the trees bloom, a look up to the skies fills your view with awe-inspiring pink flowers that lift the spirit.
Of course when visiting this sight it is important to remember its primary function as a graveyard and that many visitors will be there to grieve. You may want to combine your visit to the cemetery with a visit to nearby Grundtvig Church, which has an impressive Expressionist-style exterior but a Gothic interior.
One of Denmark’s most famous churches has a climbable serpentine tower which offers gorgeous views across the city. The tower was added to the Church of Our Saviour in 1752 and has climbing to the top has been a popular pastime ever since. Of the 400 steps, the final 150 are on the outside of the spire, so those with any sense of vertigo might want to skip this location.
The church itself, with its baroque designed spire, the walk up to the top and the 360° view across the city all make for amazing shots to share with your followers and friends. The view from the top, 90 metres above street level, was even voted best in the city by locals in 2007.
A must-see for any one who loves gorgeous greenery, the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen has ten hectares of garden with a butterfly house and a tropical palm house dating back to 1874. The Garden holds the largest collection of living plants in Denmark, while the Herbarium houses the largest collection of preserved plants in the country.
Much of the garden is free to visit, sadly this does not include the tropical Palm House and the Butterfly House. The 19th century Palm House is made out of cast iron and glass, inside along with the exotic and rare plants, you’ll also find a 16 metre tall cast iron spiral staircase, which is as old as the Palm House itself. The butterfly house is open during the summer season only, here you can see the butterflies’ fascinating life and transformation up close and maybe even post it on your feed.
Magstræde is one of the oldest streets in Copenhagen, dating back to the 1520s. The street still has its original cobbling, is fairly narrow and is lined by colourful buildings. All in all it makes the perfect spot for a nostalgic photo shoot, as walking down this street is like walking back in time.
The oldest building on the street is the symmetrical house at No. 17-19 which dates back to the 1640s. The Schäffer House, at No. 6, was built in 1733-34 and was the home of Court Carpenter Diderich Schäffer who worked on Christiansborg Palace, the old Rococo interior of this house are now on display at the National Museum.