Denmark’s capital city cannot be put into a single box. There is something for everyone, from culture and fine dining to fashion and history. Our Hop-on Hop-off bus has lots of stops for you to explore the city of Copenhagen. But which sights are must sees to complete your visit to Copenhagen?
Where it all started
The earliest fortifications of the city were built in 1167 by Bishop Absalon on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen. Today the Christianborg Palace sits in its place. The palace, known to the Danes as Christiansborg Slot, is the home of the Danish government and should be on everyone’s must-see list. The sight holds over 800 years of history and houses Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. And while some parts are still used by the Royal House, much of the sight is open to the public. This include the ruins of the Bishop’s castle and the medieval fortress that were found when the present palace was under construction.
The most photographed part
From rags to riches, Nyhavn has made quite a change from once being in disrepute to now being one of the most photographed parts of the city. Once known for beer, sailors and prostitution, this charming harbour with its brightly coloured gabled houses and lots of restaurants and cafés is less than a fifteen minute walk away the Christianborg Palace. The harbour also has a memorial to Danish soldiers who lost their lives in World War II and several decommissioned ships await your perusal in the water.
Have you even really been to Copenhagen if you haven’t seen The Little Mermaid for yourself?
Four Hop-on Hop-off stops later, or a twenty minute walk north along the waterfront, you will find yourself at the world famous statue of the Little Mermaid, Den Lille Havfrue. The statue, which is just off the shoreline, was created by Edvard Eriksen and is based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The Little Mermaid is as iconic for Copenhagen as The Statue of Liberty is for New York and Manneken Pis is for Brussels. Your visit to Copenhagen isn’t complete without it.
And there is so much more to see. For the best panoramic views of the city you can visit either The Round Tower or City Hall. The best shopping can be found along the Strøget Shopping Mile and for one of Disney’s influences for its theme parks visit the Tivoli Gardens.
Want to know even more about Copenhagen? Visit Kayak’s Copenhagen travel guide for information on how to get to the city and where to stay.