Copenhagen Sights

Be it sea or canal, water surrounds Copenhagen. A network of bridges and drawbridges connects the two main islands—Zealand and Amager—on which Copenhagen is built. The seafaring atmosphere is indelible, especially around the districts of Nyhavn and Christianshavn.

Copenhagen is small, with most sights within 2½ square km (1 square mile) at its center. Sightseeing, especially downtown,

is best done on foot. Or follow the example of the Danes and rent a bike.

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  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

City Hall Square is dominated by the 1905 mock-Renaissance Rådhus (City Hall). Architect Martin Nyrop's creation was popular from the...


  • Arts/Performance Venue

Completed in 2008, the newest addition to the Danish Royal Theatre focuses mainly on drama. While theater stagings are primarily in Danish,...

Statens Museum for Kunst

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Old-master paintings—including works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, El Greco, and Fragonard—as well as a comprehensive array of antique...

Sømods Bolcher

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Near Copenhagen University stands this Danish confectioner, which has been on the scene since the late 19th century. Children and candy-lovers...

Thorvaldsens Museum

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The 19th-century artist Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844) is buried at the center of this museum in a simple, ivy-covered tomb. Strongly...


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Copenhagen's best-known attraction, conveniently next to its main train station, attracts an astounding 4 million people from mid-April...

Tycho Brahe Planetarium

  • Observatory/Planetarium

Situated at the western end of the lakes that divide Copenhagen, this modern, cylindrical planetarium appears to be sliced at an angle.


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This Renaissance structure—built by King Christian IV and one of central Copenhagen's oldest—contains impressive displays of uniforms,...

Vor Frue Kirke

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The site of Denmark's main cathedral, the Church of Our Lady, has drawn worshippers since the 13th century, when Bishop Absalon built...

Zoologisk Have

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Established in 1859, the Copenhagen Zoo blends the old with the new. The elephant house, by acclaimed architect Norman Foster, is an...