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Hipmunk City Love: Attractions to Include in Your Walking Tour of Copenhagen

One of Europe’s easiest capital cities to explore on foot, Copenhagen is a fantastic choice of destination for travelers looking for a distinctly European experience, a friendly street-life, and perhaps even a café culture and cutting edge food scene with a nautical vibe.

Despite being the largest city in Denmark, the bulk of the city’s main attractions are close to each other, and it’s easy to reach these on foot from most of Copenhagen’s cheap hotels. It’s very easy to wander this city at your leisure and stumble upon palaces, gardens and galleries, though if pushed for time you can always combine a bus and canal tour or even do as the locals do and hire a bike.

The following are the top attractions in Copenhagen…all in a day’s walk!

Tivoli Gardens

The original inspiration behind Disney’s theme parks, this famous amusement park and gardens is a must for visitors both young and old.

Tivoli Gardens. Photo CC by La Citta Vita

There are more than 20 attractions which include roller coasters, halls of mirror, pantomimes, puppet shows and open-air theatres, concert halls, plenty of restaurants and cafes, and, of course, the lush flower gardens. Thousands of fairy-lights illuminate the gardens by night.

Just a few blocks from City Hall, the gardens are also an easy walk from Central Station.

Christiansborg Palace

No trip to Copenhagen is complete without visiting at least one royal palace, and Christiansborg should be on your list. Boasting more than 800 years of Danish history, today the palace is home to the Danish Parliament and the Supreme Court.

Much of this building is open to the public to explore. Other royal treasures worth visiting include Amalienborg Castle and Rosenborg Palace.

Nyhavn Harbor

Copenhagen is a city with a unique nautical vibe, and this is best displayed at Nyhavn Harbor – one of the most photographed and charming parts of the city where brightly painted houses and anchored museum ships line the canals, tall ships are docked along the city quays, and where visitors can catch a sightseeing cruise along Copenhagen’s canals.

This is the center of Copenhagen’s café culture, and most of the gabled houses contain restaurants and cafes.

The Little Mermaid

Denmark’s most famous tourist attraction, you can’t visit Copenhagen without paying a visit to the Little Mermaid. This iconic sculpture sits on the waterfront at Langelinje Pier in one of the oldest parts of the city and is the official emblem of Copenhagen.

The sculpture inspired by the fairytale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, she was constructed in 1913, and has now been welcoming visitors to Copenhagen harbor for over 100 years.


Once a hippy settlement, Christiania is now a unique and highly controversial section of the city which is a “freetown”, owned and governed by its residents. An alternative society while lures close to a million visitors a year, this is where people live by their own rules, where cars are banned, houses are handmade, and cannabis is a currency of choice.

There are no cameras allowed inside Christiania, and the small shops and cafes use their own special currency.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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