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24 hours in Copenhagen - it's wonderful

Updated on June 23, 2015

Wonderful Copenhagen

In the early 1950s Danny Kaye had a hit record with Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen. He wasn’t wrong. This is a wonderful lively city, nice and flat and not difficult to negotiate on foot.

Cycling is another option – there are thousands of bicycles but it’s intriguing how you know where to find your own once you’ve parked it.

Then there’s the Copenhagen card - it covers unlimited use of public transport plus entrance fees to many attractions. You can buy online -www.europeancitycards.com

Allow me to take you on a visit - 24 hours in this wonderful city.

The little mermaid - Copenhagen
The little mermaid - Copenhagen | Source

The Little Mermaid

9.00am

Say god morgen to the Little Mermaid, synonymous with Copenhagen. You’ll find her sitting on a rock near the shore at the harbour. Hans Christian Andersen wrote the fairy tale in 1837 and she’s been there since 1913.

Despite many vandal attacks she remains an icon, although most visitors are surprised by just how small the little creature is. Luckily, Copenhagen's largest monument is nearby - the Gefion Fountain. It’s also a wishing well.

Never let a chance go by - chuck in a kroner or two and keep your fingers crossed.

Little Mermaid – Gefion Fountain - www.visitcopenhagen.com


Gefion Fountain - make a wish
Gefion Fountain - make a wish | Source

Rosenborg Castle

10.30am

Rosenborg Castle is a treasure chest of Danish and royal artifacts, the biggest and best being the crown jewels and regalia. Take a breather afterwards by strolling through the botanical gardens surrounding the Dutch Renaissance style castle.

At 11-30 the Danish royal guard march from the castle for Amalienborg Palace and the changing of the guard.

Rosenborg - Oster Voldgade 4A - www.rosenborgslot.dk/

Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle | Source

Amalienborg

Noon


Watch the guard change at Amalienborg Palace; four rococo buildings, with the equestrian statue of King Frederik V at their centre. This is the winter home of the Danish royal family; Crown Prince Frederik and our own (Australian) Princess Mary are often here.

Judging by the Aussies who frequently gather around, hoping to say G’day to Mary, it’s clear she’s giving Hans Christian Andersen a run for his money - perhaps appropriate, considering they both represent fairy tales.

A section of Amalienborg is open to the public, displaying the private royal apartments of past Danish Glucksborg kings and is well worth a visit.

Amalienborg – Frederiksgade.

Princess Mary of Denmark attends a wedding with husband Prince Frederick
Princess Mary of Denmark attends a wedding with husband Prince Frederick | Source
Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace | Source

Nyhavn Harbour

1.00pm

Visit the Nyhavn harbour area, where colourful houses lining each side of the canal are more than 300 years old. Moored sailing ships create an historical atmosphere - the perfect place for a stroll while connecting to Copenhagen’s maritime associations.

Nyhavn is as popular with the locals as it is with the tourists; a meeting place for relaxing, enjoying a drink, or having a bite in the many trendy bars, restaurants, jazz clubs.

There’s a literary connection – number 20 is where Andersen lived and wrote his early stories. Later he lived at 67 and 18.

From the Nytorv end of the harbour take a canal boat tour (late April to mid September).

There’s an irresistible small amber museum/shop - upstairs is a display of exquisite carved curios and good photo opportunities from the window. Enjoy lunch wherever takes your fancy – or take a short stroll to the popular and reasonably priced Café Stella, corner of Kompagnistræde and Knabrostræde.

cafe@stella.dk - 33 15 19 00

Nyhavn harbour area
Nyhavn harbour area | Source

Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum

3-00 pm

Time for a slice of culture. In the city centre, you’ll find the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum, founded by the Danish brewer, Carl Jacobsen, who in his time amassed a whopping private collection of ancient and modern art - more than 10,000 works. A glass domed Wintergarden provides an appealing landscape of greenery even in the chilling winter months.

Museums not your thing? Head for the Carlsberg brewery and visitor centre. With the slogan ‘Probably the best beer in the world’ you’ll probably want to suss out how probable that is. You will have the opportunity to sample the amber liquid although there is an admission fee.

Glyptotek - Dantes Plads 7, www.glyptoteket.dk; Carlsberg - 11, Gamle 45 33 27 13 14, www.carlsberg.com

Stroget for shopping

4-00pm

Let’s go shopping. The street known as Stroget claims to be Europe’s longest mall. Like most of Scandinavia, Denmark is famed for its design, glass, textiles, silver jewelry, amber, fashion. There are boutiques, shopping centres, upmarket, downmarket. Whether you’re shopping or strolling, the cafes, bars, restaurants and street performers all make for a great atmosphere.

Treat yourself to coffee, pastries or ice-cream - plenty on offer. Look out for the Guinness world records museum. It’s difficult to miss - a replica of the world’s tallest man stands outside.

Guinness Records Museum - Ostergade 16, 45 3332 3131

Guinness world of Records - Copenhagen
Guinness world of Records - Copenhagen | Source

H C Andersen -

6.00pm

Back to that man again - no way can you ignore Hans Christian Andersen. In the city centre you’ll find his statue next to City Hall. Sitting on his lap makes for a photo opportunity is for young and old. One wonders what he’d make of it since he appears to have been a bit of a grump. “He wasn’t a sweet old man; he was sharp as a razor,” says Danish actress Susse Wold who travels the world reading Andersen’s work to new audiences.

The kids will love his museum, though – it has colourful tableaux recreating scenes from many of his fairy tales, including the Emperor’s New Clothes and the Little Mermaid.

Andersen’s Wonderful World, 57 Radhuspladsen.

H C Andersen - Copenhagen
H C Andersen - Copenhagen | Source

Tivoli Gardens

7.00pm

The Tivoli gardens, in the city centre, is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Enjoy rides and carnival games but don’t expect Disneyland. It’s fun and relaxing.

Entertainment varies from day to day; symphony concerts, pantomimes, concerts and ballets are performed throughout the summer. The gardens are decorated with flowers, lakes, shrubs and trees - a beautiful sight at night, twinkling with illuminated lanterns and fairy lights. It’s choc-a-bloc with cafes, and restaurants serving everything from fast food to international haute cuisine.

www.tivoligardens.com

Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens | Source

Time to relax

9-00 pm

If you haven’t been tempted to eat at Tivoli, try one of the Den Sorte Gryde chain. It means the Black Pot and best known for Buggi-Burger – one is more than enough for two.

Another option is Café Victor, open late for drinks and meals and a trendy place to be seen. Or nip down the pub – they’re everywhere, particularly in basements. Many are called bodega, which seems a bit Spanish, but there you go.

www.densortegryde.dk/; Café Victor - www.cafevictor.dk/

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      A great hub,travmaj . You have done an excellent presentation of sites and things-to-do in Copenhagen ,making the idea of a visit very appealing. Your language is lucid and your images are beautiful. Voted up, useful, and awesome. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the virtual tour. Virtual is better than nothing, right? It will have to be for me. :)

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      This is one European city I've been dying to visit. Thanks for the intro, Travmaj!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Travmaj! I have been in Copenhagen two times and the last time was about two years ago and unfortunately, I find it very expensive (especially the food), compare to the rest of Europe! I couldn't believe it. But as you said, there are nice things to discover in that lovely city! I loved the Tivoli gardens.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Copenhagen is one of the cities I have yet to visit. Thank you for this wonderful presentation. I really enjoyed it very much.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Copenhagen sounds a beautiful place to go to, and it's wonderful that the city gives so much honor to Hans Christian Andersen. Children all over the world grew up to the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. To think that he came from Copenhagen makes me feel like this is a city of everybody's youth.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      You certainly get around! lol! what a great virtual trip! I really enjoyed it! voted up and shared, nell

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      freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for sharing . Very informative .We traveled around Europe last year but never made it to here. Found you while hub hopping

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Arun Kanti - Thank you for your lovely comments and votes. I'm pleased you enjoyed this visit to Copenhagen, it is a wonderful city to explore.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Hi Bill, appreciate your company on this quick tour. It's certainly great to visit places. But home is best - no contest

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Thanks Michelle - hope you visit one day. This is just a peek, heaps more to see and do.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This was a delightful tour through a city I've never thought about visiting (don't know why). You've covered it well and made a great case for a visit. Great personal photos as well.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thanks for a wonderful tour of Copenhagen, Denmark. I visited there several times, but it has been years ago. I have visited all the places you mention in this article and they are wonderful to see. The people are so friendly and it is nice because most of the Danish speak English so well. This brought back such fond memories for me. Thanks for sharing this with u s.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Hi kidscrafts - yes, I agree, expense is always an issue when travelling and it's difficult not to compare with other places. Unfortunately, tourist venues are usually higher than anywhere else. Still, Copenhagen is well worth seeing - I too remember the Tivoli gardens with lovely memories.

      Thanks for comment and sharing.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      janet - Hope you fit Copenhagen into your travels at some stage - as you can see I was much taken with this city. Thank you for commenting.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      grand old lady - what a lovely comment you make - yes, most of us remember Hans Christian Anderson and his fairy tales so we can all connect to Copenhagen in a way. Thank you.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Hi Nell, thank you for your comments and votes, much appreciated.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      freecamping - thank you, your life sounds very exciting - hope you make Copenhagen sometime. Cheers and best....

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Flourish, many thanks - glad you enjoyed Copenhagen.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      suzzettenaples, Lovely, thank you - glad it brought back many memories. And, as you know, there is so much more to see...

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      Nikolic Predrag 2 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Excellent hub, Travmaj! I have been in Copenhagen two months ago. This city has left such a strong impression on me. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A great tour through Copenhagen, enjoyed! I wish I could visit the place and see the wonderful places that you have showcased.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      dis-cover - I'm so glad to hear you've visited Copenhagen recently and that you agree with me - it is a beautiful city. Thank you for your comments.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Vellur, thank you so much for this, I'm glad you enjoyed. Hope you get to visit one day.

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      Bernadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Nice tour, enjoyed it and good photos to go along, too. Looks like it would be even better to explore in person, thanks for sharing this. :)

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      informationshelte 2 years ago

      Smashing! Although I have never been to the capital of the Danes, and all I can remember is a couple of things from school geography, your guide has made me travel there mentally!

      I think I would be stunned to view the statue of the tallest man in the world outside Guinness records shop, what an attraction! So Copenhagen could be an underrated European destination, as opposed to the more popular cities of London and Paris, since it has so many hidden surprises to offer to the visitor.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      BNadyyn - Good to hear you enjoyed the tour of Copenhagen - yes, it is a great place to visit.

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      Kay Readdy 2 years ago

      As usual, Travmaj, you have made me want to visit! And such great suggestions for fitting Copenhagen's attractions into a workable schedule. Love the photos and literary references. Will now have to revisit the Andersen fairytales.

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      Thanks for the tour and sharing your beautiful pictures. Copenhagen is really a wonderful place.

      Have a nice day! :-)

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Beautiful description and I love the tour! I have never been but it might be something I'll add to my bucket list!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing again, Travmaj!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Kay, thank you so much for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed a quick tour of Copenhagen. Yes, the Andersen fairy tales are always fascinating reading for any age. Best...

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Hello ignugent - thanks so much, appreciate your visit. I'm glad you liked the visit to Copenhagen.

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      Shelley Watson 2 years ago

      Thank you for taking me away from my desk to wonderful Copenhagen. I would so love to visit the harbour area and cruise the waterways. My dream! Glad you shared the beauty. Up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      epbooks - thank you for enjoying the tour - I hope it's definitely on the bucket list - cheers....

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Oh thank you Michelle and Cloudy of course...

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      CyberShelley, Happy to share a little of your dream with you, hope you visit Copenhagen one day. Thank you for your lovely comments and votes...

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Copenhagen was not on my bucket list as a place to visit, but it is most certainly now. Great hub, wonderful images.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      tobusiness - thank you, happy you enjoyed this visit to Copenhagen - your bucket list is probably like mine -overflowing! Cheers...

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      Beth Perry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      travmaj, what a wonderfully informative article tour here! I have long wanted to visit Copenhagen and now want to go more than ever. I am particularly intrigued to learn of the HCA museum! I just adored his writing when I was young.

      Voting up and thanks for posting.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Bethperry, thank you, I hope Copenhagen becomes a reality for you one day. Yes, we all have those HCA memories and it was good to see him so remembered in his home city. Thanks again Beth...

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Thank you for taking me to a day long tour of this beautiful city. When it comes to Denmark, my traveling interest have remained confined to Greenland for observing polar bears. Scandinavia is definitely on my mind for travelling to, but you have opened up my eyes to new urban possibilities.

      I liked the pictures to go along with the write-up.

      Thanks again.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      suhail and dog, thank you for enjoying Copenhagen with me. Have to say Greenland and polar bears sounds most adventurous. Oh dear, so many places to see. Thanks again.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Travmaj, thank you for giving us a tour of Copenhagen by just reading your beautifully written hub. I enjoyed the pretty photos. Well done, Maureen.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      liesl - Thank you for reading and I'm most pleased you enjoyed the tour of Copenhagen. Very pleased to see you here.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'd love to visit Denmark. The problem is that there are so many places in the world that I'd like to visit that I know I'll never be able to see them all! It's so nice to take a virtual tour by reading interesting travel hubs like this one. Thanks for sharing the information and the photos. Your hub is very enjoyable.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Alicia, thank you, I appreciate you coming on the Copenhagen tour. It is difficult to see many places, I still haven't been to Canada. One day perhaps..Best wishes.

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      18 months ago from New York

      Love the photos this is a great hub! I'll also pass this along to family and friends so they can read it, do you mind checking out my hubs? I am now following you :)

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