12 things to do in Copenhagen

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

Copenhagen has been on my bucket list forever, even before I visited Stockholm back in 2011. I was always enchanted by the beautiful colourful buildings of the city, and curious to see what Kobenhavn – its name in Danish – has to offer. After a few attempts, this year I finally checked Copenhagen off my bucket list, and Denmark was nothing less than the 30th country I visited in my life.

I spent 6 days in Copenhagen during the Easter holiday, which allowed me enough time to get to know the city better, and in a relaxed way. I tried to breath in as much about the city as possible, not only for myself, but to share with all of you. In result, here are 12 things to do in Copenhagen, the things I enjoyed doing the most while I was in the city:


Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

Post card of the city, Nyhavn – New Harbour – is a 17th century waterfront, a canal and also where you find several fun activities. Here you can take a boat tour, sit at one of its restaurants by the water, buy a snack at one of the food trucks and sit at the harbour or simply be mesmerized by the colourful and old buildings. It was my favourite part of the town, I just couldn’t stop staring at it!

Boat tour

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

A boat tour through the canals is a must in Copenhagen, you will be impressed by what you will see during the tour. It was certainly one of my favourite activities in town, and I highly recommend it. No more details, or otherwise I will spoil the tour.

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  • Guided in: Danish, English and German
  • Price: DKK 75 DKK / EUR 10



Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

This street might be an off the beaten path, but if you have an extra time in Copenhagen or are staying around the trendy Norrebro neighborhood, I can recommend a stop here. Jaegerborggade is a street filled with cafes, bakeries and little restaurants.


Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

Copenhagen is famous for its bakeries, no wonder! Knowing this, if there is something you should do while in the city, is to try some delicious baked goods in any of the innumerous bakeries in town. My favourite bakery (I confess, I went there every day in the morning) was the tiny and busy Meyers Bageri, where I found the most amazing Kanelsnurrer (cinnamon snurrs) I ever tried!



The Little Mermaid

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

Of course, you need to pay a visit to the most famous lady in the country after the Queen: the Little Mermaid herself. The bronze statue of the Little Mermaid was made by Edvard Eriksen, and it was really inspired by the fairy tale of the same name, written by the author Hans Christian Andersen. Since 1913 the statue attracts many visitors daily, and sadly it has been victim of vandalism several times along the years, and in the process got damaged and already lost its arm once and its head a few times!

  • No admission fee
  • Address: Langelinie, 2100 København Ø


Carlsberg tour

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

Even if you don’t like beer – I have to confess this one too: I am not a big fan of beer – a tour at the Carlsberg Brewery is totally worth it. You will not only learn a little bit about beer, but you will also get to know the very interesting story of J. C. Jacobsen and its son Carl Jacobsen, founders of Carlsberg. You also have the option of choosing to do a beer tasting at the end of the tour! Cheers!

Beer Tasting

Beer Tasting

  • Price for the tour plus 2 beers/soft drink included: DKK 80 / EUR 10.70
  • Address: Gamle Carlsberg vej 11 1799 København V



Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

The most busy street of the center city, Strøget is filled with stores, food trucks, musicians, cafes, and of course, people. Even if you don’t realize, you will pass by this street sometime during your trip, and if you do, make sure to make a stop at the famous Cafe Norden for a refreshing homemade lemonade!

Homemade lemonade at Cafe Norden.

Homemade lemonade at Cafe Norden.

Christiansborg Palace

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

This stunning palace located in the center of Copenhagen on the tiny island Slotsholmen, is the seat of the Danish Parliament. It is possible to visit some rooms of the castle and the tower, but if you are not up to any of them, a walk around the castle is already worth it.

  • Admission Price: DKK 120 / EUR 16
  • Tower: free
  • Address: Prins Jorgens Gard, 1468 Kobenhavn K


Changing of the Royal Guard

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

The guard change happens everyday at the Amalienborg, it starts at noon and it lasts around 40 minutes or more, depending on whether the Queen or any of the Royal family members are present in the palace or not. The change is very similar to the one in London.

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Christianshavns Kanal

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

Christianhavns Kanal is another beautiful waterfront in Copenhagen. It was constructed in the 17th century and was inspired on Dutch cities, reason why it is also called little Amsterdam. A walk around the canal is ideal for beautiful pictures and for spotting boathouses.

 Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

A walk by the sea

The Opera

The Opera

It is possible to take a beautiful walk from Nyhavn, passing by Amaliensborg, until the Little Mermaid, facing the Opera at all times. It is a very nice walk that I enjoyed doing. It enables you to see and visit many of the city’s landmarks in only one walk.

Find a nice view

Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.
Walking through Copenhagen’s streets is already amazing, but seeing the city from above can be definitely breath taking. Finding a nice view to the city is a must do, and there are some great options for that, including the Round Tower, located in the heart of town.


There are many other fun and interesting things to do in Copenhagen. There are several museums you can visit, the famous Tivoli theme Park, castles and palaces, gardens and parks, lakes, and it is also possible to take many day trips from the city, for example to the Swedish city of Malmo or to the man made island Flakfortet. Many more activities you find on the official website of tourism of Copenhagen, which I found very useful to plan my 6-day-trip to the city.

 Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. By Packing my Suitcase.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Mabel Kwong

    Looks like there’s so much to see and do in Copenhagen, and you went exploring quite a few places! The waterfront canal looks spectacular – the houses beside it look so similarly and like toy houses, like they aren’t real. Got me fooled there 😀

    And what a nice little cinnamon pastry you try there. I don’t know if I’ll want to try it. I’ve always said to myself if I go on a big trip to Europe, I will eat as many croissants as possible! 😀

    • I couldn’t agree more with you Mabel, it is like toy houses, that is why I couldn’t stop looking at them. Soooo cute, like it wasn’t real!!

      Ohhh there are so many amazing pastries you need to try here in Europe… you will eat a loot, it will be hard to resist hahaha 😀

      • Mabel Kwong

        Haha, I bet you wanted to stand there forever and look at the houses like a crazy tourist 😀

        I had a ham and cheese croissant today for lunch. The pastry was soooo flaky, went everywhere and sooo messy to eat. I wonder if pastries are like that in Europe 😀

        • hahahaha yes!

          Oh no really? In Brazil pastries are also not good.
          Here in Europe in some places they are also not so good, but even so they are very good. The best places for pastries in my opinion is France and Copenhagen 😀
          Here in Germany they are also good, but nothing compared to real French croissants!
          When you come to Europe try a croissant in every country you go 😀

  • Hanne

    I love Copenhagen,and Denmark in general. It is in many ways my second home! These are some very great tips!
    Seems like you had a wonderful trip 🙂

    • Ohh really? I can imagine, being so close to your home country <3
      CPH is amazing… I now need to visit Norway, but only after you moved back, so we can finally meet 😀 It would be amazing. I am crazy to visit Bergen 🙂

      • Hanne

        Yes, that would be great! 😀 Let me know if yoy visit Norway, and I can show you around. We are finally moving back to Norway in june. The visa finally went trough!!! But I live in kr.sand… You are very welcomed there as well! Bergen is very beautiful as well. But the fjords you need to see if you go, they are so amazing! The most beautiful thing I have seen 🙂

        • Ohhhh I am so happy for you <3 It is great to know that all worked out!! And it's awesome that you are moving back during summer!!

          Thank you so much, I would love that!! I know, I also need to see the Fjords <3 I think I will need to go and spend some time in your country!

          • Hanne

            Thanks! We are very happy 🙂

            You def should 😉

          • I can only imagine 😀

  • Kat

    Love your photos!

  • World Journeys

    where was this list when I visited in 1999?

    • Ohhhh noo, you need to go back 😀
      The list can be longer than this… but I am saving a few things for the next posts 😀

  • …Ugh–it seems just like a FAIRY TALE!!…

  • Nice review! The video clip looks very nice, you were lucky with the weather – sunny days as it appears 🙂 PS: I think your blog is no longer appeared in WP feed 🙁

    • Yess, I was very lucky with the weather… the previous week was very cold and rainy!! The sun really helped with the photos and the videos 😀
      Ohh no 🙁 that is really weird. It should appear! Let me know if it still doesn’t appear… I’m hoping this will be solved soon!

      • Nope..it’s not there yet as I checked today. Do you still have WP reader? This is used to be your blog ids on my WP Reader – https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/67326026/ but somehow I could not see your posts at all 🙁

        • Oh my! Yes, I still have my Wp reader… I think I understood what is going on! I have set my previous blog to private, maybe that is why! Let me change that and let’s see if you can see it after 😀
          Thank you for the thumbs up!! I am still readjusting a few things!

  • Diana

    Gorgeous!!! Sorry we missed each other in Munich…which I loved!!! Got to do ALL of your suggestions apart from the English Garden! Thank you so much!!!! Baci!

    • Ohhhh I am sooo happy that you got to enjoy your time here in Munich!! I am also so sorry that I wasn’t here 🙁 It would have been awesome to finally meet each other!! But I am sure that we will have another chance 😀
      And you are most welcome!! <3

  • Ohhh you need to go, and it is not even far from you 😀 It is a veeery pretty city, I had a great time there!
    Thank you so much, I am happy that you like the new look <3

  • I also thought it was similar to Amsterdam!! With the canals, the amount of bikes, boat houses, colourful buildings!! You will love the city… but after your trip, you secretly need to tell me which one was your favourite: Copenhagen or Stockholm 😀

  • Hi Adri 😀
    Yes do include Copenhagen in your list… it is a wonderful pretty city <3 I loved it!!

  • Yess there are amazing things to do there!! Even after 6 days, I didnt get to do everything I wanted! One more reason to return 😀
    My favourite thing to do was sitting by Nyhavn, by the canal <3 sound simple, but that place was even more beautiful than I expected!
    Jaegerbordsgade was right beside where I was staying too 😀 I've many tourists there and no one knew what I was talking about, so I figured it might be a place that isn't on everyone's list of things to do. Next time I go, I certainly will stay on the same area!! 😀

  • I did 😀 it was amazing!!! Than you!!

  • If I ever go to Copenhagen, I want to try to score a table at Noma, which was voted Best Restaurant in the World. http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/noma

    • Yesss I wanted to do that too… but it was a bit expensive, so I decided to leave it to the next time 🙁

  • Thank you dear!! So happy that you like it 😀
    It was veeery sunny, we were really lucky with the weather!
    Ohh you must go there and to Stockholm too when you start your travels 😀

  • Ohhh how awesome! Are you coming to Europe during the fall? Cool!!!
    Yes, you have to go to Copenhagen and also to Stockholm, I love them both, especially the second <3

  • Wonderful photos Allane. You know, I’ve never really thought about going to Copenhagen but now you’ve just alerted me to the beauty of the place. Your photos are stunning. I love them. A visit to the Calsberg factory would definitely be top of my list, although Monkey would have to stay at home 🙂

    • Thank you so much Ting 😀
      You should definitely go to Copenhagen! It is such a lovely city, so different than other countries here in Europe. I can also highly recommend Stockholm 😉 I love that city!

      Ohhh you guys are almost leaving to Thailand right? It will be so awesome. I am so excited for you that I feel like I’m going too 😀

  • Yesss the kanelsnurrer was amazing! I wish I had them here in Germany… or not! hahaha
    I remember reading your post about Copenhagen, I actually read it again for some tips <3
    Your pictures were pretty awesome, as always!!
    Cool that you are going again, take more amazing shots!!

  • Thank you Suze!
    Awesome!!! Now you need to go to Denmark to complete Scandinavia! I still need to go to Finland and Norway 🙂

  • I hope you go sometime soon Candice!! It’s a wonderful city! Happy to know that this list will be useful to you 🙂

  • Yess!!! Your post was really useful! Thank you 😀

  • Gin

    I remembered my trip to copenhagen, such a lovely town ! I love the special feeling all nordic town have, it’s very special 🙂 I would love to go back there 🙂

    • Yesss exactly, me too! I also love that nordic feeling! So different than the rest of Europe, I loved it! 😀

      • Gin

        I would love to visit Norway and Finland, to see if I can get the same feeling 🙂

  • Hi Nikoline,

    Thank you very much for your comment 🙂
    I believe I still need to return to CPH to add a few more things to this post. I have to add Christiania, I went there too 😀

    Thank you for stopping by and for the compliment 😀