5 Perfect Summer Things To Do In Copenhagen!

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After what feels like an endless winter in the UK, the start of British Summer Time is finally around the corner, and eager travellers will be keen to book their summer breaks. If you’re trying to decide on the perfect city break, then you simply cannot overlook the elegant and eclectic nature of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.

Reputed to be the happiest city in the world, you won’t find friendlier locals than in Copenhagen! Famous for its beautiful canals, mouth-watering Danish pastries, and Instagram-able blend of stunning architecture and brightly coloured buildings, the city simply brims with culture and history— and their beer is pretty reputable too!

If you do decide to spend your summer in Copenhagen, here are 5 perfect things to experience in the Danish capital!

1. Take a guided canal cruise at Nyhavn

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Experience the beauty of Copenhagen’s vast harbours and canals on a guided canal tour at Nyhavn! Guided in various languages, and taking around an hour, you’ll see various landmarks in quick succession, all from the comfort of a canal boat, giving you a unique perspective of the famous canals! From The Copenhagen Opera House, the heart of Copenhagen at the Amalienborg Palace, the stunning modern architectural Black Diamond Library, to the iconic Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinie Pier, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy-tale, you’ll experience all with the sun shining down on you. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth! There are many tours to choose from in Nyhavn— and whilst you wait for your allotted time slot, you can enjoy a drink or two outside the colourful Nyhavn buildings which dominate the old port!

Location: Nyhavn 3, 1260 København K.

Price: Varied depending on the company, starts from around 48DKK.

2. Take a stroll around the Botanical Gardens

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Copenhagen is a green city with a vast number of open spaces, and parks both big and small. If you’re a nature enthusiast or simply just appreciate a beautiful garden, Denmark’s largest collection of living plants is found at the Botanical Gardens. First established in 1600, the garden was fully laid out in 1874 and has 27 glasshouses!

The garden contains a growth house, a beautiful flower shop, a cafe, a palm house, and a butterfly house (note: this is only open during the summer season and has a small entry fee). The garden is a short walk from the King’s Garden (the oldest and most visited park in central Copenhagen!) and just a 5-minute walk from Norreport station— so it’s the perfect spot for a picnic or a coffee at the park cafe to appreciate a day in the sun!

Location: Gothersgade 128, 1353 København K.

Entry fees: Access to the garden is free. For the Palm House (in the summertime the Butterfly House), the adult price is 60 DKK.

3. Take in the stunning architecture and art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

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Need a breather from the beautiful summer’s air outside? If you’re a keen sculptor, a lover of history, or simply appreciate art, then the Glyptoteket is the museum for you. Its vast collection holds over 10,000 works of art and archaeological objects, offering ‘new perspectives on life, culture, and civilisation through a time span of 6,000 years’ (glyptoteket.com). It features some incredible exhibitions, including one focused entirely on Egypt, and their collection of 300 works comes from an era with a total duration of more than 3,000 years. A memorable area of the Glyptoteket’s Egyptian collection is their recreation of the descent into an Egyptian tomb, which contains mummies, coffins with hieroglyph inscriptions, and images from the underworld as well as life-like mummy portraits dating from Egypt’s Roman Period. Incredible!

The museum was founded by the brewer Carl Jacobsen and has been open to the public since 1897 and holds works primarily divided between ancient antiquities and Danish and French sculptures and paintings from the 19th century. And not only does it contain beautiful things, the building itself, both inside and out is magnificent, with high ceilings and a winter garden, full of palm trees, a fountain, and a pond. The garden houses the cafe Picnic, designed to provide an oasis, where you can relax in its peaceful ambiance with a slice of cake and a cup of coffee.

Location: Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København.

Entry fee: Adult: 125 DKK. Under 27/student fee: 95 DKK. Under 18: Free.

4. Spend the day at Tivoli Gardens – Amusement Park

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The magical Tivoli Gardens is the world’s second oldest theme park— and even inspired Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney’s own Disney World. Founded in 1843, it’s an international attraction, Copenhagen’s central theme park, and is found right next to the Central station. Full of music, rides, restaurants, and gardens, there is something for everyone! The scenery is beautiful, with stunning architecture and luscious greenery. You can stay until dark and appreciate the fairy-tale atmosphere, as thousands of fairy lights illuminate the park and add to that magical feeling.

Tivoli’s oldest and most popular ride is a wooden Rollercoaster, Rutschebanen, which opened in 1914— one of the world’s oldest wooden coasters still running today! They have an array of other rides, as well as ‘kiddie rides’, and other attractions for all, like The Pantomime Theatre, Tivoli Aquarium, Amusement Arcades, and a host of music events in the two concert halls. Keep in mind that admission doesn’t include park rides so you can simply enjoy the romantic gardens and buy ride tickets separately at your leisure! With an array of restaurants, sweet and ice cream stalls, cafes, and a vast food hall, you truly can spend an entire day in Tivoli and not get bored—if anything, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Location: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630, København V.

Entry fee: 8+ years from 155 DKK (Ride passes are to be bought separately).

5. Get your fill of sweet treats at Cakenhagen

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Want to experience some truly tasty treats that Copenhagen has to offer? Cakenhagen is the place for you! Described as a ‘genuine wonderland for the sweet tooth’ (cakenhagen.com), there are 2 locations to choose from — one inside Tivoli Gardens during the opening season, and the other located at Vesterbrogade 1, open all year round. Featuring a selection of cakes, hot drinks, and Champagne, it is a classic Danish pastry shop with the vibe of a chic French cafe. With a wonderfully welcoming environment and beautiful interiors, the photos will surely feature on your Instagram story—and the cakes are out of this world too!

Location: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København.

Summary

The Danish capital has plenty to see and do, and these 5 things are a mere selection. From various other tourist attractions, museums, and restaurants, you won’t be bored in Copenhagen. Yet its beauty does outweigh it all; you could spend the day simply walking through this amazing city, taking in its sights, culture, and history without spending a penny!

So, what are you waiting for? Start booking your flights and see Copenhagen for yourself!