Traveling to Copenhagen is a Danish delight for you to enjoy. Fairytale gardens, outdoor music and theater, Royal Palaces and Viking history are set amongst Nordic architecture with quaint restaurants alongside harbor cafes.
Fall in love in Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and accompanying amusement park are ideally suited for a relaxing stroll, traditional carnival rides and boating on the lake. Situated minutes from the iconic City Hall, visiting Tivoli Gardens is a Danish past time that has become an international destination. Frequented by the famous author Hans Christian Anderson whose fairy tales were inspired by his experiences in the gardens and visited several times by Walt Disney, you will fall in love with the tranquility, picturesque views, lush greenery and striking architecture. In the summer months, the gardens are open until 11pm and the colorful lights hanging from the trees give off the enchanting fairy tale atmosphere - just like Disneyland!
Calling All Thrill Seekers!
There are rides for every thrill seeker at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. If you’re looking for a blood rushing adrenaline thrill, the Vertigo ride will flip you upside down at 65 miles per hour! In 2017, Tivoli (as it is referred to by locals) was slightly modernized with the inclusion of a digital dimension – a virtual experience in The Demon. The Demon is a rollercoaster where passengers are taken on a journey through a Chinese reality with fire-spitting dragons and exploding fireworks.
After all the thrill and adventure of Tivoli Gardens, travelers to Copenhagen can indulge in Danish culinary delights. There are a host of restaurants tempting every taste bud from the traditional Danish dishes like meatballs, liver paste and Mørbradbøf (pork tenderloin with onions). If you are traveling with young children and, pack a picnic blanket and soak up the natural outdoor beauty of Tivoli Gardens.
Changing of the Royal Danish Guard
In recognition of the Danish monarchy, travelers to Denmark will be delighted by viewing the changing of the Royal Danish Guard in the magnificent Royal Palace square. This event takes place daily at 12pm with the Guard leaving the barracks at Rosenborg Castle around 11:30am and marching through the city to Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish monarch Queen Margrethe II.
While in the Palace Square, you will marvel at the rich Danish history with the statue of King Frederik V from 1771. There's also an opportunity for history buffs to enjoy the architecture of four identical buildings. While in Copenhagen, these are Christian VII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace, Christian IX’s Palace and Christian VIII’s Palace. Christian VIII’s Palace is home to Amalienborg Museum and each of these buildings has a deep history that will give you a greater appreciation of Denmark and its cultural roots.
The Amalienborg Museum, Copenhagen
Celebrating the rich history of the Danish royals, a vacation to Copenhagen is not complete without visiting Amalienborg Museum, which showcases over 150 years of royal history dating back to the days of Christian IX and Queen Louise, better known as the "in-laws of Europe."
Throughout the Amalienborg Museum, you will be amazed at the private interiors of the most recent royals and learn about royal family life. The rooms of Christian IX and Queen Louise remain in perfect condition and provide insights into the personalities of these royal 19th century European icons.
Travel tip: The Gala Hall and other magnificent rooms in the Amalienborg Museum welcome guests but not at all times as some rooms are still used by the royal family. Tours for children are also well publicized and a perfect activity for the families traveling to Denmark.
Dine like a Royal
When in a royal city, eat like a royal no matter what cuisine you enjoy. Bistros or Michelin-starred restaurants, Copenhagen has something to tickle your taste buds.
While in Copenhagen, dining at the award-winning Nordic Kitchen restaurant should be on the list of things to at least once. Nordic Kitchen is renowned throughout Denmark for high-quality food using local, organic and seasonal produce.
Other must-try restaurants include the infamous Noma who was ranked the world’s best restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Noma changes its menu seasonally, but is always in tune with the Scandinavian cuisine.
Throughout Denmark, its maritime history ensures that many restaurants serve daily fresh seafood!
Cycling and Shopping in Copenhagen
Locals in Copenhagen live on the saddle of their bike. They ride to work, to school, to the stores downtown and to social gatherings! And they do it rain, hail and even snow.
The city is home to 250 miles of bicycle lanes and traffic lights that are coordinated in favor of the cyclists, particularly during the daily peak hour. Rent a bicycle and enjoy the city sights on two wheels.
It has been said that Danish fashion is cool and wearable. So when in Copenhagen, one must take time out to stroll through the shopping scene. The city center offers the big names from Prada to Gucci and Zara to H&M while other neighborhoods in the city offer small boutique shops. Strøget is one of the longest streets in Europe for shopping, offering everything from designer brands to budget bargains.