Things to Do in Copenhagen,
The World's Most
Liveable City

BY Rest of Europe | Denmark

Frequently deemed the world’s most liveable city, Copenhagen also makes an exceptional place to visit. From the towering spectacle of Christianborg Palace to the counter culture of Christiania, Copenhagen is a city where contrasts live in harmony, while an imperturbable (and quintessentially Danish) cool pervades.


Christiansborg Palace

Be sure to visit the Parliament house, and maybe even have lunch with the Prime Minister at the Tower while taking in views of the city. No, seriously—I bumped into Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning having a sandwich last time I was there!

University of Copenhagen Botanical Gardens

A garden originally thought of and conceived in the 1600s, you can now visit the last location of this amazing structure. Consisting of more than 47 glass houses, this garden reflects the passion Danes have for all things botanical.


The official residence of the Danish Royal family, famous for its four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors that surround the octagonal inner courtyard. But don’t let the classical architecture fool you: these aren’t your typical royals! I can tell you from firsthand experience that it’s not uncommon to bump into them in the streets outside the palace (so keep an eye out!).

Black Diamond Library

Serving as both the National Library of Denmark and the Library of Copenhagen University, the Black Diamond houses the National Museum of Photography, and – in an example of the medium being the message – is itself a journey that connects an old library with a more modern building.

National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst)

Yes, a museum—but a good one!

The Warmth of a Good Hygge

With a deeply ingrained philosophy of warmth, inclusiveness and solidarity called hygge, the Danish are repeatedly rated the happiest people on Earth. On our Denmark Biking trip, you’ll quickly come to understand why.

Strøget Shopping Street

A shopper’s delight, this street boasts trendy and high-end stores from Scandinavian designers and world renowned brands. Every time I go there I stop at Summerbird, for some (always mandatory) chocolate shopping.

Frederiksberg Gardens

Established by King Frederik IV to accompany his summer home, Frederiksberg Palace (are you seeing a theme here?), today the park is one of Copenhagen’s largest and most attractive green spaces. It combines with Søndermarken to provide an impressive 64 hectares of green space in the city’s west end.



Hippie culture is alive and well in Copenhagen. But be warned, in this place they take their “green” spaces very seriously. (Yes, that was a smoking pun. But seriously, be prepared.)

The Royal Danish Opera House

This one is quite funny! No doubt one of the best and most modern venues in the world (as you can see from the photo above), the budget was mishandled (which is rare here, and not very Danish), ballooning to more than US$500 million. The result is not only one of the world’s most amazing venues, but one of its most expensive.


A Scandinavian concept very similar to Mercado San Miguel in Madrid. Here you’ll be able to find the best fish and meat in town, along with the most gourmet ingredients. The best part? You can do it all while enjoying the freshly made tapas.

Designmuseum Denmark

Denmark’s largest showcase of both Danish and international design is like a world tour through some of the globe’s most creative, captivating and thought-provoking designs. A must for those who appreciate both the artistry and engineering of design.

And a few other ideas…

Take a walk around The Lakes area. Hold hands, sit on the grass or just enjoy a freshly squeezed juice. This is also a favourite spot for jogging among Copenhageners.

Rent a bike and cruise through trendy Vesterbro or Nørrebro. Be prepared for a multicultural, hip (or hipster, depending who you ask) and creative atmosphere.


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