I love Copenhagen! No, I don’t think you understand…I freaking love Copenhagen! It is an amazing city from a traveler perspective. This city is brimming with attractions to make sure you will regret not spending more days at the end of your trip!
With that being said, comes next is the question of our life, “Where to go?” Representing the majority of people traveling, I don’t have much time in this city. With only 3 nights to spend, it was a challenge to pack all the places (I think) worth my time. But at the end, I think I have found the “FORMULA” for Copenhagen attractions!
- Theme Park
*this formula was made in a secret lab in WDJV headquarters, all copyrighted.
The last part is a joke, of course, we haven’t got a secret lab (or have we?). I found those are quintessential of all the places you will want to visit. If you haven’t got the chance to visit ’em all, then at least visit one in each category, minimum. Now, I have picked 1 from each category and allow me to break them down for you.
A.k.a the only theme park you HAVE TO visit! As a second-oldest operating theme park in the world which opened in 1843, being itself is enough reason for you to go here. Other than the location which just right in the center of the city, literally just a step away from your hotel.
It doesn’t feel like Disneyland as something that only kids could enjoy. I feel like this park is something that anybody at all range of ages could enjoy. Tho they are also famous for their wooden roller coaster, their decoration and details are the ones that I think stood out the most. Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park that literally amused me, overwhelmed me visually, and intoxicated me with its Glogg…
The entrance ticket doesn’t include the rides inside, it is purely for entrance only!
They also have the all-inclusive package that gives you access to all the rides. Copenhagen card only covers the entrance fee tho. But for me, I didn’t actually mind. I didn’t really have the time to take any ride because I was already soo absorb and awed with all the details they put in the decorations.
I think Halloween and Christmas time is the best time to visit this place with their festive decoration. And lucky for you, it is now Halloween already! The park opens from 13 Oct – 5 Nov for Halloween. Make sure you visit them during these dates and feel the magical aura that they cast to the park. 👻
FAIRY LIGHTS GALORE! Especially during those gloomy autumn days with no sun, I chose to come here at night time and didn’t disappoint. Tivoli does fairy lights like no others. It is everywhere and it is unreal! Just come and stroll around even if you are not really into rides and get into the mood, you will not regret it!
- Address: Tivoli A/S, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. / Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Admission Fee: 120 DKK / entrance only
- Official Website: http://www.tivoligardens.com
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Not everyone enjoys spending time in the museum. Depending on the exhibits, couples of us are actually guilty of just skimming without actually reading the history or the captions… 🙈 BUT there is one museum in Copenhagen that will actually grab your attention!
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is hands down the best and most beautiful museum I ever been! First reason probably because this is an art museum. The second reason has to be how they arrange the layout and the architecture. You are able to see each art pieces without them competing with each other, visually.
The museum was started from Carl Jacobsen’s personal collection whose the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. That’s why the names might ring a bell. Glyptoteket comes from the Greek ”glyptos”, which means carving or sculpture, and ”theke”, a place where something is collected or displayed.
Spare your time to enjoy the famous Glyptotek’s Winter Garden, a little oasis inside the museum!
If the arts aren’t your thing, then the Glyptotek’s Winter Garden is definitely something everyone can appreciate. They also have Café Glyptoteket which located just by the garden. If I wasn’t soo excited about all the exhibition, I will more than happy to just sit here overlooking the Garden and let the time passed by.
- Address: Dantes Plads 7, 1556 Copenhagen
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. / Monday closed
- Admission Fee: 95 DKK / adult
- Official Website: https://www.glyptoteket.com
Among others palaces, I choose Christiansborg as a must visit for couples of reasons. First is the location, it is as central as it can get. If you think of visiting both Tivoli Gardens and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek or shopping along at the Strøget, then this is your best bet. Everything is in walking distance!
Located on their own island, Slotsholmen (or castle island, duh!) in the middle of Copenhagen, you won’t have any problem finding this place.
Second is because there are options for everyone. If you are a snob foodie and wanting to know how the kings eat, behind the scene, then they have the Royal Kitchen opens to the public. Or even the Royal Stable or the Ruins. And of course, the spotlight, The Royal Reception Room.
There are different entrance fee for each of those areas but they do also have the combination tickets. Depending on how much time do you have but I only able to visit the Royal Reception Room and it already took me almost 2 hours exploring inside. You might want to spend half a day to be able to visit them all.
It is a palace so obviously, everything is extravagant. Take your time to explore the castle and pay a royal visit while you are here!
- Address: Prins Jørgens Gård 1, 1218 København, Denmark
- Opening Hours:
- “The Royal Reception Room” Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Monday closed
- “The Royal Kitchen” Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Monday closed
- “The Ruins” Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Monday closed
- “The Royal Stables” Daily 1.30 p.m. – 4 p.m. / Monday closed
- Admission Fee:
- “The Royal Reception Room” 90 DKK / adult
- “The Royal Kitchen” 50 DKK / adult
- “The Ruins” 50 DKK / adult
- “The Royal Stables” 50 DKK / adult
- Official Website: http://kongeligeslotte.dk/en/palaces-and-gardens/christiansborg-palace.html
Rundetårn (The Round Tower)
I think nowadays, every city will have at least 1 city tower or something along that lines. It is pretty common and I sometimes skipped them because…nothing really special tbh. But this place is different because of the stairs! Or the lack of it, to be exact.
Technically the tower is only 36 meters tall but due to the spiral walk, you will walk for around 209 meters to reach the top. Walking around the 17th-century tower it is a good exercise tho, not gonna lie. There is also exhibitions area and the Library Hall inside but the main stairs for me is still the spiral ramps.
You won’t walk 209 meters for nothing, obviously. The top floor is the observatory deck which is 34.8 m above street level. The view of Copenhagen will always be picturesque no matter where you see it. For me it is worth the walk but if you are having somesort of injury then you might want to skip this and go for The Tower on Christiansborg Palace instead.
- Address: Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark
- Opening Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Admission Fee: 25 DKK / adult
- Official Website: http://www.rundetaarn.dk/en/
Tips: Buy a Copenhagen Card!
If your plan and itinerary looked more or less the same like I have with tons of places to go, then I highly recommend you to buy a Copenhagen Card. It is technically a tourist pass that included the entrance fee for the most tourist attractions and more importantly, public transportation!
You can pay online for the card and they will send you a voucher that will have to be redeemed with the real card. I redeemed mine at the service center in Copenhagen Airport at terminal 3. All I have to do was to write down when I start to use the card and it will be valid according to the duration that I bought, for me it was the 72-hour card.
Just show your card on the ticketing booth for those included attractions. In the public transportations, peoples didn’t really check or ask for your card. But keep them in hands at all times, because sometimes there will be random check and you will have to show your card!
- Cost: 24-hour card 389 DKK / 48-hour card 549 DKK / 72-hour card 659 DKK / 120-hour card 889 DKK
- Official Website: http://www.copenhagencard.com
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