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20 Places to visit in Copenhagen

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Architecture / Denmark / Europe / Northern Europe / Scandinavia

While it’s the first time in Copenhagen, I can’t decide to fully concentrate on architecture or being touristy, each day’s itinerary was planned wise for all the attractions and museum’s opening hours. But here’s my ultimate list of Copenhagen, from tourist to local all within three days. My advice: Ride a bicycle; buy the Copenhagen card if you prepared to visit as much museum as I do.

1//Nyhavn (New Harbor)

The first impression whenever you googled Copenhagen, the historic canals of Nyhavn. Touristy, but can’t be never missed, it certainly does look like a postcard.

2// Amalienborg Palace Square

Changing of the Royal guard takes place at 12:00 noon.

3//Little Mermaid statue

If cycled down to Langelinje Pier, here you will find the famous statue.

4// HAY House

You probably don’t know how much I like Scandinavian design but HAY is one of my favourite. This trip wouldn’t complete without a visit to their flagship store, it makes me feel so happy by just looking at the furnitures and design pieces.

5//The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle

My travel  buddy insisted to visit at least one castle in Copenhagen although castle have never been my favourite. A great place for historical overview of Danish royal family through the massive collection.

6// Church of our Saviour

If you’re not fear of height, the reward of is the best view of Copenhagen. The spiral baroque church where the last 150 steps are on the outside of the tower makes how unique it is.

7//Grundtvigs Church

It sits proudly from afar on the skyline and it is even more impressive when I get closer. The interior is bright and minimalism while the rays of daylight streaming through the windows. Already know how striking it is before visiting but it gives me unforgettable feelings that morning.

8//Round tower

A tower and an observatory, in conjunction with Trinitatis Church. There is no stairs within this tower. Instead, you have to walk up the spiral walk to the outdoor platform which gives you another sight of Copenhagen. The quirky steps are my favourite part.


9//Tage Anderson

Read my post about this floral gallery if you haven’t, take a peek into a flower artist’s wonderland.

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10//Ordrudgaard Museum

The journey takes about 20 minutes west by train from central Copenhagen. I came for the extension of the building by Zaha Hadid, it was featuring the exhibitions of “At Home with Hammershøi” between 4th March, 2016  to 7th August, 2016. First glimpse of the black lava concrete from exterior and the fluidity of the space that constantly relate to the curves of the terrain, beautiful indeed.

Loving how the art installations sits in the woodlands, very catchy and fun. I would like to visit Finn Juhl’s House, which is just a couple minutes walk away from Ordrudgaard Museum but it’s only open for public during weekends.

11//Lousiana Museum of Modern Art

A little out of the way, but worth visiting! My favourite museum in Copenhagen. It is set on a hill overlooking the the Swedish coast. The art collection is fantastic and well curated. If you appreciate modern art, plan to spend several hours here. I could spend a whole day here. Do not miss out the Sculpture Park, especially in summer.

12//Designmuseum Danmark

This place is absolutely a heaven for Scandinavian design lover. My favourite are the Danish furniture exhibition. Huge collection of costume and information about Japanese influences on Danish design. The garden is used as an exhibition space, and in the summer it is open for theatre which puts on shows.

13//Danish Jewish Museum

I am sure you are familiar with Jewish Museum in Berlin at this point. It’s designed by Daniel Libeskind and yet this quaint museum is impactful in design. I am not particular about Jewish history, I have no opinions about the information showed.


14//Royal Library

15// Mountain Dwellings by BIG Architects

16//VM Houses by BIG Architects

17// Gemini Residence by MVRDV

18//Cirkelbroen bridge

Cycling in Copenhagen can be really enjoyable and practical, these bike lanes have changed my perspective towards cycling in city.

19//Bicycle snake (Cykelslagen)

Another bike lane after crossing Cirkelbroen bridge, connecting Kalvebod Brygge to Island Brygge. Just google about this bike lane, it’s bright and looking elegant with the made of steel.

20// Nørreport Station by Gottlieb Paludan Architects + COBE Architects