Tourism in CPH

What to do in Copenhagen

There are many things to do in Copenhagen. This list is just a small selection of our recommendations. Get updated information daily on Visitcopenhagen, aok and ibyen

The city of bikes

Copenhagen is the epitome of a bike city. More than 50% of Copenhageners use bicycles as their primary transportation. There are more bikes in the city than people! If you really want to experience Copenhagen, then you should do it from a bike. The city is filled with both green routes (PDF) and cycling routes (PDF).

At Bedwood Hostel our bike mechanic brings fresh bikes for us every day. It is often much faster to bike than to take the bus and metro and of course it's also much cheaper and greener. Just ask us – we also have free city maps and from April to August renting a bike gets you a free guided cycle tour. Let the staff at Bedwood Hostel help you.

Morning

  • Running or walking
  • The waterfront* – Sunrise, water and fresh air
  • Skuespilhuset* – Modern architecture and a good opportunity to sit on the wharf and enjoy the sun
  • Amalienborg og amaliehaven* - Here lives our Queen, from the garden there is a fantastic view of the Opera House
  • Kastellet* - Part of Copenhagen's old fortifications, a lovely green oasis used by many locals for jogging and recreation
  • King's garden - Nice park with fine small summer palace and usually lots of locals on blankets on the grass with a beer and picnic basket
  • Botanical garden - Another one of Copenhagen's really nice and cozy parks, definitely worth a visit
  • Breakfast at Bedwood Hostel** - 100% organic and maybe the best breakfast buffet in Copenhagen at a price far below the surrounding deals

Noon

  • Kanalrundfart** – A relaxing way to get an overview of and information about the history of Copenhagen
  • Glyptoteket*** – A stunning art collection of Carlsberg's Carl Jacobsen (Wednesdays admission is free)
  • State Museum of Art*** - Modern art museum with varying exhibitions
  • Christiansborg castle and garden*
  • Round Tower** – A unique round church tower built by King Christian IX
  • Christiania* – You know it and it IS worth a visit
  • The Royal Cast Collection
  • Walk in Nyhavn, along the waterfront and in the Old Town
  • Chill in our common room before going out for a drink
  • Ice - Eat an ice cream in Nyhavn - we recommend Rajissimo their ice cream and service is formidable (ask for discount coupons at the bar)
  • If you really have to, The Little Mermaid is also quite nearby

Night

  • Lidkoeb **** – Smart and posh and really good cocktails. Alternatively, go on Ruby, which is somewhat closer to Bedwood
  • Boltens gård – One of the places attracting 'younger crowds'
  • Kødbyen (meat packing district) *** – Lots of trendy bars and cafes
  • Café Bopa*** – Cozy bar where locals hang out
  • Understellet*** – Smokey genuine tavern atmosphere
  • Stefans hus** – Cozy cheap bar, mixed crowd and good opportunity to play darts, table football and pool / billiards
  • Tivoli **** - Beautiful after dark and there are concerts every Friday throughout the summer

Neighbourhoods in Copenhagen

Østerbro

Østerbro

The Danish word “bro” originally meant “paved”. Stenbroen was adjacent to the old city gate to the east and thus Østerbro was named as such. Inner Østerbro boasts many fine old houses and shops and has traditionally been the neighbourhood of the wealthy. In comparison, outer Østerbro does not have such a long and storied history. Read more on Copenhagen View

Nyboder and Kongens Nytorv

Nyboder and Kongens Nytorv

The royal touch is clearly shown in the splendour of Kongens Have and Kongens Nytorv.  St. Kongensgade, with its six bakeries, can arguably be described as the “royal bread road”. In the streets around St. Kongensgade and Bredgade, you will find many fashionable restaurants and shops. Read more on Copenhagen View

Nørrebro

Nørrebro

Starting in the 1850s, Nørrebro began to develop to the north of the confines of Copenhagen’s ramparts. Today it’s the most populous and densest district in Copenhagen with the highest degree of diversity. Nørrebro has a cosmopolitan feel with many different ethnicities, students, artists, etc. Nørrebrogade never sleeps. Read more on Copenhagen View

City Center

City Center

People from Copenhagen often view the center city (Indre By) as merely an area they have to pass through to get to Copenhagen’s other neighbourhoods. They only see it as the actual destination if they have an errand that compels them to go there or if they have guests visiting. Read more on Copenhagen View

Frederiksberg

Frederiksberg

The city within the city – Frederiksberg is technically its own municipality. It was originally called Frederiksberg Tulehøj, Tulehøj being the ancient name of a mystic priest. There is evidence that humans have inhabited the area where Frederiksberg now stands since the Bronze Age. Read more on Copenhagen View

Christianshavn

Christianshavn

Christianshavn was built in the early 1600’s for Dutch immigrants and had its own town government for many years.
Starting in the early 1800s the neighbourhood’s poverty increased, and the district was characterized by slums and industrial areas well into the 20th century. Read more on Copenhagen View

 

Amager

Amager

Amager is an island that offers a buzzing city life, great nature and wide beaches. Amager is Denmark closest inhabited island and do you live here, you can call yourself a amarkaner. Right up to the 1970s Amager was one of the places where Copenhageners could deliver their waste. Read more on Copenhagen View

Vesterbro

Vesterbro

Vesterbro was once one of the most down at heel areas but today it’s mostly dominated by hipsters. Vesterbro is Copenhagen’s answer to Le Marrais in Paris and Kreuzberg or Neukölln in Berlin – the streetscape features throngs of people who sport a fashionable, understated retro style. Read more on Copenhagen View