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Tivoli

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Family fun and festivities at Copenhagen's biggest attraction.

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National Museet

Price guide: Free
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Best for History -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A treasure house of Nordic and ancient history.

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Davids Samling

Price guide: Free
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Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

An eclectic and unexpected museum treasure.

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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

A formidable art history lesson in a Victorian glasshouse.

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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Take a tour on Copenhagen's cool, trendy side.

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Copenhagen Bike Tours

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Fun -
Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Explore Copenhagen on two wheels.

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Rundetårn

Price guide: Budget
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Expert overall rating:3.7 (out of 5)

Climb the spiral passage for great views of Copenhagen.

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DFDS Canal Tours

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Expert overall rating:3.7 (out of 5)

See Copenhagen at its best from the water.

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Expert overall rating:3.6 (out of 5)

Enjoy canal swimming - Copenhagen style.

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Expert overall rating:3.6 (out of 5)

One of the prettiest, most historic city centre walks.

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Slotsholmen

Price guide: Free
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Expert overall rating:3.5 (out of 5)

Explore Copenhagen's historic heart.

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Expert overall rating:3.5 (out of 5)

A royal collection at Copenhagen's fine art museum.

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Copenhagen is a small capital city but it is packed with historical and cultural interest. Being so compact and so flat, getting around is a breeze - the transport system is first rate and hiring a bike is a great way to explore. Copenhagen has been virtually designed around the bike over the last 30-something years and a third of the city's residents reguarly cycle. It's great fun and very convenient joining them - at least, that is, when the weather's not too cool.

On the conventional sightseeing front there are several excellent galleries and museums, but this harbour city has plenty more to offer - canal cruises and walks around the waterside neighbourhoods are worthwhile. This is a green city with plenty of parks and open spaces - ideal for picnics and lazy summer evenings. Believe it or not but there are also some good beaches in the city and just on its outskirts. You can even swim in the extremely clean harbour at the public (summer only) pools.

If you're visiting in winter, the cold and the darker days do limit your options of course. This is the time of year to snuggle up in the cosy cafés and bars, explore the Christmas market at Tivoli or seek warmth in a spa or public leisure centre.

How I’ve picked my things to do: 

My tips aim to provide an overview of the main things to do in terms of culture and activities with a few slightly leftfield options to boot. It's not an exhaustive list but I hope it offers the best of the city.

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My tips aim to provide an overview of the main things to do in terms of culture and activities with a few slightly leftfield options to boot. It's not an exhaustive list but I hope it offers the best of the city.