Address: Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Copenhagen, 1213, Denmark

- Free


Explore Copenhagen's historic heart.

This island amid the canals is the heart from which the city grew in its earliest days. It is home to Denmark's Parliament as well as its striking stock exchange (Børsen), complete with a dramatic spire of bronze intertwining dragons.

There are a few musems here as well, including the Theatre Museum (Christiansborg Ridebane 10-18, Copenhagen 1218; +45 3311 5176;, the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum (Tøjhusgade 3, Copenhagen 1214;, and most notably the Thorvaldsens Museum (Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Copenhagen 1213; +45 3332 1532; dedicated to this famous Danish sculptor. While worth a visit, none of them are as compelling as simply wandering around the area, soaking up the historic atmosphere.

Value for money

Price advice

It's free to explore the island, although some of the smaller museums charge an entry fee.

Expert tips

The national library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek) is worth a visit for its striking architecture - old and new, for its waterside location and its refreshment options.

Check out the statue of King Christian IX.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Education
  • Great views / scenery
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture