Copenhagen's Top 20
Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Denmark
A fairy-tale town deserves a magical funfair. Tivoli Gardens is one of the country’s most popular attractions, drawing more than four million visitors a year (in a country with a population of around 5.5 million). Youngsters will enjoy the...
Nørregade 21, 1165 København, Denmark
Shopping in Copenhagen can be a delight, whether you choose to hit the famous department stores or seek out small independent boutiques for more obscure finds. But if you are in search of high-quality antiques, then Bredgade is the best street to...
Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark
The Louisana Museum of Modern Art is located 40 minutes outside of Copenhagen in beautiful seaside Humlebæk. Its setting on the shores of the Øresund Sound is stunning and the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art is among the most...
Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København, Denmark
We stood like a pair of Hemingway’s cats in the thin Scandinavian rain to photograph the oxidized lions washed dark at the front of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. A rainy day is always a good day to see a museum and the Carlsberg, the brainchild of...
Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, 1213 København K, Denmark
Roskildevej 32, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
In a design-obsessed city, it’s only right that the animals in Copenhagen Zoo (Denmark’s fourth most popular attraction) should live in style. The Elephant House was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, while the Tasmanian...
Elsinore—which the Danes know as Helsingør—is famous for Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. There are other reasons to make the 50-kilometer (31-mile) trip north from Copenhagen, however. The Maritime Museum (Ny Kronborgvej 1),...
Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257 København K, Denmark
When you think of a royal palace, you usually think of one set building. In Copenhagen's case there are actually four distinct buildings which surround a large central square. Why four? Apparently, because it was originally inhabited by four noble...
Bredgade 68, 1260 København, Denmark
Great design is everywhere you look in Denmark—in shops, in homes, in public spaces—and the creativity of its people has long been a source of national pride. This museum, located just around the corner from Amalienborg, was founded in...
Øster Farimagsgade 7, 1353 København, Denmark
The Botanical Garden was established in 1600, but moved a few times before settling on its current central site in 1870. The beautiful grounds are particularly noteworthy for the extensive complex of historical glasshouses. There are 27 in total,...
The home of Finn Juhl, a titan of Danish design, is open to the public. The compact house, built in 1942, is a reflection of all that’s best about 20th-century Danish design, with the comfortable and inviting space full of Juhl’s own furniture. On...
Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark
Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj, Denmark
This remarkable contemporary art museum is located in the seaside town of Ishøj, just 20 kilometers (12 miles) and a short train ride south of Copenhagen. It contains works by many Scandinavian artists, including Danish-Icelandic star Olafur...
Frederiksholms Kanal 18, 1220 København, Denmark
The National Museum is a treasure house, but one property under its care is an extra special gem. When prosperous ribbon merchant Rudolph Christensen died in 1925, he left the home he’d spent decades furnishing to his two daughters, Gerda and...
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