Experience the blend of fairy-tale charm and youthful exuberance that defines Denmark’s vibrant capital.
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Take a Canal Tour
For an introduction to the city, embark on a canal or harbor tour to begin your one day in Copenhagen. Cruise around sites like Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament. Later, view The Little Mermaid, the small bronze statue perched on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade; it’s a much-beloved icon of the city.
Shop the Strøget
Strøget, the pedestrian thoroughfare that cuts through central Copenhagen, is one of the best shopping streets in Europe. It’s lined with stores devoted to Danish-designed housewares and classic products such as Georg Jensen silver and Royal Copenhagen porcelain. For a truly local experience, stop at a street cart for a grilled rød pølse, a Danish hot dog topped with apple ketchup and crispy fried onions.
The one-time sailors’ quarter is now a lively quay district lined with colorful 18th-century townhouses, jazz clubs, cafés, tattoo parlors and throngs of young people enjoying the afternoon sun. Nyhavn is also a veritable maritime museum of vintage sloops and other historic wooden vessels.
See Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli is especially magical after the sun goes down, when its fireworks displays and thousands of colored lights light up the night. The gardens have been charming visitors since 1843 and are the perfect spot to end your one day in Copenhagen. Sip a warm glass of gløgg, a wine mulled with spices and fruit, at a lakeside café; enjoy an old-fashioned pantomime play or marching band concert; or, if you’re feeling intrepid, take a ride on the Vertigo, which spins thrill seekers 360 degrees before flipping them upside down.
After you spend a day visiting Copenhagen, take a flight to Norway and spend a day visiting Oslo.