5 Things to Do in Copenhagen

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If you’re lucky enough to visit Denmark’s capital city, it won’t take long for you to come across some of Copenhagen’s signature items: sleek Scandinavian design, a seafaring history, and an enviable food scene. Honestly, you could probably have a satisfying vacation flying by the seat of your pants and seeing where you end up! However, you’d be remiss to skip these five cultural items on your travels to this incredible Scandinavian city. 
If you’re lucky enough to visit Denmark’s capital city, it won’t take long for you to come across some of Copenhagen’s signature items: sleek Scandinavian design, a seafaring history, and an enviable food scene. Honestly, you could probably have a satisfying vacation flying by the seat of your pants and seeing where you end up! However, you’d be remiss to skip these five cultural items on your travels to this incredible Scandinavian city. (And, before you go, be sure to  check out my list of tips  on visiting the city.)
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The Little Mermaid

As the name suggests, the statue of the famous Hans Christian Andersen character is, well, little. There are numerous travel blogs that suggest skipping “Den Lille Havfrue” due to its underwhelming size. I disagree. The statue is a petite beauty and part of the spectacle is watching everyone fawn over it. Be sure to bring a  selfie stick to take a snapshot of you posing next to her.
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Canal Tour

Embarking on a canal tour from Copenhagen’s picturesque Nyhavn, the iconic Copenhagen canal with the colourful buildings, is a quintessential tourist stop that can’t be missed. There are a couple of tour companies with stops in the canal that are fairly similar in accommodations and price. Each takes you through the city’s canal system with a tour guide who points out the city’s iconic buildings and shares a bit about their history. Be aware that many of the city’s bridges are low and you’ll need to scoot down so you don’t hit your head! 

Unless you’re going to Copenhagen in the middle of summer, be sure to bring a  jacket and  scarf to protect yourself from the brisk wind.
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Church of Our Saviour

Copenhagen is filled with vantage points for a bird's-eye view of the city. Church of Our Saviour is the most adventurous. It’s 400 stairs up, with the last 150 on the outside spire. It’s not as scary as it looks, and the guard rail is up rather high, but you might want to avoid it if you're afraid of heights! It’s windy at the top, so avoid wearing a  skirt  and opt for trousers  or  jeans ! You’ll also want to wear a pair of trainers  to give yourself plenty of stability when climbing up the tight staircase inside. A reliable  camera strap  is also a must. You'd hate to drop your photography equipment from that height!
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Changing of the Guard

The changing of the guard happens every day at noon at Amalienborg Palace. The guards begin their march at 11:30 a.m. from the barracks by Rosenborg Castle and head through the city to the palace. The route changes, so I'd suggest starting closer to the barracks to fall in step with the guards for the length of the walk. It's actually more entertaining to follow them through the city than watching the actual ceremony. Plus, it makes for better photos.
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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

If I could recommend just one museum in Copenhagen, it would be the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. It’s an art and archaeology museum founded by Carl Jacobsen, the founder of the Carlsberg Brewery, filled with many artefacts from his personal collection and antiquities from excavations that he funded. The most stunning part of the museum is the central conservatory with palm trees, fountains, and exquisite sculptures.
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