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City Guide | Copenhagen


By Barbara Franco 

Fast Facts

  • Copenhagen was founded as a fishing village in the 10th century. The name of the city means “merchants’ harbour”.
  • It is a very green city with many parks, the oldest one the garden of the Rosenborg Castle.
  • The city has two of the oldest amusements parks in the world: Dyrehavsbakken, founded in 1583; and the Tivoli that dates from 1843.
  • It’s a bike friendly city so you can go almost everywhere by bike.
  • The official currency is the Danish Krone, so make sure to know where the closest exchange offices are.


  • Nyhavn is one of the most famous places of Copenhagen. The waterfront dates from the 17th century and you shouldn’t miss the colorful facades.
  • Even if you are not an amusement park fan, you should visit the Tivoli Gardens. The park opened in 1843 and the most famous ride is the Rutschebanen, an old wooden rollercoaster built in 1914 that still operates. If you are brave enough you should ride it! If not you can always enjoy the beautiful lightbulbs during nightime.
  • If you are a castle lover, you must visit Christiansborg Slot. It is very big so make sure to arrive with enough time.
  • For wonderful sights towards the city climb Vol Frelsers Kirke and/or Rundertaarn.
  • The Botanisk Have is an incredible botanical garden. The greenhouse is simply amazing and perfect for a calm walk.
  • If you are craving some good pizza, go to Pizzeria La Fiorita. You won’t regret it!
  • For a break close to Amalienborg, go to Mormors a cute café where you can enjoy a tea or a homemade sandwich.

Barbara Franco lives and works in Madrid. She blogs about travels, food and animals at Chez Barbara. You can also find her on Instagram.

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