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An off the beaten track guide to Copenhagen

If you’ve already visited Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace and the Little Mermaid, or want to see Copenhagen from a less familiar angle, this guide is something for you. We’ve found a few alternative places that aren't top of the usual lists, but that offer equally amazing experiences and a bit more room to breathe.

Copenhagen is a popular capital city with plenty of famous and delightful attractions. However, it's mostly the Copenhagen lifestyle and the city in a broader perspective that's fascinating. So, where should you go, if you've already seen the most famous sights? We asked people who know the city best of all, for their tips on what to see off the beaten track in Copenhagen. Here then, is the VisitCopenhagen off the beaten track guide to in and around Copenhagen.

Dragsholm Castle Photo: Dragsholm Slot

Amalienborg Palace vs. Dragsholm Castle

We love the royal residence, but Amalienborg Palace isn't the only place to gain a sense of Danish history and majestic grandeur. At Dragholm, a 14th Century castle an hour's drive from Copenhagen, you can actually stay the night in magnificent splendor and enjoy fantastic food. Head Chef Claus Henriksen has gained one Michelin star for his cuisine, based on local, seasonal ingredients. For the more budget conscious, the castle also has a brilliant bistro.

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Dragør. Photo: Maria Rasmussen/VisitCopenhagen

Nyhavn vs. Dragør

Nyhavn may well be classic Copenhagen, but the original maritime atmosphere in yesteryear Copenhagen is even more pronounced in idyllic Dragør, just 12 km from Rådhuspladsen. Here, you can go on a voyage of discovery when walking around the colorful old fishermen's houses and feel the atmosphere in the port between the restaurants and marina. Dragør also has numerous delightful small stores, a wonderful bathing beach and handsome nature with woods, fields and salt marshes nearby.


Green Kayak. Photo: Green Kayak.

Canal boat trip vs. The Green Kayak

Copenhagen is fantastic viewed from the water, but if you don't fancy a guided group trip and want to do a good deed for the environment and wildlife, jump in a Green Kayak, from which you can take in the beautiful views from the water in a more environment friendly way. In return for free kayak hire, you’re asked to collect any plastic and other trash you encounter in the water along the way. The 2-person kayaks are a delight to paddle the canals in. You are given equipment to pick up trash on your trip, and your help will definitely make a difference: Green Kayak has collected over 24 tons of rubbish from the water since 2017.

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Jægersborggade. Photo: Ty Stange

Strøget vs. Jægersborggade

Pedestrianized shopping street Strøget is a firm favorite of many visitors, but if you want to experience more alternative stores, there are plenty of exciting shopping opportunities in the bridge districts. Head to Jægersborggade and the very hip small stores in Nørrebro, where you can buy everything from designer jewelery and clothes to plants, art and natural wine. Jægersborggade is also a goldmine for delicious food and drinks - from Coffee Collective to Grød, Manfreds bistro and Michelin restaurant Relæ.


Experience the city from Copenhagen's bike bridges. Photo: Stefano Ember/Shutterstock

Hop on – Hop off bus vs. a cycle ride over Copenhagen's bike bridges

You can jump on a red bus in pretty much any city in Europe, but Copenhagen is a cycling city, so think differently and discover the freedom of two wheels. Copenhagen is regularly voted the world's most bike friendly city, not least thanks to the various spectacular bike bridges that link together the old and new parts of the capital. Try some of them on the 13km cycle ring route, Havneringen, where you can enjoy numerous water views and see how the city is developing.


Beer and bread with yogurt and rhubarb. Photo: Cory Smith for Broaden & Build Brewing Co.

Global beer vs. Copenhagen microbreweries

Copenhagen has nurtured one of the most famous beers in the world, so naturally, you should sample the goods when you're in the city. However, you’ve probably already tasted a Carlsberg, so why not try a world class microbrewery this time round? Try a refreshing draft beer at Matt Orlandos Broaden and Build on Refshaleøen, or the fantastic selection on tap at BRUS on Guldbergssgade in Nørrebro or even Carlsberg’s very own microbrewery, Jacobsen.

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Konditaget Lüders. Photo: Daniel Rasmussen/VisitDenmark

The attractions of Tivoli vs. active playgrounds

Tivoli is a charming garden full of attractions, but it’s not the only place for a thrilling experience. Copenhagen has plenty of active alternatives, that are also free. Such as the breathtaking views from Konditaget Lüders in Nordhavn, where you can try a CrossFit workout, spend time on trampolines, swings and climbing frame, while in Fælledparken you’ll find trampolines, towers, water games and a traffic playground, where children can learn to cycle in traffic.

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The Rudersdal route on the banks of the Kalvemosen. Photo: Rudersdal Kommune.

Kongens Have vs. Rudersdalsruten

If you’re looking for a place to breathe in the heart of Copenhagen, the idyllic Royal Gardens are a definite must see with rose garden, immaculate lawns, orchards and flower beds. But if you head just north of the city, a completely different nature experience awaits. The beautiful Rudersdalrute has 42 km of trails through a varied landscape from Vedbæk in the east to Kajerød in the west with lakes, rivers, hills and marshes. Here, you’ll have nature far more to yourself and can walk, cycle and run to your heart's content.


Thomas Dambos Teddy Friendly is one of the 6 forgotten giants. Photo: Martin Heiberg

The Little Mermaid vs. The Forgotten Giants

The Little Mermaid is probably Denmark's most famous sculpture and a tourist favorite. However, Copenhagen also offers a treasure hunt to find a completely different kind of sculpture. Head out into the great outdoors to find the Forgotten Giants, six spectacular sculptures made from recycled timber by Thomas Dambo concealed in the Copenhagen suburbs. They each have their own story to tell and have been deliberately located in particularly beautiful places, so you will experience new facets of the city’s surroundings on your hunt. A delight for all ages.

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