Like a Local: Copenhagen


Get an insider’s take on what to see and do in Copenhagen, Denmark.

By Sarah Coghill

Tourist Tips

The Little Mermaid statue, almost any local will tell you, is over-rated. Why? The clue is in the name…she’s small. And the view behind her is a little…industrial. But she is pretty and looks her best in the setting sun. If you visit, take a peaceful stroll around the nearby Kastellet citadel’s rampart walls too.

For the best view in the city, walk the spiral steps to the top of the corkscrew spire of the baroque Church of Our Saviour in Christianshavn. Or simply wander through the backstreets around Gråbrødretorv and Studiestræde to see beautiful Danish architecture. The Living Room café at Larsbjørnsstræde 17 is a great place to stop for a refreshing break.

The Carlsberg tour is a great choice on a rainy day. See the world’s largest collection of beer bottles, the sturdy brewery horses, and how the beer is made. Two beers (or soft drinks) are included in the admission price.

And if you’re in the city on a Friday evening in the summer, visit Tivoli — the traditional amusement park right in the heart of the city — when a “Friday Rock” open-air concert is usually included in the entry price.

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