Choose from 42 Fun Things to Do in Copenhagen
Slotsholmen is an island in the harbor of Copenhagen. One of the most notable and impressive buildings on it is Christiansborg Slot, a Neo-Baroque palace built on the site of the old castle founded by Absalon, a Danish archbishop and statesman, in 1167. Christiansborg is the site of the Danish Parliament today.
Slotsholmen seats many of the central institutions in Denmark. Apart from the Parliament these include Christian IV's Stock Exchange (famous for its dragon spires), the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister's and Minister's Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Royal Reception Rooms, the Chancellery and the Royal Library, and the National Archive. A few museums are also located on the island.
As a central location both geographically and institutionally in Copenhagen, Slotsholmen is sometimes referred to as “the Island of Power.” Nine bridges connect Slotsholmen to the rest of Copenhagen.
- Kronborg Castle is a must-see for history and literature aficionados.
- Three on-site restaurants serve sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and other lunch fare.
- Free Wi-Fi is available on the castle grounds.
- The castle interior is not accessible to wheelchair users.
- The Amalienborg Palace Museum is located within Christian VIII’s Palace and includes access to the Representation Rooms and Royal Studies.
- Combination tickets are available for the Amalienborg and Rosenborg Palaces. A Copenhagen Card grants you free entrance to both attractions.
- The palace is wheelchair accessible, but strollers and prams are not permitted inside.
- The Little Mermaid statue is a must-see for fairytale and Disney fans.
- There is no entrance fee to visit the statue.
- Christiansborg Palace is a must for first-time visitors to Copenhagen, especially those who love history, architecture, and all things royal.
- Large bags, strollers, and umbrellas are not allowed in the Royal Reception Rooms. Cloakrooms and lockers are located next to the ticket office.
- There is free Wi-Fi at the palace tower’s viewing platform and upscale restaurant.
- The palace is accessible to wheelchair users. Visitors should call in advance to reserve the use of wheelchairs and walkers.
- History and architecture buffs will thrill to tour the castle, and kids will enjoy gawking at the treasures and armor, then running around in the gardens.
- Admission to the palace is free with the purchase of the Copenhagen Card.
- Strollers are not allowed in the palace, and the interior is not wheelchair accessible.
- You can bring only small bags into the palace; there are lockers to store larger bags.
- The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a must-see for art lovers and first-time visitors to Copenhagen.
- Visitor facilities include a café with lunch and brunch options, free storage lockers, and eating areas for travelers who opt to bring their own lunch.
- The Glyptotek is free for disabled travelers, although some areas of the building are inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Wheelchairs, walking sticks, and crutches are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Private strollers are not allowed for security reasons, but it’s possible to store your personal stroller and borrow one from the museum.
- Christian’s Harbor can be reached by walking over the Knippelsbro bridge or cycling along the Inderhavnsbro bridge.
- Bring your camera—the colorful houses make great photo subjects.
- Climbing the 400 steps to the top of the church tower is a popular activity.
- The area is wheelchair accessible.
- Vesterbro is a must-see for art, music, and food lovers.
- Vesterbro is also home to the amusement park Tivoli Gardens, a fun spot for kids in Copenhagen.
- The city’s official tourist office, Copenhagen Visitor Service, is located at Vesterbrogade street in Vesterbro, just a few minutes from Copenhagen Central Station.
- Park admission fee does not include ride tickets. While you can purchase ride tickets individually, a package with unlimited rides may be a better deal.
- Tivoli Gardens is very wheelchair and stroller friendly.
- Lockers are available to stash extra belongings during your visit.
- Entrance to the National History Museum is free with a Copenhagen Card.
- An on-site restaurant offers traditional Danish lunch and outside seating with views of the lake.
- Two public parking lots are located within walking distance of the castle.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchair users, and you can borrow wheelchairs from the ticket box on a first-come, first-served basis.