When visiting a city for a city break, the best time you will ever experience is when you dare to go off the beaten track. I understand that there are famous places such as monuments or shopping streets you must visit. In this visual diary from Copenhagen, I want to give you a little insight in the off the beaten track of Copenhagen.
But, Shhhh! Don’t tell easily about these secret places in Copenhagen! You have seen The Little Mermaid, filled a notable night in Tivoli and had your pictures taken together with the royal guards at Amalienborg Palace. It’s time to explore the secret gems of the city. With this guide to Copenhagen’s best-kept places, head off the beaten tracks and encounter the heart of the town.
The Royal Library Garden
Hidden away in Christiansborg Palace, the residence of the Danish Parliament, you will find The Royal Library Garden. The green retreat is accessible through the ports on Parliament Square.
A peaceful coffee
Back at the Design Museum Danmark (Kunstindustrimuseet) on Bredgade, lies the little Grønnegård yard. An excellent place for you to take a pause from the sights and enjoy a cup of coffee at the Museum Café. The Skydebanehaven in the Vesterbro area is hidden behind large brick walls, originally built to protect passers-by from stray bullets! Previously a place to Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society, this is now a children’s play park.
A private-public garden
Classens Have, in Østerbro, seems, at first sight, looks like a secret garden, but luckily you may enjoy it too! Access this comfortable and intimate public garden is on Classensgade. Resting place of Hans Christian Andersen
Wander near the charming canal streets called Overgaden Neden Vandet and Overgaden oven Vandet. Lined with yachts and houseboats, you can even hire rowing boats and take a drink in the café on the water.
The Meatpacking District
Halmtorvet is a charming cobbled square lined with cafés in Vesterbro. Just beside this, you can access Øksnehallen, an alternative exhibition centre, and The Meatpacking District (Kødbyen). Once the daily stop-off for the meat trade, this popular area is now the hottest place to go out for eat and tipples in the city.
Kayak tours of the city
Take your tailor-made tour of the city by kayak with professional kayak instructors. Make them as long or as short as you want and ask them to show you their favourite lesser-known parts of the city.
Copenhagen’s old centre is rich with beautiful tiny paths, great for wandering and getting pictures. Just walk around on streets like Strøget or Læderstræde. Always look around for some of the best boutiques!