Southern Inner City, Copenhagen

A walking tour of the southern inner city of Copenhagen can take in Tivoli, museums and historic sites.


Walking from Town Hall Square and crossing H. C. Andersens Boulevard brings us to the famous Tivoli amusement park and pleasure gardens (main entrance in Vesterbrogade), with more than 20 attractions including a roller coaster, roundabouts, halls of mirrors and halls of horror, pantomime theaters, puppet theaters, open-air theaters etc., 29 restaurants and cafes, a flower garden and a concert hall.
Starting in 1994 Tivoli, which inspired Walt Disney's theme park empire, has opened for the Christmas holidays.
One-quarter of the park, including six restaurants and one theater, is open from mid-November to Dec. 23 and entrance is free.
Address: Vesterbrogade 3, DK-1630 Copenhagen, Denmark

Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum (closed)

In addition to the entrance to Tivoli on Vesterbrogade there are three others, including one for parties on H. C. Andersens Boulevard. In the entrance building here can be found Louis Tussaud's Waxworks, with figures of Danish and foreign personalities, including King Christian IV, H. C. Andersen, Karen Blixen, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Gandhi, ex-President Bush etc.

Tivoli Museum

On three floors in Hans Christian Andersen Castle in central Copenhagen will be found the newly-opened Tivoli Museum. It portrays in a graphic and amusing manner the 150 years and more of the history of the world-famous leisure park.
Address: H.C. Andersens Boulevard 22, Denmark

City Museum

The Municipal Museum (Københavns Bymuseum), is where visitors can obtain a general idea of the city's 800 year history. Room 14 contains the Søren-Kierkegaard Collection, which was inaugurated in 1960. In summer, a model of the city of Copenhagen is displayed in front of the building.
Address: Vesterbrogade 59, DK-1620 Copenhagen, Denmark

Tycho Brahe Planetarium

From the main entrance to Tivoli it is worth making a small detour westwards via Axeltorv to Copenhagen's latest attraction, the Tycho Brahe Planetarium which opened in 1989. This planetarium is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The highly technical laser and film shows in the domed cinema with its 23m/75ft screen have proved very popular. The cylindrical building was designed by the Danish architect Knud Munk.
The theater seats 275.
Address: Gl. Kongevej 10, DK-1610 Copenhagen, Denmark

Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek contains the private collections of Carl and Ottillia Jacobsen. The museum displays a fine collection of antiquities and modern art.

National Museum

The National Museum in Copenhagen is especially famed for its collection detailing Danish history. The Museum is also home to the Rococo style Prince's Palace building.

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace serves as the seat of the Danish Government. The Palace's Royal Rooms are open for tourists to see on guided tours.

Royal Arsenal Museum

On the other side of Tøjhusgade can be found the Arsenal (Tøjhus), which now houses the Military Museum (Tøjhusmuseet), with its collection of weapons, armour and uniforms.
H.W. Bissen's "Istedløven" ("Isted Lion") stands in the courtyard.
Address: Frederiksholms Kanal 29, DK-1214 Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Library

By a park near Copenhagen's Arsenal stands the Royal Library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek), with 1,700,000 volumes and 52,000 manuscripts. It is the National Library and also functions as a Danish book museum. Note the old reading-room.
The library museum is free for all to visit.
Address: Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, DK-1016 Copenhagen, Denmark

Thorvaldsens Museum

Northwest of Christiansborg Palace lies the Thorvaldsens Museum, with works by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), the greatest of all Danish sculptors. The building, in Neo-classical style, was constructed in 1839-48 to designs by Gottlieb Bindesboll. On the exterior facing the canal are frescoes depicting Thorvaldsen's return from Rome in 1838. In addition to Thorvaldsen's works the museum contains his own private art collection.
The museum is one of Denmarks oldest buildings.
Address: Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, DK-1213 Copenhagen, Denmark

Fishwife Statue

In Gammel Strand in central Copenhagen, on the opposite side of the canal from the Thorvaldsen Museum, can be seen the 1940 statue of an old fishwife (Fiskerkone). Every morning by the statue fish sellers offer their wares.

Stock Exchange

Southeast of Christiansborg, facing Copenhagen harbor, stands the Exchange (Børsen), built in 1619-20 in the Dutch Renaissance style. Its tower is 54m/177ft high, with a spire formed by the intertwined tails of four dragons. This and the green patina of the copper roof are characteristic of the building, which is one of Copenhagen's emblems. The business of the Exchange is now carried on at Nikolaj Plads 8, while the old Exchange houses the offices of the Copenhagen Chamber of Trade.
Address: Børsgade, Denmark

Holmen's Church

The 17th century Holmen Church (Holmens Kirke) in central Copenhagen was intended as a church for seamen. The "Royal Doorway" was brought here from Roskilde Cathedral in the 19th century. Fine features of the interior are a Baroque altar of unpainted oak and a carved pulpit by Abel Schroder the Younger, both dating from around 1660. In a side chapel can be seen various tombs including that of the naval hero Niels Juel (d. 1697).
The style is predominantly Dutch renaissance. The ruler Queen Margrethe II was married here in 1967.
Address: Holmens Kanal, Denmark

Post and Tele Museum

The 400 year long history of Danish communication is featured in this museum close to the Holy Ghost Church.
Address: Købmagergade 37, DK-1150 Copenhagen, Denmark

Popular Pages