Not to be missed on any visit to Copenhagen is Nyhavn (new harbour), the colourful 17th century harbour that features on postcards and in every guidebook. Lined with cafes, bar and restaurants this is the hub of tourist activity. This is a favourite place for Copenhageners too, and on a summer’s day you will see locals relaxing with friends as they dangle their legs from the canal-side.
We would recommend visiting the much talked about Little Mermaid. Donated to the city by the Danish brewer of Carlsberg, Carl Jacobsen the small statue tells the story written by Hans Christian Andersen. It is probably the most photographed site in Copenhagen and attracts over 1 million visitors a year.
The National Gallery of Denmark holds a collection of more than 700 years of art including sculptures, drawings, graphics, photos and videos. Entrance to the gallery is free of charge with a small price payable for temporary exhibitions.
Another site of interest is the Amalienborg Palace. Located in the centre of the city overlooking the Marble Church and the waterfront, the palace is home to the Danish royal family and consists of four detached residences guarded throughout the day by the Royal Life Guards (a changing of the guard display takes place at Midday). On the 16th April the Queen celebrates her birthday and, if in residence, she is known to make an appearance on her balcony to greet her people.
For architectural gems, look no further than the Black Diamond – an angular extension of the Royal Danish Library, the modern Opera House and the stock exchange, Borsen, with its spire of four entwined dragons. These building are located along the canals and best observed on a boat tour.