1. Visit Freetown Christiania
An international community and commune of about 850 to 1000 residents, covering 19 acres in Copenhagen. Christiania has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971.
The people in Christiania have developed their own set of rules, independent of the Danish government. Legalization of cannabis is one of the ideas of many of the citizens in Christiania, it nevertheless does have rules forbidding ‘hard drugs’, such as cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and heroin.
Christiania is considered to be the fourth largest tourist attraction in Copenhagen (and it has half a million visitors annually), and abroad it is a well-known “brand” for the supposedly progressive and liberated Danish lifestyle. You can visit the Freetown anytime for free, however make sure to understand and respect the rules within the society when you visit.
2. Walk along the canals of 'Overgaden oven vandet'
Take your time for a relaxing stroll along the streets of Overgaden oven vandet and Overgaden nede vandet. In between these two streets you find a canal running through Christianhavn, dividing it in half. In the canal you can spot the many docked boats owned by the locals.
There are also plenty of cozy caffes in the area where you can get a piece of smørrebrød or pastry and enjoy the Danish ‘hygge’.
3. Eat your way through the Bridge Street Kitchen
The two iconic harbours of Nyhavn and Christianhavn are connected by Inderhavnsbroen (the inner habour bridge). Right at the end of this bridge on the Christianhavn side you find Copenhagen’s newest addition to the street food scene: the Bridge Street Kitchen.
This street food market offers various types of food for any persons liking. Try out the international flavors of Greece, Latin America, Central China and many more. The street kitchen also offers local delicacies such as Flæskestegssandwich and Danish style hotdogs.
Food Tours Copenhagenr runs a guided food tour in Christianshavn, where we show your our top local picks at the street food market as well as other great eating options in the area.
4. Walk to the top of Vor Frelsers Kirke (Church of our savior)
Near the Copenhagen canal, The church of our savior towers itself over the buildings. Something akin to the Eifel tower of Copenhagen, church of our savior is one of Copenhagen most beloved and iconic landmarks.
The church began construction in 1682 with official induction in 1696. The architect Lambert Van Haven was inspired by his trips to Rome, France and the Netherlands, where he got the idea to build the first Baroque church of Copenhagen.
The church is free to enter for all, and is open all days of the year, except January, February and during Christmas. You can get to the top of the tower for a small fee (or for free if you have a Copenhagen Card). The view at the top is considered the best overview of the city you can get!
5. Watch a live performance at the Opera house
The Opera house of Copenhagen ranks among one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the city. It was designed by the world famous architect Henning Larsen, who is also the man behind the iconic Opera house in Sydney.
The building is impressive to look at from the outside, however its interiors are equally stunning. Many famous Danish artists have contributed to project, such as four bronze reliefs by Per Kirkeby, and three light sculptures drawn by Olafur Eliason.
Opera performances are held regularly. If opera is not your cup of tea, it is still very much worth it to book the open tour, simply to marvel the visuals.
6. Learn about Greenlandic and Faroeic culture in the north atlantic house
Situated at the famous krøyers plads sits the north atlantic house with the flags of Faroe Islands and Greenland proudly raised. The north atlantic house functions as the cultural center for promotion of north atlantic culture.
It featues two large exhibiton rooms hosting a wide variety of exhibitions and events such as film, music, dance, lectures and debates. A perfect chance for those who are interested in learning more about Faroe Islands and Greenland.