Copenhagen’s compact center is easy to get around on foot, and a guided walking tour is the ideal choice for first-time visitors to maximise their time in the city. This private 2- or 3-hour tour ticks off all the highlights including Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid statue, the colorful Nyhavn district, and the Changing of the Guards at Amalienborg Palace.
Nyhavn - Private Walking Tour
Meet your guide at City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen) in central Copenhagen. Before you set off on your 2- or 3-hour walking tour (depending on option selected), take time to soak up the atmosphere of the busy square and admire its many landmarks, including the 66-foot (20-meter) tall statue of the Lur Blowers, and the Romantic-style City Hall.
Nearby, pass by the glitzy facade of Tivoli Gardens and discover its legacy as one of the oldest and most famous amusement parks in the world. Continue down the cobbled street of Magstræde, one of the oldest streets in Copenhagen, then cross the canal to see the grand Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament.
Enjoy window-shopping along Strøget, Copenhagen’s principal shopping boulevard, as you follow your guide north to Kongens Nytorv. Feast your eyes on the square’s architectural marvels, which include the gigantic Magasin Du Nord department store, the 19th-century Old Royal Theatre, and the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre. Then, head down to the waterfront Nyhavn district to snap photos of the distinctive multi-colored houses.
If you’ve chosen a morning tour, arrive at Amalienborg Palace in time to watch the daily Changing of the Guards ceremony, and marvel at the opulent home of the Danish Royal family. Behind the palace, take a peek at the beautiful Marble Church, a masterpiece of Rococo architecture.
Finally, pay a visit to one of Copenhagen’s most photographed landmarks – the Little Mermaid. Pose for photos with the iconic statue, and learn how the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale became a Disney classic.
After a comprehensive introduction to the Danish capital, bid your guide farewell and end your tour central Copenhagen.