7 things to do in Copenhagen

Planning a visit to Copenhagen? Great. We have gathered 7 things to do in Copenhagen that makes your visit sparkle a bit more. Hidden gems and experiences that you ordinarily don't see in guidebooks.

Our 7 things to do in Copenhagen 

Walk off the beaten path and try some of Copenhagens hidden treasures. See and experience as the locals do and get a real feel for this pulsating city. 

1. Captain of your own picnic boat

GoBoat lets you rent your own solar-powered picnic boat to explore Copenhagens cosy canals with your family or friends. Bring your own picnic or order one in advance, the boat is equipped with a table in the centre that sets you up for a memorable experience. 

2. Underground Art exhibitions

Among all the things to do in Copenhagen, this is a unique one. The Cisterns, across from Frederiksberg Castle, ones filled the role as the capital's supply of drinking water has been transformed into an underground exhibition venue.

Walk thru and be amazed by the artwork in its surreal setting. If that doesn't spark your interest, just walking around in the cool architecture of the catacombs is an experience in itself. Jump on the bike from Scandic Copenhagen and peddle for 15 minutes to this unique experience. 

3. A city built on beer

Copenhagen is home of the Carlsberg Beer. It was brewed here between 1847–2008 but the area now works as a meeting place for locals to relax and spend time with friends during the many events. The Friday bar during summer is a must to add to the calendar. 

Carlsberg City has a lot to offer, why not

  • tour the Carlsberg brewery
  • go to a beer tasting
  • ride a horse carriage around the grounds
  • walk thru the oasis that is Carlsberg garden.

If you stay at Scandic Sydhavnen, you only have a short walk to a good night sleep. 

4. Street food, drinks and creative workshops

"Reffen" is a new urban playground for the creative minds of Copenhagens. Local food and drink entrepreneurs invite you to try their creations. Treat your taste buds to an experience at the many street food containers, food bikes and bars. 

Walk around the area and peek into the creative workshops, held by local startups or artist that are scattered around the area. Take the chance to come home with something creative and unique. 

Other markets that can brighten your stay:

  • Torvehallerne – Mingle amongst seasonal herbs and berries. Taste fresh seafood and fine cut meat. A sit-down dinner here is amongst the best in town. 
  • Broens gadekøkken (The Bridge Street Kitchen) –  Gourmet food moved out from the restaurant's kitchen to a cosy bridge by the water. Not hungry? Just enjoy drinks, beer or the best coffee in Copenhagen. 

5. Walk the line

Walk 50 meters up and challenge yourself on the Urban Hight Roping course, the worlds highest indoor high roping course. The old shipyard offers the perfect venue. Try four different courses with 28 different challenges along the way. 

Finish of with the "Deathslide". Whatever stage you've passed, the zip line offers a memorable end to the day. Easy enough, right? After this, you deserve to unwind, and Scandic Front is there to help.  

6. Swim along the Copenhagen skyline

Architects got commissioned to build a magnificent open-air bathing complex in the centre of Copenhagen. The result was Islands Brygge Harbour Bath, not far from Scandic Webers. The area is right by the harbour with five pools, including two specifically for kids, diving towers and green areas.  

During the summer locals gather too cool down and enjoy their picnic basket. If your out exploring during summer, this is a must stop to cool down and really soak up the city sun. 

7. Design loves Copenhagen

You cant visit Copenhagen without having a couple of design places on your "things to do" list. Danish design is praised all over the world and it's roots go way back. Here are some stops you might want to add to the list:

  • Royal Copenhagen – Beautiful and exclusive, classic and modern. Porcelain at its best. The flagship store is on the main shopping street Strøget in the heart of Copenhagen.
  • Illums Bolighus –  A temple of modern design with the best in material and craftsmanship. Browse thru furniture, lamps, glassware, silver and much more.
  • Clothing – Ohh, it's everywhere around Copenhagen. Mads Nørgaard, Ivan Grundahl, Malene Birger and brands like Munthe and Baum and Pferdgarden.