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Secret Copenhagen

Posted By GUNetwork on Oct 19, 2016 at 8:26AM

Shhhh! Don't tell anyone else about these secret places in Copenhagen! You’ve seen The Little Mermaid, spent an unforgettable night in Tivoli and had your picture taken with the royal guards at Amalienborg Palace. Now it’s time to explore the hidden gems of the city. With this guide to Copenhagen’s best-kept secrets, head off the beaten track and truly experience the heart of the city.

The Royal Library Garden

Tucked away in Christiansborg Palace, the home of the Danish Parliament, you’ll find The Royal Library Garden. This green oasis can be accessed through the gates on Parliament Square. While your there, you can also venture up into the Christianborg Palace Tower for a magnificent view of Copenhagen. 

A quiet coffee

Behind Design Museum Danmark (Kunstindustrimuseet) on Bredgade, lies the fine Grønnegård yard. Here you can take a break from the sights and enjoy a cup of coffee at the Museum Café

Out on the range

The Shooting Range Gardens (Skydebanehaven) in the Vesterbro area of the city are hidden behind vast brick ramparts, originally built to protect passers-by from stray bullets! Once home to Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society, this is now a children’s play park.

A private public garden

Classens Have (Classen’s Garden) in Østerbro seems at first glance like a private garden, but luckily you can enjoy it too! Access this cosy public garden through the gates on Classensgade.  

Resting place of Hans Christian Andersen

Assistens Cemetery (Kirkegaard) in Nørrebro is a peaceful resting place for famous names such as Hans Christian Andersen, Hans Scherfig, Søren Kirkegaard and Niels Bohr. But the beautiful grounds are also enjoyed by the living and you can even take a guided tour. Check out the hip street Jægersborggade just nearby.


Wander along the picturesque cobbled canal streets called Overgaden neden Vandet and Overgaden oven Vandet. Lined with yachts and houseboats, you can rent rowing boats here and take a drink in the café on the water.

The Meatpacking District

Halmtorvet is a cute cobbled square lined with cafés in Vesterbro. Just beside this, you can access Øksnehallen, an alternative exhibition centre, and The Meatpacking District (Kødbyen). Once the daily stop-off for the meat industry, this trendy area is one of the hottest place to go out for food and drinks in the city.

Underground museum

Cisternerne in Søndermarken, right next to the impressive Frederiksberg Gardens, is an underground museum featuring modern glass art from Denmark and around the world.

Kayak tours of the city

Take your own tailor-made tour of the city by kayak with professional kayak instructors. Make them as long or as short as you want and ask them to show you their favourite lesser-known parts of the city.

City alleyways and squares

Copenhagen’s old centre is criss-crossed with interesting little passages and alleyways, great for exploring and taking pictures. Just head out on streets like Strøget and Læderstræde and keep your eyes open left and right for some of the best examples! Gråbrødre Torv is another great spot to hunt for a place to set down and relax while soaking in the cosy surroundings. Dronning Louises Bro is a famed hangout for the younger Copenhageners.

For more information <http://www.visitdenmark.co.uk/en-gb/copenhagen/attractions/hidden-gems-copenhagen>

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