Seeing the sights of Copenhagen: The Rundetarn; Nyhavn; Amalienborg Slot; Marmorkirken

We had a brilliant day seeing sights of Copenhagen recently and all these are within walking distance from one another, so if you only have one day you too can get to see all these sightseeing gems.

This travel guide will show you how to spend a day in Copenhagen seeing the best sights without breaking a sweat. The Rundetarn is the historic Round Tower and gives great views of the city; Nyhavn is the infamous and colourful canalside strip; Amalienborg Slot is a grand cobbled square surrounded by four rococo palaces (their Queen lives here!); and the Marmorkirken is an impressive marble church.

Rather strangly the 17th century Rundetarn is on the high-street which is full of shops. If you are heading down the right street, you really can’t miss it!

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Rundetarn.
The Rundetarn.

It’s imposing red bricked tower was intended as an observatory and sometimes that’s exactly how it’s used still today. We, however, intend to look down at the streets below, being that only grey skies are above us.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Looking Up At The Rundetarn.
Looking up.

Excitement mounts as we realise that rather than a narrow spiral staircase of most towers, this one has a broad cobbled spiral walkway. In the early 18th century, Peter the Great rode all the way to the top (with his poor wife in a carriage behind). In 1902 a car drove up too!

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Entrance Of The Rundetarn.

It winds round seven and a half times and has surprises along the way.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Inside The Rundetarn.
The excitement of discovering ‘secret’ doors.

A very old loo. No thanks, I’ll wait…

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. An Ancient Toilet In The Rundetarn.
An ancient toilet!

A (currently empty) exhibition space shows the giant planks which holds the bells of the Trinitas church.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Rundetarn, Exhibition Space.
Exhibition space.

Most brilliant by far is this gap showing the inner space of the tower. James has always been the bravest/maddest of us all.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. See Through The Centre Of The Rundetarn.
See through the centre of the Rundetarn.

CRACK!

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Through The Centre Of The Rundetarn.

The view from the top is lovely even with grey skies.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. View From The Rundetarn.
The view of the orange roof tiles of Copenhagen.

They like a tower here!

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. View Of The Towers From The Rundetarn.
So many towers in Copenhagen.

On our way to Nyhavn we pass through this lovely square Grabrodretorv. A peaceful and pretty place to sit. Tho’ not for us as we have one day here and no time for frivolous things like sipping coffee!

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Grabrodretorv Square.
A colourful square called Grabrodretorv.

We reach the bustle Nyhavn, one of the classic sights of Copenhagen. It is a bit more tacky than other parts of the city and was once it’s red-light district but is now filled with over-priced averagely good bars and cafes.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Nyhavn.
Nyhavn.

The quayside is full of colourful buildings and music is cheerfully played.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Bustle Of Nyhavn.
The bustle of Nyhavn.

It was opened by a King in the 17th century to allow ships excess to the centre.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Old ships In Nyhavn.
Old ship in Nyhavn.

But it’s main purpose now it less ‘merchant’ and more ‘munch’ and people watching is also big on this strip.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Posh Boats Of Nyhavn.
Posh boats.
Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Restaurants Of Nyhavn.
Over priced harbour side restaurants.
Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Amalienborg Slot.
Some interesting sculpture.

Amalienborg Slot is a vast cobbled space, full of people on bikes.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Centre Of Amalienborg Slot.
Amalienborg Slot.

Being English I love that there is a Queen living here and slightly bemused that I could knock on her door.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Royal Palace Of Amalienborg Slot.
Royal Palace.

Well, you know, maybe not.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Guards At Amalienborg Slot.
Guards.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Guards Outside The Palaces Of Amalienborg Slot.

It’s all rather grand. We head to the Marmorkirken, or Marbled Church, with it’s 46m dome inspired by St Peter’s in Rome. They all are aren’t they?!

It’s foundation stone laid by the King in 1749, but shortly after construction was abandoned for virtually 150 years. The huge green dome and spire, resting on 12 columns, represents the largest church dome in the whole of Scandinavia.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. Marmorkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Marmorkirken.

It’s a beautiful and calm space. We were happy to sit for a while, rest and enjoy.

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Marmorkirken Dome, Copenhagen, Denmark

Seeing The Sights Of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Marmorkirken Organ.
The organ.

We all really enjoyed seeing sights of Copenhagen and dipping into their historical culture. After seeing the sights of Copenhagen IN A DAY I think we deserve that coffee and maybe some smørrebrød slathered in this and that…

Other things to do in Copenhagen

If you want to shop in Copenhagen Stroget Street is just the place! Fancy eating American style, then see my Restaurant Recommendations.

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This travel guide will show you how to spend a day in Copenhagen seeing the best sights without breaking a sweat. The Rundetarn is the historic Round Tower and gives great views of the city; Nyhavn is the infamous and colourful canalside strip; Amalienborg Slot is a grand cobbled square surrounded by four rococo palaces (their Queen lives here!); and the Marmorkirken is an impressive marble church.

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