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Copenhagen and the surrounding region is a great place to visit and live in. The capital region offers a huge range of cultural views for afterwork hours, cafés, amazing restaurants, a relaxing atmosphere for locals, expats and tourists. It might be a little costly, but you will love it.

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Leisure in the Copenhagen area

Updated 7.11.2018

Which kind activities do people do in Copenhagen, when they are not working? The region of Copenhagen has too many cultural sights to give a comprehensive overview in one article. The area has it all: Beaches, canals, history dating back to the viking times, theme parks, nature parks, cinemas, libraries, concert places, major shopping streets, and not to forget restaurants in world class. Visit and you will stay for years.

Cinema and Cafe

There are many possibilities to explore in the capital. Some like to watch the newest movies in the cinema. All cities in the region have their own cinema. You can get a good overview of which cinemas showing what, and a description of the movies on If you are into Cafés and meeting friends, colleagues you could use official tourist information from the localeyes guide.

Cultural houses and sports

Some like to explore museums and libraries, while others prefer cultural houses organizing dancing, concerts, jazz & blues nights, flea markets, comedy shows, belly dancing, gaming and political debates. On the sports activities some of the sports centers provide facilities for ice skating, swimming, badminton, tennis, squash, handball, boxing, football and karate etc. The International House in Copenhagen made a comprehensive guide with an overview of different cultural and leisure places in Copenhagen in English.

My top 15 of cultural sights:

1) Nyhavn (new haven) is visited by tourists and locals. Especially during summer time enjoying food and drinks in the atmosphere of 17th century Copenhagen waterfront.
2) Tivoli Gardens is the most known amusement park in Denmark.
3) Glyptoteket has art from all over the world. Gyptoteket was founded by J.C. Carlsberg.
4) Freetown Christiania offers art, music, liberal lifestyle and some funky herbs.
5) Rosenborg castle is located in the kings garden in Copenhagen. The castle is Christian the 4th summerhouse.
6) Kronborg castle in Helsingør is a unesco heritage, and Shakespeares tragedy of Hamlet is taking place in Kronborg.
7) The castle of Amalienborg in Copenhagen is the home of the royal family.
8) Church of our savior offers the best view of Copenhagen and you get a lot of exercise.
9) Botanical garden in Copenhagen is free and really beautiful.
10) Torvehallerne shines with an amazing food market.
11) Ørstedparken is a nice park in the center of Copenhagen.
12) The Little Mermaid is a small bronze statue known from a HC-andersen fairytale.
13) Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen is one of the best restaurants in the world.
14) Canal Tours offers a view of Copenhagen from the sea side.
15) Distortion festival offers a 5 days street party in Copenhagen.

  Internationals house guide on culture and leisure