If you have never been to Copenhagen in Denmark, I highly recommend going in summer. All the locals are out enjoying the sun and heat. This 3 hour photo walk is only an introduction to the most common places you must visit. Bicycles are also a great alternative to walking if you wish to cover more area quickly. Canal tours can also give you a very different perspective from the water. Whatever your means of getting around you will enjoy the flatness of most roads and cleanliness in this very neat city.
Google Map Route: it takes about an hour if you don't stop. I would suggest going off-track from time to time if your eye catches something down a side street. If you time it properly, a walk during the golden hours would be most rewarding. Make sure to bring a tripod if you need to get some quality shots along the path. Let's get in to my top five locations.
1. Frederik's Church & Amalienborg Palace
Being an Australian, I wanted to see where Princess Mary lives. She is originally from Hobart, Tasmania in Australia, so it seemed like a good spot to start my walk. Unlike Buckingham Palace in London, there are no walls or fences. You can freely walk around the facade of all the buildings and take photos of the guards. Frederik's Church popularly known as The Marble Church for its Rococo architecture, is an Evangelical Lutheran Church. The awe inspiring Marble Church with the characteristic copper green dome has to be one of the most impressive churches of the city.
This is a bright historic canal front filled with townhouses and restaurants. This is the tourist hub where you can have the obligatory Danish hotdog at a food stall (make sure to order all the toppings). Facing west along the canal you catch a nice sunset if you are lucky. Voted the "best city for cyclists" and the "world’s most livable city". The Danes are well known for their love of cycling and cities all around the world are now looking at ways to copy this phenomenon. It really is biking heaven for the cyclist in Copenhagen with over 390 kilometers of designated bike lanes.
3. Royal Danish Library — Black Diamond
The Black Diamond in Copenhagen was finished in 1999 and is an extension to the Royal Library. The building is shiny with black facets mirroring the sea and the sky at the harbor front and the interior from the top floor looking down the escalators looks like a guitar.
A large incision cleaves the building into two formations and gives light to the atrium inside. The atrium connects the city with the sea outside as well as the old and new library buildings. The glass facade is held by iron girders weighing approximately one metric ton per meter.
4. Church of Our Saviour — Vor Frelsers Kirke
It is a baroque edifice with a corkscrew spire, 17th-century place of worship with a carillon and 400 steps around the outside of said spire. On a clear day you can get some spectacular views of the city. Of all the religions in Denmark, the most prominent is Christianity in the form of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark which makes this location an important landmark. A stroll along the narrow canals nearby will give you some insight as to how the Danes live on houseboats.
5. Christiansborg Palace
It is located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen, which contains the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. Parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for various functions and events. The Royal Reception Rooms include The Tower Room and The Oval Throne Room where foreign ambassadors to Denmark are received by the Queen. The Throne Room gives access to the balcony where the Danish monarchs are proclaimed.On your walk back from here to Copenhagen Train Station you can also stop at the Town Hall and Tivoli Amusement Park. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg, also in Denmark.
Do you have any other suggestions to add to this photo walk within the city of Copenhagen?