copenhagen neighborhood guide

Indre by: City vibes, castles and cold cocktails

If you want to stay next door to basically all the sights Copenhagen has to offer, Indre by – or Central Copenhagen is the place to stay. What makes Copenhagen so unique is the fact that you can easily discover all the highlights just by walking around. It will take you about 7 minutes to walk from Christiansborg to Nyhavn and from there 10 minutes to Rosenborg Castle. Indre By is a buffet of history, urban vibes, food, shopping and culture – and it’s all waiting for you just around the corner.

Before the rampants were taken down in 1857, Indre By was all there was to Copenhagen. Due to several fires and bombings many of the medieval buildings are no longer to be found, however you will find several buildings dating back to the 18thcentury.

You’ll fall in love with Indre By if…

  • you want to experience all the highligts and stay central
  • historic architecture, castles and cobblestone appeals to you
  • you prefer to walk rather than renting or bike or taking public transport
  • 5-star hotels or unique, historical Airbnbs are what you’re looking for
Central Copenhagen.
Happy days at Kayak Bar with a view of the Copenhagen skyline. Photo: Kim Wyon.

Where is Indre By?

Indre By, also referred to as Central Copenhagen, is the oldest part of Copenhagen and the hub that connects all parts of the city. Located by the water Indre By is connected to Christianshavn and Amager by bridges, while The Lakes function as the dividing line between Indre By and Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, Nørrebro and Østerbro.

While Christianshavn, Holmen and Refshaleøen are technically part of Central Copenhagen, most locals consider these areas to be seperate neighborhoods. We will cover Christianshavn, Holmen and Refshaleøen in this neighborhood guide

Map of Central Copenhagen.
Map of Indre By – Central Copenhagen

Points of interest – what to see in Copenhagen

This list could go on and on and on. We have chosen the 10 most touristy highlights that you might want to have a look at. If you want to escape the crowds and hang with the locals, rent a boat and sail around the canals, take the yellow canalbus to Reffen or hangout and feel the beachy vibes at Kayak Bar by Børskaj.

Nyhavn – the icon of Copenhagen

Nyhavn is what most foreigners think Copenhagen looks like. The narrow, colored houses, the cafés and the sailing ships are what most people associate with Copenhagen. This place may be well visited by tourists but that doesn’t change the fact, that this little harbor area is quite adorable and most restaurants serve the Danish specialty, open sandwiches – also known as ‘smørrebrød’. A must see whether you are having lunch or just passing by.

Nyhavn, Central Copenhagen
Nyhavn Copenhagen – a hangout for locals and tourists.

Amalienborg – the royal castle

Amalienborg is a somewhat modest castle consisting of four mansions located between Nyhavn and The Little Mermaid. But most importantly: this is where the queen lives. Feel free to walk around anytime during the day but keep an arm reach distance to the guards. If you stop by at 12 o’clock you can watch the changing of the guards – a ceremony that may vary depending on whether or not the queen is home.

The Little Mermaid – Den Lille Havfrue

On a rock at Langelinie, close to Amalienborg, you will spot a bunch of tourists. And if you look closely you might also get a glimpse of The Little Mermaid, which also goes by the Danish name: Den Lille Havfrue. The little bronze statue, which only measures 1,25 meters from head to tail is based on the fairytale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. Since the statue was created in 1913 The Little Mermaid has had her head chopped off twice. A story, that may be more impressive than the actual statue. Tiny or not, The Little Mermaid is a major tourist attraction that you should go get a glimpse of.

Christiansborg – it’s all about politics

Once home to the royal family, this giant castle located on Slotsholmen, a little island in Central Copenhagen, is today home of the Danish parliament. Bishop Absalon built the first castle in 1167. Since then Slotsholmen has been home to five castles. What we see today is the third version of Christiansborg, which was built in 1928. If you want, you can have an elegantly prepared open sandwich in the tower restaurant, Tårnet, or you can enjoy the view from the tower or simply just walk around.

Rosenborg Castle – Copenhagen’s treasure chest

When the famous King Christian IV built Rosenborg Castle, located in Kings Garden, he was on the lookout for a summer residence. Back in 1606-1634 when the castle was built, Copenhagen was much smaller than it is today and Rosenborg was considered a country house. Today you can take a tour of the castle and see the well-preserved interior as well as you can go have a look at the crown jewels that are stored in the basement.

Rosenborg Castle, Central Copenhagen.
Rosenborg Castle located in Kongens Have. Photo: Kim Wyon.

SMK – The National Gallery

Copenhagen is not only about castles and historic architecture. Copenhagen is also about art! SMK, Statens Museum for Kunst – or The National Gallery – is the largest art museum in Denmark featuring collections from the last seven centuries. Here you will find works from contemporary artists as well as Renaissance classics. Enjoy a guided tour, check out the performances, join the talks and workshops or even the concerts if you visit the museum at the right time.

Rundetårn – The Round Tower

King Christian IV could have been more creative when picking a name for this tower built in the 17thcentury, however ‘The Round Tower’ is a pretty precise description for this building. Rundetårn is Europe’s oldest functioning observatory built in order to continue the research of Tycho Brahe. Today it is primarily used by amateur astronomers – and most of all by visitors, who want to enjoy the 360 degree view over Copenhagen. To get to the top you must walk ‘up hill’ in a 268 m spiral. At the top you are rewarded with a view of Copenhagen’s towers and spires.

The Botanical Garden – a lush city oasis

Indre By is home to several green parks where you can find peace and quiet in an otherwise vibrant city. One of these green exiles is the botanical garden, where you can escape into a beautiful green paradise in the old glasshouses from 1874. In the garden you can find more than 13.000 species.

Tivoli Gardens – oldfashioned amusement

This enchanting amusement park from 1843 is still going strong. While new rides, digital amusements and trendy restaurants pop up from time to time, Tivoli still maintains the magical atmosphere. For kids and thrill seekers the rollercoasters and rides might be the main attraction but there is much more to Tivoli than “the rush”. Take a stroll through the park, listen to music, watch an open air play with the iconic Pjerrot and have dinner in one of the many restaurants spread all over the park. Once it gets dark the colorful lights lit up and create yet another magical atmosphere. Tivoli is open from April to October as well as Halloween, Christmas, winter (February) and Easter.

Strøget – an endless shopping street

If you are visiting Copenhagen you will very likely bump into Strøget, which is a 1,1 kilometer stretch from Rådhuspladsen (City Hall) to Kongens Nytorv. While budget shoppers may want to stay in the area towards Rådhuspladsen, big spenders will enjoy the wide range of high-end fashion stores in the opposite end towards Kongens Nytorv.

Tivoli, Strøget and Rundetårn
Tivoli, Strøget and Rundetårn – shopping and fun in Central Copenhagen. Photos: Kim Wyon & Mathias Brandt.

Where to stay in Indre By

Indre By – or Central Copenhagen – is where you will find the largest selection of accommodation options. With a handful of good hostels the budget traveller will be able to find central accommodation, however the luxury traveller may have a little more to choose from. Want something a bit more personal? Check out private accommodation through Airbnb or similar.

Though Indre By is considered a neighborhood you will quickly notice that there are several micro neighborhoods within Indre By. Here are some of them!

Nansensgade area

Perhaps the most local neighborhood located around Nansensgade between The Lakes and Nørreport. In Nansensgade you will find several restaurants and bars but in general it’s a pretty quiet area in the city.


This is the most upscale part of Central Copenhagen and also the area where you will find Amalienborg and Marble Church (Marmorkirken). While Bredgade is particularly known for its many galleries, Store Kongensgade and Dronningens Tværgade offer a number of restaurants and bars. A charming little part of Copenhagen that is worth exploring whether you are staying here or not.

Pisserenden – part of the Latin Quarter

Pisserenden means ‘pissing gutter’ and is part of The Latin Quarter. Back in the days, this area was filled with breweries, distilleries and cattle that used the gutter as a toilet. Later on it became of hub for prostitution and cheap bars with no restrooms. Basically: it’s been a smelly experience throughout time! Today it is still a quite lively area with independent boutiques, small restaurants and lots of bars, including several gay bars, primarily in Vestergade and Studiestræde. If you consider checking into an Airbnb in this area, you should expect it to be a bit noisy on the weekends.

Streets of Central Copenhagen
Stay central and experience the historical atmosphere.

5 luxury hotels in Central Copenhagen you need to check out

  • With its indoor urban jungle Manon Les Suites may very well be Copenhagen’s most Instagram friendly hotel. Located by the Lakes you will be staying in the city yet close to charming Vesterbro.
  • Villa Copenhagen is a brand new luxury hotel in a historical building next to Tivoli Gardens and Central Station. Indulge yourself, eat, have a drink or five – and enjoy life by the rooftop pool.
  • If you’re looking for classic luxury, D’Angleterre at Kongens Nytorv is your best bet. Since 1755 this hotel has been among the absolute best hotels in Denmark with an endless guest list of rock stars and royals.
  • Shaped as a castle and located in Tivoli, Nimb Hotel may very well be Copenhagen’s most luxurious boutique hotel with 38 individually styled suites. Luxurious enough to end up on the Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Gold List.
  • Skt. Petri is laidback luxury and retro glamour with a central location a few minutes from Nørreport and Strøget. Food, drinks and modern comfort in an old department store.
Manon Les Suites, Central Copenhagen
Experience the urban jungle atmosphere at Manon Les Suites.

Shopping in Central Copenhagen

If you are looking for a giant buffet of fashion stores, head to Strøget. Copenhagen’s longest shopping street – a 1,1 kilometer stretch from Rådhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv. Here you will find all the mainstream stores as well as souvenir shops and high end luxury. In Købermagergade, which is the link between Nørreport and Strøget, you will find similar stores.

Are you more curious about independent shops and edgy boutiques you need to go on a little adventure, but you won’t regret it. Check out streets such as Pilestræde, Kronprinsensgade, Christian IX’s Gade, Bremerholm, Store Regnegade and Antonigade.

On the lookout for department stores? You only have two options! While Illum on the corner of Strøget and Købmagergade primarily offers international high end luxury as well as Danish design, Magasin at Kongens Nytorv offers a wide range of fashion as well as cosmetics and interior for different budgets.

Finally, if you’re looking for furniture, interior and Danish design icons, don’t miss out on a visit to Illums Bolighus on Strøget.

Illums Bolighus, Central Copenhagen
Explore all the Danish design icons in Illums Bolighus. Photo: Kim Wyon.

Nightlife – cocktails, beers and happy Danes

In Indre By you can have any kind of night out. We’ll have a look at 5 areas that will guarantee you a great night out.

Gothersgade – young, fun and noisy

If you’re older than 30 this street might not be your best bet. Here you will find bars with beachy themes, bodegas, after ski bars and much more. This may not be the most trendy place to go out but if you’re looking for bar hopping and happy people, check it out.

Pisserenden – all of the above in the colors of the rainbow

Pisserenden, primarily Vestergade and Studiestræde, is similar to Gothersgade with lots of small bars with different themes. But with a special twist. Pisserenden is also the place where you will find find most gay bars in Copenhagen.

Gammel Strand – front row cocktails

In the charming streets by the water, Gammel Strand and Nybrogade, you will find several great bars. Have your first drink at legendary Ruby on Nybrogade 10 – an absolutely charming old fashioned cocktail bar in a building from 1740. Continue to the more lively, Chinese inspired Madam Chu’s and from there cross Højbro Plads and join the party at Condesa – or head in the other direction for more budget friendly cocktails at Zefside.

Kongens Nytorv – bubbles and bars

It’s not actually happening in Kongens Nytorv itself but in the streets close by. Check out the exclusive cocktail bar, Brønnum, by The Royal Theater or go to Balthazar champagne bar in Ny Østergade behind D’Angleterre. Looking for more casual bars? Go to Nyhavn or Gothersgade. And finally – if you’re looking for a clubbing experience make your way to At Dolores on Lille Kongensgade.

Kayak Bar – in the summertime…

Done shopping on a hot summer day? You might wanna go for a cold drink. Kayak Bar by Børskaj may very well be your best option for beachy vibes in the city. What started out as a kayak club is today one of the absolute coolest hangouts in the summer.

Kayak Bar, Central Copenhagen
Central Copenhagen’s chill out spot no. 1 – Kayak Bar


Vesterbro: Wine, dine and hang out

Where to stay in Copenhagen if you’re looking for a place to stay that’s central, local and cool? Vesterbro Copenhagen is a happening, trendy neighborhood close to the city center. Once a low-income neighborhood and a hub for prostitution, strip clubs and drugs – now primarily home to students, young couples and families as well as a bunch of coffee shops, restaurants and bars.

The somewhat rough past does however still live on around Istedgade towards Central Station. But nothing like it used to be – and no need to worry! It may be ‘lively’ at times but it’s not dangerous.

You will love Vesterbro if…

  • food, wine and cocktails are a top priority
  • you want the neighborhood feel close to the city
  • you are looking for budget accommodation
  • shared dining or picnics sound like fun
Sønder Boulevard
Sønder Boulevard – the chill out zone of Vesterbro.

Where is Vesterbro?

Technically Vesterbro is located between Indre By by City Hall (Rådhuspladsen), Sydhavnen and Carlsberg Byen and stretches to Fisketorvet and Havneholmen by the water and all the way to The Lakes and Gl. Kongevej in Frederiksberg in the opposite direction.

However, most Copenhageners consider the area from Central Station towards Enghave Plads and Carlsberg to be the ”real” Vesterbro. Tivoli and City Hall are from a natives point of view considered Central Copenhagen even though their postal code belongs to Vesterbro.

Map of Vesterbro
Map of Vesterbro: Bordering Central Copenhagen, Valby, Frederiksberg, Sydhavn and the water.

Streets and areas to explore

Vesterbro is in general a cool area if you just want to hang out, drink coffee, eat and drink. But naturally there are certain places you need to know about.

Enghave Plads and Enghave Park

If you need to jump on the metro, Enghave Plads is the place to go. Also a great option if you’re just looking for a bit of open air in the midst of otherwise narrow streets. Looking for a place for picnic? Go to Enghave Park – a little green oasis across from Enghave Plads.

Sønder Boulevard

If you’re looking to take a stroll, eat pizza on the grass or just hang out, go to Sønder Boulevard. In the summer you will find a lot of people gathering around Kihoskh from early till late – eating, drinking, smoking or simply just hanging out.


Istedgade is the spine of Vesterbro consisting of two parts divided by an invisible line called Gasværksvej. The strip from Central Station to Gasværksvej is where you’ll find a bunch of hotels, primarily budget hotels and this is also where you will find what’s left of the socalled red light district. The stretch from Gasvæksvej towards Enghave Plads is a bit quieter with a variety of restaurants, boutiques, bars and coffee shops.

Bang & Jensen
Bang & Jensen – one of Istedgade’s and Vesterbro’s iconic cafés.


Technically this street is only part Vesterbro. While even numbers belong to Vesterbro, uneven numbers belong to Frederiksberg. Technicalities aside this cute little street is worth a visit. In Værnedamsvej you’ll find good food, good wine, interior design, fashion, cheese and much more. It’s a very compact experience so you won’t have to look too hard.

Carlsberg Byen

Someone once suggested that Carlsberg was probably the best beer in the world. Well, guess what! This is where it used to be brewed. The remains of the old factory are still here surrounded by new apartment buildings, which make up the new residential area called Carlsberg Byen (Carlsberg Town).

Meatpacking District

A must see in Vesterbro. As the name suggests, Meatpacking District used to be the butchers’ paradise. Today it’s a little haven for people who enjoy good food, cocktails, nightlife and art. Here you’ll find a variety of restaurants – from chinese food and pizza to experimental gourmet and great cocktails. In the weekend Meatpacking District is a great place to enjoy a beer in the sun or to visit the bars, which are open until the early hours.

Meatpacking District Copenhagen
Hang out in Kødbyen – The Meatpacking District of Copenhagen. Or enjoy your coffee in a coffee shop in Istedgade. Photos: Kim Wyon & Mikkel Heriba.

Nightlife – where to go

In Vesterbro you will find nightlife for all budgets and personalities. Throughout history Vesterbro has been the place to go to get a drink – or many drinks in most cases. Back in the days when Vesterbro was a hub for cattle trade the farmers would celebrate a good deal by going to a bar and get wasted. Later on the hardworking working class men would spend half their salaries in a brown, dusty bar and throughout the 70’s people from near and far would pay the strip clubs a visit.

Though Vesterbro has become a hip and trendy area the brown, smoky bars are still very popular among all age and income groups and are to be found around basically every corner; McKluud, Riesen, Blomsten and Jernbanecaféen just to mention a few. For those who love beer but not the smoke, Vesterbro also offers high end microbreweries such as Mikkeller and Warpigs. Prefer the finer liquids? Start out at a wine bar like Malbeck or Vesterbro Vinstue and continue to some of Copenhagen’s coolest cocktail bars like Lidkøb, Duck & Cover and 1656. Looking for a party? Head to Meatpacking District and explore the funky bars all night.

Going out? How about a drink at Lidkoeb – a three story combined cocktailbar and whisky cave located in a back alley behind Vesterbrogade. Photo: Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner.

Vesterbro with kids

Vesterbro is a great option if you’re traveling with kids. You can easily catch the metro from Enghave Plads or the S-train from Copenhagen Central Station – or you can choose to walk around. Besides the giant “playground” Tivoli, Vesterbro is where you will find Skydebanehaven – directly translated: Shooting Range Garden. In late 19th century the park functioned as a shooting range for the wealthy Copenhageners but as the Vesterbro working class area grew and surrounded the park, the rich guys packed their guns and left the area. Today Skydebanehaven is a popular combined park and playground squeezed in between Vesterbrogade and Istedgade.

If you decide to stay in an Airbnb in Vesterbro beware that most buildings are dating back to the late 19th. century, which means there are usually no elevators and the bathrooms are usually relatively small with no bathtub. If facilities such as an elevator, a rooftop terrace or a giant bathroom is a priority, check out Carlsberg Byen.

Playground in Skydebanehaven
Skydebanehaven – once a shooting range, today Vesterbro’s biggest playground.

Hotels – where to stay in the area?

Vesterbro is a great place to stay if you want to be within walking distance to most things, yet also experience a more local atmosphere.

Vesterbro offers a lot of hotels for different budgets. Most of the hotels are centered around Central Station in Vesterbrogade and in Istedgade. Here you will also find several hostels offering private as well as shared rooms for budget travellers.

66 Guldsmeden Hotel
66 Guldsmeden – a laidback luxury boutiquehotel in Vesterbrogade.

Where to go shopping in Vesterbro

Though Central Copenhagen with the endless shopping street Strøget is not far away, there are plenty of reasons to spend your money in the boutiques in Vesterbro. Take a stroll down Istedgade, especially between Absalonsgade and Enghave Plads, and have a look inside the little independent stores that are booming with handpicked fashion and interior design.

Looking for a mall? Cross Dybbølsbro and head to Fisketorvet. The one and only mall located in the city.

Vintage boutiques? They’re here and there. You’ll find a few on Istedgade but you should also have a look around the smaller streets such as Haderslevgade, Tullinsgade and Ny Carlsbergvej, just to mention a few.

Sights nearby

In Vesterbro you have most of the city within walking distance and by bike you can be anywhere in no time. However, here are a few things you’ll find in Vesterbro.

Tivoli – rollercoasters and rock

Tivoli opened in 1943, which makes the amusement part the second oldest in the world (the oldest is Bakken, located north of Copenhagen). Fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen found inspiration in the exotic park, Walt Disney himself went to visit and since mid 1800’s it has brought joy to numerous Copenhageners and tourists. Today Tivoli offers rollercoasters and other amusements, great dining experiences, lush gardens, indoor and outdoor theatre experiences and open air concerts. A true oasis in the middle of the city, right next to Central Station.

Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen’s amusement park since 1843. The place to go for rollercoaster rides, dining and a great night out. Photo: Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner.

Meatpacking District – a haven for foodies and art lovers

Meatpacking District located by Halmtorvet is primarily known as a place to eat, drink and party but it’s not all party and promiscuity. Visit some of the art galleries or take a walk around the streets behind the ‘White Meatpacking District’ and discover hidden treasures in an industrial setting.

Carlsberg Byen – from beer to neighborhood

Carlsberg Byen (Carlsberg Town) is located between Vesterbro, Frederiksberg and Valby. Until 2008 this was headquarter of Carlsberg Beer but today Carlsberg has transformed into a residential area where modern architecture is integrated in the historical environment. The iconic elephant gate as well as several old buildings and other remains are still to be found here among modern apartment buildings. Also it should be possible to enjoy a cold Carlsberg in one of the cafés in the area.

Tycho Brahe Planetarium – stars on the big screen

Since 1989 it’s been possible to explore outer space from a comfy chair in the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Vesterbro, located by St. Jørgens Lake. The Planetarium features a 1000 m2 giant dome shaped screen that will take you on a journey to a galaxy far, far away – or back in time to the era of the dinosaurs. The unique dome combined with 3D-glasses makes you feel like you’re part of the movie so prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey.

Cykelslangen – The Bicycle Snake

If you’re taking your bicycle from Vesterbro towards Islands Brygge you will have the chance to ride your bike over the Bicycle Snake – also known as Cykelslangen. Few years ago the cycle bridge was built to prevent pedestrians and bicyclists from bumping into each other but the bridge turned out to be much more than an element in the infrastructure. It became an icon of the Danish bicycling culture and a sculptural connection between two parts of the city. 

Join the bicycle culture – go for a ride on The Bike Snake, also known as Cykelslangen. Photo: Kim Wyon.

Cool, classy and calm

If you are looking for a neighborhood in Copenhagen that is quiet, central and beautiful, Frederiksberg might be the place to stay. Frederiksberg is one of Copenhagen’s most posh neighborhoods with giant green parks, beautiful avenues, trendy boutiques and restaurants, and while you are in close proximity to the city center, Frederiksberg is very much its own little community.

This neighborhood is cool, classy and quiet – a great place to stay, whether you travel to Copenhagen with friends or family.

Frederiksberg is your best bet if…

  • you love picnics or a stroll in the park
  • shopping is on your to do list
  • you want to stay in a quiet neighborhood
  • you want easy access to Nørrebro, Vesterbro og Indre By
Frederiksberg Allé.
Frederiksberg Allé – one of the neighborhood’s most iconic streets. Photo: Astrid Maria Rasmussen

Where is Frederiksberg?

Frederiksberg borders Nørrebro to the northeast, Valøse to the northwest, Valby and Vesterbro to the south and Indre By to the east. You have easy access to Central Copenhagen, Amager and the airport with metro lines M1 and M2, while the M3 line takes you across the city to Vesterbro, Nørrebro and Østerbro. If you want to jump on the bike it will take you 10-20 minutes to reach Central Copenhagen depending on where in Frederiksberg you are staying.

Map Frederiksberg.
Nørrebro, Vesterbro and Central Copenhagen can be reached in no time.

Frederiksberg with kids – yes or no?

Definitely yes! Frederiksberg is a great choice if you are traveling with children. With easy access to public transport, lots of playgrounds, an indoor swimming pool and some of Copenhagen’s most amazing parks, this is a great choice for families.

Kids in Copenhagen.
Traveling to Copenhagen with kids? Frederiksberg is a great choice.

5 things you should do with your kids

Picnic in Frederiksberg Gardens

Pack a lunchbox and take the kids to Frederiksberg Gardens, also known as Frederiksberg Have. Here you can walk the paths along small waterways, have a picnic in front Frederiksberg Castle, go the playground, see the elephants in the zoo and go for a boat ride. Dressed in white, green, yellow or red – the park looks stunning in all seasons!

A walking safari in Copenhagen ZOO

Next door to Frederiksberg Gardens you will find the Copenhagen Zoo, where you can see elephants, camels, polar bears, rhinos, hippos, monkeys, reptiles and much more. Enjoy lunch while looking at the pandas or join in on some of the many activities that take place everyday. The program will be announced daily at 10 a.m. on

Copenhagen Zoo.
See the elephants from Frederiksberg Gardens or take a tour of Copenhagen ZOO. Photo: Henrik Sørensen

Get creative at Creative Space

On a rainy day – or sunny for that matter – take the kids to Creative Space in Gammel Kongevej. Here you can immerse yourselves and spend time together in a different way while painting cups, plates, bowls and much more. After you’re done, your ceramics will be burned and you can either pick it up after a few days or have it sent to your home address. Please note that you need to make an appointment at Creative Space.

Go swimming in Frederiksberg public swimming pool

One of Copenhagen’s most traditional public swimming pools. Here you can get a workout as well as the kids can go on the slide. Or leave the kids with your partner and go to the spa and spend some time in the jacuzzi or enjoy a bit of sauna therapy. The pool is closed due to renovations until June 2021.

KU.BE – the indoor playground

Do your children need to burn off energy? Take them to KU.BE, an indoor playground and activity house where the kids can climb, tumble around and play. KU.BE is located on the outer Frederiksberg between Flintholm and Lindevang stations.

Frederiksberg Gardens.
Go on a boat ride and enjoy the beauty of Frederiksberg Gardens. Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

Playgrounds in Frederiksberg

  • The playground by Aksel Møllers Haveoffers a climbing net, a ship, trampolines and picnic facilities.
  • The newly renovated playground at Borgmester Godskesens Pladshas a pirate ship, swings and a little zipline.
  • At Danas Plads you will find a playground by an old bunker with trampolines, climbing facilities, swings and much more.
  • The nature playground at Egernvejoffers fewer facilities but more nature and great picnic areas.
  • The playground at Femte Juni Pladsis also known as the ‘train playground’. Climb the rails or ride the train: kids seem to love it.
  • Frederiksberg Have is one of the playground hotspots. The playground is a miniature version of the park itself and known to be one of the safest around Copenhagen.
  • Parkour, climbing and swings: The nature playground at Grøndalsparken has it all.
  • On Hattesens Allé the youngest ones are the center of attention. Here you will find slides, a ‘fire station’ and much more.
  • Do you want to work out while the kids are playing? The playground at Hostrups Have offers cross fit facilities as well as everything the kids can dream of.
  • The newly renovated playground at Kejserinde Dagmars Plads, right next to Frederiksberg Mall is ideal for the kids who want to play kings and queens.
  • With Frederiksberg’s tallest play tower and ball courts the playground at Langelands Plads is fun for everyone.
  • Ready to get wet? Lindevangsparkenplayground is a socalled electronic water playground, but also offers a fun maze, climbing facilities and much more.
  • Combine a stroll around The Lakes with a bit of play. Søfrontsparken has a small playground, right by St. Jørgens Lake.
  • Enjoy a picnic and let the kids play at the Steenwinkelsvej playground on Seesaws, trampolines and walls for climbing bring joy to children all ages.
Playground in Frederiksberg.
Frederiksberg is booming with playgrounds. Photo: Sergio Pavlishko

Points of interest – where to go?

Stay local and enjoy everything Frederiksberg has to offer! Except for the obvious highlights such as Copenhagen ZOO and Frederiksberg Gardens, these are five things you might want to consider.

Down under at Cisternerne

Once a water reservoir, now an underground exhibition venue located at Søndermarken across from Frederiksberg Castle. As you walk down beneath the green surface of the park, you enter a moist, underground universe that needs to be seen, heard, felt and smelled. The exhibition at Cisternerne varies but you can pretty much expect some sort of art amplified by the dark, mysterious surroundings.

Go underground at Cisternerne, an old water reservoir in Søndermarken. Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

Shop at Gammel Kongevej

As one of the main streets of Frederiksberg, Gammel Kongevej is the place to go if you’re looking to spoil yourself with clothes, shoes and interior design as well as coffee or brunch. The street starts at City Hall and continues to Planetarium The Lakes.

Run, enjoy a picnic or play at Søndermarken

While Frederiksberg Gardens is nice, neat and polished, Søndermarken offers the more rough version of a walk in the park. This is where you go if you want to run without being disturbed, if you want to meet dogs, if you want to explore hidden gems or simply just have a picnic.

A walk in the garden – Haveselskabets Have

Frederiksberg is definitely a gardener’s paradise but if you really want to get botanical you should head to Haveselskabets Have, located in Frederiksberg Gardens, on the right side of the main entrance. This is a place to relax, reflect and enjoy the view of the calm water in the lakes surrounded by all shades of green.

A French affair at Værnedamsvej

Værnedamsvej is both part of Frederiksberg and Vesterbro. Nevertheless it’s the place to go if you want wine and dine, shop or hang out – or simply just enjoy the good atmosphere. The street might be short but it has a lot to offer. Falernum wine bar, Les Trois Cochons and Granola, just to mention a few.

Enjoy a night out on Værnedamsvej where Frederiksberg meets Vesterbro. Photo: Maria Sattrup
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