Recently we spent a weekend visiting Copenhagen, the lovely Danish capital. A great thing we did, besides the national sport of dodging cyclists, was looking for the best views in Copenhagen. And with success!
Although walking and cycling are the most popular ways to explore the city, seeing it from a different angle is always a good idea, particularly when the architecture and colorful buildings combine with the perfect Autumn light.
Let’s see our favorite spots for the best views in Copenhagen!
The Tower at Christiansborg Palace
The Palace of Christiansborg is located in Slotsholmen, central Copenhagen. It is not used as the home of the Danish royal family anymore but instead as a government building. It houses, for example, the Parliament.
The tower of Christiansborg Palace is the highest in Copenhagen at 106 m and offers some of the finest and best views in Copenhagen. The central location allows you to spot most of Copenhagen’s iconic buildings.
The best thing about the tower is that it only opened recently to the public (in 2014) and access is completely free of charge! There is also a restaurant.
A sunset visit is highly recommended!
Rundetårn – The Round Tower
The Round Tower is the oldest one we visited. It’s located in the old part of Copenhagen and was built in the 17th century as an astronomical observatory!
An amazing feature of the Round Tower is the ramp that leads to the top. The tower is only 36 m tall, but it can take around 200 m to reach the top using the ramp. From there, you can see the old part of town, making this one of the best views in Copenhagen.
The round tower is also the oldest functioning observatory in Europe!
The Spire at Church of our Saviour
The Church of our Saviour is famous for its spire and the outside winding staircase to the top. In total, 400 steps are necessary to reach the top, including 150 on the outer part of the spire.
It is located in Christianshavn, within easy walking distance from central Copenhagen and right next door to Christiania.
The views are superb, but those afraid of heights need to know that it’s quite scary up there! It gets narrow closer to the top and without much moving space. Don’t panic!
One thing is for sure, it’s well worth the effort since the views are some of the best in Copenhagen and you can get privileged views to the center and even see Sweden!
Copenhagen Zoo Tower
The Copenhagen Zoo is located slightly outside the city center. When we have the opportunity to visit a Zoo, we usually take it. This time was no exception. Long story short, Copenhagen Zoo is a high-quality Zoo that we recommend visiting.
Back to the topic. One of the main features of the Copenhagen Zoo is actually its tower. Built in 1905, this beautiful 43 m wooden observation tower offers a birds-eye view of the Zoo and surroundings all the way back to the city center. Apparently, it’s one of the tallest wooden towers in the world!
The tower is easy to spot from anywhere in the Zoo and can be accessed next to the main entrance.
For this trip, we used the Copenhagen Card which gives free access to dozens of places and transport, including these four attractions for the best views in Copenhagen. Worth considering, if you plan to visit a few things in the city. For us, it really paid off!