10 Things You Might Not Know About Copenhagen

It’s no secret that travel is a huge passion of mine. I love sharing my travel adventures and inspiring everyone to get out there and see the world! But I also enjoy sharing interesting facts about these places in hopes that you’ll learn something new about each place, and of course, putting new places on your travel radar.

Today, I’m excited to drop some knowledge on Denmark’s capital city. Here are 10 things you might not know about Copenhagen.

10 things you might not know about Copenhagen

  1. Copenhagen consistently makes the list of happiest places in the world to live.
  2. Tivoli Gardens (located in the middle of the city) is the second oldest amusement park in the world! It also happens to be the place Walt Disney was inspired to create Disneyland!
  3. Christiania is a “free town” in Copenhagen run by its residents. The neighborhood is tax and car-free, and has serious hippie vibes!
  4. Copenhagen’s Strøget Street is the largest pedestrian shopping street in the world and features both big chain and local retailers.
  5. Over half of Copenhagen’s residents ride bicycles to/from school and work, giving Amsterdam a run for its money with the number of bikes on the streets!
  6. The famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen lived in Copenhagen and wrote most of his stories (like The Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling) in Nyhavn, the city’s colorful canal district.
  7. In the 1400s, Copenhagen was the capital of all of Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, and Norway)!
  8. One of the city’s most famous landmarks is The Little Mermaid statue. It was commissioned about 70 years after the story was first published, and was sculpted after the lead in The Little Mermaid ballet in the early 1900s.
  9. Copenhagen’s Round Tower, built in 1642 is the oldest working observatory in Europe.
  10. The city holds 18 Michelin stars in 15 of its cities – the most in the Nordic region.


Interested in more of Denmark’s capital city? Read about our two days in Copenhagen and stay at the Absalon Hotel!

Which of these 10 things were most surprising to you about Copenhagen?

  • so interesting about disneyland!

    • Isn’t it? I could definitely see the inspo though – there are a lot of similarities!

  • Those are very interesting facts! I am all about happy…maybe I need to look into this place further


    #1 sold me from the get-go ! Love these tips. I’m planning for my Christmas holiday, any suggestions where I should look? I have two weeks off in December !!

    • Glad to hear it! Where are you looking to travel? In the US – or Europe? 2 weeks off in December sounds fantastic!

  • Copenhagen sounds SO cool! Definitely on my list of places to visit!!

    • It’s a spunky town, for sure! Glad to hear it made your bucket list :)

  • Allison Ellzey

    My friends just got back from Copenhagen this summer! I’ll have to see if they knew some of these!

  • Sydney Power

    These are pretty cool! I’ll have to add this on my bucket list.

    • Definitely a must-visit place for the bucket list!

  • I honestly know nothing about Copenhagen, or Denmark really (except for basically everything about Princess Mary lol) but I do know I’d love to go one day! So thank you for sharing all of this. It looks like a beautiful place!

    • That’s too funny! I didn’t know much about Princess Mary until we visited! It is a beautiful city – definitely worth visiting!

  • #1 is so interesting! I definitely did not know that, but having visited this city I can definitely see how that could be true!

    • Same! Between Tivoli Gardens and pastries, how can you go wrong?!

  • Amy

    I need to visit now! So many cool things about Copenhagen!

    • I highly recommend it! Copenhagen is such a cool city!

  • I was just in Norway and italy and paris and we had a stop over in copenhagen!!! Its so pretty there

    • That sounds like an incredible trip!! What was your favorite part of Copenhagen?

  • Miss ALK

    I’ve heard the happy fact before but I didn’t know the others! I love that picture- it looks beautiful!

    xoxo A

  • Kait M

    Loving the hippie vibes! Reminds me of my college town, New Paltz xx

    • How fun! I’ve never been to New Paltz but now I’m intrigued!

  • mckenna bleu

    Great post! Love your pics! I def want to visit here asap!

  • This sounds like an amazing town! I would love to go!

    • It is! So much to do and rich in culture (and obviously happiness)!

  • Daynna Hartjes

    Wow it sounds fantastic! It’s definitely not a place to be overlooked if it constantly makes the list of being one of the happiest places on earth to live!

    • For sure! I think we all need to take notes on what they’re doing!

  • A tax and car free neighborhood sounds amazing to me right about now! This sounds like an amazing place to travel – I still haven’t been to Europe but I really want to see EVERYWHERE!

    • There are so many incredible places to visit in Europe! Which places are at the top of your travel bucket list?

  • Wow I can’t believe that it’s a car-free neighborhood! I also didn’t know it was the happiest place in the world to live, I definitely need to visit :)

    • So weird to think about, right?! And YES we all definitely need to take note of what they’re doing!

  • Tori Dunlap

    I have never been to Copenhagen, but it’s on my list. Love the beautiful colors on the houses!
    Tori || Victori Media

    • The colorful houses in Nyhavn are one of my fave places in the city! A must-see!

  • Copenhagen is definitely on my list of places to travel. It looks amazing!

  • I haven’t been to Copenhagen but I want to visit one day. I love that Copenhagen is SO bike friendly. it sounds like such a happy city!

  • Copenhagen is such a charming and beautiful city!

  • I have a cousin that lives in Copenhagen. This reminds me I need to visit her soon!

    • How cool! You definitely need to get to booking that trip :) You’d love Copenhagen!

  • I love learning new facts about places! This seems like the perfect travel destination!

    • So glad to hear it! This is definitely one for the bucket list!

  • nicole simonetti

    whoaaa, christiania sounds v cool. I don’t know much about copenhagen, but some of these facts have definitely caught my attn! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

    • Glad to hear it! I think it’s a city everyone should visit – esp since its people are so happy all the time!

  • Carly Ned

    I’ve always wanted to visit Copenhagen! It looks so cool.

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    I’ve always thought I might want to visit Copenhagen, but now I especially want to visit it because of this list!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    • So glad to hear that, Jordyn! I hope you can make it happen soon – you’ll love Copenhagen!

  • I love how colourful all of those houses are and how they are all so different!

  • I did a bike tour through Copenhagen (those bikers are intense!) and we made the trip through Christiania. It definitely had all the hippie vibes!! I loved Tivoli at night, too!

    • You’re so brave for hopping on a bike there with all the other bikers, haha. Tivoli at night was my favorite too! The fact that we visited during the Christmas season made it even more magical!

  • I love that it makes the list of happiest places to live – I had no idea! It looks like such a gorgeous place!

  • I had no idea Copenhagen was the capital of all Scandinavia! Definitely hope to get there one day!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Interesting, right?! I would’ve thought Stockholm would’ve held that title!