9 Copenhagen Neighborhoods: The Ultimate Breakdown MADE For Travelers

Get the 411 and reputation for each area that may interest you for different reasons.

The beauty of traveling in Copenhagen is that most landmarks are within walking (or biking) distance. The neighborhoods are compact, unless you branch out to Greater Copenhagen regions. Below is a breakdown of districts that may interest you by reputation and must-see’s.

Indre By

Reputation: Inner City, or downtown.

411: Often referred to as Medieval City, this is a historical section of Copenhagen where you’ll see famous landmarks and royal palaces. Did we mention, lots of shopping too? (wink)

Don’t miss: Amalienborg, City Hall, Rosenborg, the Botanical Garden, Charlottenborg, Design Museum DenmarkNationalmuseet, lots of other museums and alleys full of shops.

Christianshavn

Reputation: Christian’s Harbor & Freetown Christiania.

411: This area was filled with working class 300 years ago, but today it’s famous for beautiful and numerous canals. Freetown Christiania is located on the eastern part of this area, where you’ll definitely be stopping by to check out this fascinating anarchist culture.

Don’t miss: Freetown Christiania and Lille Mølle windmill.

Vesterbro

Reputation: Western Bridge and trendy.

411: This hip residential area is where you’ll see lots of cute cafes and cool bars.

Don’t miss: The Carlsberg Museum and the Museum of Copenhagen.

Frederiksberg

Reputation: An upscale neighborhood.

411: Away from downtown Copenhagen, Frederiksberg was originally established surrounding the Frederiksberg Castle. Though you may feel this is a part of the city of Copenhagen, but the island is an independent municipality where you’ll encounter beautiful villas and lots of parks.

Don’t miss: Frederiksberg Palace, Copenhagen Zoo, several museums and galleries.

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Nørrebro

Reputation: Northern Bridge, or Little Arabia.

411: This is known as the most multicultural area in Copenhagen with a large population of students and immigrants. Near Nørrebrogade, there’s even an area called “Little Arabia.”

Don’t miss: Quite a vibrant area, especially for its nightlife, you can come here for Middle Eastern cuisine or shopping for inexpensive clothing and jewelries.

Østerbro

Reputation: Eastern Bridge. Home of the Little Mermaid.

411: This charming neighborhood isn’t as busy as downtown but it has one of the world’s most famous sights to welcome massive tourists. You’ll see many piers as the hub of ferries and cruise ships.

Don’t miss: The Little Mermaid, St. Alban’s Church, Gefion Fountain and Kastellet Citadel.

Amager

Reputation: Home of Kastrup Airport.

411: Don’t underestimate this area that may seem far away from the hustle bustle of inner city. Because Copenhagen is growing fast, there are many new developments happening in Amager. So the next time you come, it’ll welcome you with a fresh face.

Lyngby

Reputation: The Whiskey belt.

411: This area is residential and quite well off. Most travelers probably won’t veer off to this area but there are still quite a few lovely sites for nature and history lovers, including: the world’s oldest amusement park and the world’s largest open-air museum.

Don’t miss: Dyrehavsbakken, Frilandsmuseet, and Mill River.

Vestegnens

Reputation: Suburbs for campers and beach enthusiasts.

411: Another residential area where travelers most likely won’t venture to. But there is one museum in Vestegnen for your pleasure.

Don’t miss: Arken art museum, and Køge Bugt Strandpark white beaches.

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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