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Copenhagen is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. With beautiful streets and architecture, as well as incredible unique areas such as Tivoli Gardens, you’ll find yourself taking hundreds of images.
Here are 12 top and must visit Instagram and photography locations in Copenhagen.

1. Tivoli Gardens

Starting with one of my favourite spots to take pictures which is Tivoli Gardens. I recommend coming here around the blue hour and at night when all the lights come on and add a magical element to your pictures. A few of the best sections include the Nimb hotel towards the north entrance and Chinese temple which you’ll find near the roller coaster towards the south of the park.

Best time for pics: Blue hour/night
Cost: Ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Chinese Temple at Tivoli Gardens
Chinese Temple at Tivoli Gardens

2. Rosenborg Castle

I found Rosenborg Castle beautiful. It’s super old and even has a bit of a musty smell inside. Some of the rooms such as the Great Hall and Marble Chamber I found absolutely stunning and make for great travel pictures. You have three main floors to visit and also the basement. As well as the interior, the exterior and gardens are pretty nice to photograph.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Marble Chamber, Rosenborg Castle
Marble Chamber, Rosenborg Castle
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3. Frederik’s Church and Amalienborg

Amalienborg is the residence of the Danish Royal Family and consists of the main square and the palace which surrounds it. At one end of the palace is Frederik’s Church which is very photogenic and perfect for taking pictures. A good time to get here is around sunset when you may get an amazing sky behind it such as below.

Best time for pics: Sunset
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Frederik's Church and Amalienborg at sunset
Frederik’s Church and Amalienborg at sunset

4. Christianshavn

The area around Christianshavn is particularly nice and makes a great spot to capture reflection shots such as below. Throughout the day you may be able to capture tour boats going past which can add a nice element to your pictures.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Canals of Christianshavn
Canals of Christianshavn

5. Strøget and Amagertorv

One of Copenhagen’s main high streets is Strøget. This along with Amagertorv square makes for a great place for photography and Instagram. The pavement is lined with patterned tiles and from Hays House or Cafe Norden you’ll get some great views.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Stroget and Amagertorv, Copenhagen
Stroget and Amagertorv, Copenhagen

6. Kastellet

Kastellet is a beautiful star-shaped fortress which has bright colourful buildings in the centre as well as raised paths going around the outskirts. The entire area is surrounded by a moat and as well as being a place to take photographs it’s a great place to relax.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Kastellet, Copenhagen
Kastellet
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7. Nyhavn

Probably the most famous and beautiful place in the city for Instagram and photography is along the Nyhavn. Here you’ll find a small canal with amazing colourful architecture and boats lining the sides. It is pretty nice at all times of the day. If you did want to get a reflection shot like below, then you’ll need to have no wind, rain or moving boats as this would disturb the water.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Colourful buildings along Nyhavn in Copenhagen
Colourful buildings along Nyhavn in Copenhagen

8. Church of our Saviour

In my opinion, the views from the Church of our Saviour are some of the best in the city. The tower is pretty high and surrounding it is beautiful Danish architecture. You’ll be able to capture skyline photographs in all directions with some of the best views towards the harbour.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Views of Copenhagen from Church of our Saviour
Views of Copenhagen from Church of our Saviour

9. Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads

This public square makes for a fantastic spot for Instagram and photography. This is partly due to a water feature that allows you to capture reflection shots of the beautiful architecture that’s nearby. To capture perfect reflections you need to go low and take pictures when it’s not windy or rainy. You could also time it so that you capture local elements such as people on bikes or buses going past. This spot is great to take pictures both day and night.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads, Copenhagen
Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads

10. Magstraede

The Magstraede is one of the oldest streets in Copenhagen and has a cobbled pavement with colourful architecture either side. I think this street is quite iconic of the Danish architecture.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Magstraede street in Copenhagen
Magstraede street

11. Christiansborg Palace

One of the spots that most impressed me most during my visit to Copenhagen was Christiansborg Palace. I thought the interior was exceptional, luxurious and grand. As well as the Great Hall seen below there are lots of other beautiful rooms available to see.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Ticketed
Location on Google Maps

Royal Reception Rooms, Christiansborg Palace
Royal Reception Rooms, Christiansborg Palace
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12. The Tower

The Tower (Taarnet) is an awesome viewpoint that is even free to enter. Up here you get some amazing views of the city such as below.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Copenhagen Skyline from the Tower at sunset

Summary

There is also another spot that’s quite popular which is the Round Tower. Personally due to the caging around the upper deck being badly designed I don’t rate this location as being in my top spots, however, if you have the time it may be worth checking out.

Need a hotel in Copenhagen?

Book our recommended hotel or find a deal on Booking.com.

Recommended hotel: Andersen Boutique Hotel – A hotel in a great location and with nice modern rooms and even a free wine happy hour.

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