In my opinion, Copenhagen is one of the prettiest cities in Europe. It was the first proper holiday where I could use my new camera (Olympus Pen E-PL8). I found myself being spoilt for choice with the number of photogenic places I found in this gorgeous Danish city, and I didn’t even explore the whole city. But, I’ve managed to whittle it down to a list of 8 of the best photo spots in Copenhagen.
The most well known, and most photographed spot in Copenhagen is without a shadow of a doubt, the Nyhavn harbour. I usually prefer to photograph the less popular areas, but this spot is just so magical I couldn’t leave without taking my camera for a spin. It’s such a great hub for the atmosphere and people watching, and the colourful houses make for a photographer’s dream. You simply cannot visit Copenhagen without taking a stroll down Nyhavn. (It’s especially pretty at night!)
Magstræde is one of the oldest streets in Copenhagen. It still features it’s original cobbling from when it was created in the 1520s. This is one of the quieter photo spots that we found, even though it does tend to get photographed a lot.
The Rundetaarn (Round Tower) is another one of the best photo spots in Copenhagen. The tower is Europe’s oldest functioning observatory, and not only is the building itself impressive, but the view from the top is just something else. At 35 metres up you get a beautiful panoramic view of the city, and if you’re lucky, a spectacular sunset.
Home to 400 years of royal history, Rosenborg Castle houses the crown jewels, crowns, and the coronation chairs. When we visited in February, the gardens were bare. So, if you want some great photo opportunities I’d recommend visiting in any other time than winter!
Another great photo spot for the summer is the Botanical Gardens (located just across the road from Rosenborg Castle. We went in February, and there wasn’t much interested due to everything recovering after the harsh winter, but there’s so much potential for the other seasons.
Stork Fountain & Stroget
I definitely had to put the Stork Fountain, and the street it’s on (Stroget) on my list of beautiful photo spots. Unfortunately, the fountain wasn’t actually on when we went, but it didn’t take anything away from the beauty of it.
I’m not gonna lie, Tivoli was very high on my list of things to photograph before I went to Copenhagen. (Google it and you’ll see why). I’d seen loads of photos online and I couldn’t wait to give my take on it. Unfortunately, we arrived in Copenhagen the day after it’s winter season ended, so it was closed while we were there. If you’re planning a trip here and you want to see Tivoli Gardens, make sure it’s open during your stay!
On The Water & In The Streets
Honestly, you’ll struggle to find an ugly part of Copenhagen. Just wander the streets and you’ll find some great photo opportunities. If you take the boat trip from Nyhavn, you’ll be able to take advantage of some of the great photo spots from the water. You’ll go out towards the Little Mermaid, back through Christianhavn, then around Christiansborg Palace, and back to Nyhavn.
What’s your favourite of all the best photo spots in Copenhagen? If you enjoyed this post and want to read about the best things to do in Copenhagen, check out my Ultimate Copenhagen City Guide, and Being Vegan In: Copenhagen.