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 amount of photogenic places I found in Copenhagen, and I didn’t even explore the whole city. But, I’ve managed to whittle it down to 8 of my favourite photo spots in this gorgeous Danish city.
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 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, and 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 my favourite photo spots in Copenhagen. The tower is Europe’s oldest functioning observatory, and not only is the building itself impressive, 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 gorgeous sunset.
Home to 400 years of royal history, Rosenborg Castle houses the crown jewels, crowns, and the coronation chairs. We visited in February when 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, 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 opportunites. 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.