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Indre By (City Center) Walking Tour (Self Guided), Copenhagen

Full of historic attractions and awe-inspiring landmarks, Copenhagen is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia. The artistic and creative skills of the Danish people are on display throughout the city. Take this tour to explore the most famous sights in Copenhagen's Indre By (Inner city).
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Indre By (City Center) Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Indre By (City Center) Walking Tour
Guide Location: Denmark » Copenhagen (See other walking tours in Copenhagen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: EmmaS
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sømods Bolcher
  • Sankt Petri Kirke
  • Copenhagen University
  • Copenhagen University Library
  • Paludan’s Bog & Café
  • Church of Our Lady
  • Rundetårn
  • Helligaandskirken (Church of the Holy Ghost)
  • Stork Fountain
  • Strøget
  • Guinness World Records Museum
  • Nikolaj Church
  • Holmens Kirke
Sømods Bolcher

1) Sømods Bolcher

What to buy here: Danish bonbons. Danes have a peculiar love of salty liquorice, a flavor you will find inside Sømods Bolchers’ small bonbon shop. Bolcher is bonbons in English. Try for instance Dameskrå and Hostebolcher. You can choose between a total of 74 kinds of bonbons. A special royal sort and old classic is the red, sweet and fruity Kongen af Danmark, which translated into English means King of Denmark. Another classic and bestseller is the rhubarb-flavored Rabarber. If you cannot decide on a flavor, just get a mixed bag. If you have diabetes or for other reasons do not want sugar, Sømods Bolcher also has an entire collection of sugar free bonbons. Prices start at $6 for 100 kilograms. Sømods Bolcher is an old-fashioned bonbon store and factory. The business was established back in 1891, and not much has changed during the past 120 years. A couple of machines have eased the production flow, but the bonbons are still produced according to old recipes, and no artificial sugars, colors or flavors are added. In the old factory shop in Nørregade 36 you can even watch the bonbons being made, before you buy any. Four generations of the Sømod family have run the business, which is Purveyor to The Royal Danish Court. Look for the photograph of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II on the wall inside the shop in Nørregade 24.

Operation hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:15 am - 5:30 pm; Friday: 9:15 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 3:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm.
Sankt Petri Kirke

2) Sankt Petri Kirke

Serving the German speaking community in Copenhagen, St. Peter’s Church is a mid-15th century single nave church. At this Parish church, you will find an intricate complex of Sepulchral chapels. The church holds the distinction of being central Copenhagen’s oldest.

During the middle ages, there were four Catholic Parish churches in Copenhagen and St. Peter’s Church was one of them. It is believed to have been established in the 12th century. Burnt down in 1380, the church was again rebuilt shortly. It was used as a bell foundry and canon for a brief while after the Reformation.

It was in 1585 that St. Peter’s Church was presented to the German speaking population of the city by Frederick II. Hans van Steenwinckel the Elder renovated the building adding a gablet upper floor to the tower. A spire replaced this floor in the 17th century. The church went on to become an important spot and a meeting point for the city’s economic, political, military and cultural elite.

The historical fire of 1728 damaged this church to a great extent. Though the outer walls remained intact, the interior was lost completely to the flames. It was rebuilt shortly after by Johan Cornelius Krieger.

Danish Palaces and Properties Agency maintains this church today and it continues to attract tourists from across the world.
Copenhagen University

3) Copenhagen University

University of Copenhagen is one of the oldest and largest universities in Denmark. This research institution serves many scholars and students from around the nation and across the world. Copenhagen University was founded in 1479 and imparts knowledge to at least 37,000 students. It employs over 7,000 employees and has many different campuses around the city. The oldest campus is situated in central Copenhagen.

The university attracts many students from Nordic countries. There are over 2800 foreign students presently studying here. Along with the Yale University, University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, Australian National University and University of Cambridge, this university is a member of the IARU or International Alliance of Research Universities.

A board of 11 members governs the university. Director, pro-rector and the rector are appointed by this board. Deans of various faculties and central administration directors are appointed by the rector. Heads of 50 departments here are appointed by the dean.

This university is visited by tourists from around the world. They come here to enjoy going around the ancient main university building that takes you right back to those olden days. Do not miss a visit to this university on your trip to the Danish capital.
Copenhagen University Library

4) Copenhagen University Library (must see)

Founded in 1582, the Copenhagen University Library is the oldest library in the city and also one of the main research libraries in Denmark. The old main building of the library is located in Fiolstræde in central Copenhagen. It was designed by Johan Daniel Herholdt and completed in 1861. A second library, known as the Copenhagen University Library North, is located in Nørre Allé and is the library for natural sciences and medicine.

The University Library grew considerably in stature through the 17th century and many more books, including Peder Hansen Resen’s book collection and Royal Historiographer’s archives, were added to it.

Copenhagen University Library was ravaged during the great fire of 1728. At least 30,000 books were destroyed in the fire. Along with other buildings of the complex, the library was restored having books and manuscripts still added to its collections until today. Tourists from across the world flock to this library and get impressed with the extensive collection of books it possesses.
Paludan’s Bog & Café

5) Paludan’s Bog & Café

If you get tired of roaming the busy streets of Copenhagen, take a rest at the romantic, restful Paludan's Café. Located in the Latin Quarter just across from the University Library, Paludan's is a book cafe where you can enjoy a warm drink and a good book. Paludan's sells both used and new books and has a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books in English, Danish and other languages. The book cafe is a favorite for visitors of all ages and has a great atmosphere, with jazz music and warm colors inside.
Church of Our Lady

6) Church of Our Lady (must see)

Situated close to the University of Copenhagen, Church of Our Lady is one of the popular churches in the city. This cathedral was constructed in neo-classical style in 1829 by the famous architect Christian Frederik Hansen. Tourists from across the world come here to enjoy the unique architecture and amazing sculptures.

The church is huge in size measuring 33 m in width and 83 m in length. At least 1100 people can be seated if all galleries are left open. There are four church bells housed in the tower that is 60 m tall. You will find the largest bell in Denmark here.

Bronze statues of Christ and the Apostles can be found at the pediment. There are piers in the central nave and the twelve apostles in front of each of the piers. Interior is also decorated with Risen Christ showing his bodily wounds.

All sculptures are made of Italian marble and were sculpted by Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen. Among portraits of deans and bishops, you will find Thorvaldsen’s bronze bust modeled by Herman Wilhelm Bissen. Do not miss a visit to this interesting church on your trip to Denmark.

Why You Should Visit:
This church is of very severe exterior appearance but upon stepping inside, you become engulfed with the beautiful lighting and outstanding decorations, statues, altar, columns, ceiling and arches.

If possible, try to come during the jazz service on Sunday during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival every year – but come early. That's an event you will remember forever: informal and at the same time very inspiring.

Opening Hours:
[Church] Mon-Thu, Sat: 8:30am–5pm; Fri: 8:30–10:30am / 12–5pm; Sun: 12–4:30pm
[Exhibition] Mon-Thu: 11am–4pm; Fri, Sun: 12–4pm

7) Rundetårn (must see)

Located in central Copenhagen, the famous 17th-century tower known as Rundetårn – or the Round Tower – was constructed to serve as an astronomical observatory as a part of Christian IV’s architectural projects. Tourists from all over the world come especially to enjoy the expansive view of Copenhagen from the top of the tower that can be climbed through its 7.5-turn helical corridor.

Astronomy grew to be very important in 17th century Europe and this led to the mushrooming of many observatories. The Rundetårn observatory came into existence in 1637 and was originally referred to as STELLÆBURGI REGII HAUNIENSIS. It consisted of an academic library, the Trinitatis Church and a university chapel where scholars spent their time. A part of the Trinitatis Complex, Rundetårn is the first purpose-built facility of the Copenhagen University Library.

Walk along the ramp of the tower to access the Library Hall above the church. This hall is always bustling with activity as regularly plays host to exhibitions and concerts in its capacity as an active cultural venue.

Why You Should Visit:
Another tall tower with a city view, this one is slightly more interesting on the inside with its slow increasing grade walkway, some good information as you go and a gallery half way up.

There's a little café above the church next door that has a really cool vibe. It's a good place to stop for a simple coffee where you won't have to fight with crowds.
There is also a clean toilet and baby changing room halfway through the tower, as well as a good quality souvenir shop before you access the outside balcony.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed: 10am-9pm; Thu-Mon: 10am-6pm
Helligaandskirken (Church of the Holy Ghost)

8) Helligaandskirken (Church of the Holy Ghost) (must see)

A trip to Copenhagen is indeed incomplete without a visit to this famous 18th-century church that is in existence since it was founded by the Holy Ghost Abbey and continues to serve the city as an ancient place of worship.

Helligaandskirken, the church of the Holy Ghost, was once a monastic church. It was reconstructed in 1732 after being destroyed by a fire in 1728. The new Helligaandskirken was originally used as a workroom and hostel serving traveling monks. This monastery has since seen numerous expansions and continues to be a part of the city’s central life for over 250 years.

As you enter this building, you will find a large exhibition room facing Strøget. This hall formerly served as a hospital and today exhibits modern art. In the Church’s choir, you can find a font by eminent sculptor Thorvaldsen.

Tourists from across the world throng this church that has the only completely preserved medieval building in the city. Helligaandskirken is used for Record Fair and is the only surviving building from those bygone times.

There are music recitals held here – check the chalkboard outside for details.
A dedicated festival runs from July to end of August and usually starts about 4pm.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12-4pm; Sat: 11am-1pm; Sun: 10am-1pm
Stork Fountain

9) Stork Fountain

Stork fountain has always been a popular tourist attraction in Copenhagen. Locals and tourists of different age groups enjoy meeting each other at the square around the fountain known as Amagertorv.

Just walk into the square and look around to find a variety of old buildings. Most of them are built in Dutch Renaissance style the oldest among them dating back to 1600. The Stork Fountain was created by Vilhelm Bissen, a well known sculptor between 1836 and 1913. In 1888, the city council gave this fountain for the celebration of the silver wedding of King Frederik and Queen Louise.

Amagertorv also holds the distinction of being a square in Copenhagen where the city’s first ever public toilets were constructed underground. An interesting custom at the square is the dance by graduated midwifes. Since 1950, it has been a practice for newly graduated midwives to dance around the Stork Fountain.

This fountain is located on the Pedestrian Street Stroget. It is very close to various popular tourist attractions such as Nikolaj Church, Round Tower, The Church of The Holy Ghost, Holmens Church, the Old Stock Exchange, Thorvaldsens Museum and Christiansborg Palace. Do not miss a visit to Stork Fountain and Amagertorv square on your trip to Copenhagen.

10) Strøget (must see)

Popularly known as Pedestrian Street, Strøget came into existence in 1962. This car-free pedestrian zone was created by the city council to manage the ever-expanding traffic around Copenhagen’s major shopping areas. It extends all the way to Kongens Nytorv from the Town Hall Square.

Walk along Strøget and you will find many interesting historical squares and a maze of small streets on either side. This is Copenhagen’s medieval part that extends to a length of 3.2 km. It is also the longest and oldest pedestrian street system in the world. Tourists visiting Copenhagen never miss the experience of walking along Strøget.

You will find a variety of outdoor sidewalk cafes, restaurants, fast food eateries, gift stores, art galleries, specialty shops, departmental stores, theatres, street entertainment, museum and much more. Whether you visit this street in the day time or during the night, you will find it bustling with activity.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions close to Strøget include the Lure Blowers, Tivoli, Town Hall, Cinemas and Glyptotek-Vesterbrogade on the west entrance. On the eastern end, you will find many shops selling branded merchandise. Enjoy a unique and exciting shopping experience!

Make sure to make a detour down one of the crossing side-streets, and avoid most of the restaurants.
Guinness World Records Museum

11) Guinness World Records Museum

A fascinating array of records in science, nature, music, art and sports is on display at the massive Guinness World Records Museum. This museum is spread over 1000 square meters and has an impressive record of curiosities such as the most fascinating toy world, the fastest car and the tallest man.

Apart from going through records of interesting facts such as the metal eating man, man with the longest moustache and the most outstanding machines and people in the world, you can also test your cycling skills and driving skills here. The museum offers fun test drive for tourists on powerful cycles and fast cars.

Guinness World Records Museum is located at the famous Ostergade in Copenhagen. Do not miss out the exhibits of the smallest woman and tallest man here. You will certainly enjoy a memorable time browsing through the impressive man-made structural record database.

Visit this unique museum to experience the heaviest, loudest, fastest, shortest, tallest and other outlandish accomplishments. Just browse around the exhibits in the field of science, space, sports, entertainment, architecture, eating, technology and human body achievements to learn about record breaking events. This is just a fraction of the categories you will find at this interesting museum.

Operation hours:
June 15 – August 31: Everyday: 10 am – 10 pm.

Rest of the Year: Sunday – Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm; Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm.
Nikolaj Church

12) Nikolaj Church

A popular contemporary art center today, Nikolaj Church in Copenhagen first came into existence in 1200. This old church building is historically significant. During the medieval period, two large churches, The Church of Our Lady and Nikolaj Church, served the citizens of the city.

After the great fire ravaged Copenhagen in 1795, the original church was completely destroyed and the tower building was the only structure that survived. This church has not ever been used for Christian services since 1805. Through the years, the tower was used as a watchtower and a market grew around it.

Called Nikolaj plads, this market square was used by small merchants to sell their vegetables, meat and groceries. Today, you will find some of the oldest shops dating back to the 1840s still functioning from here.

A fine copper spire was donated by Carl Jacobsen, founder of Carlsberg Brewery and it was installed on the tower. This spire is today a famous landmark of the city. Enjoy the exquisite view of this spire as a silhouette against the Copenhagen skyline.

Nikolaj Church has a total of three galleries and the Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center operates from here. This church is just a short walk from Stroget, the popular pedestrian street.

Operation hours from October 24 - April 13: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday,Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Holmens Kirke

13) Holmens Kirke

Holmens Kirke is located close to the harbour in Copenhagen. This 17th century Renaissance church was originally constructed by Peter de Duncker, a Dutch builder in 1563 to serve as an anchor forge.

In 1619, under the orders of King Christian IV, the forge was converted to a navy church. In 1870s, the church was renovated. As a part of the renovation, a sepulchral chapel was designed and constructed to the right of Holmens Kirke by Johan Conrad Ernst, the court architect.

Since its extension in 1640, the church has been restored and painted a few times. The walls were built in red cement in 1872 and the interior was decorated in baroque style popular at that time. The galleries, running around the church, were built during the 1872 restoration.

You will find a votive ship hanging in the nave. Inspired by a drawing of Admiral Niels Juel’s 1697 flagship, the model of this ship was made in 1904. Votive ships are a common feature in most of the Danish churches.

Abel Schroder built the altar and pulpit in 1661. You will find biblical scenes with apostles on either side on the pulpit. Flanked by evangelists, scenes of the last supper, resurrection and last judgment are painted on the altarpiece.

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