The 5 most interesting suburbs to explore in Copenhagen

1) Hillerød

A short train ride north of Copenhagen is the charming medieval town of Hillerød, home to Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia. The castle is built on an island surrounded by a moat, scenic lake, and Denmark’s most famous baroque gardens.

Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød

2) Lyngby

A short train ride from the city center, Lyngby has it all: great shopping, designer showrooms, diverse dining options, and the beautiful Sorgenfri Palace and its surrounding woodlands. Not to be missed in Lyngby is the Frilandsmuseet (the Open Air Museum) and a cluster of Danish design showrooms along the main road.

Open Air Museum in Lyngby

3) Frederiksberg

A district bustling with university students and young families, the heart of Frederiksberg is certainly its popular palace, palace gardens, and the adjacent Copenhagen zoo. Not to be missed is the ultra cool shopping street of Værnedamsvej.

a girl walking around in Frederiksberg

4) Hellerup

Known as the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Copenhagen, the suburb of Hellerup has a distinctly international feel. Home to several embassies, consulate offices, and international schools, Hellerup is also the gateway to the northern coast of Zealand. Not to be missed are the charming Hellerup Sailing Club, the modernist architecture of Tuborg Harbour, and the small Oregård Park.

Horten office in Hellerup

5) Nordhavn

This little district is currently undergoing a massive, multi-decade revitalisation and has been master-planned to feature some of Copenhagen’s most exciting new architecture, attractions, and services. A short bike ride from the iconic Little Mermaid, Nordhavn is an interesting study in the mix of industrial and natural urban design and to get a glimpse of Copenhagen’s future.

Nordhavn neighbourhood during the night

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The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen reveals off-the-beaten-track places and interesting details for anyone who's keen to explore Copenhagen's best-kept secrets.

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