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Kastellet Tours

Kastellet
Copenhagen’s pentagon-shaped Kastellet (Citadel) is one of the best-preserved fortresses in northern Europe. Built in 1662, the site, although still used for military activities occasionally, functions is now used as a public park. During a walk around the grassy grounds, you’ll find well-preserved barracks, a small chapel, a windmill, and a moat.

The Basics
Kastellet is a typical stop on tours of Copenhagen, which explore the city on foot, by bicycle, or on a Segway; common itineraries also tend to include Round Tower (Rundetaarn), Amalienborg Palace, and Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot). The grounds also offer excellent views of the iconic Little Mermaid sculpture, the dome of Marmorkirken (Marble Church), and the harbor. Visitors to Kastellet will likely find tourists and locals biking, walking, and picnicking at this scenic destination.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kastellet is a must-visit for those interested in Danish history and architecture.
  • The site is free to visit.
  • Kastellet is home to many species of bird, including ducks, swans, and herons.
  • There is an historical exhibition on display inside the guard building at the North Gate.

How to Get There
Kastellet is around a 15-minute walk from Nyhavn or a 2-minute walk from Osterport train station, which connects you to Copenhagen Central railway station. The 1A bus also stops nearby or you can get there by the local Nordre Toldbod ferry.

When to Get There
The site is open every day from 6am to 10pm. There is a changing of the guard ceremony at the Central Guard House every day at 12pm and military concerts take place at the drill grounds on summer afternoons at 2pm. On 28 October every year, Kastellet marks its anniversary with a concert.

Notable Prisoners

The most prominent prisoner at the citadel prison was the royal physician Johann Friedrich Greve Struensee, whose affair with Queen Matilda led to his execution by the mentally-ill King Christian VII. The longest-serving prisoner was English explorer and pirate John Norcross; he spent 32 years in the prison at Kastellet, 16 of them in a wooden cage.
Address: Copenhagen 2100, Denmark
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2 Hours Copenhagen Segway Tour

2 Hours Copenhagen Segway Tour

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Make the most of your limited time in Copenhagen and cover far more ground than would be possible on foot on this Segway tour. Ideal for visitors who have trouble walking long distances, this small-group tour (limited to 10 people) takes you to such sites as the Little Mermaid statue, Christiansborg Palace, Old Royal Stock Exchange, and Amalienborg Palace as your guide offers context and little-known details along the way.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Must-See Copenhagen Tour: The Untold Stories

Must-See Copenhagen Tour: The Untold Stories

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Learn the untold stories behind top Copenhagen attractions during this guided city tour. In the company of a local guide, get your bearings in the city while exploring places such as the Little Mermaid, the Rosenborg Castle, and the Church of Our Lady with ease. Ideal for first-time visitors, you’ll get an insight into a side of Copenhagen history that most travelers miss.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Discovery Bike Tour in Copenhagen

Small-Group Discovery Bike Tour in Copenhagen

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Your stylish JOPO bike and local guide awaits you ready to take you out on a fantastic bicycle tour in the greatest bicycle city in the world. On your way, experience some of Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks and hidden gems, while you tune into fun and interesting local stories. We’ll of course also get to step off our bikes to shoot those picture-perfect snapshots at Copenhagen's green gardens, tucked-away cobble-stoned streets, grand castles and blazing colorful streets. All while we're covering Copenhagen's history, culture and way of life. HIGHLIGHTS: - Cruise Copenhagen on a stylish JOPO city bike - Experience 90 % of all the sights Copenhagen in just 2 hours - Get local recommendations after the tour over a complimentary beverage in our office - Tune into a locals fun stories at picture-perfect stops and in-route via an Apple headset - Start and end in the heart of the city - Small groups of a maximum of 10 persons only
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  • 2 hours
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$64.10
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Photogenic Copenhagen with a Local

Photogenic Copenhagen with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Come with me to discover the beauty of Copenhagen through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for the unique opportunity of experiencing Copenhagen from an insider’s point of view and taking stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the most beautiful spots in the old town to the impressive waterside views. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Copenhagen, you will also get to discover local spots and hidden gems that a typical tourist tour won’t show you. Treat your curiosity by discovering an alternative side of Copenhagen and all the unique beauty it has to offer! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! From the slightly elevated Amaliehaven, you can take amazing shots of the Royal Opera House on the other side of the water!
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  • 2 hours
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2 HR Private Walking Tour of Copenhagen - must-sees, hygge & local gems

2 HR Private Walking Tour of Copenhagen - must-sees, hygge & local gems

Explore Copenhagen on a 2-hour private walking tour with a fun and experienced guide! We have planned a beautiful route which includes the waterfront promenade (a traffic-free zone) and we will cover as much as possible, including the must-see sights such as Nyhavn, The Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace but also monuments and stories which you will not find in the guidebooks. On this tour you will see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Amalienborg Palace - a great daily tradition. Learn about the Royal castle and the Danish monarchy - one of the oldest in Europe. We will explore colourful Nyhavn - the most photographed place in Copenhagen! Strike a pose with Denmark's most famous lady - The Little Mermaid Climb the embankments of Kastellet (The Citadel) - a still-active military site from the 1600's And much more! Hear stories which are unique, fun and interesting as you are lead through Copenhagen with your experienced guide on this relaxed and personal tour. Let's go explore
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  • 2 hours
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Shore Excursion: 1-Hour Copenhagen Segway Cruise

Shore Excursion: 1-Hour Copenhagen Segway Cruise

It can be difficult to appreciate Copenhagen’s many highlights during a brief visit. Maximize your time in port on a Segway tour. Zip between attractions with ease, saving time and foot fatigue, and discover sights including the Little Mermaid statue and the Royal Palace. Benefit from use of audio headsets to hear your guide clearly, and benefit from the small-group size for a more personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour

2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour

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Cruise the streets and sights of Copenhagen during this guided Segway tour that includes use of a special headset radio that let you hear your guide clearly while on the move. See twice as much on your electric Segway including sights like The Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, the Royal Palace, and Danish Parliament while taking in the unique mix of old and modern architecture along the way.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Mandrin-speaking guided private bike tour in Copenhagen(3 hours/private tour)

Mandrin-speaking guided private bike tour in Copenhagen(3 hours/private tour)

Cycling is the locals’ favorite way to get around. So you can hop on, blend in, and discover Copenhagen. You’ll be surprised by how much more you can see when you explore by bike. We provide a Mandarin-speaking guided bike tour for each group while we provide also different kinds of bikes depending on your height. Our bikes are super comfortable and easy to ride, for both elder and kids.
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  • 3 hours
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Mandrin-speaking guided bike tour in Copenhagen(3 hours/max 10 person)

Mandrin-speaking guided bike tour in Copenhagen(3 hours/max 10 person)

Cycling is the locals’ favorite way to get around. So you can hop on, blend in, and discover Copenhagen. You’ll be surprised by how much more you can see when you explore by bike. We provide a Mandarin-speaking guided bike tour for each group while we provide also different kinds of bikes depending on your height. Our bikes are super comfortable and easy to ride, for both elder and kids.
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  • 3 hours
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Segway Winter Tour 90 Minutes

Segway Winter Tour 90 Minutes

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If you thought traveling to Copenhagen in the winter meant you’d have to stay indoors, this winter Segway tour will make you think again. Tour many of Copenhagen’s must-see sights, plus enjoy a café stop to warm up. Receive a thorough safety briefing, so even first-time Segway riders can feel confident. Your guide will share their stories via a radio system so you don’t have to stop to listen. A fun tour for the whole family.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Segway Tour: Copenhagen Christmas Cruise

Segway Tour: Copenhagen Christmas Cruise

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Save time and see more of Copenhagen on this combination sightseeing and Christmas market Segway tour. Cruise through the city's streets, taking in the main sights as your guide provides insights into each, then pull up to a Christmas market around Nyhaven to roam around the seasonal stalls.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Copenhagen Small Group Bike Tour

Copenhagen Small Group Bike Tour

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Explore the Danish capital of Copenhagen like a local—on a bicycle—during this half-day tour. Leave the directions and navigation to a guide, just pedal along and enjoy the scenery, passing highlights such as the Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace. Limited to just 10 people, this small-group tour guarantees an intimate atmosphere and plenty of personalized attention.
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  • 3 hours
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Copenhagen Private Bike Tour

Copenhagen Private Bike Tour

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Make the most of your time in the Danish capital on a private bike tour of the city. Whizz between landmarks, covering more distance in less time than possible by foot, while still enjoying an intimate look at highlights such as the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, and the Kastellet. Learn about the landmarks from your guide, and benefit from the personalized service of a private tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Copenhagen 3-hour Private Bike Tour

Copenhagen 3-hour Private Bike Tour

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Copenhagen is a very bicycle-friendly city, and on this guided cycling tour you can cover a lot of ground safely, without getting lost, and while learning about the history and culture of the city. While the tour follows a planned route of the highlights of Copenhagen, let your guide know if you have any requests for things you’d like to see, and they'll try to include them in the itinerary.
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  • 3 hours
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Copenhagen Private Full Day Tour with Lunch - Hygge Walking & Gastro Experience

Copenhagen Private Full Day Tour with Lunch - Hygge Walking & Gastro Experience

Discover all the magic of Copenhagen in this unique Private Full Day Tour. Combine the highlights of the city with hidden spots that only a local host can show you. From the most emblematic buildings, as the Round Tower, Rosenborg Castle, the Cathedral, or Amalienborg, to the oldest streets and corners of Copenhagen's Old Town. From the self-governing and independent community of Christiania to the green areas, open spaces and canals where people make of kindness, cordiality and good coexistence a way of life. All of this accompanied by three tasting stops, where you will discover the exquisite Danish cuisine, enjoying the best views of the city, or at the edge of the busy channels watching the boats passing by in a relaxing environment. Enjoy Copenhagen in a unique way. Learn about its culture, history, gastronomy, and lifestyle in this fantastic Private Full Day Tour!!!
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Highlights & Secrets of Copenhagen - History & Culture - Private Walking Tour

Highlights & Secrets of Copenhagen - History & Culture - Private Walking Tour

Enjoy the magic of Copenhagen on this fantastic Private Walking Tour. Discover its culture, its history, its canals, and its modern architecture. Explore its highlights as well as its most secret spots. Walk through the wonderful Old Town to the old port of Nyhavn. Admire the imposing Marble Church. Stroll around the charming gardens of Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace. Take a walk along its canals until reaching the symbol of Copenhagen: The Little Mermaid All of this accompanied by a taste of the incredible Danish pastry. Stop to enjoy a cinnamon roll and a coffee in one of the most traditional pastry shops in the city. Enjoy Copenhagen in a unique way on this fantastic Walking Tour, totally private, just you and your local guide!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$100.73
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Copenhagen Bicycle Adventure

Copenhagen Bicycle Adventure

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The ultimate bike tour of Copenhagen. On this 3 hour cycling tour, we will take you to all the places and sights to discover the wonderful secrets of the city through the canals, bridges, historical monuments and modern architecture. Make a few stops along the way to take photos in the parliament, the royal library, the Nyhavn canal and the royal palace. Continue to the little mermaid, the ancient sea barracks, Rosenborg Castle and the cathedral, all what you need to see while you are here and our knowledgable guides will tell you all about the history of this great city.   Our tour starts at our Souvenir Tourist Shop, where you will have instructions and safety tips Tour will ends at the starting point You can also bring your bike if you decide to have it from your hotel and keep the bike for your own trip after out tour
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  • 3 hours
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Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge

Total Copenhagen Day Tour Highlights and Hygge

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Join us for the full Copenhagen package on this fairy-tale and hygge-filled tour of the greatest hits of Copenhagen. This is a great introduction to your Danish experience, offering you a whole day of fun in the city! - Tick off Copenhagen’s greatest hits on a full-day tour with a passionate and knowing native guide by your side - Admire the city’s many iconic and cute castles, picturesque Nyhavn and don't worry, you'll of course say hello to the Little Mermaid and much more! - Explore Danish happiness and score some tips on how to get more of that world-famous ‘hygge’ in your life - Find out why Copenhagen is one of Europe’s top foodie cities as you get to pop in and indulge in some amazing treats along the way - Discover Danish culture and history, tranquil green havens, and hidden gems that only locals know about on a more immersive cultural experience of Copenhagen than most tours - Get personalized recommendations straight from a local to make your Copenhagen stay even better!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.06
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Copenhagen In A Nutshell Highlight Express 2-Hour Walking Tour

Copenhagen In A Nutshell Highlight Express 2-Hour Walking Tour

Ditch your guidebook and come out with us and take in Copenhagen in high resolution. Instead, let us take you under our knowledgeable wings on this fun, immersive and fairy-tale dusted experience of Copenhagen’s biggest sights! We'll introduce you to fascinating royal dramas, awe-inspiring fairy-tales and mind-blowing politics, all while you get to have that fantastic and authentic backdrop of Copenhagen’s major sights. - Visit 10+ of Copenhagen’s greatest hits on a funtastic walking tour with knowledgeable natives - Admire Copenhagen’s iconic castles Amalienborg – The Royal Palace and Christiansborg – The Parliament, while you also get to experience the picturesque New Harbor and say hello to The Little Mermaid just to name a few of the places we will experience - Stroll through some of the city's most calm green oasis’ and breathe in the Danish hygge that we Danes are so known for - Get personalized recommendations straight from a local to make your Copenhagen stay even better!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.29
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Copenhagen Renaissance Tour

Copenhagen Renaissance Tour

The guide has a degree in European history with a special focus on the Renaissance historical era. He has also a master on Danish Renaissance. He knows the city very well and knows many secrets that make this city unique under certain aspects.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$11.85
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Small Group Bike Tour of Copenhagen with a Photographer

Small Group Bike Tour of Copenhagen with a Photographer

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Cycle around Copenhagen, one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, and have your photo taken by its main sights, on this small-group, 3-hour bike tour. Cruise through the Danish capital’s streets on an electric bike with a photographer guide, and see landmarks such as Tivoli Gardens, candy-colored Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid statue. Along the way, your guide will snap photos of you as take-home mementos, and you’ll gain insight into the city’s history and urban legends.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour

Copenhagen Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour

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Copenhagen is one of the world's best cycling cities, so it would be a shame to explore it by motor vehicle. On this guided tour, you can pedal like a local through the streets of the city to see the top attractions, as well as a few of your's guide's favorite hidden gems. Along the way, you'll learn all about local life and culture.
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  • 3 hours
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