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Things to do in Copenhagen on a rainy day

Photo: Thomas Høyrup Christensen - Copenhagen Media Center

We all prefer blue skies and sunny weather for our vacations, but we'll be honest with you; rainy days do occur in Copenhagen. But even if you happen to catch Copenhagen on a wet day, there’s still plenty to do while seeking cover from the drizzle.

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Journey through Denmark's rich history at the National Museum

At the National Museum you can journey through Denmark's history from the Ice Age, via the Viking Age and the monarchy to today's society. At the Children's Museum, the youngest can visit different time periods and, among other things, make a fantasy trip in a Viking ship and experience in a Medieval kitchen while figuring out how to cook without a microwave.

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The tower of Copenhagen's City Hall is a great place to visit on a rainy day
Photo: Terry Mclaughlin - Copenhagen Media Center

Enjoy the view of Copenhagen from the City Hall Tower

With its 105.6 metres, Copenhagen City Hall is one of the tallest buildings in the city. To reach the top of the tower, you will have to climb about 300 steps - making this attraction the perfect combination of sightseeing and a full on cardio workout. But hey, it's the only Stairmaster in the world that rewards you with a stunning view of Tivoli Gardens!

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The Danish parliament building Christiansborg Palace
Photo: Martin Heiberg - Copenhagen Media Center

Explore the ruins under Christiansborg Palace

If you venture under the Danish parliament building, Christiansborg Palace, you get to experience Denmark's long and royal history up close. Hidden underneath Christiansborg you will find the ruins from another castle dating all the way back to the 11th century!

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Shop for Danish design items at Magasin du Nord

Explore Copenhagen's iconic department store Magasin. Here is something for every taste - fashion for all ages, luxury delicacies, home decor, books and (of course) cozy cafes and restaurant.

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Over 700 years of art history at Denmark's National Gallery

The National Gallery is Denmark's largest art gallery and it houses an impressive collection of art spanning various genres and 700 years. See exhibitions and films, participate in creative workshops and enjoy classic masterpieces and challenging contemporary art or join the SMK Fridays which is a monthly event during the summer happening on - you guessed it - Fridays.

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Copenhagen's oldest patisserie, Conditori La Glace

Do you have a sweet tooth? Then your way forward is clear. On your journey through Copenhagen, you must stop by Conditori La Glace which is the oldest patisserie in Copenhagen. The shop has provided the city with luxurious cakes and pastries since 1870 and it remains a time capsule for pleasure, indulgence and traditions. A visit to La Glace is a unique cafe experience that you won't get elsewhere in the city.

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The exotic Winter Garden in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen - Copenhagen Media Center

Take cover in Glyptoteket's exotic and historic surroundings

Glyptoteket is the perfect place to take cover on a rainy day. Here you can see one of Northern Europe's largest collections of antique art, a journey through 3,500 years of art history and modern works by, among others, Monet and Gauguin. Finish off with a cozy coffee break in the beautiful winter garden.

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Eat your way through delicacies in Torvehallerne

Copenhagen's trendy market hall Torvehallerne is located right at Nørreport Station and is a perfect place to stay when it rains. Stroll among the different stalls with mouth-watering delicacies, but be warned: it can be difficult to choose which one to sink your teeth into! The possibilities are many - grab a coffee or a glass of wine, try the traditional Danish smørrebrød or a delicious Danish pastry.

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The Danish Film Institute and Cinematheque in Copenhagen
Photo: Jørgen True - Cinemateket

Watch Denmark on the big screen at Cinemateket

Hide from the rain and lean back in a soft armchair while enjoying one of The Cinematheque's selected films for both children and adults. And if you get hungry, you can grab a snack, drink or full meal at Restaurant Sult.

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Head to the Danish Architecture Center

The Danish Architecture Center is a melting pot for Danish architecture, design and culture. Here you can spend some interesting hours at exhibitions and workshops, combined with a coffee break at the café and a visit to the design shop.

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Photo: Thomas Høyrup Christensen - Copenhagen Media Center

Capture the perfect puddle reflection photos

Just because it rains in Copenhagen, it does not mean that you have to stay indoors. Why not take advantage of the situation as well as the fact that you will have the streets to yourself? Grab your camera and head to the old streets of Magstræde and Snaregade in city center. The colourful buildings brighten up even the rainiest of days and the cobbled stones lend themselves to great big puddles. These streets are true #puddlegram hot spots!

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Bopa Square in the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Oesterbro
Photo: Maria Sattrup - Copenhagen Media Center

Experience true hygge in the many cosy cafes

No matter where in Copenhagen you find yourself when the rain starts pouring down, you won't be far from a cafe or coffee shop where you can seek cover. So why not take a well-deserved break and enjoy a hot beverage while experiencing the Danish art of hygge?

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Take the plunge at DGI-byen

It's already raining, so why not just embrace it and become completely soaked? The Swim Centre is located in DGI-byen near Copenhagen Central Station and has several different types of pools for large and small. Besides swimming, you can also relax at the spa or try out the dry and more up-tempo activities such as wall climbing.

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