Copenhagen's architecture is bathed in bright and bold colors, balancing out the harsh winters and wet weather. This guide will help you find the most colorful places in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen University's inner courtyard is a quiet oasis covered in ivy, right in the middle of the city. The courtyard can be found on Frue Plads towards the corner of Nørregade. In the spring and summer months, the courtyard walls are wrapped in lush green ivy. Visit in autumn and you will see the leaves change to a striking red.
Palads Teatret is Denmark's largest and Copenhagen's oldest cinema, in one of the most intriguingly colored buildings in the city. I wrote more about it here. The pink and peach facade is oozing with color, and looks like it has been plucked from a Wes Anderson movie. The pink walls make for excellent portrait photography, as well as the optimal backdrop for capturing Copenhagen's cyclists.
Gernersgade is a residential street in the Nyboder Quarter of central Copenhagen, brimming with colorful houses. The street is dotted with trees adding more color to the scene, especially in autumn. Gernersgade encapsulates quintessential Copenhagen with its clean lines and parked bikes.
Nyborder is historic rows of vibrant yellow houses tightly sitting next to each other, that are former Naval barracks constructed in the 1600's. The houses stand in rows in an infinite repetition offers interesting and charming scenes for photography.
Krusemyntegade is a street in Copenhagen where both sides of the road are bathed in different colored paint. This quiet and bright street has picture perfect doorways that stand between lots of bikes, depicting the idyllic and unspoiled scene of the imagined residential Copenhagen.
Gråbrødretorv is a charming public square in the heart of Copenhagen painted in bold red and yellow. The somewhat hidden square that sits between busy shopping streets is a tranquil oasis that's equally rich in history as in color. Explore the streets and hidden courtyards around here too. You can read more about Gråbrødretorv here.
Åbenrå & Landemærket
The picturesque corner where Åbenrå meets Landemærket is oozing Danish charm with not only color but architectural delight. Whether you seek street photography, interesting architecture with clean lines, or color, this corner will give you so much to see.
Nyhavn needs no introduction. The colorful harbor is the most visited tourist site in the city, and for good reason. Colorful facades line the canal with sprawling pubs and restaurants creating such a lively and bright atmosphere. When visited Nyhavn, trail off the beaten path and explore the surrounding side streets, as well. More about Nyhavn can be found here.
Olufsvej is a colorful residential street in the vibrant neighborhood of Østerbro. The street is over one hundred meters long with beautiful facades of all colors. With picnic tables, imperfectly perfect parked bikes, lots of greenery and plants, and different colors of paint, Olufsvej is Copenhagen at its best. Bonus - enjoy a car free street during the week. Residents are allowed to park on the street at the weekends only.
Christianshavn is a district located on the island of Amager in the north of the city. Christianshavn is a charming place for strolling around the beautiful canals with colorful merchant houses on either side. Unlike Nyhavn, it is much quieter and more pleasant to walk around. Meander onto the side streets and discover some colorful masterpieces.
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