Photo locations 2024: Copenhagen through the lens

In this picturesque town the right photo subject is never far away

An excellent image can be completely free and last forever

If you do a quick stop over in Copenhagen you can´t spend your valuable time hunting locations for your photo shots. And indeed, the best places are yet to be found. Well, here I present some good ones, complete with addresses.
I try not to crop most of the images you see here so you can get as much information as possible from the recommended locations.

(FYI, I photographed the picture with the tree in backlight at Islands Brygge.)

Fredriksholms canal

This classic view has been seen in advertising and other contexts. It´s just so very Danish with all the red and white. Stand outside on the bridge and you will quickly see all the beauty.
Fredriksholms Canal/Bryghusbroen

Fredriksholms Canal
Lots of red and white make this motif extra Danish


Older crooked houses in different colors. This is a centrally located street so it’s quick and easy to get here. Because there aren’t that many shops right here, you can take nice pictures on a deserted street. You probably have to walk around a bit to find the best angles.

A classic street known for it´s beauty

The elephants at Carlsberg

Probably the most famous motif in Copenhagen after the little Mermaid and Nyhavn. These huge, massive elephants in pure granite does fantastically well in picture. And if you walk around in this area, there is much else to photograph, such as the Carlsberg lighthouse.
Ny Carlsberg Vej

Free your fantasy and make some dramatic photos


Want more elephants? Head over to Otto Mønsteds Plads and you’ll find two more that look great in a photo. The elephants here at Elefanthus symbolize the important workforce they constituted in the production of oil for the margarine factory.
the house was designed by the Danish architect Osvald Viggo Rosendahl Langballe.
Otto Mønsteds Plads

Otto Monsteds Plads
Impressive entrance with elephants in granite


Multicolored houses right in front of the canal. In this photo friendly area you will easily find several positions to take some really nice pics.
Christianshavns Canal

In summer, a number of trees can make the photo job slightly difficult


Colorful houses along the canal? This is a classic and well-known motif when it comes to Copenhagen. A good place to take photos is from the bridge (Nyhavnsbroen). Then you avoid other disturbing elements that can affect your image creation. This is a very popular area so it is not impossible that you will have to wait a while for a good position. Really, come here at slightly odd times if you want to avoid hundreds of tourists in your photos.

You won’t be alone here taking pictures


Right next to the Strøget is this colorful square. Many visitors fail to find it even though it´s so beautiful and centrally located. And yes, it can be a bit tricky to find your way here, but with a good map and the GPS in your phone it is quickly sorted.
This is my own favorite square in Copenhagen, both for a cold beer and some great photography.

The not so secret square in full sunshine

The canal

The canal that divides Copenhagen provides an excellent location for exciting photos. I try to be there in the early morning and late afternoon. In the middle of the day, the light here is a bit too bright for me.
What more, over by Fisketorvet’s shopping mall there is a unique bicycle bridge where you can certainly capture some good photos.

The Canal
Wow, excellent opportunities to work with contrasts

The stairwell at Axelborg

Axelborg offers an impressive stairwell. And many photo enthusiasts have been here and photographed it from all angles. Yes, you can certainly find a completely new way of looking at it. Just walk through the main gate and look up!
True or not, I saw some information that the Round Tower would fit here.
Oh, you will also find the unique Pater Noster lift here.
Vesterbrogade 4

An impressive space with beautiful light coming from above

Axel Towers

Another exciting motif. And this time it’s Axel Towers opposite the main entrance to Tivoli. Here you capture eminent Danish architecture and are also guaranteed to get an interesting result.

Axel Towers
The highest part of the building is 61 meters

Planespotting at the airport

If you are into photographing airplanes, there are some great opportunities at Copenhagen Airport. Not least the road that runs along the coast. However, just be sure to follow the regulations in place.

Copenhagen Airport
Here the plane comes in for landing from the strait

Krystallen and the glass buildings

Not far from the canal you will find the extremely designed Krystallen. Here, it’s bold architecture and lots of pure glass! Yes, the Danes want lots of light in, so glass falls just naturally. In fact, when you stand close to Krystallen you have a number of buildings with just only glass facades around you. Click!
Kalvebod Brygge 1

Small part of Krystallen on the left

Inside the Black Diamond

On the inside of the Black Diamond (The library) you can go up a few floors. And when you stand outside on the footbridge, you get a fantastic view of the canal and Christianshavn through the glass facade!
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1

The Black Diamond
My picture probably doesn’t show the most creative angle here


Another street in Copenhagen that offers colorful splendor. The effect of the colored houses would have been even better on a day with a clear blue sky.

On a sunny summer’s day, the colors will surely look even better


Another block of multicolored buildings, which is so typical of Copenhagen.

In this particular direction, the yellow house on the other side of the street looks nice

Sankt Hans Gade

Beautiful houses in this the area, which is also popular for its antique shops and flea markets. Here it is the Nørrebro district.
Sankt Hans Gade

Farthest at the end of the street are the lakes

House boats

Houseboats are big in Copenhagen. You see it almost everywhere when you walk along the canals. And in some places small communities have been built around this lifestyle. In some places, such as along Krudtløbsvej, you get really close and can take some really exciting photos.
Krudtløbsvej, Danneskiold samsø Alle

Danneskiold samsø Alle


In the wintertime there are many great opportunities for good pictures. Although most visitors come during the summer months, Copenhagen is a very lively city all months of the year.

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