Here is your Muslim-friendly guide to Copenhagen with everything you need to know as a Muslim traveller. If you are looking for a safe city to visit in Europe that is also beautiful, then Denmark as a country is your first option. Copenhagen is one of the most Muslim-friendly cities in Europe.
Situated on the eastern coast of Denmark, Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital and is also known as a nordic city. Many Muslim travellers aren’t aware that Denmark is a fantastic place for halal travel. It has a warm environment, and citizens are friendly and welcoming to all tourists as it ranks high on the Peace Global Index.
Why Should You Add Muslim-Friendly Copenhagen to Your Travel List
Denmark is a Nordic country located in Northern Europe with its capital Copenhagen. Denmark has a population of around 5.8 million people, according to the latest estimates. Approximately 75-80% of the population in Denmark identifies as Christians.
According to a survey conducted in 2020, it is estimated that around 5.5% of the Danish population is Muslim. This would equate to approximately 319,000 Muslims in the country. Copenhagen, being the largest city in Denmark, is also home to a significant number of Muslims.
It is also as I mentioned a very welcoming environment with its national acceptance of all religious and personal choices. They rank in the top 10 of the safest cities to visit in Europe.
Best Time to Visit Copenhagen
The best time to visit Copenhagen is during the summer months of June to August. This is when the weather is warmest and the city comes alive with numerous outdoor activities, festivals, and events. The days are long with plenty of daylight, allowing for more time to explore the city’s attractions and enjoy outdoor dining in the many cafes and restaurants.
However, it is worth noting that summer is also the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds and higher prices for accommodations. Alternatively, spring (April to May) and early fall (September to October) can also be great times to visit as the weather is still pleasant and there are fewer tourists, making it easier to explore the city at a more relaxed pace.
With so many low-cost options from the UK and other European cities for as little as £50 return it makes the best destination for a long weekend away.
Things to do in Copenhagen as a Muslim traveller
1 The Little Mermaid
It is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture has been displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen overlooking the harbour since 1913 and is visited by more than a million visitors a year.
This statue is inspired by a fairytale by the Danish author Hans Christian Anderson. There are various other statues in the location and you can take some beautiful pictures here.
You can relax and enjoy the beautiful place. On a sunny day, you may find it a little busy. You can also take a ride in the canal boat.
Pro-tip: It is better to arrive early if you want to avoid the crowd and take good pictures. In the springtime, it is the most beautiful and photogenic.
2 The Opera house
The A.P. Moller and Chastine Moller Foundation generously donated the Opera House to Denmark, creating a marvellous cultural landmark.
Its magnificent exterior is adorned with 105,000 sheets of 24-carat gold leaf, giving it a stunning and prestigious appearance. The total amount of gold used in this grand design is approximately 1.5 Kilos.
3 Explore The National Museum of Denmark
Immerse yourself in Danish history and culture at the National Museum. It is the largest cultural history museum in the country. It houses a vast collection that traces the history and culture of Denmark and the world, spanning from the prehistoric era to the present day.
One of the highlights of the museum is its collection of Viking artefacts. Denmark has a rich Viking history, and this section of the museum displays items such as weapons, jewellery, and tools, providing a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these ancient seafarers.
The museum houses a substantial collection of Islamic art and objects. From beautiful ceramics and textiles to decorative art and calligraphy, this section provides an opportunity to understand and appreciate the artistic traditions of Islamic civilization.
Website of the National Museum of Denmark, please note it is closed on Mondays like most museums in Europe.
4 Take a Boat Tour
See Copenhagen from a different perspective on a Copenhagen boat tour through its beautiful canals. One of the highlights of the tour is Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s famous harbour. Admire the colourful buildings lining the waterfront as you cruise past. The vibrantly painted houses create a charming and picturesque atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for a photo opportunity.
Another iconic sight you will see on the boat tour is the Little Mermaid statue along with the beautiful building of the Royal Palace.
5 Take a Free Walking Tour of Copenhagen
One of my favourite activities in a new city is taking a walking tour through a new city with a travel guide who is local and can provide you with information about the city and locals. There are many options and companies and you can book a private tour through Viator or a free walking Copenhagen tour option where you pay with a tip.
6 Rosenborg Castle
Step back in time by visiting this magnificent Renaissance castle, surrounded by picturesque gardens. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens and marvel at the carefully curated flowerbeds, sculptures, and fountains.
The royal chambers, exquisitely decorated with tapestries, ornate furniture, and intricate artwork, offer a glimpse into the opulence and grandeur of the Renaissance period. Wander through the various rooms and halls, each with its own unique charm and historical significance.
One of the highlights of your visit will undoubtedly be the chance to view the Crown Jewels of Denmark. These dazzling jewels, worn by Danish monarchs for centuries, are carefully protected and displayed within the castle.
7 Davids Samling Gallery
The Davids Samling Gallery is a must-visit for every Muslim traveller. It is very close to the famous Rosenborg Castle and contains the most extensive collection of Islamic art. If you are an art lover, this spot is the perfect place for you.
They hold several exhibits on this site, including exquisite jewellery, ceramics, silk, artwork like Egyptian rock crystal jug dating back to AD 1000, French art, silverware, furniture, and porcelain.
You can spend a whole day here and access in-depth details about each artwork using the free iPad.
8 The Colorful Canal of Copenhagen
Without a doubt the most famous waterfront area of Copenhagen that you can’t miss is Nyhavn. The vibrant and picturesque Nyhavn is a waterfront area located in the heart of Copenhagen. It is a renowned tourist attraction that captivates visitors with its charming atmosphere and stunning scenery.
The focal point of Nyhavn is its row of colourful houses that line the harbour, creating a postcard-perfect view. These 17th-century buildings were once the homes of sailors and artists, and today, many of them have been converted into vibrant cafes, bars, and restaurants.
This lively waterfront district provides a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll, enjoying the beautiful architecture, and savouring delicious Danish cuisine. I did enjoy people watching from a cafe but I still remember the steep prices for them. However, it was worth it.
9 Copenhagen Zoo
Popular among families and kids, this zoo is a must-visit. The Copenhagen Zoo is located at Frederiksberg. Here you can travel between two different continents and meet over 4000 fascinating animals in a single day.
If you want to experience the world from a giraffe’s perspective and have a close encounter with the polar bear, this place is for you.
10 Go Shopping at Strøget
Strøget is one of the longest pedestrian roads in Europe and also Copenhagen’s most prominent shopping area. Here you can find the most budget-friendly store as well as the most expensive store.
Backstory: The idea of the pedestrian street was an experiment to control the traffic and help with the parking space. Initially, it was considered a bad idea for businesses around the area. But after the launch, it turned out to be a success.
11 Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is a historic amusement park located in the heart of Copenhagen. If you want a family and Muslim-friendly activity in Copenhagen then this place is fun. It has been entertaining visitors since it opened in 1843 and has become a symbol of the city. The park offers a unique blend of classic and modern attractions, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists.
It is also home to ‘The Star Flyer’ and the ‘Rutschebanen.’ The Rutschebanen is the world’s oldest roller coaster operating since 1914.
Aside from the rides, Tivoli Gardens also boasts beautifully landscaped gardens. You can take a leisurely stroll through the park and admire the colourful flowers, scenic ponds, and charming architecture. There are plenty of benches and picnic spots, making it a perfect place to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones.
Throughout the year, Tivoli Gardens hosts an array of events and performances.
Perfect for families or those with a curious mind, this interactive science museum offers a hands-on experience. Engage in fun experiments, explore technological advancements, and learn through play. It is located 6km from the city centre and it is more of a local activity but if you are visiting with kids it is definitely an option to consider to keep them busy.
The city also has its own website from their tourism board and it is a great spot to find everything you need plus festivals and events when you are visiting.
Transportation Options in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a very well-connected city with one of the most popular modes of transport being bicycles. Make sure you don’t step on their lanes because I did get beeped a lot. 🙂
Copenhagen has an efficient public transportation system consisting of buses, trains, and the metro. The metro runs 24/7, while buses and trains operate from early morning until midnight. The public transportation network covers the entire city and its suburbs, making it easy to travel around. We used mostly the public transport from the airport and walked around the city. Copenhagen is a compact city, and most of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other. Walking is a great way to explore the city and enjoy its beautiful architecture and waterfront.
Halal Food in Copenhagen
If you want to explore the best halal food restaurants in Copenhagen then head to their Muslim street. Exploring the vibrant and multicultural Nørrebro neighbourhood is also highly recommended. This area is home to numerous halal restaurants, and Turkish and Middle Eastern stores, and even has a mosque, making it a perfect place to experience the Islamic heritage of the city.
With so many Muslims in Copenhagen, it is not hard to find halal food to enjoy.
- Al Diwan Halal Indian Restaurant ranks very high, The address is Vesterbrogade 94, Copenhagen 1620 Denmark
- Liban Cuisine, all food is halal and it serves burgers, wraps and more. Rantzausgade 1, Copenhagen 2200
Mosques to Pray in Copenhagen
There are several places and mosques you can pray in Copenhagen, the biggest and most beautiful is the Hamad Bin Khalifa Civilisation Center. It is located in the Nørrebro borough of Copenhagen, Denmark. Built in 2014, it is the first purposely-built mosque in Denmark and one of the largest in Europe.