Although you'll not return home with tales of glorious ascents or triumphant escapes into the natural unknown, Copenhagen is not without a chance to indulge the adventurous spirit. Whether you are hitting the beach, simulating a sky dive, traipsing through parks or seeing Denmark's most prominent city by way of a variety of transports, you'll not be without plenty of options.
The best thing Copenhagen has going for it is more on a cultural scale, with gorgeous waterfront neighborhoods, elegant palaces, and omnipresent canals. The best way of seeing the city is by way of these canals, which lay claim to the city center (the districts Christianshavn and Indre By in particular) and are a great first glance at landmarks like the Little Mermaid statue. Then again, since a large minority of Danish bike daily, you should join them by seeing the city this way; you may rent a bicycle from the handful of rental kiosks around this flat, easy-to-navigate city.
Beach-lovers have a few good options without going too far out of the way. The two best options are Amager Strandpark and Bellevue Beach. Amager is full during the summer with volleyballers, kayak polo-ers, and a number of other recreationalists that are there for more than just sand and sun. Just north of the city in Klampenborg, Bellevue is where the locals go to slow bake on the weekends. There are also two “baths” set aside in the harbor for folks to enjoy the water: Copencabana in Vesterbro and Havnebadet on Amager Island.
When in Copenhagen, be prepared to see a good amount of green space, especially since it is a city mandate to have parks within walking distance of all city residents. Head to Dyrehaven Park, located north of the city for the world's oldest amusement park, Bakken. Fælledparken, Ørstedsparken, and King's Garden are all excellent, sizeable parks within Copenhagen that are well frequented.
Although there aren't any national parks or large nature areas on the island of Zealand (where the city is located), it is approximate to a number of other commendable travel destinations. There is Malmo just across the Øresund Bridge (one of Sweden's most historic cities), the fjords and sand dunes of Lolland to the south, and the other main Danish islands connected less than 100 km to the west. To look more specifically at which adventure activities are available in Copenhagen, consult our activity listings.