Copenhagen is best explored on foot, thanks to the numerous pedestrian streets and the fact that most of the attractions are situated close to one another. The center of Copenhagen is Radhuspladsen, and only a short walk to Tivoli Gardens, the Central Railroad Station, S-tog, and bus terminus.

The heart of Old Copenhagen is flanked by Norreport Station on the north, Radhuspladsen to the west, and Kongens Nytory to the east. Stroget, which is the longest continuous pedestrian-only route in Europe, goes east from Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv. Fiolstraede cuts across the university, and if you turn into Rosengaarden at the top of Fiolstraede, you come to Kultorvet just before Norreport Station. Here, Kobmagergade, a third pedestrian street, eventually meets up with Stroget at Amagertory. At the end of Stroget is Kongens Nytory, home to the Royal Theater, and the beginning of upscale Nyhavn. The island of Slotsholmen, home to the government of Denmark, can be reached by eight different bridges.

If you are walking around you need to be very aware of cyclists - the cycle lanes are NOT for walking on, and you will be very unpopular if you stray across from the designated pavement. Cycling is so popular that bike traffic can feel slightly oppressive to pedestrians - especially in tourist season the city pavements get very crowded and cyclists are whizzing past at some speed just inches away.