Filming permissions in Copenhagen

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj

Photography and film shooting in the streets and open squares of Copenhagen for tourist promotion is permitted with no special authorisation. Needless to say, any protests from the involved public must be respected.

General rules about filming in Copenhagen and Beyond

General rules about filming in Greater Copenhagen

Filming in Copenhagen

It is easy and free to film public spaces in Copenhagen. You just need a permission. A permission can be granted by the municipality of Copenhagen:

Peter Willumsen 

Rules and regulations for drones:

Drone rules and regulations in Denmark

For questions about drones, please contact The Danish Civil Aviation and Railway Authority (Trafikstyrelsen):

  • E-mail: 
  • Phone: +45 72 21 88 18

Filming with a tripod in public spaces:

An authorisation issued by City of Copenhagen is required. Contact:

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: +45 33 66 33 11

Filming with a tripod in museums and cultural institutions:

An authorisation issued by the museum is required. See our contact list for more information.


In most areas, you are not allowed to park without a parking ticket. You can buy a parking ticket at the nearest ticket machine. You can also use the Easy Park app to help yourself avoid parking fines. 

When a foreign TV or film crew wish to get permission to park in Copenhagen, they should contact: 

They require the following details:

  • The producer's details, company, contact person.
  • The number of people in the crew.
  • Period of stay.
  • Where are you filming (location)?

If you want a parking dispensation it is necessary to inform about the registration numbers/license plates of the production cars. 

Traffic and Urban Life Department
Njalsgade 13
2300 København S

Permission required

The Little MermaidThe best time to film this famous lady is early in the morning or late afternoon. In that way, you will escape tourists climbing the stones to get their personal snapshots. Be aware, that The Little Mermaid is protected by copyright. We recommend contacting the partnership of sculptor Edvar Eriksen's heirs for further information.

The Round Tower: A filming permission is required in order to film at the Round Tower. We recommend contacting the Round Tower for approval of photo and film shooting. For more information go to the following link.

The Tower at Christiansborg: Recordings made on the viewing platform in the Tower are permitted if they do not have a commercial purpose or prevent guests from visiting the viewing platform and enjoying the view. Recordings may be made in the Restaurant in the Tower, although only by agreement with and permission of the restaurant owner/manager. Recordings may only be made during normal hours of opening. Here is a link for press photos from The Tower.

See the contact list for when permission is required

No permission required

Canal Tours or Netto BoatsFor good pictures of many Copenhagen sights from the water, take a ride with one of the small boats departing from Nyhavn, Holmens Bro or Gammel Strand.

Christianshavn:  A quarter that is dominated by the many canals built by imported Dutch architects in the 17th century.

District of Nørrebro: The former workers’ district has become a multi-ethnic, colourful, and trendy area of Copenhagen. Jægersborggade is one of the hippest streets in the district.

District of Vesterbro: Known as Copenhagen's former red-light district, but nowadays the area is one of the hippest areas in Copenhagen. The Meatpacking District in Vesterbro is a very popular place to go out with its many bars and restaurants.

Islands Brygge: In the area around Amager an extensive renovation has been made so the district now appears with a mixture of older homes and shops in the north and new homes and office buildings to the South.

Langelinie: The Langelinie Shopping Arcade has shops and cafés with a unique atmosphere and view. Filming permission for indoor filming should be obtained from the shopkeepers.

NyboderThe world's first townhouses and the social residential area built in the 17th century by King Christian IV for sailors of the Royal Navy.

Nyhavn Harbour: The oldest part of Copenhagen Harbor, where you will find a number of restaurants.

Strædet: Parallel to the main pedestrian street Strøget runs "Strædet" - an excellent opportunity for filming the old Copenhagen.

Strøget: The most charming part of Strøget is called Amagertorv where you will find the renowned Stork Fountain, plenty of cafes and shops, and a beautifully renovated pavement. This is the place to film all kinds of people as they walk by or sit down for a cup of coffee.

The Copenhagen Lakes: Three lakes in the centre of Copenhagen offer a green breathing space from the traffic.

Ørestad - Copenhagen’s modern centre for culture, media, and communication technology.

Giuseppe Liverino

Senior Manager - Press & PR