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The Essential Guide to Visiting Copenhagen in Winter

Published on October 2, 2023

by Olivia Ellis

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Visiting Copenhagen in the winter is like stepping into a fairy tale world. Copenhagen , Denmark’s capital city, typically known for its buzzing summer harbourside scene, goes under a magical transformation once the winter season arrives.

A Copenhagen winter is a time when the city’s charming streets, historic landmarks, and cosy cafes take on an enchanting atmosphere, making it one of the best times of year to visit the city.

From the crisp winter air on the outside and cosy warmth of hygge on the inside, the Danish capital is a magical winter destination deserving a spot on your winter travel itinerary.

Stroll along the quaint, cobbled streets of Nyhavn, see the Little Mermaid statue, enjoy a canal-side wander, or explore the world-famous Tivoli Gardens, where there’s an extra sense of festivity and classic winter magic.

For foodies, Copenhagen is known as one of the top food destinations in the world, and the winter is an ideal time to experience the warm, local Danish dishes.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape in February, a family adventure in December, or simply a weekend away in January, Copenhagen in winter promises you a magical stay.

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Copenhagen Weather in Winter

Like any other winter trip preparation, a large part of deciding what to pack and how to plan will be getting a general idea of what kind of weather to expect. So, what is the weather like in Copenhagen during the winter months?

Copenhagen, experiences a typical Northern European winter climate, with cold temperatures, overcast skies, and frequent rain. Throughout December, January, and February average temperatures are around 0°C (32°F), with temperatures known to drop below freezing in January and February.

With that being said, packing warm clothing for your winter trip to Copenhagen, such as heavy coats, gloves, scarves, and thermal layers, is essential to make the most out of your trip to the Danish capital.

Snow in the wintertime is common in Copenhagen, beautifully transforming the city into a winter wonderland.

Copenhagen in the winter also means shorter daylight hours, with the sun setting as early as 3:30 PM in December. While this can be a different kind of experience if you’re not used to winter in the Northern part of the world, it encourages the cosiness of the city and fully enhances a Scandinavian winter trip.

Snowy Copenhagen

Which Month to Visit Copenhagen in Winter?

Copenhagen in december.

If you’re planning on heading to Copenhagen in the winter and have your sights set on an atmosphere full of yuletide, Christmas festivities, and a buzzing holiday atmosphere, December is the best time to visit.

Copenhagen in December promises an enchanting winter wonderland filled with festive lights, Christmas markets, and a warm, inviting ambiance.

The iconic Tivoli Gardens transforms into a fairy tale wonderland, and the city is full of festive holiday markets, with scents of mulled wine and traditional sweets filling the cool Danish, winter air.

On the downside, many other people are traveling to Copenhagen in December in search of Christmas & holiday joy, making it one of the busiest times of the year to visit outside of the spring and summer season.

For some, this only enhances the festive season, but if you’re someone who prefers a low-key atmosphere, maybe travel to Copenhagen during a different month.

Christmas stalls in Copenhagen

Copenhagen in January

Copenhagen in January can be a cosy and enjoyable time of year to visit the Danish capital city and experience Copenhagen as a local. Despite the winter chill, the city manages to exude warmth and cosy charm, making it a fantastic winter destination.

For those keen to ring in the new year in a different part of the world, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Copenhagen, a city known for its New Year’s festivities. Join in the main New Year’s attraction in the City Hall Square of Copenhagen or witness stunning fireworks over the Nyhavn harbor.

The city is known to be full of excitement during New Year’s, with champagne flowing in the streets, and an all-around festive and joyous atmosphere. Many restaurants also have special New Year’s menus, making it a great time to enjoy the buzzing restaurant scene in the city.

Copenhagen in February

February, the coldest month of the year in Copenhagen, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, if you’re able to embrace the rain and cold that takes over the city for the majority of the month.

If you’re seeking a quiet and cosy atmosphere in one of Europe’s most enchanting capitals without the usual crowds, then February is likely the ideal time of year for your visit to Copenhagen.

Due to the long nights and short days of sun in February, the locals embrace the Danish concept of “hygge”, essentially a cosiness that’s synonymous with warm drinks and foods and comforting surroundings.

Additionally, February is an excellent time to enjoy the city’s culinary scene and museum scene, indulging in hearty Danish cuisine in hygge restaurants and cafes in the city as well as taking in the culture and history of Copenhagen and Denmark.

The city’s museums and restaurants, usually bustling with tourists, offer a more intimate experience making visiting Copenhagen in February an ideal time of year to enjoy the heart of the city without the usual hustle and bustle. It can be a great time to visit Christiansborg Palace or stroll and shop along Strøget without hordes of people.

Rosenborg Castle during winter

Things to do in Copenhagen in Winter

Channel your inner hygge.

In Copenhagen, winter is synonymous with hygge, an untranslatable Danish concept that is best described with cosiness, contentment, and connection.

Embracing hygge in the city’s winter wonderland is spending time sipping coffee and hot chocolate with cakes in candlelit cafes, savouring hearty meals, and wandering through Christmas markets decorated with twinkling lights.

Hygge transforms the Danish capital into a haven of comfort, making winter in Copenhagen an enchanting and unforgettable experience.

One of my favourite spots for coffee or a delicious breakfast/lunch, is at Parterre in the Christianshavn neighborhood.

Parterre is a small basement cafe and coffee shop and the perfect spot in the city, especially in the winter to have enjoy a, warm drink, maybe read a book, and relish in its cosy atmosphere and exceptional coffee by candelight.

For drinks in a very hygge atmosphere, the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen offers an array of cosy bars in a hip environment, perfect for experiencing life as a local in the Danish capital. You can also take a walking tour to learn more about hygge from a local!

Tivoli Gardens

Built in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is the world’s second oldest amusement park, as well as an unsurprising bet for one of the best things to do in Copenhagen in winter – that is, if you’re visiting in December.

When the city is covered in snow during winter, Tivoli becomes a magical paradise, full of classic amusement park excitement as well as childlike wonder. Keep in mind that Tivoli Gardens does close from January to March so it’s only open for the Christmas season.

While the rides themselves offer an exciting adrenaline rush, Tivoli at Christmas is more so about the atmosphere and ambience. From the lights twinkling throughout the park to the magical views from the top of the ferris wheel, Tivoli is without a doubt both a step back in time in Copenhagen in winter, as well as one of the most loved things to do in the city today.

For those keen to ice skate in the city while spending winter in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is also known to have one of the most stunning ice rinks in the city, especially at night with the backdrop of Tivoli’s holiday lights. The ice rink is free with entry to Tivoli, but skate rental is limited, so keep this in mind if you’re hoping to ice skate at Tivoli during the winter months.

Tivoli also hosts plenty of events in December, perfect both adults and children, with a mix of both performances and cultural events.

Tickets to Tivoli Gardens can be purchased online in advance , with discounts for children and seniors. Due to the popularity of Tivoli in the wintertime, it’s recommended to book tickets in advance to avoid long queues at the ticket counter.

Christmas at Tivoli

Copenhagen’s Christmas Markets

Easily one of the biggest draws and exciting parts of coming to the Danish capital during winter, is the cities festive Christmas and holiday markets. Open from mid-November until late December, these markets are scattered across the city, with the most famous ones being at Nyhavn Harbour and Tivoli Gardens.

The Christmas markets are full of stalls with traditional Danish (and international) specialties, with the most amazing festive scents filling the air.

Warm up with a cup of gløgg, the Danish version of mulled wine, and enjoy æbleskiver, delightful pancake-like treats sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remember to dress warmly as Copenhagen winters are quite bitter, so layers, scarves, and gloves will make sure that you enjoy the markets without needing to rush into the heat.

Beyond the local delicacies, you’ll also find stalls full of classic Danish goods, from handcrafted ornaments and unique souvenirs to local gifts to take home for yourself and for others.

The markets are exciting in both the day and night, with a different atmosphere depending on when you go, in the day it’s more of a mellow environment, and at night, things pick up a bit, light up and become almost like a festive winter party.

Museums and Culture in the Danish Capital

If you prefer to stick to indoor activities away from the wintry cold air and are looking for things to do in Copenhagen in winter, this time of year offers the perfect opportunity to explore the city’s museums and art galleries, providing both warmth and rich cultural experiences.

The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) is home to exquisite Danish and international artworks, perfect if you’re looking to spend the day in Denmark’s largest museum.

For those keen on history, the National Museum (Nationalmuseet) is a true delight and treasure chest of various artifacts and important parts of Danish history, offering a full view of Danish history.

If you prefer to pass on history-based museums, Copenhagen is one of the leading cities today in contemporary and modern art, with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art being an iconic spot for contemporary art in both Denmark and internationally.

Alternatively, if you’re travelling with kids consider visiting the Hans Christian Andersen Experience to see read about his fairytales and see them in action.

To make the most of your museum visits, the Copenhagen Card is a great option, giving you access to several museums and free public transport, saving you time and money.

National Museum of Denmark

Day Trip to Malmo & Lund, Sweden

One of the best things to do in Copenhagen if you’re visiting over the course of multiple days and are curious to see other places, is to embark on a winter day trip from Copenhagen to Malmö and Lund.

These are two historic Swedish cities just a short train ride away from Copenhagen Central Station via the Øresund Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden , with picturesque and iconic views along the way.

Malmö, the first stop in Sweden after crossing the Øresund Bridge, is the 3rd largest city in Sweden, with an industrial vibe and lots of history to explore.

When in Malmö, explore the cosy old town, Gamla Staden, lined with cobblestone streets and colorful houses. The Malmöhus Castle is also a must-visit, where history comes to life at Scandinavia’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle.

Just a few more stops away from Malmö, you’ll arrive in Lund, one of Sweden’s oldest towns, renowned for its historical significance and academic history. When in Lund, make sure to Visit the Lund Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, as well as have a wander through Lund’s old town, a charming colourful and cobblestoned centre, dating back to the 1600s.

Luckily, Lund’s compact size makes it perfect for exploration by foot, allowing you to explore the town has part of a day trip from Copenhagen in junction with time spent in Malmö.

Trains leave from Copenhagen to Malmö and return from Lund to Copenhagen very frequently with just a 40 minute – 1 hour ride journey as well affordable ticket costs for Scandinavia depending on the train that you take. You can also take an organised guided tour  to both Malmö & Lund in one day which includes transfers.

St. Peters Church in Malmo

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

The Square   – This cool, central hotel is a fantastic place to stay in the Danish capital. They have a great location close to the top attractions in Copenhagen and have a range of lovely, modern rooms to choose from.

Ascot Hotel – Situated in a beautiful, historic building, this hotel is a fantastic choice for those looking for a plush stay and aren’t concerned about their trip cost in Copenhagen. They have an excellent, central location within easy walking distance of the top sites in the city along with an array of comfortable rooms and swank amenities.

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel – If you’re looking for an affordable and social hostel in the Danish capital, this is a great option. Well-located for exploring Copenhagen, they offer both private rooms and dorms on offer along with a great bar on site!

Not quite what you’re looking for?  Click here to browse more Copenhagen hotels!

Visiting Copenhagen in winter is truly an enchanting journey into a fairy tale world. From the cosy warmth of its cafes, festive Christmas markets, and magical Tivoli Gardens to the rich flavors of Danish cuisine, the city transforms into a winter paradise.

Whether you’re just visiting for a weekend away with little knowledge of the city, or your sights have been set on a winter escape to the Danish capital, you’ll surely be glad you came during its darkest, yet cosiest hour.

Are you planning a winter visit to Copenhagen? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments!

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Copenhagen in Winter – Is It Worth Visiting?

January 22, 2023 by Silvia 12 Comments

Living in Norway, I’ve of course visited Copenhagen many times over the years, but only ever in summer, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Copenhagen in winter. I guess in my head Copenhagen is such a summery place, so when my flight back from the Faroe Islands included a stop in Copenhagen I was excited to see what winter in Copenhagen is like. 

Okay, so Norwegians are probably the only people in the world who would consider Copenhagen a summer destination, but I swear all the things my family usually did in Copenhagen were totally summery. Or maybe we really appreciated that extra degree or two of warmth down “south”?

In the end I decided to give Copenhagen in February a chance because then I could take the train through Sweden back to Norway instead of getting yet another flight. I’ve been feeling quite guilty about the number of flights I have planned over the next couple of months, sorry planet.

But guys, it turns out Copenhagen winter is actually magical! I mean, I should have known – this is the land of hygge after all.

Here's my travel guide for the best things to do in Copenhagen in winter, including where to eat, what to see, and where to stay.

And it turns out loads of Norwegians also love Copenhagen in the colder months, because I heard Norwegian  everywhere . Though again, I probably should have known. I mean, when I was telling my (Norwegian) mother about my plans to visit the Faroe Islands she was just like, yes, yes, that sounds lovely, but when I then said I’d be stopping in Copenhagen for a few days she got  so excited.

Like, really? Since when is Copenhagen, a city I’ve already visited many times before, more exciting than the Faroe Islands? I think it must be a Norwegian thing. And if that Norwegian thing is contagious I think I must have caught it, because I really loved my time in Copenhagen.

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Things to Do in Copenhagen in Winter

I’m new to this season in Copenhagen, but for me the best Copenhagen winter activities all revolved around one thing: getting cosy. I mean, hygge much?

My plan was pretty much to spend my entire time in Copenhagen hopping from cafe to cafe, with a few shopping breaks in between.

shopping copenhagen winter

But then I remembered that my friend Lena aka  Travel Monkey , whom I met in Finland in January, lives in Copenhagen. We made some last minute lunch plans and then she sweetly showed me some of her favorite Copenhagen haunts so that this blog post wouldn’t solely consist of my multiple trips to Sephora and that same coffee shop around the corner from my hotel.

Lena is originally from Ukraine but has been living in Denmark for over five years now and it was interesting to hear from her about the ups and downs of life in Copenhagen.

Explore Nørrebro &  Jægersborggade

Nørrebro is full of trendy cafés, bars, and boutiques, as well as cheap kebab and Asian food places. The most famous street here is Jægersborggade , which has become super hip(ster?) with art galleries, local design and vintage shops, and of course more cafés and restaurants.

Brunch at Mirabelle

Mirabelle cafe Nørrebro copenhagen, denmark

While in Nørrebro you can get brunch at Mirabelle, which has amazing bread and pastries. 

California Kitchen

I also love California Kitchen, which makes for a lovely tropical feeling escape from the chilly winter outside. 

california kitchen copenhagen

Seriously though, while the experience here is more Californian than Danish, I’d still recommend popping in just to see how the Danes deal with Scandinavian winters (by pretending they’re actually in San Francisco). Plus their poke bowl is delicious!

california kitchen copenhagen

Sample the porridge at Grød

grød copenhagen denmark

I actually took this photo on a summer visit to Copenhagen

Another cosy Nørrebro staple is the trendy restaurant  Grød , which features a menu consisting solely of porridge dishes. I mean, what’s better winter food than porridge?

This is also the perfect place to get those cool Instagram shots of Copenhagen – at least I found myself stopping every few meters to snap another photo.

Andersen & Maillard bakery

Andersen & Maillard bakery Nørrebro copenhagen

Copenhagen has so many amazing bakeries that it’s hard to narrow down the list! But if you’re still hungry while in Nørrebro I highly recommend Andersen & Maillard for delicious pastries. 

Torvehallerne food market

After Nørrebro you can head back across Dronning Louises Bridge to the Torvehallerne food market- two big market halls full of stands with local produce, restaurants, bakeries, bars and coffee shops. So much yum in such a small space! Seriously, if I lived in Copenhagen I would be here all the time – especially during the winter, as it has those lovely outdoor vibes without actually being outside in the freezing cold. Win win!

The Torvehallerne are open from 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays (8 pm on Fridays), 10 am – 6 pm on Saturdays, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

torvehallerne food market halls copenhagen

There was also a flower market outside the Torvehallerne which reassured me that Copenhagen will always have some of its summer vibes!

flower market copenhagen

You know how I said my mom got so excited when I said I was going to Copenhagen? She also will excitedly point out any flowers she spots outside in the winter like it’s some sort of sorcery. The Norwegian love for Copenhagen is starting to make more sense…

Seriously though, I once put a plant outside for about three minutes and it immediately shrivelled up and died. I guess Copenhagen winter really isn’t as harsh as Norwegian winter!

flower market copenhagen

From the Torvehallerne you can then make your way to Copenhagen’s Old Town, with its cobblestone streets and even more shops and cafés.

Café Paludan

And of course you can stop in Cafe Paludan to peek at all the books lining the walls.

Lena told me a lot of people try to get sneaky Instagram photos in here and I don’t blame them! Seriously though, if you want to instantly make a place cosy, line the walls with books. So simple, yet so effective. 

cafe paludan copenhagen

Take a photo at Knabrostæde and Magstræde

Speaking of Instagram, apparently the area around the intersection of Knabrostæde and Magstræde is the place to get your shots, or at least you’ll see loads of people posing for photos there! It was already getting dark when I was there so I refrained from getting any Instagram photos, but I can definitely see the appeal.

knabrostræde copenhagen winter

And you’ll also pretty much always see a line of people outside of La Glace, Copenhagen’s oldest pastry shop, though Lena said she’s not sure how often she sees locals lining up there so maybe these days it’s more of a tourist attraction.

la glace copenhagen winter

Huset & Bastard Café

And then I think one of the best Copenhagen winter hangouts must be Huset .

Founded in 1970, Huset is Copenhagen’s first culture house, hosting live music performances, theater productions, indie film screenings, and other shows. Though my favorite part of Huset is their board game café, Bastard Café . If you’re in Copenhagen on a particularly cold winter’s day, this is where I’d recommend heading!

For that matter, even if you’re in Copenhagen on a warm sunny day I would still try to stop in Huset – it’s just such a cool space, and definitely worth checking out if you want to get a feel for life in Copenhagen.

bastard cafe huset copenhagen board games

Shopping on Strøget

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Strøget is actually one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets, stretching from City Hall to Kongens Nytorv, and it’s home to so many fun shops. 

Buka Bakery

buka bakery copenhagen

Buka is right on the main shopping street in Copenhagen, so it’s a super convenient stop when you need an energy boost between shops. My friend recommended Buka and I was skeptical at first because it’s in the shopping district but oh my goodness, they have the best almond croissants in all of Copenhagen. I now go here on every visit to Copenhagen, and you should too! 

Copenhagen Botanical Garden

Lena also recommended a trip to the Copenhagen Botanical Garden, but I didn’t end up having time before my train to Gothenburg the next day.

But I do love visiting botanical gardens in the winter, as the greenhouses always make for a lovely tropical escape from the cold!

Nyhavn Copenhagen Denmark

Okay full disclosure, these photos are from a summer visit to Nyhavn. But while I do think of Nyhavn as the ultimate summery place to visit in Copenhage, it will still be beautiful in the winter as well! You just might not want to spend as much time sitting outside here as you do in the summer. 

Tivoli Gardens

And of course we can’t forget Tivoli! I imagine the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s amusement park and garden, would be magical in the winter as well, especially around Christmastime when you can enjoy Christmas treats and mugs of spiced wine. But I decided to skip Tivoli this time, since I’ve visited many times before and it really was a bit windy to be going on park rides.

Packing for Copenhagen Winter

shopping copenhagen winter

If you’re nervous about visiting Scandinavia in winter, rest assured that Copenhagen is the pretty much the mildest place you can visit in the region. That said, it can still get quite cold, so you’ll definitely want to pack layers!

You’ll want to bring lots of layers, and ideally a couple of sweaters with wool in them. Wool keeps you incredibly warm, and it has the added benefit of repelling odors, so you can get away without washing your sweaters on your trip – always a plus when you’re on the road! Personally I always wear a cashmere sweater as a base layer, because it is sooo soft and warm.

Long underwear doesn’t have to be itchy and uncomfortable. And you’ll be surprised what a difference a thin pair of silk leggings will make under your jeans. I love these silk leggings , but you can find a lot of other options on Amazon as well.

And if you’re wondering what to wear your thermals under to blend in with locals, jeans are really popular here! You’ll see lots of baggy and wide leg jeans here, but in general the style is very relaxed and comfortable. 

Winter boots

I wear  these Sorels , which I love because they don’t have fur on them so I can wear them in the spring and autumn. They’re waterproof as well, which is perfect for Copenhagen, which can get quite wet in the winter.

It might seem like an investment, but you will be so miserable if you don’t have proper footwear here. Plus locals will all be wearing snow boots (in fact Sorels are really popular here), so you will look like you’re from Copenhagen!

You can probably get away without these if you’re just going to be in the city center, but if you’re nervous about walking on ice,  ice grips  can be a real life saver. They’re cheap and take up very little luggage space, so personally I always pack them when I’m going anywhere that might be icy.

You’ll want to bring a winter coat, scarf, hat, and gloves, but I wouldn’t worry too much about what kind. Copenhagen doesn’t get as cold as Norway, so you don’t need to go out and buy a down jacket and wool accessories. Just use whatever you have and you should be okay, especially if you’re wearing layers!

Winter skin care

If you’re not used to cold weather then your skin might just go a bit insane when you get to Scandinavia. Like, in the rest of the world I totally have oily skin, but in Norway it’s quite dry. So you might want to bring a better moisturizer than you’re used to using.

I also recently started using face oil and OH MY GOODNESS IT IS LIKE MAGIC. I use  this one from Clarins  and it seriously transformed my skin. I still use the Shiseido cream afterwards, but this would work fine on its own and then you wouldn’t have to worry about it freezing when you go outside, because it’s oil. You can buy it  at Sephora here , or  on Amazon here .

Where to Stay in Copenhagen (perfect for Copenhagen winter)

Luxury copenhagen accommodation.

On this winter trip I stayed at The Square , which to be honest I really only chose because it was so close to Copenhagen’s central train station. But when I arrived I was totally amazed by how lovely it was!

the square hotel room copenhagen

I loved the design – I find so many big hotels end up looking the same, but The Square really stood out to me – and the rooms were so nice. Mine had an amazing view of the city hall square.

copenhagen the square hotel view city hall

the square in front of the city hall is under construction at the moment

copenhagen the square hotel view city hall

I had no idea when I booked it, but funnily enough Lena actually used to work at The Square! And she confirmed that their breakfast room has one of the best views in the city.

I also really appreciated how close The Square is not only to the train station, but also to the Old Town and shopping areas. Check here for current prices and availability at The Square .

I’ve also stayed at Hotel Astoria , which I also chose for its convenient location right next to Copenhagen Central Station. This hotel has so much history – the rooms even have the old double doors where train workers would hang their uniforms after work. It’s not quite as nice as The Square, but it’s still a great option. And the breakfast is fantastic! Check current prices and availability here. 

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February 22, 2018 at 12:53 am

I’m sold – Copenhagen looks beautiful! Lots of warm and cozy places to duck out of the cold (and let’s be real, it doesn’t look nearly as bad as the Canadian cold!).

Silvia says

March 2, 2018 at 11:03 am

Yeah, it’s funny how some places can look so bleak in the cold, whereas others, like Copenhagen, just look more cosy.

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February 23, 2018 at 7:31 am

Great, Copenhagen is looking so awesome and its things are really great to enjoy. You shared great information about that beautiful place and stunning photos you shared that beautiful destination.

Victoria @TheBritishBerliner says

February 27, 2018 at 7:39 am

I’ve been to Denmark in both the winter and summer, and you’re absolutely right, it hardly matters when you visit, as Copenhagen is just so much fun!

And being that I live in Germany, Copenhagen is just “across the bridge” depending on which side you’re coming from!

‘Nice one!

March 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

Yesss you’re so close to Copenhagen there!

Bea & Csaba says

February 27, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Oh wow. We are visiting Copenhagen in two weeks for the first time, so I hoped you have something good to say about winter time in Copenhagen when I saw the title of this post. No disappointment. 😀 Having an upcoming long weekend, of course, we were searching for cheap air tickets, and there it was: Copenhagen. We are really excited and a little bit intimidated by the cold, haha. We like walking around in a city, especially in one that we visit for the first time. We’ll see whether we have the weather and the mood for that.

March 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

Ooh fun! I think you’ll love Copenhagen in winter – there are so many cosy places to warm up.

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March 5, 2018 at 6:02 am

This guide to Copenhagen is really very helpful, I get the things which I wanted to know about this city. Thanks for sharing this post.

Erin S says

March 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm

In February 2017, my 15 year old son and I went to Copenhagen – it was awesome! So cozy and chill – we had breakfast at Torvehallern everyday. What a great city in winter.

March 10, 2018 at 2:04 am

Ooh that sounds lovely!

November 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Hello, can I ask something, is it ok we can visit denmark in winter time? Like I mean we visit this coming january with my friends is it ok? I know its winter time. Can we still roaming around and visit some area in copenhagen or any place in denmark? And speaking of the camera you used for taking pictures all of these places you showed on this blog. What camera you used? Its very nice and good quality.

Cindy B says

September 2, 2019 at 1:38 am

Thanks so much, we have travel from Norway to England in November, and will spend two days in Copenhagen visiting some of your recommendations. Take care.

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12 of the Coolest Things to Do in Copenhagen in Winter + Travel Guide

12 of the Coolest Things to Do in Copenhagen in Winter + Travel Guide

Are you visiting Copenhagen in November, December, January or February? Winter is not peak season in Copenhagen. But it’s still a great time to visit Denmark’s capital city. And we’ve got a list of the best things to do in Copenhagen in winter that will help you plan your trip!

Visiting the Danish capital has always been high on my ‘must-visit’ Europe destinations list. I’d had heard wonderful things about Denmark in spring or summer, though we never really had an overwhelming desire to visit Copenhagen in winter.

But as timing would have it, we had plans for a winter trip to Iceland . We found some cheap flights to Iceland via Copenhagen and decided to spend 2 days there .

I was surprised to learn that winter in Copenhagen is actually one of the best times to visit, because Copenhagen tourism in winter offers are relatively quiet respite.

There were fewer people around, loads of Copenhagen winter attractions to visit, and plenty of museums to explore. The chilly weather also gave us an excuse to eat… A LOT! And Copenhagen has one of the best food scenes of any city I’ve ever visited!

So, here is our pick of the top cool things to do in Copenhagen in the winter (pun intended).

we recommend at least 2 days in Copenhagen (but ideally 3 days) to experience all the fun and unique things to do in Copenhagen in the winter!

12 COOL THINGS TO DO IN COPENHAGEN IN WINTER

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Visiting Copenhagen in Winter – Before Your Go

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If you’re visiting for the first time, we highly recommend at least 2 days in Copenhagen , but ideally, 3 days to experience all the things featured in this guide.

However, If you are only planning to spend one day in Copenhagen, then I would highly recommend you plan to at least visit The Round Tower, Rosenborg Slot, The Botanical Gardens, Nyhavn and Amalienborg Palace. These were my absolute favourite things to do in Copenhagen and most take place indoors, so perfect for wintertime.

Weather in Copenhagen in the Winter

I’m not going to sugar coat it. The weather in Copenhagen in January and February (which was when we visited) is cold, with the occasional shower or snowfall. January is the coldest month in Copenhagen, where daylight hours dip just under 8 hours.

The average daily temperature drops during the colder months to between 0-4 degrees Celsius, but we still managed to walk and bike around the city very easily regardless of the weather. I was surprised to see so many locals commuting to/from work on their bikes during Copenhagen’s winter (rugged up with scarves, gloves, and beanies, of course).

I’m sure many people would recommend Spring or Summer as the best time to visit Copenhagen, and I can’t refute that, as I’ve never visited during this time. I’m sure the city would come alive during this time. But if you have reservations about visiting Copenhagen in winter, don’t worry – I personally think that if you’re not a fan of crowds and you’re not afraid of the cooler climate, then winter in Copenhagen could be your best time to visit!

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Where to Stay in Copenhagen in Winter

Copenhagen is a relatively small city and there are many great accommodation options around the city centre. Another perk to visiting Copenhagen in January or Fenruary, is the great deals you’ll get on hotel accommodation! We recommend using  Booking.com  to find the best rate and many hotels offer free cancellation in case your plans change.

Here is our pick of the best places to stay in Copenhagen. All of these hotels are within walking or biking distance from the attractions listed in this guide:

Luxury (Approx. €250+)

  • The Churchill Penthouse
  • Hotel Sanders
  • Nobis Hotel Copenhagen

Mid-range (Approx. €100-250)

  • Hotel Skt. Annæ
  • Hotel Kong Arthur
  • Hotel Skt Petri

Budget-friendly (Approx. €50-100)

  • Generator Copenhagen
  • Zleep Hotel Copenhagen City
  • CityHub Copenhagen
  • Urban Camper Hostel

How to Get Around Copenhagen

  • Train:  Copenhagen’s metro line connects many of the city of Copenhagen with the surrounding neighbourhoods and operates 24/7. The train journey from Copenhagen Airport to Central Copenhagen train station takes just 15 minutes.
  • Private Transfer:  If you are travelling with a lot of luggage or you prefer to take a car from the airport to your hotel, arrange a  private transfer  to be waiting when you arrive.
  • Taxi or Rideshare:  Taxis can be flagged in the street around the city centre and most accept credit card. GoMore is the most popular ridesharing service in Copenhagen. Don’t forget to download the  GoMore  app before you arrive.
  • On Foot:  Copenhagen is a very small city and walking is the best way to get around. Most of the top things to do in Copenhagen that we’ve listed in this guide are easy walking distance from the hotels we’ve recommended above. In saying that, you will cover quite a distance on foot, so next time I would probably opt for a bike instead.
  • Bike:  Copenhagen is a very bike-friendly city. Most roads have their own bike lanes and I was surprised to see so many locals out riding, even in the winter. Just don’t forget to bring some gloves! You can hire a bike almost anywhere around the city and most hotels even offer bike hire.
  • Scooter:  There are electric scooters available to hire all over Copenhagen city centre. Voi is the main e-scooter rental service. Simply download the  Voi  app to hire a scooter in Copenhagen.

The Copenhagen Card

If you plan to spend at least 2 days in Copenhagen sightseeing, it may be well worth purchasing a Copenhagen Card. The card is available for periods of 24, 48, 72 and 120 hours. It includes free public transport on city buses, trains, and the metro, and it also includes entry to a number of attractions featured in this guide, plus much more. Click here to see a list of all attractions included in the Copenhagen Card.

Top 12 Things to do in Copenhagen in Winter

#1 | climb the round tower (rundetaarn).

Walking up the spiral ramp of the Round Tower in Copenhagen

This is number one on our list for a reason. Climbing this medieval construction is one of the most unique things to do in Copenhagen any time of year, not just in winter. Originally built in the 1600s by King Christian IV, it’s amazing that the round tower is still in such good condition today.

After walking up the spiral ramp inside the tower, you’ll find yourself at the top. Squeeze through the tiny ladder staircase and ‘hole in the roof’ and you’ll find yourself on the tower platform, which has an amazing 360-degree view of the Copenhagen city rooftops.

Practical Information for The Round Tower:

Location:  Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark

Opening hours:  The Round Tower is open every day during the winter time (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) from 10 am to 6 pm. The Observatory at the top of the Round Tower is open every Tuesday and Wednesday evening during the winter months from 6-9 pm.

Entrance fee:  Entry fee is 25 DKK for adults and 5 DKK for children. This price includes access to The Observatory in the winter. Entry to the Round Tower is included in the  Copenhagen Card .

#2 | The Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have)

The Palm House glasshouse at the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen

Visiting the  Copenhagen Botanical Gardens  is one of the best free (and warmest) things to do in Copenhagen in winter. There are 27 indoor glasshouses, the most impressive being the old Palm House, with its high ceiling, cast-iron spiral staircases, and canopy walkways.

The glasshouse is so warm and humid, that your glasses and camera lens will fog up as soon as you walk through the doors. It’s like stepping into a tropical rainforest. I was pleasantly surprised to find this warm little gem in the heart of Copenhagen in the winter!

Practical Information for the Botanical Gardens:

Location:  Gothersgade 128, 1123 København, Denmark

Opening hours:  During the winter months (October through March), the Botanical Gardens are open from 8:30 am to 4 pm and The Palm House is open from 10 am to 15:30 pm every day except Mondays.

Cost:  The Botanical Gardens is free to visit; however, The Palm House costs 60 DKK for Adults and 40 DKK for children. Entry to the Botanical Gardens is included in the  Copenhagen Card .

#3 | Rosenborg Castle (Kongernes Samling)

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

There are so many beautiful buildings, castles and palaces in Copenhagen, but if you had to pick just one to visit, the  Rosenborg Castle is a great place to take a look inside Denmarks historical past. 

The castle was built by the Danish King Christian IV in the early 17 th  Century but only served as the royal residence for less than 100 years before it was turned into a museum and the home of the Danish royal crown collections.

In the castle’s basement, you’ll find an amazing collection of the royal crown jewels, under heavy guard, of course. Surrounding the castle is the Kings Gardens, with beautiful trees and flowers that bloom in the spring and summertime (but not during the winter, unfortunately).

Practical Information for Rosenborg Castle:

Location:  Øster Voldgade 4A, 1350 København, Denmark

Opening hours:  The Rosenborg Castle open hours vary. Please check  here  for accurate visiting times.

Entrance fee:  The cost to enter Rosenborg Castle is 120 DKK for adults and free for children. Entry to the Rosenborg Castle is included in the  Copenhagen Card .

#4 | Wander Along Nyhavn

Colourful buildings and boat along Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn Harbour is one of the most iconic views in Copenhagen and one that you’ve probably seen a thousand times on Instagram. As you stroll down the harbour front, you’ll find the perfect place for that Instagram photo in front of the beautiful, colourful buildings and boats in Copenhagen. If you only had one day in Copenhagen, then taking a wander down  Nyhavn  should be top of your list.

The best view of the buildings along Nyhavn is from across the other side of the canal. Wander past all the restaurants and then cross over to the other side, where there are fewer people to find the best photo spot. 

Pro Tip:  The cafes and restaurants that line Nyhavn are always packed with people (mostly tourists) having a drink and enjoying the vibe. While it’s a nice spot for a drink, I wouldn’t recommend eating here. It’s a classic tourist trap and given that Copenhagen is most famous for its food, there are so many better options.

Practical Information for Nyhavn:

Location:  Nyhavn, København K, Denmark

Opening hours:  Many of the restaurants along Nyhavn are open between 8:30 am and 10/11 pm.

Cost:  It’s free to wander around Nyhavn. The restaurants and bars offer a great vibe but are quite pricey.

Related Post: The Best Bars in Copenhagen

#5 | Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot)

Christiansborg Palace is the current home to the Danish Parliament and parts of the palace are also used by the royal family for official functions and events. There are some parts of the palace that are open to the public, other parts are closed down for obvious reasons. 

The Royal Reception Rooms are well worth a visit if just to admire the lavishly decorated rooms. You even have to wear shoe coverings to avoid scuffing the parquetry floorboards.

Practical Information for Christiansborg Palace:

Location:  Prins Jørgens Gård 1, 1218 København, Denmark

Opening hours:  Christiansborg Palace opening hours vary for the different sections and may close at any time (without notice) for official functions. Please check  here  before your visit.

Entrance fee:  A combination ticket, which includes access to The Royal Reception Room, The Royal Kitchen, The Ruins and The Royal Stables for one month is 160 DKK for adults, free for children. Alternatively, you can purchase separate tickets if you wish to only visit one section of the palace. The Palace Chapel and The Parliament offer free entry. Entry to the Christiansborg Palace Royal Reception Rooms is included in the  Copenhagen Card .

#6 | Get Your Foodie Fix at Torvehallerne Food Market

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You might be able to spell or pronounce it, but  Torvehallerne  is one of the best and most popular street food markets in Copenhagen. We spent 3 days in Copenhagen in January and visited Torvehallerne every day – it was that good.

The markets feature fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat stalls, coffee stands and 80 other food stalls. Our favourite stall was Grød, which serves porridge or oatmeal with several different flavours – the perfect warming winter breakfast! Also checkout The Coffee Collective – one of the best coffee shops in Copenhagen!

Practical Information for Torvehallerne:

Location:  Torvehallerne is situated right by Nørreport Station –  Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København, Denmark

Opening hours:  Torvehallerne is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, with later open hours on weekends.

Cost: If you just want to check out Torvehallerne, you can wander around and see all the fresh fruit and vegetable and flower stalls. However, I highly recommend you plan to come for lunch, coffee or afternoon wine, as there are some great food stalls and wine bars. There is indoor and outdoor seating with heaters to keep you warm in the wintertime.

#7 | Get Lost in a Winter Wonderland at the Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement park in Denmark. No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without visiting the Tivoli Gardens. And especially so during the holiday season. 

The Tivoli Gardens is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen in winter because it turns into an absolutely beautiful winter wonderland. There’s a whimsical ice rinks, old amusement rides and fairy lights galore. Plus beautiful snow castles, night-time ice skating, snow machines, and magical Christmas lights.

Honestly, I found there weren’t a lot of things to do in Copenhagen at night – other than eating great food (not bad, after all). But I thought visiting the Tivoli Gardens was one of the best things to do in Copenhagen at night, as the entire place is lit up with fairy lights and it looks absolutely magical.

I highly recommend grabbing a bite to eat at the Tivoli Food Hall, or stopping for a cocktail (or hot chocolate) at the Nimb Hotel – the most luxurious hotel in Copenhagen.

Practical Information for Tivoli Gardens:

Location:  Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Denmark

Opening hours:  The Tivoli Gardens operates limited opening hours in winter. If you’re visiting Copenhagen in January, it’s usually not open during this time of year, however it usually opens up for a few weeks in February for a winter wonderland themed spectacular. Click  here  to check open times before your visit.

Entrance fee:  Entry prices range from 135 DKK for adults and 60 DKK for children. This doesn;t include the cost for rides. Entry to the Tivoli Gardens is included in the  Copenhagen Card .

#8 | See the Little Mermaid

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Inspired by the fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ written by Danish writer Hans Cristian Andersen (I’m sure most of us have seen the Disney version), The Little Mermaid is one of the most famous of all the Copenhagen attractions. Much to the disgust of the Danes. 

For a city that has so many beautiful castle and palaces and, quite frankly, far better things to see and do in Copenhagen, the Danes simply cannot understand how this tiny statue (yes, it’s so small if you glimpse, you’ll miss it) has become one of their most famous attractions.

I realise I’m not exactly selling it as one of the top things to do in Copenhagen, but as one of Denmark’s most well-known attractions, I couldn’t not include it on this list. To be completely honest, if you are only spending one day in Copenhagen, then this is one attraction that you could definitely skip. It was a little bit of an anticlimax.

Practical Information for the Little Mermaid:

Location:  Langelinie, 2100 København Ø, Denmark

Cost:  Visiting the Little Mermaid statue is one of the few free things to do in Copenhagen. The only cost is getting there – unless you decide to walk/bike along the waterfront (which I highly recommend). You can also see the Little Mermaid from a  Canal Boat Cruise .

#9 | Take a Canal Boat Cruise

Seeing the city from the water is one of the more unique things to do in Copenhagen. If you pick the right cruise, many of the attractions in this list can be seen from a completely different perspective.

During  this one-hour-long boat tour , you’ll see beautiful Danish style houses and buildings, Nyhavn, the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and several other sights not listed in this guide. 

If you only have one or two days in Copenhagen, a boat cruise is a great way to see a few Copenhagen attractions in one hour. Just be aware that Copenhagen in January or February can get a little wet and the boat has an open roof – bring an umbrella, just in case!

Pro Tip:  If you plan to purchase the  Copenhagen Card , it includes a Canal Tour of Copenhagen.

#10 | Wander Through the Military Barracks (Kastellet)

The cobbled stone street at the Copenhagen Military Barracks (Kastalett)

I found this activity doesn’t usually feature on many lists of the best things to do in Copenhagen, but I really enjoyed taking a wander through the Military Barracks – and it’s completely free! The star-shaped barracks occupying an island on its own, dates back to the early 17 th  Century and are now a popular place for locals to take a walk or jog.

Practical Information for the Military Barracks:

Location:  Gl. Hovedvagt, Kastellet 1, 2100 København, Denmark

Opening hours:  6 am to 10 pm daily.

Cost:  Free

#11 | Try Smørrebrød 

If you’re looking for one of the most unique things to do in Copenhagen, you have to give Smørrebrød a try. This Danish traditional food is unlike anything else I’ve tasted in Europe. My Danish friend described it as an ‘open-face sandwich’, but probably not the kind you would be used to. It’s made on Rye bread with various combinations of cheese, meats, seafood and pickled vegetables.

Smørrebrød can be found at various restaurants around Copenhagen – including Torvehallerne and Nyhavn, but my favourite place to eat Smørrebrød was  Restaurant Schønnemann  – a famous Danish restaurant located near the Round Tower that has been serving Smørrebrød for years.

Pro Tip:   Restaurant Schønnemann  is very popular so you’ll have to book online or get there early to get a table. 

Practical Information for Restaurant Schønnemann:

Location:  Hauser Pl. 16, 1127 København, Denmark

Opening hours:  Restaurant Schønnemann is only open for lunch Monday through Saturday.

Cost: Dishes at Restaurant Schønnemann range from 80 DKK to 180 DKK, or 300 DKK for the tasting menu. You’ll pay around 50 DKK for a Danish beer. I highly recommend the Curry Herring!

#12 | Visit Amalienborg Palace (Kongelige Slotte)

Amalienborg Palace Square

Amalienborg Palace serves as the current residence of the Danish royal family. As an Australian, this was one of the highlights of my visit to Copenhagen, as it’s home to an Australian girl called Mary who became a princess – Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark was originally from  Tasmania  and married Crown Prince Frederik – the future King of Denmark.

The palace consists of four buildings set around the Palace Square, which you can freely wander around. If you’re there early in the morning, you might be lucky enough to run into Prince Frederik out on his early morning run.

Of the four palaces, only two are open to the public, Christian VII’s Palace by guided tour and Christian VIII’s Palace Museum. The other two palaces are home to the Danish Royal Family and are not open to the public.

The changing of the Royal Guard is a highlight not to miss. This occurs every day – the guard begins his march from the barracks at 11:30 am. The changing of the guard takes place in the Palace Square at 12 noon.

Practical Information for Amalienborg Palace:

Location:  Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257 København K, Denmark

Opening hours:  Open hours for the Palace Museum vary. Guided tours of Christian VII’s Palace take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Please check  here  for updated open times.

Entrance fee:  Wandering around the palace courtyard grounds is free. A guided tour of Christian VII’s Palace costs from 105 DKK. Entry to the Palace Museum is 95 DKK for adults and free for children. Entry to the Palace Museum (Christian VIII’s Palace) is included in the  Copenhagen Card .

Other Things to Do in Copenhagen in the Winter

If you plan on spending more than 2 days in Copenhagen , why not also check out these other fun things to do in Copenhagen in the winter:

  • Take a tour of Kronborg Castle
  • Explore the controversial hippy enclave Freetown Christiania
  • Visit the National Museum of Denmark
  • Shop at the local Christmas Markets
  • Have some fun at the outdoor Iceskating at Federiksberg Runddel
  • Stock up on goodies at Reffen Food Market

Cute blue coffee cart overlooking the waterfront and the Copenhagen Opera House

Best Tours to do in Copenhagen in Winter

If you are looking for more things to do in Copenhagen in winter, here’s our pick of some of the best activities that can be experienced during a day trip in Copenhagen:

  • 2-Hour Copenhagen Hidden Gems Canal Cruise
  • Full day tour of Copenhagen’s Castles and Palaces
  • 3-Hour Copenhagen Highlights Bike Tour
  • Copenhagen Culinary Experience Tour

We hope this post has given you some ideas of things to do on your next visit to Copenhagen in the winter. If you have any other recommendations or questions about Copenhagen, please leave them in the comments below.

Wandering through Amalienborg Palace Square looking towards Frederik's Church

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The Best Times to Visit Copenhagen for Great Weather, Lower Prices, and Fewer Crowds

These are the best times to visit Copenhagen for every type of traveler.

Lindsay Cohn is a writer, editor, and avid traveler who has visited 45 countries across six continents — and counting. She contributes to Travel + Leisure, Hotels Above Par, InsideHook, Well+Good, The Zoe Report, and more.

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Copenhagen is an enchanting Scandinavian city that’s known for its grand palaces, gardens, and colorful canal-side districts. The Danish capital offers all kinds of weather over the course of a year, from summer days with 18 hours of sunlight to cold, wintry nights that inspired the Danes to pioneer the cozy concept of hygge .

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To help you figure out when to visit, we spoke to Cecilia Fonden, a seasoned concierge at d’Angleterre , a member of The Leading Hotels of the World . The city's basic tourist seasons can be broken down as follows:

  • High Seasons: June to August, plus the month of December
  • Shoulder Seasons: April to May and September to November 
  • Low Season: January to March 

Whether you're after sunny weather, smaller crowds, or other highlights, here are the very best times to go to Copenhagen.

Best Times to Visit Copenhagen for Smaller Crowds 

To escape the summer crowds, consider visiting Copenhagen during the shoulder seasons. The months of April and October are particularly nice, since they offer the benefits of spring or autumn sunshine and moderate temperatures. In these months, you can stroll around comfortably with just a light jacket — and not have to worry about the sun going down in mid-afternoon, as you would in winter. These are also great times to experience Copenhagen's lively cafe culture, as locals fully embrace the first and last opportunities to enjoy heated terrace seating around the city.

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Best Times to Visit Copenhagen for Good Weather

It’s been said that when Danish summer is good, it’s the absolute best. From June to August, you can expect long, bright days and nights (the sun only sets for a few hours) and comfortable temperatures with no extreme heat. The conditions are ideal for enjoying the scenic canals in the center of the city and sandy beaches on the city's northern outskirts, where you’ll find Copenhageners catching some rays. Tourists can also look forward to buzzing sidewalk cafes, seasonal programming at Tivoli Gardens — one of the world’s oldest amusement parks — and an all-around jovial atmosphere. Says Fonden, “Copenhageners are known as some of the happiest people in the world, but they’re extra joyous during the summer."

Best Times to Visit Copenhagen for Lower Prices

“Copenhagen is not an inexpensive destination, but during the months of February and March you can actually find good offers,” says Fonden. While the weather might not be anything to brag about, the wealth of museums, great shopping, top-rated hotels , and impressive restaurants continue to attract travelers — especially those seeking a deal or an easier time scoring a coveted reservation. “Dozens of Michelin-rated restaurants, welcoming indoor food markets, cozy cafes that serve fresh-baked Danish pastries, and many other delicious attractions make the city the Nordic culinary capital,” says Fonden.  

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Best Times to Visit Copenhagen for Biking  

Even though the Danish capital has a great metro system, biking is the preferred form of transportation for locals, with more than 60 percent of Copenhageners riding a bike on a daily basis. If you want to get in on the action yourself, plan your trip between May and September, when the weather is ideal for tooling around Copenhagen on two wheels. “You can go everywhere with your ‘metal horse’ (as Danes call their two-wheeled best friend),” says Fonden. Opt for a bike tour with a certified guide to see the city's many highlights and explore vibrant neighborhoods such as Vesterbro and Nørrebro.

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Worst Time to Visit Copenhagen

If you aren’t a fan of gray skies, rain, and cold winds, it’s probably best to avoid Copenhagen in January. The sun is only up from about 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this time of year, and it’s very often covered by heavy clouds. With all that said, folks who don’t mind a little inclement weather can use a winter trip to experience hygge firsthand. Fonden suggests using this month to visit crowd-free castles and museums and take advantage of discounts on the large pedestrian shopping street of Strøget.

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Forår i København

Når det bliver forår i København, bliver gaderne fyldt med ny energi. Københavnerne kommer ud af vinterdvalen og fejrer højsæsonen med fortovscaféer, loppemarkeder, gadefester og picnic i haven.

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Ting, du ikke må gå glip af dette forår

Hvad skal man lave om foråret i københavn.

Uanset om du vil ligge, gå eller cykle, har København masser af aktiviteter, som du kan gå i gang med i den forårsbelagte by.

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Sådan erobrer du Københavns kanaler

Der skal ikke meget mere end et par solstråler til, før Københavns havnefront er fyldt med fornyet energi og glade ansigter. Her er nogle tips til, hvordan du kan nyde byens smukke søer og kanaler.

Spring

Grønne København: de 12 bedste parker og haver

I København er du aldrig længere væk end en kort gåtur fra en grøn oase. Byen er fyldt med smukke haver og parker, som indbyder til afslapning, lange gåture eller picnics. 

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Cykelruter i og omkring København

Selvom København er en cykelby indrettet efter cyklisternes behov, så er nogle steder mere oplagte end andre, hvis du ikke er vant til at hjulre gennem storbyen. Få inspiration til forskellige slags, gode cykelruter her. 

Københavns bydelsguide

København er opdelt i en række meget forskellige, men lige så elskelige kvarterer, der hver især har deres egen unikke stemning og udseende. Fra den rå og industrielle Refshaleøen til det fornemme og stilfulde Frederiksberg - København har et kvarter, der passer til enhver smag. Dyk ned i det københavnske lokalmiljø her eller uden for byen på en dagstur ud af de slagne veje.

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Gå rundt i de mange bydele i København

Forårsaktiviteter for de aktive og familierne.

Uanset om du er en familie på fem eller en aktiv solorejsende, er foråret i København et godt tidspunkt til at have det sjovt i byen. Her er et par idéer mere.

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Guide til Københavns museer

I København kan du både besøge store, internationalt anerkendte kunstmuseer, dykke ned i historien og udvide horisonten på museer med helt særlige temaer. Her er af Københavns fedeste museer oplistet - både de inspirerende kunstoaser midt i byen og de smukt belliggende perler i nature

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Sjove oplevelser for børn

København er en børnevenlig by med masser af oplevelser for hele familien. Her er museer i børnehøjde - ofte med rabat eller fri entré til de mindste. Også i arkitekturen og byrummet alle størrelser tænkt med, og byen er fuld af sjove legepladser. 

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Hvor skal du spise.

Der er meget at vælge imellem i København, når det gælder om at få en bid mad. Uanset om du vil prøve nogle traditionelle danske retter eller hoppe på den nye hotte ting i København: The New Asian Wave.

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The best times to visit Copenhagen, for long summer days, festivals and winter hygge

Caroline Sølver

Aug 4, 2022 • 7 min read

People enjoying the sunshine in front of the castle in Frederiksberg Gardens

Copenhagen is worth visiting at any time of year, but the city truly shines in summer © olli0815 / Getty Images

With its cool reputation and plentiful sights, Copenhagen attracts tourists all year round. In November and December, Danes go all out for Christmas, making this a magical time to visit the capital.

In the warmer months, Copenhageners take every chance they get for a dip in the ocean that surrounds the city, and for the rest of the year, museums, cafes and historic sights offer plenty of things to see and do . Read on to find out when to visit Copenhagen for the perfect vacation.

Enjoy long sunny days and Scandinavian nights in the peak season (May–August)

The Danish weather is fairly consistent year-round, with mild summers and moderate winters, but because of the country’s geographical location, the light plays a big role. In winter, the sun sets at 3:30pm, leaving the days dark and long.

Copenhagen’s high season runs from May to August. In the summer, the days seem never-ending, and the sun sets as late as 10pm. This magical season attracts visitors who want to experience long, Scandinavian nights. July is the warmest month in Copenhagen, and lots of events, festivals and activities take place in the summer, making this a fun time to visit the city.

Visitors enjoying Ofelia Plads during Kulturhavn (Culture Harbour) Festival, Copenhagen

Have a cozy, authentic experience in the winter low season (January–March)

In winter, temperatures hover around freezing and the sun can set as early as 3:30pm, meaning dark mornings and afternoons. As a way to cope, hygge was created – the habit of embracing coziness, comfort, contentment and cherishing the little things such as lighting a candle, snuggling up on the couch with warm blankets and spending time with loved ones.

During the winter months, visitors get to see a different, more local and more authentic side to Copenhagen, as tourists take up less space, allowing local culture to come to the forefront. Visitors can also save money on accommodations – winter is the cheapest time to visit Copenhagen. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities, from museums to shopping, fine restaurants and cool cafes to enjoy when visiting Copenhagen in the low season.

Enjoy mild weather during the winter and fall shoulder seasons in Copenhagen

The shoulder seasons in Copenhagen are in the fall (September to November) and spring (March, April and May), but the weather can vary widely during either season. You might get lucky and experience summer-like weather in September or May, or if you’re unlucky, these months can be gray, muggy and rainy.

In general, the shoulder seasons are perfect for a city trip if you’re happy spending some time inside, exploring museums and historic attractions and shopping in Copenhagen’s design stores.

Smiling tourists trying out local street food and drinks in Copenhagen in winter

January is the time to stay warm indoors

For many Danes, January is a dreary month. Christmas is over, but the dark Scandinavian winter and gray skies remain. Visit to see how the Danes do winter – the peak season for hygge . Cuddle up inside cute cafes with hot mugs of coffee, go shopping in stylish designer stores and take advantage of January sales, or go ice skating at one of the city’s many ice skating rinks.

February is quiet and uncrowded in Copenhagen

February is still considered winter in Copenhagen, but the lighter days are slowly starting to come back. It’s the low season for tourism and you may have the main attractions to yourself. Hang out at all the museums and, if you dare, take a dip in the ocean, Viking-style, at one of the city's beaches . Key Events: Copenhagen Fashion Week , Winter Jazz , CPH Light Festival , Copenhagen Dining Week

The weather starts to warm in March

In March, spring starts to spring, the daylight comes back and locals bid farewell to the Scandinavian winter as Daylight Saving Time begins. The sidewalk cafes start to fill up and the temperatures begin to reach acceptable levels for sitting out. Key Events: CPH:DOX film festival

April brings spring flowers, festivals and flea markets

Spring flowers start to bloom in April. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous and the lighter evenings come back slowly but surely. It’s a good time for outdoor activities – festivals and flea markets open again, and Tivoli Gardens opens for the season. Key Events: Flea market season starts, Sakura festival , Easter, summer season at Tivoli Gardens

Audience at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival

May sees big celebrations for Labor Day

May in Denmark is a hit-or-miss for the weather. On a good day, May feels like summertime in Copenhagen; on a bad day, it’s cold and rainy. On 1 May, Copenhagen’s historic labor day celebrations, Første Maj, take place in Fælledparken , a huge park with rides, food trucks, partying and political talks. Key Events: Copenhagen Marathon , spring market at Værnedamsvej, Første Maj (Labor Day), Tivoli Food Festival , Copenhagen Beer Week

June marks the beginning of proper summer

June is the time of year when Copenhageners knock off early from work to take a plunge into the many watering holes in Copenhagen. The city truly comes to life and visitors get to experience seemingly never-ending summer evenings, when the sun only sets after 9:30pm and music events fill the calendar. Key Events: Copenhell , Royal Run , Distortion , Sankt Hans (Danish midsummer), Three Days of Design

July is all warm days and summer crowds

July is peak tourist season in Copenhagen, as most Danes get time off during the summer and many take the opportunity to visit the capital. A must-do at this time of the year is jumping into the canals of Copenhagen to cool down. Key Events: Local music festivals around Copenhagen, Copenhagen Jazz Festival

August is the time to sit out in the evening sun

In August, it’s still summer and still warm. The light Scandinavian summer nights continue, and so does the influx of tourists. Visit Copenhagen in August to enjoy mild weather and sunny days for time outdoors. Key Events: PostNord Denmark Tour , Chart art fair , Copenhagen Fashion Week , Copenhagen Cooking Festival , Copenhagen Opera Festival , Pride Week , Iron Man

Tivoli Gardens with Christmas decorations, Copenhagen

September sees temperatures dip

As fall comes around, the temperature drops, but the weather can still show its good side with sunny days and average temperatures that make the perfect backdrop for a city trip. Key Events: Copenhagen Half Marathon , ColorFun , GoldenDays

Fall colors arrive in Copenhagen in October

October is the fall month when the leaves turn orange and yellow, the apple season begins and the weather turns crisp and fresh. Rain is a regular occurrence this time of year, but as the Danes say, “there is no wrong weather, only wrong clothing.” Key Events: Copenhagen Culture Night , Halloween in Tivoli

Winter sweeps in by November

In November, fall gives way to winter – the darkness takes over, and you should expect some rain. The first signs of Christmas slowly begin to show in the streets and you can enjoy your first glass of glögg (spiced wine) of the season. Key Events: Hubertus Hunt , winter ice skating rinks open

December in Copenhagen is full of Christmas spirit

Expect dark, gray days lit up by Christmas magic, and true hygge vibes. If you’re looking for the most magical time to visit Copenhagen, and Christmas is your thing, December is the time – the Danes go all-out for Christmas.

The holiday festivities start in November, when the streets and squares are bedazzled with string lights and Christmas decorations. Christmas markets take place throughout the city, stores are decorated and Tivoli Gardens opens each year as a magical winter wonderland and Christmas elf city.

Visit the Christmas market at Christiania for cute homemade gifts for kids’ stockings. Sip a glass of glögg at the Højbro Plads or Nyhavn Christmas markets. Visit Tivoli Gardens and make sure you try a serving of æbleskiver , a Danish Christmas dessert consisting of round pancakes served with jam and powdered sugar. Key Events: Christmas markets, Tivoli Christmas

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Copenhagen in Winter: A Three Day Itinerary

Copenhagen in Winter, Nyhavn Canal Tour

Copenhagen is a popular Scandinavian city and with regular discount flight deals through the winter months it’s a perfect spot to explore. Visiting Copenhagen in winter does come with a few challenges but here’s our three day Copenhagen itinerary to help you plan your visit!

We travelled to Copenhagen in January and arrived on a Monday. We had a two-night stay but three full days in the Danish capital with our flights arriving at 9 am on our arrival day and departing at 10 pm the day we flew home. For ease of travel and best value we also purchased the city’s tourist pass known as a Copenhagen Card which we picked up on arrival at the airport and gave us access to a range of attractions as well as public transport. While in the Danish capital, we tried to pack a lot in to our short time so hopefully our itinerary will give you an idea of just some of the things to do in Copenhagen in winter.

Day 1: Exploring Copenhagen in Winter

Our arrival was an early morning one and with our accommodation not available until three in the afternoon we had to stash our luggage somewhere. While we only had hand luggage for our three days in Copenhagen we still had a large cabin bag in tow so we didn’t want to be trekking that around the city. Luckily, there are lockers at Copenhagen Central train station. If you need to keep luggage somewhere and your hotel or accommodation is not an option this is a really helpful place. Small lockers cost 65K for 24 hours and can be paid by card or cash but just remember once opened you will need to repay to lock again.

Stroget and City Hall

So, stuff stored, we went off on a self-guided tour of the city and headed to the main shopping area first. Walking from Copenhagen Central towards the main precinct area of, Stroget we first pass the wonder that is  Tivoli Gardens .  While a must see on everyone’s Copenhagen visit, the amusement park –  complete with one of the oldest roller coasters in the world, was actually shut during our stay which was quite disappointing. Luckily, this seems to be quite a rare occurrence but sadly one of the downsides to visiting Copenhagen in January.

Copenhagen City Hall in Winter

Next door to Tivoli, is  City Hall which sits in the big open square. The architecture and surrounding statues are certainly worth a quick look. During summer months you can also visit inside but if you visit Copenhagen in winter this will unfortunately be closed.  From here, you can join the end of the shopping area Stroget where you will find outlets for all the major international brands, lots of eateries and even the Lego flagship store! While famous as one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets, we found that first thing on a Monday morning was pretty busy with delivery vans and cars so don’t blindly assume it will be traffic free and keep an eye out for vehicles.

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace Buildings

Our general heading was towards  Amalienborg Palace  for the changing of the guard which occurs every day at 12 noon. We arrived a little early but watching the palace guards on site do their patrol as well as checking out the palace buildings was quite entertaining. The weather did start to get to us after a little while as the area is very exposed, so make sure to wrap up warm. Those that have been to other changing of the guard ceremonies or encountered palace guardsmen elsewhere in the world might be a little surprised by the informal manner of the guards. We watched as they chatted and laughed while making their rounds, quite different from the stern and silence guards at places like Buckingham Palace. As it approaches 12 noon the new guards march from Rosenborg Palace to  Amalienborg Palace  through the streets of Copenhagen so you can follow them or watch out along the route if you know it.

Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen,Denmar

We opted to stay at the palace square and take a few picture from here. The inside of the palace is also open to the public when the royal family are not holding events onsite but is closed on Monday’s throughout Copenhagen’s off-season (roughly January to April).

Copenhagen Canal Boat Tour

By this point we were getting a little tired mainly from the fierce icy wind so we headed back to Gammel Strand to give our little cold legs a rest and see more of the city by water instead. A canal tour is one of the top things to do in Copenhagen in winter and we joined a canal boat tour  with  Copenhagen Canal Tours which runs multiple times a day. These guys were fantastic as the live guide managed to give details in several languages per tour, commentating in four different languages at one point.  Our tour lasted an hour and was actually included in the city’s tourist card scheme so was our first attraction on our Copenhagen Cards.

Nyhavn Neighbourhood from Copenhagen Canal Tour Boat

Some of the main stops on our canal tour include Copenhagen’s most famous neighbourhood, and Instagram hotspot, Nyhavn where you can take photos of all the colourful buildings from the water, Christiansborg Palace and The Little Mermaid.   The tour also gives you a chance to see some of the city’s less well known attractions including the Royal Library , Royal Danish Playhouse and The Opera House which all face onto the water. One thing to note is winter in Copenhagen can get quite windy so watch out for choppy waters and spray when you head a little further out.

Colourful houses along Christianshavn canal

We had brought some lunch with us for our first day so we had the freedom to eat anywhere so we actually opted to eat lunch on the boat while seeing Copenhagen. Our canal boats was covered so it was certainly warmer than sitting outside and kept the rain off us but if you wish to take any pictures you can slide the large window up to get a clear shot.

Hans Christian Anderson Museum

Even after our canal tour we still weren’t at our 3 pm check-in time so we were on the hunt for somewhere warm to spend the remaining time before we could get in for a little kip in our accommodation. We opted for the near by Hans Christian Anderson Museum which was also included in the Copenhagen Card. It’s worth noting that we were a little confused as to whether we were in the right place or not as for some reason this attraction seems to have several names including the H.C. Andersen Fairy-Tale House and is actually housed within the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum (which is not included in the card).

Hans Christian Anderson Museum

Hans Christian Anderson is one of the great sons of Denmark and if you love fairy tales (or have seen the odd Disney film) you will certainly know his stories. The exhibits tell the story of his life as well as plenty of interactive animations which focus on individual fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid , The Princess and The Pea and The Emperor’s New Clothes . There were also a few oddities thrown in there too with less well known stories and a rather scary animated rat (well, I thought he was scary!). After we had warmed up a bit and had finally hit check-in time we headed off to our accommodation to get 40 winks before dinner and our evening activity.

National Denmark Aquarium, Den Blå Planet

One of the great things about Denmark is that even if you visit Copenhagen in winter many of the attractions have a late night opening once a week. On Monday nights the National Denmark Aquarium, Den Blå Planet ,  stays open until 10 pm so after catching up on some missed sleep we jumped on the train out to Kastrup to see some fishes.

We found the aquarium quite spectacular and much bigger than we had expected. Choosing to go in the evening there are fewer shows and talks on but we decided to stop in for one of the tank feeding shows but while there were some sections in English, the presentation didn’t really add much to the experience. Depending on your interests, the aquarium also does dissection shows and cooking talks so maybe be careful which ones you go to if you’re a little squeamish or don’t want to directly connect swimming friends to food. As well as wide array of sea creatures, there are also rain forest sections and a large otter enclosure to look out for too.

Day 2: Winter Day Trips from Copenhagen Central

While planning my winter trip to Copenhagen there was one place I knew I wanted to visit: Frederiksborg Castle. The problem with this, as well as a lot of the other attractions during winter in Copenhagen, is opening times. In the off season, Copenhagen museums and royal palaces are typically reduced to midday openings and are often only open a few days a week. For Frederiksborg, this meant the palace was only open from 11 am to 3 pm each day and being a 40 minute train journey from the city centre, this means a visit takes up most of the day. We decided it would be worth it and, boy were we right! If you could only visit one attraction from Copenhagen, this would be my recommendation.

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod, Copenhagen

We took the train from Copenhagen Central out to Hillerod allowing plenty of time to wander from the station up to the royal castle and we were glad we did as before you even enter the castle there are so many fabulous photo spots and such amazing architecture, it’s difficult to know where to focus.

Also a Copenhagen Card attraction, we simply scanned our cards and headed in to the most exquisite royal palaces I have ever encountered. Room after room of the finest furniture, ornate wall fixtures and ceilings which simply defy gravity!

One of many rooms with Frederiksborg Castle with amazing ceilings

Each room more spectacular than the next, you can’t stop thinking “what on earth did they use all these beautiful spaces for?”. Of course, there are a few that are clearly labelled. Two of the big attractions of Fredericksborg include the Castle Chapel – there’s no humble decor even here, and the Great Hall

Frederiksborg Slot Great Hall

Even once you’ve finally finished exploring the three floors of mesmerising beauty inside, you still need to venture outside to the royal gardens to take another hundred photos of the palace over the gardens and the lake! We spent until late afternoon here before finally heading back in the direction of town.

Frederiksborg Castle and Gardens in Hillerod north of Copenhagen

NOTE: On maps and guides Frederiksborg Castle is also known as Frederiksborg Slot or Palace and often listed as  Det Nationalhistoriske Museum or  The Museum of National History  as the entire interior is classed as a museum exhibit.

Experimentarium

As there wasn’t much open past 3 pm in the city centre, we didn’t think we would have another activity for the day but a quick search online and we discovered the Experimentarium  in Hellerup would be open until 5 pm.  Basically, a giant exhibit hall full of science-based shows, activities and puzzles, this attraction might be more aimed at kiddies but ignore that, this place is awesome.

Experimentarium in Hellrup, Copenhagen

We only really decided to head here are is was on our train route and included in our Copenhagen Card but it turned out a really fun way to spend the rest of the day and it was so toasty warm after our chilly walk to get there that it is a perfect activity to stick on your itinerary for Copenhagen in winter. If you’re visiting on a Thursday, the Experimentarium is open until 9 pm.

Day 3: A Busy Day of City Attractions in Copenhagen

We packed most of the attractions of our three days in Copenhagen into our final day. With a late night flight home we had a whole day to fill so after another trip to the trusty central station lockers we were ready to face our busy day.

Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo in Winter

Trying to make the most of our time, we hopped on a bus to arrive for Copenhagen Zoo opening and after a short wait out in the chilly rain, we headed in to explore. We had heard plenty of mixed reviews on Copenhagen Zoo from the size and how long to spend there to the range and “wow factor” of the animals on site. We found the zoo pretty good.  As well as many big zoo staples such as the lions, tigers and elephants,  one of the zoo’s biggest draws is its polar bear exhibit.

Underwater Polar Bear at Copenhagen Zoo

On our visit the polar bear was very active and we got to see him both in his enclosure and swimming underwater which was pretty beautiful to see. The zoo is split into themed sections but we did get a little confused at some points as much of the zoo is under construction while they build new enclosures for the arrival of giant pandas in 2018. Copenhagen Zoo is also split into two areas with the main road dissecting the two sections so make sure you don’t miss half the zoo by not following the underpass to the other side.

Copenhagen Zoo Hippos

One thing that is quite evident is an abundance of baby everythings. While this is very sweet it is also part of why Copenhagen Zoo gained fame, or should that be infamy, around the world in recent years. In 2014, Copenhagen Zoo hit the headlines for euthanizing a healthy male giraffe as it was surplus to requirement, not finished there they opted to use the body as an educational tool and put on a dissection for the public before finally feeding it to the lions. I’ll make no comment on the ethics or how common such practices in zoos are, but feel free to do your own research.

The Cisterns

Moving on from that, and the zoo, our next planned activity was just across the road. Located on the edge of Sondermarken park, The Cisterns , is an intriguing underground art space. As a former water reservoir there is an eerie atmosphere to a visit here but every experience may be different depending on the event or exhibition in residence at the time.

Entrance to the Cistern Underground Exhibit

During our visit the exhibit in place was by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi and simply known as “the Water”. The themes were to do with darkness and light and so it was indeed very dark and a little disorientating exploring the underground space. You can find the latest exhibit details here .

Rosenborg Palace

After our wander around in the dark, we headed back on another bus to catch our next Danish royal palace before it closed for the day. Rosenborg Palace is much more central and found in the museum district. We were finding that exploring Copenhagen in winter certainly meant poor weather conditions so with outside turning quite horrible as we got off the bus we didn’t spend too much time outdoors but did wander through the gardens in front of the palace before entering the castle building.

Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark

As another card attraction, we had no entrance fee to pay and so did not mind that we didn’t have long to explore. Yet another amazing example of royal grandeur but very different style from Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerod. However, one of the main attractions of Rosenborg is hidden within the basement level – the crown jewels.

Rosenborg Palace Crowns

Within the treasury vault and under constant surveillance you will see some of the most prized jewellery of the Danish royal family, still used in special occasions to this day. If this isn’t enough glitz the site also holds the historic crowns of the absolute monarchy dating back to the 1500s and these amazing items truly dazzle under the lights.

Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid, Denmark

With daylight short during winter in Copenhagen we were keen to complete our last couple of stops before sunset. While we had briefly visited the Little Mermaid on our canal boat tour, we felt it was only right to visit her a little closer and maybe see her face.  After another short bus journey and a quick walk we found the most famous statue in Denmark and despite what lots of people say about her size or being underwhelmed, we just though she was exactly as expected – standard statue size.

Citadel or Kastellet Copenhagen

Located just near by is the Citadel or  Kastellet which is easily spotted on any map due to it’s unique star shape. To get into the Citadel you need to cross one of several large gatehouse bridges to get over the moat that surrounds the fortress.  The site is currently an active barracks and houses military personnel but actually dates back to 1662. Even if you’re visiting Copenhagen in winter, this place is sure to add some colour to your photos. Also make sure to look out for the historic windmill in the centre too.

The Round Tower

The Round Tower, Copenhagen

The Round Tower  was our final stop of the day and of our Copenhagen visit and we had planned for a sunset view from the top but it turned our pretty cloudy so there wasn’t much of a sunset to be seen. Nevertheless, we made our way to the 17th century tower to get a view over the city. One of the unique things about the tower is that there are no stairs to get you to the top and instead simply a spiral path until the final section.

On the way up (though we chose to look on the way down due to failing light) you can stop in at several little exhibits including a display of finds from an excavation of the tower and some viewpoints into the former library space which was once housed on the site. If you are brave enough, which we certainly weren’t, you can enter one section of the central wall and find a glass floor so you can look right down to the bottom.

Round Tower, Copenhagen

During winter, Copenhagen’s famous tower closes at 4 pm most days but is open into the evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday and actually holds astronomy nights in the Rundetaarn Observatory area several nights a month. I have no idea the level of English language included in these evening but it if you get a clear night this might be a great place to head even just for a night view over the city.

After our mammoth day we headed out for our last dinner in Copenhagen before collecting our bags and heading out to the airport thoroughly tuckered out!

Things to Note About Copenhagen in Winter

Our own itinerary was limited somewhat by arriving on a Monday which is typically a closed day for museums. Limited opening hours and shut attractions rather than our own efforts did hamper our plans somewhat but as you can see we still managed to fit a lot in while visiting Copenhagen in January. We opted to use the Copenhagen Card during our stay which was very useful and turned out cheaper for us in the long run. It also gave us the option to jump on public transport if the wet and windy weather got a bit much for us. While still great value, if you’re considering the card check carefully what attractions are actually open during winter in Copenhagen and specifically at the time of your visit.  While there may be 70 attractions included in the card during summer this number is reduced during off season and many locations will only have reduced hours which occasionally are Saturdays or Danish school holidays only.

All that being said there is still plenty of things to do in Copenhagen in winter and with reduced accommodation prices and discount flight deals this is a great place for a winter city break!

Have you visited Copenhagen in winter? How much did you pack into your visit?

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Every winter, some of the city’s squares dress up for the season and transform into wonderful ice rinks which allows you to have fun on the ice throughout the winter season. By the entrance to the beautiful Frederiksberg Gardens and by Broens Street Food are two of the most notable locations.

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Christianshavns Canal in winter

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The best times to visit Copenhagen are May through September. Still, almost every month has something to offer, from never-ending sunny days to festive Christmas markets and an abundance of hygge . Copenhagen attracts visitors all year, but there is an influx during July and August when most Danes retreat to their summer homes or fly south to Italy or Greece. 

Use this guide to help pick the best time to explore the hospitable city, but no matter when you visit, come prepared to bike alongside the locals who have a rain, snow, or shine attitude towards their wheeled transportation.

Peak Season

Danish schools let out in mid-June, and that's the unofficial kick-off to summer. Most Danes take a lengthy vacation in July, and August is busy with European visitors. But don't get too worried about the crowds: Copenhagen feels full of life and fun, rather than slogged down with big bus tours, and everyone seems happy, relaxed, and enjoying the extra-long summer days. 

The Weather & Pricing in Copenhagen 

Copenhagen's weather follows the four seasons of the northern hemisphere, and there's a 30-degree swing between summer's peak (highs of 68 degrees F in July and August) and winter's chill (highs of 35 degrees F in January and February). Snow is a rare occurrence in winter, but it's best to pack rain gear and at least one sweater no matter when you visit.   

Is your credit card ready? Copenhagen, as with the rest of Scandinavia, isn't a cheap date. Deal hunters will find good flights and accommodation prices from September to November; the weather will be nice, too. 

Once winter kicks in, rates drop even further from December to February, but they see a brief spike during Christmas. While the price might be tempting, remember the sun will set before dinner, so sightseeing hours will be limited, and the weather is pretty gloomy. 

March to May brings fewer rain showers and the reopening of the famed Tivoli Gardens in April, a major draw to visitors of all ages. Sacrificing the warmer summer weather for a good deal on a hotel and fewer visitors could be a win-win for many travelers. 

June to August is when Copenhagen really shows off. The sun is shining, and canals are filled with boats and kayaks while swimmers cool off between sunbathing sessions with dips in the (slightly) chilled water. Despite July being the biggest month for Danes to jet off on vacation, this is the height of the tourist season for Denmark and Scandinavia. Ever wonder why people say Denmark is one of the happiest countries? Visit in July or August, and you'll consider applying for residency. 

With the Christmas lights turned off, the festivities of December over, and the fireworks from New Year's Eve gone, the gloom of January's short days (sunrise at 8 a.m. and sunset at 4:30 p.m.) hangs over the city. Expect gray skies and bitter winds but fewer crowds at museums. 

By the end of the month, the sun rises and sets a full hour earlier and later, and that extra two hours of daylight give the winter-worn Danes hope for sunny days. While there might be pockets of sunshine here and there, February's weather feels similar to January and the majority of days are gloomy. 

Events to check out:

  • Vinterjazz is a three-week-long winter version of the fantastic summertime jazz festival, and jazz talents from the Nordics perform in cozy bars and cafes to intimate audiences.
  • The Danes take advantage of the early darkness and dot the city with architectural lighting and designs created by Danish and international artists. Most displays around the city are available for public viewing for three weeks. 

The doldrums of winter still hang in the air, but things are looking up as the days get longer.

April is a toss-up when it comes to weather, so come ready for glorious spring days, rain, hail, and winds that make city biking a chore—possibly all in the same day.

The Easter holidays are public holidays in Denmark, and many stores and museums have limited hours. Easter lunch, filled with lamb, herring, and schnapps is a beloved tradition. Tuborg, a local brewery, sells their limited edition Easter beer in April. 

  • CPH:DOX brings acclaimed documentary films to Copenhagen along with Q&As with film markers and panel discussions.
  • Typically in the middle of the month, Tivoli Gardens reopens after its winter break. Check their website for exact dates.

Ah, May. The sun is regularly shining and it's almost like you can feel the city's residents breathe a collective sigh of relief as they pack away their sunlamps and head outdoors for the real deal. While not quite the peak tourist season, the number of visitors starts to pick-up. 

  • Spring Festival is a week-long international theatre festival that showcases acrobats, puppet shows, dance performances, and more.
  • For five days in late May or early June, the streets and clubs come alive when Distortion takes over with DJ sets, block parties, street food, and silent raves. 

The first two weeks of June are quieter than the end of the month when school children go on a seven-week break starting in mid-June. But moods are lifted, temps are warming up, outdoor dining is back in full force, and social events fill the calendars. 

Events to check out: 

  • The beloved Queen Margrethe II celebrates her birthday on April 16 and will wave to a crowd of people at noon from the main balcony of Amalienborg Palace. 
  • Skt Hans Aften celebrates the shortest night of the year (June 23) with bonfires at the beaches and in locals' backyards. There's drinking, singing of songs, and even the burning of a witch effigy on a pyre. 

Locals who haven't taken a multi-week summer holiday yet might be extra cranky and quick to ding their bike bell at confused or slow tourists on bikes or anyone who crosses the bike lane on foot. But don't let a grouchy interaction sour you, the sunny days put everyone in a bright disposition. Be sure to pack a raincoat for intermittent showers. One of the city's best festivals, the annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival, takes place this month and it's worth experiencing for a few days. 

  • For 10 days in early July, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival pops up on street corners, sunny park lawns, cafes, large scale venues, and wine bars, delighting patrons with jazz in multiple disciplines from local and international talents. 
  • CPH Opera Festival runs for 11 days in either July or August, and world-class performers take over streets, canal boats, markets, and other nontraditional venues.
  • Roskilde Festival takes place 30 minutes outside of the center of Copenhagen in late June and early July. The eight-day festival celebrates art, music, activism, and freedom, according to the non-profit group that runs it, and draws international talents like Chance the Rapper and Bob Dylan to headline. Many young people will take the week off work to camp on the festival grounds, and the whole thing feels like Danish Coachella. Tickets sell out quickly. 

The famous work-life balance in Denmark is really apparent when a warm summer day hits around 3 p.m. on a Thursday or Friday, and it feels like the entire city is outside. At the end of the month, school is back in session, and the city is at its busiest, feeling alive and energetic. 

  • For 10 days at the end of August, Scandinavia's largest food festival— Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival —takes place around town. There's lots of eating, of course, along with symposiums on things like food deserts and sustainability and cooking demonstrations.
  • Strom is an EDM-lovers dream, and the multi-day festival includes raves, dance parties, DJ sets, and other events.
  • The annual Copenhagen Pride each August brings out the rainbow flags and allies who support the queer community. There's a parade on Saturday as well as cultural events, like political forums, film screenings, and concerts.
  • For three days in August, Kulturhavn hosts more than 100 cultural events on Copenhagen's waterways, like dance, music, children's activities, sports, sustainability, and workshops, as well as guided tours by kayak in Copenhagen harbor. All events are free.

The weather and the cost of airfare begin to drop in September as the cooler weather transforms the city's large public parks with colorful leaves.  

  • While March features a documentary film festival, September's CPH:PIX highlights thought-provoking feature films, many of which have director Q&A or talks afterward.
  • The Copenhagen Blues Festival runs from the end of September into early October each year and highlights local and international artists. 
  • Denmark is known for its great design, and during 3daysofdesign , visitors will have the chance to get up close with furniture makers, lighting, and interior designers, and others in the creative space. Talks and exhibitions are typically centered around a singular theme, which in the past included sustainability. Check the website for exact dates.

Much like April, the weather in October can be unpredictable as sunshine gives way to sleet. That flip-flopping weather can make it hard to pack but come prepared with layers and a good rain jacket. 

  • Always one for embracing a theme, Tivoli Gardens goes all out for Halloween (mid-October to early November) with spooky rides, a haunted house, pumpkin carvings, and ghosts, scarecrows, and spiders decorating the theme park. 
  • Typically the second Friday of October brings late-night museum-goers together for Culture Night , where popular event spaces, like galleries and museums, stay open late and hold special events. 
  • The LGBTQ community hosts (yup, you guessed it) another film festival at the end of October and early November. Check-out the full lineup online . 

Rain, rain go away. Not in November, it seems. This wet month won't slow down the locals, and they wear head to toe rain suits as they ride their bikes or take the Metro. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, we say; stylish rain gear is available at the trendy Rains clothing store. 

Most importantly, November welcomes the holiday season, with festive markets, warm glasses of glogg , and canopies of sparkly lights cover the walking streets. It's festive, cozy, and will warm the hearts of any Grinch out there. 

  • When Halloween ends, Tivoli closes for two weeks before reopening its world of Christmas magic in mid-November. Enjoy a holiday market, warm glogg , and festive lights as you go for a stroll. Book tickets to see performances of "The Nutcracker" from the end of November through December. 
  • The Royal Copenhagen flagship store transforms its third floor with stunning tablescapes from the end of November into December. 
  • Hotel D'Angleterre in the center of town goes all out with their holiday decorations, and the unveiling of the year's theme occurs while the Royal band performs. This festive occasion is held around the third week of November. Go all-out and pop in for a glass of their famous white glogg , made with white wine and apricots, by the hotel's fireplace. 
  • On the first Friday in November, Tuborg debuts it's much-loved Christmas beer, with beer trucks handing out free bottles to drunken Santas in crowded bars. While smaller in scale, J-Day can reach levels akin to Santacon in New York City, which may or may not be your thing. Either way, pop in for a free beer and to sing "All I Want for Christmas is You" with a new Danish BFF. 

Holiday magic makes everything better, it seems, and December in Copenhagen is full of Christmas cheer. While the dark days of winter aren't great for sightseeing, early December is a great time to kick off the holidays, settle into a cozy cafe, or leisurely shop at a Julemarked (Christmas market). Remember to bundle up to face the low-to-mid-30s F temps. 

  • On the first Sunday in Advent, the 65-foot-tall spruce tree outside City Hall is illuminated by Santa Clause. The mayor and the fire brigade join in the fun, too, and around 3:30 p.m., they turn on the tree. 
  • Kayaks illuminated with Christmas lights glide through Nyhavn canal to celebrate Saint Lucia Day on December 13. You'll need a level two kayak certification to join the fun, but it's warm off the water, and you can have a drink while you watch. 

Restaurant Availability 

If you feel your trip won't be complete without checking a world-famous restaurant off your foodie bucket list, you might consider booking the reservation before the flight. Noma and Alchemist, two of the most sought after restaurants, open up bookings four to six months in advance, but they close for two two-week-long periods, typically around mid-July to mid-August and the week before Christmas until early January. 

If a highly ranked restaurant isn't on your to-do list, you'll find the important tourist season trumps the need for a summer break, and museums and tour operators are more than happy to have your business. There will be restaurants that close for a summer break, but their websites will state their closing ( "lukket" ) times during the summer holidays ( "sommerferie" ). 

Christmas in Denmark 

From mid-November until the end of December, Copenhagen fully embraces the idea of hygge , and the city comes alive with festive lights, holiday markets, and competitions to see who makes the best glogg . The bright lights, performances of The Nutcracker at Tivoli, gorgeous holiday decorations at Hotel D'Angleterre, and Royal Copenhagen's gorgeous tablescapes help (temporarily) shake the blues of gloomy weather and the sun setting before dinnertime. 

The Danes take their Christmas celebrations very seriously, and it's hard to imagine a quieter capital city than Copenhagen on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and even the day after Christmas. Almost every shop, restaurant, and grocery store shuts down Dec. 24 to 26, and it can feel like a ghost town for visitors. If your visit includes other Scandinavian destinations, remember that most Nordic countries will follow a similar holiday pattern, and small fjord towns will go into full hibernation. Visiting this part of the world during winter is best if winter sports are the top draw. 

The best time to visit Copenhagen for good weather is from May to September. The city comes alive in the summer months and you'll find locals and visitors enjoying the many beautiful parks.

Copenhagen is an expensive destination and visitors can save money by visiting in the cold winter months. After the Christmas holidays, look for hotel deals in January and February—and don't forget to bundle up.

December, January, and February are the coldest months in Copenhagen, with nighttime temperatures often dipping below freezing. Snow isn't common in the city, but it is a possibility.

Weather Spark. "Average Weather in Copenhagen, Denmark, Year Round." Retrieved February 23, 2021.

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A Comprehensive Copenhagen Travel Guide for First Time Visitors

In need of a comprehensive Copenhagen travel guide? Don’t worry, I’ve just returned from a week long trip in Denmark’s capital city, so I’m jotting everything you’ll need to know below!

You know, visiting Copenhagen wasn’t necessarily high on my travel list, but I feel like I’ve always wanted to go. Way back in college one of my acquaintances studied abroad there, and I floated the idea of visiting. Since then, everyone I know has always had good things to say whether they were cursory travelers or professional ones.

This year, though, my friend, Alyshia , had a week off of work for spring break and asked if I wanted to go anywhere. At first we were looking at Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island but decided it was still way too cold to properly enjoy. Then we thought about somewhere in the Caribbean or South America but it was either too far for a week or too expensive since other Canadians were also escaping the cold. Finally, Alyshia plugged in some cheap flights from Toronto and came up with Copenhagen or Paris . Since we’d both already been to the latter, we immediately agreend on Copenhagen.

Flash forward a few months and we’ve just spent a fun week exploring the city, eating a wonderfully absurd amount of carbs, and walking up a lot of steps. Check out the below guide for all my best tips.

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A Copenhagen Travel Guide for First Time Visitors

A brief history of copenhagen.

As with all places I write about, I’m starting with a bit of Copenhagen’s history. After all – how else will you know and appreciate what you’re seeing today?

Copenhagen (or København in Danish) began around the 1000s during the Viking Age, though the earliest historical records we have are from the 1100s. As you might guess from the waterfront location, it became a popular spot for merchants and fishermen and really anyone who used the sea for work.

One of the important moments in Copenhagen’s history was when it, with Norway and Sweden, established the Kalmar Union to counter the Hanseatic League ( of Bergen fame ). Think of it like a smaller EU.

The way it all came about is thanks to the typical royal inheritance debacles, but the union did last from 1397 to 1523. During that time Copenhagen became the center of the union as it became the seat of the monarchy and, naturally, it flourished culturally, economically, and socially.

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The next big event in Copenhagen’s history is the Danish Golden Age. This age all started with a plague and a fire, almost giving the city a chance to start from scratch. During the Golden Age, which lasted for half of the 1800s, culture was front and center. From architecture to art to literature to music, a ton of important Danish figures emerged during this time. The most famous, of course, would have to be Hans Christian Andersen, aka one of the main creators of the modern fairy tale.

Today, Copenhagen has more or less retained its cultural reputation. Both Danish and Copenhagen culture is frequently referenced whether it’s style, food, interiors, or design. I’m sure we’ve all heard of hygge by now! Not to mention noma, the restaurant of all restaurants in the fine dining world (soon to be an RIP). If you watch “The Bear,” this is where Marcus trains when he goes to Copenhagen.

Hard to meet anyone who’s been, no matter the time of year, and had a bad time in the city!

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How Expensive is Copenhagen?

I will not lie to you – like most Nordic countries I’ve been to, Copenhagen can get very pricey. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily pricier than, say, San Francisco or New York City , but if you’re not used to those prices, you might find yourself pinching pennies a bit.

However, there are a lot of ways to offset the cost! The biggest one I’d recommend looking into is the Copenhagen City Card . I’m going to write a post breaking down the card’s cost vs. how often we used it, but when I tallied the total, we saved about $70 USD with the 120-hr card!

Other ways I’d say to save is to bring a water bottle to refill (tap water here is delicious). Stick to cafes, bakeries, food halls, and cheap eateries (even the “cheap places” are mouthwatering!). Walk as much as possible if you’re not using the card (really the city isn’t that big) and look into budget accommodation – especially off season.

Plus, check out the local grocery stores. You can easily make yourself sandwiches and snacks from Netto while on the go. Quite a few places have packed lunch sections to sit and eat.

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When to Visit Copenhagen

Honestly, after being further north than Denmark in all the seasons, I would say you could visit Copenhagen any time of year and have a good experience.

Summer is obviously the most popular with warm weather, long, sunny days, and everything open. However, with all of that comes more expensive rates on hotels, tickets, and flights.

Winter sounds fun with all the hygge and it still gets quite a decent amount of daylight compared to other Scandinavian countries. I assume a lot closes though.

I really enjoyed coming over Alyshia’s spring break in mid-March! Like 99% of what we wanted to do was open, and we got really great deals on flights and hotels. I also noticed a few places either had slightly lower prices too. Temperature-wise it was around 30-50F depending on the day and mostly overcast.

I would say the sweet spot would be late April, early May or mid-late September. Some of the things I wanted to do like the Reffen Market or Tivoli Gardens were still closed in March but would be open in April. The weather is a bit better and because you’re still in the shoulder season, you should be able to find decent deals.

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Where to Stay in Copenhagen

As someone who hates, hates walking with a suitcase for more than 15-20 minutes, I am a big proponent of staying close to stations. Luckily, Copenhagen has a really great train, metro, and bus situation so regardless of where you stay, you’ll be pretty close to something.

For first time visitors, I’d stay right by København H (Copenhagen Central Station). It’s a straight shot to the airport in under 30 minutes and will have you connected to not only everything in the city but will make any and all day trips easier. Plus it’s right by Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District which has a lot of cool cafes and restaurants.

We stayed at Go Hotel Ansgar since we were looking for something budget-friendly. I’d say the only downside was that the internet was pretty spotty, so don’t plan on making video calls or anything too intense. Otherwise, we didn’t mind the tighter quarters since we were pretty much out from morning til evening. Check current prices here.

Some other hotels we looked at:

Otherwise, I’d say stay near Kongens Nytorv or Gammel Strand to be central but in charming areas. Meanwhile Rådhuspladsen and Nørrebro are cool neighborhoods that feel a little more hipster, local but still easy to navigate.

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How to Get into Copenhagen

I’m going to assume 90% of you reading this post are coming in by plane and flying into Københavns Lufthavn (Copenhagen Airport or CPH). Lucky for you this airport is really easy to navigate, it’s just really big and can feel like you’re walking for a while.

To take public transport, you can literally get on the train right at the airport in Terminal 2. Alyshia and I found each other by baggage claim and then went to get hot dogs at Steff’s Place. The ticket station and entrance to the train was right next to stand.

Also you can download the DOT Billeter app to buy directly on there but I couldn’t get it to connect to my credit cards. If you use the Copenhagen card, airport transfer is included.

By Train or Bus

For those of you coming in by bus or train, you’ll likely go right to København H (Copenhagen Central Station). Sometimes it shows up as Köpenhamn H. Just know whether you see København H, Köpenhamn H, or Central Station, they’re all the same.

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How to Get Around Copenhagen

If you’re ready to walk, you can very easily walk everywhere in Copenhagen. Like we took the metro and buses a lot since we had unlimited rides, but if you’re trying to save money and want to, this city is incredibly walkable. Tons of sidewalk space and just easy to navigate. I can just picture visiting as a college student and managing to walk all around!

By Bus/Metro

Copenhagen has a really great metro and bus system. It costs about $3.50 USD per ride so that can definitely add up if you’re not careful, especially when some of the rides could be 15-20 minute walks.

Most metro trains we took came every 2-5 minutes while buses were definitely a little rarer. The further out of the center you get, the longer the wait in between the buses. When we went to find the troll, Kaptajn Nalle, buses were very 20-30 minutes.

Obviously, Copenhagen is bike city! There are bike lanes everywhere, and from what I can tell most people get around on their two wheels. As a tourist, I’d only bike if you feel comfortable with it as I imagine it’d be pretty annoying to have someone causing issues in the bike lane during rush hour.

From what I can tell most hotels will have bikes available to rent – ours has a whole line of them. As for parking them, I saw plenty of bike parking lots, but, again, ask your hotel for guidance!

Notable Sightseeing Places in Copenhagen

There are a lot of cool things to do and see in Copenhagen , but to give you the very basics, here are the top five:

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This little waterfront strip is THE place to see in Copenhagen. Pretty much every establishing shot on film and every prominent photo of the city was taken right here. It spans about nearly 1500ft (450m) and is full of colorful buildings and boats. If you want to do a canal cruise , they usually leave from here too.

I imagine it’s swarmed come summer, so visit early for a more peaceful atmosphere. Or come in the shoulder season and even in the afternoon it shouldn’t be too bad.

Skip any food here, from what I’ve read none of it is particularly remarkable and is more expensive than walking 5 minutes away towards Kyngens Nytorv.

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Most things are closed on a Monday but not Rundetårn (The Round Tower). It’s one of the best ways to get a bird’s eye view of Copenhagen and dates back to the 1600s. It’s actually the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, and you can see its telescope once you climb up.

Bonus: When you get back down, go to the døp hot dog cart for an excellent hot dog – ask for everything on it!

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The Little Mermaid Statue

If you can’t tell by the absolute terrible quality of the photo above, I didn’t go check out Den Lille Havfrue or The Little Mermaid on land. Maybe if I go in warmer weather, I’ll walk over, but for now I was fine viewing it from our canal tour’s boat.

This statue is dedicated to the fairytale and is part of Hans Christian Andersen’s legacy in Copenhagen. It’s also been named as one of the most disappointing landmarks to see in person, so keep your expectations low! And if you do go over to see on land, combine it with a trip to Amalienborg Castle and Kastellet, a start-shaped fortress.

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Tivoli Gardens

I’m so bummed Tivoli was closed while we were there! This amusement park is literally right by Central Station (like we walked by it constantly) and is one of the most popular amusement parks in all of Europe. They even say it inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland.

Everyone I know and every blog, Reddit post, and Instagram Reel or Tiktok had Tivoli on their list of things to do in Copenhagen, so you know it’s not just a tourist thing. Just know if you only get an entrance ticket, you’ll have to pay for each ride, so book a ticket with unlimited rides to make the most of it.

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One of the Palaces

Within Copenhagen, you can visit Amalienborg (the current home to the royal family), Christiansborg (home to Danish parliament), or Rosenborg (where the crown jewels are kept). About an hour away is Frederiksborg (the “Versaille of Denmark), and Kronborg (Hamlet’s Castle). That’s all to say, you’ve got five different palaces to choose from, so take time to see at least one.

I will say the palaces that are in Copenhagen are pretty quick visits as only part of them are actually open to the public, so you could easily plan to visit all three in a day if you wanted to. Many even have combination tickets to make it more affordable.

Where to Eat in Copenhagen

The thing I noticed about Copenhagen is that it’s really hard to have a bad meal here. Maybe around Nyhavn there are crappy menus, but honestly this city takes its gastronomy very seriously. There’s a reason it’s home to over twenty Michelin-starred restaurants!

Either way, whether you want a cheap hot dog or can score reservations at the most exclusive fine dining restaurant out there, you will eat well while you’re here.

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Cafes and Bakeries

You guys know I love a good café, and Copenhagen does not disappoint! There are cafés and bakeries (or bageris) all over , and we probably stopped into at least two or three a day. Not only will you get delicious coffee, most places will have something to eat or, at the very least, an extremely delicious array of freshly made baked goods.

We usually started off with breakfast at a café near whatever landmark we wanted to go, and I often switched it up with matcha lattes and hot chocolates. Who knew Denmark was known for its matcha skills?!

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Another really good option for eating in Copenhagen is looking up the various food halls. There are quite a few options, and while we were there we managed to make it to Torvehallerne where I tried some Danish porridge (grød).

I will say a lot of the open air food halls/markets like Reffen or Broens Gadekøkken are closed until at least April, so double check times on their websites.

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Hot Dog Stands

As someone who’s not even a big hot dog person let alone someone who adds a ton of toppings to her dogs, I am OBSESSED with Danish hot dogs. I remember hearing Iceland had really fantastic hot dogs too but didn’t get a chance to try one, so I wanted to make sure I ate at least one while here.

Turns out we ate four, including one quite literally after we met at the airport. You can’t go wrong with a stand, and there’s at least one in every major square. Heck as soon as you exit Central Station, there’s a great hot dog stand right there.

Michelin Restaurants

Like I mentioned above, Copenhagen has well over twenty Michelin-starred restaurants and is home to what might be the most famous (maybe infamous?). I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest foodie on the planet but even I’ve heard of noma!

If you’re someone who seeks these restaurants out or are traveling with a fine dining foodie, you’ll have a bevy of options right at your finger tips. We didn’t visit any of them as we were on a budget and I had so many cafes, hot dog stands, and fast food-style places I wanted to try, but maybe on a future trip!

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Vietnamese Cuisine

Here’s something totally random I noticed – Copenhagen seemed to have a lot more Vietnamese cuisine than I could have ever expected. Given that I lived there and love the food, I do tend to notice Vietnamese restaurants whenever I travel. I truly don’t think I saw so many places as I did in Copenhagen.

We wound up going to Hanoi Alley in Nørrebro because we were hiding from the rain. As much as I love cafes, I was craving something heartier and nothing tastes as good as beef pho on a cold, rainy day!

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Day Trips from Copenhagen

Fredricksborg.

As I mentioned Frederiksborg Slot is like Denmark’s Versailles. It’s about an hour on the train in Hillerød and was built in the 1600s for King Christian IV. It has this huge, Renaissance design, so I’d really like to go one day. We just ran out of time!

Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingør

One castle we did do a day trip for was Kronborg Slot in Helsingør. It’s also about an hour on the train and became famous when Shakespeare set his most famous play there, naming the castle Elsinore. A number of famous actors have participate in productions there from Laurence Olivier to David Tennant ( and me, of course, hehe )! Kind of cool to imagine getting the chance to witness Laurence Olivier acting out Hamlet in the Hamlet castle, but I also spent a whole semester studying that play so that might be a niche interest.

While you’re here there’s also the Maritime Museum which is supposed to be award-winning. Truthfully, I wanted to make sure we had time for the next spot on our list, so we skipped it.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

About halfway between Kronborg and Copenhagen is a very cool modern art museum. The exhibits have so much going on and the location is right on the coast, so you could easily turn this into a full day trip on its own. The nice thing is that it’s open pretty late, so even if you want until the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy.

Malmö, Sweden

Fun fact – you can pop over to Sweden in under an hour! Heck, even in the airport you’ll see signs for Malmö. It’s Sweden’s third largest city and sounds like a cool spot to visit on its own whether it’s for historic architecture, castles, or cool museums. Since we didn’t plan to go, I couldn’t tell you what was there exactly but it sounds like people who go enjoy it.

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Shopping in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has some really fun shopping whether you’re looking for specific deals at the GANNI Postmodern Outlet or for quirky creations at Studi Arhoj. I mean, there’s a good reason people love Danish interior design and Copenhagen street style. I promise I’ll have a whole other post on shopping to share everywhere we went!

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Safety & Health in Copenhagen

You know, I’m sure there’s crime in Copenhagen but this has to have been one of the safest major capital cities I’ve ever been to. The “sketchiest” part was in Freetown Christiania, and honestly, I’ve seen worse on a normal day in HCMC or Philly .

I feel like the worst crime to worry about is pickpockets but even then there doesn’t seem to be a crazy epidemic like in Barcelona and Paris. I mean, this is a city where people just leave their babies in strollers outside of restaurants – it’s a pretty safe city.

Likewise for health – this is the kind of place were you not only can you drink the tap water, it’s actually delicious. And there are so many nice, clean public bathrooms everywhere even in the metro stations.

That’s all I can think of to put into a single Copenhagen travel guide. I’ve got a bunch more posts coming because I really enjoyed this city, but in the meantime let me know if you have any further advice or questions below!

For more Scandinavian travel, read these next:

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  • All the Best Things to Do in Örebro, Sweden

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A Blissful Copenhagen Itinerary: 4 Days for First-Time Visitors

Excited to share my 4 day Copenhagen itinerary, which covers the major sites you can’t miss, the tastiest restaurants, majestic parks, top photo spots and best swim areas in the city. Plus you’ll be experiencing the city like a local, as a lot of the spots I include are approved and loved by my Copenhagen friends.

Since we visited Copenhagen in the summer, I have included some summer activities, however, this itinerary is still applicable and changeable for those visiting in the fall or winter months. Regardless of when you go, I hope you fall in love with the city as much as I did.

Girl with a hat looking at Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Staying in Copenhagen 

Personally, I’ve always had this pull to go to Copenhagen, with no real reason why. Perhaps my soul knew I would love this city, or maybe I was eager to see why the Danish are known to be some of the happiest people on earth. Copenhagen was always on our list for our year in Europe, but we hadn’t figured out when it would fit in. So when one of our plans fell through in July, I knew it was our time to go! I first looked at Airbnb and to my delight, found the most beautiful apartment and for a reasonable price, which was a surprise as it was July – peak summer season! Everything was lining up perfectly, which to me is a sign from the universe this trip was meant to be.

The living room of our Copenhagen Airbnb

My only complaint about the Airbnb above, is that it was a fair ways outside of the city centre. And if you are only experiencing Copenhagen for four days, I highly recommend staying in the city centre to make the most out of your stay. Even if this means opting for a hotel, instead of a bigger accommodation with a kitchen. With this in mind, here are some other amazing accommodations we looked into:

  • The Savoy Hotel
  • The trendy Motel One Copenhagen
  • Budget Friendly Option: The Steel House Copenhagen
  • Apartment with kitchen & patio: This stylish two bedroom in the city centre

The City of Copenhagen

If you have never been to Copenhagen or don’t know much about it, here are some things that might convince you to go. Firstly it was just awarded the most bikeable city in the world . They just beat out Amsterdam this year, and the Danes are very excited about it. Since I have biked in both Amsterdam and Copenhagen, I can confirm this to be true. Biking lanes and even biking highways are plentiful in the city, but the Danes are much more relaxed bikers compared to the Dutch.

Secondly, and more surprising to me was that Copenhagen was just awarded most swimmable city in the world ! Wait, what? Do people swim in the city of Copenhagen? That’s awesome. As a beach girl, who LOVES to swim at any chance, I knew I Copenhagen and I would get along just fine. And for those wondering where you can swim, the answer is anywhere, but I’ve included some great swimming spots in my Copenhagen Itinerary below.

Lastly, Copenhagen prides itself to be the city of fairytales , as the late Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, wrote most of the fairytales we know today: The Little Mermaid, the Princess and The Pea, and The Ugly Duckling. With this being said, the whole city has this somewhat fairytale essence about it; the architecture, the magical amusement park of Tivoli, even their city flag, which is the symbol of a castle. Overall, Copenhagen is just a magical place to visit!

A Girl biking around Copenhagen in front of the domed church

Things to Know Before You Go to Copenhagen

Danish, but everyone we met spoke perfect English.

Danish Crowns (DKK) – Approximately 1 DKK = 0.20 Canadian cents (in September 2018).

Cost of a Cappuccino

40 DKK (or $8.17 CAN); Cost of a cocktail: 88 DKK (or $17.98). Overall costs in Scandinavia are a LOT higher than Canada. So people typically don’t dine out as much. If you are travelling on a budget, make sure to get accommodation with a kitchen so you can make some of your meals.

Electricity

Requires European Plugs. So if you don’t already have a universal adaptor plug that works worldwide , I recommend bringing this on all your travels. We have this one and love it! Not only does it work with my computer and hair curler, it has the additional four USB plugs at the top, to charge all your phone and any other gadgets!

Safe to drink. However, if you like purified water, bring this self-cleaning UV water bottle with you!

Best Time to Visit

May to September. Or if you can brave the cold dark winter days, come in December and experience the Christmas markets & other festivities.

In my experience, I would give this city a 10/10. I never felt unsafe during the day or night.

Transportation

I recommend living like a local and renting bikes for this Copenhagen Itinerary. After all, it is the most bike-friendly city in the world! If you don’t want to bike everyday or at all, the transit system (buses & metro), were regularly on time, clean and easy to use.

*Trip Changer: The Copenhagen Card*

An incredible pass for tourists that includes transit and entry to 87 major attractions including museums, canal tours and even Tivoli, the oldest amusement park in the world. We used it during our trip and I can’t  recommend it enough. Since Copenhagen is an expensive city, this card not only helped us save money, but it also saved us the time of waiting in line and buying tickets at each attraction.

Check out  this website to see if the pass includes the attractions you want to visi t and, if you are interested, I recommend purchasing it before your trip. This is because you can pick up the physical card from the airport (or other more central places), and then utilize the included transportation to get into the city. Keep in mind the pass can be bought in 24, 48, 72, 120-hour increments, and starts as soon as you scan it on your first bus or attraction, so you may want to be strategic to when you start using the card to get the most out of it.

During the course of this Copenhagen itinerary, I will show you which attractions we used the card at.

Read More: Learn how we got the most value of the Copenhagen Card during our visit, and see how must money we saved on admission fees and transportation expenses in this post.

4 Day Copenhagen Itinerary

A girl in Copenhagen wanders down a colourful street looking at the traditional apartment buildings in the summer months.

Copenhagen Itinerary  Day 1: City Orientation

Hop on a canal boat tour.

The best way to start your Copenhagen itinerary is to get your bearings of the city with this 1-hour Canal boat tour . This is included in your Copenhagen Pass if you catch it from Ved Stranden square. If you don’t have the pass, you can also start the canal tour from Nyhavn. I thought this tour was a fun way to learn some Copenhagen history, fun facts, and see most of the sites from a different perspective. Also, after seeing it all you can then decided what you want to go back to visit.

Price : Free with Copenhagen Card or 85 DKK. Another great option would be the hop-on-hop-off canal tour , so you can get off at certain stops to see the sites.

Quick tip: I highly recommend sitting on the right side of the canal boat (when looking forward) as most of the sites we saw were on that side of the boat.

Coffee Break with a View

Now time for a mid-morning pick me up! A coffee break at the Original Coffee Illume Rooftop . This is a rooftop café with an amazing view! It’s located at the top of the Illume department store, which is a site to see in itself. This is all conveniently a step away from where you ended your canal boat tour at Ved Stranden square.

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Round House Astronomy Tower

Good thing you’ve now had your caffeine fix! Time to climb to the top Round House: the King’s old Astronomy Tower . This was built wide enough so that the king could take his horse and carriage to the top because he was too lazy to walk up. Not only is the building remarkable in itself, but it has one of the best views of the city. Make sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful Astronomy dial near the top.

Price : Free with the Copenhagen Card or 25 DKK

A girl with a hat and backpack at the top of the astronomy tower in Copenhagen

Nyhavn: Iconic Copenhagen

From here walk down Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street, Strøget , towards the famous port of Nyhavn . This is the area that has become Instagram famous and now iconic for Copenhagen. Funny enough, decades ago, this used to be the worst part town filled with drunken sailors, sleazy bars and ladies of the night. Now the streets are lined with restaurants, souvenir shops and ice cream parlours – what a change! Definitely a must-see during your stay in Copenhagen. Make sure to walk on both sides of the canals, as every angle makes for the perfect Insta-worthy shot and more importantly, is beautiful to see.

Girl looking at a boat and colourful buildings in Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Lunch at an Outdoor Market

I hope you’ve worked up an appetite, cause now it’s time for lunch! From Nyhavn, walk across the bridge to the large outdoor food market called  The Bridge Street Kitchen (also known as Broens Gadekøkken).  Here there are plenty of options that will tickle your taste buds. You’ll find standard north American foods like burgers, wood-oven pizzas, and poke bowls, and then more traditional Danish food like open-faced sandwiches (called: Smørrebrød ) and something similar to porridge (called: Grød). And don’t worry there are plenty of drink options too!

We tried a sampling of the Smørrebrød sandwiches, famous here in Denmark, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed them. I even tried the pickled herring (after some peer pressure from our local friend, Jacob) and actually didn’t hate it, but I don’t know if I’d order it again. In the end, the pork sandwich with berry sauce was my favourite – I highly recommend it!

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Black Diamond Library

After lunch, walk across the bridge to the Black Diamond Library . This building is a beautiful mix of modern architecture and old charm. Half of the library dates back to 1648, and the other-half is modern with high ceilings made of glass. Also, out back is a beautiful courtyard where you can enjoy a quiet oasis in the middle of the city. This is an active library where university students come to study, so do make sure to be respectful and quiet when visiting.

Price : Free entry.

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Meatpacking District

If it is a hot summer’s day, and you are in need of a swim to cool off , walk along the canal towards the Meatpacking District. Along the way, you will find plenty of swim spots to take a dip. Some have diving platforms, and others have sun-loungers to relax. And yes, the water is clean enough to swim in. In fact, I was personally surprised how fresh it felt – almost like lake water!

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This evening head to Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District called, Kødbyen . This area is an old industrial area that has been taken over by trendy restaurants and craft breweries. I recommend Hija de Sanchez  for a casual Mexican dinner (as it was awarded the best Mexican in Europe this year) and Warpigs for meat BBQ or after dinner beers. We also heard Mother’s was great for pizzas and Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails was good Chinese food, but overall, you can’t go wrong. This whole area is buzzing with young people looking to have a good time.

A girl with sunglasses on holding a pink margarita with a plate of tacos in front of her

Copenhagen Itinerary Day 2: Museum & Tivoli

Scandinavian shopping.

If you like Scandinavian interior design or fancy to pop into a local shop for some unique souvenirs , I highly recommend checking out Notre Dame . Although I couldn’t buy anything, I really enjoyed browsing the shop and admiring all their beautiful décor accessories.

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Next walk over to Copenhagen City Hall . Here you can go inside their parliament building, and even climb to the top if you want another bird’s eye view of the city. Also, take note of the ornate fountain and Hans Christian Andersen statue in the square.

Price : Free

Ca rlsberg Glptoteket Museum

Museums aren’t always top of my list when I visit a city, but we had so many recommendations for the  Carlsberg Glptoteket Museum , that we didn’t want to miss it. Now I can say I’m so happy we went since it is honestly one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever been to. I loved seeing the Egyptian mummies downstairs, the tropical garden inside the atrium, and admiring the gorgeous details of each room. Every room flowed into the next so perfectly with its floor tiles, paint and artifacts. I don’t know how to better describe it, just promise me you will go!

Give yourself at least 1.5 – 2 hours. Also, there is a cute café in the museum if you want to enjoy a coffee and cake inside.

Price : Free with Copenhagen Card , Free on Tuesdays, or 115 DKK.

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Tivoli: The Oldest Amusement Park in the World

Spend the majority of your day in the original ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ – Tivoli , which is known as the oldest amusement park in the world dating back to 1843. Did you know that Walt Disney came to Tivoli to get inspiration for Disneyland? Once you step inside Tivoli you will notice the similarities, but as a big Disney fan, as I was surprised how much more I loved Tivoli! The detail in the ground’s gardens and restaurants is remarkable and makes Tivoli so unique and charming.

Even if you aren’t a rides person, I still recommend visiting Tivoli . Instead visit one of the beautiful restaurants, wander the grounds, or watch their daily entertainment.

A Blissful #Copenhagen Itinerary: 4 Days for First-Time Visitors

Things to know about Tivoli Amusement Park

– Admission for the park is 120 DKK ($24 CAN), but rides are separate . You can either buy each ride individually, but I highly recommend buying the unlimited rides pass here for 290 DKK ($51 CAN) . The Copenhagen Card saved us the admission-free but didn’t include rides. If you want to buy your unlimited ride pass before your trip, you can do so here .

-Or if you don’t plan to get the Copenhagen Card, you can buy both your Tivoli admission and your Unlimited Ride Pass in advance , to skip the line.

-There are tons of amazing restaurants inside, ranging in different price points. If on a budget you can either bring in a picnic to eat in the beautiful gardens or eat lunch outside the grounds; however I recommend enjoying either a snack or meal inside the grounds as the restaurants are beautiful.

-Look up the show schedule in advance to pick which day is best to visit Tivoli. In the summer they usually have fireworks, light shows, and live music daily.

-Give yourself plenty of time to explore the grounds and try all the rides. I recommend at least 4 hours, but we stayed for 8 and loved every moment!

Tivoli Garden restaurant

Copenhagen Itinerary Day 3: Bike Around like a Local

Make breakfast at your Airbnb or hotel to save some money, or find something convenient in your area. We have a big day ahead of us, so fuel up!

Bike Tour or Rent Bikes

As you may know, Copenhagen’s the most bikeable cities in the world, so I highly recommend renting bikes or going on a bike tour . Biking is truly the best way to get around the city, and you’ll get to experience Copenhagen culture.

Option #1: Guided Bike Tour

Experience Copenhagen’s top attractions and delve into its history with a 3-hour bike tour . Pedal along the city’s bike lanes, uncovering hidden gems and landmarks such as the Frederiks Kirke, Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg neighbourhood, Nyhavn waterfront, and the Little Mermaid statue. If you are short on time, this is a great way to see a lot of the tourist sights I mention in this itinerary! Plus, your guide will provide insider knowledge and offer personalized recommendations while you enjoy the stunning scenery and photo opportunities.

If you feel apprehensive about cycling in Copenhagen, which is understandable given the city’s intense biking culture, I would highly recommend opting for a guided bike tour instead of attempting to navigate on your own.

Option #2: Rent Bikes

Alternatively, if you are a confident city biker and decide to rent bikes, I recommend renting them for two days. You can even rent a phone holder for the bike, so you can have your google maps up and running while biking around town (something I wish we rented). To give you a guideline, bike rentals are around $20 Canadian a day. Rental shops are located all around the city, but if you rent them in Nyhavn I imagine they will cost more, as this is a tourist hub. If you don’t feel comfortable biking, or it is terrible weather, our itinerary today can also be done with public transit.

Reffen Market

Take your bikes for a ride across town to Reffen , to try Copenhagen street food. This is another outdoor food market in an industrial area with over 50 innovative stalls, offering international cuisines. Located beside the market, there is also a local craft brewery called Mikkeller , just in case you are thirsty after your ride. 😉 From the Nyhavn area, your bike ride to Reffen should take around 15-20 minutes. Click here for Google Map Pin.

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*Optional stops along the way: On route to the market you can stop at the Church of Our Saviour   for a photo, or Freetown Christiania  if you are interested to see the local hippie community, where cannabis is legal to buy and smoke.

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Lunch at a Hidden Gem in Copenhagen

If you are wondering where the cool kids hang out on the weekends, La Banchina  is the spot! Make sure to stop by for a drink, meal, snack or swim. They even have a sauna you can pay to use. I loved the relaxed vibe and how you could buy a beer or bottle of wine, and enjoy it on their dock while swimming or sun tanning. Something you, unfortunately, don’t see back in Canada.

La Banchina seaside restaurant - part of the Copenhagen Itinerary

To save you some time and energy, hop on the 901 or 902  Harbour Bus   to get back into the city. The best part is you can walk your bikes right onto the ferry, and you’ll be treated to some beautiful views of the harbour (at a lower cost than the canal cruise, making it a great alternative if you are on a budget). Get off the harbour bus at Nyhavn.

Little Mermaid Statue

Once you hop off the ferry, bike to the Little Mermaid to see the most famous statue in the county . If you did the canal tour you would have already seen the back of her head, but I’m sure you’ll want to see her face-on to get that perfect photo.

*Fun Fact : did you know that the poor statue has been beheaded 3 times to make a political statement? This is why she is now located so far outside the city centre.

The Little Mermaid Statue on a sunny blue sky day in Copenhagen

If you are in need of a treat, I highly recommend the soft-serve ice cream in Copenhagen. We got our ice creams from a little concession stand right beside the Little Mermaid statue. This one was vanilla and strawberry swirl & then covered with chocolate powder. Yum!

A Blissful #Copenhagen Itinerary: 4 Days for First-Time Visitors

Copenhagen City Sites

From here bike through Kastellet, an old military base, and back towards the Amalienborg Palace , where the royal family currently live. From here you can watch the changing of the guard (at 12 noon), plus you will have incredible views of Frederik’s Church and the Opera House. There is also the Royal horse stables near-by.

A couple with bikes standing in front of the Copenhagen domed Church

As the day is winding down, you may want to stop for a drink or a swim before dinner. If so, this place was one of our favourite finds. They have drinks, pitchers to share (although very expensive) and sometimes even live music to enjoy on the harbour side. Even if you don’t want to drink, this is a beautiful swim spot you can enjoy for free.

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End your day with dinner at Souls , for a healthy vegetarian meal. Veggie burgers, salads or bowls are all plentiful and so tasty.

Copenhagen Itinerary Day 4: City of Parks

Copenhagen’s little berlin.

Start your day with a stroll down, Jægersborggade also known locally Copenhagen’s Little Berlin. It is lined with cafes, vintage boutiques, and pastry shops. Because of this, I highly recommend grabbing your morning coffee at Coffee Collective and trying some traditional Danish pastries at Meyers Bageri . I promise you won’t regret it!

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Copenhagen’s ‘Famous Cemetery’

Conveniently, across the street from Jægersborggade is Copenhagen’s ‘famous cemetery’, Assistens Kirkegaard. I say famous because many notable Danish people have been buried here, including their beloved fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen. This cemetery is so beautiful that locals commonly come here to walk their strollers and hang out just like any other park. If you are in the neighbourhood, it’s worth checking out, although I don’t know how I feel about sitting around and hanging out in a cemetery. If you do visit, make sure to be quiet and respectful.

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Pack a picnic and head to Kings Park, to admire the stunning Rosenborg Castle & gardens. If it is a nice day and walk around the park & enjoy your picnic, but if you are visiting in winter or the weather is bad, you can pay to go into the castle and admire the crown jewels.

Price: Free with Copenhagen Card or 110 DDK

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The Best Pizza in Copenhagen

End your day with dinner at Bæst . Now I don’t want to set high expectations, but this was honestly some of the best pizza I have ever eaten. Now this is a big statement to make since I really like pizza, and we had just travelled from Italy, but they have numerous awards for their pizzas, so it’s not just me that thinks they are delicious! I forget the name of the pizza we ordered, but I do remember it had green tomatoes and bacon on it (see picture below). I even ate the crust, and that never happens. After dinner, enjoy an evening bevy at  BURS , the craft brewery across the alleyway from Bæst.

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Favourite 3 Photo Spots in Copenhagen

Nyhavn archway                      Google Pin | Pinterest

Carlsberg Museum                Google Pin | Instagram

Cute colourful houses              Google Pin | Pinterest

That concludes my 4 day Copenhagen Itinerary. Although we experienced the city in the summer, you could easily use this itinerary in the winter months . Just replace swimming with visiting the famous Christmas markets if you are in town during December, or escape the cold and spend your time inside visiting the Opera House, Kronborg Castle, or some of the other amazing museums. I hope you find this guide helpful for your trip planning and that you enjoy Copenhagen as much as we did! I’m not lying when I say that Copenhagen is now one of my favourite cities in the world. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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11 cool day trips from Copenhagen

Are you feeling adventurous and want to explore beyond the city limits of Copenhagen? Then this is the guide for you. We've handpicked some of the best and most interesting day trips from Copenhagen just for you!

The popular one: Helsingør and Hamlet's castle

Hamlet's castle, Kronborg, in Helsingør

Enjoy the 45 minutes train ride along the coast of North Zealand to historic seaside town of Helsingør (Elsinore), where you can walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare's Hamlet at Kronborg Castle. Afterwards you can explore Denmark's maritime history at the M/S Maritime Museum which was designed by Bjarke Ingels, and wander through well preserved historical town centre.

The literary one: Odense - birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense

The new Hans Christian Andersen Hus museum is the hot ticket for anyone heading to Odense. Did you know that you can get from Copenhagen's Central Station to Denmark's third biggest city, by train in just an hour? That's a super easy day trip from Copenhagen!

The artsy one: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is situated on the coast north of Copenhagen in a spacious, old park with a fine view across The Sound of Sweden. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art showcases six to eight major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art each year, including classical masters of modern art as well as new and upcoming international artists.

The royal one: Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle in North Zealand

If you're looking for razzle-dazzle extravaganza, Frederiksborg Castle is the place to go. This lavish castle is situated on three islets on the castle lake in Hillerød, which is a short train ride from Copenhagen. Often referred to as the Nordic Versailles, you'll have more than enough to keep you entertained for the day - and be sure to stroll around in the stunning Baroque garden.

The ancient one: Roskilde - city of kings and Vikings

Find your inner Viking sailing a viking ship in Roskilde Fjord

The historic, cathedral city of Roskilde awaits you - just 20 minutes from Copenhagen. Roskilde Cathedral is the last resting place of nearly 40 Danish kings and queens as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can also experience 1,000 years of history at the Viking Ship Museum, which features real Viking long boats found at the bottom of Roskilde Fjord.

The cheap one: The 6 forgotten giants

One of Thomas Dambo's hidden giants, Lille Tilde, in Vallensbæk Mose near Copenhagen

Looking for a budget-friendly day trip? Then why not go on a scavenger hunt in the forests around Copenhagen? Explore the outskirts of the city while hunting for the 6 forgotten giants created of by the artist Thomas Dambo.

The relaxing one: Tour the seaside villages on the Danish Riviera

Tisvildeleje strandhutten, vakantie aan zee, Denemarken

Take a trip through the quaint seaside villages of the Riviera. Holiday hot-spots like Hornbæk, Gilleleje and Tisvilde are old fishing villages with character, that have evolved into exclusive holiday destinations. At Gilleleje Museum, you can discover how Denmark's Jewish population escaped the Nazis during WWII, or you can visit the home of the late polar explorer, Knud Rasmussen, near Hundested.

The adventurous one: Camp Adventure Treetop Experience

Camp Adventure on Zealand

Camp Adventure, an hour south of Copenhagen, is a great place to commune with the trees - and get active at the same time. Climb the tower from the forest floor through the treetops, and discover a 360° view of Zealand's hilly landscape stretching as far as Sweden. It's a real Instagram hot spot, so be sure to bring your camera and start snapping! 

The fun-filled one: The world's oldest amusement park

Visit the world's oldest amusement park, Bakken, located just north of Copenhagen

Want to become parent of the year? Then take the S-train to Klampenborg and visit Bakken, the oldest operating amusement park in the world which dates all the way back to 1583! Try the iconic wooden roller coaster "Rutschebanen" and the many other exhilarating rides and amusements. And remember to set aside some time to stroll through the royal deer park which is right next to Bakken.

The gorgeous one: The white cliffs of Møn

The white cliffs of Møn are located south of Copenhagen

The southern coast of Zealand island is dominated by Møns Klint, the highest cliffs in the country and a fantastic place to get out walking. Take in views of the Baltic Sea and rolling landscape of South Zealand, and while you're south of Copenhagen, make sure to visit Stevns Klint, one of Denmark's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well.

The romantic one: A getaway to Dragsholm Castle

The romantic Dragsholm Castle on Zealand

Head to the countryside and spend some quality time with your significant other in the magnificent old Dragsholm Castle. It the perfect surroundings to make you feel like the king and queen you are. Tour the grand estate and dine like royalty in the castle's Michelin-starred restaurant. And while you're here, why not extend the day trip to a sleep over?

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