Scandinavia is a vast and exciting part of Europe to explore. Copenhagen is a city rich in history, culture and is known worldwide for its cuisine.
There are endless possibilities for exploring this city. Taking a city break to a new city is exciting, but can also feel overwhelming. This guide is meant to help you narrow down some of the best sites and experiences Copenhagen has to offer.
72h in Copenhagen
Arrival at the airport of Copenhagen!
Welcome to beautiful Scandinavia! It is highly recommended to take the regional train or the metro to your hotel. Taxi cabs are extremely expensive in Denmark and the public transportation is one of the best systems in the world.
You can get information right at the airport regarding ticket purchases and arriving at your destination. Alternatively, if you don´t want to worry about finding your accommodations, you can book a private pickup through us.
Arrival at your accommodations.
Copenhagen is an easy city to explore and is broken up into several neighbourhoods. Grab a city bike for free and get moving on the luxurious bike lanes. The S-Tog runs all over the city and outside the city,
Due to its small size, the public transportation maps are user friendly and simple. Locals are really helpful and fluent in English; don´t be afraid to ask for help!
Copenhageners enjoy long summer nights, but dark winters. Depending on the time of year you visit will determine some of the activities recommended. Unlike Southern European countries, Denmark does experience grey skies and rain.
Fun facts and tips: In recent years, the word hygge has become a very popular topic of discussion. What does it mean to the Danes? Hygge represents a sense of coziness and the feeling of warmth and comfort. This way of thinking gets the Danes through the dark winters. If you visit Copenhagen in the winter, notice the candles, fireplaces and cozy environment at restaurants and bars.
If you are staying at an apartment, join in on the hygge feeling: light some candles, enjoy some gløgg (warm wine with spices) and relax.
In the summer hygge can mean something as simple as gathering up some friends and going to the park for a BBQ. In Copenhagen, you can buy one time use grills, drink beer in public spaces and have a picnic anywhere you like.
Start your journey in Copenhagen with a full stomach! Head to the very beautiful and popular Torvehallerne. This market has been in the New York Times for its concept and creative use of city space.
You can enjoy food from around the world, have some delicious beer or wine, sit out on the picnic tables and take in the market. This market is right near Nørreport Station.
If you want to spoil yourself, stop by Lord Nelson or Mikkeller for some refreshing beers.
Now that you are full and happy, take in the city by foot and walk on the longest pedestrian walking street in the world: The Strøget.
This street has no cars, is filled with high-end shopping, eateries and pubs. This is a touristy area, but it is a part of the city that Copenhagen is famous for.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as you make your way to Nyhavn. This is the picturesque canal that is also famous in Copenhagen. This is also touristy; however, it is so beautiful and unique, it is a must see.
Insider tip: If you look closely at Nyhavn, you will see mostly tourists at the restaurants. The Danes grab snacks and beer with friends and they sit right on the edge of the canal. Enjoy the beauty and atmosphere just like the locals! Rainy weather? Take a pit stop at Wall Street Pub for a refreshing Danish beer in a laid back atmosphere.
I am sure you have heard of the famous Michelin Star restaurant Noma. It takes months of planning to get a table here. For a great alternative, book a table at Høst.
This Nordic restaurant is the first Danish restaurant to win the annual Restaurant and Bar Design Award.
You won´t be disappointed by the atmosphere, the service and the creative seasonal menu. The interior design of this restaurant is stunning, yet simplistic in a way that encompasses the Danish minimalist movement.
Round out your evening with a cocktail at Ruby.
Feel the history in this building that was constructed in 1740. Sink into one of the elegant chairs, sip your cocktail and relish in total relaxation after your busy day. The interior is beautiful and will make you feel like an old Hollywood movie star.
Denmark is known for its delicious, buttery pastries. Go to one of the many bakeries in the city and enjoy the Danish treats for breakfast. Danes love their coffee and you are sure to get a fantastic coffee regardless of where you choose to enjoy your breakfast.
Hindbærsnitter is a unique Danish pastry that is very sweet and delicious!
If it is too much for your breakfast, definitely try it at some point during your trip. If you do not enjoy sweet treats for breakfast, try some of the Danish fresh bread with cheese and butter.
Fun fact: Do you see a golden pretzel hanging above the bakeries? This is the Danish symbol for a bakery. The symbol is actually a Kringle. This is a Nordic variety of a pretzel. The word Kringle derives from the Old Norsk word Kringa, which means circle or ring.
After breakfast, take in the city´s attractions and architecture in Østerport. Grab your city bike and enjoy the fresh sea breeze in this neighbourhood.
Take a moment to visit the famous Little Mermaid statue. It is small and for some is disappointing because of its size, however it is still worth the visit.
After you have snapped some pictures of this famous landmark, hop back on your bike and admire the architecture in this area. The Opera House is visible from across the canals or you can get up close and personal. It is a magnificent structure.
Fun fact: A major contribution to the world from the Danes is architecture. The iconic Sydney Opera House was designed by a Danish architect by the name of Jørn Utzon.
Once you have explored some of these sites, it is time for a traditional Danish lunch! Denmark is known for its open-faced sandwiches. These are called smørrebrød.
Kanal Caféen has an old school vibe and offers delicious sandwiches for lunch. If you find yourself overly full after your meal, try a traditional Danish digestive shot. Aquavit is a great choice.
After lunch, you are fuelled and ready to climb up the Round Tower. Experience the oldest Functioning European observatory with its breath-taking views of the city. Ticket purchases can be made online or at the Tower.
If you need a break after your climb and it is nice out, visit one of the many beautiful parks throughout the city. Frederiksberg Gardens is home to an 18th century palace. Observe the lovely gardens surrounding the palace while you take a moment to relax.
If the weather is not ideal for walking, check out one of the many museums in Copenhagen.
Take in hundreds of years of art history at The National Gallery of Denmark, which holds the largest collection of Danish art in Denmark. If you are traveling with children, this museum has workshops specifically designed for kids.
Fun Facts: Denmark is the oldest kingdom in Europe and its flag is the oldest European flag.
Dinner in the Meat Packing District
The Meat Packing District is an exciting and creative part of Copenhagen. With its close proximity to the sea, Copenhagen is known for its fish. Indulge at Kødbyens Fiskebar for a classy and elegant fish focused dinner.
After dinner, work off some calories and dance the night away at Jolene. Offering great music, cocktails and a funky interior, Jolene is a popular night spot for locals and tourists alike.
Time for Brunch!
The Danes love their brunch. It is common to enjoy a big feast and hang out for hours at one of the many delicious brunch places. If you are a bacon lover, you are in for a treat. Along with Danish butter, the bacon is right up there as some of the best in the world.
Livingstone Café is right on the lakes and features a beautiful view while you enjoy their affordable and delicious food.
Now that you are full and happy, time to check out one of the most beautiful places in the city: Tivoli!
If you are in Copenhagen during the summer months, Tivoli is in full swing. You can buy passes for the rides or simply to enter this amusement park in the middle of the city.
During the Fall, they have a Halloween theme. Tivoli also opens around Christmas time and turns into a magical Christmas themed oasis.
Fun Facts: Tivoli possessed a rollercoaster in 1843. The course at Tivoli is one of the world´s oldest wooden roller coasters still in operation. Walt Disney was fascinated by Tivoli and he wanted to copy its essence in his Disneyland parks.
Once you have enjoyed everything that Tivoli has to offer, make your way to one of the most visited areas of Copenhagen: Christiania. This area of the city was founded in 1971 and is often called “Freetown Christiania.”
Christiania is a self-governing society where you can find art galleries, a delicious vegetarian restaurant and much, much more. This is one of the longest-lasting and largest communes in history.
Take a picture under the iconic sign “you are now leaving the EU.” If you are there during the summer months, enjoy the many free concerts at the stage in Nemoland. There is an idyllic lake you can take a nice walk around or stop for a picnic.
Looking for a souvenir or gift? Check out the female blacksmith shop.
Photographer: Steffen Hillebrand
Christiania is in the lovely Christiantavn. The canals are picturesque and it is the perfect spot for walking around and taking in this part of the city.
Feast on the comfort food at Luna´s Diner. This warm atmosphere is the Danish version of an American diner that also boasts a beer tasting menu.
It is your last night in Copenhagen! Where should you end your night? Holmens Kanal is a classy bar with some of the best cocktail bartenders in the city. The inside is stunning and it is close to the metro.
Insider tip:If you don´t mind smoke and want a really local experience, check out the local bodegas. These places serve cheap drinks and are open late. It is not uncommon to run into groups of friends specifically seeking out bodegas for their low-key vibes and cheap drinks.
Before you head to the airport, squeeze in one last indulgence at Hyggestund, which serves breakfast all day. Excite your taste buds with a beer donut or chicken and waffles!
Extend the vacation vibe at Copenhagen Airport, which offers a variety of shopping and places to relax before your flight.
Insider tip: Before you doze off on your flight, look out the window! See the magnificent Øresund Bridge, which connects Denmark to Sweden. This bridge is the longest rail and road bridge in Europe.
Copenhagen, like every city, has a whole lot to offer. If it is culture, food or simply just the mentality of the people and the aura of its places.
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