We prepared this itinerary suggestion to help you plan your trip, but feel free to change the order of days and attractions in the way that is most convenient for you.
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Copenhagen is a beautiful city, one of the most beautiful and elegant we have visited in Europe. To enjoy the most of it, check out the itinerary below:
DAY 1 IN COPENHAGUEN
Start your itinerary in Copenhagen Nyhavn, one of the most popular sights and characteristic of the city.
Nyhavn once was a very busy port, where ships from all around the world used to moor to unload cargo destined to supply the country. The location in the city center was strategic and the aim was to let the load to stay near the center of Copenhagen.
Originally, this area was the most degraded of the city, full of drunk sailors, prostitutes and popular bars.
However, Nyhavn recently underwent a process of revitalization and nowadays represents one of the most charming and sophisticated attractions of Copenhaguen.
Now, the area is full of restaurants and great bars, which certainly worth your visit. In addition, there are several charming shops there, so just enjoy a walk at the place.
Some boats are still moored there and that contributes to creating an amazing landscape. From there you can also take boats for tours around the city, which last about an hour and allow visitors to see Copenhagen from another angle. Click here to find out more about the boat tour around Copenhague and buy your tickets in advance.
From Nyhavn, walk to Larsen Plads and then enter the Kastellet , a complex that was once a village and also had a significant meaning for danish military. There you will find parks, churches, museums and even windmills. The walk is extremely nice, so enjoy it!
Enjoy what’s in the area and visit the small but iconic Little Mermaid, a sculpture dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen’s , a Danish writer who wrote the short story “Little Mermaid”.
This is a controversial attraction, because many people love it and others hate. Whatever your opinion is, we believe that it is worth going there to check the work of art sculpted in bronze and have your own conclusions.
The Little Mermaid is displayed on a rock located in the main port and graciously welcomes the visitors of the Danish capital.
From there, head to the complex that includes the Amalienborg Palace and the Frederiksstaden with four identical buildings, which were once the residence of many kings and it is where you will find the Danish guard.
In fact, get there around 12 hours, as it is when there is a change of guards, a fantastic experience and completely different from any other you have seen. The ceremony lasts about 15 minutes and is very lively.
You can visit the interior of the Amalienborg Palace. For more information about ticket and schedules click here.
In fact, try to get there around 12 hours and you will be ble to watch the change of guards, a fantastic experience which is completely different from any other you have seen. The ceremony lasts about 15 minutes and is worth it.
You can also visit the interior of the Amalienborg Palace. For more information about ticket and schedules click here.
Be sure to visit the garden which is located in front of the Amalienborg Palace and where you can admire the ultra modern building of the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Then, head to admire the Church Marmokirken, with its Norwegian marble dome and a striking appearance. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful churches we have ever visited.
After exploring this region, go to the main square, Kongens Nytorv, or New Square King.
The Kongens Nytorv Square is situated in the center of Copehaguen and is one of the busiest places in town,
Around the square there are some of the most important and iconic buildings of Denmark, as the Opera House, the “Hotel d’Angleterre”, which houses a famous equestrian statue of the image of Christian V, one of those responsible for the revitalization of the square and the city in the 16th century – and also giant Magasin du Nord, where you can find products from some of the best designers of Denmark, Scandinavia and perhaps the world.
Over there, you can fins a good choice of restaurant and have lunch.
Then, walk to Rosenborg, one of the most beautiful and amazing castles we had the opportunity to visit. You will feel like you are in a fairy tale.
This 400 years castle located in the heart of the Danish capital, represents the real splendor and holds many treasures of the monarchy – the crown jewels.
This was one of the most beautiful palaces we have visited on our travel. The building is quite impressive and a must see attraction for anyone visiting Copenhagen.
Even if you are not planning a visit to the interior of the castle, you should not miss the change to get impressed with its exterior, with beautiful gardens, art exhibitions and such a breathtaking building!
Stroll quietly and absorb every detail of this amazing and unforgettable place. To visit the inside, check ticket information and schedules clicking here.
Continue on Landemaerket Street until you reach the Rundetarn – the Round Tower , the oldest European observatory activity.
TToday the tower is used by astronomers and is also opened for tourists. From the tower you can admire such a great view of the city and also a completely different architecture. For ticket information and operating hours click here.
From there, go to Vor Frelsers Kirke, a church of 1680, which has one of the most beautiful towers of Copenhagen. The spiral staircase that goes up to the top has 400 steps and fromthe top you can have an amazing views of the city.
End the day, head to the super fancy Avenue Stroget with many shops, restaurants.
There you will find a lot of movement and charm and even if your goal is not to shop, be sure to go there to watch the habits of locals and tourists.
The Stroget is one of the pedestrians only widest avenues in Europe.
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DAY 2 IN COPENHAGUEN
Start the day visiting the Christiansborg Palace, which hosts the Danish Parliament annd also the Dnish Supreme Court. It is also the home of the Prime Ministers office and the Royal Apartments.
It is undoubtedly a must-see attraction in the city.
It is undoubtedly a must-see attraction in the city and worth a visit.
You can visit the Great Hall or the Royal Hall, where are the tapestries of the queen and other works of art displayed in a exhibition for visitors. This, however, is a paid space, but there are other rooms of the Palace with free entrance.
Tip: If you are in Copenhagen on a Sundaybe sure to arrive early to collect the free tickets for the tour available on this day. Click here to check timetables and ticket values to visit the Christiansborg Palace .
On exit, take a walk through the Marble Bridge, one of the main bridges that connects the small island of Slotsholmen, where is the Parliament, with the rest of the city. We guarantee it will be an unforgettable moment.
Head to the National Museum, which is right next to the Palace. Click here to check information on exhibits and schedules . The entrance to the museum is free and the visit is worthwhile, even if it is very fast.
Then, visit the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek. This museum has a paid entry, but worth visiting, because the structure is whole very interesting. Click here to check pricing information and schedules.
From there, go to Kobenhavns Radhus, the square that houses the city hall building and is one of the busiest areas of the city. This is the perfect opportunity to take a tour around and then visit Tivoli Gardens.
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is the second oldest amusement park in the world and combines modernity with tradition.The result is pure charm and fun!
The park was opened in August 1843 and still retains a retro profile. This is a special place for the city residents and also for tourists and it is also a great attraction for visitors of all ages. Magic is guaranteed 🙂
It’s not every day you have the opportunity to visit the park that served as inspiration for Walt Disney. Yeap, that’s right. The Tivoli was the father of the famous Disney amusement parks around the world and saves a lot of originality and history!
Tivoli opens only in spring and summer and the rest of the year only on specific days like Halloween and Christmas. If you visit Copenhagen at the right time, you must visit it, because it is a must!
If you still have energy, go visit the community of Christiana, an alternative and free city within Copenhagen.
The area of Christiana is maintained and dominated by the inhabitants who settled there a different lifestyle. Many locals consider Christiana dangerous, but if you do not act agrressive in the area, you will have no problems.
Christiania (the Free City) was founded in 1971 from a group of residents of the neighborhood Christianshaven. The founders then dominated a military area of 85 acres abandoned by the lake in search of a green area and playground for their children.
After the invasion, thousands of people migrated to Christiania and created a silent and different city apart from Denmark. Actually, it is a society based on anarchist ideals and have its own rules based on freedom and sense of community.
Christiana is a place where freedom reigns and few things are prohibited, for example, taking pictures and running.
Respect the rules and simply enjoy this amazing cultural experience that is to visit this unique place in the world. To view more pictures of Christiana click here.
To get there, the nearest subway station is Christianshavn.
Then you can visit the ultramodern Copenhagen’s Museum Park, the newest attraction in the city. Click here for more details.
DAY 3 IN COPENHAGUEN
Visit the amazing Castle Frederiksborg on the third day of your trip to Copenhaguen.
The castle is not situated in Copenhagen, but in Hillerød, located in north of the city. It is a must do and be sure to go further and know this precious danish jewels.
Hillerød in Roskild is a super small town with a little over 35.000 inhabitants and the only attraction in town is the Frederiksborg Castle.
A visit to the castle is a must-see attraction and the tour lasts almost a whole day. Enjoy light snacks and take food to do a picnic in the castle gardens. I assure you will not foget this moment.
# Getting to Frederiksborg Castle
Arriving at the is an wasy task and you can do it by yourself.
You can pick up a S-tog (train), which runs every 10 minutes from the central station of Copenhagen to Hillerød .
The trip takes about 40 minutes and you must come out at the central station of the city. To check more details about values and times, see the website of the DSB .
From central station, just keep walking to the city’s main shopping street and there ask for information on how to get to the castle.
It is a short walk of 15 minutes and in few moments you will be at the largest castle in Denmark !!
# Tickets and opening hours
The castle is open from Monday to Sunday and has the following opening hours:
January to March 17: from 11 to 15 hours
17 March to 31 October: 10 to 17 hours
1 November to 31 December: from 11 to 15 hours
Admission ticket costs:
Adults: 75 DKK, Children: (6-15 years): 20 DKK Students: 60 DKK To check updated information, click here.
DAY 4 IN COPENHAGUEN
The suggestion for the fourth day itinerary is to visit another country. That’s right! You can visit Sweden in just one day trip from Copenhague and you will not miss this chance.
Traveling in Europe brings many surprises, such as crossing a bridge and getting to know another country.
Malmo is very close to Copenhagen and it is a lovely town with all the charm and style of Sweden .
Although you can see the city as an bounces back from Copenhagen if you want and can , take more time to Malmo , as there is plenty to see and do there.
Despite the fact that they are close and are both cities are located in the Nordic countries, Malmo and Copenhagen are quite different and offer different attractions to its visitors. Be sure to visit this wonderful city!
# How to get from Copenhagen to Malmo
The cities are connected by the incredible Øresund bridge, which actually represents what is best in efficiency of the Nordic architecture.
Until the 90s there was no way to link the two countries through the Strait of Øresund, but in this decade it was decided that it would be interesting to have a connection between Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries and so the idea that came up was to build a bridge, which would be the highest railway bridge in Europe.
Several experts from various parts of the world helped on the design of the bridge and this was a project of high complexity, because it should meet certain requirements.
The bridge should be prepared to withstand the wind (the impact of wind in the region is very strong and on the way it is possible to see many wind power mills), should allow the passage of large vessels and also should be compatible with proximity to the airport Copenhagen, that is, should not be high in order to avoid airplane accidents.
There was also the need to include railway tracks on the bridge, in addition to the routes available for cars, buses, trucks and buses.
With all these singularities, you can see that the idealization and construction work was super complex and the costs were high.
The final solution was to build a bridge half tunnel-half bridge, connecting the two cities in a masterpiece of engineering!
– Train trip from Copenhague to Malmö
The train connecting the two cities is called Öresundståg. Click here to access the official website.
You can take the train to Malmo in Copenhagen Central Station, København H, or station Kongens Nytorv. The central station of Malmo Malmo C.
The one way ticket cost about 110 SEK and you can buy the ticket in the machines, paying with cash or card. The landscapes you can see from the train is itself is an attraction and worth the ride.