Looking for a 3 Days in Copenhagen itinerary!
That might not seem like a lot of time.
After all, Copenhagen’s a diverse city some of the best food in Europe, colorful neighborhoods, and panoramic viewpoints.
It’s a city bathed in history, Vikings relics, and canal ways.
But you’re in luck as this 3 day Copenhagen Itinerary will whisk you around the city best sites, markets, areas, and neighborhoods.
Let’s get started!
Are You asking yourself “why should I visit Copenhagen?”
This is really a no-brainer, but I’ll play along. Here are just a few reasons that Copenhagen needs to be at the top of your travel bucket list.
And let’s not forget that Copenhagen has….
With a resume like that you can imagine that every year millions of travelers are captivated by Copenhagen. It’s a city I still can’t shake off, after dozens of visits.
So the real question isn’t “why should I visit Copenhagen?”. It’s “why did I wait so long?”
Since you only have three days in Copenhagen you want to make sure to plan your visit at the right time of year. So what is the best time to visit Copenhagen?
Personally, you’re good to visit Copenhagen anytime from March to early September. This is when the weather is the most pleasant and at its warmest. Although in July and August Copenhagen sees a little more rain.
However, summer is also the peak tourist season – which means higher prices, and bigger crowds.
Whatever time of the year you visit Copenhagen remember to pack some gear for wind and rain.
And even in summer there’s a slightly chilly breeze from the Baltic sea, and Denmark does get light rain all year round. Personally, the rain has never steered me away from visiting Copenhagen, as it’s usually just a light drizzle.
Before we start planning our 3 days in Copenhagen we have to talk about getting to the city!
First off, There’s no shortage of ways to get to Copenhagen.
For the vast majority of you who are reading this, flying’s the best and most convenient option. One thing I love about flying into Copenhagen – compared too many other airports – is that only takes 10 minutes by train to reach downtown.
If you’re already in Europe, consider taking a train, or using a budget airline like Ryanair. These two options provide a quick getaway to Denmark’s capital and an easy way to get 3 days in Copenhagen.
Getting from Copenhagen airport to the city center is easy. Just jump on the train to Copenhagen’s Central Station.
A ticket costs 36 DKK (around 4.5 Euro or 6 USD) and the journey takes around 10 -15 minutes.
Okay, now that we’ve arrived in the city let’s talk about the easiest way to get around Copenhagen and start exploring.
Another area where Copenhagen earns high marks is local transportation! The city also has a well-connected metro, bus, and boat system. And even though it’s the largest city in Scandinavia, it’s still walkable.
We can’t talk about getting around Copenhagen without talking about biking. Copenhagen has more bikes than people, there are many places you can rent these bikes, and they are one of the best (and the most Danish) way to get around the city.
Traveling Copenhagen is a breeze, whatever method of transportation you decide.
Copenhagen also has special deals for travelers. For example, the Copenhagen Card gives you free public transport on the city and harbor buses, metro, and trains.
As well as free entrance to 85 attractions – but more on that later. I highly suggest it for our 3 days in Copenhagen, and with this itinerary alone with will save you big!
Check out the Copenhagen Card and see if it is right for you!
Ah, the age-old question about where to stay in Copenhagen. Sadly I don’t have an answer as it largely depends on your budget.
The most scenic area of the city is Nyhavn – however, the words scenic and cheap rarely go hand-in-hand. Budget permitting (or if they have a sale on booking dot come) then stay at the Admiral Hotel.
If money is no object, then hands down you have to stay at the lavish – out-of-my-price-range – 5 Star Nimb Hotel in the inner city.
For a cheaper, and cooler neighborhood to stay head to the Vesterbro / Kødbyen district. Vesterbro’s been named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. Urban House is a good option in this area.
Those who want to wander stay a little outside downtown can head to the Kalvebod Bolge area of Copenhagen.
There are also some good Airbnb’s to choose from! Sign up using this link and you can earn $40 off your first stay with Airbnb! (Don’t say I never gave you anything)
Do all of those sounds out of your budget? Or maybe you’re looking for a hostel.
Here are some cheaper places to stay in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Backpackers (Hostel)
a&o Copenhagen Nørrebro (Hostel)
This is up to you! But if you plan on following this Copenhagen itinerary then I recommended it,
Almost every site on this list, is included in the Copenhagen Card. (At the time of writing only one site on the list wasn’t included in the CC).
If you do three or four things on this list then the card more than pays for itself. One good thing about the Copenhagen Card is that it’s bought before arriving and. You can collect it from a visitors center, or download the digital version.
The Copenhagen Card (CC) also gets you free public transport. Letting you save more money when whisking yourself around the city.
Check out all the attractions of the Copenhagen card here.
Buy the digital version before heading to Copenhagen and use it to get free transport to and from the airport.
A attractions on this list that are included in the Copenhagen card are marked with a (CC) at the bottom.
Here we go! Day one in Copenhagen starts now!
Make sure to have those camera batteries charged as we will be out most of the day!
Most of this day takes place around the old town and downtown area. And takes in some of the most iconic sites in the city.
Day 1 requires a lot of walking; you can get through most of the day without public transport. However, feel free to use it at any time.
Looking at a map you’ll see that this day slightly zigs and zags. There is a method to this madness. Certain spots are better at different times of the day.
For example Nyhavn during the at sunset or Tivoli Gardens at night.
Note: This Copenhagen Itinerary assumes you are eating breakfast at your hotel. Therefore, no breakfast stop are included.
City Hall’s a good first stop as it’s one of the most historical attractions in the city.
Copenhagen City Hall Square – also known as Rådhuspladsen – is a bustling city square. It’s often alive with people, a food stand, or two. The impressive City Hall towers over the square.
Those of you who have traveled to Tuscany might see that the building slightly resembles the city hall in Siena. The design of City Hall was meant to strike a medium between Renaissance Italy, and Danish architecture.
Wait, before heading into the parliament building, note the fancy fountain, and the statue depicting Hans Christian Andersen in the square.
Make sure to take a look inside this 100-year-old building as it is free to enter!
For you savvy travelers who picked up a Copenhagen card, head to the top of the city hall tower. (Don’t have the CC? Tickets cost 40 DKK or 6 USD).
From the top of this 110-meter-high bell tower, not only do you get an expansive view over City Hall square. But also the whole of Copenhagen.
The view from city hall tower a good way to start off our three days in Copenhagen because it lets you breathe in all the city, but also get your bearings for the rest of the day.
Insider’s Tip: Inside the tower take note of Jens Olsen’s World Clock. This ornate clock is a masterpiece that will calculate solar time.
Which means it calculates the positions of the planets, stars, and sunrises. And it will continue to do so for thousands of years.
Free with Copenhagen Card
Without Card: Ticket are 40DKK or 6 USD.
Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 16:00.
Saturday: 9:30 - 13:00.
Next, stop is the thriving, bustling, car-free center of Copenhagen. Step out of city hall, cross the road and within a couple of minutes you’ll be in the Inner City (Or Indre By in Danish).
The inner city blankets a large portion of the sites we are focusing on today.
But first-things-first we are going to start with a little walking tour of Strøget street.
This famed street runs from outside City Hall all the way to Kongens Nytorv.
The road stretches for over 1.1 kilometers (that’s over 2.3 miles for my fellow yanks). Making Strøget the largest pedestrian street in Europe.
Cars are banned, replaced by hundreds of people wandering, biking, and shopping their way through the area.
Stroget’s known for the stony streets, and medieval city squares. Shopping’s a given! Along the street you’ll find world-famous brands like Prada, sitting next too budget-friendly souvenir shops. Stroget caters to any budget,
Strøget has more to offer than shopping though they’re a couple of sites worth seeing like the Church of Our Lady, and Amagertorv Square – the home of Stork Fountain,
Amagertorv Square is the heart of Strøget, and a popular spot for shutterbugs and people watching. Throughout history this square was used as a medieval fish market.
Today, street artists pepper the square, and the square is flanked by numerous cafes.
After all that exercise climbing the tower this area’s a good place to refuel with a snack and suss out a caffeine boost.
Once you tire of Strøget head north to Rosenborg Slot (Castle). Set in the heart of Copenhagen, the history of this castle dates back over 400 years. Rosenborg has a couple of claims to fame that make it worth visiting.
First, from the outside, there’s no question that Rosenborg Slot is the most beautiful castle in the city.
Life-size stone lions stand guard, towering over the entrance. Gaze across the bridge, over the moat, and you’ll get your first glimpse of the fiery towers, ramparts, and battlements that make up this rosa-colored castle.
It’s one of the most scenic, and romantic sights in Copenhagen.
Rosenborg’s also is known as the historic summer home of King Christian IV. meaning that the inside rivals the beauty of the outside. Head inside the interior of the slot, is filled with pristine, ornate rooms, featuring elaborate designs.
The Great Hall (sometimes referred to as the Knight’s Hall) holds one of the most important relics of Danish history. None more important than The Coronation throne. Legend says that this pearly white throne was made from Unicorn Horns. In reality, the throne made from the Narwhal tusk. Three life-size lions guard the throne.
Flanked on either side of the Great Hall are detailed tapestries commemorating the battles between Denmark and Sweden.
Lastly, save some time for the colorful Rosenborg castle gardens. Elegant gardens offer places to sit and relax and unparalleled views of the castle. Denmark is famous for its castles.
Free entry using the Copenhagen Card with Rosenborgh Castle
Without the CC, the tickets are 120 DKK (18 USD)
Are the Rosenborg castle gardens free? Yes!
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 - 16:00.
Hours change by season, and holidays. Check here for the latest updated hours.
Just a five-minute walk from Rosenborg Slot is the National History Museum and the Botanical Garden. These two stops are worth a visit on our way to lunch. So, before we quench our rumbling stomachs let’s make a pit stop at the Natural History Museum,
The museum traces history back to the time of dinosaurs. They have exhibits on meteorites, minerals, “precious things”, and even art history.
The museum always has extra installations and exhibitions going on!
Free entry with the Copenhagen Card
Without the CC
Adults: 105 DKK (16 USD)
Children & Students: 50 Dkk (8 USD)
The ticket is valid or 2 days. It grants you entrance to the zoological museum, the geological museum, and the Palm House in the gardens.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00.
Address: Gothersgade 128 DK-1353 Copenhagen K
And after the museum make sure to wander through the Botanical Garden.
The crowning jewel of the garden are the spectacular orchids. As well as the Cyclades, that date back to the time when Dinosaurs roamed the earth. Copenhagen’s Botanical Garden hosts over 13,000 plants like tulips, lilies, and roses. Plus thousands more!
Inside the Victorian Palm House visitors get a experience that’s compares to being deep inside a rainforest. The Palm House is at it’s most beautiful in the summer, when it’s filled with countless butterflies. Outside the gardens are peaceful pathways surrounded by thick layers, and a wide array of vegetation.
The Botanical Garden covers over 10 hectares of green space, in the heart of Copenhagen. You could easily get lost in its beauty for a couple of hours, as you explore the flora and fauna.
Access to the garden is gratis. However, a ticket is required to go inside the Palm / Butterfly house.
Free entry using the Copenhagen Card to the Palm House
Without the CC, the tickets are 60 DKK (8 USD)
April - September: 8.30 - 18.00
October - March: 8.30 - 16.00
April - September: 10.00 - 18.00
October - March: 10.00 - 15.30
Did you know that Copenhagen is a culinary powerhouse in Europe? Does that make you hungry? Good, because lunch is just around the corner. Literally, it’s under a five-minute walk from the Natural History Museum.
For our first meal in the city lets head to Torvehallerne Market. This market is a foodies dream come true, and an ideal first meal to kick off our 3 days in Copenhagen. Torvehallerne market’s acts as a melting pot for different culinary styles, and flavors.
The market prides itself on the freshness of its food. In fact, if you’re cooking some of your own meals then this is a great place to grab fresh produce and seafood.
However, we are going to head to the food hall. Here you can pick whatever food suits your mood from pizza to pastries.
Here are a few of my recommendations for best places to eat in Torvehallerne.
Want to try something danish? Then head to Hallernes Smørrebrød.
Here you can try the famed danish open sandwiches.
There are a lot of varieties to choose from and it’s a great way to kick off eating in Copenhagen.
Coffee Collective is unlike any coffee shop you’ve visited. In fact, it garners a lot of respect from locals. You can try coffee kombucha, which filtered with a carbonated. fermented filter and into a bottle.
In the summer they serve a coffee soft-serve treat you have to try!
Also try the syrup sweetened coffees. I could easily spend all day trying different coffee in this cafe.
This causal stall offers some great Morrish tapas. They also have a wide selection of wines.
Best tacos in the market. Be prepared to wait though as there’s often a line!
Craving pizza? Head to Gorms. Gorms has a few locations around the city. And its some of the best pizza Copenhagen has to offer.
Sweet tooth nagging at you? Granny’s house is the answer. Here you will find an assortment of pastries.
Budget between $10 to $20 a person for lunch in the market.
Most day the market runs from 11:00 to 16:00.
Ok, so we’ve explored Torvehallerne, and stuffed our faces with a bunch of food. Now we need to work it off!
Our next site will do just that, while simultaneously treating us to a sweeping view of the city.
You can’t leave Copenhagen without heading to the top of the Round Tower. This observatory – known as Rundetaarn – is another Copenhagen site that dates back to the 17th century. Surprisingly, from start to finish this tower only took 5 years to complete.
However, the towers are most noteworthy for its astronomical achievements. It was built by King Christian IV (who also built Rosenborg Slot). Who wanted to continue the research of Tycho Brahe.
For those climbing to the top not to worry. It’s a spiral walkway – not stairs. And a slow and steady climb of 209 meters. (Making it an easy climb after over indulging at lunch).
A new addition to the tower is a floating glass floor 25 meters above the ground.
Halfway up the tower you can stop and check out the Old Library Hall and catch your breath. If you’re worried about the climb. Don’t be as the juice is worth the squeeze. From the top of the tower you get an epic 360-degree view from the city. Without a doubt it’s one of the top things to do in Copenhagen.
Entrance to the Round Tour is free with the CC.
An adult ticket is 25 DKK ($4 USD).
Children (ages 5 -15): ticket price is 5 DKK (under $1).
April - September: 10:00 - 20:00.
October - March: 10:00 - 18:00..
Ok, so up-to-this point we’ve covered a lot of ground. Your feet are throbbing, your knees quivering, and your weight of jet lag crushing down on you.
So next, I suggest resting for a bit, but experiencing Copenhagen as you rest!
How is this possible?
Well, with a canal tour. And let’s be honest, a big part of any visit to Copenhagen is a canal tour.
Our Copenhagen canal tours starts as we board the boats at Ved Stranden. For the next hour we will get a front-row tour of the idyllic canals of the Danish capital.
This tour grants a unique perspective of some of the most beautiful houses, churches, and castles in Copenhagen.
Highlights include the Amalienborg Palace, the Old Stock Exchange, the Opera House, Our Savior Church, and even the Little Mermaid Statue.
This is an excellent option in the rain, or winter when the boats are covered and heated.
Entrance to the Canal Tour is free with the Copenhagen Card..
Without a Copenhagen Card:
The price of the tour is 95 DKK (14 USD).
Tours leave every 10 -30 minutes from Ved Stranden.
This is an extra for those who have the CC. If you need a break from walking you can always hop on the Copenhagen Train Tour which goes by some of the sites mentioned above.
There are 4 places along the tour where you can hop off the train and go continue our 3 days in Copenhagen itinerary.
As our first day in Copenhagen start to draw to a close. We save the best for last. Nyhavn’s the most popular neighborhood in the city.
Originally, this was a commercial port for ships. Today this scenic waterway, flanked with colorful buildings, buzzing restaurants, and cafes. Countless boats bob up and down with the fluctuating tide. Without question, Nyhavn is the most iconic spot in the city for music, food, and sunsets.
Expect hordes of other tourists. However, don’t let them dismay you from visiting. Nyhavn worth spending the evening. Take some time to wander around the area.
Check out the various shops, and places to eat. Make sure to stop at the house of the famed Danish author Hans Christian Anderson – famous for his fairy tales like The Little Mermaid.
This is also a good place to grab dinner – if it’s in your budget. Or grab a drink and watch the sunset.
During sunset in Nyhavn transforms, the building takes on an amber glow. It’s one of the best sunsets spots in the city, so have your camera ready as this will be the photos you’ll show your friends and family.
It’s a great place to walk by the canal and take in the beauty of Copenhagen.
Where Nyhvan holds the title of the most famous area of Copenhagen. Tivoli Gardens holds the title of Copenhagen’s most popular site.
It’s also where we are going to end day one of our three days in Copenhagen.
What are Tivoli Gardens? It’s a bit hard to explain but here we go!
On the surface, Tivoli Gardens is a theme park. Acutally it’s the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world. (Bakken – oldest amusement park in the world – is around 30 minutes north of Copenhagen).
However, you’d be wrong in thinking that this is just a theme park. In a nutshell Tivoli Gardens are theme park. But it’s also teeming with fun sites like lavish gardens, exotic architecture, and thrilling rides.
At night the park is lit up with thousands of colored lights which line the gardens, and outline the buildings. It is simply magical.
If you didn’t grab dinner in Nyhavn. Then check out Tivoli food hall for a variety of options or the restaurant, Nimb Brasserie
You can visit the park day or night – if you wanted to swap this Copenhagen itinerary around. However, I personally think the park’s best visited at night.
The park has dozens of rides from Roller Coasters to Bumper Cars.
Did you know that Tivoli Gardens has actually had a huge impact on the world?
Don’t believe me, well it’s true.
Tivoli was visited many times Walt Disney. It was key source of inspiration when he set out of build Disneyland.
Just think about that.
Without Tivoli Gardens, Disney Land as we know it wouldn’t exist. (Or any other theme parks around the world).
There we go! Day 1 of our 3 days in Copenhagen is in the bag. A good thing about ending at Tivoli gardens is that you are ending right next to where we began (City Hall Square).
From here just backtrack what you did in the morning to get back to your hotel. Get some rest and ready for day 2.
Entrance to the Tivoli Gardens is free with the Copenhagen Card..
Without a Copenhagen Card:
Adult: 110 DKK - 120 DKK
Child (Ages 3-7): 50 DKK
Hours vary by season by are typically from 11:00 - 23:00.
June 8th - October 4th
October 8th - November 1st.
November 13th - January 3rd.
Our first day in Copenhagen focused on the best things to see in the inner city.
For day 2, of our 3 days in Copenhagen, we are going to circle around to some of the sites outside of the city center.
We will start north and eventually circle around to wind up back near the downtown.
Here we will see truly unique sights. Sights you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Many of these day 2 stops are free, and only require a little time, but no visit to Copenhagen is complete without some of them.
Note: There’s a optional swimming spot along the way! So make sure to pack the right gear in your day bag.
We are going to start our day of sightseeing at Amalienborg Palace, another of Copenhagen’s most well known sites. There’s a method to my madness and why we are starting the day off at the palace. In the morning is the only time of day you can see the changing of the royal guard.
I suggest arriving promptly at 10 am – when the doors open – so you get a good hour and forty-five minutes in the area before the changing of the guard happens.
To this day Amalienborg Palace acts as the winter home to Denmark’s Royal family.
Only two of the four palaces are open to the public. But stepping into them is like walking into a time machine.
You’ll get a taste of how the Danish kings and queens lived over the past 150 years. The palaces are ornate, and elaborately decorated rooms filled with gilt-leather tapestries, antiques, Russian jewelry, and paintings.
Note: Christian VIII’s palace can only be seen via a guided tour.
Make sure to head out of the palace before noon to see the changing of the guard. This ceremony takes place from September to April. (with limited ceremonies peppered throughout the rest of the year).
At 11:30 am the guards leave Rosenborg Castle and make the 30 minute march to Amalienborg Palace. If the Queen is present in the palace, then the procession includes a deafening marching band.
Looking for another fun fact about Copenhagen? These guards are on duty for 24 hours! That’s amazing.
Update: It seems the palace has changed the hours and now opens at 11:00 a.m. So you might want to visit the palace after the changing of the guard.
Entrance to the Palace is free with the Copenhagen Card..
Without a Copenhagen Card:
Adult: 95 DKK
Child (Ages 0-17): Free
Students: 65 DKK
Hours vary by season and closed on Mondays
02 Jan 20 / 30 Apr 20: 11:00 - 15:00
01 May 20 / 30 May 20: 11:00 - 16:00
01 Jun 20 / 31 Aug 20: 11:00 - 17:00
01 Sep 20 / 31 Oct 20:
11:00 - 16:00
01 Nov 20 / 22 Dec 20: 11:00 - 15:00
23 Dec 20 / 25 Dec 20 and 26 Dec 20 / 31 Dec 20: 11:00 - 15:00
Leaving Amalienborg Palace, do a hop, skip, and jump – be mindful of traffic – and you’ll land at Frederik’s Church.
The most noteworthy feature is the all-encompassing dome, held up by 12 large pillars. Depicted on the dome are colorful fresco’s of the apostles. Don’t be surprised if you hear wedding bells chiming, and catch a glimpse of a bride and groom. After seeing the marble church for yourself, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular wedding spot in the city.
Frederik’s Church (also known as the Marble Church) is a quick stop. You don’t need to spend more than a few minutes, but it;s still a marble church worth visiting.
Go to the top of the Dome: If you’re lucky enough to be traveling Copenhagen on the weekend there are tickets to the top of the dome.
However, timing is everything. Tickets are only at 1 p.m. and only a limited number of tickets sold – making it one of the rarest things to do with just a few days in Copenhagen.
Enter to the Church is free. The Dome costs an extra ticket. .
Adult: 35 DKK
Child: 20 DKK
Open Monday - Thursday / Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Friday / Sunday: 12:00 -17:00
This Russian Orthodox church is just a couple hundred feet from Frederik’s Church.
Alexander Nevsky Church is unlike any other site in Copenhagen.
You’ll be wondering if you took a wrong turn somewhere; and somehow ended up in Russia.
Built by the Russian goverment in the early 1980s’, this is the only Russian Orthodox church in the city.
From the Frederik’s or Alexander Church (which ever one you stopped at), we will head a 10 minutes north, to Gefion Fountain.
In many ways, I feel that Gefion Fountain’s more impressive than the Little Mermaid statue.
For one thing, Gefion’s the largest fountain in the city. The watery terraces make it the most beautiful.
The massive fountain depicts the Norse goddess, Gefion, driving a large team of lean oxen.
Roots of this legend say that long ago the king of Sweden promised the goddess, Gefion, as much land as she could plow. The catch was she had only a single night to plow as much land as she could. Gefion, being a little crafty, transformed her sons into oxen, harnessed them to the plow, and got to work.
By sunrise, Gefion had plowed a massive chunk of land. It’s said that she then picked up her massive chunk of land and tossed it into the sea. This is how the island of Zealand (the island that Copenhagen’s on) was formed. This is a great stop on our 3 days Copenhagen Itinerary because it lets us dive into the cities lore.
After taking in the legendary Gefion, take the three-minute wall to Kastellet.
What sets this fortress of apart is the shape. It’s as a star-shaped fortification. The fortress forms a five-point star, separated from the rest of the city by a deep moat.
Kastellet (also referred to as The Citadel) is open to the public for free. It’s a popular spot for a leisurely stroll, bike ride, jog.
Kastellet’s a favorite area among locals. At one time it was a military barracks. However, today it’s opened to the public. And known as a fantastic place for a quick jot or walk.
Located nearby the Gefion Fountain;; why not add this free spot as part of our Copenhagen Itinerary.
Here we go! This seaside statue has become the symbol of Copenhagen.
Every single 3 days in Copenhagen itinerary will have a stop at the the Little Mermaid Statue. And mine is no different, although I don’t gush about this statue like others.
The statue, depicts a mermaid sitting on a rock in the harbor, looking, down the harbour, and out to sea. They constructed the statue in 1913 and pays homage to the dark fairy tale from the mind of Hans Christian Andersen. (The original version doesn’t the happily ever after ending that the Disney cartoon portrays)
The Little Mermaid Statue literally tops most list of things to do in Copenhagen. Some people love it, others hate it. I land somewhere in the middle.
I think the statue is overrated and doesn’t deserve all the attention it gets.
On the other hand, it’s so famous these days you’ll will feel like you missed out on a popular site if you don’t see it. So it warrants a quick visit.
Plus nearby we can catch a boat and grab a late lunch at Broens Gadekøkken – which is a short ferry ride away.. And from there we have a few other attractions to see.
To get to the boat walk south to reach Nordre Toldbod.
Hop on the boat 991 towards Teglholmen. We are going to be on the boat for 2 stops. Getting off at Operaen –The Opera House.
Our next stop requires us to hop on a boat. As you travel across the water you’ll get a view of the Opera House which is our next stop in Copenhagen. This massive house has fourteen stories (five of which are underground).
The house is decorated in a layer of limestone that was shipped in from southern Germany. Inside there’s a foyer clad in marble from Sicily. It’s elegantly decorated in maple wood, bronze reliefs, and 105,000 sheets of 24-carat gold leaf.
Sounds amazing right?! Sadly, this site takes a lot of planning to visit. And it’s not always open to the public.
Visitors are only allowed in the Opera House at certain times. However, we are getting off the boat near the Opera House. so you can still walk around and snap a photo if you want.
If you don’t want to see it up close then start heading to lunch.
Interested in Ticket? You can book tickets via this number, +45 33 69 69 69 or show up 2 hours before a performance.
Our next stop – Broens Gadekøkken- is just a ten-minute walk from The Opera House. Broens Gadekøkken (known as Bridge Street Kitchen) is a food market where street food meets Danish Cuisine such as Smørrebrød.
The markets more than just danish cuisine the market offer flavors, styles, and street foods from all over the world. Let’s see, there’s Mak -Cik by Ibu which offers a wide selection of Asian fusion. There’s also British style fish, and chips at Haddock’s.
The market offers burgers, Indian food, epic salads, and more. And because the market was put together with the help of the people behind Noma, you know that it’s at the highest quality.
With a variety of bars, cafes, and restaurants, this is a good stop to relax before we walk next door to Freetown Christiania.
For those of you who missed Coffee Collective on day one! You’re in luck Broens Gadekøkken has another location.
Ready for a bit of bad news? The market isn’t open year round. You can check their website to see if they are open. But if you are visiting Copenhagen at the right time of year then this market is a must.
So make sure they are open before heading there. If they are closed a good lunch alternative is La Banchina
Budget between $12 to $20 a person for lunch in the market.
Most of the day in the Summer Months.
The are not open all year round. Or only open on select days.
Where to begin. Freetown Christiania is an autonomous hippiesque community inside Copenhagen.
They view themselves as their own country, sitting inside of Copenhagen. And refer to themselves as the “World’s Tiniest Nation.” As you enter the neighborhood, you’ll see signs like “Now leaving the European Union”.
The community – of almost 1,000 people – have their laws which they live by.Topping the list of laws are no violence, no weapons, and no stealing.
Inside the community you’ll find graffiti-covered buildings, and the infamous “green” market that sells weed. Even though one rule – that’s often bent – is that the buying and selling of hash is illegal. (One rule that strictly enforced is no hard drugs).
There’s even makeshift local shops, colorful handmade houses, music venues, and a famous skate park in Copenhagen.
Christiania doesn’t have any “sights” per se. The whole neighborhood is a site. It’s worth walking around for a couple of hours, exploring the shops, and lakeside.
The roots of Christiania date back to the 70s’ when a group of squatters set up camp here in the old military barracks and declared it a “free zone”.
Amazingly, the Danish government seems fine with Christiania running themselves. As long as they keep it peaceful.
Note: Photos are forbidden and that rule is strictly enforced. If you want to take a photo, first ask permission. Be respectful, remember you’re crashing people’s houses and neighborhoods.
Often forgotten on most Copenhagen itineraries. The Church of Our Savior, stands as one of the most beautiful off the beaten path sites you’ll find in Copenhagen
Consecrated at the end of the 17th century this church features pristine baroque style. The most awe-inspiring feature of the church is the golden spire that juts up 90 meters high.
Head inside to see the elegantly detailed interior. Perhaps, the most impressive site inside is the massive organ. This organ covers three stories… three stories! Even more impressive is that this organ is carved from wood.
Looking for a little excitement? Well, the last 150 stairs to the top are on the outside of the tower. *GULP*
Making this tower the perfect way to kick off an evening for you adventurous travelers. After the tower, head down a road a couple of minutes to find our next stop.
The entrance to the church is free.
Tower Ticker: However, a ticket is required to climb to the top of the tower. Tickets cost 35 DKK (5 USD).
Entrance to the tower is free with the Copenhagen Card.
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
These baths are a glorious escape from the summer heat. And a great spot if you’re traveling with kids. (2 of the pools are set aside for little ones.)
These public swimming areas are filled with fresh seawater. There’s an exercise pool that extends 75 meters. And a few jumping platforms.
Worried about clean water? Don’t be. Every morning, when the pools open at 10 a.m., the water is checked for cleanliness.
The Harbour Baths are an unusual sight in the city, something totally Danish, and a good place to mix with locals.
These baths serve as the makeshift beaches of Copenhagen; they even come complete with lifeguards.
If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then skip the baths and head to your dinner spot. There are bathrooms for changing and drying off for those worried about getting wet before dinner.
But even if you forgot you’re swimming trunks, it’s worth stopping by the baths; as it is a unique sight to Copenhagen. And also a good spot for photos.
Fancy dining is part of the lifeblood of Copenhagen. And if your budget allows you to splurge, tonight is a great night to explore the fine dining scene.
As I mentioned Copenhagen has a world-famous food scene. Its crowning jewel is Noma, which is consistently holding the #1 or #2 spot for the best restaurant in the world.
To come clean, I’ve never eaten at Noma (I can’t afford it) but if you want to treat me! I’m game!
But that’s not all. There are 23 Michelin Star spread between 16 Restaurants.
Restaurant Alchemist in Refshaleoen is another people’s favorite but requires a little backtracking towards the Opera House.
Ok here we go, day three in Copenhagen. This is our last day to wrap up some of the most important sites, and museums in the capital. We are going to explore some of the best neighborhoods in the city.
A couple of them have even been hailed as the best neighborhoods in the world by travel giants like Culture Trip and Lonely Planet. We will also get into history, the Vikings culture, and some booze.
Our last day in Copenhagen is going to take some zig and some zagging. Metros and buses will be required for some stops on this list. But they are necessary in order to finish strong!
We are going to start our last day in Copenhagen by hopping on public transport and traveling to the transformed neighborhood of Nørrebro.
Once this part of the capital was considered a dodgy part of town. However, through a lot of locals’ hard work, Nørrebro’s been reborn and is now easily one of the coolest areas of Copenhagen.
Here take some time to wander around, explore the local shops as they open up, and meander down Jægersborggade street. Still waking up? Grab a coffee from a quaint local cafes, or devour a snack from one of the many bakeries..
If you didn’t eat at your hotel then trendy Nørrebro has some excellent brunch options.
For breakfast or brunch, I recommend two places -Møller Kaffe & Køkken and Sidecar. After eating take a stroll through the galleries.
Nørrebro around a 20-minute bus ride from downtown. But it’s worth the journey.
Throughout our 3 days in Copenhagen, I’ve mentioned how food plays a big part in Denmark . However, this Nørrebro’s a perfect example of how important food is to the city.
Nørrebro, specially Jægersborggade street, was once considered a bad part of town. How did this area so radically change?
Food, of course.
The transformation started when a famous Danish chef choose to open a restaurant on the street.
Soon the restaurant earned a Michelin Star. Skyrocketing it to stardom and turning it into one of Copenhagen’s most sought after restaurants.
In tandem with the rush of people, came new businesses in this area. Soon places, like bakeries and cafes, moved in to cater to the morning crowd. Artists started up galleries.
And before you know it was one of most dicey neighborhoods in Copenhagen became one of the safest, and hippest regions of the city.
Superkilen Park is one of those sites that you’ll only find in Denmark.
The term “park” doesn’t aptly apply. This artistic sight in Copenhagen is broken into three distinct sections.
Red Square: An entire area where everything from buildings, to the sidewalk, is painted in a pinkish-red hue. And the objects are made from sharp geometry angles.
Black Market: An enormous section of the park, with long unbroken white lines painted across the pavement. This section also holds many trinkets from around the world; like a fountain from Morocco.
Green Park: This area resembles a regular park, yet the lawns and green areas are formed in funny shapes.
Superkilen stands as a mix of the old and the new. A symbol of diversity not only for Copenhagen but our wonderful diversity around the world.
It’s a massive monument to people of the world.
Peppered throughout the park are ping-pong tables for Southern Europe, Cherry Blossom trees from Japan, benches from Armenia, and even a Muay-Thai ring from Thailand.
Now, I’ve bet you’ve been saying to yourself “Hey we’re in Denmark…where’s all the Viking stuff?
Well, The National Museum of Denmark is the answer!
After you’ve had your fill of food and Superkilen jump back on the bus and head downtown. Our next site is the most popular museum in Denmark.
The museum takes you on an epic journey through the history of Denmark – from the stone age to the Vikings, from the middle ages to modern Denmark.
The star of the show are the numerous Vikings relics and treasures that date back over 1,000 years.
Danish Prehistory: Covers ancient history dating back around 13,000 BCE to the height of the Viking age in the 1st century CE
Danish Middle Ages and Renaissance: This section covers the end of the Vikings, through the middle ages, and to the Renaissance.
Stories of Denmark: Featuring stories of local lives throughout the ages from the absolute monarch, to the nation-state, to the welfare state. It’s a great way to see how Denmark has grown into the country it is today.
There are also sections about the modern history of Denmark, and a children’s section.
This massive museum is too big to see in one visit, but spend at least a couple of hours to see some of the most important artifacts in the museum
Entrance is free with the Copenhagen Card.
Adult: 95 DKK ($14)
Children (Ages 0-17): Free
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00
Okay, we’ve spent enough time indoors looking at ancient relics. Let’s head out to one of my favorite neighborhoods anywhere in the world. Vesterbro’s infamous as the, all-but-forgotten, red-light district in Copenhagen.
Today, the Vesterbro is a wild mix of hip and original.
It’s the trendiest place in Copenhagen to eat, drink, and shop. It’s an area of the city I fall more and more in love with every time I visit.
Arguably the coolest street in this neighborhood is Istedgade. It’s the heartbeat of the neighborhood, filled with cafes, bars, and eateries, with a few questionable shops and bars leftover from the red light days.
After you spend some time exploring the neighborhood head to the Meatpacking district of Vesterbro for lunch. Here you will find a litany of trendy restaurants, bars, galleries, and danish cuisine.
With endless choices you are sure to find something you’ll love!
Without question, this is one of my favorite areas for affordable food in the city.
Once you’ve had your fill take the metro (or walk off the meal) to the last museum on our Copenhagen Itinerary, nearby the inner city.
Don’t be fooled by Carlsberg in the name. This isn’t a brewery. Rather, the museum is named after the brewer who wanted to amass the largest private collection of art.
It has relics from the Romans, Etruscan’s, Greek, and Egyptian cultures.
There are also many paintings from around the world, as well as Danish artists.
Don’t miss the winter gardens. Three scenic beauty makes them a relaxing place to take a breather?
Every nook and cranny offers a hidden treasure. There is an array of marble statues, paintings, and modern art.
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is one of the most popular things to do in Copenhagen, and about as Danish as you can get.
The museum dates back over 100 years and is worth visiting on our last day in Copenhagen.
Entrance is free with the Copenhagen Card.
Free for everyone on Tuesdays
Adult: 115 DKK ($17)
Children (Ages 0-17): Free
Under 27: 85 DKK
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
You have the option – if you elect to walk to our last stop – to walk down Magstræde & Snaregade.
These are the two oldest streets in Copenhagen. And arguably the most beautiful. It’s like traveling back into time and seeing Copenhagen from the 18th century.
If you are a little hungry you can also grab a slice of Grom’s Pizza – the best pizza in the city.
There are also some of the best hostels in Copenhagen in this area of the city.
For our, the last sunset in Copenhagen lets heads to Christiansborg Palace. Before we head up to the top of Christiansborg Tower for the sunset first head inside the palace. The reception rooms are where foreign leaders are still welcomed, and the Alexandra Hall still used for official royal dinners and functions.
Christiansborg Palace contains over 800 years of inspiring decor and royal history. To this day parts of the palace are used for royal events.
Head to the throne room to see where the Danish Monarchs are proclaimed. Admire the detailed, Queen’s Tapestries of the Great Hall.
After exploring the palace head to the top of the tower, and enjoy our last view of the city until the final embers of the sun fall below the horizon.
A couple of notes about sunset at Christiansborg Tower. Entry is free to the tower. However, this can mean that there are long lines to get up to the top.
The tower also closes at nine, so check the local time for sunsets to make sure it is possible.
From here our 3 days in Copenhagen draws to an end. For dinner, it’s your choice! You’re close to the inner city and Nyhavn, which are both valid options.
Entrance is free with the Copenhagen Card.
Adult: 60 DKK
Adult: 60 DKK
Adult: 95 DKK
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
And there we go! A perfect 3 days in Copenhagen. If you have more time, then why not add a few day trips to your Copenhagen Itinerary? Or maybe check out some of other things to do in the city.
Copenhagen’s without a doubt one of the best cities in Europe. And the capital of Scandinavian. This itinerary will help you make the most of your time in the Danish capital.