Weather in Denmark varies greatly by season; so picking the best time to visit Copenhagen is vital to pulling off a successful trip!
As we will discover throughout the course of this post; I think March, May, July, and August are the best times of the year to visit Copenhagen.
Although, there’s no blanket answer.
We are all different, and your idea of too cold and rainy might not line up with mine.
Luckily after picking this post apart, you’ll know the right time for YOU to plan a visit to Copenhagen!
But first things first. We need to break down the weather in Copenhagen, Denmark month by month. Including the rain or snowfall and temperature.
Next, we will dig a little deeper into the different travel seasons and prices.
Finally, we’ll go into detail about some of the best festivals in the country.
Armed with this knowledge you’ll figure out the best time of the year to visit Copenhagen.
Let’s get started.
Let’s be honest, the weather in Denmark’s going to have a big part of choosing the best time to visit Copenhagen.
Being in Scandinavian, it’s easy to forget how far north Copenhagen is from the rest of Europe. This means, longer and shorter days, lots of rain, and colder temperatures.
Scroll through the months to find the average temperatures, snow and rainfall, and well as how much daylight your get.
Hate the cold? Then January is the roughest month to visit the Danish capital. The frigid winter weathers -at its peak.
The average highs and lows are between 35°F and 28°F respectively. (1.6ºC - 2ºC).
Average Rain and snowfall: On average it rains and snows around 15 -18 days in January. Let’s break that down further. January in Copenhagen gets around 14 days of rain, and 6 days of snow.
The days are also short with sunrise happening close to 8:30 am.
And sunset between 3:30 - 4:00 pm.
The amount of daylight in January is only 8 hours. But with a dismal 1 and 1/2 hours of sunshine each day.
To be blunt. January is not the best time to visit Copenhagen. It's just one of the facts about Denmark.
Temperature-wise February is similar to January with the highs being a little warmer at 38°F and the daily lows sitting around 30°F ( 3°C -1°C).
Average Rain and snowfall: The city also gets around 6 - 12 days of rain or snow in February.
Although, the average precipitation in inches is much smaller compared to January.
So while it might rain the same amount of days, its rains less.
February in Copenhagen gets around 4 days of snow and 11 days of rain.
When we compare January, visitors also get a couple more hours of sunlight. Sunrise takes place between 7 -8 am. And the sunsets around 5- 6 pm.
Average Daylight and Sunshine: The daylight last 9 - 10 hours. With a little over 2 hours of sunshine per day.
There are also more things to do in Copenhagen during February, but more on that later.
Could March be the best time to visit Copenhagen?
I mean, it’s the first month of Spring, right! The days are longer, and the weather is a little warmer!
Although, not hot enough for those who shun the cold. March high’s sit around 43°F (6°C). The lows are just above freezing at 33°F (0.5°C). Rainfall in Copenhagen also picks up in March with around 14 days of light rain.
One perk of March is that the sun really starts coming out early; around 6 - 7 am.
And with sunset taking place between 5:45 - 6:60 pm.
The average length of daylight is 11.9 hours with almost 4 hours of sunshine.
The weather is getting better! And this is a great month to visit the Danish Capital.
April is when spring really starts picking up in Copenhagen. Though the weather isn’t “hot”.
The high’s sit around 51°F and the lows at around 40°F. (10°C - 4.4°C).
There’s also less rain with around 11 days during April. Denmark naturally gets a lot; so 11 days of rain in one month is good. There’s also a chance for one or two days of snow during April.
During April we see the days getting a lot longer. The sun rises around 5:30 am and sets between 8 - 9 PM.
The average amount of daylight sits at 14 hours. With 6 hours of sunshine!
The daylight, sunshine, and warm weather all make April a contender in our search for the best time of the year to visit Copenhagen.
In May the temperatures hit their spring highs. During the day the temperatures finally reach into the 60s. The nightly lows are in the high 40s (47°F) to low 50s. So expect temperatures around 62°F to 47°F (16°C - 8.3°C)
We get even longer days in May, with sunrise taking place between 4:30 - 5 am. And with most of the days the sun setting between 9 - 10 pm.
May also sees less rain - with around 10 days - and the end of the snow. Listen, there’s always a lot of rain around the area. It’s just a fun fact about Denmark.
On average there’re over 16 hours of daylight, and 8.5 hours of sunshine each day in May.
Is the start of summer the best time to visit Copenhagen? Let’s find out.
In June temperatures are almost at their warmest with the highs and lows reaching 68°F and 53°F (20°C - 11.6°C).
This makes June the most comfortable time of the year to visit Copenhagen.
Copenhagen gets an average of 12 days of light rain in June.
June ushers in the longest days of the year.
In June the sunrise happens promptly at 4:30. And the sunsets between 9:45 - 10:00 pm. Those are some long days!
I mean, that gives you over 17 hours of daylight. And 8 hours of sunshine.
This gives you plenty of time to check off your 3 days in Copenhagen Itinerary.
July and August are Copenhagen’s warmest months of the year.
Temperatures reach a high of the lower 70s. Nights bring low conditions in the upper 50s.
On average, the temperatures sit between 71°F - 57°F (21°C - 13°C).
Sadly, July’s one of the wettest months as well. On average July brings 12 days of rain with a rainfall of 51mm.
The days run similar to June with sunrise and sunset being at 4:30 am and 9:45 pm, respectively.
Let's look at all that sunshine! Copenhagen in July means 17 hours of daylight.
Eight of which are blissful, warm, sweet sunshine.
Temperatures in August are the same as July. The days remain in the lower 70s and the night in the upper 50s.
Copenhagen’s temperature in August sits at a comfortable 21°C (71°F).
It also rains around 12 days in August. However, in terms of amount, it is slightly less than July.
The days also start getting a little shorter in August with sunrise around 5:30 am and sunset around 8:45 - 9:00 pm. That’s an average of 15 hours of daylight and just under 8 hours of sunshine.
In terms of heat, the summer months were the peak of the rollercoaster, now it’s time to make our way down the hill.
But don’t worry, it’s a slow descent, and September’s still a magnificent time to visit Copenhagen.
Temperatures are around 63°F / 52°F (17°C / 11°C).
September’s also the rainiest month of the year.
Copenhagen gets over 14 days of rain in September with a rainfall of 59 mm.
The days also start to decline. Sunrises start happening later - around 6:30 am - and sunset early between 7 -8 pm.
September sunshine average is 12.8 hours a day.
With 5 hours of sunshine.
In October the temperatures start sliding faster. We are now reaching daily highs of 54°F and lows of 45°F. Here comes the cold! (12°C - 7 °C).
And like September, October is one of the rainiest months of the year.
September brings around 14 days of rain the month. There’s also a chance for snow, although it’s unlikely.
Days are even shorter. Sunrise: 7 - 8 am. Sunset 5-6 pm (4 -5 once the clocks change).
You still get an average of 10 hours of daylight.
But it’s accompanied by a pitiful 3 hours of sunshine.
Brace yourself, because November and December are cold.
November temperatures: Highs 40°F, and lows are 30°F (4.5°C - 1.1°C)
During November Copenhagen gets around 10 -15 days of rain. Copenhagen gets an average of 2 days of snow in November.
The days are much shorter with sunrise between 7 -8 am and sunset around 3:45 - 4:15 pm. Making for 8 hours of daylight. But a dismal number of 2 hours of sunshine.
December’s cold, but not as cold as January. Whether it’s day or night the temperatures sit between the 40s and 30s (between -1°C to -6 °C).
There’s an average of 16 days of rain and 4 days of snow in December.
Sunrise takes place around 8:15 - 8:30. With an early sunset around 3:30 - 3:45 pm. Those are some short days.
If you decided that the best time to visit Copenhagen is in December expect 7 hours of daylight, and around 1 hour of sunshine a day.
So when is the best time of year to visit Copenhagen!
For the best weather it’s late spring, or early summer.
Alright, by this point you – at least when it comes to weather- you’re a Copenhagen pro! But let’s take a second to look at a different type of season… tourist seasons.
Not only do tourist seasons affect crowds, and lines.
But also have a big impact on the prices of hotels and hours of operations for some of Copenhagen’s key attractions.
And another important thing to think about when choosing the best time to visit Copenhagen.
Let’s take a quick look at the different tourist seasons to travel in Copenhagen!
Similar too many countries in Europe; Copenhagen’s peak tourist season is during the summer months. With July and August being Copenhagen’s busiest months of the year.
This means you must deal with larger crowds.
However, Copenhagen never draws lengthy lines like some cities in other countries in Europe, like Rome, or Paris.
You can get around Copenhagen during its peak tourist season without fighting massive crowds. This is another perk of visiting Copenhagen.
Tourism in the city also picks up for the Christmas Season. Which is a mystery to me after experiencing the frigid December weather?
If you’re fuzzy about the term shoulder season, don’t beat yourself up. It’s not a common term outside of the travel industry.
Shoulder Season refers to the brief gasps of breath between the low tourist season and peak season.
You’ll see some tourism but not much.
Prices are also cheaper in Shoulder Season, compared to peak season, and it’s you have a better chance of getting a table at a Michelin rated restaurant.
Shoulder Season months in Copenhagen are March, April, September, and October.
Just look at the winter weather above. And it’s pretty obvious that most people try and avoid Copenhagen during the winter months. The days are short, the weather is frigid, and there’s a good chance of snow.
Many of the things to do in Copenhagen have reduced hours during the winter as there aren’t many tourists. Of course, less tourism means you get special treatment in a lot of places, and lower prices.
You’re biggest saving will most likely come in the form of accommodation like hostels, Airbnb, and hotels. As an added bonus you can save $40 off your first stay with Airbnb using this link!
This is another key factor in planning the best time to visit Copenhagen.
We need to know what’s going on!
Because of the cold temperatures, January doesn’t have a lot going on.
But if you’re a fan of Christmas Markets and Christmas Fairs then head to The Christmas Fair in Tivoli Gardens, which ends Jan 5th.
Other than that there aren't many festivals going on. But you can still enjoy some of the things that Denmark is famous for.
Early to mid-February brings the Vinterjazz festival (or Winter Jazz festival). This takes place across the entire country; however, it’s heavily celebrated in Copenhagen.
Late February brings Fastelavn.
This celebration marks the beginning of the end of winter.
It’s still celebrated in an ancient way and the celebration revolves around the children.
Kids Wear costumes and go around the town asking for candy or money.
Along the way they sing, parade, and dance from door to door.
March is a busy month for festivals in Copenhagen.
And if they pique your interest, then it might just mean that March is the best time of the year to visit Copenhagen for you.
Starting in late February too early March is the Copenhagen Light Festival.
Using the dark of their winter months to their advantage the Danes light up the town with bright and artistic exhibitions and installations.
These lights illuminate the entire downtown, in a wild and wacky festival. It’s really cool.
March also brings the CPH: DOX which is an international documentary festival. In fact, it’s the largest International doc festival in the world.
Most of the time the festival takes place in mid-march.
Easter Celebrations take up the majority of the month.
Other than that there are not any major events or festivals in Copenhagen.
May Day. May first brings huge celebrations in Copenhagen.
It’s Mayday! And this means big parties and Parades.
Here are the three big festivals in Copenhagen during the Summer.
Spring festival: An international children’s festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The festival puts an emphasis on theater and performance. And contains shows from around the world. The festival lasts for a week.
Distortions: This a triple threat. It’s a city-wide pub crawl, festival, and block party. It travels through the different districts of the city throwing street parties.
In recent years they’ve set up Distortion Club around the city, and host bands and DJs.
Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival: Foodies won’t want to miss this festival. It’s 10 days of Danish food, cooking classes, music, and more.
There are chefs, lessons, and tastes from all over the world.
Mis Copenhagen: The oldest film festival in Copenhagen. Also one of the oldest LGBTQ film festivals in the world.
October 9th: Culture Night. The entire city works together to highlight the city’s history and danish culture. More than 250 museums, churches, parks, and libraries participate.
So when is the best time to visit Copenhagen? To be honest, the Copenhagen Rocks. And there’s no bad time to visit.
However, when we take into account the weather, festivals, hours of daylight, and hours the sites are open there is no doubt.
Late spring through summer is the best time to visit Copenhagen. (March and May – September)
You will pay a little more in the summer but the sheer amount of things to do makes it worth it.
The peak of winter is the worst time to visit Copenhagen as the days are shorter, fewer things are open, and it’s freezing.
Although you’ll pay slightly less for hotels during this time of the year.
There you go!
And don’t forget to plan your Copenhagen Day Trips and Itinerary before reaching the city.