Maritime flair, many hip cafés and Scandinavian cosiness – welcome to Copenhagen! Copenhagen is a really great city for a city trip. The city simply has charm and it is not for nothing that it has repeatedly been awarded as one of the most livable cities in the world .
We’ve been to the Danish capital a few times now – and each time we fall in love with Copenhagen even more. It is high time that we summarized our personal tips for Copenhagen for you on our travel blog. It follows: Our big Copenhagen guide with all the highlights, our favorite places and personal travel tips.
1. City trip to Copenhagen: First travel tips in advance & information at a glance Copenhagen combines pretty much everything, what we love about cities: lots of water, lots of greenery, imposing buildings and simply a cozy flair. There’s even a name for it in Denmark: Hygge. Copenhagen is pretty hyggelig.
What else do you need to know about Copenhagen? We summarize the most important points for you:
Copenhagen is by the sea. This gives the Scandinavian city a maritime flair, which is also reflected, for example, in the kitchen. Copenhagen is unfortunately quite expensive. This starts with the room rates and continues with the restaurant visit. So plan a little more budget for your city trip. In Copenhagen we love to bike hazards. The city is considered one of the most bicycle-friendly in Europe. If you want, you can of course also rent a bike on site and explore the city with it. The weather in Copenhagen can be quite variable. In general, we recommend summer (June to August) as the best travel time. Although the temperatures are usually pleasantly mild, it rarely gets really hot. How many days should I spend in Copenhagen? For all those new to Copenhagen, we would recommend to plan at least three nights . The city is not huge, so you can easily explore the most important sights and corners of Copenhagen during this time.
Of course, more time is always good. So if you prefer to take it easy, stay longer. Even in 4 or 5 nights you will definitely not get bored in Copenhagen – especially since there are also some possibilities for excursions. (Of course, we will tell you our tips further down in this blog article.)
2. Sights in Copenhagen: Our tips Nyhavn: THE postcard motif in Copenhagen What is the best way to start a city trip to Copenhagen? Our suggestion: With a walk through Nyhavn (in German “New Harbour”). With its colourful, crooked houses , Nyhavn is quite rightly one of the most popular photo motifs in Copenhagen.
Nyhavn is anything but an insider tip. Or (to put it in other words): The area is probably the most touristy spot in Copenhagen. At every corner they try to make boat tours or a visit to a restaurant tasty. But if you move away from the hustle and bustle a bit, then you can enjoy Nyhavn in a relaxed manner. Our tip for everyone who wants to experience Nyhavn in peace and quiet: Come in the morning!
Little Mermaid: Copenhagen Landmarks Surprisingly small & a little unspectacular – that’s probably the first impression of many people who stand in front of the Little Mermaid for the first time. The Little Mermaid really lives up to her name. It is valid with 70 cm height actually considered one of the smallest landmarks worldwide.
The bronze figure in the port of Copenhagen exudes a calmness despite all the crowds that fascinated us in a strange way. She is sitting on a rock just a few meters from the shore. The Little Mermaid was built based on the fairy tale of the same name by the best-known Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen.
Tip #1 : From Nyhavn you can easily reach the Little Mermaid on foot. The walk along the shore is really nice and highly recommended. (You will also pass Amalienborg Palace here – more on that in a moment.)
Tip #2: In the immediate vicinity of the Little Mermaid are St Albans Church and Copenhagen Castle. A walk through is a must – this former fortress with the pretty windmill is an oasis of calm. Admission is free.
Castles in Copenhagen As hip and modern as Copenhagen is in some corners, the royal flair is hard to miss. In the urban area of Copenhagen there are a few royal castles or palaces that are definitely worth a visit. The following three castles in Copenhagen are the best known:
Amalienborg Palace: Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II lives here. You can tell whether she is at home by the fact that the Danish flag is flying on the roof. Then also at Watch the changing of the guard – a spectacle not to be missed if you happen to be there. The Frederikskirche is worth a stop. More on that in a moment. Rosenborg Castle: This Castle is considered one of the most beautiful sights in Copenhagen. It is located on the edge of a beautifully manicured garden area. Inside the palace you can marvel at a wide variety of state rooms. However, Rosenborg Castle is already worth seeing from the outside. Christiansborg Palace: All good things come in threes. Christiansborg Palace is also located in the city center. Parliament sits here today. As with the other two castles, the interiors can be visited. Our tip: With the Copenhagen Card you have free entry to all three castles. If you are interested in these sights, buying the card can definitely be worthwhile.
Frederik’s Church When you stand in front of Amalienborg Palace, Frederik’s Church is hard to miss. With its imposing dome, Frederik’s Church is one of the most important sacred buildings in Copenhagen. It is nicknamed the Marble Church.
You should definitely take a quick look inside the church. The architecture is really impressive. Entry to the church is free. A small entrance fee is only charged for climbing the dome.
Torvehallerne We present: One of our absolute favorite places in Copenhagen and our number one tip for all foodies. You can buy fresh groceries and Danish delicacies in this covered, architecturally very beautiful market hall. It’s very relaxed and stylish here – so you shouldn’t expect hectic market activity.
The best: In the Torvehallerne there are also plenty of stands where you eat directly or take away dishes as take-away. Our tip: Super cinnamon rolls are available at Lauras Bakery. The GRØD is popular for breakfast and good coffee is available at Coffee Collective .
Christiania Curious but true: In Copenhagen there is a self proclaimed Free State named Christiania. In the 70s hippies settled on this former military site. Today Christiania is said to be the largest commune in the world.
But what awaits you in Christiania? To be honest: A very strange flair with a slightly depressing mood. Yes, Christiania is colorful and unusual, you will find great street art and creative houses. Somehow we couldn’t get rid of our rather strange feeling during all our visits (there were already several).
The center of Christiania is Pusher Street. Here drug trafficking takes place on the open street. Photography is strictly prohibited along Pusher Street. (You should definitely stick to that!) Otherwise, you don’t have to worry about safety and you can visit Christiania without any problems.
Round Tower (Rundetårn) You shouldn’t leave Copenhagen without seeing the city from above. One of the most famous viewpoints of Copenhagen is the Rundetårn (in German Round Tower), which is located right in the center.
What makes the tower so special , is its architecture: No narrow staircase, but a wide, spiral ramp (which even horse-drawn carriages are said to have once used) leads you up. (Important to know: At the end you still have to climb a narrow ladder. The tower is therefore not barrier-free.)
After the unusual ascent (which is a highlight especially for architecture fans) , a really beautiful view over Copenhagen in all directions awaits you when you arrive at the top. The wrought-iron railing is great for taking photos.
Entry: 40 DKK (free with Copenhagen Card) Opening hours & more info:
Rundetårn (official website)
Assistance Cemetery A rather unusual sight in Copenhagen is in the north of the city, more specifically in the Nørrebro district. The Assistens Cemetery (called Assistens Kirkegård in Danish) is the best-known cemetery in Copenhagen. Countless famous people are buried here, including the poet Hans Christian Andersen and the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.
Not only a cemetery awaits you here, but rather a expansive park. Locals use the cemetery for long walks or jogging. So if you want to spend time in the countryside, we can highly recommend a visit to the Assistenzfriedhof.
3. Excursion tips for Copenhagen Excursion to Sweden: A day in Malmö Once on the train – and boom, good 30 Minutes later you are in another country. The thought that Schw eden is only a stone’s throw away from Copenhagen didn’t let us go, so we quickly took a trip to Malmö.
Arrival from Copenhagen These alone Traveling from Copenhagen to Malmö is something special: Here you cross the legendary Öresund Bridge, which connects Denmark and Sweden.
We took the train ourselves, but it is also possible to take the bus. The train journey from Copenhagen Central Station takes about 40 minutes and costs around 13 Euro (one way). Malmö Central Station is very centrally located, so you can easily start your city tour on foot.
Sights in Malmo It is best to start your excursion directly in the pretty old town of Malmö, Gamla Staden called. The old town is a picturesque mix of colorful houses, brick buildings and cobbled streets. Places worth seeing are, for example, the Lilla Torg or the Stortorget.
West of the old town is the second important sight in Malmö: the castle (Malmöhus) together with the two surrounding parks (Slottsträdgården and Kungsparken). An oasis of calm that is perfect for a leisurely stroll.
From the castle it is not far to the most famous market hall in Malmö, Malmö Saluhall. In this very stylish and classy market hall you can buy fresh groceries as well as sit down for lunch in the small restaurants and cafes on site.
If you still have time, you can, for example, make a stopover at the futuristic City Library or take a trip to Västra Hamnen do. A modern and innovative district was built on a former shipyard site. Västra Hamnen is said to be carbon neutral and arguably one of the most exclusive residential areas in Malmo. You can take a leisurely stroll along the beach promenade or try your way through the great cafes.
Side trip to the beach Lonely dunes & the sound of waves – how does that sound? If you long for nature, then we can highly recommend a trip to the beach. In the vicinity of Copenhagen there are several beaches that you can visit. Important to know: It hardly gets really hot in Denmark – so if you want to plunge into the floods, you may need some willpower.
Beach- Tips near Copenhagen Amager Strandpark: The largest and most famous beach around Copenhagen lies in this protected local recreation area. You can easily reach the beach from the center by metro. It can get pretty crowded here in summer. Ishøy Strand: This beach is quieter and more natural. Perfect for a portion of Baltic Sea feeling. 4. Eating and drinking: Tips for restaurants & cafés in Copenhagen The good news first: Copenhagen is a paradise for foodies! There are an incredible number of hip bars here and you can – if you want to – feast from one café to the other all day long.
The bad news: The price level is not exactly cheap. For a main course in a regular restaurant you will need about 15 until 30 Calculate euros . That’s easy and so you’re quickly at for two people until 80 euros for eating out once.
The following two specialties are typical for Denmark and can be found all over Copenhagen:
Smørrebrød: What sounds fancy is actually “just” one topped rye bread. There are no limits to creativity when it comes to choosing ingredients.Hot Dog: Of course, how could it be otherwise? Danish hot dogs are sold at small street stalls in Copenhagen. Fortunately, there are now more and more vegetarian hot dogs, such as at DØP. Favourite culinary places in Copenhagen Reffen: This one great street food market takes place on a former shipyard site. You can buy delicacies from all over the world in colorful containers. From tacos to smørrebrød, from Hawaii to Nepal, whether meat or vegan – there really is something for everyone here. Highly recommended!
Paludan Bog & Café: Have breakfast surrounded by books! In Café Paludan you sit in the middle of a library. We can highly recommend a visit for the unusual location alone. There is breakfast, lunch and lots of cakes and tarts. Prices are moderate by Danish standards.
Mother: This very (!) hyped restaurant serves supposedly the best pizza in Copenhagen. We don’t dare to say whether that’s actually true, but it tasted very good to us. Important: The waiting times are very long, especially on weekends. It’s best to reserve a table!
GRØD: Grød means “porridge” and that’s exactly what this café specializes in. You can put together your favorite porridge with a variety of toppings on site. There are now many locations in Copenhagen – including one in Torvehallerne. A really good tip for a healthy and not too expensive breakfast or lunch.
Vaekst: Young, Scandinavian cuisine at the highest level in a really cool location – if that’s what you’re looking for, head to Vaekst. A 3-course menu is served here every evening. The restaurant is highly praised for the vegetarian version of this menu. You’re sitting here in a kind of greenhouse – pretty cool.
Flottenheimer: Would you like to have an uncomplicated lunch in the center? Then we can recommend this cozy café. The menu features international dishes such as burgers and sandwiches.
5. Our hotel tip for Copenhagen Are you still looking for a great boutique -Hotel for your city trip to Copenhagen? Then we can warmly recommend the Hotel Skt Petri.
The rooms are elegant and very comfortable with a really comfortable bed. A little tip: When booking, make sure that you don’t get the category with a window to the inside. This is clearly visible in the description.
The location of the hotel could hardly be better for a Copenhagen city trip. Here you are right in the center and can reach many sights (such as Nyhavn, Rundetårn or Torvehallerne) on foot.
Our conclusion: The range of affordable but stylish boutique hotels in Copenhagen is unfortunately limited. However, the Hotel Skt Petri is really an exception and highly recommended.
You can book the hotel here: Hotel Skt Petri
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We are curious: Have you been to Copenhagen too? How did you like the city? Do you have any other tips for Copenhagen? We really appreciate your experiences in the comments.