Nyhavn - Copenhagen
How long to spend in Copenhagen

Globetrotters – 24 hours in Copenhagen

DAY 1 – Self-guided tour on foot or bike

Morning Copenhagen Icons
Afternoon Strøget
Evening Tivoli
Nyhavn - Copenhagen


Spend the day doing a self-guided tour of the city either on foot or preferably bike. The city is incredibly bicycle-friendly and if you’re lucky, grab a free city bike that are popular but scattered throughout the city (they just require a coin deposit). Today will give you snapshot of the city and all of its main sights. It’s worth getting the Copenhagen right-of-passage out of the way first – The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue). Many travellers comment on how small and disappointing this statue is, and if she wasn’t located close to the Kastel and Royal Palace then perhaps it wouldn’t be worth the effort, but nevertheless many people still want to tick it off their list so it’s worth stopping by early before the masses of bus tours arrive.

Fountain at Royal Palace

From there take a brief look at the neighboring Kastel grounds and then make your way south past the Gefion Fountain. Follow the shoreline to Amalienborg (Royal Palace) and gardens. Through the palace you will see the dome of Marmorkirken, which you can opt to go up. By now it’ll probably be time for lunch, hence Nyhavn is the perfect place to relax at a cafe for a little while. This is undoubtedly the city’s prettiest area and for many travellers eating here might break the budget. Therefore passing by the Charlottenborg Palace and continuing towards the pedestrianised Strøget off Kogens Nytorv might be a better option.

Hans Christian Andersen statue outside Rådhushaven

Hans Christian Andersen statue outside Rådhushaven

Strøget is the main shopping street that runs all the way from Kogens Nytorv to Rådhushaven (Town Hall). It’s worth stopping by the Rundetårn (Round tower) with the unique spiral walkway leading up to views overlooking the area. Alternatively check out the views from the Rådhushaven tower. If time allows in the afternoon, take a detour to the Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament and Supreme Court).

The evening can be spent at nearby Tivoli Gardens which is a very popular amusement park, but it does not come cheaply! Alternatively head over to Nørreport where there are many restaurants and bars.

Vacationers – 48 hours in Copenhagen

Follow the Globetrotters itinerary for Day 1.


Morning Kogens Have
Afternoon Christiania
Evening Canal cruise
Rosenborg Slot in Kogens Have

Rosenborg Slot in Kogens Have

On a summers day Kogens Have will be filled with people having picnics and sun baking. Within the park is Rosenborg Slot, a little castle surrounded by pretty gardens. If there is one not-to-miss museum in Copenhagen, many travellers no doubt would mention Statens Museum for Kunst, a fantastic and massive art museum across from Kogens Have that would interest anyone with the slightest interest in modern art.

Just a block down from here are the massive Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have) which make for a nice stroll or a place to stop for lunch.

Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have) - Copenhagen

Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Have)

After a peaceful and relaxing morning, prepare yourself and keep an open mind for a visit to Christiania. This is a little ‘hippy’ community, an ‘alternative society within society’ that declare themselves independent from Copenhagen and even have their own flag. Life here could not be more in contrast to what you have seen in the rest of the city and it literally is a world away. A visit here is not necessarily every vacationers cup of tea, so perhaps read up a little more about this one beforehand. Proceed with caution and put your camera away. It really is quite an eye opening cultural experience.

Returning to normal Copenhagen life, a nice way to spend the early evening would be taking a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective. Spend the evening in Vesterbro.

Culture Buffs – 72 hours in Copenhagen

Follow the Vacationers itinerary for Days 1-2.


Morning National Museum & Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Afternoon Slotsholmen
Evening Nyhavn
Typical street in Central Copenhagen

Typical street in Central Copenhagen

There are a few other fantastic museums that any culture buff would not want to miss on their visit to Copenhagen: the Nationalmuseet & Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which are only a block away from eachother. Then spend the afternoon in Slotsholmen, an island of not only the Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament and Supreme Court), but also approx 7 museums! This includes The Royal Library, The National Archives, The Royal Arsenal Museum, The Royal Stables, The Theatre Museum, Thorvaldsens Museum and The Danish Jewish Museum, which is sure to keep any history or culture buff satisfied for the remainder of the day! Or for a culture buff specifically interested in design, not on Slotsholmen is the Danish Museum of Art & Design and Danish Design Centre.

In the evening, after a day of culture why not reward yourself with a dinner in Nyhavn, expensive but very very beautiful and a great way to end your stay in Copenhagen.


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