Visiting Copenhagen: What You Need To Know

Thinking about visiting Copenhagen during your upcoming European vacation?

Well, you can’t go wrong with that choice.

Copenhagen is one of the most charming seaside cities that you’ll ever get to visit.

We consider it a “must go” travel destination.

There’s just so much to do…

Copenhagen has everything you need:

  • friendly people
  • delicious and diverse good culture
  • amusement park and other great outdoor activities
  • tons of museums and monuments that show off a rich Danish history

If you’re looking to learn more about what you can do while visiting Copenhagen…

You’re at the right place!

Here are the things we’re going to talk about in this article:

  • Getting around Copenhagen
  • The top things to do in Copenhagen
  • The best places to stay in Copenhagen
  • The best times to visit Copenhagen

So if everything mentioned above sounds good to you…

Keep reading below for tips for visiting Copenhagen!

Getting Around Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the easiest cities to get around.

You can basically walk around the entire city in one morning.

Riding bikes is another option. We’re not exaggerating when we say everyone in Copenhagen rides bikes.

So if you really want to feel like a local we recommend renting a bike during your stay.

Copenhagen Card

We highly recommend purchasing the Copenhagen Card during your visit. This gives you access to free public transportation by bus, train, or metro.

Also included in the pass:

  • free access to 79 museums and attractions
  • discounts on restaurants and other entertainment
  • and if your bringing your family… the card includes two kids for free!

Flying in to the airport?

The Copenhagen Airport is conveniently located 5 miles south of the city center.

And it’s only a 15 minute train ride to the central train station from the airport. Trains run between the two stops every 10 minutes.

Currency

Copenhagen uses the Danish Krone as its form of currency. It’s much different from the American dollar and Euro.

Make sure you check on the exchange rate before your trip!

Top Things to Do in Copenhagen

Toverhallerne Food Market

The Toverhallerne Food Market is an enormous food market in central Copenhagen that is open seven days a week.

The market consists of two large glass buildings. The buildings have many local food vendors selling a variety of goods.

There are vendors that sell their goods outside the buildings as well!

Some of the options available are:

  • fresh local produce
  • meats
  • fish
  • herbs
  • wine
  • other Danish specialty foods

And that’s not all that the market has to offer.

Take a break from your shopping and get some food from the some of small restaurants and take-out vendors.

These vendors offer a variety of food including:

  • pizza
  • appetizers
  • chocolates
  • sandwiches
  • cheese
  • wine
  • coffee

You have to check this place out!

It’s one of most popular food halls in Scandinavia!

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle is a renaissance style castle built during the 17th century. And it is an incredible site to see!

Take a look inside the castle to see tons of artifacts from centuries ago (especially if you love history!):

  • coronation thrones
  • silverlife size lions statues
  • tapestries on the wall
  • Venetian glass collection
  • Crown jewels
  • Royal Regalia

There’s a lot to see without even stepping foot inside the castle. The grounds surrounding the castle are just as gorgeous as the castle itself.

Take a stroll through the castle grounds to see the Renaissance garden, rose garden, sculptures, mazes and detailed borders.

To get more information and the hours of operation, go here!

Little Mermaid

And no we’re not talking about the Disney movie…

This came way before that!

The Little Mermaid statue is a bronze and granite statue of a mermaid at Langier Pier.  It’s over 100 years old!

The statue’s purpose is to honor the same Hans Christian Anderson story that inspired the Disney animated classic of 1989.

It’s a popular spot for locals and tourists to hang out and relax.

Open Air Museum

The Open Air Museum is a outdoor museum located about 30 minutes outside of Copenhagen. 

Here you can explore the 86 acres of land with historical museums,  homes, farms, shops  and mills to see.

The museum is a great option if you plan on bringing kids with you!

Here are a few of the fun activities available to you:

  • Train rides
  • farm animals
  • blacksmith shops
  • experience firsthand farming and agricultural techniques
  • over 100 years of Dutch history
  • delicious food stops

Whether you’re on your honeymoon or on a family vacation, the open air museum is a great place to visit while in Copenhagen.

Check out the museum’s hours of operation here.

Storget

Any shopaholics out there?

Well Storget is the place to shop at in Copenhagen.

Located in the center of the city, it’s one of the longest streets you’ll find in Copenhagen.

Here you’ll find a variety of shops to browse through from the budget minded to high end.

Stores feature name brand like:

  • Prada
  • Boss
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Royal Copenhagen
  • George Jensen Silver
  • Mulberry
  • The Disney Store
  • Lego
  • Gucci
  • Levi
  • MaxMara
  • Hay House
  • and many more!

You can kill 3 birds with 1 stone because along this street are historic landmarks like the Church of  Our Lady and Stork Fountain.

Tivoli Gardens 

Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park founded in 1843 that has something for everyone.

This is one of the best (if not the best) attractions to visit in Copenhagen.

Here are some of the many features of Tivoli:

  • historic buildings
  • beautiful gardens
  • rides
  • concerts
  • food
  • entertainment

When you’re not riding rides, we recommend stoping at these attactrions:

  • Hanging Garden
  • The Nimb Water Fountains
  • The Pergola Garden
  • Petzi’s World.

Tivoli Gardens is usually open most of the year. But go here to checkout the current hours of operation.

SMK-The National Gallery of Denmark

The National Gallery of Denmark features one of the world’s largest collection of Danish and international art.

This stop is a must if you are an art or history buff!

Visitors can explore exhibits on European Art, French, and Danish and Nordic. Some of the exhibits are permanent, but there are many that constantly change.

So even if you have gone before, check this place out again!

Worried about the kids getting bored and ruining your plans?

Don’t worry…

They have workshops and activities for children too! They also have a cafe for a quick snack, bookstore, and study room.

Alternative Christiania

Christiania is small self-governing hippie town located in Copenhagen’s borough of Christianshavn.

The people truly live in a different world. We recommend taking time on your trip to visit.

 

We recommend taking a morning or afternoon to stroll through this carefree and laidback town.

You can rent a bike at the local shop for a peaceful ride around the lush and vibrant green grounds and plant life.

The town also has art galleries, music shops, inexpensive eateries and interesting people to meet.

One of the most impressive features of the town is the amazing graffiti work.

Most of the buildings show off the work of the locals. The artwork really shows the character and lifestyle of the people that live there.

WARNING:

Do not take pictures. The locals get angry.

The best practice is to ask if you can use your camera.

For more information on Christiania, click on this link!

Where to Stay When Visiting Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a variety of neighborhoods that fit different types of travelers budget and styles. When you stay it pays to learn about them to pick the best one that fits your interests. 

Indre By

Indre By is the oldest part of the city developed in the 12th century. It’s suited for those that like history, museums and churches.

This neighborhood has many restaurants, bars, and cafes to stop for something to eat or drinks.

It has the Botanical Gardens, Danish Design Center and plenty of specialty shops. Some of the best hotels are in this historic area.

Nyhaven

Nyhaven is a charming area located right on the canal within Indre By. It features some the best and trendiest restaurant in the region.

If you enjoy waterfront locations, then this is your place!

Enjoy one of Copenhagen’s best boat tours or simply sit in a cafe to enjoy some wine or beer.

Christianshavn

ChristianShavn is another neighborhood with several canals and narrow streets. It has a relaxed hipster atmosphere with casual restaurants, shops, and bike paths.

It’s easily accessed  by several bridges and most attractions are within a 20-minute walk.

Osterbero

Osterbero is a kid friendly community with art galleries, cafes, and organic food.  It’s one of the most expensive residential neighborhoods in.

This neighborhood attracts families with kids. They have a large family park, beach, and modern art museum.

Indre Norrebro

Indre Norrebro is a district  for the budget minded tourist. The neighborhood has cheaper hotels and cheaper restaurants to eat at.

Although it’s quite the party neighborhood.

So if you’re traveling with kids…

This probably isn’t the best neighborhood.

Some of the things this neighborhood has to offer include bars, vintage shops, and an open air art gallery.

If you want to experience something really different…

Visit the Barbie Doll Museum!

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is an upscale and urban neighborhood that is a bit pricey.

There are several specialty food stores, restaurants, and cafes to try. Rent a boat to row around the canals and visit the large park for a picnic lunch.

You can also find the Copenhagen Zoo in this neighborhood.

When To Visit Copenhagen

If you’re look for the best time to visit Copenhagen for weather…

Then you should plan a trip sometime during May through August.

It’s important to note that this is the peak tourist season and that means large crowds…

But tourist attractions and transportation are operating on a high level.

All museums, attractions, and venues are open and fully staffed.

Many of the large scale events and festivals take place during this season.

Spring which is March to May  is the best time to come when you want to have less crowds and cooler temperatures. During this time many attractions are open to see.

Fall (September to November) offers cool temperatures and less tourists.

Hotel rates and airfare are cheaper during this season.

There are two Festivals are held in this season in September and October…

So just make sure you’re aware of any events that can cause an increase in hotel prices.

Denmark does have  cold winters…

But that shouldn’t keep you from going during this time!

The winter provides cheaper air fare and less crowds to compete with when you visit attractions.

You will even get lower hotel rates and savings for families, couples, and singles this time of year.

If you’re like me and the cold weather doesn’t bother you, go during the winter. It’s very cold, but snow is rare in Copenhagen.

Just bring warm clothes and prepare for shorter days!

Conclusion

Visiting Copenhagen is a bucket-list travel destination for most. We don’t think you’ll regret adding it to your travel itinerary.

Have you been to Copenhagen before?

We’d love to hear from you in the Comment Section below and tell us how you felt about the city.

Or if you want to just drop by and say hi, we’re waiting to hear from all of the other addicted travelers out there!

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