Excursions from Copenhagen: the best day trips around Copenhagen

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Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and, like the other Nordic capitals, it is a fascinating city that will make you fall in love with Danish culture and, more generally, with Northern European culture.
Its strategic position on the sea and on the border with Sweden makes it a perfect base also for exploring the surrounding areas.
So here are some tips on best day trips around Copenhagen.


  1. Hamlet Castle in Helsingør
  2. Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød
  3. Roskilde and the Viking Ship Museum
  4. Bakken
  5. Odensen and the Andersen House
  6. Island of Møn
  7. Islands of Lolland and Falster
  8. Bornholm Island and Christiansø
  9. Malmö and Lund
  10. Kristianstad
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Hamlet's Castle in Helsingør

This city in the north of Denmark is located just under 50 kilometers from Copenhagen, about 45 minutes by car. The city is easily accessible also by train, which leaves from the capital every 20 minutes and takes about an hour to take you to your destination.

In Helsingør is the Kronborg, also known as the Hamlet Castle, as this is the castle where Shakespeare set the famous Hamlet tragedy. Built in 1420, it was damaged several times in the following centuries, it was destroyed and rebuilt, always in its strategic position on the Øresund strait. Since 2000 it has become part of the monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, in August, the Shakespeare Festival is held in the castle, during which Shakespeare plays are staged by Danish or foreign theater companies.

  • Range: 50 km
  • direct train 029 at Københavns Hovedbanegård station in Copenhagen and get off at Helsingør station, one hour journey; the castle is a 10 minute walk from the station - Get directions
  • January, February, March, November and December from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00, closed on Mondays; April, May and October every day from 11:00 to 16:00; from June to September every day from 10:00 to 17:30
  • the cost varies according to the months of visit; from January to May and from September to December it costs 95 DKK (about € 12,70), from June to August 145 DKK (about € 19,50)
  • Frederiksborg & Kronborg Castles: Tour from Copenhagen Hamlet's Kronborg & Frederiksborg Castle Exclusive Tours

2 - Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød

It is located in Hillerød, a city in northern Denmark, 40 kilometers from Copenhagen, about half an hour by car. Easily accessible by train.

Frederiksborg Castle is located on Lake Slotsø in Hillerød. In Dutch Renaissance style, was built in the 1878th century at the behest of Christian IV, king of Denmark and Norway. From it became the seat of the National History Museum.
One of its strengths are undoubtedly the beautiful gardens that surround the castle, one in baroque style and one in romantic style.
If you visit Frederiksborg on weekends and public holidays from Easter to October you will be greeted by some people who wear traditional costumes that reflect those painted in the paintings displayed in the rooms, a great step back in time!

  • Range: 40 km
  • train at Copenhagen Københavns Hovedbanegård station and get off at Lyngby station, where the A train leaves for Hillerød station, total travel time of one hour; the castle is an 18 minute walk from the station (2km) - Get directions
  • from April 1st to October 31st every day from 10:00 to 17:00; from November 1st to March 31st every day from 11:00 to 15:00
  • full 75 DKK (about € 10,00); reduced from 6 to 15 years 20 DKK (about € 2,70); reduced over 65 and students 60 DKK (about € 8,00)
  • Frederiksborg & Kronborg Castles: Tour from Copenhagen Hamlet's Kronborg & Frederiksborg Castle Exclusive Tours

3 - Roskilde and the Viking Ship Museum

This city is located west of Copenhagen, which is only 31 kilometers away, about half an hour by car. The city is easily also reachable by train, with a direct connection from the capital that takes you to your destination in less than 25 minutes.

Roskilde is one medieval town which was the capital of Denmark until the 1995th century. In addition to its beautiful old town and the Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since , you absolutely cannot miss another attraction the city is famous for: the Vikingeskibsmuseet, the Viking Ship Museum, where you can admire the remains of ships found in the surrounding areas and fjord. In addition, you can immerse yourself in the role of the Viking, trying on traditional clothes and board faithful reproductions of ships. In summer, however, real sea trips are organized, to try! This museum is also perfect for children, as they too can dress up and play with fake Viking swords.

  • Range: 31,2 km
  • take the RE direct train to Næstved at Copenhagen Københavns Hovedbanegård Station and get off at Roskilde Station, travel time 23 minutes (2km) - Get directions
  • from 1st May to 13th October and holidays every day from 10:00 to 17:00; from 14 October to 30 April every day from 10:00 to 16:00
  • from 1 January to 8 February, from 25 February to 12 April, from 23 to 30 April and from 21 October to 30 December 110 DKK (approximately € 14,70); from 9 to 24 February, from 13 to 22 April and from 1 May to 20 October 150 DKK (about € 20,00); up to 17 years is free
  • Roskilde: day trip from Copenhagen

4 - Bakken

Do you want to be a child again for a day? Then Bakken is the perfect destination for you! It is located just 14 kilometers north of Copenhagen, about 20 minutes by car. Even reaching it by train is very simple, you will arrive at your destination in 25 minutes.
Bakken, whose full name is Dyrehavsbakken, is the Amusement Park, still in operation, the oldest in the world. In addition, with an area of ​​75.000 square meters and an average turnout of around 2 million people a year, this is considered one of the most important attractions in all of Denmark. Dating back to 1583, in the park you will find one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world, built in 1931 by the Irish engineer Quinlan, lots of different rides, arcades, numerous dance, cabaret and circus shows and lots of bars and restaurants. Admission is free and you can choose whether to pay for the individual rides or buy a day pass.

  • Range: 14,1 km
  • direct train 029, A or C to Copenhagen Københavns Hovedbanegård Station and get off at Klampenborg Station, travel time 26 minutes; Bakken is 750 meters from the station, less than 10 minutes walk - Get directions
  • the opening days change every year; generally from 10:00 to 24:00 from the second Friday in April to the second Sunday in September, the second and third week of October and weekends during the Christmas period; some rides and restaurants may observe different times, however, so we advise you to consult the official website before visiting closed in winter
  • it is free, access to the various rides is paid and varies from carousel to carousel; on the official website you can buy different passes starting from 219 DKK for adults (about € 30,00) and 139 DKK for children (about € 18,60)

5 - Odensen and the Andersen House

This city is located in the heart of Denmark, on the island of Funen, 159 kilometers west of Copenhagen, almost two hours by car. But the best way to reach it is definitely the train, as several direct trains leave from the capital every day, which will take you to your destination in about an hour and a half. Please choose a window seat to admire the beauty of this country.

Odensen, whose origin dates back to before the Viking settlements, it is mainly known for being the birthplace of the writer Hans Christian Andersen, author of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid. But not only that, it is also the official city of the bicycle, its name derives from Odin, the Nordic god of war. The house of the Danish writer is now home to a museum dedicated to him, established in 1908, which traces his life and the works he wrote over the years. Then get lost in the beautiful streets of the historic center of Odensen, full of typical cafes and street food markets.

  • Range: 159 km
  • direct IC or ICL train at Copenhagen Københavns Hovedbanegård Station and get off at Odense Banegård Center Station, travel time one hour and 34 minutes (Get directions); Andersen's house is located at Munkemøllestræde 3 in Odense (Get directions)
  • it is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00
  • 135 DKK (about € 18,00)

6 - Island of Møn

The Island of Møn is located in southern Denmark, 128 kilometers from Copenhagen, about an hour and a half by car. The car is the best way to reach it, as with public transport it will take you no less than 4 hours and you will have to make several changes. Furthermore, by renting a car you will have total freedom and autonomy to get around the island better.

The island of Møn is one of Denmark's major natural attractions. One of the most beautiful landscapes that you will be able to see here are its beautiful cliffs, which reach a height of about 130 meters and extend for 12 kilometers. To get to the beach you will have to go up a wooden staircase consisting of over 500 steps, which starts from the top and which proceeds all through the woods. The difference in height is the same as the height of the cliffs, therefore about 130 meters, so pay attention to the ascent, which could be a bit tiring for the less trained.

  • Range: 128 km
  • 128 kilometers from Copenhagen, about 31 hour and minutes by car - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Islands of Lolland and Falster

The Islands of Lolland and Falster are one of the southernmost points of Denmark. Given their proximity we advise you to visit both on the same day and to rent a car to be able to move freely and in complete autonomy.
Falster, the closest to Copenhagen, is 118 kilometers from the latter, an hour and a quarter by car. Lolland, on the other hand, is located immediately after Falster and is 154 kilometers from Copenhagen, about an hour and 40 minutes by car.

Falster Island is a popular tourist resort, much loved by the Danes for its white sand beaches and unspoiled nature, an ideal destination to spend a few days in complete relaxation and tranquility. After the beaches, the island's main attraction is the Middelaldercentret, a theme park in which a medieval Danish village from the th century has been rebuilt. Here you can try archery, watch knight tournaments and stroll through the market. A real step back in time.

To reach Lolland Island, simply continue on the main road that connects the two islands. Here we advise you a visit to the Naturpark Maribosøerne, inaugurated in 1994 and which extends over 50 square kilometers. It represents one of the most important natural areas in the country.

  • Range: 118 km
  • How to get to Falster: located 118 kilometers from Copenhagen, about an hour and 15 minutes by car - Get directions
  • How to get to Lolland: located 182 kilometers from Copenhagen, about an hour and 40 minutes by car - Get directions
  • the islands are always accessible; the Middelaldercentret is open from May to October from 10:00 to 16:00, in the months of May and September it is closed on Mondays; the Naturpark Maribosøerne is always accessible
  • entrance to the Middelaldercentret costs 140 DKK (approximately € 18,70); admission to the Naturpark Maribosøerne is free

8 - Bornholm Island and Christiansø

Bornholm Island is an island in Denmark off the coast of Sweden. To reach it you will necessarily have to take the ferry: from Copenhagen you have to cross the Øresund Bridge to the Swedish city Ystad, about 92 kilometers from the Danish capital, and from there embark on the fast ferries to Bornholm, in which cars can also be loaded. And our advice is precisely that of rent a car so you can freely get around the island.

Bornholm Island is one ideal destination for those who love wild nature and active sports holidays: this is in fact a perfect place for cycling and trekking excursions, thanks to the many paths present. Furthermore, the landscapes you will see are very different from each other but all very suggestive: in the north of the island there are the beautiful Sanctuary cliffs, made up of granite and which rise 22 meters above the sea, while the south is characterized by beaches with thin sand. They are located 20 kilometers northeast of Bornholm Island, about an hour by boat the archipelago of Ertholmene, Christiansø and Frederikso, connected by a pedestrian bridge. Here you will find yourself in front of absolutely extraordinary landscapes, among the most beautiful in all of Denmark.

  • Range: 92 km
  • reach Ystad 92 kilometers from Copenhagen, about an hour and 12 minutes by car, here take one of the many fast ferries that leave every day to reach Bornholm Island, total travel time 3 hours - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • One-way ferry ticket from 99 DKK (approx € 13,30), including the car and maximum 5 people

9 - Malmö and Lund

Copenhagen is located on the border with Sweden, to which it is connected with the Øresund bridge, which leads to the city of Malmö. To change status and spend a day exploring this Swedish city, you only have to travel 44 kilometers, both by car and by train travel time is about 40 minutes.

Once you arrive Malmö you will immediately notice that you are in a different state starting from the architecture of the houses and the historic center, which is mainly developed around two squares, Stora Torget and Lilla Torget, where some of the most important attractions of the city overlook. We advise you to get lost in the streets of Gamla Staden, the heart of Malmö, full of colorful medieval-style houses, to visit Malmö Castle, the oldest Renaissance fortress in Sweden, to admire the modern and futuristic tower of Turning Torso and to indulge in a lunch break tasting typical Swedish cuisine, such as köttbullar, a plate of meatballs served with mashed potatoes and a sauce made from lingon jam, a fruit similar to blueberry.

Lund is located just 18 kilometers from Malmö and you can reach it directly in 10 minutes by train. IS' a small medieval village, characterized by cobbled streets and traditional half-timbered houses. You will feel like you are taking a real step back in time. Despite this ancient side, Lund is one very young city, with a great nightlife, also due to its being one campus.

  • Range: 44,4 km
  • take the SJ Snabbtåg direct train X2000, Öresundståg or 029 at Copenhagen Københavns Hovedbanegård Station and get off at Malmö Central Station, travel time 40 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • the cost varies according to the attractions you want to visit
  • Malmö: guided tour from Copenhagen Copenhagen: Øresund bridge tour to Lund and Malmö

10 - Kristianstad

Kristianstad is a Swedish city not far from Malmö and Lund. It is 153 kilometers away from Copenhagen, so you can reach it in just one hour and 45 minutes by car. But the best way to reach your destination is undoubtedly the direct train which starts from Copenhagen and arrives at Kristianstad C station always in an hour and 45 minutes.

Kristianstad is a quaint little town that sits on the banks of the Helge River. This city is a perfect destination for lovers of museums and nature: on the opposite bank you will find the Naturum Vattenriket ecomuseum, immersed in a beautiful landscape full of life, ideal for bird watching enthusiasts; while in the center you will find the beautiful Hälsoträdgården gardens, open 24 hours a day and of unique beauty.

  • Range: 153 km
  • The train leaves every hour towards Kristianstad C at Copenhagen Københavns Hovedbanegård Station, travel time 45 hour and 19,00 minutes (€ ) - Get directions
  • the city is always accessible; the Naturum Vattenriket is open from June to August every day from 10:00 to 17:00, in September from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00, from October to March from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00: 11, from April to May from Tuesday to Sunday from 00:17 to 00:; the Hälsoträdgården is always accessible
  • Free

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