What to see in Copenhagen in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Copenhagen it is certainly one of the most picturesque European capitals, with its colorful harbors, the variety of landscapes and its fairytale atmosphere. The Danish capital contains the perfect blend of history and modernity: on the one hand the majestic royal palaces with their immense gardens, canals and museums, on the other an explosion of innovation in their unique avant-garde design architecture .


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Christiansborg Slot, Kongenshave and Rosenborg Castle

To start the day nothing better than a cinnamon roll in a typical Danish oven, the recommended place is Lagkagehuset: the price for coffee and dessert is around € 8,00.

Our first Danish day starts from the old town where we can visit Christiansborg Palace, the Queen's working palace and seat of the Danish Parliament (entrance and guided tour € 22,00); visit the numerous rooms and climb to the top of its tower to admire the entire capital from above. A few minutes from the center it is a must to move to visit the majestic Ronsenborg Castle (admission € 16,00) and the park of Kongenshave, one of the most suggestive parks in the city. Rosenborg can be reached in less than 15 minutes by taking bus number 26 from Christiansborg and getting off at Georg Brandes Plads. The Castle was built by one of the most famous Scandinavian kings in history, Christian IV, and dates back to the th century; among its main attractions inside you can observe the Knight's Hall, where the coronation ceremonies of kings and the collection of gods were carried out Crown Jewels preserved in the basement of the castle.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Nihavn and the canal tour

For lunch we stop at the Garden Restaurant & Bar located a few hundred meters just outside the walls of Rosenborg Castle: here we will be able to taste the typical dishes of Danish cuisine (excellent those based on herring and salmon) taking advantage of their fixed menu from 3 courses to 300 crowns (about € 40,00).

After lunch we reach Nihavn, the most picturesque suburb of Copenhagen which with its colored houses close to the canals represents one of the most iconic images of this city. From Nihavn it is possible to take a tour of the canals lasting about 1h (price € 20,00) from which we can admire all the most important monuments of the city: the Opera House, the statue of the Little Mermaid, the Church of Our Savior, the Danish National Museum and the Royal Library.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Stroget and Straedet Street

Our first day ends with a walk on the street Straedet where we can indulge in some shopping among the many shops and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the alleys and their views.

For dinner we suggest you try the excellent fish dishes of Cap Horn: warm and soft atmosphere, fresh and local ingredients, prices definitely in line with those of Copenhagen (around € 30,00 for a complete meal).

Finally we will spend the rest of the evening on the Stroget (the longest pedestrian street in Europe) choosing from numerous clubs and pubs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 2 min
  • Places visited: Christiansborg Slot (full € 22,00; reduced students € 19,00; under 18 free), Kongenshave (free), Rosenborg Castle (full € 16,00; reduced students € 10,00), Nihavn (free), Stroget and Straedet Street (free)
  • Canal cruise from Nyhavn
  • Breakfast at Lagkagehuset (Get directions), Lunch at Garden Restaurant & Bar (Get directions), Dinner at Cap Horn (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Botanisk Have, Marmorkirken, Amalienborg Palace

In the opening of our second day exploring Copenhagen we are headed to the wonderful Botanical gardens rich in precious examples of vegetation from all over the world (free admission). Before diving into the green, however, let's stop for breakfast at Grod: a few steps from the Gardens you can recharge your batteries with their porridge-based bowls to be seasoned to your liking (price € 6,00 / 7,00).

After the nature walk, let's go back to admire some of the architectural wonders of the old city: the Marmorkirken (Marble Church), dating back to the end of the 26th century with a breathtaking facade. To reach it, we once again take our trusted bus line at the Georg Brandes Plads stop. Around noon we reach then Amalienborg Palace, the home of the royal family, just in time to attend the exciting ceremony of Changing of the guard. The ticket price to visit the interior of the Palace is approximately € 14,00.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Vor Frelsers Kirke, Christiania, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum

For lunch we stay in the square of Amalienborg and stop at the Café Oscar: to try the characteristic "smorrebrod", Danish sandwiches with the most varied fillings. Prices between € 15,00 and € 20,00.

We return to the Christianshavn district by taking metro 2 from the stop Kongens Nyrtov and if you don't suffer from vertigo I absolutely recommend you to climb to the top of the tower Vor Flersers church (there are about 400 steps, but the panorama of the city seen from above is worth all the effort!).

Another "must" absolutely to visit is the city of Cristiania: declared independent in 1970, this city within the city is a symbol of freedom and autonomy for its inhabitants and for those who visit it.

To end our afternoon in the name of art, we recommend that you visit the Ny Carlsberg Museum (reachable in about 10 minutes by bus 9A) one of the most beautiful in the city: inside you can range from impressionist paintings to an entire collection dedicated to Ancient Egypt. (Full ticket: € 14,00 students: € 10,00 under 18: free)

3 - Evening: Dinner, TiFlights Gardens

In the late afternoon it is time to immerse yourself in the magic of the TiFlights gardens, an amusement park illuminated by thousands of Chinese lanterns (cost € 18,00 only admission / € 48,00 admission + unlimited rides).

Enjoy the attractions of the park, the particular mime shows of the Pantomime Theater and classical music concerts in the Concert Hall, then, before closing at 22pm, have dinner at the Japanese restaurant inside, the Wagamama, a very popular chain that offers fusion proposals (price € 20,00 / € 30,00).

Considering the tight time, it is essential to purchase the priority entrance ticket in advance.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,8 km / 1 h 39 min
  • Places visited: Botanisk Have (free), Marmorkirken (free), Amalienborg Palace (full € 14,00; reduced students € 9,50; under 17 free), Christiania (free), Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum (full € 14,00; students € 10,00; under 18 free), TiFlights Gardens (admission only € 18,00; admission + rides € 48,00)
  • Copenhagen: skip-the-line entrance to the TiFlights Gardens
  • Breakfast at Grod (Get directions), Lunch at Café Oscar (Get directions), Dinner at Wagamama (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Frederiksborg Castle

For our third and last day discovering Copenhagen we move a little outside the city center and take the train (line E) towards Hillerod. Here we can visit the magnificent Renaissance castle of Frederiksborg which houses the National History Museum of Denmark. (entrance ticket to the castle: € 9,00). Before starting our visit we can stop for a delicious breakfast of sweets and cappuccino in the City Bakery just outside the castle. (prices under € 10,00). The visit to the castle and its gardens will take at least our whole morning.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, National History Museum

Did the long walks in the gardens make you a little hungry? Then stop by Spisestedet Leonora for a buffet brunch while staying within the castle walls: salads, local fish dishes and pancakes at average prices (€ 15,00 / € 20,00).

Before finally crossing the walls there is one more thing that deserves to be visited: the National History Museum. Here you can take a journey through Danish history and immerse yourself in the culture of this fascinating northern European people. A fascinating curiosity about the museum is the story of its birth: in 1859, in fact, Frederiksborg Castle suffered extensive damage due to a disastrous fire, and the National History Museum project was born from the need to rebuild and redevelop this pearl of Danish history (ticket € 9,90).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Faelledparken, the Little Mermaid statue and OsterbroSiamo

At the end of our journey and before evening falls we return to the city center to finally visit the statue of the Little Mermaid, the most popular attraction in Copenhagen. To do this we will have to reach the Kastellet park by bus 301 from Frederiksborg Slot to Hillerod St, then get on the train A from Hillerod to Osterport and finally cross the park with a relaxing and pleasant walk to the port. Here is the statue lying on its rock and you can also admire the sunset.

Our evening ends on the streets of Osterbro, the most chic and elegant district of the city accessible by metro M3 from Osterport to Poul Henningsens Plads.

If you want to treat yourself to a special gastronomic experience for your last Danish dinner, then we recommend you stop by "The Pescatarian". Certainly not a cheap restaurant (€ 50,00- € 80,00 per person), but definitely unique in its high quality proposals.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 59,9 km / 1 h 37 min
  • Places visited: Frederiksborg Castle (full € 9,00; reduced students € 8,00; free with the Copenhagen Card), National History Museum (full € 9,90; under 18 free), Kastellet park (free), Little Mermaid statue (free ), Osterbro
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours Frederiksborg Castle Private Tour
  • Breakfast at City Bakery (Get Directions), Lunch at Spisestedet Leonora (Get Directions), Dinner at The Pescatarian (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Copenhagen cost

The cost of living in Copenhagen is certainly higher compared to what we are used to in Italy, but certainly the relationship between costs and services offered in a city like this justifies the somewhat high prices.

  • Costs to eat: about € 55,00-60,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 100,00 per person following the itinerary suggested by us (I remind you that the entrance to many of the attractions, including those indicated in our itinerary, is included in the Copenhagen Card, together with transport)
  • Transportation: about € 50,00-60,00 per person (the metro from the airport to the center of Copenhagen costs around € 5,00, while to move around the city the day pass costs € 18,00, but for '3-day itinerary we recommend the 7-day Flexcard at a cost of € 34,00)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 56,00 per person in a hostel for 2 nights, or from € 100,00-120,00 per room for 2 nights in a hotel / b & b -
  • Fun: from € 60,00 / € 70,00 per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Copenhagen: from € 450,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Copenhagen: from May to August is the best period because the hours of light increase and the temperatures rise to a maximum around 20 degrees - find out more
  • from Kastrup Airport, you can reach the center by metro, train, bus or taxi in about half an hour. The ticket is around 40 Danish kroner, around € 5,00. Flights starting from € 43,00
  • the area around the TiFlights gardens offers a good concentration of tourist attractions and is close to the central metro station. To stay in the heart of the nightlife, prefer the Vesterbro area. Accommodations from € 56,00 per night
  • Getting around: by bus, metro and train by purchasing a City pass valid for all means of transport. The price is € 18,00 for the day pass and € 34,00 for the 7-day pass. Find out more
  • Other: don't forget to buy the Copenhagen Card to save on the cost of attractions and public transport. The price for 3 days is € 102,00 you can buy it online.

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