Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city’s historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels. Nyhavn is a charming harbor town with colorful cottages lining the streets with a pedestrian love lock bridge overlooking the boats in the harbor. There are bicycles all around as 80% of the city rides bikes as transportation, and there are small trampolines in the sidewalks for kids. The little mermaid statue sits overlooking the harbor on a rock where you can rent a hot tub boat to cruise. There are lots of warm and cosy craft trendy coffee shops with the hygge vibe, full of candles and comfy spots. This is the coolest scandinavian city and one of the spots in Europe that is our personal favorite.
Public Transportation from Copenhagen Airport to City Center
Copenhagen Card V.S. City Pass
The Copenhagen airport is about a 32-36 minute public transportation ride and about 5 miles outside the city. There are two ways depending on how long you will be in the city that you can save money and streamline your costs for visiting the city and transportation. There is the Copenhagen Card, and the City Pass. The Copenhagen Card allows you unlimited public transportation in the entire Capital Region of Denmark including transport to and from Copenhagen Airport. Also, free admission to over 80 attractions and museums in the city. The Copenhagen Card costs 54 euro for an adult 24 hours pass, 80 euro for a 48 hour pass and 99 euro for an adult 72 hour pass. The City Pass is unlimited transport on buses, trains and the metro in Copenhagen in zones 1-4, from the moment you arrive in Copenhagen from the airport. The City Pass for a 24 hour adult ticket costs 11 euro, for a 48 hour adult ticket about 22 USD, and for a 72 hour adult ticket about $30USD.
I did not know about the two city transportation cards available and would have saved a lot of money on transportation if I did. These are great resources that can help you plan out your trip with ease. I highly recommend getting one of these cards. There are some other transportation options below if the cards of your timeline does not make sense to buy one of the cards.
If you are trying to go to central stations such as Kongens Nytorv or Nørreport, the metro is your best option for transport. Read about taking the metro here.
The train is the best option if you are trying to get to Copenhagen Central Station. Read about taking the train here.
The bus is a budget option for getting to Central Station, City Hall Square, Nørreport and other stations. Get on Bus 5A, it takes around 30-35 minutes from the airport to the Central Station. Read about taking the bus here.
Taxis pick up passengers at terminal 1 and 3 and will get you to downtown Copenhagen in about 20 minutes based on traffic. It will cost approximately DKK 250-300 or $37USD. This is the most expensive option and could mean getting stuck in traffic.
Things to Do
This is a historic canal and entertainment district that is the trendy hub of downtown Copenhagen. This area holds the famous little mermaid statue, the Tivoli Gardens and lots of shops on the bustling Stroget Street. Nyhavn is the colorful harbor town with rows of cute colored architectural cottages and bikes all around. There are mini trampolines in sections of the street by the harbor, and a bridge that
See the Little Mermaid
The little Mermaid is an iconic bronze mermaid sculpture, by Edvard Eriksen, of a character from H.C. Andersen’s fairytale. The statue sits on the harbor and is a top visited statue in the city. The statue just celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and is the most visited sculpture in the city.
This is a trendy warehouse of tons of vendors, shops and restaurants in one house. There is so much good food and craft beer and drinks to choose from in the artistic warehouse. There is tons of seating outside, picnic tables and benches in the sun outside the warehouse as well overlooking the city and water. The trees are filled with wish papers tied in and all kinds of other little artistic hipster details to the place. This was one of my favorite spots in Copenhagen. This is a great place to grab lunch one afternoon that is still fairly budget as well. They house Copenhagen Street Food, which is a collective of 60+ colourful food stalls and street food vendors, in a Bohemian setting, under one roof in one of the warehouse buildings facing the harbour (next to Experimentarium City). This is not open all year round, but has a longer opening period each year, with the winter months normally open Thursday through Sunday, and from Easter to the end of September, 7 days a week. Some time in December, Street food closes its doors until February. It is best to Google their website for the precise open times.
Hours: 12–8PM daily
CUB Coffee Bar Boldhusgade
This is one of the coolest hygge coffee spots for fika in the city. This was our favorite coffee shop we found that is in a basement that you walk down into. There is still all the light, cozy and candles all around with comfy furs on chairs to sit at little tables in an artsy space. CUB Coffee stands for Copenhagen Underground Brewers, they work in collaberation with Copenhagen Coffee Lab. They roast coffee beans on a Giesen drum roaster. They roast several times a week for fresh coffee. They sell delicious pastries as well as some small food items. See more about CUB coffee here.
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 – 18:00, Saturday / Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Christiana is a little community in Copenhagen that is a complete weed drug community that has been in existence for countless years. The place is a very hippy bohemian vibe that is a drug selling and using community in town. The dealers wear masks mostly and pictures are not allowed in the community. This really is a sub culture and town in the community that has its own post office, restaurants, and art and culture workshops they hold. This is an artisan community creating and living in community. There is available housing there that you can apply for on the site to join the community. The police have seemed to have turned a blind eye to this community and it is really interesting to walk through and experience.
Tivoli Gardens are a 19th-century amusement park, open Apr-Sep, with antique roller coaster & a live entertainment program. The beautiful gardens are a famous site to see in the city
Hours: 11am-11pm daily
Price: $60USD for an adult ticket, ticket options and booking here
Rosenborg Castle & Gardens
This is a Dutch Renaissance palace & gardens, including a museum housing the crown jewels, with guided tours. The gardens and castle grounds are free to enter and walk around outside. There is an entrance fee to tour the inside of the castle for adults, children are free. The flowers on the grounds as well as the tunnel shrubs make a gorgeous garden to go for a walk and sit on a bench and enjoy the views.
Hours: 10am-3pm daily
Price: 115 kr or $12usd per adult ticket, more info here
Round Tower City Lookout Point
This is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, built in the 17th century. You can climb up the tower and walk on the spiral path, around 200 meters in length, up to the top of the 36-meter tall tower. This is the best spot in the city for views of the old part of Copenhagen, overlooking the city’s main buildings and streets to the sea. Follow the way of the Øresund Bridge, which connects Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden via a bridge and an underwater tunnel. Inside the tower is a library hall, where the entire book collection of the university was once stored.
Hours: 10am-8pm daily
Price: Adults DKK 25, Children (5 -15 years) DKK 5
Year card: Child SEK 50 Adult SEK 150
This is an old historical place of worship that is a church next to the Round Tower City observatory. This gorgeous spire rises above all the rest of the downtown and can be seen in between many buildings. This is a historical staple of beauty in the city.
Hours: The church is open for worshipers every day between 9.30 and 16.30
Price: Free admission
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Some five million yellow bricks makes the Stunning Grundtvigs Church one of the best known churches in the city. 📷by @edwardkb #featuremevisitcopenhagen #visitcopenhagen #copenhagen #living_europe #beautifuldestinations #weekendgetaway #architecture #archilovers #citybreak
This is an airy church with an Expressionist-style exterior & Gothic-style interior that seats 1800 people. This church is a gorgeous Protest cathedral that is art inside for the eyes to behold.
Hours: 9am-4pm daily, closed Mondays
Price: Free Admission
This is a historical palace that has tours of the lavish reception rooms & stables, plus 12th-century castle remains. The palace inside is ornate gold, a huge chandelier and beautiful passages to explore.
Hours: 10am-5pm daily
Price: Adult tickets are 160 kr or $17 USD.
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Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard; in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V #mytravelgram
This is an 18th-century rococo complex of palaces, with a museum & marches/displays by royal guards. This palace is filled with beautiful art and is a historical landmark in the city. The changing of the guard happens daily at 12pm noon and is interesting to watch. Make sure to come 30 minutes early because it gets packed with people waiting to watch as well. The famous Rosenborg palace is on the grounds and the most visited while the lines for Amalienborg are very short.
Hours: 10am-3pm daily
Price: Tickets for Amalienborg Palace is DKK95 for adults, free for children under 18, and DKK65 for students. A combination ticket with Rosenborg Palace that is valid for 36 hours is good value at DKK145
This is another historical landmark location in the downtown area on the water to see that is right next door to Christianborg Palace. This is a 17th-century, waterfront building & former stock exchange with a striking spire.
Stroget Street Shopping
This is one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe. Explore the many shops and boutiques that line the street. On the 1.1 km long Strøget Street you can find international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Prada and Boss, to cheaper ones, like H&M, Zara and Vero Moda. There are lots of street performers, with musicians and acrobats to observe while you walk and shop.
Modern and Quirky Architecture
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Beautiful, modern and quirky architecture can be found all around the city. Who would have known that a residential care home could look like this? Spotted in the Ørestad neighbourhood 📷by @vollygda #featuremevisitcopenhagen #copenhagen #visitcopenhagen #chasinglight #beautifuldestinations #citybreak #weekendgetaway #denmark #living_europe #beautifuldestinations #traveling #vacation #explore #wanderlust #bestintravel #instravel #theprettycities #earthofficial #passionpassport #achitecture
Walking through town there is lots of unique architecture to spot in the city. The Orestad neighborhood is where you can find this modern eccentric building. There are lots of design artists in this area as well as their design art museum that you can tour downtown. The art is unique and very modern in Copenhagen.
Hot tubs on the Harbor Front
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How about ditching the cold weather and huddle up in a sauna or hot tub on the harbourfront? The magic is happening at @copenhot on a “secret” location on Refshaløen 🔥 #visitcopenhagen #living_europe #beautifuldestinations #citybreak #weekendgetaway #chasinglight #featuremevisitcopenhagen #copenhagen #winter
This is one of the cool things to do on the harbor even in the cold weather. There are saunas and hot tubs to enjoy the city still. Copenhot is a killer day spa that is located on the waterfront. The spa uses New Nordic Wellness, wilderness facilities in an urban setting. They use clean sea water and heat with firewood. Their Stationary outdoor Spas and panoramic Sauna give amazing views of the harbour skyline. They also have hot tub boats that you can cruise the harbor and go for what is called a sailing spa.
Hours: 10am-10pm daily
Hot Tub Boat Price: 2200 DKK or $330 USD.
1.5 hours of cruising in the harbour with up to 5 people with a blue tooth speaker. They have two of these boats.
Stationary Hot Tub Price: 1300 DKK or $195 USD.
You can rent a private stationary Spa. You can soak for 1 hour in 40℃ / 104℉ heated clean sea water at Refshaleø harbourfront. There is a max of 6 people. They have 6 tubs altogether.
Hotdays ( no reserving tubs, seat with strangers) Prices: 300 DKK or $45USD.
The HotDays is a social concept, you come and soak and meet new people, both Danes and tourists with a view over Copenhagen’s harbour. Guests share the spas for 1.5 hours.
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Superkilen is just one of many creative, playful public spaces you'll find in Copenhagen. It's built with the locals and visitors in mind and adored by locals of all ages. 📷by @benjamin.lassen #featuremevisitcopenhagen #copenhagen #visitcopenhagen #citybreak #beautifuldestinations #living_europe #weekendgetaway #kids #kidsplay #kidsfun
Contemporary urban space with a jogging track, a playground, a basketball court & a skateboard ramp. This is the most artistic creative public park that is the hippest place. Denmark is a country with master designers and artists. From the buildings, to the neighborhoods and parks this city is just filled with cool and artistic structures. The park is no exception and is a cool spot to spend an afternoon.
Where to stay
Generator Hostel Copenhagen
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Generator Hostel in Copenhagen is city center, just a few minutes walk from Kongens Nytorv, close by many bars and restaurants. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the bar-and-restauran. This spot is full of young travelers. There is a large outdoor terrace with a pétanque court. The hostel is known for its wild electric colored staircase as pictured above. The bar is trendy with all kinds of modern decor and hanging lights. This place is very nice and modern and still budget friendly.
Price: $40USD/night, book here
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
This hostel has won many hostel awards for being the Popular Hostel in Copenhagen four times in a row by Hostelworld. They are on Europe’s Famous hostels list and are in an amazing walkable location of the best sights of the city. It is between Copenhagen’s main shopping street Strøget and the city’s canals near Christiansborg Palace. The hostel is in the idealic historic city center for exploration. The hostel has dorm rooms that fit 10, private rooms for couples and families available. There is a colorfully painted bar and restaurant with a pool table and board games in the lounge hangout area.
Price: $58USD/night, book here
This hostel is located in Nyhavn is arguably the coolest district in the downtown of Copenhagen. Staying here is a beautiful area filled with the colorful cottages on the harbor as well as the baots and love lock pedestrian bridge. This is in close walking distance to all the best places in the city as well.
Price: $30USD/night, book here