2 days in Copenhagen

2 Days in Copenhagen – Incredible Travel Guide and Itinerary

If you’re looking for the perfect city break, why not consider 2 days in Copenhagen!

This bustling, historic city is full of culture, fantastic food and vibrant neighbourhoods.

This 2-day itinerary will give you a walking tour route and outline the best attractions the city has to offer.

 You will visit the awesome Nyhavn waterfront,  Strøget shopping street and Rosenborg Castle.

There is also helpful information on where to stay, the best guided tours , and how to get around.

Whether you’re in Copenhagen for 2 days or more, it’s somewhere you should definitely visit whilst in Denmark.

2 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary

So you’re wondering:

What is there to do in Copenhagen  in the summer?

Use this 2-day Copenhagen itinerary for inspiration and to help plan your trip. You can navigate around the different attractions from here.

What is Copenhagen famous for?

Copenhagen is famous for its rich history, including the numerous castles that are both in the city or a short drive away! The Danes are famous for their love of cycling and you will see many locals on bikes during your visit.

Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world, is an attraction in the centre of the city that draws a crowd. Rosenborg Castle and The Kings Garden were incredible and form a key part of the walking tour I suggest for your first day!

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2 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary Map

Here is a map of the main things you will see on day 1 of your 2 days in Copenhagen! On the first day I have created a walking tour itinerary.

2 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary - Day 1

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On the first of your 2 days in Copenhagen, I recommend taking a walking tour around the city. I’ve outlined the route I took during my recent visit.

If you are interested in taking a guided tour to learn more about the history of Copenhagen then you can check out Getyourguide.

You can book a food tour, walking tour or pub crawl in advance.

Copenhagen Free Walking Tour

I’ve outlined some information about each of the stops on the walking tour. It will take up a full day if you choose to spend some time in each place so I’d suggest starting right after breakfast.

Nyhavn

Nyhavn
Nyhavn

The walking tour begins at Nyhavn, the 17th century waterfront famous for its vibrant atmosphere and assortment of bars and cafes. Its perfect to start here as its in the cultural heart of Copenhagen.

It’s just a short walk to the next stop, Christiansborg Palace

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Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg Palace

This palace and government building is one of the examples of the fine architecture which makes Copehagen such a special place to visit.

Located just 10 minutes walk awake from Nyhavn this building is right in the centre of the city.

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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park which opened in 1843! Its full of old and interesting rides. The best known ride is Rutschebanen which is one of the worlds oldest wooden rollercoasters.

You will need at least a few hours to visit properly so its up to you if you want to spend that much time there.

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City Hall Square

This is one of the primary public squares in Copenhagen. Its a short walk from Tivoli gardens.

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Strøget

 

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This is a bustling, pedestrianised shopping area in the heart of Copenhagen. It’s popular due to it being one of the longest in Europe and is full of shops, restaurants and bars.

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The Round Tower

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The Round Tower

The Round Tower is a 17th century building located nearby. You can pay a small fee to walk up the winding ramp to the top and get a great view of the city.

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Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle is surrounded by amazing gardens that are a pleasure to walk through. It was originally built in 1606.

The surrounding area is called The Kings Gardens. There are many benches and places to sit so its perfect for a picnic lunch.

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Frederik's Church

This building is popularly known as the Marble Church due to its fantastic rococo architecture. It’s worth a stop but unfortunately I forgot to take a photo whilst I was there!

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Amalienborg Palace

This impressive building is home to the Danish Royal Family.

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Food and Drink in Copenhagen

Denmark is home to some fantastic Nordic cuisine so food and drink are definitely a highlight whilst visiting.

There are many cafe’s and restaurants including in the busy areas of Nyhavn and City Hall square.

Hot dog stands located are located around the city and the local’s love a sausage. Give one of them a try!

There are many local dishes worth a try. Another of my favorite European cities for cuisine is Amsterdam! Check out this guide on A Fun 2 Days in Amsterdam for your next trip!

Smorrebrod is a local dish you should definitely try. This was originally a farmers dish. It’s an open sandwich of rye bread and sauce with fish,meat or vegetables.

If you are interested, here is an article on how you can do a DIY Copenhagen Food Tour!

2 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary - Day 2

On the second of your 2 days in Copenhagen you have a few options to choose from. In the morning you could go back to Nyhavn for breakfast and then make a start on these attractions.

  • The Little Mermaid
  • Guided Tours in Copenhagen
  • Kastellet

The Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

This is a bronze statue located at the Langelinie promenade. It’s a nice excuse to take a walk down the waterfront and enjoy the view. It was created in 1913.

You can walk there from Nyhavn if you do choose to go there for breakfast. There is also a great park called Amaliehavn which you can stop off at on the way.

Kastellet, which I’ll discuss in a moment is also nearby!

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Guided Tours in Copenhagen

guided tours in copenhagen

When I am visiting cities and I want to go on a guided excursion, I generally use Getyourguide because of the ability to book quickly online.

Here are a few options in and around Copenhagen for your second day!

Kastellet

Kastellet copenhagen
Kastellet Fortress

This is one of the best preserved fortresses in Northern Europe. Its located not far from the Little Mermaid statue so you could go and visit it afterwards.

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Copenhagen Itinerary Day 3

If you are lucky enough to have a third day in the city then here are a few options! You could either check out some of the parks in the city or alternatively head over to the “hippie” area of Christiana. If you are prepared to leave the city I’d certainly recommend the trip to the castles of Roskilde, Frederiksbord and Kronborg.

Parks in Copenhagen

When you visit Rosenborg Castle you will have the pleasure of walking around “The Kings Garden”. 

However, there are other nice parks in Copenhagen such as Frederiksberg Gardens and Amalie Garden.

If you walk to the Little Mermaid along the waterfront from the center you will pass Amalie Garden on the way.

The Kings Garden
The King's Garden

Freetown Christiana

Christiana in Copenhagen is the “hippie” area of the city.

There is lots of street art and there are people openly selling different types of “smoke-able products” on the street. Its located in the Christianshavn area which you can get to easily by public transport. 

I went there on my first day as it was easy to get to from the hotel I was staying in. There are lots of cool market stalls to buy souvenirs and fresh food from.

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Street art in Freetown Christiana
Kronborg Castle

After exploring Copenhagen we were fortunate enough to take a road trip around Denmark. There are some fantastic castles located within driving distance. The first picture above is Kronborg castle which was built in the 16th century.

The picture below is Frederiksbord castle which is probably the most incredible one I have ever seen!

You can either rent a car and go there yourself or go with a tour group in which you will visit three castles in a day.

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Frederiksborg Castle
Frederiksbord Castle
Day trips from copenhagen
Malmo, Sweden

If you would like to check out two cities in Sweden you may want to consider this tour. It involves seeing the main attractions such as Hamlet’s castle and also crossing the famous Oresund bridge!

The bridge was a massive highlight for me. It’s probably the most incredible example of engineering I’ve ever seen.

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Other Places to Visit/Things to do in Copenhagen

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

If you still have time during your 2 days in Copenhagen, here are a few other options.

Frederiksberg Gardens are located right next to Copenhagen Zoo. You could combine the two places as its slightly outside of the city center.

Where to stay in Copenhagen

Nyhavn at night

Whilst in Copenhagen I stayed south of the city center in an area called Amager Vest. From here it was a short metro ride into the centre but the hotels were significantly cheaper.

Accommodation is quite expensive in Copenhagen so if you are on a budget then staying slightly further out could be a good option. 

Here is a list of a few accommodation options in Copenhagen.

Try to find a hotel with breakfast included to save on costs!

Cabinn Metro – Breakfast included, 15 min metro to center.

DGI-byens Hotel – Closer to the center, 3 star hotel.

 

 

Hostels are quite expensive compared to other cities in Europe.

Steel House Copenhagen – 1.8km from city centre.

Danhostel Copenhagen City – 0.6km from city centre.

a&o Copenhagen – budget 5km from city centre.

Air BnB can be an excellent option for finding accommodation options in Copenhagen

Options range from studio apartments in the centre of the city/town/village to chalet-style cabins nestled in the woods.

Copenhagen Travel Tips

Here are my travel tips for your 2 days in Copenhagen.

My thoughts on Copenhagen

This was one of my favorite cities in Europe. I also explored more of Denmark in a short road trip following my 2 days in Copenhagen.

Before arriving, we drove over the famous Öresund Bridge to arrive in Copenhagen from Malmo.

The main highlight in the city was the incredible buildings. The Rosenborg Castle has really nice grounds that you can walk around and enjoy a coffee. There is a great deal of history there and it’s worth taking the time to visit a few museums.

Nyhavn was also a fun place to visit. The famous picturesque waterfront was a great place to sit and have lunch at one of the many eateries.

Denmark was generally quite expensive, but I was able to get a decent price on accommodation by staying just outside the centre and using the metro.

Check out my other article: 2 Days in Tallinn

Öresund Bridge
Crossing the Öresund Bridge!

Costs in Copenhagen

Freetown Christiana

Here’s a rough breakdown of essential travel costs in Copenhagen.

Accomodation

Hotel room for 2: $60+
Hostel: Dorm – $25+; Private – $85+
Air BnB: $75+

Local Transport

Metro / Bus: $3.5
Day travel card: $11
Bike rental: $50/day
Taxi from airport to center: $45

 

Eating Out

Dinner: $20+
Lunch: $12+
Take-out meal: $8+

Drinking

Beer in local bar/pub: $6
Beer in high-end bar: $9
Cocktail: $11

How to get to Copenhagen

You can fly to Copenhagen easily and there are many flights per day. The airport is located around 5 miles from the city centre, which is easily accessible via a 15 minute train journey.

You can drive from Germany or alternatively cross the famous Öresund Bridge from Malmo , Sweden. As Denmark is within the Schengen Area there are no border controls.

Trains services are excellent and you can depart direct to Copenhagen from Hamburg or Malmo.

Europe also has great bus services. You can take a direct bus from Berlin to Copenhagen which takes around 9 hours.

How to get around Copenhagen

Whilst in Copenhagen I stayed just outside of the city centre. After a short metro ride into the city I spent most of my time there walking around on foot. You can also use the E-scooters which are located around the city. They are easily accessible using a smartphone.

The centre itself is small enough to walk around but there is also an excellent 24-hour public transport system. This includes metro, rail, buses and harbour buses.

If you don’t want to use individual tickets you can purchase a 24-hour or 72-hour City Pass. Alternatively I recommend the Copenhagen Card which also includes entrance to 87 museums and attractions!

Metro

The metro runs throughout the day in Copenhagen. The only quiet times are Sundays to Thursdays from midnight to 5am. Even at those hours the trains run approximately every 20 minutes!

Buses

All of the public transport uses the same ticketing system meaning that you can transfer from a metro to a bus easily using the same ticket. Buses are frequent and there is also a reduced service during night time hours.

Harbour Buses

I highly recommend giving one of the many “harbour buses” a try! There are 10 different stopping points around the harbour front. These boats are a great way to get around the city but also see some of the famous sites, such as the Little Mermaid!

Rent a Bike

In Copenhagen, a city bike project installed a network of electric bikes all over the city which are available for hire. Each bike also has navigation installed. Find out more information here.

Copenhagen Card

You can either buy tickets at the station or alternatively get a Copenhagen Card. This card can be for 24-120 hours and gives unlimited access to all public transport as well as entrance to 87 museums and attractions.

Best time to visit Copenhagen

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The busiest time to visit Copenhagen is during the summer months of June to August. There is warm weather and a wide range of festivals. Key events include the Jazz Festival, Roskilde Festival and Copenhagen Pride. Fashion week also draws a crowd in the Month of August and if you’re looking to try some culinary delights you could attend the Food Festival!

For a quieter experience and a milder climate you could visit during the Spring months of March to May. You may be persuaded by the cheaper air fares and hotel rates. There are still a plethora of events to fit into your schedule such as the Spring Festival and the Copenhagen Light Festival.

Christmas in Copenhagen is enlightening as the streets come alive with holiday celebrations. The weather can be bitter cold as the cold air from the Baltic sea hits land so pack some warm clothes. Key events include the Tivoli Christmas Market.

How to save money in Copenhagen

  • Book tours in advance on Getyourguide
  • Book accommodation with free breakfast
  • Use public transport where possible
  • Change money in advance
  • Book a hotel with free parking if you have a car

Practical Information for Visiting Copenhagen

Safety in Copenhagen

  • Be careful of pick pockets
  • Double check cover charges and drinks prices in restaurants
  • Use an anti-theft backpack.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended

Check out this in-depth info on Safety in Denmark by World Nomads. 

Further Reading for Your 2 Days in Copenhagen

I hope my 2 days in Copenhagen itinerary has been helpful to you.

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