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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.