To celebrate having lived in Copenhagen for 1 year now, I present you the ultimate 3-day Copenhagen itinerary! After being here for 4 months as an exchange student in 2016, I came back in August 2017 to take a masters degree in strategic marketing. I’ve been here now for 1 year and love Copenhagen even more after the amazing weather this summer. Therefore, I’ve decided to put together a 3-day itinerary for those who are thinking of visiting this beautiful Scandinavian city! The pictures below are a collection of my moments in those places and were mostly not taken in the same day, some were also taken by others. If you are in town for less time, I advise that you do one of the 3h free walking tours that cover the most important sites of the city.
Day 1 – Nyhavn, Canals Tour, Amalienborg Castle & the Little Mermaid
Start the day at Kongens Nytorv (metro station available) where you can get a glimpse of the Royal Danish Theatre, the Hotel D’Angleterre and the Magasin du Nord department store. By walking just a few meters you’ll find yourself in Copenhagen’s iconic harbor, Nyhavn, filled with traditional Danish colorful houses. Here, I recommend you take a boat to do the grand tour through the canals, which lasts 1h. You’ll be able to see the city from a different perspective and how the old and new architecture blend beautifully together. You’ll have a chance to see the Christianshavn Canals, the Black Diamond (Royal Library), the Opera House and the back of the Little Mermaid. When you’re back in Nyhavn head to the Amalienborg Castle, the official residence of the royal family, where you can see the changing of the guard at 12 a.m. every day. Near the castle, you can go inside the Marble Church. Next, walk to the Little Mermaid so you can take a proper look this time. On the way you’ll find Kastellet, which is one of the best preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe. Afterwards, you can go back to the city center and start exploring some of the streets to get a feel of the city’s atmosphere.
Day 2 – Rosenborg Castle, Botanical Garden, Strøget & Tivoli
On day 2, head from Nørreport station to the Botanical Garden and to the Rosenborg Castle. It’s worth to go inside the castle to see the Crown Jewels. Explore the park surrounding the castle as well, it’s particularly beautiful in the Autumn with all the yellow leafs falling from the trees. Near the station you’ll also find Torvehallerne, the main market in Copenhagen. Next, go to the Round Tower to get a view of the city and explore the city centre through Strøget, the main pedestrian street. You can also see the old town and Magstræde, Copenhagen’s oldest street. In the evening, visit the Tivoli gardens, which are particularly beautiful during Christmas time.
Day 3 – Christiansborg Palace, Church of Our Savior & Christiania
For the last day start by seeing the Christiansborg Palace, where the Danish parliament is now and the old Stock Exchange. You can also take a look at Rådhuspladsen, the city hall and make a stop at a board-game café called Bastards Café. It is a quite special place with walls filled with all sorts of board games and a great atmosphere. Lastly, head to the Church of Our Saviour, which has by far the best view of Copenhagen. End the trip with a visit to Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen’s alternative spot.
Extra Time in Denmark
Things to see in Copenhagen
If you have a bit more time in between attractions or want to get to know Copenhagen even better, I recommend that you explore the lakes, the several neighborhoods (Nørrebro, Vesterbro, Østerbro and the Frederiksberg municipality), the National Museum of Denmark, Glyptoteket (art museum with mainly sculptures), the Design Museum of Denmark, the Carlsberg Brewery and take a bike ride to Reffen (street food from around the world).
Things to See Outside Copenhagen
If you have an extra day or two, I highly recommend you visit some things outside of Copenhagen. Here are a few of my favorite places: Frederiksborg Castle (includes the museum of national history), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Kronborg Castle (Hamlet’s castle, worth to see with guided tour), Karen Blixen Museum (home of the Danish author of “Out of Africa”) and Malmö & Lund (Swedish cities).