48 hours in one of the world’s most liveable cities lets you discover its classic attractions – and gives you time to explore the diversity of Copenhagen.
MORNING - EXPLORE COPENHAGEN
Start the day with a guided tour of Copenhagen. Let Hans Christian Andersen guide you through the old city centre or join one of the many guided walking tours offered by local guides in Copenhagen. Jump on one of the many bus tours or join the classic live-guided canal tours through the waterways of Copenhagen.
CHANGE OF THE GUARDS AT AMALIENBORG PALACE
Head towards Amalienborg Palace, the official residence of the Danish Royal Family. The changing of the Royal guards takes place in front of Amalienborg Palace every day at 12 noon.
LUNCH – THE TRADITIONAL DANISH WAY
Walk to Nyhavn, the city’s iconic heritage harbour with quaint townhouses and old schooners. Nyhavn is the perfect place to find traditional Danish restaurants serving smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) and other local specialities.
AFTERNOON – EXPLORE A PART OF THE DANISH HISTORY
Visit Christiansborg Palace - the seat of the Danish parliament. Experience the Royal Reception Rooms and visit the ruins of Bishop Absalon's Castle of 1167. From The Tower at Christiansborg, you get to see Copenhagen from above and on a clear day, you can even see all the way to Sweden.
SHOP FOR DANISH DESIGN
Spend part of the afternoon on Strøget, one of Europe's longest pedestrian shopping streets, and visit the Danish design emporium Illums Bolighus, as well as Danish flagship stores such as Lego, Royal Copenhagen, Hay House and Georg Jensen.
DINNER – AND THRILLS IN TIVOLI GARDENS
Make your way down Strøget via the City Hall Square to Tivoli Gardens, the park that inspired Walt Disney, and one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique. Have your dinner in one of the many restaurants in Tivoli.
EVENING – DANISH BEER AND LIVE JAZZ
If you have the energy for more Copenhagen, check out one of the local beer bars in the city centre or visit one of the many renowned jazz clubs. Copenhagen has a great jazz scene and every summer the annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival fills the streets of Copenhagen with music and people. More into cocktails and clubbing? Find alternatives here.
MORNING - ALTERNATIVE SIGHTSEEING
Start the day with some alternative sightseeing. See Copenhagen from a different angle. Join a guided bike tour tailored to your interests, explore Copenhagen’s clean canals from a kayak, rent your own boat, join a food tour or a design tour.
CHRISTIANSHAVN – COLOURED HOUSES, CANALS AND DIVERSITY
Find your way to the colourful and diverse neighbourhood of Christianshavn. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Freetown Christiania. Here you’ll experience a completely different part of Copenhagen with interesting architecture, organic restaurants and relaxed atmosphere.
LUNCH – COPENHAGEN’S FOOD MARKETS
Enjoy your lunch in Christiania or check out one of Copenhagen’s Food Markets: head for Reffen, The Bridge Street Kitchen, or visit Copenhagen’s exclusive food market Torvehallerne.
AFTERNOON – MUSEUM HOPPING
An afternoon is easily spent in the National Gallery in the company of great Danish artists or by learning about the history behind the world famous brewery Carlsberg on a visit to Visit Carlsberg. If castles and crown jewels are your thing, the charming Rosenborg Castle in the heart of King’s Garden is definitely worth a visit. Need some fresh air? Check out our top 12 gardens and parks guide.
DINNER – NEW NORDIC KITCHEN
The New Nordic kitchen in Copenhagen is characterised by its uniquely Nordic identity among the world’s greatest cuisines and by its commitment to organic, sustainable and local products. Try out the these waterfront restaurants in Copenhagen, go for one of the hip and buzzing restaurants in Jægersborggade, or opt for one of the best new Nordic restaurants in town.
NIGHT OUT - THE MOST VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE IN SCANDINAVIA
Try Danish microbrew at one of our beer bars, check out our fine cocktail bars, and go partying at the popular Meatpacking District. Need more options? Here is our take on going out in Copenhagen.