48 hours in Copenhagen

PROGRAMME

DAY 1

MORNING - EXPLORE COPENHAGEN  

Copenhagen

Explore Copenhagen in 24 hours

Start the day with breakfast at Torvehallerne. At that time, there are not many people but it is nice to sit by the windows or outside in quiet surroundings while sleepy Copenhagen wakes up.

View of Refshaleøen as seen from central Copenhagen | Anne Leigh Olsen

What to see and do in Copenhagen's Refshaleøen

Refshaleøen island is an old industrial area that was once home to one of the world's largest shipyards, B&W. Now, the Refshaleøen peninsular is home to cozy restaurants, cool bars, creative office spaces, activity centres, and music festivals. Only about a 15-minute-bike ride away from the city centre, this place is like a peaceful, undiscovered island in the middle of bustling Copenhagen.

Photo: Kunstforeningen GL STRAND

Gammel Strand

After a long day of shopping at Strøget, you should go down to Gammel Strand – an old street located in beautiful surroundings at the Slotsholmen Canal across Christiansborg Palace. The street begins at Højbro Plads and ends in the square at Nybrogade where you find the great cocktail bar Ruby. Gammel Strand is Copenhagen's answer to a bar strip where many of the city's trendy bars are located.

Studiestræde

Just a stone’s throw away from Strøget, you will find Studiestræde in Copenhagen’s old Latin Quarter. Here you can kick back and relax with a nice cup of coffee, or you can go treasure hunting in the many colourful thrift stores. At night Studiestræde turns into a vibrant street, which is home to some of Copenhagen’s most popular gay bars.

Photo: Anne Leigh Olsen

Pilestræde

Parallel to the much busier shopping street, Købmagergade, Pilestræde is dotted with fashionable shops, cozy cafes and funky bars. You will find everything from Scandinavian design for the home at Hay, to trendy street-wear sneakers at Naked. The street meets Strøget near Kongens Nytorv and snakes down to Landemærket, for a five minute, 0,5 km. walk.

Photo: Anne Leigh Olsen

Larsbjørnsstræde

The Latin Quarter of Copenhagen covers some of the city’s most vibrant streets and colourful places. Larsbjørnsstræde street stretches from Nørre Voldgade to Teglgårdsstræde and has many interesting stores as well as wonderful restaurants and cafes to show for itself.

Photo: Giåm

Grønnegade

Close to Kings’ New Square, you will find the lively street Grønnegade - one of Copenhagen’s oldest streets with charming half-timbered houses. The street offers fashionable shops, restaurants and an organic perfumery. You will find everything from Danish fashion design at Munthe plus Simonsen, delicious cakes and desserts at Blomsterberg’s to organic sushi at Green Sushi.

Photo: Kieran Lynam

A street that's lively, cozy, hip and young at heart

Elmegade is a popular and vibrant side street to Nørrebrogade and Sankt Hans Square in Nørrebro. The street buzzes with activity and is known for its small creative boutiques, bars, take away’s and cafes.

Photo: Ty Stange

Istedgade

Different, vibrant, relaxed and lively. Walking down Istedgade, you will experience a different and exciting side of Copenhagen where all kinds of people hang out - students, hipsters, families with children, etc. For many years, Istedgade was dominated by drugs, porn and prostitutes, but today the street has cleaned somewhat up, but luckily not too much, and is booming with shops, cafées, restaurants and bars.

Attractions

From world-renowned art museums, historic museums, castles and palaces to parks, statues and adventures for kids. Copenhagen has attractions and sights to suit every taste and interest – and most of them are within walking distance. Here is a list of our recommended attractions.

Traditional Danish lunch

10 reasons to go

1. Because of the bikes
Daily, one-third of the inhabitants of Copenhagen ride a bicycle to work or school. Experience the city on one of the rentable bikes, from a rickshaw taxi, or on a guided bike tour.

Amager Beach | Photo Ty Stange

Greater Copenhagen

If you have an afternoon to spare, head outside central Copenhagen to one of the surrounding towns and suburbs of Copenhagen and experience world-class architecture, beaches and idylic towns as well as upcoming areas. Greater Copenhagen is no greater than it is within reach in less than half an hour. Take time out to experience more of the metropolitan region.

Waterfront Shopping in Hellerup, photo Kasper Thye

Upscale Hellerup North of the city centre

Hellerup is situated just north of Copenhagen, where Østerbrogade turns into the famous costal road Strandvejen, which means beach road. In Hellerup the houses are as big and beautiful as the cars parked out front. This is where you will find the rich and glamorous Copenhageners and perhaps a lucky student or two who inherited their grandparents' flat.

Photo: Ty Stange

Find your favourite neighbourhood

Copenhagen is a melting pot of very different areas and neighbourhoods, all with their distinctive flavour and character - from ultra hip, trashy and trendy Vesterbro to multicultural Nørrebro, from picture perfect Østerbro and posh Frederiksberg with romantic gardens and 18th and 19th century houses to the very core of the city with its narrow streets and charming Christianshavn. Copenhagen has something for everyone.

Photo: Christian Alsing

Cultural Carlsberg

Carlsberg City District is a small area in Vesterbro in Copenhagen, bordering to the Frederiksberg and Valby districts. The area is named after Carlsberg's beer, which was brewed on the premises from 1847 - 2008. However the visitor centre Visit Carlsberg and Jacobsen House Brewery, which produces special brews, are still located here.

Christianshavn Canal, photo Ty Stange

Maritime Christianshavn & Holmen

Narrow cobbled streets, Michelin-starred restaurants and cosy cafes along the canal. Just across the bridge Knippels Bro is Christianshavn, officially part of Copenhagen city centre. Christianshavn is a much-desired area for Copenhageners to live. And it is easy to see why. It is central, full of bars and restaurants and has a unique maritime atmosphere.

Experience colourful Christiania

Freetown Christiania is a green and car-free neighbourhood in Copenhagen, best known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life. It was established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site and developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government.

Værnedamsvej in Frederiksberg | Photo: Ty Stange

Shopping, gourmet and green spots in fancy Frederiksberg

Frederiksberg is a fashionable part of Copenhagen with excellent shopping opportunities and green spaces. It is more posh than Nørrebro and Vesterbro, and the people living here are usually older and more established. Main street through Frederiksberg is Gammel Kongevej aka King's Road. Shopping is great here with many clothing shops as well as sushi restaurants, cafes and deli's.

Photo: Kasper Thye

What to do in Østerbro

Broad boulevards, delicacies, design shops, green oases and Copenhagen's most famous statue. The neighbourhood of Østerbro in Copenhagen, also known as Copenhagen Ø, is somewhat posh and at the same time completely down to earth. Østerbro is located north of Copenhagen city centre. It is one of Copenhagen's most attractive residential areas, especially for families with kids - or dogs.