The BEST Things to Do in Copenhagen | 48-Hour Travel Guide
Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, is known for its beautiful architecture, historic landmarks, and a vibrant food scene. It is a city that combines old-world charm with modern design, making it an ideal destination to visit during your travels. While it may seem challenging to cover all the city's highlights in just 48 hours, a well-planned itinerary can help you make the most of your visit.
In this 48-hour travel guide to Copenhagen, I will take you through some of the city's best attractions, neighbourhoods, and culinary delights to help you make the absolute most of your time!
Start your day with a visit to Nyhavn
Nyhavn is one of Copenhagen's most iconic landmarks, making it a great place to start your day. This picturesque harbour is lined with colourful buildings and is a hub of activity all year round. You can take a leisurely stroll along the harbour, take in the views of the boats and yachts, and stop by one of the cafes for a cup of coffee or a quick breakfast.
Believe me when I say this is the best spot in all of Copenhagen for photos! We loved it so much, in fact, we went back a second time during out stay...
Explore the Frederiksstaden neighbourhood
From Nyhavn, you can walk to the Frederiksstaden neighbourhood, which is home to some of Copenhagen's most impressive landmarks. Start with the Amalienborg Palace, the official residence of the Danish royal family, and watch the changing of the guards at noon. Next, head to the Marble Church, a stunning 18th-century church with a dome that offers panoramic views of the city.
Alternatively, you can head to The Round Tower, the oldest observatory in Europe that is still functioning. This site will also provide amazing 360-degree views of the city below.
Lunch at Torvehallerne
After a morning of sightseeing, head to Torvehallerne, an indoor market with over 60 food stalls and shops. This is a great place to try some Danish specialties such as smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), flæskesteg (roast pork), and frikadeller (meatballs). You can also pick up some fresh produce, cheese, and pastries to enjoy later in the day.
Visit the Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is one of Copenhagen's most popular attractions and a must-visit for any traveller. This amusement park dates back to 1843 and has rides, games, and attractions for visitors of all ages. Take a ride on the famous wooden rollercoaster, enjoy a performance at the open-air theatre, or simply stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens.
Wander Rosenborg Castle
This famous Dutch residence was built in 1606-36 by King Christian IV and is one of the most well preserved Renaissance castles in the world. The castle is now open to visitors, operating as a museum, holding 400 years of royal treasures, including the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.
Dinner at Maple Casual Dining
A family-owned restaurant, Maple provides homemade cooking in a trendy and cozy environment. The menu, though small, is absolutely delicious!
Tip: a 48 hour Copenhagen Card for €88 will cover public transport and entry to all major attractions in the city.
Visit the Christianshavn neighbourhood
Start your second day in Copenhagen with a visit to the Christianshavn neighbourhood, located just across the harbour from Nyhavn. This area is known for its canals, historic buildings, and the iconic Church of Our Saviour. Climb the church's spire for panoramic views of the city or take a boat tour along the canals to see the area from a different perspective.
We found a boat tour to be an excellent way to experience the city while learning about its history and culture from a knowledgable guide. You can even enjoy a beer onboard as you sail the harbour and canals.
Be sure to also step inside the borders of Freetown Christiania. This unique area of the city is a self-proclaimed autonomous district of around 1,000 people with their own set of rules outside of Danish law. Note that no cars or photos are allowed inside Christiania.
Lunch at The Bridge Street Kitchen
Also known as Broens Gadekøkken, this food market is a melting pot of street food kitchens and bars serving food and beverages from all over the world. On certain Fridays, you may even get to experience Bar & Bøolger, an event where the market is focused on serving up unique drinks and free samples.
Explore the Botanical Gardens
Denmark's largest collection of living plants, the botanical gardens are a beautiful green space in the city where you can find locals and tourists alike taking advantage of a beautiful day. Onsite, you will also find a flower shop, cafe and butterfly house.
Shopping on Strøget
One of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, it is also one of Copenhagen's main shopping areas. Window shop or take the opportunity to pick up a souvenir to remember your time in Copenhagen.
Dinner at Pizzeria MaMeMi & Wine Bar
This cozy restaurant serves amazing wood-fire oven pizzas for only $25 CAD. The vibes are also welcoming and intimate, making for a perfect evening experience before heading out on the town.
Where to go out (bars and clubs)
Kødbyen (Meatpacking District)
Once a working-class area, it has now been converted into a popular destination for locals to enjoy restaurants, bars and art galleries. A hot spot in the evenings with a wide range of bars and clubs, you're sure to find somewhere that peaks your interest.
Located within the Meatpacking District, Jolene is low-key space with electric music and an LGBTQI+ friendly crowd.
This club is the perfect spot to dance the night away. It is located in the basement of a space that operates as a quirky and creative co-working space during the day.
Gothersgade (in the København K district)
Recommended to us by the friendly and helpful concierge of our hotel, this street is another bustling place in Copenhagen to find any bar to suit your vibe.
Copenhagen is a beautiful city with so much to offer. I hope this 48 hour guide will help you to make the very most of your time in this charming destination, leaving you with memories (and photos) to last a lifetime!