Ultimate one day in Copenhagen Itinerary
The ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary is the perfect guide, if you only have a couple hours to spend in one of the most livable cities on earth. Copenhagen is easily one of the prettiest cities in Denmark and maybe in whole Europe. It has so many influences from past times and it attracts countless of travellers every year for many reasons.
Lately I have done a road trip to Copenhagen to spend two nights and a whole day there. To maximise my time, I set up an ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary. I did this a couple times already for other cities like Madrid or Prague. I think, it is the best idea to get the best out of a short stay. Every visitor wants to see as much as possible, but not to much, because you obviously don’t want to be in a hurry and have the feeling to rush from one spot to another.
I know a schedule like the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary sounds typical German, but sometimes it’s a smart idea to have a plan 😉
But before you go to any place in the world you have never been before, I always recommend to get some information upfront to be a little prepared for what’s about to come.
I guess, you don’t want to stay in front of an important building and don’t have a clue what it actually is/ stands for, right? 🙂
This is why I give you some general information quickly…
Ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary – General information
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. It’s the biggest city in the whole country with a population of about 2 million people. It lies on the eastcoast of an island called “Zealand” and it’s only a puddle jump away from Sweden. Copenhagen is a very important city for the whole Scandinavian region and economically it became one of the most important centres within Europe in the 21th century. Especially Copenhagen’s service sector grows, because of high Danish technology standards. Copenhagen is a magnet for tourists with its countless different sights (read below) and definitely a place to cross off on your bucket list 🙂
It has a population of about 2 million people and a size of 86 km². Copenhagen is a Scandinavian city and it really looks like one as well. A lot of old brick houses, statues and monuments everywhere you look.
It’s the gateway to Sweden and the Baltic Sea, just like my hometown Hamburg. People from Copenhagen are typical nordic people. They don’t talk to much, they are calm and they have an attitude, which is really down to earth. And this is exactly what Copenhagen reflects as well. It’s just a solid city with a high standard and a rich history.
To understand what’s gonna be in front of you and to get the best out of the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary, you should also know a little bit about the history of this place. This city has been constructed in the 12th century. There are rumors that the construction started even earlier, but archeologists still argue about this fact. It has been dominated by the vikings for a long time. Every now and then the Germans took over.
The city has gone through a lot of different wars and epochs, which shaped it architecturally and in terms of urban building. Various kings built all kind of monuments and castles. It has always been a strategically important point for Scandinavian kings, because of its proximity to the sea and it’s great location. Nowerdays it is mainly a pivotal trading point and as a tourist attraction. The ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary will bring you to sights, which explain the impressive history of this city a lot more detailed than this tight excursion 🙂
How to get there
You can get to Copenhagen in many ways. These are the main ones:
Basically, Copenhagen is reachable with all the main transport vehicles you can imagine. The ones that make the most sense, budget and time wise, are the plane and the car, depending on where you come from obviously.
Taking a ferry would only make sense, if you have a little more time to spend. The train is not the best option either, because you probably need to stop and switch a couple times. Taking the bus is a cheap variant, but it also takes pretty long.
How to get around
I recommend to walk most of the time to master the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary in the best way possible. Sometimes it might also be a good idea to take a taxi for longer distances. But because the city is quite small, in comparison to other metropoles, you can cover everything by foot easily. Walking will also save you some money, which you can rather spend on special sights.
The weather is how you imagine it to be in northern Europe. During summer it’s sunny and the temperature is nice (sunny/ 30°C+), during winter it’s quite cold (0°C – -15°C). In the other seasons the temperature is allright, but it rains a lot. Copenhagen generally belongs to the oceananic climate zone, which explains the changeable weather.
Make sure to pack properly, depending on in which season you visit. Otherwise even the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary will not make you happy, if you walk around in the rain without an umbrella all day long. Just check out the weather forecast before you come to Copenhagen 😉
You can find a lot of great food in this city. The ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary actually includes a typical Danish dish to try (read below). You will be surprised how good the Danish cuisine tastes. The Danish kitchen doesn’t include a lot of herbs and spices, but therefore it’s pretty heavy and filling. It’s quite similar to a lot of German or Swedish dishes 😉
Unfortunately Copenhagen doesn’t have many camping grounds, which makes it quite hard, if you come with a camper van. You’d need to stay a little bit more outside of the city centre. But, if you don’t come with a car, I recommend you to stay close to the city centre, because that’s where all the fun, action and highlights are.
I can recommend two hostels and two hotels:
Budget wise you have to calculate with way more money than usual. Copenhagen and Denmark in general are very expensive. Many Danish people at the border actually come to Germany to do their shopping and then go back. That says a lot about the prices in Denmark 😉
A small sandwich costs 6$+, a small hot dog 5$ and a hot chocolate even costs 9$ at some cafès. Heaps of hostels usually start at about 30$+ and a day combination transport ticket costs about 20$ . These are just small examples, but they show that you need to bring a little more money to this country, even if you only stay there for a day.
Ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary – Highlights and what to do
It’s hard to cross out something from the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary, because this city has so many awesome sights. But as said, I tried to keep it as tight as possible for you.
The town hall is one of the first spots on the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary. It’s a great starting point for the day tour. Every big city in the world has a great townshall. They always look fantastic and very impressive. Each and every one of them has some kind of heroic as well as charismatic touch. The first town hall of Copenhagen has been built in the 14th century, but it has been burned down unfortunately. Since then they built many other important buildings and changed the town hall’s location constantly.
The current town hall is very modern and right next to the big town hall square. A very vibrant place. Make sure to check it out.
National Gallery of Denmark
The 2nd spot of the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary is the National Gallery of Denmark. Make this one of your main spots to cross off the list. It’s as beautiful from the outside as it is from the inside.
This imposing building contains classy work from many of the world’s best artist. The exhibits come from various epochs. Some of the work has been designed in the early 13th century. A very old and beautiful collection.
This is the next stop on the ultimate one day in Copenhagen itinerary. Christiansborg Palace is the seat of the Danish Parliament and part of it are also used by the Danish Monarch. Besides that, it includes the Danish Prime Minister’s office and unites all 3 supreme powers.
Built hundreds of years ago in a Neo-baroque style, this incredible building fascinates many tourists every single day. Definitely a sight you should not miss out on!
Børsen & Nyhavn
Nyhavn also has a big brick wall filled with life jackets. This wall should remind people of the current refugee movement from the middle east to Europe. You should really check that out as well!
Amalienborg Castle & Little Mermaid
Rosenborg Castle & Kongens Have
The castle is surrounded by water holes and tastefully arranged gardens with all kind of flowers. Roses in white, yellow, orange, pink, purple, red… Absolutely wonderful!
Street Artist & Dinner
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