How to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen can easily be answered, if you follow this itinerary. It is perfect for people, who only stay in this amazing city for a small amount of time. Copenhagen is by far one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. From impressive architecture to historically valuable monuments and lovely people. This city has it all. And even if you only have the time to see it for a day, I promise you will have a fantastic time and fall in love with it instantly…
Copenhagen is a great city. To help you maximize your time, I developed the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen itinerary. I have seen places all around the world and went to many other big metropoles like Madrid, Prague, etc.
Through all the stuff that I have done, I have learned from my mistakes. I had the situation a couple times, where I was lost at the start of my exploration already, because I did not have a clue where to go to.
This is why I highly recommend you to follow the schedule of how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen, so that you are well prepared and ready to go. I know, having a set schedule, is a typical German move, but sometimes it might actually a good idea to have a plan and act like a proper German 😉
But before every visit to any place in the world you should get some backround knowledge first. This website has a lot of good information. After you have done that, you can use the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen itinerary and start an amazing day.
How to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen – Morning
9am – 10am
Before you start your day at 9am, you should have done all your grooming/ morning routine already. Because of the fact that you only have a short amount of time, it’s necessary to be ready to go at 9am. Even though the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen schedule is designed in a way that you don’t have to rush and still be able to see all the important sights, you should start early anyhow.
9am is breakfast time. To tell you upfront: Denmark is expensive. Danish prices equal the prices of countries like Australia or New Zealand. So bring a little bit more money. I payed about 9$ for a hot chocolate, which is ridiculous in my opinion. But anyway, go to a nice cafè to get a good breakfast, because you gonna walk a lot during the day. Danish people like a solid breakfast. Mostly it’s an interesting mix out of cereals, bread, vegetables, ham, cheese, salami, milk, eggs, etc. It’s typical and very modern central/ northern European food that comes on the table.
Compared to other continents like Southeast Asia, you won’t find many crazy breakfast recipes. Good cafès to check out are:
Short tip: In Denmark you pay with Danish Krones – Additional bank fees may apply
10am – 12am
This is the time frame of the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen schedule where you gonna see the first couple bigger sights. I either recommend to do everything by foot or just rent a bicycle. Anything else doesn’t make sense that much, because Copenhagen is not that big and most sights are in walking or cycling distance. It’s just the cheapest and most efficient way.
If you want to have fun right at the start, then go to Tivoli Gardens, which is an amusement park that lies almost in the middle of the city.
If that’s not for you, go straight on the other side of the street to see Copenhagen’s town hall. It’s a very impressive building. The National Romantic design by Martin Nyrop makes it very pretty to look at. The town hall is very close to a big attraction – the National Museum of Denmark. This place is as spectecular from the outisde as it is from the inside. It’s Denmark’s largest museum and it covers more than 14.000 years of history. Pretty cool!
A couple MUST SEES
Very close to the National Museum of Denmark lies Christiansborg Palace, which is the seat of the Danish Parliament. It is huge and particularly used by the Danish Monarch. A MUST SEE. This place is home of all 3 supreme powers. It has initially been built in 1167 and is the third of its kind now.
From there head towards the Royal Danish Theatre, which is very close the Danish Parliament. It was built in 1848 and contains two things today: A Performing arts institution and a theatre. Back in the days it was a theatre solely for the king. After some time it became a theatre for the whole country. You’ll be able to enjoy drama, opera and classical music.
Additionally you can stop by at Børsen, which is Copenhagen’s stock exhange. It has an interesting history and looks pretty cool. A nice place to take some pictures 🙂
12am – 2pm
A big attraction on the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen schedule is Nyhavn. This place is just about 5 minutes away from the Royal Danish Theatre, maybe less. Nyhavn is a small canal in the city centre, full of restaurants and amusement. It has been constructed in the 17th century.
It looks really pretty with its multiple differently coloured houses and small historical wooden sailing vessels all around. This is also a good place to have a short break and get a good old fashioned typical Danish Hot Dog.
On one side of the the canal you can find big wall full of life jackets. This wall is a symbol for the modern refugee crises. Simultaneously it’s a shoutout to politicians to make make it a priority for European countries to get this movement under control. At the end of Nyhavn is the Memorial Anchor, which has been set up to commemorate about 1.700 Navi officers, who died during the 2nd World War. The whole area from this part of Copenhagen is pretty cool and you should not miss out on it.
From Nyhavn you only have to go two streets further to get to the Amalienborg Palace. This place is the home of the Danish Royal Family and another historic symbol for the whole country. The area where it has been built looks like a square. In the middle is a big equestrian statue. The whole area has 4 different single palaces, which initially have been set up for 4 different noble families. Today it all belongs to the Danish Royal Family.
How to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen – Lunch
2pm – 3pm
2pm – 3pm is definitely the time for lunch. Even though Copenhagen is quite small, you will have been walking around for quite a bit by that time. Danes have a really nice cuisine. Especially the lunch meals are very delicious. Some good restaurants you can try out would be:
Danish cuisine is also very international. This can be seen during lunch time. Danes have a couple typical dishes, but not to much. Usually it’s all mixed up with Italian, French, etc.
But if you really want to try some typical Danish food, then you should go for:
- Smørrebrød (Dark brown bread slices with different toppings)
- Flæskesteg (Roasted Prok with a salty crust)
- Fiskefrikadeller (Fish balls of all sizes with different ingredients)
3pm – 6pm
About 10-15 minutes away from Amalienborg towards the north you’ll find the Little Mermaid statue. It’s pretty unobtrusive and small, but still a big tourist attraction. It’s located exactly at the waterfront. The Little Mermaid is one of the main symbols of Copenhagen and you should have a look at it.
The next destination on the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen itinerary is the a very nice one in my opinion. Make your way to the Kongens Have Botanical Gardens. This spot is very pretty and good for relaxing after lunch. Take your time and enjoy the walk while you are in the park. If you want fly out a drone from here to see Copenhagen from above (check out my technical travel gear in this post), this is the right place to do it. Just be aware that you can’t fly over a certain area of the park, which actually leads me straight to the next sight 🙂
Denmark’s prettiest castle
In the park’s middle is a one of Denmark’s prettiest castles. From the way it has been designed, it’s very special. It’s called Rosenborg Castle. This jewel is quite small in comparison to other castles, but still really beautiful.
It’s surrounded by wonderfully trimmed gardens and water holes to defend the castle from invaders. It has an old renaissance style to it, which looks very unique. Definitely a MUST SEE on the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen schedule!
How to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen – Afternoon
6pm – 8pm
After all these exciting attractions, it’s time for dinner. This part of the day is very important for Danish people. Once everyone gets home, they usually eat together. It’s tradition. To soak up more of the Danish culture and lifestyle, you should celebrate this tradition as well. Get yourself a spot in a nice restaurant. Good ones to go to at that time are:
Dinner time is a great opportunity to get in contact with the locals. Danes are not that open at first, but if you open up to them, they will come back at you in a good way very quick. Danish people are very friendly and calm. Similar to Swedish people – just typical nordic. Really nice and cool people to hang out with 🙂
8pm – open end
To end the how to spend 24 hours in Copenhagen schedule properly, you should go on a night out. Copenhagen has lots of cool bars and clubs. Especially in the inner city you will find great locations to get to know some locals, have a couple drinks and end the night with a big bang. You could check out Sams Bar for example, which is also a karaoke bar, or you go to a proper club like Culture Box. They are all really good. You gonna have a lot of fun. Promised!
If you rather want to go on a cultural night out, then you should give the Royal Danish Opera a try. Many people fancy this place a lot 🙂
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