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What to do when in Copenhagen for 24 hours?

Are you on a quick visit to Copenhagen and wondering how to maximize your stay? We have compiled a guide on how to get the most out of this amazing city. Follow the guide below and look forward to many entertaining hours in Denmark's cultural, scientific and historical center!

Maximize your 24 hour Copenhagen visit

When traveling through Copenhagen one should of course start the day in the true Danish spirit. The Danes are known to be one of the happiest people on earth, and it might have to do with how they start their day.

Take a walk to iconic Nyhavn and allow yourself to be amazed over the beautiful views and colorful buildings along the waterfront. Nyhavn is packed with chic cafés and cozy restaurants. A perfect spot for enjoying your breakfast. A classic danish styled breakfast often includes rye bread with topping, eggs and coffee. Oatmeal is a favourite as well, especially in the colder months of the year. To top it off you could add some freshly baked pastries, then you are ready to seize the day. 

Smørrebrød in Denmark
Smørrebrød is a Danish classic with rye bread and toppings.

The must-sees of Copenhagen

When you're full of energy from your meal, it's time to head out and discover the city. A classic must see is the well known bronze monument inspired from the HC Andersen saga with the same name, Den Lille Havfrue. It’s well worth a visit! 

The Hop On - Hop Off bus tours is a convenient way to get around town, and at the same time be able to see some sights along the way. We recommend you to jump on the Classic Copenhagen tour at Nyhavn to reach the statue as smooth as possible. Jump of at stop 5. By ticking this attraction of your list early in the morning you will miss the largest crowds that tend to gather in the area during midday.

A museum of choice – history or art?

After a visit to The Little Mermaid statue we recommend that you once again jump on the Hop On - Hop Off Classic Copenhagen tour. Just a few stops away with the bus you have two fantastic museums at an arm’s reach. Make sure you pay attention along the way, you will pass by Rosenborg Castle – an impressive and beautiful royal castle. Jump off at stop 11 and take a short walk to either The National Museum of Denmark or Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, both Danish and international. With exhibitions reaching from the Vikings to the modern age, this is a perfect attraction for the historical appreciator. 

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek on the other hand is a world-class museum that houses artworks from more than 6,000 years ago. A definite must-see for most visitors in Copenhagen, and especially if your in to beautiful artwork, sculptures and architecture. But you don't have to be an art lover to appreciate this magnificent museum, it's a place for everyone.

Exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. 
Exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. 

Lunch on a spot to remember

A couple of hours will have passed by since you enjoyed your breakfast – time for a refill. Café Picnic at the Glyptotek is located in the winter garden of the museum, filled with exotic flowers and palm tree. A spot well worth a visit for it’s beautiful surroundings, and for its famous home roasted coffee. 

Everything on the menu is produced by local suppliers and handled with care. Take a break for some excellent food and freshly roasted coffee before taking off to your next destination. 

Inhouse garden of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Winter garden of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

An afternoon of opportunities

Depending on what suits you best, there are three different suggestions on how best to take advantage of the remaining afternoon. One for the family, one for the connoisseur and one for the discoverer.

For the family

The suggestion here is obvious. You can not spend 24 hours in Copenhagen without a visit to the spectacular Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli, as the Danes call it, is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. A thrilling experience for both the adrenaline seaking daredevil and for those who want to stroll around in beautiful and joyful environments. Take a ride at the wooden roller coaster from 1914 or enjoy a lovely dinner at the food court – the evening is yours. 

Entrence to Tivoli Copenhagen
Entrence to Tivoli Copenhagen.

For the connoisseur 

We recommend heading back to Nyhavn. From here you can join the departure of one of Copenhagen's best sightseeing tours, the Grand Tour. Glide down the beautiful canals and listen in to the live guided tour. The tour allows you to see the city from a new point of view and get to know exciting anecdotes and history. 

When you return to the harbor, you can aim for one of Copenhagen's many Michelin starred restaurants for a world class food experience. There are more starred restaurants in Copenhagen than any other European city, but two examples is Sea by Kiin Kiin and Restaurant Hummer. Both are located in Nyhavn. 

Canal Tour in Nyhavn
A beautiful Canal Tour in Nyhavn by dawn.

For the discoverer 

We recommend taking a walk down to Christianshavn. This is a trendy area in Copenhagen, with a few must-see sights. Make sure to pay the Church of Our Saviour a visit. The interior is extraordinary, but the real reason to visit is for sure to climb the majestic tower. While climbing golden spiral staircase outside the church tower you are presented to a magnificent 360 view over Copenhagen. 

After enjoying the view from above you should head down to the Freetown of Christiania. The vibe here is something else, compared to other neighbourhoods in Copenhagen. Stroll around by the graffiti covered buildings, small shops and art galleries. Christiania is an autonomous neighbourhood with a history of hippies and drugs. A prioritized sight for the discoverer. 

Spire of Our Savour's Church
View from tower of Our Savour's Church.

Enjoy your trip

Most important of all the tips and tricks above is of course to charge you camera, open your eyes and put away your phone. Copenhagen is a beautiful city and is best experiences in the present, but still photogenic enough to capture on a photo or two for the travel photo album. Enjoy your wonderful 24 hours in one of the best cities in the entire Europe!

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