5 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary

Visiting Copenhagen in 5 days is a luxury that you can grant yourself this summer, during your trip of more than two weeks in Denmark. Copenhagen is a beautiful city in Denmark. It is full of wonderful places to visit, many of them related to the magical world of fairy tales. But Copenhagen is also the enchanting nature of Jutland, the Danish peninsula of which the city is the capital.

Go sightseeing, see castles, parks and statues in the water. Copenhagen is for those who want to have fun, eat well and enjoy life - and in the summer you can even swim in the center. The villages that right on the outskirts of the city, offer glimpses of northern life to the tourist, the villages in which the Viking epic has been cemented.

From the border with the German north of the countries of the Hanseatic League to Copenhagen, Denmark is an extensive plain. Among the islands a few kilometers from the coast, to the capital, different naturalistic scenarios are excellent opportunities to learn about an intriguing aspect of the village.

Since 1443, Copenhagen, is the capital of the country and owes much of its fortune and its wealth to the presence of a very large and well organized port where hundreds of ships arrive every day. It is considered one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant northern cities. Clean and tidy, it also boasts efficient and functional means of communication and is easily traveled by bicycle.

The city of Andersen, its immense port, is also the ancient landing and berth points of the glorious Viking ships being Copenhagen not far from neighboring Scandinavia to which the city is connected with a long bridge that leads overland, suspended over the North Sea, to southern Sweden. Find out how to visit Copenhagen in 5 days thanks to this simple guide.

The attractions there are so many to see and it is rather difficult to make a selection by eliminating some. Here are a few things to see in Copenhagen in 5 days and without haste, using in the itinerary through various means of transport.

Itinerary to Copenhagen

Day 1

On the first day if you arrive in Copenhagen in the afternoon, spend the rest of the day discovering its immediate surroundings. From Copenhagen airport it takes a quarter of an hour by train to get to the central station of the city. You'll have just enough time to reach if you have booked your accommodation in the Frederiksberg area, and leave to explore the city for the remaining hours.

1. Stroget

The first day you could visit the city starting from Stroget, the large pedestrian area in the historic center but also the longest pedestrian street in Europe. It unites the main square, Radusplatzen, considered the pulsating center of the place and the Kongens Nytorv, the largest square, where you can find bars, restaurants, bookstores and shops for shopping.

2. Kongens Nytorv

Here, freshly graduated students arrive by means of transport to celebrate, and in winter a large skating rink is set up. You should know that one of the most ecological and healthy ways to travel around Copenhagen (as in many other northern European cities) is by bicycle, which we have hired, which turned out to be quite comfortable despite the initial problems in unlocking some padlocks.

3. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

With a ride of about half an hour, reach the only attraction that you can visit in the evening, namely the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, specially selected for that day because it remains open until 10 pm on Thursday. The museum was founded in 1888 by Carl and Ottilia Jacobsen, patrons and owners of the Carlsberg breweries.

It consists of two buildings joined by a Winter Garden, in which more than ten thousand works are collected, including sculptures and paintings. The first section focuses on civilizations that flourished in the Mediterranean and in the Fertile Crescent, while the second is dedicated to modern French and Danish art.

It presents a collection of ancient Greek and Roman pieces, a permanent exhibition of sculptures by Auguste Rodin, an exceptional collection of works by Gauguin and works Degas, Pissarro and Van Gogh.

4. Statens Museum for Kunst

Statens Museum for Kunst is, instead, located in a building built at end of 1800 and is the most important museum of fine arts in Scandinavia. It boasts works from the Italian school (Tiziano, Tintoretto and others), Flemish (Brueghel, Rembrandt), and Scandinavian. Munch's well-known paintings are not missing.

In my opinion, visiting a museum in the evening is really suggestive, and I suggest you always take advantage of this possibility in the attractions that allow it.

5. Nyhavn

We end the day in Nyhavn, the ancient port. Here are colorful houses, in three of which the writer Andersen lived. Visit the charming Nyhavn canal boats.

Day 2

For the second day discovering Copenhagen, we opted instead to use the car in our travels, since we had planned attractions that were further away from each other.

6. Experimentarium

The first of the morning was the Experimentarium, a center dedicated to science and technology, which we visited with the knowledge that it was more suitable for families with children.

In fact this impression became a certainty once inside. The exhibition space is in any case avant-garde and very interactive. We too have tried some experiments and we stayed here for about an hour and a half! If you travel by public transport, you can reach the Experimentarium with bus 1A departing from the central station, while if you are driving like us, the parking of the nearby shopping center will allow you 3 hours of free parking.

7. National Aquarium

In the late morning we moved to the Blue Planet - The Copenhagen National Aquarium, considered the largest in Europe with more than 400 different species from all over the world. Here the distinctive element is the spectacular tunnel in which it really seems to walk at the bottom of the sea.

To visit it all calmly we spent at least a couple of hours, and once the tour was over we stopped to eat in the internal cafeteria, as it was already lunch time. As for the parking we were really lucky, because we found one near the park where we could leave the car for free for 4 hours.

8. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

In the afternoon we chose to visit a particularly unusual attraction, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, the bizarre collection of Robert Ripley with the strangest and most absurd objects from all over the world; to this we have also combined the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy-Tale House, an interactive exhibition focused on the famous Danish writer, which is accessed from the same entrance.

9. Guinness World Records Museum

Besides these there are two other attractions on the genre in Copenhagen, namely the Guinness World Records and the Mystic Exploratorie, which we visited the next day. If you like the unusual and you intend to discover all 4 of these places, you will want to buy the cumulative ticket, which will allow you to save a little on individual entrances.

We reached the first two exhibitions by car, and being in the center we had a lot of problems with parking (at the end choosing one covered and very expensive), while the two of the next day we included them in a walking itinerary.

Day 3

On the third day we rented a bicycle again.

10. Rosenborg Castle

We cycled all the way to the center to reach Rosenborg Castle, a luxurious residence built as a place of pleasure by Cristiano IV at the beginning of the 1600s. The visit is a succession of salt, a more opulent salt. another, and in the basement there is the Treasure, composed of a sumptuous collection of precious objects of the kings. The complete tour of the interior rooms of the castle and its gardens lasts about an hour and a half.

11. The Round Tower

Not far from Rosenberg Castle is the Round Tower, characterized by a helical ramp that makes the climb not tiring (ideal for me!), except in a short stretch of stairs at the end of the route.

In the middle of the tower is the Library Room, now home to exhibitions and cultural events, while from the top you can enjoy a 360-degree view over the roofs of the city. In the afternoon we went to the discovery of a hidden treasure of Copenhagen, the Victorian Apartment. To visit it, you have to buy tickets at the ticket office of the National Museum, then wait for a guide to pick you up in the lobby, and take you on foot to destination, which is a couple of minutes away.

The groups are small (about 10-20 people), and on Saturday at 2 pm the visit is done in English. The complete route lasts an hour and winds through 17 rooms, the first of which are set up in full Victorian style to amaze guests, while the others are kept more sober.

12. Tivoli Gardens

To end our afternoon in the best way, we spent a couple of hours at Tivoli Gardens, the most famous amusement park in the capital, which for 175 years has cheered the days of adults and children. The entrance to the park alone is 20 Euros, to which you will have to add the rides on the individual rides if you want to try some of them (which we did not do), and also the prices of the restaurants inside it are quite high.

Founded by Georg Cartensen in 1843 on an area of ​​eighty thousand square meters, it has millions of visitors a year from all over the world, both adults and children. Everyone comes to them and is fascinated by the beauty of the places, especially for the Christmas markets that are among the most suggestive in Denmark.

Do not miss the opportunity to climb the roller coaster to enjoy a view of the city from losing your head. The gardens are beautiful during the day but at night they offer a wonderful spectacle of colored lights. However, you can't really leave Copenhagen without taking a walk through its avenues.

Day 4

Also the fourth day began with one of the royal residences of the city.

13. Christiansborg Palace

We start for the Christiansborg Palace, which we reached with the 9A bus that dumped us right in front of it. Take into account an adequate time to visit this attraction, which consists of 4 parts.

It is worthwhile to buy the cumulative ticket for the royal apartments, the ruins (the castle is in fact burned for 2 times), the kitchens and the stables (but pay attention to the latter because they are only open between 13.30 and 16.00).

Right in the middle of the building, the tower also stands out, reachable only by elevator, but we were not able to climb it because there was too much line and we gave up.

14. Amalienborg Palace

The reason for our haste was that the second luxurious residence of the day awaited us, the Amalienborg Palace, for which we actually spent less time than expected, since only a small part of the entire building can be visited.

The refinement of the rooms on the royal floor is certainly worth a visit inside. The entrance ticket is therefore lower than the average of Danish attractions. To end the day, we tried one of the must see of the Danish capital, or the one-hour tour on its canals which is also free with the Copenhagen Card.

The route allows you to get to know the historic center from a different angle. It is possible to open the roof of the boat in order to enjoy the view or take better pictures, which instead did not happen when we tried the same experience in Amsterdam (although it was evening and December temperatures were much lower!).

We then go to Christiania, called the Free City. It is a hippy, colorful and unusual district of Copenhagen where about 1000 people live. Before entering it is advisable to consult the list of what you can and cannot do and it is good to know that you should not take pictures, especially near Pusher Street. In Copenhagen the clubs close at 1, except those in the Meatpacking district that stay open longer.

Day 5

On the morning of our fifth and last day discovering Copenhagen started with a visit to the Zoo, very convenient from our accommodation.

15. Copenhagen Zoo

Since this kind of attraction is not among our favorites, we visited it a little quickly, but still using at least two and a half hours for the complete route, in an alternation of sun and rain that often characterizes the Danish days.

Overall, we still managed to see many animals, even though when we were there the panda area was still under construction. The car can be left in the parking lot next to the entrance for 2 hours free. We then proceeded to Visit Carlsberg, the brewery that produces the most famous Danish beer, in which it is possible to make a guided tour of about an hour, to discover the fermentation processes of the same and make a small tasting.

With the entrance ticket, in fact, you will have a free beer or soft drink. The parking of the attraction is unfortunately only for a fee (20 DKK per hour). After returning to the apartment for a quick lunch, in the afternoon we visited the Planetarium, catching up with the 9A bus, but I must admit that it didn't really impress us.

The ground floor exposure was a bit disappointing, with some non-functioning games, while the short video about space was not bad. Particularly suitable for families with children, I feel however advised against it if you have little time to visit the city.

16. National Museum of Denmark

We then moved to the National Museum to see the exhibition we missed outside the Victorian apartment visited in the previous days, where we arrived about an hour before closing.

17. The Little Mermaid

For the last day we also reserved for one of the undisputed symbols of Copenhagen, or its Little Mermaid, the bronze sculpture located at the entrance of the port, depicting the protagonist of one of the most famous fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. The statue rests on a stone in the middle of the water, and is certainly one of the most photographed attractions in the city.

Copenhagen is the fairy-tale world of fairy tales. This is, in fact, the city that saw Hans Christian Andersen grow, author of a wonderful narrative for children like The Little Mermaid - the famous statue lying on a rock is dedicated to her - The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and others, including the sad story of The Little Match Girl.

To reach it, we anticipate already that we will have to do a nice stretch on foot because it is quite far from the historic center!

If you like or your date likes movies, there are some great different theater experiences. Palads is the world´s first multiplex and has both large and small theaters on the premises (movies on their way out go down to the basement, where there are 40–50 seat theaters). And it is an experience seeing the crazy paint-job on the exterior. It is not long for the world sadly, so see it while you still can. The lobby is all marble and is a crazy contrast to the outside. There is also The Imperial, which is a classic movie palace with a single screen. It is a great place to see something on opening night!! The last I will recommend is Empire Bio, as it is just a unique experience, in my opinion. There are great bar options for after dinner too. If you are in to dancing, there are a hundred clubs (someone else will have to recommend which is the best). There are also some great places to hear music. The Dubliner on Stroget has live music every day, or the Dubliner Downtown on Ny Østergade (great atmosphere in this place) has music on the weekends. If you are in to billiards, there is Australia Bar. There are also a million great little watering holes, that are quieter. Despite the sadness at the end of our stay in Copenhagen, we decided to close the last big day, with a dinner at street food and an evening at the Tivoli Gardens, which we were able to admire even as night fell.

Unmissable is the spectacle of lights, fumes and colors projected every day at 10.45 pm on the lake, a really good way to worthily bid adieu to the Danish capital!
Kalyan Panja