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Denmark is one of the least corrupt countries in the world. It is one of the cities in the world with the most bicycles, 50% goes to work by bicycle and there are almost 400 km of bicycle lanes. In fact there are more bicycles than inhabitants. There is hardly any unemployment in Copenhagen and university students are paid to go to university.

The Danes have had up to 11 wars with the Swedes. Greenland and the Faroe Islands belong to Denmark. Copenhagen is the city of Hans Christian Andersen, famous Danish writer for children. He was a traveler. Make a trip to Copenhagen, the clean and orderly Danish capital.

It is one of the best plans that you can consider if you have several days off and want to see a beautiful European city with a high quality of life, with many things to see in Copenhagen and is easy to walk even on foot. Because everything here is in order, careful and prepared for the visitor to enjoy a city full of life and attractions.

So if you are considering traveling to Copenhagen for few days or planning for weekend trips from Copenhagen, I have prepared this 5 days in Denmark itinerary and Copenhagen travel blog with some tips and some practical information to make everything easier for you in the Little Mermaid city.

Copenhagen is a city of wonders on the edge of Baltic Sea. It is the capital of Denmark and is a perfect place to enjoy quality time, away from your daily glitches. Rich with historical sites, and defined with an infinite impression of calm places, truly hospitable and happy crowd, and significant landmarks, it should be your next to-do-thing.

There is a surge in visitors from the United Kingdom, especially London to Copenhagen. It has become one of the best getaways for the Britons. The City of Spires is an ideal place for brief and cheap vacation. But every traveling destination requires some planning in advance, which is economical and time-saving.

We recommend you to hire professional help from a renowned travel agency to prepare a Copenhagen itinerary, book your accommodation and travel tickets. We have developed a Copenhagen 5 day itinerary from London. We hope it will be of some help to you to discover what this magnificent city has to surprise you and the fun things to do in Copenhagen.


5 Days Copenhagen Itinerary


Day 1: Little Mermaid Statue

You can board a flight for 5 days in Copenhagen from Gatwick International Airport or any other airport in the UK, as there is no shortage of flights to Denmark. But try to fly late at night, as then the short flight will leave no such jetlag on you. Once you land, you can check in your hotel and take a nap.

Head out in the morning and begin with the Little Mermaid Statue, which was created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913. This fairytale statue is a big tourist attraction in Copenhagen, so a few snaps are in order. Follow it up with Botanical Gardens, and enjoy a walk in the peaceful gardens. Release all the stress you had from your work life back in the busiest city in the world and absorb some sunrays.

You can then visit Geological Museum, which is a part of Copenhagen Botanical Gardens. The best thing about this city is that everything is near. Just adjacent to the Gardens is a Zoological museum. Visit it and conclude your day with dinner with Stegt Flaesk and Stamppot and sleep.


Day 2: Nyhavn and Christiansborg

Day 2 will begin with a long-awaited visit to Nyhavn Watergate. This 17th-century canal waterfront is now a tourist spot. You can spend some time here and be mesmerized by the utter beauty of this place. The next thing on the list will be Christiansborg Palace basement, which is almost a millennia old.

The next destination will be National Aquarium of Copenhagen, which is the biggest aquarium in Europe. You can then visit Oresund Bridge, which connects Sweden with Denmark over the Oresund Strait. Enjoy the sunset on this location and head back to Copenhagen to enjoy some nightlife.


Day 3: Frederiksborg Palace and Stroget Street

Your first destination on day 3 will be Experimentarium. This science and technology museum offers an exclusive chance to get your hands on amazing technology. Follow it up by visiting Frederiksborg Palace, which was built for the King and the royal family of this Kingdom. Conclude your day by shopping on Stroget Street, the longest pedestrian street in Europe.


Day 4: Kronborg Castle and Christiania

Visit the Vikings stronghold of Kronborg Castle on your fourth day. It is an exceptional source of watching Danish heritage which you can relive a thousand times later. This marvelous place is the exact setting for the novel Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

You can then visit the Freetown Christiania, which is a self-proclaimed autonomous district, located in the heart of Danish Capital. Follow these trips up with a nice nightlife scene and absorb all the fun you have had during your brief stay.


Final day: Rosenborg Castle and Malmo City Hall

Your final day at this wonderful city of Danes will take you to Rosenborg Castle, Maritime Museum, Lilla Torg and Malmo City Hall. These exceptional places will charge you for your life ahead, and you can carry some inspiration back home to travel more places.

Do You Need a Visa to Travel to Copenhagen?

Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa and can enter the country with a valid ID card or passport (you can stay for up to 3 months). For more time or if you are from another country you should know some things about Denmark visa requirements.

When I arrived at the modern airport, they look strange to me because the security thoroughly check my carry-on luggage, my coat and all my pockets. And when I say it thoroughly I say it thoroughly since they took everything from me. They asked me endless questions and in the end, they left everything to me in a messy way so as to organise the backpack again.

What is the best time to go to Copenhagen?

This already depends on when you have free or your tastes for one season or another. If you go in Autumn the colors will enchant you but it will be cold and in winter there is little sunlight, very cold and you will probably see snow. In Spring the weather is more unpredictable.

At least it has touched me every day totally different from the other with sun, rain, clouds and even snow reaching -2 degrees. The good thing about it is that in the spring they begin to open the outdoor attractions. In summer there are many hours of sun. The temperatures improve and it is the best time to go although there are many more tourists and accommodation prices rise even more. It's up to you!.

Cheapest Way from Copenhagen Airport to City Centre

The airport is very close to the city, barely 9 km away, and is very well connected. You have several options from the subway, train, bus or taxi (which I do not recommend because the first one stuck in Copenhagen can be historical).

I used the train both to go and to return and it is the most comfortable, with wide schedules that even allow you to go to the airport from 5 in the morning. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the central station. By the way, the bicycles can go on the train. There are central wagons ready to upload bicycles.

Copenhagen Tourist Office

Visiting the tourist office in the city is something that must be done on the first day to know first-hand details, schedules, last minute changes, events. The Copenhagen Visitor Service is just in front of the entrance to the Tivoli Park. I can assure you that it is the best I have seen in my travels since it is perfectly designed to offer the visitor of the XXI century all the facilities.

There are giant screens to navigate, ipads, a cafeteria with breakfast at a good price, digital information panels, and a robot that welcomes you. Of course, there is human advice. And here you can buy the Copenhagen Card, a card that although expensive, just compensates for the high prices of all attractions.

The Tourism Office is very modern and functional.

A robot welcomes you

Copenhagen Card - See More and Pay Less

The option of the Copenhagen Card is very useful if you want to see as much as possible in a short time, as has been my case. It has access to more than 80 museums and attractions in the city, with consequent savings. It also offers the possibility of using any public transport without limit, whether metro, train or bus through the center and throughout the metropolitan area (also includes the train to the airport).

You can buy the Copenhagen Card for 24, 48, 72 hours or 120 hours which is activated the first time you use it. They also give a mini guide with information about its operation and all the attractions that it includes.

Getting around Copenhagen

The Danish capital is quiet and there is hardly any traffic, which is appreciated. It is not too big or too small and if the weather is good, you can walk almost everywhere to discover streets, lively squares or beautiful palaces. But if the weather is good, the best way is to move as locals do is by bicycle.

70% of the population moves by bicycle and there are bicycle lanes throughout the city and the surroundings so there is no excuse if the weather is fine. You can rent it at the many businesses in the city or those of the town hall, which have a built-in browser.

The train, the subway and buses work perfectly so you have many options to choose from. If you have the Copenhagen Card, you can combine them as you wish. The ferry is also a good option if you want to go to other areas such as the Opera or Nyhavn, the new port.

Do a lot of people speak English in Copenhagen?

Danish is quite difficult to pronounce although you can learn some words. The good news is that English is spoken to perfection by all Danes, so you will not have trouble communicating in the language of Shakespeare. A good advice if you do not master English is to use a translator app.

Copenhagen Currency and Prices

Denmark belongs to the European Union but does not have the euro as currency but has the Danish crown. You can pay by card in all sites. As for prices, it's the worst news I can give you. Copenhagen is a very expensive city.

Copenhagen Schedule

The business hours vary according to the establishment. The shops open from 10 to 7, banks up to 4, cafes and bars from 8 am to 12 pm, restaurants from 12 to 10 pm approximately (although there are exceptions). To eat the Danes start early so you have to change the chip and adapt. Lunches start at 12 and dinners at 6 pm so many restaurants will not serve after 10.

As in any other major capital, there are other places that close later, thinking more about the tourist. There are options for everyone.

Eating in Copenhagen

I'll talk more in another article but I tell you that eating in Copenhagen is very expensive, although you can look for options that are not too abusive to reduce collateral damage. For example, if you go in a supermarket, you will save a lot. Everything will depend on your pocket, what you like to eat and what you are willing to pay.

There are very elegant options. I tried a local beer and the delicious bowl of crumbled pork, with poached egg, guacamole and vegetables. I would go to Copenhagen again just to eat there.

Shopping in Copenhagen

Walking through the streets you will see stunning decoration and home shops. You can enter bars and restaurants perfectly decorated and better acclimated. Here design is almost a religion and you can take ideas if you are passionate about the subject. Clothing stores, boutiques or souvenir shops are available throughout the historical center, which by the way, has Stroget as the largest pedestrian street in Europe.

Hotels in Copenhagen

Hotels in Copenhagen is, like everything here, quite expensive in general, whatever the area or neighborhood, especially if it is centrally located. The area of ​​Tivoli is more expensive, with many luxurious hotels. However the nearby district of Vesterbro has somewhat cheaper hotels and in the beautiful area of Christianshavn, you can stay between channels at better price.

The option of sleeping in an apartment is good but I also give you another option to sleep at a good price in Copenhagen in a hostel. Of course you will have to share a room and sacrifice your privacy but if it is not inconvenient you will save enough. I chose an ultra-modern hostel with all the comforts you can imagine.

It had impeccable facilities, heated pool, cinema room, gym, cafe bar, daily entertainment activities, well-designed common areas, an amazing kitchen and rooms for six (somewhat narrow) with shared bathroom. I saw many families staying there so it is a very good option to go in groups or with children.

If you want to find more hotels, you have many options. Compare first and read the opinions of the clients to decide, but make sure, if it is not very central, that you have a metro, bus or train stop nearby. Nearby Tivoli is a great option.


Is Copenhagen Safe?

- The best advice has to do with the bicycle lanes, since the city is full of them and they are least conflicting and confusing. Be careful and do not get distracted because Danish is very correct and polite but watch out when you go by bicycle. Part of the blame is on the tourists, who cross and invade the bicycle lanes often, so be careful where you go.

- In Copenhagen something interesting happened to me. It is that the cold wind, wherever I walked always hit me in the face with the consequent annoyance.

- You have to wear a very good coat in winter and a good raincoat in summer. It rains often.

- In Freetown Christiania, photos are not allowed, especially irascible they are put on the street where all kinds of soft drugs are sold. There are signs warning that if you take it with the phone they will get pissed off.

- Try Danish black licorice. It's a whole religion. Salty licorice is already a Viking experience, not suitable for delicate palates.

- The Smørrebrød is the most characteristic dish of the Danish cuisine: slice of bread with all kinds of ingredients on top like salmon, prawns, veal.

- There are some free museums on certain days of the week, such as the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek which is free on Sundays.

- Take a free tour on the first day to get an idea of ​​the city and its history. They leave daily from the City Hall Square.

- Take advantage of the Happy hours of the premises to save a few crowns in drinks.

- The supermarket is the cheapest of all and you can stock yourself well.

- Copenhagen is a very lively city, even when it is cold and it is allowed to drink alcohol in the street. At 5 am when I was on my way to the central station, I saw many people coming back from the party.


Things to do in Faroe Islands

Isolated from the world and surrounded by the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islands are wild nature throwing themselves into the ocean. 18 volcanic islands live in the capital, Tórshavn, where the only three traffic lights on the islands are located. A curious fact is that there are more sheep - about 70,000 - than inhabitants. Not in vain in Føroyar means islands of lambs.

Located halfway between Scotland, Norway and Iceland, Faroe Islands are easily accessible by plane or ferry. There are direct flights from Denmark, England, Iceland and Norway. Between 4 or 7 days would be ideal to be able to explore much of what the Faroe offer you.

Gásadalur and the Mulafossur waterfall

About 20 minutes from the airport, located on the Vágar island, you can visit the Gássdalur town, one of the most beautiful. Next to the village, the Mulafossur waterfall is born in one of the walls of the cliffs and will leave you mesmerized.

Traelanipa, Lake Sørvágsvatn and the Bosdalafossur waterfall

Also located on the Vágar island, come to visit Lake Sørvágsvatn, the largest in the archipelago. There one of the most characteristic images of the Faroe will surprise you. A lake that ends in the cliffs just above sea level and that, on the other side, overflows into the waterfall of Bosdalafossur directly to the sea.

Saksun, a fairytale town, with ogres included

Located in a natural amphitheater of an extraordinary beauty, at the top of a tidal lagoon, Saksun, is one of the most beautiful villages in the country. In the fjord, at the foot of the village, there is a lagoon. During low tide, it is possible to walk along the sandy shore of the lagoon around the promontory.

Stand on the Tjørnuvík beach

Coming from Saksun you can go to the beautiful Tjørnuvík village and its wonderful black sand beach with the two rock pillars Risin and Kellingin (the Giant and the Witch) in the background. It is a place that attracts many surfers.

Fossá, a cataract of vertigo

Quite popular among locals, the Fossá falls are on their way between Saksun and Tjørnuvík. They are the highest of the islands and one of the obligatory stops along the way. Depending on the time of year, they can be much larger than they appear in the photo.

Bøur Village

Very close to Gásadalur you will find the Bøur village, one of the oldest Faroese settlements dating back to the Viking era, with beautiful views of the Tindholmur islet.

Gjógv, an open throat

With less than 50 inhabitants, Gjógv is the northernmost town on the Eysturoy island. In this small town you can find another of the most typical images. A gorge about 200 meters long that runs from the town itself to the ocean.

Views from Fossingshamar in Funningur

Another beautiful location is the spectacular Fossinshamar mountain range that offers views of the Funningsfjørdur fjord and the idyllic Funningur village.

Route with sailboat

In the Norðlysið village you can board a sailboat sailing through Nólsoy and its cliffs, where you can enjoy maritime views and fresh sea air. Take the soundtrack of Jurassic Park, because it is the first thing that will come to mind when contemplating these views. If you like fun at sea, you can combine it with the back on the speedboat of RIB62 and enter the caves located at the foot of the cliff. Wear a coat and raincoat, even if you are in the middle of summer.

Kallur Lighthouse

Located to the north, on the Borðoy island you can find the second city of the islands, Klaksvík, from where you can board a ferry that will take you to the nearby Kalsoy island to approach the Trøllanes town from where a small route starts. on foot that will take you to the lighthouse of Kallur. Get ready if you have vertigo, there is a small narrow to get to the point that is not suitable for cardiac, yes, what a view!

Eat in a private house

Nothing like the homemade food and if that maxim is moved to the Faroe, where you can try a traditional lamb meal and have a conversation with some great hosts while enjoying its heimablídni (hospitality) and stunning views as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon.

Sunsets and sunrises

Enjoying the departures and sunsets in the Faroe Islands is one of the great privileges of the trip. If you go in spring or in summer the hours are extended and the sunsets last until after midnight, with what you have the golden and blue hour insured.

Stroll through Tinganes, the historic center of the capital

Between the cathedral and the lighthouse of the capital, there is a small peninsula where you will find the historic center of Tórshavn, Tinganes, which, with its traditional wooden houses with grass roof, it seems that you have moved to a Viking village of centuries ago. In addition to your side are the main restaurants to enjoy a good dinner.

Mykines

The island of the Puffins. One of the islands that star many of the postcards of the islands, its lighthouse, its views and its illustrious winged inhabitants.

Some practical information

Entry: To enter, a visa is necessary.

Climate: Thanks to being located in the Gulf Stream, the climate is much better than in similar latitudes. Take a raincoat and warm clothes, even if it's summer, the weather is very variable. Between June and September there are 19 hours of light. Take advantage of them!

Currency: The Faroese crown is the official currency of the islands.

Accommodation: There are accommodation of all kinds on the islands. From hotels to campsites and many houses and rooms for rent you'll find on Airbnb, for example.

Internet: Despite being under Denmark, in Faroe there is no roaming. The best thing you can do to stay connected is to buy a local card.

Pets: It is not allowed the entry of any pet for stays of less than 3 months, so forget to bring it.

Driving: The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 23 years. The vast majority of the islands are well connected by tunnels and well paved roads, so traveling by car is comfortable and is how you will get more out of your trip. Of course, be careful not to run over a clueless sheep.

Shopping: Faroese wool is the most typical you can buy, although if you like beer, there are factories like Okkara, where you can make a tasting of their beers.

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22 comments:

  1. I would love to plan an entire trip just copying this one. I've always wanted to see Denmark, and this sounds like it was a great trip.

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  2. I've wanted to go to Copenhagen for ages. I've heard it's excellent for vegans - did you see any vegan restaurants while you were there? The Faroe islands also sound incredible - adding that to my wish list.

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  3. Imagine being paid to go to university. So far away from the UK model. I've been once to Copenhagen in my old job as a buyer, but I only remember the inside of a factory! I'd like to visit the city properly.

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  4. I've heard it's beautiful there. I would love to visit one day.

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  5. I was just in Copenhagen last summer and I loved the city! It's such a friendly one and the city is just beautiful. This is great if I ever do go back.

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  6. I loved Copenhagen and Denmark when I visited it. I would highly recommend taking a trip to Lousianna museum of modern art if you are into such things. And I think visint Helsingor and Helsinborg on ferry (Sweeden-Denmark by sea) is more exciting than Malmo visiting.

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  7. you definitely just sold me on the idea of visiting Denmark! we should all follow suit on how to live a happier fuller life including riding more bikes

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  8. Denmark is on my bucket list to visit. Thanks for the Great article. Will keep it handy when I go visit.

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  9. I've never been but it sounds like an incredible place! I've always admired Copenhagen to be honest...it just is so beautiful!

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  10. Wow! The Faroe Islands is my kind of place! Looks like something out of a movie; beautiful sights!

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  11. I have so many places I'd like to visit, but Denmark is definitely higher up on my list, for sure. There are just so many things to do and see there; it sounds so magical!

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  12. I'd love to visit Denmark, its a fascinating country. This is a fab itinerary.

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  13. oh my, this will be added to my bucket list! i should really consider visiting these places. thank you for the awesome tips you got here.

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  14. Copenhagen is gorgeous! And your photos are amazing! This is great information for the next time I am there!

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  15. This looks like it would be such an amazing trip. I have always wanted to visit Denmark and it is definitely on my list for the future.

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  16. I would love to visit Denmark someday! This looks like a great place to visit.

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  17. Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind. Looks like you had a great time there!

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  18. Such beautiful photos! This is completely and utterly spectacular I would love to travel here so much. Thanks for sharing

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  19. I'd love to go to Copenhagen one day and this is a great itinerary to follow, especially to cram so much cool stuff in x

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  20. All of these ideas sound like so much fun! I would love to get to go to Denmark someday, it would be amazing!

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  21. Visiting Copenhagen is one of the things to do on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing your travel guide.

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  22. The Tivoli Gardens are top of my list.....it looks like such a fun day out

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