24 hours in Copenhagen
When it is springtime in Copenhagen, the city just becomes even more beautiful and the streets come to life. Get the very best out of the city and find inspiration for what you can see and do, even if you are only here for one day.
One of the best things about Copenhagen is that you can reach most attractions on foot – and it is actually the best way to explore the city. You could also rent a bike if you would prefer to discover the city on two wheels. We have put together a selection of some of our favourite places.
Copenhagen is at its most beautiful from the water
Maybe start your day with breakfast in a cosy café, followed by a walk in Nyhavn. Enjoy the waterfront ambience and the charming houses. They say that Copenhagen is at its best from the water, so take a canal tour and discover the city and most of its top attractions from a boat.
Shop till you drop!
After sailing around Copenhagen’s canals, maybe it is time for a bit of shopping therapy, so visit the Magasin du Nord and Illum department stores, and the shops on the famous ‘Strøget’ pedestrian street and the myriad of charming cobbled side streets. The latter exude charm and history and are home to some of the city’s more specialist shops, selling everything from vintage clothes and arts and crafts to antiques.
A touch of culture
Copenhagen is a wonderful city for culture vultures, so visit one of Copenhagen’s most popular museums, presenting both temporary exhibitions and permanent collections of paintings and sculptures.
The city abounds in green retreats, where you can chill out on a bench and sun yourself – if you are lucky. Rosenborg Castle Gardens is the oldest royal park in Denmark. From here you can visit Rosenborg Castle and maybe awaken your inner monarch. The Botanical Gardens feature an arboretum with more than 100-year-old trees, rockeries, ancient varieties of rose, herbaceous perennials and Danish plants, while at Kastellet – a historic fortress just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel – you can take a walk on the ramparts and enjoy the view of The Little Mermaid and the Gefion Fountain.
In the evening
Copenhagen can boast 22 Michelin stars and hundreds of great restaurants – see the separate article. Then, after dinner, you can sample the city’s huge range of musical life. Here is a guide to 10 of the best places.