Copenhagen Itinerary: How to Spend 3 Days in Copenhagen

By Anjali Chawla

Ideally, a week’s required to feel the pulse of Copenhagen, Denmark. However, you can explore the best of Copenhagen in 3 days if you plan well! Here’s an ultimate city guide to spending 3 days in Copenhagen with family. Keep reading to discover delish, outdoorsy, and fun things to do in Copenhagen with kids.

FYI – This is a long and exhaustive post but helpful if you are planning a trip to Copenhagen so pour yourself a nice cup of coffee and read on.

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3 Days in Copenhagen – An Ultimate Copenhagen Itinerary

Have you ever found yourself inspired to travel to a place just because you saw it in a movie? It happens to me all the time!

Copenhagen is one such movie. The movie not only moved a piece of my heart in a way, I never thought anything could but also instilled in me the desire to visit the happy and beautiful capital of Denmark – Copenhagen <3

I mentally planned the trip before the movie was even over.?

It was in 2015. Three years later, one of my most cherished dreams of visiting Copenhagen finally came true.

3 days in copenhagen with kids

Guide to Copenhagen for Families

One of the best places to visit in Europe with kids, Copenhagen has to be one of the most family-friendly destinations in Europe.

It’s charmingly compassionate and accommodating to families. They have child-friendly public transport that offers reserved seats to people traveling with kids.

Almost all the parks and museums are free for kids up to 17 years. Plus, most of the restaurants offer kids’ menus. Copenhagen is unquestionably a delight to visit with family.

I was surprised to discover that the capital of Denmark has something for each and every age group – from young kids to older kids, adults to the elderly.

This time when you plan your family vacation or a multigenerational fun trip, think Copenhagen, think our guide to Copenhagen for Families.

Read More: Best Day Trips from Copenhagen

Best Time to Visit Copenhagen

With the warmest weather, never-ending days (meaning more time to explore), and amazing events, summer (June to August) is the best time to visit Copenhagen. Though this is also the time when the huge tourist crowds throng the city.

If you’re looking for low prices, fewer crowds – Spring (March to May) is the good time to go. The weather is mild enough for you to enjoy the exploration. It’s also a great time to witness the parks bursting into bloom.

Autumn or fall (September and October) brings a mix of sunny days, rainy days, and cold days. It’s when days start to become shorter, and the air turns cool, and the pitter-patter of the rain fills the atomsophere. You’ll need a warm jacket and rain gear. The fall colors make the season extra-special.

Winter (November to February) is for those who want to enjoy a quieter time in Copenhagen. The temperatures sink below zero and the days start to get dark early like at about 4 pm. You can call it a season of hygge, a great time to enjoy the heartwarming winter activities. Plan during December to witness the gorgeous Christmas Markets. Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market is one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe.

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

We stayed at this Airbnb in Kokkedal and loved the experience. If you love Airbnbs like us, read our guide to the best Airbnb in Copenhagen to choose a perfect home away from home.

For people who love the luxury and ease of hotels, we have a guide to the best hotels in Copenhagen.

Find the best deals and special offers on Copenhagen accommodations here.

How to Get to Copenhagen

By Air

Copenhagen Airport (CPH), one of the oldest Airports in Europe and the biggest Airport in Scandinavia, is well-connected with all major European cities and all the major cities across the world. We were happy to find a direct flight (Air India) from New Delhi to Copenhagen. We use Kiwi.com to find the best-value flights.

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Mini-me at Copenhagen airport, Kastrup

Many nationals need to get Schengen Visa before their arrival in Europe. Check here to know if you need a Schengen Visa or not.

Read our guide to Schengen Visa for Indian Citizens and Indian Passport Holders

By Train

Trains are widely available to Copenhagen from other Danish and European cities. The train network in Scandinavia isn’t as efficient as in Central Europe but is decent enough. We use Omio, RailEurope, Eurail to book trains in Europe.

By Bus

You can reach Copenhagen by bus from Gothenburg, Malmo, Oslo, Stockholm, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. We use Flixbus, one of Europe’s biggest bus companies, to book bus tickets around Europe.

Getting from Copenhagen Airport to the City: Copenhagen Airport Transfers

It’s easy to get to and from Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH) to the city using public transit.

The metro located above terminal 3 takes you to the Copenhagen city center (Kongens Nytorv). The metro lines M1, M2, and M3 Cityringen connect downtown Copenhagen to the rest of the city.

You can also catch the train from the station by terminal 3. The frequency of trains is every few minutes during the day and 1 to 4 times an hour at night. It takes you from Kastrup Airport (CPH) to Copenhagen Central Station in around 15 minutes.

Bus 5A takes you to Copenhagen Central Station. If you plan to buy the tickets on the bus make sure to keep the exact change in coins only.

The tickets for the bus, train, and metro can be purchased at the DSB ticket sales counter and ticket machines in terminal 3. Ticket machines accept credit cards and coins only.

Hiring a taxi is also an option to get to and from Copenhagen Airport but it’s expensive. Taxis pick up passengers outside terminal 1 and terminal 3.

Free shuttle bus services are available to travel from one terminal to another.

Metro and train remain the quickest options to reach the city center plus they run 24X7.

Anywhichways you travel, you’ll most likely arrive at Copenhagen Central Station, from where you can take a subway, bus, or taxi to commute to the rest of the city.

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Bicycles Parking at Copenhagen Central Station

Getting Around Copenhagen during 3 Days in Copenhagen

Make sure you have a map or layout to get around Copenhagen hassle-free.

Copenhagen on Foot

Copenhagen is compact that makes it quite a walking-friendly city. It can be explored on foot with ease. In fact, walking is one of the most beautiful ways to explore the Danish capital.

You can walk around the center of Copenhagen, in just one day. Ah! And you can do so much with this one day in the Copenhagen itinerary.

Join one of the Copenhagen free walking tours or private walking tours or else take a self-guided tour.

Here are some of our recommendations for the best Copenhagen walking tours:

Copenhagen by Bike

As I said, it’s absolutely practicable to explore Copenhagen on foot, but I strongly recommend renting a bike with kids.

One of the coolest and eco-friendly ways to explore Copenhagen is to hire a bicycle with GPS. The city is a haven for bikers.

Copenhagen has exclusive bike lanes and lovely bridges dedicated to bikers. Bike lanes are uniformly separated from the car lanes making cycling the city easy for everyone.

Let the kids explore the world’s biking city on the bike.

You’ll find a good deal of bike rentals throughout the city. Some of them even customize the bikes as per your requirements. The Bycyklen bikes offer electric bikes with a smart navigation system and they are widely available everywhere in Copenhagen.

You must cycle cautiously while following all the biking rules in Copenhagen. It takes some time to understand the way cycle lanes work there :)

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When in the Danish Capital, Do as Danes – Cycle!

Check out some of the best bike tours in Copenhagen!

Public Transportation in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is quite easy to navigate with extensive public transport options.

In fact, Copenhagen’s public transport system is one of the best in the world.

Use the Citymapper app or Rejseplanen to navigate the city better. Here’s a guide to efficiently use public transport in Copenhagen.

If you are planning to use public transport for most of your time in Copenhagen, it’s wise to invest in a City Pass or a Copenhagen Card.

City Pass

City Pass gives access to unlimited travel on trains, metros, and buses in Copenhagen.

It can be purchased for 24, 48, 72, and 120 hours. With an adult City Pass, 2 children under 12 years of age can travel free of charge.

You can buy a City Pass from the ticket vending machines installed at stations or can get one from the DOT Tickets app.

Copenhagen Card

Copenhagen Card not only allows you to free public transport but also free entrance to 86 tourist attractions and museums plus some tours.

Like City Pass, it can also be purchased for 1 to 4 days and can be ordered online in advance. Show the receipt at Copenhagen airport to get your card.

If you plan on visiting major attractions and museums, it’s probably fair investing in Copenhagen Card.

What is included with the Copenhagen Card? Check here.

You might be thinking if the Copenhagen Card is worth it for 3 days in Copenhagen?

Okay. You might find them expensive but believe me, they do save a lot of money, time, and hassle. The exploration becomes easy without having to run around to buy tickets every time and paying for them in DKK!

You might want to install the Copenhagen City Card app.

Buy the Copenhagen Card here

Taxi in Copenhagen

There are quite a few taxi companies in Copenhagen. You can flag a taxi on the road or hire one from one of the taxi ranks. You can also book a taxi over the phone. It takes just about 5 minutes for the taxi to arrive once booked.

The main taxi companies in Copenhagen are 4X27, DanTaxi, and Taxa 4X35.

Renting a Car and Parking in Copenhagen

Renting a car in the world’s best bike city is a crime (no, not really).

But, Danes will make you believe that.

On every street and every corner, you’ll find Danes on the bike – going to work, going shopping, going to school, and everywhere.

Anyway, we committed the crime of renting a car to travel in and around Copenhagen. It certainly saved us money because we shared expenses with another family traveling with us.

I’d not recommend you to rent a car in Copenhagen. Parking isn’t easy to find and if you find one, it costs you a lot.

The parking fee is charged per hour and complying with the time restrictions is pretty difficult.

I mean, imagine you parked your car in Frederiksberg and reached Vesterbro while exploring the city and bump, your parking time’s up.

You won’t imagine how inconvenient it is to run between neighborhoods to extend your parking for another hour. Been there, done that.

Rent a car only if you are planning to do day trips from Copenhagen or a road trip to Sweden across the Øresund.

We use and recommend Rentalcars.com for all your rental car needs. Trust me, they are the best of the lot!

If you are still planning to drive in Copenhagen, please buy a time interval card that is valid for 5 days (weekdays only) or download the Easypark app to save the trouble of finding parking and paying for it.

Click here to know all about Parking in Copenhagen.

Read our complete guide to renting a car in Europe

Our 3 Day Copenhagen Itinerary: 3 Days in Copenhagen with Kids

The day I chalked out the Europe (Nordics) itinerary – I chose Copenhagen as my first European destination, for three major reasons.

First, the movie inspiration, of course, second, Denmark is the gateway to Scandinavia, and last but not the least, the family-friendly vibes of the city.

Planning our time and money efficiently to get the most out of our 72 hours in Copenhagen with kids was the goal while making the three days itinerary for Copenhagen.

We had our friends (family of 4) joining in for the Nordics trip and I was the person responsible for the trip itinerary.

Managing the flights, stay and itinerary for 7 people demands a hell of a lot of effort. Imagine the pressure that comes with it!

You are to blame if the trip doesn’t go as planned. And everyone knows travel plans fail all the time!

Anyways, our Copenhagen itinerary turned out to be a success luckily and well, I realized that pressure makes me work efficiently :)

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Strolling the streets of Copenhagen

You might want to read: Scandinavia Itinerary – Best of Nordic Countries in 3 Weeks

From the fairy-tale castles to stunning aquariums, open green spaces, the birthplace of Lego, well-planned and child-friendly public transportation, fairytale writer (The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling) Hans Christian Anderson’s abode and home to the oldest amusement park in the world- no better place than Copenhagen to visit with kids!

Birth Land of Lego can’t disappoint kids, you know.

The capital of Denmark is jampacked with full of things for kids to do and many of them for free or on budget.

Copenhagen happens to be quite happening for kids. Here’s how we spent 3 days in Copenhagen with Kids.

Arrival in Copenhagen

We boarded the AirIndia flight at 2 pm and arrived in Copenhagen at around 6 pm.

Free shuttle from the airport dropped us at Europcar Kiosk located in Terminal 1 at the P1 parking area to pick the rented car which we had already booked online through Rentalcars.com.

We trust and recommend Rentalcars.com for all your car rental needs abroad.

Kids relieved their tiredness (of sitting continuously in an 8-hour long flight) by running around the kiosk while we were busy completing the paperwork.

As soon as we got our black Toyota Avensis, kids screamed with hunger.

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Kids beating the travel fatigue outside the Kastrup Car Rental Centre

We headed to Laundromat Cafe to grab a bite before we could drive to our Airbnb apartment in Kokkedal, about an hour outside of Copenhagen.

The setting and food at Laundromat resonated so well with the kids. They loved their Latin Avocado Sandwich and Veggie Burger. The kid’s portion is ample and can easily be shared by two young kids.

The drive to Kokkedal from Copenhagen was lovely. It was 10 at night but the sun was yet to set.

That’s the plus point of traveling to Scandinavia in summer – the long daylight hours make the whole experience pleasant and relaxed.

The Midnight Sun. It’s not only the beloved summer event but a feeling.

Denmark isn’t technically the land of the Midnight Sun. The places above the Arctic Circle enjoy this title. However, Denmark gets pretty close. The sun here sets at around 11 pm.

We experienced the Midnight Sun in the Land of the Midnight Sun, Finnish Lapland. The sun does not set at all during the Arctic summer.

Read more about what it is like visiting the Finnish Lapland in summer

Copenhagen Itinerary Day 1 – Explore the Indre By Neighbourhood (Copenhagen City Centre)

We woke up bright and early to beat the crowds to some of the most popular sights in Copenhagen. After having an early English breakfast at Airbnb, it was time to hit the exploration button.

PS: You can have a healthy and delectable breakfast at Bowl Market Copenhagen in Vesterbro. It’s famous for its diverse food options, decent portion sizes, chic interiors, and welcoming staff. A great place for breakfast or mid-day snacks!

Nyhavn was our first stop. It had to be. Nyhavn is to Copenhagen as the Taj Mahal is to Agra or Eiffel Tower is to Paris.

Visualize Copenhagen and the picture of colorful 17th-century Danish houses comes to your mind. We were excited to see live what we had seen in pictures till now.

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Iconic Nyhavn!

Nyhavn

Most of the attractions in Copenhagen are along its boundless waterfronts.

After walking along the colorful waterfront and taking photographs to our heart’s content, we boarded the Grand Canal Boat Tour to explore the Danish capital from the water.

Copenhagen Canal Tour – Best Introduction to the Danish Capital

One of the most classic ways to discover Copenhagen is from the boat sailing down its prepossessing water canals. We loved the traditional guided boat tour along the Copenhagen harbor. The tours depart from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand.

It takes you through Copenhagen’s famous attractions like The Copenhagen Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace,  Black Diamond Library, and the Little Mermaid.

We caught a brief look at Little Mermaid’s back from the boat tour and didn’t visit the statue actually.

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Copenhagen as seen from the boat tour

The best part is the environmental-friendly boats that support Responsible and Sustainable Tourism.

The commentary in Danish, English, and another third language is quite informative and interesting.

drum roll, please!

We were told that Copenhagen burns the garbage for power. Interestingly, Copenhagen doesn’t have enough garbage to produce power, so it imports garbage from other countries. Being an Indian, it was natural for us to be gobsmacked by this fact.

No wonder Denmark is the leader when it comes to sustainability.

The tour ticket costs 85 DKK for an adult and 43 DKK for a child (6 to 15 years.) The family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) costs 250 DKK.

The tour that departs from Gammel Strand is free with the Copenhagen Card.

The tour duration is one hour.

Book your Canal Tour here

Cirkelbroen Bridge along the waterfront seen during the Copenhagen boat tour
Cirkelbroen Bridge along the waterfront seen during the Copenhagen boat tour

PS: We did a self-guided tour of the city. If you don’t want to take the hassle of doing it on your own, you can choose to join a free walking tour or guided walking tour of the city to explore the top sights.

The Marble Church (Frederik’s Kirke)

A 10-minute walk from the harbor took us to the gorgeous church at Frederiksgade street.

One of the most impressive churches in Copenhagen, The Marble Church is officially called Frederik’s Kirke. You’ll fall in love with the church’s copper green dome.

Entrance ticket: 35 DKK per adult and 20 DKK per child

Opening timings: 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Friday and Sunday when it opens from 12 pm to 5 pm because of the wedding ceremonies.

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Frederik’s Church clicked at 10 pm on the day we arrived. The magic of the long summer days in Scandinavia.

Amalienborg Palace

Right across the street from the Marble Church is the Amalienborg Palace, Danish Royal Family’s home.

We were just in time for the changing of the Royal Guard (Den Kongelige Livgarde) Ceremony. It takes place every day at 12:00 noon.

Visit the Amalienborg Palace to experience the royal history of Denmark. The royal family of Denmark still resides inside the palace. Amalienborg consists of a palace square with a statue of King Frederik V and four identical palaces – Christian VII’s Palace (Moltke’s Palace), Frederik VIII’s Palace (Brockdorff’s Palace), Christian IX’s Palace (Schack’s Palace), and Christian VIII’s Palace (Levetzau’ Palace).

While you can’t visit Frederik VIII’s Palace and Christian IX’s Palace as they are occupied by the royal family, you can visit Christian VII’s Palace and Christian VIII’s Palace (houses Amalienborg Museum).

Christian VII’s Palace can only be explored on a guided tour. A guided tour takes about 60 to 75 minutes and costs 95 DKK per adult. The tour runs from Thursday to Sunday from 1:10 pm to 2:40 pm.

Christian VIII’s Palace can be visited by purchasing an entrance ticket that costs 95 DKK per adult and is free for children under 18 years. It’s open from 11 am to 4 pm daily.

See, most of the attractions in Copenhagen are free for young as well as older children.

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Change of guard ceremony at Amalienborg in Copenhagen.

Hansens Is & Ice Cream Copenhagen

As planned while making the itinerary, we were off to taste the best ice cream in Copenhagen. You can’t leave Copenhagen without zesting organic Hansen’s Ice cream at Hansens Is.

Ultimate treat to the senses!

I wish I could put the picture of the ice cream here but as always I realized much later after we gobbled the whole ice cream that I needed to click the picture :(

Rosenborg Castle and the Kings Gardens

We strolled through the city over to the Rosenborg Castle. An integral part of Danish history, Rosenborg Castle is a Renaissance castle built by Christian IV.

The castle is enveloped by the King’s Garden also known as Copenhagen’s Central Park.

The oldest royal garden in Denmark, Kings Gardens is popular among Copenhageners as a relaxing place for grown-ups and a playing area for kids.

Opening Timings: Rosenborg Castle is open from 7 am to between 5 pm and 11 pm depending on the time of year.

Entrance Ticket: 110 DKK per adult and is free for children up to 17 years.

Parkmuseeme – Copenhagen’s Green Museum District

Our next stop was The Statens Naturhistoriske Museum located in the Botanical Gardens.

The museum houses a Zoological, Geological, and Botanic Museum and a Central Library. The butterfly house in the Botanical Gardens is a must-visit during the butterfly season.

There are six museums (The David Collection, The Hirschsprung Collection, The Cinematheque, Rosenborg Castle, SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, and The Natural History Museum of Denmark) located in and around three of the city’s beautiful parks – The King’s Garden, The Botanical Garden, and the Østre Anlæg park.

SMK – National Gallery of Denmark and The Natural History Museum of Denmark are worth visiting with kids. We couldn’t cover the SMK – National Gallery of Denmark.

If you and your kids are museum lovers and If you don’t have a Copenhagen card, I strongly recommend buying the Parkmuseeme ticket.

Just one Parkemuseeme ticket gives access to six museums in the area and saves a lot of money.

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Botanical Gardens

We spent some time relaxing in the green surroundings of the Botanical Garden.

The Botanical Garden with its vast variety of flowers, plants, and trees is a perfect place to relax when you are tired of all the sightseeing and walking. There are a series of lovely glasshouses and a lake too.

Lunch at Torvehallerne

It was time for lunch! We headed to Torvehallerne Street Food Market, a set of around 80 shops offering fresh fruits and vegetables plus restaurants.

We tried the Smørrebrød (traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches) at Hallernes and Oat Porridge at Grød, gourmet porridge outlet.

How could a coffee lover like me miss the world-class coffee experience at The Coffee Collective?

Apart from Torvehallerne, The Coffee Collective has outlets at Jægersborggade, Bernikow, Broens Gadekøkken and Gothåbsvej.

Round Tower – Latin Quarter

After lounging and lazing with a cup of coffee, we headed over to the Round Tower.

Rundetaarn, built in the 17th century by Christian IV is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.

Wind up the spiral walkway to climb the tower and cherish the beautiful 360-degree views of Copenhagen.

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Climbing the Round Tower

There’s a floating glass floor in Round Tower where you can stand to see the core of the tower as you look down. Kids enjoyed but it scared the hell out of me.

Opening Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

Entrance Ticket: 25 DKK per adult and 5 DKK per child aged 5 to 15 years

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Copenhagen as seen from the Round Tower

Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Trinitatis Church which is a part of the Trinitatis Complex along with Round Tower. The entry is free.

The tourists normally overlook the cathedral because of the entry through a different side door.

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Beautiful Trinitatis Church

Shop at Strøget

We ambled along the Strøget, a famous pedestrian shopping street in Indre By with tons of shopping opportunities.

Strøget is one of the world’s longest and oldest pedestrian streets. A shopper’s paradise is famous for Danish design.

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lovely streets of copenhagen denmark

Kids didn’t allow me to shop much but I somehow managed to buy a few fridge magnets. Obviously, kids don’t have much patience for shopping activity so we had to give up on that.

As we sidestepped most of it, kids stopped as they saw a street vendor roasting something.

The board read brændte mandler. As we neared, the smell of roasted almonds simply filled our senses.

We were told Brændte Mandler translates to roasted almonds. A bag cost us 30 DKK and they were Mmmmmh.

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Try the roasted almonds when in Copenhagen!

As we walked from one end of the Strøget to the other with a bag of Brændte Mandler, we explored many squares, fountains, and historic buildings.

At the rear end is Rådhuspladsen that joins Vestrobrogade and Strøget and houses the city’s iconic sights like Copenhagen’s City Hall, Jens Olsen’s World Clock, Dragon Fountain, the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Vesterport (the West Gate), Stork Fountain (Storkespringvandet), and the Church of the holy spirit (Helligåndskirken).

We stopped by a lovely public square at the end of Strøget, King’s New Square (Kongens Nytorv) featuring quite a number of architecturally pretty and historically fascinating buildings along its main area covered by cobblestone. A lot of photo opportunities of course.

Coffee and Snacks at ILLUM Rooftop

Coffee with the view! A perfect cup of coffee at Original Coffee, exquisite rooftop views of Copenhagen, and the magical interior – they are sure to make you feel hygge.

Palaeo at ILLUM Rooftop serves delicious egg wrap and strawberry smoothie to kids’ tastes.

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace was our last stop for the day.

Located on the Slotsholmen island, the palace houses the Supreme Court, the Ministry of State, and the Danish Parliament Folketinget. We could only visit the Parliament due to time constraints.

The parts of the palace can be closed due to official functions and thus, opening hours differ accordingly. Visit the official website of Christiansborg for tickets and timings details.

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Christiansborg Palace

Dinner at Riz Raz

The kids were tired, hungry, and cranky by now. Luckily, we bumped upon this lovely Mediterranean restaurant, Riz Raz while searching for food outlets.

Just 5 minutes from Nørreport station, Riz Raz is charming and laid-back. A buffet of Mediterranean favorites is perfect for Vegans.

The children’s buffet costs just 49 DKK while the Mediterranean buffet costs 99 DKK – super value for money.

Plus point – It’s opened till midnight.

Kids slept in the car on our way back to Airbnb as we ended late

Copenhagen Itinerary Day 2 – Explore the Frederiksberg and Nørrebro neighborhoods

After a hearty Indian breakfast at our Airbnb made by yours truly, we jumped into our cars with crisp excitement.

Was it hygge? We were loving the heartland for hygge – Copenhagen.

PS: You can start your day with a scrumptious breakfast at Torvehallerne Market, an indoor market with more than 80 shops and stalls. It’s open from 10 am to 7 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday).

Copenhagen Zoo

We began the day at the Copenhagen Zoo alongside Frederiksberg Gardens. It’s like any other zoo with a variety of animals like kangaroos, lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and tigers.

I’m not a fan of zoos but this one’s not your typical zoo. You and the kids will be smiling all the way, believe me.

Kids loved the experience because of proximity to the animals I mean at some places they could actually go over the animal cages.

The polar bear exhibit stands out. Kids can easily spend their whole day here.

Entrance Ticket: 100 DKK per child and 180 DKK per adult.

Check the opening hours and other details here.

Frederiksberg Palace and Gardens (Frederiksberg Have)

Frederiksberg is a favorite picnic spot for Copenhageners.

If you are visiting in summer, take a boat tour operated by Svendsen’s Boat Service (Svendsens Bådfart) that takes you through Frederiksberg Palace atop the hill, beautiful bridges, and the Chinese pavilion.

We admired the palace from outside while kids ran around its extensive garden. If you want to visit the palace, join a guided tour at Frederiksberg Palace that takes place on the last Saturday of each month at 11 am and 1 pm, except in July and December.

The entrance fee is 100 DKK for an adult. Visit the Frederiksberg Palace’s official website for more details.

Just across the Frederiksberg Palace, The Cisterns is the former water reservoir under Søndermarken park. Once the source of drinking water to Copenhagen, it’s now a part of Frederiksberg Museums.

We walked in because the entry is free with the Copenhagen Card but came out as soon as the kids became restless. It can be easily skipped with kids.

A Quick-Bite at Saks Corner

A hot cup of coffee with croissants, cakes, and sandwiches was all we needed to carry the day. Saks Corner turned out to be one of the best places to chill with kids.

It was time to explore Nørrebro, one of the most famous neighborhoods in Copenhagen with ethnic diversity. It’s just across Queen Louise’s bridge from Indre By.

Assistens Cemetery

We drove to the Assistens Cemetry in Nørrebro. It’s the gravesite of Denmark’s beloved writer Hans Christian Andersen.

The area is lush green and you’ll find many locals taking a stroll. You can also see the writer’s works at Fairy-Tale House on Rådhuspladsen.

Jægersborggade

Located between Assistens cemetery and the Nørrebro Park is this small lovely street with specialty shops, studios, and cafes.

The street carries a quirky aura. You’ll find many potters, and artists selling their work of art here.

Light lunch (Brunch) at the Sixteen Twelve

As we already had sandwiches with coffee at Saks Corner, we planned on having light snacks for lunch at the Sixteen Twelve and the place turns out to be a hidden gem! The food is good for your health, excellent on your tastebuds, and amazing on your eyes (presentation matters). You must try their avocado smash.

Superkilen Park

If you want to see something out of the box, head to Superkilen Public Park in Nørrebro.

Kids can have fun at swings while you stroll through the park’s main areas – Green Park, the Black Square, and the Red Square.

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Superkilen Park is known as Europe’s Strangest Public Park.

Experimentarium

Hands down, Experimentarium is the best thing to do in Copenhagen with kids.

One of the highly interactive science centers we have ever been to. As kids walked from one exhibit to the other, we realized the importance of learning through play for children.

And the place is perfect for kids of all age groups ranging from 1 year to 17 years.  The entry is quite costly, so this is one must-visit place where having the Copenhagen card will feel like a blessing.

The entry ticket for Child (0-3) is free, Child (3-11) is 115 DKK, and for Adult is 195 DKK. It’s free with the Copenhagen Card.

Indian Food at our Airbnb

A quick shower helped us to pull out from the exhaustion. We cooked daal, jeera rice, and chapati. Cooking on your own while on a holiday is a refreshing change.

The best thing about staying at an Airbnb is having a kitchen where you can cook your own meals rather than eating out every time.

Being able to have breakfast and dinner at home saves a lot of time and money while traveling. Also, the comfort and ease of being able to eat in sometimes can make you feel relaxed on your vacation.

PS: You can head to the South Indian Frederiksberg for authentic South Indian food.

Copenhagen Itinerary Day 3 – Explore Free town of Christiania,  Østerbro, and Vesterbro neighborhoods

After making a quick early morning visit to a supermarket near our Airbnb and devouring a superfast breakfast (bread, butter, and jam,) we drove to Copenhagen to make the most out of our last day in the city.

PS: Try Morgenstedet for breakfast.

Freetown  Christiana

On the way to Christiania, we briefly stopped by the Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen Opera House, and the Christianshavn waterfront. If you can spare some time, the views from the Church of Our Saviour are breathtaking! The entrance ticket costs 65 DKK per adult and 20 DKK per child under 15 years. The opening hours differ with the season. Check the official website of the Church of Our Saviour for more information.

One can take a tour of the beautiful Christianshavn canals or maybe rent a boat or kayak to enjoy the clean waters enveloped by greens and the peaceful environ.

Christianshavn Canal Copenhagen Denmark
Christianshavn Canal

Christiana is a self-proclaimed autonomous zone within Copenhagen.

Colonists in 1971 created an alternative society in a dumped military base. The communal settlement has exempted itself from the law enforcement set by the city, the country, and the EU.

Thus, inappropriate graffiti and the selling of cannabis run wild here.

We had a creepy feeling as we walked along its streets with kids. The area especially Pusher Street is brimming with stunning street art. Photography is PROHIBITED.

We had heard a lot about the street art in the area but didn’t know about its infamous character so planned a visit here. I’d recommend skipping this place when traveling with kids.

Brunch at Reffen

Reffen is a Copenhagen Street Food at Refshaleøen neighborhood just behind Paper Island. This market replaces the Copenhagen Street Food Market at Papirøen.

It’s an awesome agglomeration of around 50 food stalls from all around the world. The market offers organic and sustainable food as well as services.

The food stalls are open from 12 pm to 8 pm while Reffen Coffee Bar timings are 10 am to 8 pm and the bars are open from 12 pm to 12 am (Sunday to Thursday) and 12 pm to 2 am (Friday and Saturday).

Kastellet (Copenhagen Citadel)

Kastellet is a star-shaped fortress near the Little Mermaid statue. Walking around the walled expanse with a chapel and windmill is beautiful and relaxing.

Gefion Fountain

Just next to Kastellet is Gefion Fountain, a large fountain that depicts the pagan goddess Gefion, or Gejfun. They say that if you toss in a coin to make a wish – they come true.

The Workers Museum

The Workers Museum lets you sneak peek into the daily life of Copenhageners during the 1950s.

The museum has a separate section for kids specifically for 3 to 12-year-olds. It’s real learning with a fun experience for children.

Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily

Entrance Ticket: 100 DKK per adult and is free for children under 18

The Copenhagen Lakes

Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and striking areas in Copenhagen.

There’s a row of 3 narrow lakes – Sortedams Sø, Peblinge Sø, and Sankt Jørgens Sø in a gentle arc stretch from Østerbro to Nørrebro, Frederiksberg, and Vesterbro.

Sit at a cafe with outdoor seating along the promenade in the evening and enjoy the lakes shimmering in the city lights.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli is magical with a lot of amazing rides for kids of all ages. An absolute fairytale-like setting. Even adults are sure to revel in the old-world charm of the iconic amusement park of Copenhagen.

You wouldn’t have seen a playground as unique as Rumpus Klump.

Entrance Ticket: 135 DKK (Monday to Friday) and 145 DKK (Saturday and Sunday) for visitors above 8 years old and 60 DKK per child aged 3 to 7 years

*The entrance ticket does not give access to the rides at Tivoli. You can buy one of the Tivoli Packages that offers entrance and unlimited ride tickets.

Opening Timings: 11 am to 10 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays and 11 am to 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays

Check Tivoli Gardens’ official website for more practical information.

PS: Don’t leave Tivoli before 12 am if you happen to visit on any Saturday from May to September. Fireworks Show at 23:45 is worth a wait!

tivoli garden copenhagen denmark

Dinner at Tivoli Food Hall

We literally filled our mouths with the delicious and unique Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) at Groften, a traditional restaurant in Tivoli. Must try!

Following the routine, we visited supermarket Rema 1000 on our way to Airbnb to buy eggs, bread, cakes, milk, and fruits for the next day’s breakfast.

Note: We skipped the visit to Carlsberg and Kalvebod Bølge in Vesterbro because somehow didn’t find it worth it for kids. If you love beer or want to see how it’s made, then plan a visit to Carlsberg Brewery.

What We Loved About Copenhagen

Everything.

Our time in the happiest city in the world was extraordinarily magical. It’s a perfect place to be with kids.

Hubby and I loved visiting Copenhagen to the extent that we can live there for our whole life.

Despite being expensive, Copenhagen is insanely lovely, charismatically modish, fairly eco-friendly, and bike-friendly – all that make it an absolute charmer!

The so cool it hurts the city of Copenhagen made us love all things Danish. Be itDanish Royal Palaces, Danish Museums, Danish Design and Architecture, Danish Towns, Danish People, and Culture, Danish Concept of Hygge, Danish Food, and Danish Biking Culture.

bicycle city copenhagen denmark
Bikes everywhere! The city has more bicycles than humans :)

What we loved the most about the city is its bike culture.

Copenhageners love to bike so much so that the bicycle has muscled its way into their language.

Danish historian Finn Wodschow says that there are more references to the bicycle in Danish literature, music, and film than in any other country.

Copenhagenize quotes some bicycle-related expressions that have embedded themselves even deeper in the Danish linguistic culture viz. Kæden er hoppede af: The chain fell off is used when something goes wrong.

Copenhagen Travel Tips 

  • Explore the city at your own pace. Wander. Stroll down any street or attraction that pleases you. We divided the Copenhagen city in neighborhoods to be explored based on the number of days on hand and walked around the city ambling into shops, cafes, churches, museums, and streets. We entered only those attractions that pleased kids or just took a sneak peek of places that were free with the Copenhagen Card. It’s better not to buy tickets to places that fail to tickle children.
  • I highly recommend buying a Copenhagen Card. You’ll save a lot of time, energy and money.
  • Make sure to check the opening hours of the attractions you want to visit as they vary according to the season.
  • Credit cards are accepted everywhere. Practically, you can do without cash. Though, I’d suggest having some Danish Kroner (DKK) ready in case you need it. Euros ain’t widely accepted.
  • Carry the two-pin continental plugs to charge your camera and phone.
  • When in Denmark, do as Danes do :) One must experience hygge (hoo-geh) when in Denmark! Slow down, get cozy and relish the moment.

We had an awesome time in Copenhagen. It’s one Scandinavian city that simply can’t be missed.

I sincerely hope this Copenhagen travel guide plus itinerary, with infinitesimal details of our trip to Copenhagen, will help you plan yours.

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54 comments

Elizabeth November 27, 2018 - 12:51 pm

So very happy to have found this article! Denmark is on the top of our boys’ bucket list and will likely be the first trip to Europe we take them on. This is sucha great guide to the city with kids!!!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:46 am

Thank you, Elizabeth. I’m glad you liked our guide to Copenhagen with kids. Hope you plan one soon. It’s a perfect destination to visit with kids. And don’t forget to share your experience with us once you are back :) Happy Travels!

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Laurence November 27, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Great post on how to enjoy Copenhagen with Kids. I’ve been wanting to visit this place, and will try to visit the things you’ve said. I hope it’s not required to learn their language though :) Reminds me of Amsterdam with those colorful houses.

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Raescape November 27, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Great read! I’d love to explore Copenhagen by bike! I bet on every corner is a sight to see!!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:40 am

Thanks, Rachelle! Biking is one of the great ways to see Copenhagen.

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Jessica November 27, 2018 - 6:52 pm

Wow! This is so much information! I’ve been wanting to visit Copenhagen and everything I want to know is right here! It’s perfect!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:40 am

Thank you so much, Jessica.

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Bilal November 27, 2018 - 8:14 pm

The Analogies palace looks so beautiful! Never been to Copenhagen but have now added to our bucket list! thanks for sharing the itinerary

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Gonca November 27, 2018 - 10:49 pm

You all are amazing! I loved your pictures and itinerary. Thanks for sharing

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Noraly November 28, 2018 - 12:29 am

Your post brought back so many great memories to Copenhagen! Love that place :) I wish I’d seen your post before I went there though, cause I missed out on so many good things!!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:38 am

I’m glad, Noraly. We too loved the vibes there. I hope our guide will be helpful to you when you plan another trip to Copenhagen :)

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Mario November 28, 2018 - 3:42 am

So much to see, so much to do – I’ve just been to Copenhagen for 2 days back then and I sure missed a lot – well, there’s always a next time :)

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Sylvia November 28, 2018 - 5:35 am

I don’t have children but this post has tons of great information. I also love a good boat tour! It’s a good way to see a new city.

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Nomads4Life November 28, 2018 - 6:25 am

You’re right. You defunitely need at least a week in Copenhagen. We didn’t have time to do the day trips you mention but we loved the city so much that we will definitely return. Pinning your article for those with children.

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Indu November 28, 2018 - 1:20 pm

I do plan to visit Copenhagen and now with your detail itinerary it will be easier to plan without delving in more research.

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Smita Chandra November 28, 2018 - 2:10 pm

Loved your detailed post and beautiful pics! Copenhagen is so lovely and there’s so much to see and do there, I can’t wait to go visit!

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Ferny November 28, 2018 - 3:14 pm

The Copenhagen Card and a bike sounds perfect for me! I can’t believe your Frederik’s Church photo at night, it’s awesome, it looks like sunset.
I know maybe 3 days is too fast, but if you make a great itinerary like yours, you can make it!
I love it!

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Christine November 28, 2018 - 4:02 pm

What a thorough travel guide to Coppenhagen! I’ve never been but planning to go to Scandinavia next year and considering Denmark :)

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Kemi November 28, 2018 - 9:28 pm

Ahhhh!!! I’m so nostalgic now! CPH was my very first solo trip in April and I LOVED IT!! I stayed for 5 nights and took very identical paths you did. I took a day trip via train to Malmo & Lund but didn’t get to explore other Danish towns. Next time. I bought a Copenhagen card that allows free access to >80 museums and sights and free public transit because, as you know, CPH ain’t cheap. Walked Round Tower, Marble Church, took the canal cruise etc but Little Mermaid was meh lol. Plus, I stayed very between Rosenborg Castle & Nyhavn so have 67846463 pics of them from all angles lol. I felt like a kid just staring at castles so I’m sure your kids must’ve been ecstatic lol. I must’ve done 500k steps walking. Seriously. I hope to return next year. I just loved it so! Sigh!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:06 am

Woah! That’s lovely, Kemi :) Staying near to Roasenborg and Nyhavn must have been a great experience. And I’m sure the number of pics was more than 67846463…haha…

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Angela Fernando November 29, 2018 - 12:14 am

Copenahagen sounds the right place for my kind of vacation! Would love to around by bike and taking photos. I have to check this out for my next spring escape!

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Daniel November 29, 2018 - 2:27 am

What a lovely guide about Copenhagen! I loved exploring its streets with a bicycle. DId you know that it is officially the world’s most bike-friendly city?

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 5:59 am

Thanks for stopping by, Daniel. Yes, I know that and even I have mentioned that in my post.

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The Travel Bunny November 29, 2018 - 4:37 am

I really like the guide and it’s encouraging to find out that a visit to Copenhagen can happen at a reasonable price.

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 5:56 am

Thank you, Mirela!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:02 am

Copenhagen in Spring is a delight. It’d be lovely to see the city in full bloom :)

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:10 am

Thanks, Christine. You should definitely plan a trip to this stunning part of the world.

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:18 am

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts here, Ferny. I too was surprised when I checked the time on my watch. It was around 10:30 pm and the sun was still up. Midnight Sun is magical. 3 days aren’t enough to explore Copenhagen. We had to squeeze a lot of attractions into the limited amount of time that we had but we enjoyed.

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:19 am

Thanks, Smita.

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:21 am

I’m glad you found our guide to Copenhagen found helpful :) Happy Travel Planning!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:24 am

Thanks for reading and taking out time to comment. You should make Denmark a part of your Europe experience.

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:34 am

There is something about Copenhagen that pulls me to re-visit. Dragør is one of the best day trip destinations from Copenhagen. Thanks for sharing the post :)

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:34 am

There is something about Copenhagen that pulls me to re-visit. Dragør is one of the best day trip destinations from Copenhagen. Thanks for sharing the post :)

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:35 am

Yes. Boat tour is the best way to explore Copenhagen.

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:36 am

I second that. There’s always a next time.

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:39 am

Thanks, Gonca!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:39 am

Thanks, Bilal!

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Anjali Chawla November 29, 2018 - 6:44 am

Thanks for the kind words, Laurence. Not really because Danes understand and speak English quite well. Amsterdam and Copenhagen are similar in many ways :)

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Navita November 29, 2018 - 8:53 am

This is an amazing guide to Copenhagen. The pictures are so beautiful and was like a virtual tour for me. The Superkilen park does intrigue me and that dessert looks yummy.

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Farah al Zadjaly November 29, 2018 - 9:07 am

3 days in the Copenhagen and you did soo much. I am definitely going to try to consider going there when I do my Europe tour. It looks beautiful.

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Sinjana Ghosh November 29, 2018 - 11:58 am

Thanks for this fantastic guide to Copenhagen. I now know my one-stop resource to check when i plan my copenhagen trip. The 3-day plans like this make it so much easy for casual travellers like us who squeeze out time from their work to go on short vacations

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Renata - www.byemyself.com November 29, 2018 - 12:03 pm

You’re absolutely right: Copenhagen doesn’t have to be expensive. It is if you eat – and drink! – out a lot, but for instance with the Copenhagen Card that you mention you can visit a ridiculous amount of fantastic attractions for free.

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Simona November 29, 2018 - 5:50 pm

Copenhagen is such a beautiful city! I went a couple of years ago during Christmas season and it was so magical! I totally agree with you the food is awesome!

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Jaz November 30, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Copenhagen looks like such a family friendly place to visit and with blue skies and beautiful scenery like this, it sure does look like the perfect trip! I still need to visit!
Thanks for sharing,
Jaz

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Mohit Agarwal December 1, 2018 - 7:57 am

Such a well written post.. each line soeaks of the efforts you have put in curating this wonderful guide.

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Anjali Chawla December 2, 2018 - 8:19 am

Thank you so much for the appreciation, Mohit :)

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Debjani December 1, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Wow, Denmark is certainly an expensive place to be . But with few tips and tricks you can be definitely be reasonable in terms of spending on food stay and travel. Great informative post as usual.

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Anjali Chawla December 2, 2018 - 8:21 am

Thanks, Debs :) I second that. There are ways to save money.

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Paul December 1, 2018 - 5:18 pm

This is a great guide packed with interesting things to do and lots of helpful tips. I love the food scene in Copenhagen, always so innovative.

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Loredana January 3, 2019 - 4:55 am

My husband traveled for business to Copenhagen and he loved the city. We are actually planning a trip with the family (we have a son) so this guide comes in handy. It looks like there are so many great things to do – and budget friendly! – in Copenhagen. While I knew some of them, I added a few more to my list :)

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Anjali Chawla January 3, 2019 - 9:06 am

That’s wonderful. Let me know if you need more information about Copenhagen.I’m sure your little one will love the Danish Capital. Do add Bakken amusement park to your list. We missed it :(

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Janice and George (SandInMySuitcase) January 3, 2019 - 8:44 pm

A great guide to Copenhagen!
We’ve only visited for a day (on a cruise). Certainly not long enough indeed to do justice to the city :-).
We loved visiting Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm, so I’m sure we’d particularly love the Frederiksberg Palace.
One day!

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Anjali Chawla January 3, 2019 - 10:41 pm

Thanks, Janice! Yes, you need to spend at least 3 to 4 days to feel the essence of Copenhagen. You should definitely plan to go back :)

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Jane Dempster-Smith January 31, 2019 - 9:45 pm

Even this article mentions for families there is so much information here for couples to do in the same period. I haven’t visited Copenhagen yet but I will bookmark this article for future reference. The Copenhagen Card sounds the perfect solution for travelling and seeing the sights of Copenhagen. I can’t wait to visit the markets. There is so much to do and see I will need at least a week.

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