Copenhagen in three words: tidy, sharp and sociable. I have always been fascinated by the Scandinavian countries, so during the New Year’s holidays I decided to go there for some days. Copenhagen is located in Denmark and is a fairly small city. It has been organized for been enjoyed comfortably by bike or by foot without using the usual public transport.
I created these 5-days itinerary about the city of Copenhagen based on my experience. We went in the Danish capital in the middle of winter and the first thing that I felt was a very cold icy wind! I organized this mini guide by improving the aspects that were inconvenient for me, trying to make it as easy as possible. In this city most people go on foot or ride a bike, so I planned a tour based on the habits of citizens to enjoy the real life that Copenhagen offers.
You will find the itinerary divided into 5 days, each with its map containing the landmarks of museums, attractions and streets. For each day I entered the most convenient Metro station (you will find it marked with the letter M) to start the tour.
Even if the cold air that enveloped the city was frozen at that time, Copenhagen showed us beautiful places and different situations from ours.
CITY CENTER is the heart of Copenhagen and the most historic district of the capital. Here you will find the most famous sights of Copenhagen that you can reach on foot or by bike passing through the many streets and alleys of the city.
M Departure from Kongens Nytorv (metro)
1 Magasin du Nord, a shopping mall.
2 Strøget Street, is the main shopping street full of restaurants and shops.
3 ILLUM, a shopping center.
4 Christianborg Palace
5 The Black Diamond, the royal library: a small bar, a restaurant, a bookshop and a museum.
6 Havnepromenade, 1 km walk along the main canal of the city.
7 Nyhavn, it’s a small street of colorful houses that runs along a canal full of boats. Here there are bars and restaurants and there is also the possibility to take a boat tour: Netto Boat Tour.
8 Royal Danish Playhouse, it’s the national center of dramatic art, even if you do not have the ticket it’s worth taking a look at the foyer, the caffe shop, the Ofelia restaurant and walking along the wooden walkway that surrounds the Playhouse. From here you will have a beautiful view of Copenhagen Opera House.
9 Palazzo di Amalienborg, the King’s Palace, winter residence of the Danish Royal Family.
10 Frederiks Kirke, a marble church with a green dome.
11 Designmuseum Denmark, here you will find a permanent exhibition of Danish Design and one about the history of Danish fashion and fabrics; plus there are temporary exhibitions lasting about 6 months. Inside you can find the Klint Café and a shop.
CHRISTIANSHAVN & HOLMEN: central district of the city, with a unique marine atmosphere, it’s part of the center of Copenhagen, together with a renowned restaurant, the alternative district and some of cafés and bars along the canal.
M Departure from Christianshavn St. (Metro)
1 DAC, is the Danish Center of Architecture, open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm. You will find exhibitions that as a main theme has the archiecture in relation to people, the places of the city, interactions and much more.
2 Vor Frelsers Kirke, the Redeemer’s church.
3 Christiania, more than a neighborhood, it is a way of life. Here, you find a mixture of stores, houses, bars, colorful murals and even live music. It is not recommended to take pictures in this neighborhood.
4 Noma, it was the first restaurant in the world until 2014, today it has reopened in another way always in this neighborhood.
5 Nordatlantens Brygge, it is a cultural center where the research, culture and industry of the North Atlantic is experimented. This is the starting point for extending our horizons and providing us with new knowledge. There are many exhibitions, a shop and a bar.
6 Copenhagen Street Food, here there are many stalls that serve different types of street food, so, if you’re hungry, go to this place and you will find it any kind of food.
7 Copenhagen Opera House, one of the most important theaters designed by a Danish architect. It is overlooking the sea and it attracts opera and architecture enthusiasts from all over the world.
ØSTERBRO is one of the most beautiful residential areas of Copenhagen, especially for families with children. Along the wide avenues of this neighborhood I have seen many mothers jogging with their baby in a stroller. Plus in this area there are some design shops, many delicacies, green oasis and the most famous statue of Copenhagen.
M Departure from Österport (Metro)
1 Art Gallery “Den Frie”, some exhibitions, Oslo Plads coffe and bookshop.
2 Kastellet, a fortified citadel built in 1660, where you can walk in the green, between bridges and ancient windmills.
3 St. Alban’s Church, Anglican Church.
4 Toldboden, located at the old ferry terminal in the Copenhagen’a port. Good quality and sustainability are contained in this place! Here they produce their vegetables in the Juliangaard farm located in Smidstrup. The interior of the room is recycled materials made and most of the furniture is made of old wood coming from Danish ports. You can have brunch, lunch and dinner.
5 Langelinie Pavillonen, turns into a summer restaurant, a hall for concerts, exhibitions, conferences and many other events.
6 Den Lille Havfrue, “The Little Mermaid”, symbol of the city.
7 Statens Museum for Kunst, presents Danish art to the whole world, with more than 700 years of art. Inside there is also a bookshop, a café and a study room.
8 Geological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark.
9 Orto botanico di Copenhagen, is a huge green area in the heart of Copenhagen that is considered one of the most important spaces, because it is a living museum as research, information, teaching and conservation of nature. Here you can see the largest scientific collection of plants in Denmark, including the rarest or extinct species in the wild.
10 Rosemborg Castle.
VESTERBRØ, is the area of the former slaughterhouse that became a cultural and artistic district. From slaughterhouses to art galleries, from red lights to designer shopping, from a popular district to the most fashionable place in Copenhagen. This is the evolution that in recent times has lived Vesterbro, a nearby area to the center of the Danish capital.
M Departure from København H (Metro)
1 Istedgade, here you will find sexy shops and venues with erotic shows, but something has changed lately: today you have to come here to intercept the latest trends in the city, including independent boutiques, cafes frequented by creative people, new exhibition spaces and a buzzing nightlife.
2 Museum of Copenhagen.
3 Værnedamsvej, full of beautiful local and Danish shops, don’t miss the “Cafe La Granola”, it’s nice and typical.
4 The New Theatre.
5 Tycho Brahe Planetarium.
6 Sønder Boulevard, a linear park that crosses the district of Vesterbrø.
7 Meatpacking District danese, a food lovers paradise, between restaurants with Scandinavian cuisine, trendy vines, restaurants with eco-friendly specialties and others where you can taste oysters and other raw delights.
Take the subway (2min) from Dybbølsbro St. to Carlsberg St. (Vigerslev Allé).
8 Carlsberg Brewery. This famous brewery started to produce its “blondes” in Vesterbrø, in 1847. The historic company can be visited with an admission fee of 10.50 euros. Open from 10:00 – 17:00.
Take again the subway (5min) from Carlsberg St. (Vigerslev Allé) to København H, or you can go on foot in 30 minutes.
9 Tivoli, famous amusement park, opened in 1843.
10 Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a museum that since 1882 houses the private collection of Carlo Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg. The collection includes, among others, works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin and Auguste Rodin.
11 Kalvebod Bølge, in the waterfront of Kalvebod Brygge there is this area dedicated to outdoor activities, relax and fun.
NØRREBRO, is a colorful, casual and young neighborhood. Here there are trendy bars and clothing shops, designer shops and various cheap places to eat and drink. Over the past two decades Nørrebro has evolved into one of Copenhagen’s coolest neighborhoods with a multicultural mix and an influx of young residents.
M Departure from Nørrebro Station (Metro)
1 Superkilen, it is an urban park that full of symbols and colors in the center of Copenhagen.
2 Jægersborggade, the small residential street is home to at least 40 art galleries, organic food stores, vintage clothes, potters and jewelry designers, as well as bars, breweries and restaurants. Here you will also find the starred restaurant Relæ and some of the best coffee in the city.
3 Assistens Cemetery.
4 Brus, if you need a break, you can come here. This place is also a brewery and a restaurant and it has a shop.
5 Politimuseet, it presents the history of the Danish police and it makes you discover a series of criminal and mysterious cases.
6 The bridge Dronning Louises Bro
7 Torvehallerne, is a supermarket where you will find over 60 stands that sell everything from fresh fish to meat, gourmet chocolate to exotic spices, as well as small spaces where you can eat something.
Take the subway (25min) from Nørreport St. to Kastrup St.
8 Den Blå Planet, National Aquarium of Denmark.
Have you already been to Copenhagen? Would you like to go? If my itinerary inspires you and you would like to try it, I can’t wait to know what do you think about it and if it had been useful for you. I will be always open for new advice and opinions ♥
BLESS YOU. I’m planning to tag a solo few days in Copenhagen onto a girls trip to Paris in December, and this is exactly what I was looking for to help guide me. So glad Copenhagen is “socialble!”
I’m really happy to be useful to you with this little guide, you’ll love Copenhagen a lot. It is a very avant-garde city and offers open-air spaces that few cities have. Let me know if my itinerary is good and if you would change something ;).
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