Only got 2 days in Copenhagen? Perfect! Then here is my city guide on the very best things to do in Copenhagen in just 48 hours!
Have you only got 2 days in Copenhagen? That’s the perfect amount of time!
I honestly think there’s so much to see and do in Copenhagen in just 48 hours and it’s one of my favourite cities in the world for a weekend break.
From cool cafes to cute castles to contemporary cuisine, this is a city that has something for every type of traveller. It is a city where you can go from learning about the history of the city in the morning at Rosenborg Castle, to screaming like a big kid in the afternoon at Tivoli Gardens, to catching up with friends at the hipster Meatpacking District in the evening.
Don’t believe me? Here is what you can get up to in just 2 days in Copenhagen.
Working on KLM’s new campaign ‘101 Reasons to Travel’, a campaign all about finding those unique reasons to travel (it’s all in the name really), I knew immediately I wanted to visit Copenhagen.
There are so many reasons why Copenhagen is one of KLM’s most popular destinations to fly to, and I couldn’t wait to explore the city for myself and make a video about it all.
With that in mind, here are some of the best things to do in two days in Copenhagen.
My Top Tip: Buy the Copenhagen City Card
Before we get into it, we need to talk about the Copenhagen City Card.
You can get 1-day, 2-day, 3-day card or 4-day card that will give you free entry into 87 museums & attractions, discounts into those that aren’t free, and unlimited use on public transport (including to and from the airport). It also includes discounts on a lot of the major tours too.
The last 3 times I’ve visited Copenhagen I’ve always used a Copenhagen City Card because it’s so much cheaper than buying individual tickets. Over the course of 3 days you’ll save anywhere between £25-50 so I definitely think it’s good value for money. Also, the free transport around the city is incredibly handy too!
Prices start around £47 for a 1-day card (cheaper for under 16s). It’s cheaper the more days you buy.
This is the picture postcard image of Copenhagen. With its colourful cafes and restaurants lining the side of a canal, Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day. Make sure you come down here when the sun is blazing and grab a few beers with friends. It’s very easy to just come for the photo op in Nyhavn and stay for the good times.
This is probably my favourite spot in Copenhagen and it blows me away that there’s this grand opulent castle right in the middle of the city. Originally built as a summerhouse is 1606, today Rosenborg Castle is home to the crown jewels and the royal gardens. Honestly, it’s worth visiting this place just to see the throne room alone!
The Little Mermaid
Straight out of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale, the Little Mermaid statue has become one of the most popular tourist spots in Copenhagen. Even though this is a little way out of the city, I think it’s well worth the journey along the harbour – just make sure you come early in the morning or late in the day to beat the crowds! If you’ve only got 2 days in Copenhagen then this is a must.
Despite being the world’s second oldest theme park (some accolade that), Tivoli Gardens in an amazing place to lose yourself for an afternoon. The old-world charm of the 1800s still shine through wherever you look at Tivoli Gardens with modern rides and rollercoasters to boot. Also, a theme park right in the city centre? Sign me up! If I’m only in Copenhagen for 2 days then I always try and squeeze in a quick visit to Tivoli.
You can get tickets to Tivoli Gardens including skipping the line here!
The Round Tower
If you’re looking for some of the best views of Copenhagen then you can’t go wrong with the Round Tower. Climbing to the top of the Round Tower will leave you dizzy, as will the 360° views of the city all around. Try and come late in the afternoon otherwise you might be dodging school kids everywhere. Also, running to the bottom of the tower is a must!
Torvehallerne isn’t a supermarket, it’s a super market. With over 60 stands and shops selling everything from fresh fish to smelly cheeses to fine wines, it is a foodie paradise. There are a number of small restaurants at Torvehallerne where you can get a quick bite too. As I was in Copenhagen I just had to try smørrebrød, their famous open sandwiches. Nom nom nom.
Home of the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of State, you might think Christiansborg Palace is on the boring side. Oh how wrong you’d be. With stunningly opulent rooms and tapestries, you’ll struggle to find a more beautiful building in Copenhagen. Also, from 11am you can climb to the Tower each day for another amazing view of the city.
If Royal Families are your thing, then you’ll want to visit Amalienborg Palace. This is home to the Danish royal family and it is also a museum to one of the world’s oldest monarchies. Even if you aren’t into Royal Families, Amalienborg Palace is still well worth visiting for the four identical facades and the huge square just outside it.
The Windmill at Kastellet
This was such a surprise find while I was walking around the grounds of Kastellet, the old citadel in Copenhagen. This used to be a military base, but today it is a peaceful and tranquil park where you can go for a really nice walk in one of the greenest spaces in the city. Also, it has a windmill. I absolutely love windmills me. I have to admit that this is one of my favourite things to do in Copenhagen!
An ancient church on the outside, a contemporary art centre on the inside. Kunsthallen Nikolaj is a contemporary art centre with quirky and creative exhibitions that change every month. The thing about this place is you could walk past it 100 times (as I think I’ve done!) without ever knowing what’s on the inside, so next time you’re in Copenhagen make sure you take a peek.
If you like to eat then you’ll love the Meatpacking District. This has become one of the best places to eat at in Copenhagen with an array of restaurants from dim sum to Indian to Mexican (and anything else in-between) to choose from. Also, the Mikkeller beer hall is where it’s at if you love craft beer – this is arguably my favourite bar in town and that’s saying something.
The Musling Bistro is hot news right now as it’s just been award a Michelin ‘Bib Gourmand’ award for the first time ever. Serving up the freshest seafood in Copenhagen, Musling Bistro uses amazing ingredients and elevates them to new levels. Safe to say this was my favourite meal I had while I was in Copenhagen and the best seafood dinner I’ve had in a very long time! I can’t recommend this place highly enough!
The Best Tours in Copenhagen
My trip to Copenhagen was in association with KLM’s ‘101 Reasons to Travel’ campaign promoting their top destinations in Europe. As always, views are entirely my own and without bias.
Are you planning a 2 days in Copenhagen trip? If so, what are some of the things you’d most like to do? Let me know in the comments below!
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