WHAT TO DO IN 3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Itinerary Copenhagen in 3 days

BEST THINGS TO DO IN COPENHAGEN IN 3 DAYS – ITINERARY

Copenhagen is such a fun and lovely city – with lots of attractions and beautiful places to visit. So if you are wondering how to spend 3 days in Copenhagen, keep reading as this post is about creating an itinerary that allows you to see the best of the city in a short amount of time.

Stockholm is one of my favorite cities in Europe, and so I knew I liked the laid-back and charming Nordic cities – so I have no idea what took me so long and why I only visited Copenhagen now. But waiting for that long was worth it. Copenhagen is a great city getaway. 

Yes, Copenhagen is expensive! But I think with a Copenhagen Card, I – at least – kept my expenses quite low.

In this 3-day Copenhagen itinerary, you will find out about the best places to visit and top things to do along with other travel tips, like where to stay, how to get around, and more. And of course, this itinerary also is about how to spend your days in the city, so that you don’t waste too much time getting around.

Without question, Copenhagen is the top place to visit in Denmark, and here is what to know for your trip.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 3-DAY COPENHAGEN ITINERARY

Let´s start with some quick tips for your 3-day trip.

How To Get to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is well connected to other parts of Europe – either by train or airport. 

  • It is very easy to get from the Copenhagen Airport to the city center by train or metro and takes 15 minutes.
  • Luckily, you will not need one of the expensive shuttle buses – the train ticket is only around 5€ one way. You can just buy them once at the airport, and there is no need to book/pay in advance.
  • If you have a Copenhagen Card – and bought them in advance – you can use the train/buses from the airport for free.
  • The train station is right in the city center, and you can catch a bus if you need to get to your accommodation.

How to Get Around Copenhagen in 3 Days

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  • In Copenhagen, you can walk to many sights – bring comfortable shoes. Even though I had a Copenhagen Card (which allows the use of public transportation without any extra costs), I mostly walked. This is because many attractions are close by and it often is more hassle to wait for the bus, get the right bus connection than to walk an extra mile. However, walking that much can be tiring – I admit that.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • So, if you are too tired or don’t want to walk much, you can rely on good public transportation. While I hate to wait for buses and trains, they run quite frequently, and it can save you some swollen feet at the end of your trip.
  • With your Copenhagen Card, you would not even have to pay extra and can just hop on the buses/trains. Without a Copenhagen Card, you can buy the bus/train tickets at a ticket vending machine.
  • For day 3, you will need to take trains. So, there is no way to walk to the attractions because they are located outside Copenhagen. However, if you have a Copenhagen Card, you can use the train without any extra costs (even though the places are not directly in the city of Copenhagen).

CAR / TAXI

  • I absolutely see no need to rent a car. The city center is busy, and public transportation is good – so even if you visit places outside Copenhagen, you can get there by bus/train.

BIKE

  • Instead, rent a bike as Copenhagen is extremely bike-friendly. Actually, it is named as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. A bike is perfect for exploring the city center.
  • You can rent bikes for 30 minutes or for many days/weeks. There are several bike rental companies – if you plan to rent a bike, I recommend researching prices in advance, as it can get pricy.
  • I read about free bikes provided by the city, but I could not find any up-to-date info that bikes are still free after doing further research.

More Tips for Your 3-Day Copenhagen Itinerary

  • Copenhagen claims to be extremely environmentally friendly – and it is true to some extent. The bike lanes are great, and so are the options for renting a bike.
  • But the shops love their coffee-to-go – and often even use paper cups if you have your drink inside the cafe (thus, don’t be surprised to see a lot of cups trashed all over the city center). So bring your own water and coffee bottle if you don’t want to be part of it – and the water from the tap is absolutely fine to drink.
  • For more tips on what to pack for Europe, check out my packing list.
  • Copenhagen Card: I used the card for my trip to Copenhagen and loved it. It gave me access to many museums and attractions – basically, all the places mentioned here can be visited with your Copenhagen Card. When I first bought the card, I was reluctant since the price was quite high. But since you can also use it for public transportation (including the entire Copenhagen area), it was well worth the money. As a result, I did not have to spend any more money on attractions or public transportation.
  • Copenhagen is probably always a good idea – especially in December but also in the warmer months it is probably the best time to visit though.
  • Many museums are closed on Mondays – and some attractions are not open all year-round. If you have a specific place/attraction on your bucket list, please double-check opening hours, etc. Depending on the days of your stay, you also might/want to tweak your itinerary and can not copy it.
  • Check out my Europe travel tips if you are visiting Europe for the first time.

3-DAY COPENHAGEN ITINERARY

Okay, let’s talk about all the beautiful places in Copenhagen you can visit in 3 days.

DAY 1 OF 3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN

The prices listed here are for adults. Often, there are discounts available and also the tickets for kids/teenagers are cheaper.

See The Little Mermaid

One of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen is The Little Mermaid, which you will find at Langelinje Pier. She turned 100 years old in 2013, and that lady has had a troubled past ever since.

Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
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Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land, this statue has since then been the victim of vandalism.

This means that she has lost her head twice, once the arm was sawn off, and several times she has had paint poured on her. I mean, seriously, do people have nothing else to do other than torturing her? Anyway, she has been restored, and you can visit her now at any time of the year.

Honestly, if you like strolls, visit the mermaid, but if you have less than 3 full days in Copenhagen, you can skip it as it might be very famous, but it was not really spectacular – in my personal opinion.

Also, it is located a bit away from other main locations/sights, which means walking an extra mile (literally!) Also, if you do a canal cruise, you will see her from the boat.

Explore Amalienborg Palace

Copenhagen also has some beautiful indoor places that allow you to learn about Denmark´s and Copenhagen´s histories. Amalienborg Palace is quite close to The Little Mermaid, so head here now.

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Amalienborg Palace is such a place – a popular sightseeing spot for people interested in royals and history. Here, you can find out more about the royal´s past and present as Denmark’s royal family, who still reside inside the palace.

The Amalienborg Museum displays, among other things, private interiors of the most recent kings and queens. Also, you can see one of the world’s most important collections of Russian jewelry in the so-called Fabergé chamber.

After visiting the museum, you can also watch the changing of the guards (free to watch) as they start marching near Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where it takes place at 12:00 pm. To see them, you need to time your visit precisely – so, think about that when planning your trip.

  • OPENING HOURS/ CHANGING OF THE GUARDS: The museum is only open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm (Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time).
  • PRICES: The Amalienborg Palace Museum costs 95DKK – free with your Copenhagen Card

Discover Christiania

Then, it is time to head to the famous Freetown of Copenhagen – ChristianaOf course, not everyone loves it, and it is a bit of a walk from Nyhavn, but I believe it is a great place to see in Copenhagen.

Christiana is a unique area in Copenhagen. It was founded in 1971 when a group of people cut a hole in the fence to the military barracks in Bådmandsgade. Christiana now has about 1,000 inhabitants and 500,000 annual visitors.

It quickly became a spot where people could buy hash and pot. And even nowadays, weed is openly on display, and you can buy it from one of the many stalls.

Though Christiana is a lot about drugs, it is also colorful and lively with eco-restaurants (including many vegan-friendly dishes), workshops, galleries, and music venues offering all sorts of cultural experiences.

Weed is not allowed in Denmark and, thus, you have to be careful when you want to take pictures in the area – though it is a picturesque area, you are advised not to.

  • As a solo female traveler, I did not find the area scary, but it is kind of dodgy. At the main entrance, you will find a sign listing the rules and, in general, exercise common sense.
  • You can also do guided tours with locals.

Visit Our Saviour´s Church

If you are in Christiana and have some extra free time on your hands, I suggest visiting Our Saviour´s Church (check opening hours and maybe visit beforehand). It is just around the corner (of Christiana) and has a unique architecture.Copenhagen Our Church Saviour The serpentine spire of the church was inaugurated in 1752, and you can climb the 400 steps to the top (with about 150 of them wrapped around the outside of the tower).

Unfortunately, the tower was closed at the time of my visit (end of December), but the views are apparently gorgeous.

  • OPENING HOURS / TICKET: From June to mid-December, open every day from 09:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • PRICE: 65 DKK – free with your Copenhagen Card

Do a Canal Cruise

Then it is time to relax and do some passive sightseeing. I admit that I am totally into boat tours. Canal cruises are fine, too, and I recommend doing one. Not far from Christiana is the boat stop for a canal cruise.Canal Cruise in CopenhagenA canal cruise takes about 70 minutes and you will also hear from a live guide about Copenhagen’s sights and attractions.

You will pass by The Opera, Amalienborg Palace, The Old Stock Exchange, Christianshavn, Our Saviours Church, The Sixtus Battery, The Black Diamond, ‘BLOX,’ the Little Mermaid, and more sights.

In the winter months, the boats are covered, so it is a great activity for any time of the year.

  • PRICES: Starting from 99DKK, free with your Copenhagen Card. There are several boat stops, but Copenhagen Cardholders must depart from Nyhavn.
  • Check out the timetable for canal cruises here.

Stroll Nyhavn

Get out of the boat and enjoy Nyhavn.

Whether you visit on a cold or warm day, you have to stop at Nyhavn, which is probably one of the most famous places in all of Copenhagen and even Denmark. Best places to visit in CopenhagenNyhavn used to be a commercial port where ships from all over the world docked – making this area full of sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs, and alehouses.

Nowadays, it is still a busy place – but with a different atmosphere and charm.

Beautiful and colorful buildings are lined up along the canal, as well as many restaurants and cafes. Though it surely isn’t the most budget-friendly place to eat, it gets quite busy and is perfect for spending some time during the day or in the evening.

You will also find the houses of the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, who used to live in number 20 (and numbers 67 and 18). He wrote some of his fairy-tales, like ’The Tinderbox’ and ‘Little Claus and Big Claus,’ here.

This is also a lovely place to end your first day in Copenhagen. 

DAY 2 OF 3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN

For day 2 in Copenhagen, you could start with one of the main sights in the city.

Visit Rosenborg Castle

Let´s start with a trip to Rosenborg Castle. It is another place where you can learn about royal history. Located in King´s Garden, it also gives you the option for nice strolls in the warmer months (in the winter, the garden is less inviting).Danish crown jewels in Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle was built by one of the most famous Scandinavian kings, Christian IV, in the early 17th century and features 400 years of royal art treasures and Royal Regalia – and the Crown Jewels.

Though the Crown Jewels might not be as impressive as the British Crown Jewels, it is well worth a trip. The interior is well-preserved, and it is interesting to go through.

But if you want/can only visit one royal palace, I suggest visiting Christianborg Palace and skipping this one. But with three days in Copenhagen, you should be able to visit both, and they are located all in the city center of Copenhagen.

  • OPENING HOURS MUSEUM: From Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm (Ticket sales ends 30 minutes before closing time), closed: Mondays and 24th, 25th, 31st December and1st January
  • PRICES: 120 DKK for the Rosenborg Castle, free with your Copenhagen Card.
  • Entry to the Park Museum is free.

Visit the Round Tower

Then head towards the Round Tower close by. It is another attraction you can visit all year round is the Round Tower built in the 17th century and is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. View from Round Tower in CopenhagenTo this day, it is used by amateur astronomers and many other visitors. The observatory is encircled by an outdoor platform from which you have a nice view of the old part of Copenhagen. Though it is only 36 meters high, you have to walk 209 meters to get to the top and enjoy the views.

There are only a few steps at the end that you have to climb; otherwise, you walk in circles.

I would not say it is a must-see attraction, but the views of Copenhagen are nice (and it is not an exhausting activity, which might make your decision – to visit or not – easier).

  • OPENING HOURS: Open every day from 10 am to 8 pm
  • TICKET PRICES: Adults 40 DKK, free with a Copenhagen Card

Stroll Strøget

From the Round Tower, head towards Strøget. Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets – 1.1 kilometers long – with many shops for all budgets.Copenhagen shopping street a place to see in 3 days It covers the streets Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, and Østergade, and Nytorv Square, Gammeltorv Square, and Amagertorv Square.

You can walk all the way down to Kongens Nytorv, which makes it a perfect activity for those who enjoy some walking (if you don’t, use public transportation during the day, so you have energy left to stroll this street).

There are a lot of street artists at the markets, and it is so much more than shopping. It is also a lovely place to end the second day (or you can head back to Nyhavn to end your day there).

  • Be wary of con artists, who ask passersby to guess the whereabouts of a ball under one of three cups and charge for it. You can’t win – because it´s a scam.

Visit Christiansborg Palace

Then slowly walk towards this famous sight which is close by – Christiansborg PalaceCopenhagen in 3 daysWhether you visit in summer or winter, one place to visit is Christiansborg Palace, and it should not be missed on any Copenhagen itinerary. It is close to other main attractions in the city center yet located on the mini island of Slotsholmen.

Christiansborg Palace was once the home of Danish kings and queens, but after one of several great fires, the royal family moved to Amalienborg Palace in the late 1800s and never returned. Copenhagen places to visit in 3 daysHowever, the Royal Family still uses parts of the palace for events. It is the best place to get a glimpse into the impressive lives of the Danish royals.

The Royal Reception Rooms include The Tower Room and The Oval Throne Room, where the Queen receives foreign ambassadors to Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark also uses The Royal Reception Rooms for greeting foreign state leaders. 

You can visit several rooms and places, but the most outstanding is probably the Great Hall where you will find the Queen’s tapestries. Christianborg Palace was probably one of the highlights when visiting Copenhagen in December. It was my favorite royal place to visit, and thus, I highly recommend visiting.

  • OPENING HOURS ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS: July – August: Daily 10:00 – 17:00.  The ticket desk closes at 16:30 and September – June: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 16:00 (closed Mondays). The ticket desk closes at 15:30. It is also closed on the 8th of June 2021
  • TICKET PRICES FOR ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS: Adult: DKK 95, free with the Copenhagen Card.

Enjoy Views From The Tower at Christiansborg Palace

Once you have finished visiting the Palace, head to the Tower, located right at the palace. The Tower at Christiansborg Palace does not have an entrance fee – and thus, there are long lines.

Standing at 106 meters, the Tower at Christiansborg Palace is the highest tower in Copenhagen – but only 40 centimeters higher than the city hall tower.

On clear days, you probably have amazing views over the city. However, the winter months can be gray and dark, so I skipped on this as the cloudy sky did not promise a nice view. Also, the lines were very long, but if you have 3 days, you should try to add it to your itinerary.

No worries, you don’t have to climb stairs – you can take the lift up there. However, once you take the lift down, you have to cross the street – and go to Ved Stranden – to do the next activity on your itinerary.

  • There are two lines – one for the restaurant at the tower and one for the view. I
  • f you want to eat at the restaurant, prior booking is recommended.

Explore the City Hall

Head towards City Hall which was built between 1892-1905. It is the headquarters of the municipal council and the lord mayor of the Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark. Town Hall in CopenhagenYou will find it at the City Hall Square and can’t oversee it since it is one of the tallest buildings in the city.

With its 105.6 meters to the top of the tower (and 300 steps), it offers a great view of Tivoli Gardens and the inner city.

For the Tower, you will need a guide and can’t go by yourself.

But even if you don’t want to go up to the top, you can visit the city hall, which is open to visitors. It was not one of my Copenhagen highlights, but it was still nice to visit.

Since there are fixed times for the City Hall Tower, you might need to adjust your itinerary accordingly.

  • TOUR TIMES / OPENING HOURS / TICKET PRICES: Tours of the City Hall Tower run from Monday to Friday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and on Saturdays at 12:00. 40 DKK or free with Copenhagen Card.
  • The City Hall can also be visited without a tour. It is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. It is free to visit without a tour. 
  • Guided City Hall tours are also available: Monday to Friday at 1 pm, and Saturday at 10 am. Price: 60 DKK

Stroll Tivoli Gardens

Very close to the City Hall is Tivoli Gardens, which is an amusement park and one of the most visited places in the country.

Where to visit in Copenhagen Tivoli Garden
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Unlike many other amusement parks, it is located directly in the city center. And thus, it is very easy to reach – plus it is perfect for people of all ages.

It is the second oldest amusement park in the world (founded in 1843). Apparently, Walt Disney visited and found the inspiration for his own Disney World here.

Thousands of colored lights create a fairy-tale atmosphere and a perfect winter wonderland. In combination with the many rides and Christmas Markets (including many food stalls), it is a place you could spend hours or days.

Many people would say it is one of the best things to visit in Copenhagen. I liked it and enjoyed my time, but be aware that it gets jam-packed in the evenings. It probably is not the most relaxing activity. It is more charming once it gets dark, but I recommend ending your second day in Copenhagen here if possible.

  • OPENING HOURS: Tivoli Gardens is not open all year round. 
  • 23rd April to 26th September, 14th October to 7th November, and from 19th November to 2nd January, please double-check here if it is open during the time of your visit.
  • Friday to Saturday: 11.00 am to 11.00 pm
    Sunday-Thursday: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
  • PRICES: 135 DKK from Monday to Friday – one-time entry for free with your Copenhagen Card
  • 145 DKK from Saturday to Sunday – one-time entry for free with your Copenhagen Card
  • You pay extra for rides (and, of course, for food and drinks).

DAY 3 OF 3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN

For the third day, it is time to leave Copenhagen. Go on a day tour and explore one or two castles near Copenhagen.

Tip: If you leave early on day 3, swap day 3 with day 2 so you do not have to worry about missing your plane/train back home in case your train runs late, etc.

Visit Frederiksborg Castle

On your way to Kronborg Castle, you can make a stop at Frederiksborg Castle. This castle is about 1 hour from Copenhagen by train.

Frederiksborg Castle Near Copenhagen
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It is a Renaissance castle located in the center of the castle lake in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen. It was built in the 17th century as a royal residence and is now open to the public. It has also been housing The Museum of National History since 1878 that you can visit. You can also visit the chapel, the Great Hall, the Audience Chamber, and the baroque garden.

  • OPENING HOURS / TICKETS: Open daily from November – March: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm and from April to October from 10.00 am to 5:00 pm 
  • Tickets: DKK 75, free with your Copenhagen Card

You can also use your Copenhagen Card to use the train to get to the castle without any extra cost.

Explore Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle is a must-see in Copenhagen. From Frederiksborg Castle it takes about 1 hour by public transportation.

Its interior surely is not as glamorous as Christiansborg Castle but is still a wonderful trip if you stay for several days in the city. Hamlet Castle near CopenhagenKronborg Castle in Elsinore, north of Copenhagen, is a Renaissance castle from the 16th century and is probably the most famous Danish castle. It is alsoor mostlyknown worldwide from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Hamlet’s spirit is still roaming the hallways of Kronborg. In summer, you can experience Hamlet Scene perform Hamlet on an open-air stage in the courtyard – and you’ll find much more information on Hamlet (and the shop also sells quite a lot of Hamlet souvenirs).

The castle was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000, and if you walk within the castle, you will experience some spooky moments (at least they were spooky to me, as a solo female traveler in the dark). 

But of course, it was not really scary – just some effects here and there. 

It takes about an hour to get there from Copenhagen by train, but the window views are not bad and the train ride + castle ticket are included in the Copenhagen Card

  • OPENING HOURS / PRICE: Open daily from 21st April – 24th October from 10:00 am to 5 pm, from 26th October to 30th December open from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. There might be days the castle is closed. Please double-check.
  • DKK 95 (there can be changes in ticket prices during school holidays). It is free with your Copenhagen Card.
  • You can also use your Copenhagen Card to use the train to get to the castle without any extra cost and to get back to Copenhagen. It takes about one hour to get back to Copenhagen.

Even if you decide to spend some time in the garden of Frederiksborg Castle, you can still visit both castles  – Kronborg Castle and Frederiksborg Castle – in one day. It probably will be late when you head back to Copenhagen, but with this itinerary, you will have seen some of the best places.

CONCLUSION: ITINERARY FOR 3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen is actually much bigger than I expected, and if you have more than 3 days in Copenhagen, you could see more of the lovely areas and sights. I think this Copenhagen itinerary covers many of the top tourist attractions, but of course, you could way more time there and discover more cute places.

Though Copenhagen is expensive, it is a great travel destination and totally worth a visit – at any time of the year!

So, whenever you are in Copenhagen – enjoy!Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Places to Visit in Denmark

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WHERE TO GO IN DENMARK – PLACES TO VISIT

While Denmark, one of the most northern countries in Europe, is not really big geographically seen it. It has a lot of beautiful spots and here are the best places to visit in Denmark.

I recently visited Denmark myself – Copenhagen and Kronberg – but did not visit many other places. And so, I have asked a few of my fellow travel bloggers about their favorite place in Denmark. Not only am I inspired to visit more places in Denmark, but I hope this list with top places to see will also inspire you to explore Denmark.

So, here are some of the most beautiful places to see (for Europe travel tips in general, make sure to check out my tips for Non-Europeans traveling to Europe).

Copenhagen

By Arzo from Arzo Travels

Copenhagen is such a beautiful city to visit and exceeded my expectations by far.

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In Christianshavn, on the other side of the harbor, one can buy weed and hash openly, though not legally, and it reminds Amsterdam visitors because of its liberal spirit. But of course, there is more to see in Copenhagen than just Freetown.

Copenhagen offers much to its visitors. It has beautiful palaces, canals, and great restaurants. You can even find a statue of The Little Mermaid here of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, and though this is not the highlight in Copenhagen, it is probably one of the most famous sights.

You should take one of the free walking tours to discover the history of the city.

Hop on one of the boats by Nyhaven and discover the city by boat. Nyhaven is one of the best places for nice strolls – but of course, there are also castles and museums to visit. You need at least 3 days in Copenhagen because it is much bigger than you might think.

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen

Talek from Travels With Talek

In Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, you will find many attractions and activities all rolled up into a magical fairytale land. Yes, it is located in Copenhagen, but it is a small village, so it is listed here as an extra place.

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It is an amusement park with one of the oldest still-operational roller coasters in the world. It is an international Epcot Center-style restaurant row with exotic oriental cuisine as well as hearty German fare. It is a music venue featuring some of the most popular performers. Lastly, it is a collection of parks and gardens that change with the seasons.

Georg Carstensen had a vision. He had been inspired by the gardens and parks he saw as he traveled around Europe. But he wanted more. He wanted to create a place where people were enchanted.

Children were delighted, and adults became children themselves, lost in the fantasy of a magical universe. He was granted permission from the King of Denmark to build his vision in the center of the city, and on August 15, 1843, he opened Tivoli Gardens to great success.

Over the years, the gardens continued to expand. It experienced both the trials of wars and the happy visits of luminaries like Hans Christian Anderson and Walt Disney, both of whom were impressed and inspired.

Today, after all these years, the Tivoli Gardens remain, still uplifting, still magical.  Modern-day Tivoli Gardens promotes seasonal holidays like Christmas, Halloween, and local Danish holidays. It is a “must-do” activity for all visitors to the city. It is a reminder that what is beautiful, what feeds the soul, what charms and delights will always be with us.

Aarhus

Nana from Patagonia Dreaming

Aarhus is Denmark´s second-biggest city with approximately 270.000 people. A small but beautiful town near beaches and forests and just beside the harbor.

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Do you arrive in the summertime and have good weather, then I will definitely recommend you to take a walk around the surrounding nature and the parks, e.g., Marcelisborg park where the queen’s summer house is located.

Are you into culture, architecture, and art? Then you came to the right place. You can go all the way back in time by visiting the anthropological museum Moesgaard, an impressive architect building just 15 minutes ride outside the city.

Learn about the first humans, the Vikings, Denmark in the Middle Age, and so forth. Then you can go a step further in time and visit “The Old City,” an open-air town museum that features a total of 75 buildings from 20 Danish towns dating back to 1500 and forward to the 60s and 70s. Flash forward to today, and then it’s time to visit the art museum AroS, another iconic building in Aarhus.

You might already see the big rainbow bridge on the top of the building when walking around in the center. In AroS, you can visit the different exhibitions on each level and get a multicolored view of the city from the rainbow bridge on top of the roof.

Another iconic building is Dokk1, the new library at the harbor. From there, you can walk to Aarhus Ø, a new residential area where each building is designed differently. The harbor inspired the project in Hamburg, and for architecture enthusiasts, this can’t be missed.

During summer, Aarhus hosts a lot of festivals and concerts, so take a look at their calendar, most likely there will be something when you are there to get the full cultural injection :)”

Odense

Megan by Megan Star

Odense is the third-largest city in Denmark and is often overlooked by travelers as they skip over it for more time in Copenhagen or even Aarhus.

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Odense’s claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. The famous and prolific writer became most notable for his fairytales.  A few of his fairytales include The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

There is much more to Odense than H.C. Andersen, however.  The city offers a quiet and charming vibe, and this can be felt in the numerous green spaces and quaint seaside villages surrounding the city.

Odense is the main city on the island of Funen.

Museum-lovers will have a field day in Odense… but truthfully, I think that Odense has a bit of an undiscovered culinary scene just waiting to emerge.  I have never had bad food in the city, and there is surprisingly a diverse array of food choices present there.

I highly recommend putting Odense on your Scandinavia travel list!

Faroe Islands

Natasha and Cameron from The World Pursuit

The Faroe Islands are among the most beautiful places to visit in Scandinavia, although they are the least visited. This is great for travelers that what to get away from the traditional tourist fare.

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Faroe Island is a self-governing archipelago and part of Denmark, so besides Danish, Faroese is the official language.

There are many reasons to travel to these islands and plenty of things to do. For foodies, there is a Michelin-starred restaurant called Koks. It’s fabulous, but make sure to make reservations well in advance as it books up fast.

The Faroe Islands are also a hiker’s paradise. With over 100 hikes around, there is never any time to get bored. Just be careful as there is high wind, and conditions can quickly become unsafe on the islands.

They don’t claim to have good or bad weather – just a lot of weather! If you don’t feel like hiking or eating to your heart’s content, consider renting a car and go chasing waterfalls.

There is no shortage of waterfalls on the islands. The tourism board can’t even give an exact number as they are literally everywhere you look. You can easily spend a few days on the islands just going from waterfall to waterfall and admiring them all!

Skagen

Mary from A Mary Road

Skagen in Denmark is probably one of the most overlooked destinations in Scandinavia. Most people will head to the cozy Copenhagen or the lively Stockholm, probably to the Sophisticated Oslo, but there is something else to explore.

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Skagen or also know as the top of Denmark, is located at the northernmost point.

Skagen is popular for the stunning view of the two seas clashing. Right at the beach of Grenen, tourists can witness such a unique view of Skagerrak and Kattegat clash waves together.

Kattegat flows into the Baltic Seas whilst Skagerrak into the North Sea. The sand is also unbelievably white and fine, makes it so comfortable to walk on

Another beautiful and remarkable characteristic of Skagen is the yellow houses. If you drive around or walk around the town, you will see the typical Danish houses painted yellow.

Skagen is only a two-hour drive from Aarhus or four-hours from the border of Germany. Skagen has fascinating wild dunes, which resulted in buried Churches. The public can visit these churches.

Skagen is the location to do bird watching. Out of 400+ birds in Denmark, around 350 species can be spotted here.

My favorite feature of Skagen is that the weather here is a clear sky and sunny most of the time of the year.

The locals believe that it’s because of the two seas that meet here. It can be cold during winter, spring, and fall, but expect great weather most of the time.

Aalborg

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Aalborg is a real gem of Northern Denmark! The city of 200.000 inhabitants is situated at a fjord (yes, they do have those in Denmark – who knew?), though, there isn’t just stunning nature to be admired but also a lot of history to be learned and culture to be taken in!

Denmark Points of interest Aalborg
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Situated in the Jutland province of Denmark, Aalborg is quite a distance from Copenhagen. Still, it surprises visitors nonetheless as quite a bustling, vibrant city that pretty much offers everything Denmark’s capital holds in store.

From the amusement park Karolinelund to Aalborghus (a half-timbered fortress from the 16th century) to KUNSTEN (Aalborg’s Museum of Modern Art). The city has plenty to keep you busy for a couple of days.

One of Aalborg’s highlights, however, is Lindholm Høje. It is an ancient Viking burial mound just across the fjord to the north of the city center and a place that’s both a little spooky but also really fascinating to visit.

The around 700 gravestones that you can still see there originate from the Viking and Iron Ages and have been preserved thanks to sand drift, which covered them completely until they’d been excavated in the 1950s.

Today, the area makes for a great destination if you’d like to learn more about Vikings at the adjacent museum or take in the burial mound and Aalborg views from above.

Klampenborg

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Klampenborg, the affluent neighborhood just north of Copenhagen, is known for a few famous classic Danish attractions like parks and beaches.

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To get there, ride the S-train north from the Copenhagen city center to the stop called “Klampenborg.” The trip will only take about 20 minutes!

Once there, you can hang out like a local Dane at Bellevue Beach. Opened in the 1930s, Bellevue has always remained a spot to get out of the busy city and relax on the sandy beachfront.

You can walk the waterfront paths, enjoy the beach, and photograph the famous lifeguard towers. The blue towers of Bellevue Beach were designed by the famous Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen.

If you’re looking to be amused, then perhaps the world’s oldest operating amusement park would work for you? Tucked away in Dyrehaven, the large forest park north of the city, Dyrehavsbakken has been entertaining guests since 1583!

Transforming from entertainers in tents to a modern park, a lot has changed at “Bakken” – but there are still attractions for everyone. They even have a wooden roller coaster built back in 1932. Entrance to the park is free, but rides and attractions cost money.

Oh, and if you’re hungry, be sure to stop by Peter Lieps House, a traditional Danish restaurant, for a coffee or a light meal! 

Bornholm: Danish Island Paradise

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There’s a reason you may not have heard of the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm. The Danes might be keeping it a secret for themselves.

Bornholm places to visit in Denmark
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Each summer, they escape to this island, midway between Sweden and Poland, to enjoy its sunshine, art, food, and slower life pace.

Bornholm gets the most hours of sunshine in all of Denmark.  When you combine that fact with its red-roofed fishing villages, postcard scenery, and white sand beaches, it’s no wonder that the secret about this quiet holiday spot is starting to get out.

Visitors enjoy browsing the shops in the thriving artistic community, known for its glassware and ceramics.

Owing to its strategic location in the Baltic Sea, local sights include Hammershus Castle’s ruins and several round white churches dating back to the 11th century. The oldest, Osterhas, once had a shooting gallery on the top floor.

And then there’s the food. Bornholm has always been famous for smoked fish, and smokestacks dot the quaint fishing villages’ rooflines.  But the island is also reinventing itself as a foodie paradise.

Local restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Kadeau, are doing brilliant things with delicious local ingredients.  You don’t want to miss a taste of the ice cream made with cream from local Jersey cows.

It’s said that a visit to Bornholm with satisfy your palate and soothe your soul.

Legoland

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Legoland Billund was the first original Legoland, built in 1968 next to the Lego factory to promote the toy business.

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It was a huge success and is now a 45-acre park with over 50 rides in nine themed areas, including Pirate Land, Legoredo, Adventure Land, Knight’s Kingdom, Polar Land Ninjago World.

Rides aside, it also has interactive attractions such as Fire Academy and Traffic School, various shows and 4D movies, and even its own aquarium and penguins!

But the heart of Legoland is, of course, Mini-Land! Mini Land is made up of over 20 million Lego bricks. It features 1:20 scale lego brick models of local Danish landmarks and famous sights worldwide, such as the Statue of Liberty, The Acropolis, and Ancient Egyptian Status.

It is an impressively intricate display with buildings and people on the streets, boats cruising in canals, windmills spinning, buses driving around, and trains running on tracks.

You can also spot lego statues dotted around the park and on the rides, from animals on the Safari to scuba-divers in the Aquarium!

Although Legoland is generally catered for younger children, it is a fun day out for all the family, especially adults looking to get in touch with their inner child.

The park is open from April to November and costs 339KR/adult and 309KR/child.

You can visit Legoland Billund on a day-trip from Copenhagen or Aarhus. The closest airport is Billund.

Viking Ship Museum

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A 35-minute drive from Copenhagen, the Viking Ship Museum is open all year and has indoor and outdoor features.

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Situated on Roskilde Fjord, visitors can walk the harbor pier and view Nordic wooden boats and life-size reconstructions of Viking ships. In warmer months, the museum offers daily sailing trips on these boats (tickets required).

Near the pier are open-view shipbuilding areas where craftspeople build new ships using old methods. Display boards describe shipbuilding processes, histories, and tools. Tree planter boxes describe each tree’s lumber attributes in terms of ship construction.

Inside the modern Viking Ship Hall, visitors can watch videos about the Viking time and read about the people’s history, locations, and everyday lives. Five Viking ships are displayed in a vast space with expansive windows to the water.

There is an experiential voyage exhibit where visitors learn about life at sea through light and sound changes. In another area, kids can try on clothes representative of the Viking period.

During school holidays and tourist seasons, family or group tours are available. There are also crafts workshops for adults and children age 8 and up. Most reader boards of the museum are in multiple languages.

The museum has a café and a museum gift shop with various books and souvenirs, plus replica Viking Age jewelry and decor. Our family explored the museum, and then we purchased a tiny Viking ship ornament to commemorate our trip.

Castle Kronberg and Castle Frederiksborg

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Did you know that Denmark was once a thriving monarchy with a load of enormous castles? Well, it is true!

Two of the most impressive castles in Denmark, Frederiksborg, and Kronberg, are located close enough to Copenhagen to visit as a day trip. One of them – Kronberg – was even immortalized in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Kronberg Castle from Hamlet near Copenhagen Denmark
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Imagine visiting the actual castle that Hamlet was set in! Thankfully, we didn’t encounter any ghosts when we visited – just a candle-lit Christmas Market. But if you go to Kronberg Castle in the summer, you can watch a performance of Hamlet in the very castle it’s set in.

The other castle, Frederiksborg, dates from the 13th century.

One of the best places to go in Denmark Frederiksborg Castle near Copenhagen Denmark
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However, its first incarnation was unacceptably plain and functional. So in the 16th century, King Christian IV replaced it with something much more fabulous, complete with unnecessary walls and overly decorative fountains and lots and lots of statues.

The glittering new castle lasted for a few hundred years and then promptly burnt itself down in the 19th century.

Thankfully, it’s since been fully restored, and today the castle houses The Museum of National History, where you can learn all about Denmark’s history and get a peek at what Frederiksborg Castle looked like over the centuries!

The castle is also home to some absolutely stunning gardens, best explored in the summer when the grounds are fully blooming.

Whether you’re a history buff or just like exploring castles (or perhaps a bit of both), visiting Frederiksberg & Kronberg castles is a must-do day trip from Copenhagen.

Lolland-Falster

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If you’re looking to discover the hidden gems of Denmark, then the islands of Lolland- Falster, one hour south of Copenhagen, is the best place to start.

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With 600km of rugged coastline, warm, friendly locals, and a whole host of amazing attractions, you won’t have a minute to spare.

If you love the water, take a swim at Marielyst Beach, voted the best beach in Denmark, or go to Hestehoved Beach to swim in the warmest bathing waters in Denmark.

Visit Northern Europe’s biggest safari park, Knuthenborg Safaripark, and spend the day close to animals like wolves, tigers, rhino, and giraffes.

Cheer on the knights in a jousting battle at the Middelalder Center, a living medieval museum. While you’re there, try your hand at archery, prepare the trebuchet for firing, and search the forest for mythical people.

Have a drink at Krenkerup boutique brewery, situated on one of Denmark’s oldest and largest estates.

Do as the locals do, and stop by one of the many roadside farm stalls and pick yourself up some freshly harvested fruit and vegetables.

If you’re sick of the car, then you can hike, bike, horse ride, kayak, or jump on a boat or train. There is so much more to Lolland-Falster, so put it on your list, and you won’t be disappointed.

Louisiana

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Just under an hour train ride north of Copenhagen, Louisiana. It is a modern art and sculpture museum that sits perfectly in a natural environment with so much open space that lets you enjoy all the beautiful work in this glorious space.

Places to visit Louisiana Museum in Denmark
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This international museum of modern art is truly the most spectacular museum of art in Denmark. What makes it more exciting is the remote location with stunning scenery that adds to the appeal, especially with all the large sculptures placed outside the museum grounds.

Housing a permanent collection of over 3,500 pieces of modern art from Europe and America, the galleries and grounds are expansive to showcase all the spectacular paintings and sculptures.

It’s worth walking outside to enjoy all the public sculptures on the gardens, and on a clear day, you can easily see Sweden on the other side of the strait.

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What do you think? What is your favorite place in Denmark? 

Safe Travels, Arzo

ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

What to pack for Europe in winter

WHAT TO PACK FOR WINTER IN EUROPE

If you are want to find out what to pack for Europe in winter, then this post is for you.

While you might have to think about which places to visit in Europe in winter, you will also need to plan what to pack for the cold winter months in Europe.

While Europe might not be the biggest continent, weather conditions strongly vary. It does make a big difference whether you visit North countries like Iceland or Norway, Central Europe like Switzerland or France, or Southern Europe with places like Valencia in Spain.

If you head to Southern Spain, you will not need all the super warm winter clothes – and you will be happy with some warm pullovers and jeans. In the Nordic countries, you will definitely need to pack differently.

In this post, you will find one general part of what to pack in Europe for winter. You will find out what to pack for warmer countries like Spain or Malta, what to pack if you visit “cold” countries like Switzerland, Estonia, or Iceland in winter.

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Winter Weather in Europe

Before talking about what to bring to Europe in winter, we should talk about the weather in Europe in winter. Your packing list depends on where you visit.

Southern Europe is much milder and warmer than Eastern Europe or Northern Europe. While you could wear a light jacket in Southern Spain in the winter months, you surely have to dress very warmly in countries like Norway or Iceland.

If you come to Europe in winter – come prepared. 

Be advised that the average temperature can reach as low as -10° degree Celsius in countries like Iceland and Norway and while it gets up to 15° degree Celsius in other countries.

Climate change has lead to a much warmer climate in many countries. I remember the years – as a little child – where we had many days with freezing temperatures in Germany. And a lot of snow – but nowadays, snow is no longer the rule for many parts of Europe. But it can be.

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What to Bring to Europe in Winter – General Items

So, the first part of the post is a general packing list. Then you will find an additional packing list for winter.

Luggage for Europe

Here is what luggage/bags you might need for your winter Europe trip.

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in.
  • Carry-On: If you visit for longer and aren’t a minimalist, then you might need extra carry-on luggage.
  • Laundry bags: They are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: They are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes because it makes packing and organizing easier.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag. My tip: The size of the handbag is important: do you carry a camera with you? A water bottle? Keep that in mind when you decide on one handbag.
  • Passport Holder: since I have become more minimalistic, I prefer not to use a passport holder, but if you need a passport (and an ID is not enough), you might want to have one.
  • I recommend a beach bag or a cotton bag for a day at the hotel pool or some shopping. Plastic bags – fortunately – do cost money in many parts of Europe…and plastic sucks anyway, so with a cotton bag you use for years, you do the environment a favor. And it looks much better than carrying your shopping in a plastic or paper bag.

Toiletries to Pack for Europe in Winter

Lately, I have reduced the care products. Less is better if you ask me. However, in winter, our skin is also subject to stress. You will find a detailed list – even if I do not use all products below throughout the year, you might use more products.

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries, which I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home. To pack light, shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk are all in small bottles.

Of course, you could buy toiletries in Europe as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

  • (TSA Approved Clear) Travel Toiletry Bag (if you fly)
  • Sunscreen (even in winter – depending on where you travel to. If you go for a ski trip, then take it, but you most likely will not need it for most other winter trips).
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use (I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels)
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream – (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream).
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover + glass nail file
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space, take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items: Mascara / Rouge / Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows) / Tweezer / Eyeliner and Eye Shadow / Make-up brushes/ Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

hair spray, hand cream, foundation, powder, lipstick, sanitiser

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly – however, I do work online while traveling, and I also watch Netflix on it.
  • My phone is, without a doubt, one of my most useful and important (travel) items.
  • My camera is a must – because Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • Power Charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Do you need an adapter? It depends on where you travel to Europe, so please check if you need one for your destination.

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the winter)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)
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Clothes to Pack for Europe in Winter

The key is dressing in layers for Europe in winter. The temperature can reach freezing levels, and yet the sun can be deceptively strong. Dressing in layers allows you to keep warm without compromising on comfort. 

Also, it really depends on where exactly you travel. As I mentioned before, Southern Europe has mild weather in winter where you will not need a super warm jacket and gloves plus a hat.

Depending on where you travel, the wind might make you feel much colder than the temperature actually says.

In the worst-case scenario, hypothermia and frostbite will result if you’re wet and not appropriately dressed.

Your items should be versatile in function. For example, pack a jacket that is both waterproof and warm. Also, comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Everyday Attire Essentials For Europe In Winter

At the top of your Europe winter packing list should be the following versatile, essential items. Using these items to dress in layers will keep you both stylish and warm. 

  • Coat – Warm And Waterproof: A warm, waterproof jacket should be one of the very first items that you think to pack. Avoid choosing a bulky jacket that takes up a lot of space. This can make you feel uncomfortable when you have layers underneath. Instead, opt for a lightweight, trench raincoat that will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. 
  • Hat: Science tells us that we lose up to 10% of our body heat through our heads, meaning that it’s essential to keep this area warm. A knitted beanie is a perfect solution for keeping the warmth in while you venture out.  A hat will keep you toasty warm whether you’re on the slopes, sipping coffee, or exploring the sights. 
  • Gloves: Have you ever tried to use your phone with frozen fingers? It’s a nearly impossible task. A pair of gloves can do wonders for your mobility, dexterity, and comfort. This makes it one of the most important items on your Switzerland packing list. When selecting your options, it’s worth investing in a pair that can dry quickly and are touch-screen compatible.
  • Scarf Or Turtleneck: A warm scarf and/or turtleneck sweater are key items for keeping your neck covered. Not only do these items keep you warm, but they also prevent you from getting ill (and thereby ruining the fun). A turtleneck sweater is perfect as a garment to wear underneath your jacket, while the scarf can be removed easily. 
  • Leggings: There’s a reason that almost every woman owns a pair of leggings. They are both comfortable and snug. Leggings are an essential item to pack as you can dress them up or down. You can even wear them underneath your denims as an extra layer of warmth. 
  • Socks: When it comes to packing socks for your Switzerland trip – the thicker the better. Chances are that you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors in the snow, and you’ll want your feet to be warm and cozy. If you plan on hitting the slopes at any stage, then you’ll want your socks to be extra-thick or padded for increased comfort. 
  • Thermals: A quality set of thermals is your key to enjoying the winter weather in Switzerland. They provide the extra layer of heat that will allow you to spend an extra hour on the slopes, or to pack fewer items on your road trip instead of excess clothing.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: If you can only pack one pair of shoes, then make sure that they are a trusty pair of waterproof snowshoes. You’ll want your shoes to be as versatile as possible. Snowshoes allow you to enjoy a variety of activities while keeping your feet warm and dry. 
Verbier in Switzerland in the winter

WInter Sport Clothes to Pack

One of the best top reasons to visit e.g. Switzerland during the winter months is winter sports opportunities. While most ski resorts will offer rental equipment, there are a few essentials to pack for yourself. 

  • Ski Jacket: When choosing the perfect ski jacket, you need to consider warmth, level of waterproofing, and freedom of movement. A jacket that is adjustable in fit seals effectively and dries quickly is the perfect apparel for snowboarding, skiing, and other winter outdoor sports.
  • Ski Pants: A trusty pair of insulated ski pants are the next essential item for all winter sports fans. Make sure that your choice of pants is breathable, warm, and waterproof. These details will keep you dry, warm, and comfortable on the slopes.  
  • Winter Protection: There are a few items that will make your winter vacation all the more comfortable. The last thing you want is to be soaked on your first day or get a migraine from snow blindness. 
  • Umbrella: Regardless of what time of year you visit Switzerland, it’s always a smart move to pack a foldable umbrella. The nifty item doesn’t take up too much space. It can be the difference between a stroll in the city streets and getting caught in a flu-inspired downpour. 
  • Chapstick: Visiting Switzerland in winter will most likely find you spending hours of fun on the snow-covered slopes. This can quickly dry out your lips and burn your skin. In this instance, you’re going to be grateful that you’ve packed your moisturizing stick of Chapstick. 
  • Sunglasses: The best days on the slopes are the ones accompanied by clear, sunny skies and good conditions. These circumstances also increase the sun’s glare on the white snow, making it close to unbearable on your eyes. A pair of polarized sunglasses or ski goggles can protect your eyes from the wind and bright light.

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE IN WINTER

Europe in winter is a fantastic travel destination. Whether you come for a ski trip in Switzerland, explore the Christmas markets in London or want to have a weekend trip to a warmer place like Valencia – Europe is so diverse and has something for every taste.

Just be aware of what to pack for Europe in winter, and you can enjoy a fantastic time in Europe.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Safe Travels, Arzo

HOW TO HAVE AN EPIC TRIP TO COPENHAGEN IN DECEMBER

Things to do in Copenhagen in December Arzo Travels

VISITING COPENHAGEN IN WINTER – TRAVEL TIPS + ACTIVITIES

Visiting Copenhagen in December? I truly believe you can’t go wrong with that decision. After I spent a few days in Copenhagen in December myself, I think, that December is an amazing time to visit Copenhagen.

You will be able to experience this special city – at a special time. Visiting Copenhagen in December is just magical – and different than expected. To be honest, it was actually much better than I expected.

So, before talking about the best things to do in winter – mostly about things to do in December but most activities can be done in the other winter months as well – here are a few winter travel tips for Copenhagen.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR DECEMBER IN COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen in winter is magical – especially in December Copenhagen is one of the best cities to visit in Europe. There are so many fun winter activities, that you will surely not get bored. And there is still a festive atmosphere that you will not find in many parts of the world.

So, as already mentioned, I will talk about the what to do in Copenhagen in winter later, but here are some important things to keep in mind when traveling to Copenhagen in December.

Weather

It is getting cold in Copenhagen in winter – and days are short (sunlights lasts from around 8:30 – 9 am until 3.30 – 4 pm).

Most days are around 0°C and it can be as high as  4°C or 5°C – at night, temperatures drop below freezing. And given the short days, you should plan most outdoor activities accordingly.

Is there snow in Copenhagen in winter? If you visit in December you might experience some snow but you can’t expect a White Christmas.

So, be prepared for some coldish days and pack accordingly.

How to Get to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is well connected to other parts of Europe – either by train or airport. I arrived by train from Bremen (my home town in Germany) and left to Iceland from Copenhagen by plane. And I preferred taking the train just because the train station is right in the city center.

From there you just walk to get to your accommodation but buses and trains also run frequently which you can take.

How to Get Around in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, you can walk to many sights – even in the winter months. Though it might be cold, if you are dressed appropriately, it is one of the best ways to get around.

Public transportation is also another good way (especially if you have the Copenhagen Card because you can use it for free).

You will not need a car – actually, it will probably be more stressful to rent a car than to rely on public transportation. BUT renting a bike is a good idea as Copenhagen is extremely bike-friendly (so even in December, you can ride your bike).

Copenhagen Card

As already mentioned, the Copenhagen Card is great to use public transportation but it will also give you access to many museums and attractions – including Tivoli Gardens. The price is quite high – so should do the Math and think if it is worth the money.

Check out my Europe travel tips if you are visiting Europe for the first time.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN DECEMBER

Okay, enough general tips, let us talk about the best things to do in Copenhagen in the beautiful month of December.

Visit Copenhagen Christmas Markets

In December visiting the various Christmas markets are a must. And in Copenhagen there are more than enough to choose from, but two favorites are the markets at Højbro Plads and Kongens Nytorv. 

Christmas Markets in Copenhagen are the perfect place to drink and eat – to eat and drink all the special food that you do not get so easily in the other months.

Sip on mulled wine and snack on traditional toasted nuts while you stroll through the market stalls and take in the twinkling lights. The cheerful, cozy atmosphere makes the snow-topped trees and light displays even more magical. 

You can spend half your Christmas in Copenhagen strolling through the markets, and not regret a moment of it. Buy some unique gifts that catch your eye, and be sure to try all the tasty treats, even the ones you can’t pronounce.

Tip: Dress warm and while the Christmas Markets open in the late morning/noon, I suggest visiting the Christmas Markets also in the evening as it definitely gets more festive when everything is lit up.

Go Ice-Skating in Frederiksberg

Do you like to be more active? While winter sports like skiing in Copenhagen is no real option, you can still fo ice skating. And at Frederiksberg, you’ll be surrounded by cheerful locals and fellow skaters. The outdoor skating rink is free – you just need to pay for the skates if you don’t have any of your own. 

Frederiksberg Gardens is always incredibly beautiful, a massive green space in Inner Copenhagen. But in winter, the garden’s main draw is the ice rink. 

If you’re new to ice skating, stick to the outer edge of the ice. The center tends to be more for those capable of swirling and leaping. And note that everyone skates in one direction, for safety and ease.

Marvel at Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace was one of my favorite places to visit during Copenhagen’s winter. The ornate palace is exquisite, located on the tiny inner-city island of Slotsholmen.

Christianbourg Palace in Copenhagen places to visit in 3 days

You can explore many of the rooms, and see how the Danish royals lived. The palace is still used today for royal events and contains the Danish Parliament and Supreme Court. So if you’re interested in history, royalty, or politics, it’s the trifecta. And it’s just so beautiful.

Visit the Throne Room, where Danish monarchs are proclaimed to the world, and the Royal Reception Rooms. If you have the time to spend, I’d recommend staying as long as you’re able and exploring all you can.

Tip: On Mondays, museums – including palaces – are mostly closed in Copenhagen. Also, with the Copenhagen Card you have free access to the Palace.

Brace Yourself for a Nordic Bath

Do travel blogger recommend activities they haven’t experienced themselves? Well, in this case I do. I haven’t tried this one and I am not sure I really am too eager but it BUT maybe you want to do something very typical Scandinavian.

Winter-bathing, or the Nordic bath, is a long-standing and popular winter tradition in Denmark. Do as the locals do, and jump into the bracing cold of a frozen lake or canal. Sound insane? That may be, but it’ll certainly be something to write home about. 

Winter-bathing is not only a beloved tradition. It is also said to have plenty of health benefits – a healthy shock to the system, so to speak. 

Copenhagen has a number of harbor baths, including Vinterbad Brygge, and Sluseholmen. Find a spot near your accommodation, and grab a warming cup of cocoa after the exciting winter activity.

Explore Tivoli Gardens

If you think theme parks are relatively new to the scene, you may be surprised! Operating since 1843, Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest theme park in the world. 

Where to visit in Copenhagen Tivoli Garden
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Visiting Copenhagen at Christmas really is the best time to see everything at their best. Tivoli gets all dressed up for Christmas, with thousands of lights and lovely festive displays. It’s bright and busy, and great fun for all ages.

Just be aware that it gets busy, and especially in the afternoon, when everything is lit up and decorations makes everything prettier, it gets even busier.

You can get drinks and food and you can ride a lot of carousels – though I have been to many Christmas Markets, I can say, this is crazier than any I have been to before.

Tip: You have to pay an entrance fee (included in the Copenhagen Card) and then just for rides – and drinks and food – extra.

This historic park has lots of lovely attractions and exciting rides, ranging from relaxed to jaw-dropping thrills. It’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Copenhagen.

Take a Cycle Tour

While Copenhagen in winter – and especially in December – is a lot about food and a festive atmosphere, it doesn’t mean we should not be active (and maybe even burn all the extra calories we gain in the one month of December).

So, cycling is a perfect winter activity because Copenhagen is one of the best cities in the world for bicycles. They’re commonly used to get around, and bicycle lanes and bridges are purpose-built. 

Copenhagen is chilly in December, but if you dress snugly and wear gloves, you’ll be more than comfortable enough. You can easily rent a bike and tour the city by yourself.

Or you can join a bicycle tour of Copenhagen, and explore the city’s highlights while hearing fun stories about the local culture.

It’s a great way to experience the beautiful and friendly city.

Taste Copenhagen’s Christmas Treats

If you weren’t convinced that you might gain some weight in Copenhagen in winter, I should emphasise: food does play a big role in December.

And Copenhagen has a lot to offer the foodie. Particularly in December, when the cold weather warrants hot drinks and steamy comfort food. 

Some must-tries are gløgg, a heavily-spiced mulled wine, traditional marzipan pigs (all marzipan, no pig), and hot rice pudding. You’ll also find that many of Copenhagen’s breweries release special Christmas beers. 

There are even whole food markets dedicated to all things tasty.  You can also go on a culinary experience tour, to make sure you tick off all the greats.

Heat Up in a Sauna

If a Nordic Bath might not be your type of thing, heating up in a sauna might be. And like a Nordic Bath, the positive aspects for your health can be used as an argument – but you can also just do it because it is such a relaxing and peaceful activity.

All your exploring can leave your muscles sore and tired – not to mention the cold. The perfect way to soak that all up and indulge is with a sauna. 

Saunas go way back in Copenhagen, and you can find proper bathhouses all over the city. Join the locals for a good steam, before hopping into a frigid plunge pool. It’ll certainly get your blood pumping and your energy up.

Visit Nearby Castles

Denmark has so many fairytale castles, it can be really difficult to decide which ones to visit. If you have only one day in Copenhagen, Christiansborg Palace is the perfect place to see. 

But if you have a bit more time, be sure to visit as many as you can. There’s nothing repetitive about these gorgeous castles and palaces – they’re all really special.

One favorite is Kronborg Castle, often called Hamlet’s Castle, as it forms the setting of Shakespeare’s famous play. As well as Rosenborg Castle, and Frederiksborg Palace, where you may already be ice skating. 

Frederiksborg Castle Near Copenhagen
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You can even join a day tour of some of Copenhagen’s most beautiful castles.

Tip: Whenever you plan your Copenhagen itinerary, keep in mind, that museums are closed on Mondays.

Embrace Hygge

If you’ve ever been to Denmark, you’ll know about the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’. Roughly translating to ‘togetherness’ and ‘coziness’, it’s an important part of Copenhagen’s winter living.

You can experience Hygge anywhere you’re comfy and happy. But one of the best places to surround yourself with the right conditions is by strolling through Nyhavn. This pretty canal-side neighborhood is always bustling and friendly. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, some with live jazz, and most with warming fires.

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO DO IN DECEMBER IN COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen in December completely took me surprise – in a very positive way. There are so many fun things to do and see – while it is very festive and you have that special atmosphere, you can also do tons of things that aren’t related to Christmas.

Whether you enjoy the many museums and castles or go for nice strolls – the Christmas Markets are just the cherry on the top.

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