Copenhagen is a popular destination for a weekend break, and fortunately two days in Copenhagen is sufficient time to see the main sites and get a feel for the city. But it is also known as an expensive city, so this guide aims to show you the best things to do in Copenhagen in two days, without breaking the bank!
So read on for my guide to Copenhagen and all the best things to do here:
Copenhagen in Two Days: Essential things to know
How to get there
One of the reasons Copenhagen has become so popular as a city break is because it is so affordable to get to. Plenty of budget airlines connect cities in the UK, Europe and even the US with Copenhagen. From London for example, you can even get to the city for as little as £20 return on Ryanair.
Fortunately, getting to the city from Copenhagen airport is also affordable. The train, which is also the quickest, costs just 35 Danish Krona (around £4.50) and it takes you right to the heart of the city.
How to get around Copenhagen
Copenhagen is very flat , with a compact city centre making it a great to place to cycling in, or just walk. From the main central square, (City Hall Square), everything is fairly easy navigable in every direction with more than 350km of bike lanes.
It is very likely your hotel will have bikes to hire. But if not, you can use the city’s bike hire scheme ‘Bycyklen‘, for about £3.50 an hour.
Where to stay in Copenhagen
An abundance of awesome hotels have been opening up in Copenhagen over the past few years. The show stealer, is without a doubt Manon Les Suites, with its vast indoor courtyard and pool at the centre of the property. Similar to riads in Marrakech, it looks absolutely stunning. Suites here start from around £190.
Otherwise, I’ve suggested a couple of other excellent hotels in the city, covering all price ranges.
Best Things to do in Copenhagen
There are plenty of museums, art galleries and exhibitions to visit in Copenhagen. You can easily fill two days wondering all of these attractions. In fact, some of Copenhagen’s best museums are free to enter, such as the National Museum and the National Gallery.
I’ve also popped a few guided tours here:
- Roskilde, Frederiksborg & Kronborg Day Tour
- Copenhagen: 3 Hour Bike Tour with Guide
- Copenhagen: Free Spirited 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour
But I’ve listed my personal favourite things to do in Copenhagen below:
A number of companies in the city offer brilliant walking tours, where you just have to tip your guide. For example, this 2-hour city walking tour covers tons of the city. Alternatively, another idea is to get tickets for the city sightseeing bus tours. Buy tickets here.
Or why not join a city canal tour? Check prices here.
Do as the locals do, and enjoy a leisurely Sunday Brunch. There are heaps of hip places in the neighbourhood of Vesterbro, serving up healthy, well-prepared food. I particularly loved The Union Kitchen. Their brunch platter was to die for, as was their bowl of pulled pork (plus avocado, tomato, kale, poached egg and tortilla strips!)
Other great spots in Copenhagen include:
- Mad & Kaffe
- Gaarden and Gaden
- Lille Bakery
- Aster (100% plant-based)
- Souls (vegan)
- Wulff & Konstali
Or why not booking a half-day foodie tour? Buy tickets here.
This hippie commune, established back in 1971 is considered a ‘freetown’ and offers an insight into life more ‘off the grid’.
Marijuana can be bought freely here, but cars are forbidden. Almost 1,000 live in this autonomous community where they function under their own set of laws, use their own currency and do not have taxes. It really isn’t like anywhere I’ve been before.
Visitors are free to come in and wander through. Here you’ll find cheap, organic cafes, art galleries, workshops and live music.
Stop by Nyhaven
Picture-perfect, yes. Packed with tourists, also yes. The tourist centre of Copenhagen indeed but also very beautiful and scenic. Stroll up the canal on both sides to see the colourful houses at every angle. It’s also a great place to buy an (expensive) beer and people-watch.
Unfortunately Tivoli, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, was closed over the weekend when were there but if I returned again, this amusement park in the heart of Copenhagen would be top of my list. The ultimate place to be a kid again!
The Little Mermaid
She really is little. And honestly, not too exciting.
Another ultra-cool, multi cultural area to visit, this neighbourhood is home to brilliant boutique shopping, with trendy restaurants and bars aplenty.
Enjoy the nightlife
Copenhagen has a pumping nightlife scene, with a huge number of clubs and bars to choose from. We found The Jane, and loved it. It was like stepping back in time with an electric atmosphere and amazing themed rooms. Or why not do one of the city pub crawls? Book tickets in advance here!
Weekend City Break in Copenhagen
I hope this post has been useful for anyone planning on visiting Copenhagen for a weekend city break! Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section below 🙂
Disclaimer: This visit to Copenhagen was entirely paid for by myself. There was no involvement from the tourism board or any hotels. This is an independent guide.
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