We plan to be in Copenhagen four days before our cruise in August. What is the best way to spend our time?
Depending on your interest there is lots to do.
In Copenhagen itself there are castles, churches and fortresses to see. Canal boat rides to take - I highly recommend Hey Captain who uses smaller inflatable boats and so can take you up smaller canals than the huge tourist boats - food to eat, and amusement parks to visit.
Nice day trips from Copenhagen include Roskilde for the Viking ships, Helsingor for Kronborg castle and the maritime museum, Hillerod for Fredericksborg castle, and Humlebaek for the exceptional Lousiana museum of modern art. You can even catch a train to Lund or Malmo in Sweden if you want to try a different country for a day.
A few other suggestions:
https://www.tivoli.dk/en for the amusement park in Copenhagen.
https://www.bakken.dk/english/ for the worlds oldest amusement park, just outside Copenhagen.
https://goboat.dk/en for navigating Copenhagen Harbour yourself.
Follow the Queens guard from their barracks to Amalienborg Castle. Stand at the corner of Gothersgade and Rosenborggade (55.684151288049954, 12.57504620301956) at 11:27 AM and watch them form up.
Malmö is in my opinion not the best option for a day trip from Copenhagen to Sweden. Lund, Helsingborg or Ystad are better options.
If you’ve got kids, I would definitely go to Tivoli. I was a solo traveler, and I absolutely loved it, but I could see kids especially enjoying this place. It’s so different from most US amusement parks.
ETA: I don’t know where I got the idea that you had kids with you but, regardless, all of these places I mentioned are wonderful, even without kids. 😊
I also really enjoyed Roskilde. I especially enjoyed the cathedral with all its history, but the Viking museum would probably appeal more to your kids. You can easily do both as they are close to each other. If you go there, read the Rick Steves section because he tells you how to walk to the Cathedral from the train station and then how to get to the Viking museum from the cathedral. Very easy and the kids would probably enjoy the walk.
I also loved the National Museum, and I think your kids would probably like that as well. There’s a replica of a dinosaur there, and all kinds of really cool and interesting exhibits, along with some beautiful art. It was wonderful.
You might want to look into getting the Copenhagen card. I was there for three nights, and I got my moneys worth out of it. I don’t know how much it would be for a family, but it gives you free entrance into much of the places I went to, including Tivoli, Roskilde, and so on, and you also get free public transportation. It was a nice deal.
If you’re interested, I kept an online travel journal while I was there. It has lots of photos and some more detailed information about the places I went to in Copenhagen. Here is a link. The relevant day is four days 24, 25 and 26. https://mostlytraveled.wordpress.com/2022/05/19/day-24-copenhagen/
Thanks, these are good ideas
Things I enjoyed in 2018, mostly in this order:
Canal Tours Copenhagen
Roskilde: Viking Museum & Cathedral
Netto boat (another canal boat ride)
HC Anderson Museum
We were in Copenhagen for 4 full days and I priced out the Copenhagen card. At that time, it was worthwhile, but I don’t know about now.
Hey, So my family used to live right next to Tivoli in Copenhagen.
i added a link to a blog with great things to do while visiting.
and from my personal perspective. if you enjoy live jazz music i suggest Mojo's https://mojo.dk/
(Public transport wont be needed its not massive)
Best things to do in Copenhagen, all children friendly if you have that.
Have a good trip!
I loved taking the train to Roskilde…the Viking Museum there was amazing, and the town beautiful.
Back in Copenhagen, don’t miss the incredible Design Museum, and the changing of the Guard at Amalienberg Palace.
A free walking tour is very educational too.
It’s a lovely city.
Rick's list of what he considers the top sights is right on this web site:
Rick's top sightseeing suggestions for Copenhagen Click on *At a glancej