Hi all, seeking advice. 4 full days in Copenhagen, I am an active traveler early starts go all day. My plan: day 1 Copenhagen, day 2 full day to Fredericksburg and Louisiana, day 3 full day Malmo and Lund Sweden, day 4 half day Roskilde. Hotel is in Copenhagen. Too ambitious? Thanks Bill
Sounds fine, as long as you don't mind being on the go, and as long as your interest is in places mostly outside of Copenhagen (I'd want another day for the city itself). Look into the Copenhagen Card, particularly for days 2 and 4. It will cover your transportation and admissions, so it's a great convenience and potentially a great money saver. Unfortunately, I don't think they sell a 4 day card, and I'm not sure how to make a 3 day card work best (i.e, would you want it for days 1-3 or 2-4?).
Thanks Harold, I purchased the 120 hr Copenhagen Card, what a bargain. Yes I am a on the go traveler, always leaving something to come back too. Great excuse for multiple visits to cities. Thanks
I agree with Harold, you may want to budget a little more than one day in Copenhagen. I would suggest to maximize your time there, rent a bicycle for the day, or try to use the Citybikes system, because Copenhagen can probably rival Amsterdam as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. I say "try to use the Citybike system", because I found that most of the bikes were not in operable condition... this may have been because I visited outside of the usual tourist season, so perhaps they release a more well-maintained fleet in the months that see more visitors.
A half day for Roskilde is probably good. We started about 8 and had visited the Cathedral and Ship Museum by lunch time walking to and from the train. By Fredericksburg, I'm thinking you mean Fredericksborg. It's one of the sights we missed because they were doing track work and the route would have been really inefficient. When I go back it will be top of my list. I'd probably do Louisiana as part of a trip to Helsingor, visit the castle and casemates. I'm not sure how long to plan for the art gallery, modern art has never been my thing (I prefered the Glyptotec downtown). After you have visited the castle you can ferry across to Sweden and work back through Malmo to Copenhagen (I'm not sure what sights you are hoping for in Sweden, we skipped the area in favor of Stockholm area). All that would add up to a very full day. So far, I've got two good half days here and a very full day. I'd definitely suggest Rosenborg palace in town. It's small, convenient, and has the crown jewels in the basement. Amalienborg palace depends on the types of places you are interested in. We also liked the National Museum in downtown. For hanging out in the evening, Tivoli Gardens is probably compulsory. I considered it interesting if not exciting. There's a restaurant in Tivoli that's name translates to "Ditch" (based on where they built it) I'd recommend. Other evenings I had more fun hanging out by Nyhavn. We travel on a budget so we picked up picnic stuff and drinks from a grocery store and ate while sitting next to the water on a curb (for lack of a better description).
A couple more thoughts: We purchased Copenhagen cards. The 72 hour card included transportation (including trains all over northern Zealand, bus and metro) and lots of free and reduced admissions for about the price of a transportation daypass plus Tivoli admission - if you use it, it's worthwhile. We were really happy staying in the Kongens Nytorv/Nyhavn area. Hopefully you can find a hotel nearby in your budget. If so, pick up a Copenhagen card or tranportation day pass at the TI in the airport and take the metro to Kongens Nytorv. It's fifteen minutes max (less than a train from the airport to downtown), amazingly convenient. Kongens Nytorv (translates to King's New Square) is an easy walk to Rosenborg or Amalienborg and is the north end of the Stroget (walking mall) that ends in front of City Hall/Tivoli/Train Station.
Thanks everyone, great help. Skal!
I agree with Brad that Roskilde can be done in half a day. We were just there a couple of weeks ago. I would suggest to go there on a Monday morning as most Copenhagen museums/sites are closed on Monday. Do Roskilde in the morning and come back to Copenhagen for the Tivoli in the afternoon/evening. It's a great deal on the Copenhagen card.