One Day in Copenhagen: An Alternative Copenhagen Itinerary

a bright, colorfully painted house visiting in copenhagen

Canals lined with colorful houses, cafés oozing with hygge, and the beating heart of the happiest nation on Earth: Copenhagen just breathes with life.

Travelers from around the world flock to admire Copenhagen’s colorful architecture around the city center – and not just Nyhavn, its most famous row of candy-colored houses.

We found beautiful houses nearly everywhere we turned – whether it was a random street in our friend’s neighborhood of Amagerbro, a used clothing store, or a random side street off the main drag.

There’s no need to try to get the same Insta-famous shots as everyone else, so feel free to wander around Copenhagen and follow your eyes and see where it leads you.

a mustard yellow and a pastel green building right next to each other in copenhagen on a gray gloomy day

If you have to make the most of Copenhagen in one day, you have two choices: tick off all the touristy “musts” and spend half your day in line… or follow this alternative Copenhagen itinerary.

This one day Copenhagen guide will show you the city through a slightly off the beaten path lens, while being sure to take you to a few can’t-miss popular Copenhagen musts.

This is my favorite way to travel: a blend of a few of the tourist top 10, with a heavy dash of the offbeat to see how the locals live in their city.

Here’s what you won’t find on this Copenhagen itinerary: The Little Mermaid sculpture (it’s tiny and completely overrated), Tivoli Gardens (if you have one day in Copenhagen, you probably shouldn’t spend it in a theme park), and the Copenhagen Zoo (zoos are nearly always unethical and the same basically everywhere).

a green boathouse with a small white boat next to it and green trees

Instead, this alternative Copenhagen itinerary will bring you to some cool street art, delicious food halls, bottle shops of renegade Danish brewers, and authentic restaurants with cuisines from around the world.

You’ll go to colorful houses in scenic harbors, cool canals to hang out by in the summer, and fun pubs where you can rub elbows with local Danes — who are really quite chatty once they’ve got a drink in them.

So, buckle up if you’ve got one day in Copenhagen: you’re in for a busy, boozy 24 hours.

Your One Day in Copenhagen Itinerary

Explore the anarchist Freetown Christiania.

Allison Green smiling as she enters Freetown Christiania in copenhagen with a white shirt and black skirt and backpack

Founded in 1971, by people squatting in former military barracks in the borough of Christianshavn, Freetown Christiania is no stranger to controversy. 

Some 1,000 residents – some temporary, some permanent – have formed a community in the heart of Copenhagen with its own self-governing set of rules, separate from Danish law.

Freetown Christiania views itself as a separate entity from Copenhagen, Denmark, or even the EU, for that matter.

This quirky neighborhood reminded me of Vilnius’ utopian Užupis, but with a bit more edginess to it.

There is quite a bit of clutter, dilapidated houses, DIY skate parks, and street art lining the walls of this former military area.

A colorful street art mural painting of a giant green dreamlike tree and faeries

Christiania has a reputation for drug use – which is a bit overstated, in my opinion.

While there is some sale of soft drugs such as marijuana, there is a hard prohibition against the use or sale of any hard drugs.

I spent about an hour walking around taking photos and exploring, and I didn’t get harassed or asked to buy anything.

The reality is that Christiania is the fourth-most visited site in Copenhagen, and it’s hardly ‘off the beaten path’.

Still, it’s well worth a visit, despite being firmly on the tourist trail.

Be respectful of the people who live there, and enjoy your exploration of a social experiment that has thrived and survived for some nearly five decades.

If you prefer some context and guidance, you can take a 90-minute guided walking tour of Christiania and Alternative Copenhagen. Click to read reviews and see prices!

Enjoy the colorful houses in Nyhavn, then go for a canal tour.

Brilliant colorful houses in red, blue, orange, etc. with a boat in front of the canal in the town center of Nyhavn

Touristy, yes – but Copenhagen is famous for its beautiful canals with their colorful houses lining the harbor.

There are some things you just shouldn’t miss, even if you’re aiming for a more alternative Copenhagen itinerary. Nyhavn is just one of those places!

After taking some photos of gorgeous Nyhavn, embrace your inner tourist (you do have only one day in Copenhagen, after all) by taking a quick canal boat ride through its neighborhoods.

Canal boat tours take about one hour and leave frequently from Nyhavn.

Purchase a ticket online to skip the line and save time!

If you’re a victim of the frequently finicky Danish weather, a canal boat tour is also a great way to pass time if the weather is not on your side.

Most of the canal boats have a glass roof, which keeps rain, cold, and other unpleasantness away while still allowing you a good view and to snap some photos.

It’s the great way to get out of the rain!

Stop for a coffee.

The Nordic countries love their coffee and Denmark is no exception!

In fact, Denmark is the 4th largest consumer of coffee in the world, trailing Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

Hey – you’d drink a lot of coffee too if your winter days were that short and cold!

Like everything in Denmark, you’ll find coffee to be a bit more expensive than you’re used to, whether you’re stopping at a touristy café, a trendy coffee shop that specializes in single-origin beans, or at a boring chain.

Since you’ll be paying a premium on your coffee anyway, you might as well enjoy one of Denmark’s finest cups of coffee!

Some of Copenhagen’s best coffee – and best Danish design – can be had at Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Amagerbro, but there are plenty of places you can find a good cup of coffee around the city if that’s out of the way.

Enjoy a smørrebrød for lunch

a selection of three danish style smorrebord sandwiches with egg, tomato, ham, pickles, etc.

The Danish open-faced sandwich is a classic must-eat when in Copenhagen.

As you’d expect with the Nordics, the sandwiches are as aesthetically pleasing as they are delicious.

Danes don’t mess around when it comes to design!

Hilariously, you’ll find signs advertising smørrebrød to go – I can’t think of a less pedestrian-friendly lunch than an open-faced sandwich piled high with gravity-defying toppings.

But hey, what do I know?

A smørrebrød is typically a piece of dense rye bread with your choice of toppings.

Usual toppings include some variation of fish or seafood- herring, mackerel, smoked salmon, and tiny shrimp being the most common choices.

For those who don’t like fish, pâté, roast beef, and roast pork are also popular options, and Denmark is getting better at also including vegetarian options as well.

Alternately, you could opt for a 4-hour food walking tour that covers several tastes of Danish cuisine, including: four different smørrebrød, three types of local cheeses and two types of spread salads, 3 samples of beer, a traditional Danish hot dog, and Danish sweets!

Check reviews and availability here!

Wander past the city center.

Rundetaarn, Round Tower in Copenhagen, Denmark with green trees and blue sky in the city center

This is where you’ll find tourists swarming to see the most popular sights, such as the Round Tower (Rundetaarn) and Helligaandskirken Church.

Wander through it at leisure, but don’t get distracted by all the souvenir shops and long queues for the popular central attractions.

There’s some deliciousness on the other side of the tourist-packed madness for you, so keep your eyes on the prize and make your way over to Torvehallerne!

If you don’t want to walk around on foot, this would be a great time to pick one of the many Copenhagen bike tours on offer — there are options ranging from 1.5 hours to 3 hours, push bikes to e-bikes, so there’s definitely something for everyone!

Drool over Copenhagen’s best food hall

One of the stands at the food hall in Copenhagen, serving beer and drinks

Food halls are quite popular in Scandinavia – probably because the weather is not kind enough to permit open-air markets, but the people still love their fresh foods.

Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne is a great place to stop, whether you need to shop for more obscure ingredients at the Asian food stall (we were ecstatic to pick up some much-needed packs of kimchi ramen!) or just grab something to eat on the go for an affordable (but still Danish) price.

While a typical meal in Copenhagen is quite expensive, you’ll find that its food halls often offer a great deal.

For example, a Vietnamese banh mi at the food hall will run you about 80 DKK, about $12 USD – a far cry from what you’d pay at a sit-down restaurant.

Stop to shop beer (or just gawk at the labels) at Mikkeller

teal crates of beers crafted by the brewery mikkeller, one of the world's premier brewers

If you’re a fan of craft beer, you probably already have heard of Mikkeller. If not – here’s a little crash course.

Mikkeller is one of the foremost microbreweries in the world, a so-called “phantom brewery” as the company has no official brewery and instead works collaboratively with other brewers or does experimental beers.

Founded by two Danish home brewers, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller, the name ‘Mikkeller’ is a blend of the two men’s first and last names, respectively.

Mikkeller specializes in creative beers inspired by homebrewing traditions and you can find a Mikkeller bottle shop in Torvehallerne.

Even if you are not a big fan of beer, it’s worth checking out this little bottle shop while you’re in the market.

I always love Mikkeller’s bottle designs, which are just as creative as the brews inside them. Pick up some beers to enjoy on the canal later, or take it outside to enjoy now.

Wander around Nørrebro.

bright pink cherry trees and benches that go around the trees on a cloudy day visiting a fun park in norrebro, copenhagen.
Photo Credit: Martin Heiberg, used with permission from Copenhagen Media Center

Just across the canal from Torvehallerne, you’ll find the hip and trendy neighborhood of Nørrebro, one of Copenhagen’s most densely diverse and interesting places.

Be sure to check out Superkilen, a self-described ‘diversity park’ featuring fixtures from around the world, whether it be Japanese sculptures or Moroccan fountains.

It’s a common place for locals to hang out during the summer as well as a popular photo spot!

The Assistens Cemetery is also a calm green oasis and it’s not uncommon to see bicyclists passing through the cemetery: a peaceful place of life as well as death.

Grab international food in Nørrebro

A delicious bowl of ramen with egg and cha siu pork in it

Copenhagen has become an increasingly diverse city over the years and it reflects in the cuisine.

While I love a smørrebrød or two, there’s only so much pickled herring a girl can take. So, thank god for immigration!

Nørrebro is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in all of Copenhagen and it’s where you can find delicious international cuisine from all over the globe.

But with only one day in Copenhagen planned on this trip before heading off to the Faroe Islands (I had previously visited for a longer time, visiting Copenhagen in winter), I could only fit so much in my stomach.

My friend Megan and I are total ramen fiends, and so we opted for Ramen to Bíiru, the best-rated ramen restaurant in town where you can actually get Mikkeller beer specially crafted to be paired with your ramen.

And the extra fun part: you get to order your ramen with a vending machine just like you do in Japan!

a japanese-style ramen "vending machine" in the copenhagen restaurant

Our ramens were both excellent!

Megan went for the spicy miso ramen and I went for the classic shoyu ramen as my stomach is no longer to take spicy food the way it used to!

Prices are reasonable for Copenhagen, around 120 DKK ($18 USD) for a huge bowl of ramen.

If you’re not a fan of ramen or you want to try something a little more unusual, you could go for Ethiopian at Ma’ed, Eritrean at Asmara, or Michelin-starred Thai at Kiin Kiin.

Watch the sunset (or take a dip) at Islands Brygge

people in their swimsuits jumping in the canals of copenhagen

How many cities have water clean enough that you can swim right in the city center?

Coming from New York, I wouldn’t take a dip in the East River if you paid me (well, maybe if you paid me the equivalent of six months’ rent).

The Islands Brygge are close to the Langebro Bridge, which connects central Copenhagen to its eastern neighborhood, Amagerbro.

Copenhagen rarely gets truly “hot,” but if you happen to be there on a rare warm day in the summer as we did, you may want to cool off in the canal like the locals do!

If the weather is too cold for you to get in, or you’re just a baby like me who hates cold water no matter how hot it is outside, it’s also common to sit with a beer, cider, or wine and enjoy the sunset over the canal.

End the night at one of Copenhagen’s craft beer bars.

a craft beer bar in copenhagen called war pigs

Denmark is on the cutting edge of craft beer and WarPigs is one of the best-loved bars for beer lovers in town!

That’s certified by my Copenhagen travel buddy and craft beer expert Megan Starr.

Yes, going out for a few beers in Copenhagen will be pricy – expect to pay around 60-90 DKK for a beer, with the most common price being around 80 DKK ($12) for a beer.

But you’ll be getting to sample of Denmark’s most creative brewers and support local entrepreneurs.

Megan particularly enjoyed the New England IPA by WarPigs called ‘Opposite Optimist’ – she vouched for its deliciousness!

If none of the 22 taps at WarPigs suit your fancy, you’ll be in the heart of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District (Kødbyen) so there’s plenty of other bars to hop around afterward!

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

a bright, colorfully painted house visiting in copenhagen

Copenhagen hotels are pricy, that’s for sure.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to stay with friends the last two times I’ve visited Copenhagen – the perks of having friends all over the world!

While I don’t have any firsthand recommendations, here’s what I’ve curated from my research.

Budget: Hostels in Copenhagen are not cheap by any means and a simple bed in a dorm will likely set you back $30 USD a night at a minimum.

The cheapest, best hostels book up quickly so you want to book in advance if you are traveling on a budget.

The best-reviewed value hostel in Copenhagen is Steel House, which is located in central Copenhagen near the trendy Kødbyen neighborhood.

With a perfect location, excellent Danish design, and nearly 6,000 positive reviews, it’s an easy choice. 

Check reviews, prices, and availability here!

Mid-range: If you prefer a little more privacy than a hostel offers, but don’t have much of a budget to spend on accommodations, I recommend SleepCPH.  

It’s a bit outside the center but still walking distance (40 minutes, or faster with the metro) from Nyhavn, the heart of central Copenhagen.

It’s located close to the airport so it’s extra convenient if you have an early or late flight.

While it’s not the most exciting neighborhood, the price is great and it is very convenient! 

Check reviews, prices, and availability here!

Luxury: Big money to spend in Copenhagen? You’ve got plenty of choices.

For a quirky but quietly upscale choice, Babette Guldsmeden has gorgeous design, is super eco-friendly, and has a rooftop terrace and sauna to enjoy.

The price is quite reasonable for expensive Copenhagen as well, especially if you are traveling outside of peak season.

Check reviews, prices, and availability here!

What to Bring for One Day in Copenhagen

view of some of the buildings in copenhagen's downtown area

Rain jacket: Copenhagen isn’t known for its spectacular weather — gray days are common and drizzle (or a downpour!) can come at any moment! I love the Marmot PreCip jacket because it has zippered underarm vents, making it extra useful in summer (think humid weather and thunderstorms!)

Comfortable walking shoes: This one day in Copenhagen itinerary has you walking basically everywhere… so you’re going to want a comfy shoe. I love Hoka shoes! They’re a bit chunky, but apparently that’s very trendy right now — and even when that trend goes out of style, these are the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn, so you’ll have to tear them out of my cold, dead hands.

Anti-theft bag: Copenhagen is a safe city… but pickpockets operate in virtually every European city that tourists go! My philosophy on avoiding pickpockets is you need to not be the most obvious target. I love this PacSafe CitySafe backpack because it has interlocking zippers that very clearly get locked into place through a metal clasp — it’s visibly clear to any potential pickpocket that this will not be an easy target! Just make sure you keep all of your high-value items in this part of the bag, as other parts are more easily accessed.

25 Delightful Things to Do in Copenhagen in Winter

view of some of the buildings in copenhagen's downtown area

Copenhagen is enchanting in every season I’ve visited, but I have to admit, there’s a unique magic to Copenhagen in winter.

And why wouldn’t it be?

After all, this is the homeland of hygge – that almost mystical word people say you can’t translate, capturing the essence of coziness and contentment especially in the cold months.

It’s no wonder then that every nook and cranny of Copenhagen exudes warmth and charm!

⌛ Planning your Copenhagen trip in a hurry? Here are my quick picks.

❄️ Best Copenhagen Tours & Experiences
1. Tivoli Gardens Entrance Ticket (+ option with unlimited rides)
2. Copenhagen Food Tour (small group tour or private tour)
3. Castles & Cathedrals Day Trip (Roskilde, Frederiksborg & Kronborg)

🛏️ Best Copenhagen Hotels
1. Motel One Copenhagen (funky 50s & 60s inspired design hotel)
2. Hotel Skt Petri (designer rooms & greenhouse-inspired luxury)
3. Steel House (value hostel in trendy Kødbyen)

Arriving in Copenhagen by plane? Book a trusted, easy airport pickup with Welcome Pickups.

Visiting a bunch of museums? Save money with a Copenhagen Card.
Lights and stalls at the Copenhagen Christmas Market

For me, visiting Copenhagen in December is as good as it gets, when the Christmas markets are at their full power.

However, a trip to Copenhagen in November also reveals the early whispers of its wintry charm!

This is the time when the city starts to don its festive feel, with lights sparkling on as the early-setting sun disappears and a cozy vibe settling in each night, heralding in the Christmas season.

By contrast, January and February in Copenhagen are both chillier and quieter, as the festive fervor subsides — but that doesn’t mean it’s worth worth visiting in those months, either.

No matter when you visit, the inviting cafés, the lively craft beer spots, the frosty canals, and the pastel-hued architecture promise to sprinkle some cheer on even the drabbest of winter days.

If you’re considering a winter trip to Copenhagen between November and March, here’s my bucket list!

And if you’re visiting other places in the Nordics this winter, like Tromso, Stockholm, Helsinki, or Rovaniemi, read my guides!

25 Best Things to Do in Copenhagen in Winter

Stroll around a cheery Tivoli Gardens

Lots of festive lights and ornaments and Christmas trees all set up for the festive winter season in Copenhagen.

Tivoli Gardens is one of Copenhagen’s most beloved treasures, and it’s so much more than what you typically think of when you think of amusement parks!

Come winter, this iconic Copenhagen landmark transforms into a mesmerizing winter wonderland.

Alongside fun rides, brilliant lights, and adorable market stalls, it boasts an extensive array of dining options and exudes that festive feel in every direction.

While summer is its primary season, Tivoli also throws open its gates for special occasions like Halloween and Christmas.

Before these times, the park takes a brief hiatus to deck itself out in festive splendor.

The Moorish Palace area of the Tivoli Gardens in the winter covered in snow

For 2023, Tivoli’s Christmas festivities are set from November 19th to December 31st, though it remains closed on Christmas Eve.

On weeknights, you can visit from 11 AM to 10 PM, and on Fridays and Saturdays, it stays open an extra hour until 11 PM.

Planning a December visit, the peak of Copenhagen’s winter season?

I suggest grabbing fast-track tickets ahead of time to ensure you have tickets and make the experience more seamless.

Simply purchase them online and present the digital copy on your smartphone upon arrival – bypassing both printing and any lengthy lines!

You can also purchase an unlimited rides plus entrance option, which can save you money if you plan to enjoy a lot of the rides.

But if you just want to absorb the ambiance, an entrance ticket will suit just fine.

Pro Tip: Admission to Tivoli Gardens is included if you buy a Copenhagen Card, so be sure to not accidentally buy both – pick one or the other!

Copenhagen Cards are valid in intervals of 24 hours from 1 day to 4 days, and include all public transportation, several dozen museums and attractions, and a canal cruise.

Depending on what you have planned, it can save you a bucket of money in otherwise-pricy Copenhagen, so check inclusions and prices here.

Eat your heart out on a delicious food tour

All sorts of Danish open-faced sandwiches called smorbrod with cold cuts, egg, pickles, tomatoes, onions, etc. on top of it, served with beer.

In recent years, Danish cuisine has garnered more acclaim, and there’s no better place to savor it than in Copenhagen, where it’s at its most creative, flavorful… and admittedly, pricey.

Opting for a food tour can make sampling a wide array of Danish dishes more affordable, plus it lets you taste the best of Denmark in a compact time frame.

I’m a staunch advocate for food tours; they’re a delightful blend of culture, knowledge, and gastronomy, guiding you to the city’s culinary gems.

In winter, these tours are the perfect way to walk with purpose from stop to stop, punctuated the cold walks with warm stops for delightful dishes and beer, before you step back into the chill.

And speaking of beer, Danish craft brews have lately been the talk of the town, and you’ll definitely be able to try them on a food tour!

I recommend this 4-hour food tour which includes beer tastings, traditional Danish organic hot dogs, smørrebrød, spread salads on rye, organic cheeses, and Danish sweets!

It’s affordably priced for how much you get to try — about the same price as two two-course meals out in Denmark — but you’ll get a cultural context and local tips at the same time as your meal.

If you don’t mind spending a bit more money, you can also book a private food tour like this one.

Get out of the city to explore some beautiful Danish castles

The annals of Denmark’s history teem with stories of Viking adventures, royal intrigues, and historic exploits — a true information feast for any history nerd.

The country’s historic castles and museums transport you back in time easily, and educate you along the way!

From Viking museums where you can see old reconstructed boats to romantic views from the castle walls, the Danish castles are awesome places.

A trio of notable sites – two castles and the renowned Roskilde Cathedral – lie in proximity to Copenhagen, making it a great day to spend a winter day out.

To visit all three, take a day trip to streamline your transport time.

If you’re opting for public transportation instead, I suggest that narrowing it down to one or two might be wise.

This eight-hour day trip offers a winter’s day well-spent, taking you through the corridors of Roskilde Cathedral, Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle, and the Viking Museum, with transportation included.

Tip: If visiting Copenhagen in December, book in advance, as that things in Copenhagen around Christmas tend to get really busy and they’re some of the most popular places to visit in Denmark in winter.

Enjoy the Copenhagen Christmas Markets.

Person celebrating excitedly at a Christmas market in Copenhagen with a white jacket and white hat and black gloves.

Tivoli Gardens isn’t the only place that gets in the Christmas spirit in Copenhagen!

Copenhagen’s markets are hygge embodied, radiating warmth, light, and festivity.

While there are a handful of markets spread across the city, there are a handful that stand out.

First on the list, the iconic Nyhavn Christmas Market.

Imagine the picturesque harbor of Nyhavn, already famous for its rainbow-colored townhouses and historic ships, now adorned with festive lights and stalls brimming with holiday treasures.

With the water reflecting the golden glow of the fairy lights, the atmosphere here is pure magic!

Stroll along the harbor, clutching a warm cup of gløgg (Danish mulled wine) as you peruse stalls selling handcrafted gifts, Scandinavian decorations, and mouth-watering Nordic treats like roasted almonds.

A stone’s throw away, in the heart of the city, the Højbro Plads Christmas Market is an elegant choice.

A christmas market at night in downtown Copenhagen with the word Christmas market lit up brightly.

Surrounded by the historic architecture of central Copenhagen, this market is a blend of the traditional and the contemporary.

Chic wooden stalls offer everything from gourmet chocolates and artisanal crafts to unique Danish designs.

Finally, for a dash of historical enchantment, the Christmas Market at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør is a must-visit.

Just a short train ride from Copenhagen, this market lets you step back in time to the regal castle that inspired Shakespeare’s Hamlet!

Picture this: a Renaissance castle, aglow with lights, surrounded by market stalls that seem straight out of a fairy tale.

Explore Copenhagen by night on a lively pub crawl

When the sun sets, Copenhagen just gets even livelier!

The city’s nightlife, renowned among the region, is best experienced through a classic pub crawl — unless you have a friend who can take you to all their favorite spots, it’s the next-best thing.

Taking a pub crawl presents a prime chance to mingle, dance, and sample Copenhagen’s nightlife scene to the fullest, led by a local.

For those unfamiliar with the city’s nightlife scene, I suggest a wallet-friendly pub crawl.

With 5 drinks included, each priced below $10, it’s a budget-savvy way to spend an electric night out in Copenhagen!

Go on a bike tour.

A winter house scene in Copenhagen with two beautiful buildings, yellow and green, and a bike

Danes don’t stop riding their beloved bicycles just because of a little snow!

So long as the ground isn’t too icy, cycling is one of the prime ways to explore Copenhagen—just remember to bundle up!

As is widely known, Denmark ranks among the top of the list of bike-friendly nations, making cycling tours a splendid way to spend a day in Copenhagen.

Either rent bikes from the city’s sharing system (details here) or opt for an organized tour where a seasoned local will share with you the history of the city.

On this fun three-hour bike tour, you’ll witness Copenhagen’s main sights on an easy, slow-paced bike tour.

If that’s not the tour you’re interested in, don’t worry — there are 11 more options here in this post all about Copenhagen bike tours!

Eat your way through Torvehallerne

A view of one of the popular bars in the food market of Copenhagen, at a bar called Omegn.

Torvehallerne, nestled at the city’s heart, is a colossal food haven offering a true smorgasbord (pardon the pun!) of choices.

Its indoor setting provides refuge from Copenhagen’s sometimes biting winter, the perfect setting to indulge in some of the city’s culinary finests!

In Copenhagen in winter, the food hall brims with life, with an array of stalls dedicated to locally-crafted Danish products and international foods.

It’s the ideal place to have a unique cup of coffee, or to indulge in some delicious pastries, as well as go shopping for fresh ingredients if you’re doing self-catering some nights to cut back on food expenses.

My top recommendations for unique places in Torvehallerne are the Mikkeller bottle shop for creative Danish beer and Ma Poule for coffee!

For food, check out Ma Poule‘s duck confit sandwich (drool), Lêlê Street Kitchen for Vietnamese banh mi, or Hallernes Smørrebrød if you prefer to eat the local food!

Snap photos of the colorful Nyhavn neighborhood.

Brilliantly painted houses in yellow, green, red, and blue, in front of a frosty canal with a boat

The former residence of the fabled Hans Christian Andersen, Nyhavn now stands as one of Copenhagen’s most picturesque locales with cute buildings in a kaleidoscope of primary colors.

Once a port town, it has evolved into an area dotted with charming revamped houses and gourmet eateries.

Come winter, the spirit of the holidays is palpable, with streets lined with festive stalls as Copenhagen Christmas markets take the spotlight.

It’s also a hub for canal tours, like the one below!

Go on a delightful canal tour.

As long as the canals don’t completely freeze over (which is relatively rare, especially given the current warming climate), exploring the city by boat in the canals is a delightful winter Copenhagen experience.

If you’re visiting in the months leading up to the New Year, a canal cruise is almost a given.

Later winter months may see the waters freeze over, but it’s not certain — don’t lose hope!

These boats come equipped with glass-encased, climate-controlled interiors, ensuring warmth as you sail past iconic landmarks like the Opera House, Christiansborg Palace, and the Black Diamond Library.

Tours predominantly embark from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand and typically last an hour.

You can pre-book your ticket here and show a mobile ticket so you don’t have to wait in line in the cold!

Take in the view from the Rundetaarn.

View over Copenhagen skyline as seen from the top of the Rundturn building.

The Rundetaarn (Round Tower) is actually Europe’s oldest operational observatory!

Commissioned by King Christian IV, it once positioned Denmark at the forefront of astronomy back in the 17th century.

While it has no major scientific purpose today, it’s still frequented by amateur astronomers (but mostly tourists, Instagrammers, and selfie-lovers).

To get to the top you’ll need to pass long spiral staircases, but you’ll be rewarded by some of the best sweeping views of Copenhagen.

Tip: If you get a Copenhagen Card, admission is free.

Visit the incredible National Gallery of Denmark.

View of Denmark's national gallery with a completely snow-covered field in front of it in the winter on a sunny day.

What says winter more than strolling through museums?

One you shouldn’t miss is the National Gallery of Denmark.

Home to Denmark’s finest art collections, here you can find excellent exhibitions, tours, and stunning architecture.

Here you can enjoy many of the grandmasters of art, both Danish and international, as the gallery is home to an incredible amount of diversity in the displayed works.

Artists like Rubens, Matisse, and Mantegna are some of the many whose work you’ll encounter.

There is a significant amount of contemporary artists on display too!

Explore Copenhagen’s contemporary art museums.

bright yellow contemporary art museum in roskilde denmark near copenhagen

There are other museums in Denmark which are certainly worth visiting, depending on what you’re a fan of!

Into modern art? Stop by the Arken Museum.

Another great choice is the Dan Frie Center of Contemporary Art.

A little further afield in Roskilde is the charming Museum of Contemporary Art.

Explore Denmark’s design scene.

The Danish Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen on a sunny day with the door open.

All about Scandinavian chic design?

Learn more at the interior decor and Danish decorative arts at the Designmuseum Danmark.

The Designmuseum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 AM to 6 PM, with Thursdays enjoying extended hours til 8 PM.

Entrance is 130 DKK for adults ($18.50 USD) and free for kids under 17.

Between the ages of 18 and 26, or a current student?

You can enjoy a decreased admission cost of 90 DKK ($13 USD) for youth tickets with a valid ID.

Money-Saving Tip: If you plan a visit a few museums, definitely pick up a Copenhagen Card – the savings add up fast, especially when you factor in that the card also includes transportation and discounts to restaurants and other attractions.

Learn Danish history at the National Museum of Denmark.

The facade of the building that houses the national museum of denmark with a guard outside on a sunny day

You’ve noticed a theme here… Denmark is expensive.

Well, how does a free museum sound? Even better, how about the largest museum in the country being free?

The National Museum of Denmark is set in the stunning former Prince’s Mansion, a dazzling piece of rococo architecture dating back to the 18th century.

Originally built for Crown Prince Frederik V and his family, the mansion has played many roles: from a regal residence to a naval repository, and now, a mainstay of Danish history.

Step inside, and you’re immediately whisked away on a thrilling journey through time.

From Stone Age and Bronze Age artifacts from prehistoric Denmark to all sorts of Middle Age artifacts like medieval weaponry to its large ethnographic collection reflecting a collection from around the world, there’s so much to see!

Plus, there’s also a Children’s Museum, which is great if you’re visiting Copenhagen in winter with kids!

Enjoy a night out at the Copenhagen Opera House.

Winter low light at the end of the day with the lights of the opera house coming on, a modern delight on the water.

Amidst the architectural landscape of the city, the Copenhagen Opera House stands out as a wonderful interplay of modernity and elegance, sitting on the city’s waterfront, glittering in the water at night.

The building is exquisite, designed by the renowned Danish architect, Henning Larsen and finalized in 2005, cementing its place as a contemporary marvel of Danish architecture and its forward-looking gaze.

But its modern exterior belies its intriguingly opulent, old-world interior.

Think gold leaf and intricate woodwork and traditional plush red seating, exemplary of Italian opera houses like you’d find in Florence and Venice from centuries past.

While it’s called the opera house, you’ll also find ballets and concerts here: you can check the Opera House schedule online here.

There are all sorts of events, but the classic Christmas tale, the Nutcracker, is one of the biggest draws in December.

Tickets range from 225 DKK to 835 DKK ($32 USD to $119) which is pretty reasonable for a lovely night out on at the opera!

They also have several events per night, so definitely check their schedule and see what appeals to you most.

Spend a day at Copenhagen’s aquarium.

Where to go to escape the cold and feel like you’re on another planet?

The magical underwater world of National Aquarium Denmark (also known as Den Blå Planet, the Blue Planet).

This wonder of modern architecture is perched gracefully by the shimmering Kastrup harbor, with a whirlpool-like spiral that is as flowy as the watery exhibits inside it.

There are all sorts of exhibits here, like the Ocean Tank with majestic rays and the ever-awkward hammerhead sharks gliding past.

There’s also an Amazon exhibit, where you can see some of the famed river’s most feared denizens, like the piranha and the electric eel.

For something more tropical, admire the Coral Reefs tanks, which burst forth in a riot of color, with clownfish playing hide and seek amidst the tentacles of their anemone homes and all sorts of other brilliant reef fish.

But some of its best exhibits are a lot closer to home, like the Nordic Seas exhibit, showcasing otters and other cold water sea life, as well as the bird life of Denmark’s windswept Faroe Islands.

Tickets are 210 DKK for adults (around $30 USD) and 110 DKK for kids 3-11 (around $15 USD). Kids under age 3 are free.

The aquarium is open Mondays from 10 AM to 9 PM and Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Visit the unique Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum with pastel pink and marble colonnades and arches

The excellent Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (often just called the Glyptotek) is a real gem in Copenhagen.

This isn’t your ordinary museum; it’s a highly-curated celebration of artistry that traces back over 6,000 years.

Enjoy art ranging from ancient civilizations to beauties of the Renaissance and more modern temporary exhibits.

Amongst its ancient relics and timeless masterpieces, the Glyptotek offers a delightful surprise: the Winter Garden.

This lovely enclave of warmth and greenery is a oasis amidst the museum’s marble walls and Copenhagen’s chilly winters.

Here, under the shade of towering palm trees, you seem to momentarily escape the grasp of the Nordic cold.

It’s the perfect place to go escape when the Copenhagen winter gets to be a bit too much: the Glyptotek is the perfect warm cocoon of art, history, and greenery.

Stop for a deliciously brewed coffee.

Chic coffee shop in Copenhagen with lush faux-fur throws and paintings in a sleek, Danish design space

Winter and coffee make an impeccable pair, especially in the Nordic nations, where tehy know a thing or two about good coffee!

In fact, Denmark ranks fourth globally in coffee consumption, closely trailing its neighboring countries.

Copenhagen’s harsh winter—short, dark days coupled with the cold—almost requires massive caffeine doses to survive.

While slightly pricier than you’re likely accustomed to (unless you’re coming from Iceland or Norway, in which case, Denmark will feel free by comparison), Danish coffee is an experience worth splurging on.

Whether you’re stopping at a touristy café or a trendy coffee shop that specializes in single-origin beans, coffee costs usually around $5 USD per cup.

Since you’ll be paying a premium on your coffee anyway, you might as well enjoy one of Denmark’s finest cups of coffee and head to a specialty coffee shop!

My personal recommendation for a blend of top-tier coffee and Danish design is Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Amagerbro, but countless cafes across the city promise a delightful brew.

Warm up with some delicious ramen in Nørrebro.

A bowl of ramen served at the famous ramen shop in Copenhagen called Ramen to birru, with egg and cha shiu.

There’s no better winter food than ramen, in my book, and there’s no better ramen joint in Copenhagen than Ramen to Bíiru.

It’s the best-rated ramen restaurant in town, and even better – you can actually try Mikkeller beer (a Danish craft brewery) specially crafted to be paired with your ramen.

And the extra fun part: you get to order your ramen with a vending machine just like you do in Japan!

Copenhagen has become an increasingly diverse city over the years and it reflects in the cuisine.

While I love a smørrebrød or two, there’s only so much pickled herring a girl can take. So, thank god for immigration!

Nørrebro is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in all of Copenhagen and it’s where you can find delicious international cuisine from all over the globe. If you’re not feeling ramen, there are plenty of other options.

Two other fantastically belly-warming options are East African cuisine at Hidmona Eritrean & Ethiopian Restaurant or Michelin-starred Thai at Kiin Kiin.

As for Ramen to Biiru – we loved it. My friend went for the spicy miso ramen and I went for the classic shoyu ramen as my stomach is no longer to take spicy food the way it used to.

Both were phenomenal!

Prices are reasonable for Copenhagen, around 120 DKK ($18 USD) for a huge bowl of ramen.

End the night at one of Copenhagen’s craft beer bars.

The interiof of one of the craft beer bars in Copenhagen

Denmark is on the cutting edge of craft beer and WarPigs is one of the best-loved bars for beer lovers in town.

Yes, going out for a few beers in Copenhagen will be pricy – expect to pay around 60-90 DKK for a beer, with the most common price being around 80 DKK ($12) for a beer.

But you’ll be getting to sample of Denmark’s most creative brewers and support local entrepreneurs. 

One recommendation if they have it is the New England IPA by WarPigs called ‘Opposite Optimist’ – it’s delicious.

If none of the 22 taps at WarPigs suit your fancy, you’ll be in the heart of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District (Kødbyen) so there’s plenty of other bars to hop around afterward!

Escape the cold with a good book.

Royal Library of copenhagen in winter with snow, red brick building, and symmetrical style.

Another free thing you can do in Copenhagen in winter is visit the Royal Library, which dates back to the 17th century having been founded by King Frederik III.

Once reserved for Denmark’s ruling class, now the library is a public escape for all, with vaulted ceilings and expansive rooms hosting everything from from medieval scripts to contemporary novels.

Visiting the library in winter is like a true warm cocoon of joy and learning. The soft lighting, the ornate carvings, and the seemingly endless rows of books make this the perfect escape!

Visitors can stroll through its grand halls, marvel at its rich collections, and even find a cozy nook to delve into a book.

While the main reading rooms are primarily for research, there are plenty of public spaces where one can bask in the library’s ambiance.

Best of all, entrance to the main sections of the library is absolutely free.

Enjoy Copenhagen’s unique public spaces.

Superkilin Park in the Norrebro area of Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a place known for its open spaces, and even in the winter, that’s still the case!

One of its more unique public spaces is Superkilen Park, where art, architecture, and activism merge to celebrate Danish multiculturalism.

The Black Square is at the heart of the Superkilen, where Copenhagen’s cosmopolitan energy shines through.

Whether its benches from Brazil, a Moroccan fountain, or a larger-than-life Kosovar chessboard, the elements of the park come from all different corners of the world, symbolizing a new idea of Danish identity.

Dress warmly and enjoy a wander through this multicultural urban landscape!

Admire inside and outside of Frederik’s Church.

The dome of Frederik's church seen at night with lamp light and light trails, a few people walking at night.

One of the most iconic landmarks, Frederik’s Church is known by locals as “The Marble Church,” beloved for its neoclassical design and opulence.

Stepping through its doors offers respite from the chilly gusts of Scandinavian winter.

Inside, the church’s vast interior is replete with marble and gold detailing complemented by mesmerizing frescoes.

During the winter, you’ll find occasional concerts for the Christmas season, where the acoustics interplay beautifully with the church’s architecture, as the choir, organ, and orchestra all create a beautiful sound.

A stone’s throw from the regal Amalienborg Palace, Frederik’s Church is a great place to visit in Copenhagen in winter.

Admire Copenhagen’s coolest bridge.

icy waters and modern bridge that connects denmark and sweden

One of the coolest winter spectacles in Copenhagen is the marvelous Øresund Bridge.

Stretching across the icy expanse of the Øresund Strait, this marvel of modern engineering connects Denmark and Sweden, symbolizing the spirit of Nordic collaboration.

Completed in 2000, it spans a staggering 8 kilometers, making it the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe!

To truly appreciate the grandeur of the Øresund Bridge, take in the view from the Dragør Fort.

From here, the panoramic view offers a breathtaking sight: the white, modern architecture of the bridge stands stark against the icy waters, an interplay of blue and ice-white.

Take a day trip to Sweden!

View of a cathedral in Malmo from a low perspective looking up

If you’re an unrepentant country counter like myself, take advantage of Copenhagen’s position next to Sweden and pop over the border for the day!

This day tour brings you to two of Sweden’s most beloved cities on an easy day trip — Lund and Mälmo.

You’ll visit the ancient city of Lund with its church dating back to the 12th century and its Old Town houses from the 18th century.

Afterwards, you’ll end the afternoon in Malmö – the third-largest city in Sweden – before heading back to Copenhagen!

Be sure to check out the Turning Torso building, the largest skyscraper in all of Scandinavia, with a beautifully unique design!

It’s easy enough to get to either Lund or Malmö via public transit, but if you want to visit both, it’s easier to take a tour than coordinate public transit between all these points.

This day tour does it all for you and has over 70 positive reviews, so I’d suggest streamlining your planning and booking the tour.

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

view of a neighborhood in copenhagen

Copenhagen hotels are pricy, that’s for sure.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to stay with friends the last two times I’ve visited Copenhagen – that’s the perk of having friends all over the world!

While I don’t have any firsthand recommendations, here’s what I’ve curated from my research.

Budget: Steel House

The best-reviewed value hostel in Copenhagen is Steel House, which is located in central Copenhagen near the trendy Kødbyen neighborhood.

With a perfect location, excellent Danish design, and nearly 6,000 positive reviews, it’s an easy choice and rooms are relatively affordable around the $30/night mark for a dorm bed.

Check availability and reviews here!

Mid-range: Motel One Copenhagen

Part of the allure of visiting Copenhagen is getting to experience the city’s unique perspective on interior design — and luckily, at Motel One Copenhagen, you can do that without breaking the bank.

This funky hotel is inspired by the 50s and 60s, with mid-century modern furnishings combined with retro aesthetics like geometric ceiling fans, unique color combinations, and brilliantly colorful rugs.

Right in the center of all things Copenhagen, you’ll enjoy a great modern hotel and a super convenient location, all for an affordable price tag (well, affordable for Copenhagen!).

Check availability and prices here!

Luxury: Hotel Skt Petri

Looking for a unique luxury choice? Skt Petri combines luxury and a nature feel all in one lovely hotel.

This funky hotel was once a department store and now has been turned into a whimsical hotel, with high ceilings and tons of floor-to-ceiling glass and mirrors, plant life, and green furnishing accents creating a greenhouse-like vibe.

And of course, since you’re visiting Copenhagen in winter, you’ll definitely want some of the lovely Scandinavian touches like a sauna and steam room to help you warm up after those cold strolls!

Check availability and prices here!

view of some of the buildings in copenhagen's downtown area

When planning any trip, especially a winter trip, be sure not to forget about travel insurance!

I use SafetyWing and its Nomad Insurance to insure all of my trips for its affordable rates and comprehensive coverage for all my travel needs.

Especially when you consider all the disruptions and potential for illness that winter travel can bring, it’s a no-brainer for me.

SafetyWing’s Nomad Insurance provides both travel insurance (coverage for trip delays, cancellations, interruptions — the likelihood of which increases in winter) and travel medical insurance (coverage for things like accidents, illnesses including Covid, etc. — also more likely in winter!).

Coverage is really affordable — for me, it costs roughly $12 USD for a week of coverage outside of the U.S., with a policy max of $250,000 after a deductible of $250. Not bad!

Check SafetyWing for a quote here!

12 Best Copenhagen Bike Tours for Every Traveler

A brunette woman smiling with a bike with the background image of Nyhavn harbor houses colorful and blurred in the background on a sunny day on a bike tour in Copenhagen

Taking a bike tour of Copenhagen is one of the most iconic ways to see the city like a true Dane!

With its extensive network of bike lanes, Copenhagen’s city center stands out as a pioneer in Scandinavia for creating a bike culture that’s both safe and exciting.

What makes cycling tours particularly special is just how easy it is to see all of beautiful Copenhagen’s top attractions in a single tour!

From the iconic (albeit slightly disappointing) Little Mermaid statue to the historic Nyhavn Harbor (never a disappointment!), every landmark is just a short bike ride away, usually on a well-maintained cycle path.

Two bicycles face to face against an orange house backdrop, a scenic view in copenhagen

But it’s not just about the destinations; the journey itself allows tourists to absorb the very essence of Danish culture.

As you pedal past unique neighborhoods neck-and-neck with fellow cyclists, you’re truly experiencing Copenhagen’s rhythm.

Since Copenhagen is a relatively flat city with a cool climate, bike tours are relatively easy.

You can make it even easier, though, since on these tour options, you get to choose between regular old city bike and fancy new e-bikes!

sign in the christiania area pointing to lots of different cities while a bike goes off in the distance

Since bike tours of Copenhagen are so popular, there are lots of variations on the classic.

From small group tours to private tours to food-focused city tours to nature-centered tours that go a bit off the beaten path, there’s lots of options.

Let’s get going and see which Copenhagen bike tour is right for you — but if you don’t have time to read the full post, here are my top 3 picks.

My Top 3 Copenhagen Bike Tours

#1 TOP PICK

Orange bicycle in front of colorful houses in the Nyhavn Harbor area

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Copenhagen Highlights Bike Tour
✔️ Over 800 positive reviews
✔️ Most comprehensive 3-hour tour

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#2 PICK

Smorrebrod danish sandwiches and various spread salads and open-faced sandwiches on a Copenhagen bike tour with a food focus

Copenhagen Culinary Bike Tour
✔️ Sample from 6 different eateries
✔️ Try local food and sightsee simultaneously

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#3 PICK

Group of a few cyclists in somewhat blurred motion in front of a church in the late afternoon light in Copenhagen

Private 3 Hour Bike Tour
✔️ Private tour for up to 4 people
✔️ 1:1 attention and customizable stops

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The Best Copenhagen Bike Tours for Every Traveler

Top Guided Bike Tour Pick: 3-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

Orange bicycle in front of colorful houses in the Nyhavn Harbor area

This top-rated Copenhagen bike tour is our first choice for a reason!

The price is affordable for how much you see, and boy, do you see a lot in a short time.

Here is an example of this an itinerary of this 3-hour bike tour of Copenhagen.

First, you’ll greet your English-speaking local guide at the meeting point and explore the historic Rådhuspladsen, where history and modernity meet.

Glide past the iconic Tivoli Gardens, the most famous amusement park in Denmark, and continue to the imposing Christiansborg Palace, a symbol of Denmark’s political heritage.

Explore the Royal Library of Denmark before marveling at the contemporary design of the Black Diamond.

Cycle onwards to Børsen, the city’s historic stock exchange, before immersing yourself in the vibrant colors of Nyhavn, where you’ll have the chance to get off your bike and take a photo break.

Next, witness the regal splendor of Amalienborg Palace and the majestic Frederiks Kirke not far away, two icons that summarize the beauty of Copenhagen.

This 3-hour bicycle tour concludes with a visit to the Little Mermaid statue and a serene ride around The Lakes, one of the most beloved areas of Copenhagen according to locals.

Remember, during winter months, this particular bike tour is available only on Saturdays.

Top Foodie Bike Tour Pick: 3-Hour Culinary Bike Tour

Smorrebrod danish sandwiches and various spread salads and open-faced sandwiches on a Copenhagen bike tour with a food focus

Can’t choose between a food tour and a bike tour? To quote Modern Family, “why don’t we have both?”

This tantalizing and exciting 3-hour culinary bike tour of Copenhagen takes you through the heart of the Danish capital, feeding you well along the way!

This small group bike tour lets you have the chance to savor the finest Nordic and Danish cuisine from six unique venues, all as you pedal through the city’s eclectic and scenic neighborhoods.

Your gastronomic journey begins with an award-winning hot dog, enjoyed in true Danish style. This isn’t your average hot dog — don’t worry!

Pedal onwards to one of the city’s premier food markets, where you can indulge in a traditional Danish fish meatball, best enjoyed with a sample of a locally-brewed beer to get a sense of the lively Copenhagen beer scene.

And of course, no food tour is complete without some sweets, in this case, a delicious chocolate dessert known as flødebolle.

But this tour is not just about food, it’s also about city sights and history, so you’ll learn plenty about the sights you saw in between stops.

Your final stop on this bike tour is a visit to a local eatery specializing in Danish smørrebrød, open-faced sandwiches on rye bread, crafted with seasonal, local ingredients.

And to cap it all off, some Danish pastries before you pedal back to your starting point!

Top Private Bike Tour Pick: Private 3-Hour Bike Tour for Up to 4

Group of a few cyclists in somewhat blurred motion in front of a church in the late afternoon light in Copenhagen

Uncover Copenhagen’s charm not as a mere tourist, but as a local on this exclusive private bike tour for up to four cyclists.

This bike tour gives you the chance to explore Copenhagen’s landmarks and hidden gems on an itinerary tailored to your group’s preferences, led by an adept local guide.

Glide from the picturesque Nyhavn Harbor with its colorful facades to the royal palace of Amalienborg to serenity of the Copenhagen Lakes.

Since you’re on a private tour, this is a more personalized experience.

Feel free to pause to capture photos or simply soak in the view, without worrying about inconveniencing fellow travelers.

Because your group sets the pace on the bike ride, there’s nothing to feel guilty about!

Top Private Bike Tour Pick for Larger Groups: Private Bike Tour for Up to 10

Group of multiple people enjoying the winter weather while still going on a cycling tour of Copenhagen

This 3-hour private bike tour is great for larger groups who all want to bike together, tailored for an intimate group of up to 10 travelers.

Kickstart your journey at the iconic Inderhavnsbroen bridge, where the well-planned route ensures ensures that you don’t miss out on any of Copenhagen’s landmarks.

Marvel at the small but stoic beauty of The Little Mermaid, explore the unique enclave of Christiania, and bask in the regal splendor of Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Castle.

Let the serene architecture of the Marble Church (Frederik’s Church) captivate you, along with many other hidden gems that this wonderful city has to offer.

Halfway through, if the allure of Danish pastries or a steaming cup of coffee beckons, the tour can be paused for a delightful lunch or coffee break, ensuring you’re refreshed for the remainder of the journey!

Note that any food you consume is not included in the price of the tour.

Best Two-Hour Tour: Wonderful Copenhagen Express Bike Tour

Sunny day in Copenhagen with a view of the gorgeous scenery of the city and a few people on their bikes on a sunny day with a few clouds in summer on a Copenhagen bike tour

Awarded the prestigious Badge of Excellence from Viator, this top-rated bike tour has you see so much in just two hours!

Explore the charms of Copenhagen in an express 2-hour bike tour, perfectly tailored for those eager to experience the city’s best sights at a quick pace on comfortable Jopo bikes.

The tour promises to cover 90% of Copenhagen’s top sights in mere hours, and they do deliver!

Touring around is effortless with a well-informed guide at the helm, and you’ll be equipped with a radio receiver in your helmet, ensuring you hear every narrative detail.

For the shutterbugs, the tour incorporates strategic stops for photo opportunities, including iconic locales like Strøget, Frederiks Kirke, the Amalienborg Museum, the car-free zone of Kastellet, and the contemporary Copenhagen Opera House, to name a few.

Prioritizing your comfort, the tour offers an option to borrow warm clothes, perfect if you’re visiting in winter.

This is also a great tour for those who are leaving Copenhagen later in the day, as you can enjoy complimentary storage services available from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

End your tour with a warm cup of complimentary coffee or tea back at the office.

And if the city’s allure still beckons, you can continue your exploration by renting the bike for the rest of the day at a discounted rate!

Best Budget Tour: 3 Hour Bike Tour with Guide

A bridge in Copenhagen with people on bikes crossing over the water on a sunny day with clouds

This budget-friendly tour allows you to experience the best of Copenhagen on a delightful 3-hour bike tour.

With virtually no hills and scenic pathways, Copenhagen offers an unparalleled biking experience.

As you pedal through Copenhagen led by your expert guide, they’ll unravel the narrative of Copenhagen’s past and present through excellent storytelling.

Greet the iconic Little Mermaid statue, be awed by the majestic Christiansborg Castle, and uncover numerous other treasures during this comprehensive city highlights tour.

Note that helmets are available for rent, though they are not included in the tour package.

Top E-Bike Tour: Palace, Fountain, and Church Guided E-Bike Tour

An e-bike in front of the harbor with a view of the setting sun in the darker months of Copenhagen around winter time and two people wearing jackets sitting on the harbor

Immerse yourself in a whirlwind 2-hour e-bike tour of Copenhagen!

These high-tech e-bikes are basically cars: with the capability to reach speeds of up to 30km/hour, seven different gears, and even cruise control, you’ll be touring Copenhagen in unmatched style and efficiency.

With the e-bike’s capability to traverse faster and conserve energy, you’ll cover what most tours achieve in 3 hours in merely 2!

Your e-bike tour de Copenhagen begins at the grand Marmorkirken before pedaling to the regal surroundings of Amalienborg Palace.

As you zip through the city streets, the impressive edifice of Christiansborg Palace beckons, closely followed by the mesmerizing waters of the Gefion Fountain.

You’ll also stop at King’s New Square, the perfect vantage point for a picturesque view of the iconic Copenhagen Opera House.

Family-friendly, this tour ensures that the little ones aren’t left out, because kids must be 12 years or older to ride the e-bikes.

That said, if you’re accompanied by kids under 12, you have the option to add on a child seat or a cargo trailer for the little ones.

A standout feature of this tour is a stop at Freetown Christiania, an area often overlooked by many other tours.

Although your guide won’t accompany you inside Christiania since outside guides aren’t permitted in, you’re free to wander, stop at one of the cafes, and explore this unique enclave at your leisure.

Another cool thing about this tour? Your helmet comes equipped with a radio system, ensuring you never miss a word from your guide, even at the impressive speeds your e-bike can achieve!

Top Short Bike Tour Pick: Copenhagen Highlights 1.5-Hour Bike Tour

View of the harbor waterside area of Copenhagen on a sunny day with the canal water glittering in pretty colors

A little short on time, like if you only have a day in Copenhagen, but want to cram in as much sightseeing as possible?

This is the perfect brief 1.5-hour bike tour of Copenhagen for a sampling of all that wonderful Copenhagen has to offer in a short time!

Meet your tour guide and set out on a bike adventure though Copenhagen’s most iconic landmarks.

Begin your exploration with the renowned Little Mermaid statue, a testament to Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale legacy, a story that resounds all throughout Copenhagen.

Then, let the mesmerizing waters of the Gefion Fountain captivate you, before moving on to the regal atmosphere of Amalienborg Castle from the outside.

Delve deeper into history at Rosenborg Castle, nestled within the beautiful greenery and flowers of the King’s Garden.

Marvel at the architectural elegance of the New Houses, and get enchanted by the vibrant candy-colored ambiance of Nyhavn.

While the tour is focused on being a biking experience, be prepared to occasionally walk your bike, especially in areas like parks where biking is restricted.

Note, while bike rental is included, helmet rentals are separate, costing an additional 20 DKK or roughly $3 USD — which is worth it for your added comfort and safety!

Best Nature-Focused Tour: Private E-Bike History & Nature Tour

Deer in the road in a Copenhagen park on a. nature focused e bike tour of the city's outer limits

For something more off the beaten path, try this nature-focused e-bike journey through Copenhagen!

Cruise through city streets and nature parks alike with equal ease on your sleek Maravelo e-bike.

Your adventure begins at our meeting point, where you’ll be equipped with the latest in cycling tech – a Livall safety helmet and an Osmo Pocket Camera for capturing high-quality video memories of your bike tour!

You’ll start at Copenhagen’s meat-packing district, now one of Copenhagen’s most lively and trendy zones.

From here, you’ll cycle to Christiansborg, the bastion of Denmark’s democracy and the current seat of the Danish Parliament, a building rich with over 500 years of history.

Continue onwards towards greener pastures, first passing other Copenhagen attractions like Vor Frue Kirke, Amalienborg Palace, and the historical Rosenborg Castle.

Having journeyed through Copenhagen’s historical past, it’s time to transition to its greener side.

Escape the city’s hustle as you head northwest towards Bispebjerg, pausing at the architectural marvel of Grundtvig’s Church.

But the true nature retreat lies in Utterslev Mose, a tranquil oasis teeming with bird life and gently grazing of flocks of sheep — yes, sheep in the middle of the city!

Concluding this harmonious blend of history and nature, return to the starting point, with your Osmo camera full of memories to take home with you.

Most Unique Tour: Forgotten Giants E-Bike Tour of Copenhagen

one of the famous forgotten giants sculptures created by a copenhagen artist,  in the forest outside of copenhagen, which you can visit on an ebike tour

Embark on a unique 4.5-hour e-bike journey that blends art, nature, and technology in the heart of Greater Copenhagen!

This unique e-bike tour offers you a rare opportunity to traverse the trails where you can find the Forgotten Giants sculptures, which are some beautiful masterpieces crafted by the artist Thomas Dambo, entirely from recycled materials!

E-biking lets you make this journey comfortable and practically effortless as you make your way to the picturesque landscapes of the Greater Copenhagen area, visiting four of Dambo’s enchanting giants.

With a group size capped at just five participants, you can be sure you’ll enjoy a truly personalized experience.

While the materials of the sculptures may be recycled, rest assured that your equipment will be ultra-modern and in tip-top shape!

You’ll be riding an excellent Maravelo e-bike, equipped with a Livall high-tech helmet.

As a bonus, the tour provides an Osmo Pocket Camera, which lets you take high-quality video of your adventure.

Book your spot and immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s lesser-known wonders!

Best Winter Tour: Guided Christmas Tour by Bicycle

View of a Christmas market in Copenhagen in the Nyhavn area while on a bike tour celebrating the Christmas season

Visiting Copenhagen in winter?

Immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s festive spirit with this time-limited Christmas bike tour!

Taking place on Saturdays in November and December, this unique Copenhagen bike tour invites you to explore Europe’s most bike-friendly city during its most enchanting season.

Starting at the Rådhuspladsen, the city’s vibrant Christmas tree and bustling market greet you.

The journey then takes you through iconic spots like the festively adorned Tivoli Gardens, the historic Christiansborg and Børsen, scenic Christianshavn, and the funky Christiania Christmas Market — all the most festive parts of the city.

Along the way, pause at Hviids Vinstue, the city’s oldest bar, for a warming cup of Glüwein (not included in the tour price).

The tour also includes visits to Nyhavn, Kings New Square, Højbro Plads Christmas Market, and an awe-inspiring view of the city’s festive lights and decorations.

And what’s a Christmas tour without some sweets? You’ll also get to try some traditional Christmas delights like klejners, Scandinavian holiday cookies.

Best Cargo Bike Tour: Cargo Bikes and the Science of Happiness

A cargo bike for bike touring in Copenhagen, with no one in the bike yet.

Want a unique and cozy spin on the Copenhagen bike tour?

Try this small-group tour aboard electric cargo bikes, where one person can pedal and the other relaxes in the cargo!

Don’t worry, this isn’t too much work — the tour uses electric Christiania Model L and T bikes, which give you the perfect amount of assist to handle the weight of a passenger in front!

Fancy a change? Feel free to swap places and enjoy both perspectives!

This tour is perfect for those with limited time visiting during the cooler fall and winter months, you’ll enjoy stories about Copenhagen’s past and present while led by an expert guide.

With a small group capped at just 10 participants, you’re ensured a personalized and intimate experience.

After the tour, you can also enjoy some coffee or tea, ensuring you stay warm and refreshed as you explore.

This is one of the best bike tours to pedal (or relax) your way through Copenhagen’s enchanting streets!