Copenhagen Bucket List

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A visit to the Danish capital can be one of two things: a short stay to see what all the fuss is about or a short (informed) stay to see and do as much as you can in Copenhagen before you escape the sky high prices and head back inland in Europe. If you’re not on a budget you couldn’t really spend too much time in this charming city, though if you only have a few days here is everything you should see and do in that time!


1. Nyhavn 

You know those colourful houses along the waterfront that have (probably) convinced you that you simply must visit Copenhagen!? That would be Nyhavn. Come along in the day to see it in a calm setting but be sure to return in the late afternoon to watch the sun set and cozy up with a blanket and hot cocoa for the evening.

2. Eat (many) Danish Pastries

This really needs no explanation.

3. Make friends with a Dane

One of the things that really made my trip to Copenhagen so special (okay, THE thing) was making friends with a Dane who showed me around for a few days. This made my visit so much more enjoyable, authentic and memorable!

4. Visit Freetown Christiania

If you’re up for something a little different then you will certainly find that and more in Freetown Christiania. Although the Danes can appear a little uptight and strict, you’ll see the other side of the spectrum here in self-governed Christiania.

5. Tivoli Gardens

This amusement park is unlike any other – oh, and it is located right in the centre of town! The gardens are gorgeous and the rides make it more than worth your while. For a day of fun, look nowhere else.


6. Rosenberg Castle Gardens

Pictured above, the Rosenberg Castle gardens offer a different experience throughout the seasons. It is quite centrally located and full of little pockets to bury yourself in a book.

7. Visit Torvehallerne Market

If you’re looking for something a little more localised, head to this market for gourmet delicacies and casual eats.

8. Row a boat in Frederiksberg Gardens

Because what could seem more charming than rowing a boat down a gorgeous lake in gorgeous surrounds!?

9. Eat Cheesecake at Bertels Salon Kompagnistæde

Arguably the best cheesecake and coffee combo in town.

10. Ride a bike around the city

So they say — when in Rome! When in Copenhagen, do as the Danes do and ride a bike around the city for the day. Not only is this the best way to get around but also the most economical!


11. Christiansborg Palace

If you’re interest in Danish royalty or just willing to visit to admire the palatial proportions, Christiansborg is centrally located and worthy of a visit.

12. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

There are a number of museums in Copenhagen but this one in particular grabbed our attention and surely will be your choice of the bunch, too. The collection is striking but the interior is enough reason to visit in itself.

13. Eat a Snegl

The name itself deems a “snegl” worthy of trying as it resembles a snail in shape, takes the form of puff pastry and is generously covered in cinnamon and sugar. Yes, really.

14. Visit the Church of our Saviour

If you’re interested in churches (they can be quite overdone throughout a larger Europe itinerary), then one to go out of your way for is the Church of our Saviour, a baroque 17th-century structure with a delicate and intricate interior.

15. Try a Flødeboller

Three words: just do it. Also, do it more than once. Do it thrice or even more. The rough English translation is “cream balls”, though that doesn’t really do it justice. There are many different flavours and spins on the classic so be sure to try a few.


16. Eat the Street

As we all know, Copenhagen is incredibly expensive, especially in comparison to other European capitals. A great way to skip the hefty prices is to eat the street (street food stalls are in abundance) – starting with these delicious churros on the main shopping street!

17. Amalienborg

This impressive palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family and is certainly worth a visit whilst in the city. Be sure to snap some photos with the (very) serious guards!

18. Splash out on a night at Geranium

Although one of the most expensive restaurants in the city, a night at Geranium would be one to remember for your lifetime. Gastronomy is a huge part of modern day culture in the Scandinavian countries and Copenhagen is no exception. Be sure to book ahead and set aside plenty of cash to foot the bill.

19. Frederik’s Church

Also known as the marble church, this is a great site to stop at if you’ve ticked all of the above off the list.

20. Climb to the top of Rundetårn

This 17th-century tower (known as the round tower) offers great views over the city for 25DDK.

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    February 6, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Never there but that’s definitely on my list now !
    Your pictures are really gorgeous and I hope I’ll be able to see it for myself.
    Love this “Bucket List” type of article. 🙂

    Kenza from

    February 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    So many places to visit , so little time. Hoping to get to Copenhagen later this year. I will be referring to this post when the time comes. 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      February 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Hope you enjoy Copenhagen! Such a beautiful city 🙂

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    Nicole Wharry
    February 4, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Brooke!! You are a travel goddess!! Did you go to Mikkeller Bar while you were there?! Ps. Here is a complementary list of things to do on top of all of those wonderful places if you have more time on your next visit!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    February 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I loved Copenhagen. It was one of my favorite trips of 2015, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves to travel to urban destinations. In addition to all of these places (especially the Torvehallerne Market), I also suggest a visit to the Norrebro district for great food and shopping and a little slice of local life.

    February 3, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I love this post 🙂 I cannot wait to visit Denmark. I recently read ‘The Year of Living Danishly’ and have since fallen in LOVE with the culture over there. This bucket list is perfect – befriending a dane would be awesome :p

    Whiskey Jars Blog xx

    February 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I’m born and raised about 30 minutes outside of Copenhagen, and I can tell you there are SO much more to see if you just hop on a train and go a little outside of the capital. In Elsinore we have the castle, Kronborg, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet which is on the UNESCO list. If you go travel 30 minutes into the country you find Roskilde where we have the biggest music festival in Northern Europe and also the royal church where most of our royalty are buried. There are so much more to Denmark than just Copenhagen. And also, Copenhagen is expensive, but it’s not THAT expensive as you make it out to be.

    February 3, 2016 at 2:14 am

    The food looks amazing, I have always wanted to visit Copenhagen it looks like such a beautiful city! The palace looks magical, like something out of a fairytale. Lovely photos!

    February 2, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time, I just booked a trip to Copenhagen for next month! I haven’t been in years, and can’t wait to get back! 🙂

    February 2, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Copenhagen is such a beautiful city <3 I live in Finland so it doesn't take long to travel to Copenhagen. I'll definitely visit Copenhagen some time soon and this post was very helpful!:)

    Chic Therapy
    February 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I am heading to Copenhagen at the end of the month, and this post could not have come at a better time.

    kenzie negron
    February 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I would love to do all of this! I am currently debating on where I would like to study abroad and all of this seems so amazing UGH Copenhagen is definitely in the running of places where I want to go!

    Karen Farber
    February 2, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Would love to visit someday! Sounds like an amazing place and trip!

    February 2, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I love this post. I love Copenhagen and Denmark in general. I have spent lots of time there as my boyfriend is from there. I was thinking of making a post about it soon as well.

    February 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Papirøen is also a really good experience for foodies. They got a hall with a lot of different street food and if you sit outside you can see the Opera House 😀

    February 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Good article! I was born and live in copenhagen, so it is always fun to read about my hometown 😉 Just a little error – Christiansborg is the governmential building, and there is no Christiansborg Palace. The palace shown in the picture in the post is Amalienborg, and that is where our queen lives and probably the palace you meant 😉