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The Ultimate 48 Hour Guide to Copenhagen


Only have the weekend? Check out some of the best sights of Copenhagen in a short amount of time!

The 48-Hour Guide To Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark is the real deal. Just like the saying in Pitch Perfect 2, “Ladies, grab your passports because we are going to the very warm and very sunny…Copenhagen!”

While this Scandinavian capital’s temperature doesn’t compare to a tropical island, Copenhagen makes up for its warmth with an abundance of landmarks and restaurants.

As a major hub from the States to Europe, Copenhagen is one of my favorite cities to visit in Europe.

Here’s the Ultimate 48-Hour Guide To Copenhagen, Denmark

How To Get Here

Copenhagen canal

Copenhagen, Denmark is located on the east coast of the island of Zealand, just across the Øresund strait from Malmö, Sweden.

By Air

Copenhagen’s nearest airport is  named Copenhagen Airport (Københavns Lufthavn) and is located  just 5 miles out of the city. As a hub for Norweigan Air as well as Scandinavian Airlines, it’s easy to find some great deals to this city. It’s easy to take a train or bus into town.

By Boat

Coming from Helsingborg? Take the Scandlines Helsingør-Helsingborg ferry to cross from Sweden to Denmark in only 20 minutes! Don’t forget your passport while visiting the neighboring country of Sweden.

By Car or Bus

If you are driving from Sweden, get your camera ready because you’ll be crossing the Øresund Bridge. Make sure to bring change because there is a toll to cross this beautiful bridge.

By Train

Copenhagen’s main train station, Copenhagen Central, and is located close to the city center. To get to anywhere else in the city simply take a public bus or the local S-trains to get to your destination.

Where To Stay

Copenhagen Opera House

From hostels to luxury hotels, Copenhagen has it all. Since my friends and I were visiting with a large group of us, we found it economical to share a large hostel room rather than pay for individual hotel rooms. We decided to stay at the Generator, which is a fun and hip youth hostel. Free wifi, a bar in the lobby, and a variety of different activities always going on. Oh yea, and don’t forget to check out the amazing ICE bar.

Looking for something different? Check out some of these other choices:

  • Nimb – Go all out at this boutique hotel located in Tivoli Gardens.
  • Wakeup Copenhagen– This Budget hotel is located close to Central Station. We stayed in one of these on our second trip to Copenhagen and loved it!
  • Tivoli Hotel– Family friendly with business amenities.

Where To Eat

Copenhagen Street Food

If you are looking for amazing nordic cuisine, Copenhagen is the place to be!

  • Noma – Pull out all of the stops and eat at The best restaurant in the world, 3 years in a row by Restaurant Magazine. Check out their documentary as well on Netflix. It’s amazing!
  • Copenhagen Street Food – This indoor street food hall is home to 39 different booths who serve delicious food. From ostrich burgers to Korean BBQ you can find food from all over the world in one place.
  • Restaurant Sankt Annæ – Michelin Guide recommended, this restaurant has been around since 1894. Grab an afternoon sandwich here and indulge in their Danish treats.


  • Rabes Have – This local spot is known for pariserbøf, a crispy meat patty.

What To See

There’s an abundance of things to do in the city. Here’s a list of some of my absolute favorites:

Visit Tivoli Gardens

As the second-oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli has an air of nostalgia that surrounds it. Tickets are cheap to get in and wander around the park, but be sure to notice that you have to pay for each individual ride.

Visit The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Visiting the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen is a must. While the statue itself is rather small, its still fun to take a few pictures with this art piece.



If you’ve seen a picture of Copenhagen, it’s probably of this scenic waterfront. This 17th century water district was once home to Hans Christian Andersen (author of the Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, Snow Queen). If you love pop culture, this waterfront is also where Einar and Gerda live in the movie, The Danish Girl.

Take A Ride on the Canal

Copenhagen boat tours

Take in the view of the city from the water. The tours are in English and Danish, which some special departures in German, Italian, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The 1-hour is a great way to see the city and rest your feet for a bit.

Church of Our Savior

Climb the 400 steps to the top of this 17-century church. I hope you aren’t afraid of heights, the last 150 steps are on the outside of the spire!

Walk around Rosenburg Castle

Rosenburg Castle

Built for Christian IV, Rosenburg Castle is located in the heart of Copenhagen. See the crowned jewels, explore the castle, and finish off with a walk around the royal gardens.

Find Street Art around the city

Copenhagen Street Art

Sometimes you can find the coolest things just by walking around! We stumbled upon trampolines in the sidewalk, a statue of David, and even this cool statue made from various tools.

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Going to Copenhagen soon? Let me know what you are excited to see!


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