It has been approximately three years since I last visited the charming and picturesque little seaside city of Copenhagen, which is the capital of Denmark.
I had gotten the chance to experience ‘Copenhagen in 2 days’ and despite the limited time, I felt that I was lucky to explore this land of fairy tales. All in two whole glorious days of adventure.
Copenhagen, home to the famous “Little Mermaid”, amazing castles and palaces filled with scenic gardens that dot the country's landscape. There is the Danish Royal Family’s palace, historical landmarks; home to famous authors and city streets strewn with cozy cafes, restaurants, and great shopping.
This little coastal nation has long held a big lead in the happiest countries in the world index. Usually, they hold either the number one or two spots yearly. This mainly due to the fact that the nation is able to harmonize work, education, healthcare and other benefits to its people. So it’s not surprising why the Danish are regarded as some of the happiest people in the world.
So, here are some ideas on what to do in Copenhagen in 2 days or less.
Of course, your trip to Copenhagen isn't complete without taking a selfie with the "Little Mermaid"
Well, who doesn't hear about the "Little Mermaid" story? Most of us do, but some of you may not know that the acclaimed author, Hans Christian Andersen, is from Denmark and wrote the fairy tale published in Copenhagen in 1837.
Have a glimpse of the Marble Church
Frederik's Church or Frederiks kirke in Danish, is widely known as The Marble Church, has the largest dome in Scandinavia and is located just outside of the Amalienborg Palaces. If you are standing at the tower of the dome, you have the best view of the central axis of Frederikasstaden, down to the extended Opera House across the harbor. Unfortunately, during this visit to Copenhagen in 2 days, there wasn’t enough time for me to go up to the tower.
The Frederiks church is also said to be a popular place for many couples to get married in this beautiful church.
Visit the home of the Danish Royal Family at the Amalienborg Palace
If you like royal history, then this palace is a must visit for you. Its huge palace square is covered with cobbles stones and you can also see the famous royal guards around.
Unfortunately, it’s not permitted to take pictures together with the royal guards unlike other royal guards in Scandinavia or Europe.
Treat yourself to the royal experience by spending time at the Amalienborg Museum stretching back 150 years. It’s open daily, but the schedule varies from every season of the year.
Have a quick look at the Copenhagen Opera House
Its perfect location is across the harbor and in lined with the Marble Church and the Amalienborg Palace. By simply walking around everything can be seen. The Copenhagen Opera House is said to be one of the most expensive and lavish opera houses ever built. And of course, with its long tradition and history, the Royal Danish Opera Company remains top-notch in Scandinavia and in the world.
Stroll along Nyhavn the Copenhagen Harbor
This picture here probably looks familiar to you. Well, it does because it’s one of the most photographed streets in Copenhagen. It is also a historical landmark where you can see those prominent multicolored houses (from the 17th and 18th century); restaurants, cafes, and bars lined up on the waterfront.
Take a peek of the Memorial Anchor
While strolling along Nyhavn harbor, this historical monument is located at the end of Nyhavn. The anchor was hoisted to commemorate more than a thousand Danish sailors and officials who gave their lives during the World War II.
Wander and get lost around Strøget
The Strøget is the main street in Copenhagen and is like Karl Johann in Oslo. Strøget is not just a shopping street; it can also take you to some of the popular and charming attractions of the city. It is definitely a must when visiting Copenhagen in 2 days.
Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms while it lasts
When you visit Copenhagen during the last couple of weeks in April, you can enjoy Cherry Blossoms in perfect bloom lined up in the park. It’s beautiful!
Don’t miss the Frederiksborg Castle
This is a little bit outside Copenhagen, but the travel time is less than an hour. I love visiting castles; therefore this was something I didn’t want to miss even if I only have 2 days in Copenhagen. This grandiose castle is a Renaissance castle built in the 17th century and is located in the northern part of Copenhagen.
Take a walk in the Baroque Garden at the Frederiksborg Castle and be amazed by its beauty
This stunning garden was made in the beginning of the 18th century, by the Danish royal landscape designer and architect, Johan Cornelius Krieger. It is huge and it is very impressive with plants, flowers, and trees designed and formed so perfectly. By walking around this garden, I felt like I was in a fairy tale scene be it in a book or in a movie.
My visit to the quaint little seaside city of Copenhagen in 2 days was definitely fun; but for me, it was too short to really enjoy the city. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to stay longer in Copenhagen at that time, I had to go back to Oslo the following day to take another trip to Amsterdam to see the tulips in Holland.
Copenhagen has so much to offer that one should spend at least 4-5 days. However, if you can only stay in Copenhagen for a very limited time like I did, this guide will absolutely come in handy. I hope it helps to make the most of you stay.
Have you been to Copenhagen in 2 days or less too? Share with us in the comment section below, other fun things that you did that wasn’t mentioned here. Thank you for reading!
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