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How to Spend 1 Day in Copenhagen

How to Spend 1 Day in Copenhagen

The capital of Denmark, dynamic Copenhagen has everything you’d expect from a Scandinavian city: waterfront scenery, stylish design, friendly locals, and culture aplenty. If you only have one day in town, make the most of your stay by going on a whistle-stop tour of its most popular attractions. Here’s how to maximize your 24 hours in Copenhagen.

Morning: See the Top Sights

Copenhagen is packed with world-class landmarks, and a hop-on hop-off bus tour is an ideal way to see more highlights in less time. Pick from a number of different routes, and look forward to seeing postcard-worthy views of theLittle Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace, City Hall Square, Frederiksberg Gardens, the Copenhagen Zoo, and more. If you’re after another way of exploring, some hop-on hop-off tours even take advantage of the city’s many scenic waterways and include sightseeing portions by boat. 

Afternoon: Sample Culinary Highlights

Made famous by chefs like Noma’s René Redzepi, so-called New Nordic cuisine is currently one of the food world’s biggest trends. Don’t miss your chance to sample authentic Scandinavian cooking straight from the source during your Copenhagen stay. Sign up for a leisurely culinary walking tour for a seamless introduction to the city’s top food haunts. Explore the gastronomic bounty at the Torvehallerne indoor food market, order classic Danishsmørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), and even try Copenhagen-brewed beers—the city’s craft brewing scene is also thriving.

Evening: Have an Adventurous Night Out

End your Copenhagen stay on a high note—quite literally—when you venture to Tivoli Gardens. An amusement park located in the center of town, Tivoli Gardens also has history: the postcard-ready pleasure garden has been operating since 1843. Prebook park admission for skip-the-line privileges, or explore Tivoli with a guided tour. Because Tivoli Gardens doesn’t close its doors until after dark, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to go for repeat rides on its thrilling roller coasters. Should you want a late-night nibble or tipple, take a quick stroll from Tivoli to Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District, Kødbyen, where trendy bars and restaurants line Flæsketorvet Square.

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The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour

The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour

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Dip into the trendy food and restaurant scene of the Danish capital on this half-day Copenhagen food and walking tour. With a guide, learn about the city’s burgeoning reputation for fresh, light and seasonal cuisine made using natural produce, and seek out the locals’ favorite eateries, shops and markets. Food samples vary on each tour depending on the season, but expect to enjoy goodies that will pretty much make up a full meal, from artisanal cheeses to open sandwiches, organic hot dogs, apple wine and delicious craft beers.
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Red Sightseeing Copenhagen Hop-on Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

Red Sightseeing Copenhagen Hop-on Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

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Explore Copenhagen's most important landmarks aboard an open-air, double-decker bus during this hop-on hop-off tour. Disembark at attractions like Amalienborg, Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, and Tivoli Gardens. Spend as much or as little time as you like at each stop and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the city on the way. Listen to the audio tour in 10 different languages for engaging commentary on Copenhagen's history and culture.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Grand Tour & Tivoli

The Grand Tour & Tivoli

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See the spectacular sights of Copenhagen from the city’s picturesque canals on a 1-hour water cruise of the Danish capital that includes priority access to the Tivoli Gardens. Climb aboard your sightseeing boat and set sail on the winding waterways of the city; glide past the iconic The Little Mermaid statue and gaze at the regal resplendence of Amalienborg Palace as you pass. Capture photographs of the quaint Christianshavn district and then head to the immensely entertaining Tivoli park to make the most of your skip-the-line ticket. Ride on exhilarating roller coasters and gentle carousels and absorb the festive atmosphere of the carnival.
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