48 hours in Copenhagen

Experience Copenhagen over 3 days and make the most of it by following this itinerary for 48 hours in Copenhagen.
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The 3 days in Copenhagen itinerary

Want to get the most out of your quick weekend getaway to Copenhagen? Copenhagen has plenty to offer but you don’t necessarily need more than 2 days to capture the essence. With the 48 hours in Copenhagen itinerary you will experience the main sights and attractions – and explore the local vibes and quirky sides of Copenhagen. Enjoy!

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Copenhagen itinerary
Best of Copenhagen in 48 hours

Itinerary day 1: Arrive and treat yourself to a night out in Vesterbro

Afternoon: arrive and check in

Upon arrival at the airport, jump on the metro or train and head into the city. The M2 will take you to Amager, Central Copenhagen or Frederiksberg, while the train will take you to Central Station in Vesterbro, Nørreport and Østerport.

Check into your hotel or Airbnb, explore the neighborhood if you have time – and get dressed for a laid back – yet festive – night in Meatpacking District. Your Copenhagen itinerary starts now!

Meatpacking District Vesterbro
Rough and wonderful Meatpacking District in Vesterbro

7 pm: wine and dine

In case you are walking to Meatpacking District you will get a glimpse of Vesterbro, one of Copenhagen’s coolest neighborhoods. The place to stay if you’re looking for nightlife, local vibes and want to stay in close proximity to the city center.

Check out BioMio for organic food treasures, go to Gorilla if you want to add awesome cocktails to your funky and fabulous tasting menu, try KUL for a prime culinary experience – or indulge in classic French food and wine at Paté Paté. Traveling on a budget? No problem! Try out Chicky Grill, Bollyfood, Mother or Magasasa.

Restaurant KUL a culinary experience in Meatpacking District

10 pm: Have a drink… or more

Perhaps you prefer a good cocktail, made with love and exquisite liquors. In that case check out Gorilla or NOHO.

The 20-something crowds may prefer classics such as Jolene, Mesteren & Lærlingen and Bakken.


Return to your hotel or Airbnb. All metro lines run all night.

Central Copenhagen
Towers of Copenhagen Photo Thomas Rousing

Itinerary day 2: Explore Copenhagen’s must sees by bike

9 am: Rise and shine

If breakfast is not included in your stay, head out and grab a bruch at Mad og Kaffe, which can be found in Vesterbro, Amager, Frederiksberg and Nørrebro – there’s literally something for everyone. Other great options are Wulff & Konstali in Islands Brygge, Sidecar in Nørrebro, Union Kitchen and Far’s Dreng in Central Copenhagen.

11 pm: Grab your bike

If you want to make the most of your trip to Copenhagen – and you obviously do – you need to rent a bicycle. Download the Donkey app and grab a bike or keep and eye out for the white ‘Bycyklen’ anywhere around the city. If you want to blend in with a more authentic bicycle, stop by the local bike shop.

Once you get your bike, ride in the direction of the royal palace, Amalienborg.

Copenhagen by bike
Want to blend in Rent a bike and explore Copenhagen like a local Photo iamcopenhagencom

12 pm: Get touristy

Don’t be late for the guard shift at Amalienborg, which takes place at 12 pm. Beware that you won’t be the only one there so get there early if you can.

After checking out the guards doing their thing, go to Marmorkirken (Marble Church) across from Amalienborg and from there ride your bike down Bredgade, pass the Gefion Fountain and go the The Little Mermaid at Langelinje. Catch a glimpse of the little copper statue and head to Nyhavn.

Guard shift at Amalienborg
Enter the fairytale at Amalienborg at 12 pm Photo Ange Loron

1 pm: Lunch time

If you want to try the traditional smørrebrød (open rye sandwich), stay in Nyhavn. Otherwise you can cross the bridge from Nyhavn to Christianshavn and have lunch at Broens Street Food.

2 pm: Pit stop at Christiania

Ride your bike through Christianshavn in the direction of Freetown Christiania, park your bike and take a stroll through the colorful neighborhood. Take a quick walk through Pusher Street and explore the side streets before heading back to your bike.

3 pm: Continue the journey to Refshaleøen

Jump on the bike and pedal through the island of Holmen and all the way to Refshaleøen. This is where you will find Copenhagen’s biggest street food market, Reffen, but it’s not just food… Reffen is a popular chill out zone during the summer and so is the little gem of La Banchina. Stay for as long as you feel like before riding back to your hotel.

Does your Copenhagen itinerary day 2 feel too packed?

Too much too fast? If you’re not up for the long bike ride, you can consider skipping the visit to Christiania and instead take the harbor bus from Nyhavn to Refshaleøen.

Enjoy the good life at Refshaleøen

6 pm: A night out in Tivoli

Tivoli is one of Copenhagen’s biggest attractions and the old amusement park from 1843 is still a joy. Arrive in time to take a stroll through the park, enjoy fine dining at Gemyse or Fru Nimb, traditional Danish dishes at Brdr. Price or grab something light at Tivoli Food Hall. Watch the park light up and see the fireworks on Saturdays.


Return to hotel or have a drink at Trio in Axel Tower – or continue to Nybrogade and Gammel Strand for a variety of cocktails and nightlife.

Tivoli Copenhagen
Tivoli amusement park from 1843 attracts all ages Photo Malin Poppy

Itinerary day 3: A walk in the park

9 am: Wake up, check out, get out

Wake up, pack your bags and check out from hotel or Airbnb.

10 am: A quick bite

Time is running out so grab a quick bite in a coffee shop before continuing to Rosenborg Castle.

11 am: Follow the footsteps of the kings at Rosenborg Castle

This might not be the biggest castle Denmark has to offer but it offers great stories and 400 years of royal history. Not least: this is where you can see the crown jewels. After a visit at the castle, take a stroll in Kings Garden – or even better: Botanical Gardens, just across the street.

1 pm: Lunch at Torvehallerne

Torvehallerne is a mix of the traditional market place and a street food market. Enjoy lunch – maybe a little food adventure around the market place – and soak up the last Copenhagen sunrays before heading to the airport or train station.

Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg once a summer residence for the royal family today home of the crown jewels Photo Kim Wyon

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