How to Spend a Weekend in Copenhagen

Know before you go:

Copenhagen is a city that is clean, efficient and easy to navigate. The city is home to some fantastic museums, food and culture that are distinctive from those of many other European cities. In just a weekend in Copenhagen, you will be able to see many of the major sights. It is also a great starting point for a longer trip to Scandinavia. Make sure to check the weather, as it gets very cold in the late fall and winter and the sun sets early in the evening.

Where to Stay:

Although Copenhagen can be expensive, it is easy to find a nice and clean hotel near the city center. You can also look at Generator Hostel near Nyhavn, but be sure to check the prices of other hotels nearby as well because you may be able to get better deals. Check out the Phoenix Copenhagen. This four star hotel is in the center of the city and is walking distance from Amalienborg Palace and Nyhavn.

Museums and sites to visit:

The Little Mermaid Statue: This small landmark is in homage to Hans Christian Anderson’s "The Little Mermaid." Overall, the statue is small and a little underwhelming. Schedule some time to go take a picture there, but other than that there is nothing to do at the statue. Try to go on a weekday if you can because tour groups flock here in huge buses on the weekends.

Christiansborg Palace: This palace and government building is located in the center of Copenhagen. It is the seat of the Danish Parliament and contains officers of the Prime Minister and Supreme Court of Denmark. The current Danish monarch uses several wings of the palace.

Amalienborg Palace: Amalienborg is composed of four identical buildings. There is a museum located in part of the palace where you can gain insight into Danish royal life.

Canal Tour: A canal tour is a great way to see the city. The tours leave near Nyhavn, the colorful houses, and last for about an hour. The boat will take you all around the city and there is an English-speaking guide who will provide you with a brief description of the sites you pass.

Christiania: This is a unique self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood in Copenhagen. It has a unique status with the city and is governed by special laws. There is an open cannabis trade, which means you can buy marijuana here.

Church of our Saviour: This is a beautiful and historic church. You can climb to the top and take in a beautiful view of Copenhagen.

Rosenborg Castle: Christian IV originally built this castle in 1606. You can tour large portions of the castle and also see the Danish crown jewels.

Nyhavn: This is the canal area with the famous colorful houses. There are tons of restaurants lining the canal and if the weather is nice, it is a great place to sit outside and have a meal. The canal tours leave from here as well.

Where to eat:

The Bagel Co: It can be very difficult to find good bagels in Europe. These are fairly close to traditional New York bagels and you can get your bagel topped with several types of cream cheese, vegetables and smoked salmon. They also serve various coffee drinks. 

Green Sushi: Green Sushi is a sustainable sushi restaurant located in the heart of Copenhagen. They fly in fish daily, meaning the fish here is always fresh.

Glass Market (Torvehallerne): This market is home to vendors selling everything from gourmet chocolate and pastries to fresh fish and meat. Make your way here to sample some of Copenhagen’s most delicious food items. 

Paper Island: This huge indoor market is home to a variety of food and drink stalls. Grab your food and head outside to eat by the fire overlooking the canal.

Biomio: Biomio is a fantastic organic restaurant. Be sure to make reservations because their tables fill up fast. 

Mother: Mother is a great Italian restaurant in the Meatpacking district specializing in authentic Napoli style pizza. They import much of their produce directly from Italy and have their fresh mozzarella made daily in Copenhagen. 

Tight: Tight is a modern European restaurant housed in a 19th century building. They have a diverse menu including burgers, BBQ ribs, fish, soups and salads. 


Kulorbar: This club and bar is frequented by students studying abroad in Copenhagen.