Copenhagen in 24 Hours

by Amanda Palumbo
Stripes Europe

From its humble beginnings as a small Viking fishing village in the 10th century to the sprawling gorgeous city it is today, Denmark’s capital should earn a spot on your travel bucket list. Scandinavia's city by the bay has something for every type of traveler.

Morning

When you leave Copenhagen’s airport, a good first stop is Vor Frelsers Kirke, Danish for Church of our Savior, a quick 15-minute tram ride away. Dating back to the 1600s, the Baroque Luthern-Protestant church has a unique helix spire with a winding golden staircase. Bring a bottle of water because you're going to get a workout climbing up all 400 of those stairs to the top of the tower. Once there, you will see breathtaking views of the city.

If the weather is nice, stroll over to the Butterfly 3-way Bridge to the Inderhavnsbroen, a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that spans the entire harbor. This is Nyhavn, or New Harbor, the 16th century narrow canal where wooden boats are still used today and rainbow-colored homes line each side. There are more than enough restaurants and cafes to grab lunch and admire the beautiful area.


The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

Afternoon

Work off that delicious Danish lunch by taking a walk along the harbor to Den Lille Havfrue, The Little Mermaid statue. The more than 100-year-old bronze sculpture is a tribute to Hans Christian Anderson’s famous fairytale. It’s also one of the most photographed landmarks in Denmark.

The tram can take you to the place featured on many Danish stamps and currency, Rosenborg Castle. Tour 400 years worth of Scandinavian history, including seeing Denmark’s crown jewels.

From a castle to a palace, a quick walk brings you to Christiansborg Palace. The palace is home to Denmark’s Supreme Court, prime minister and parliament. A palace tour shows you where Danish royalty entertains guests from around the world.


Tivoli Gardens | Photo by Sean Pavone

Evening

Denmark is gorgeous at night and one place lit up to perfection is Tivoli Gardens. The world’s second-oldest amusement park isn’t just rides and carnival games. There are bars, restaurants, concerts, massive gardens and water fountains along with an aquarium. There will be something for every member of the family.

Copenhagen is a fine destination any time of the year. Whether you’re cooling off during its mild summers or hitting up the Christmas markets during the holidays, it’s a prime location just a hop, skip and a jump from most of Europe.

Tip: Copenhagen is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe. You can even rent one with a GPS tablet to navigate around the city.

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