3 days in Copenhagen is a great amount of time to get a taste of what this bustling city has to offer. While its impossible to see it all, you sure can make a good dent in the to-do list. As with all great cities, the more you manage to see, the longer the list seems to get, always leaving you wanting more.
Over your three days you’ll be able to experience the culture of the city through its many museums and galleries, fun activities, shopping expeditions, not to mention the countless restaurants and bars. You’ll get to see some of the most iconic sights that Copenhagen is known for like Nyhavn and Tivoli Gardens. You’ll get a photo with the Little Mermaid and explore the trendy Paper Island. There are fantastic views to be seen from the top of the Round Tower and the Church of Our Saviour.
The gift of more time means you’ll also have a chance to go a little off the beaten track and visit the incredible Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. This museum is found in the suburbs of Copenhagen and has stunning views over to neighbouring Sweden. With 3 days in Copenhagen, here’s what you shouldn’t miss.
What you should not miss if you spend 3 days in Copenhagen
See Copenhagen from up high
If you love a good view, heights, or both then there are plenty of opportunities to get some stunning views of Copenhagen from up high. Walk your way up the spiral ramp of the Round Tower and get sweeping views over the whole city from the top. Then there’s the spiral staircase at the Church of our Saviour. Finally, adventure lovers can jump on the hot air balloon ride at Tivoli for a unique Copenhagen experience.
Taste some of the world’s best food
Copenhagen has a fantastic reputation amongst foodies and it’s easy to see why. The city is home to some amazing food markets, 16 Michelin star restaurants and countless other trendy, local, high-end or budget-friendly restaurants to try. No matter your taste, follow our recommendations for the best food spots in Copenhagen to make the most of your time in this foodie city.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Finally, if you have three days in Copenhagen then you should definitely spend at least half a day to go and see the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It takes just over half an hour to reach it by train, but it means you not only get to see the incredible museum, you can see a whole new side of Copenhagen that you wouldn’t otherwise experience.
Day one in Copenhagen
Recommended things to do and see on your first day in Copenhagen
Start your first day in Copenhagen with a visit to the most iconic location in the city – Nyhavn. It’s the old harbour that’s filled with colourful, old townhouses on one side and tall sailing boats on the other. We suggest going early to miss the crowds! After that, you may even find time to explore some of the neighbouring sights like the Little Mermaid and Strøget.
Since you’re already on the canal, indulge in a little tour of Copenhagen from the water. There are a few different boat tours to choose from and they all come in to Nyhavn. You’ll get a tour of Copenhagen’s canals and visit some iconic landmarkts like the Little Mermaid and Amalienborg Palace. You can make the best of the warm breeze during the summer months, or retreat to the indoor heated cabin in the winter.
In the evening, head to Copenhagen’s Round Tower, or Rundetaarn. Inside you’ll uncover a spiralling ramp that swerves up to the top of the 17th century tower. Once used as an astronomical observatory, the equastrian ramp was desgined to allow a horse and carriage to reach the library at the top. Today it’s where you’ll find one of the best views of the city.
Day two in Copenhagen
Recommended things to do and see on your second day in Copenhagen
On your second day in Copenhagen, make your way towards Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. This museum is a bit away from the city centre, but the 35-minute journey is definitely worth it. When you arrive, you’ll discover a little oasis. The museum has been built with some amazing architectural design and the sweeping views over the water to Sweden are second-to-none.
Not only is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art a joy to visit for, well, the modern art. The stunning venue itself will mean you never want to leave. After exploring the museum, head over the the museum café where you’ll have a choice of a bigger sit-down lunch or some light snacks. On a nice day, make yourself comfortable outside and soak up those incredible views before jumping on the train to get back to central Copenhagen.
After a long day at the museum, head to the trendy area of Vesterbro for dinner. Here you’ll find a huge choice of restaurants, with something for every palate. The old meatpacking district is particularly well-known for its food, bars and nightlife, making it the perfect place to settle into for the evening. Try some great craft beers at War Pigs or grab an organic sourdough pizza from mother.
Day three in Copenhagen
Recommended things to do and see on your third day in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is home to some seriously delicious breakfast spots! Grød is in the heart of Nørrebro and was opened as the world’s first porridge bar. Treat yourself to some hot porridge oozing with caramel sauce, or go for something healthier, like a chia bowl. It’s the perfect way to start your third and last day in this marvelous city.
With a full stomach, it’s time to discover the city by bicycle! Copenhagen is an incredibly bicycle-friendly city and there are plenty of dedicated cycling lanes. You can either hire one of the bikes parked along the streets. They’re incredibly easy to use and you can simply ‘lock’ them wherever you leave them. If you’re worried about getting lost, try going on a bike tour.
It’s your last evening in Copenhagen. Perhaps you feel like splurging on dinner at one of the city’s top Michelin-star restaurants. Luckily, you have 16 to choose from. There’s the former world number 1 restaurant Noma, which has recently reopened in a new location. Some other local favourites include Geranium, AOC and Kadeau. Be sure to book ahead of time though as you’ll need a reservation.