10 Best Day Trips From Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark is known for its colorful and diverse neighborhoods, as well as its support to sustainable living. Charming and storybook-like with its old architecture and winding alleyways, it is a haven for those who love to explore on foot or by cycling.

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The city may already have most that first time or returning visitor would ever need but its great transport system also encourages to explore the sights beyond the capital.

From the lush countryside to an ancient Viking town, charming castles that include one that inspired Shakespeare, to medieval towns in as far as Sweden — there’s plenty to visit while you’re in Denmark’s capital. Here are some of the best day trips from Copenhagen, Denmark that should be part of your itinerary.

10 Best Day Trips from Copenhagen

1. Roskilde

Roskilde in copenhagen

From the Copenhagen central station, it only takes half an hour to reach Roskilde, a walkable town where you can walk to most of its attractions in under ten minutes.

Filled with many historic buildings and stunning architecture, you wouldn’t help but stop at each attraction to admire the intricate details. Walk Around its Stændertorvet Square in the town center and admire the surrounding historic brick buildings.

Check out the Baroque style Yellow Palace not too far away, or the Cathedral of St. Luke which is a UNESCO World Heritage. This one is an impressive Gothic building made of bricks, and known as the final resting place of many Danish kings and queens.

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2. Frederiksborg Palace

Frederiksborg Palace

Easily reached by car or train is a fascinating day tour from Copenhagen to the stunning Frederiksborg Castle. Located in Denmark’s North Zealand, this is where you’ll find the Museum of National History.

A tour of the castle also introduces you to one of its former residents, the flamboyant King Christian IV’s history.

You can wander through the Coronation Chapel, or stroll through the pretty French Baroque gardens. The Fredensborg Castle also serves as the Danish royal family’s summer residence.

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3. Kronborg, Hamlet’s Castle

Kronborg, Hamlet’s Castle

Predating Shakespeare and the inspiration for his function Elsinore, a visit to Kronborg Castle is one of the best day trips from Copenhagen. It is situated at the head of the Øresund Sound since 1420 in Helsingør and used to be an important European town.

The Kronborg we see today was from the reconstruction in 1640 after the 1629 fire. It is now a‪ UNESCO World Heritage Site‬, and some of its attractions are the Castle Chapel‬ and its Renaissance interior, the tapestries in the West Wing and the ‪Knights Hall‬.

If you’re visiting during summer, you just might catch a staging of Hamlet right here in the very place that inspired the play’s setting, the majestic Kronborg Castle.

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4. Lund, Sweden

‬ Lund Cathedral

Ever heard about the ancient city of Lund? It is located in neighboring Sweden, which is easily accessible via the ‪Øresund Bridge, making it an ideal day trip from Copenhagen. It’s a fascinating place with structures that dates back to at least three centuries ago, so a walk among its streets is like a journey back in time.

Be sure to visit the Romanesque ‪11th century‬ Lund Cathedral, then check out the streets behind it lived with houses from the 1700s. Lund itself dates back to the 10th century and used to be part of Denmark.

It is also home to one of the oldest Scandinavian universities: Lund University which was founded in the 1600s. Be sure to look around the gorgeous train station when you arrive here, as well as the university’s picturesque library.

There’s also the open-air museum that takes you back to what Kund looked like in the medieval era, a definite must-visit.

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5. Malmö, Sweden

øresund bridge sweden and denmark

Go on a storybook-like day trip from Copenhagen to the picturesque Malmö, a city in Sweden that is easily reached via the spectacular Øresund Bridge. It’s an easy day excursion that takes you to another country and back within a day.

Here, you get to explore this lovely historic town’s neighborhoods like Stora Torget‬ and ‪Lilla Torget with their quaint cafés, restaurants, and shops. Malmö is also home to the stunning ‪Malmöhus Castle‬, which is the oldest preserved Renaissance castle in the region.

Visit Malmö Museums to learn more about its history and technology, or even do a submarine tour. Have a lunch or snack picnic in the pretty gardens of Slottsparken, or stop by the‬ Moderna Museet Malmö. ‬

Another must-see is the Turning Torso building‬, which is 190 meters high with a 90-degree twist from base to top, a splendid creation by architect Santiago Calatrava.

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6. Safaripark

Safaripark

A fun day trip from Copenhagen awaits at Knuthenborg, where you get to enjoy a respite from the city hustle and interact with a variety of animals. The Safaripark is a massive space where various animal species roam free in huge enclosures, and where human visitors get a chance to see them up close.

You get to drive through the area where the likes of monkeys, tigers, and wolves roam around. There are 11 zones featuring all sorts of animals from around the world.

You can slowly drive through most of them and animals will come up to you curiously, and there are also areas where you can bond with certain species like a walk among them or play. There’s also a dinosaur area to explore, a Congo Splash Park and a massive playground area.

7. The Blue Planet – National Aquarium of Denmark

National Aquarium of Denmark

A quick train ride from Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv station takes you to the massive Den Blå Planet or The Blue Planet, which is Northern Europe’s largest aquarium.

This lace is surrounded by water and boasts of 50 aquariums and exhibits, divided into wings designed like a vortex. This is a must if you’re looking for a fun day trip from Copenhagen.

Some of the best aquariums in The Blue Planet are the magical Amazonas, ‬the colorful‪ Coral Reef‬ , and the enormous ‪Ocean Tank‬, which is filled with four million liters of seawater, where you’ll see hammerhead sharks, moray eels, and other fascinating ocean creatures.

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8. Copenhagen: Must-See Untold Stories Tour

Jewels Rosenborg Castle

Visiting Copenhagen and exploring its sights on your own is definitely fun and exciting. But how about joining a tour where you’ll get to see and learn more about the Danish capital’s best attractions as well as fascinating stories about them?

One of the best Copenhagen day tours you’ll experience, this one takes you through the must-see sights and unmissable landmarks, all steeped in history and legend.

Visit the home to Denmark’s Crown Jewels Rosenborg Castle, which also houses one of the most impressive Venetian glass collections in the world.

Admire the Copenhagen Cathedral, a survivor of many wars and fires, the sad but heroic WWII stories at the Maritime, the oldest still working observatory in Europe known as the Round Tower and the brilliantly preserved Kastellet fortress.

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9. Copenhagen Culinary Tour

How about half a day of walking around the Danish capital, while learning about its fascinating culture and tasting authentic food?

This Copenhagen day tour is a must for anyone visiting the city, as it takes you through four hours of savoring the best that Copenhagen has to offer while hearing bits and pieces of interesting facts about their culture and history.

In this exciting and delicious walking tour, you’ll find out why this city is home to Noma, the best restaurant in the world as well as the best chef. You’ll also learn why Nordic cuisine is said to be among the most innovative in recent times.

During the tour, you’ll have your fill of stories and trivia as well as a variety of cheeses and meats, the local favorite open-faced sandwiches as well as liqueurs, spirits, and wine. For dessert, there’s going to be samplings of candies, chocolates, and toffees. This is a great way to experience and explore Copenhagen that’s not to be missed.

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10. Forest Tower

Forest Tower

Travel time from København (Copenhagen) to Rønnede, Denmark takes only 70 minutes, to a place called Camp Adventure, a new attraction hailed by TIME magazine as among the 100 best places to visit in the world.

This one if a kind Copenhagen day trip takes you on exciting nature experience. There’s a 1.2-kilometer hike on a wooded path, tucked underneath trees that leads to the forest tower. This unique ‘wooden skyscraper’.

The climb up takes another 900 meters where you’ll walk on top of trees via a specially designed wood path until you reach the 45-meter tall observation tower.

Situated amidst one if Denmark’s most scenic forested areas, this unique adventure provides unparalleled views over the colorful canola fields as well as lush surrounding areas.

This is an excursion designed to provide locals and tourists alike with another way to experience nature just over an hour away from the bustling city capital.

 

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