A Guide to 24 hours in Copenhagen, Denmark

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

In June, 2017 I went on my first ever solo trip.. to Iceland and Denmark. I wish had more time to spend in Copenhagen but this trip was going to be all about the magical landscapes of Iceland.


Nevertheless, I was still determined to make the most of my quick layover in Copenhagen. One of my former colleagues was Danish, so she had wonderful suggestions as well.

If you have been following me for a while, you know I’m not big on cities but this place was special for so many reasons. Maybe because it was my first solo trip or maybe because it's the first time I saw sun shine at 11 p.m. in the evening (thank you, midnight sun).. or maybe it was just the energy and vibe of this place. Either way, since then this has been one of my all time favorite cities.


P.S. If you remember from my Iceland post, I lost all of my photos from the camera so all I have are few images from my phone.

The Street at 10 p.m.

Places you can't miss:

Nyhavn

Amalienborg Palace

Little Mermaid Statue

Round Tower

Street shopping street - street food and cute streets

Christianshavn City Hall Square (Radhuspladsen)

Tivoli Gardens Norrebro district Kodyen

Best time to visit

I went in the summer - the days were long and absolutely mind blowing. It was my first time experiencing the midnight sun and boy, what fun it was. I recommend going in June. This was the ONE place I did not mind the crowds. It was part of the charm.

Flights and Visa

I flew Qatar airways from Dubai. You already know I love this airlines. Schengen Visa needed to enter Denmark

Language

Danish is the official language but most people are fluent in English as well.. at least in the capital.

Travel and Medical Insurance, Currency

Highly recommended. Medical insurance is mandatory when you apply for a Schengen Visa.

Where I stayed

I decided to stay at the Generator Hostel. Neat bathrooms and (tiny) shared rooms. I knew I wasn't going to spend a lot of time inside so this was alright for me.. the biggest selling point for me was the location. It's literally 5 minutes from the train station and Nyhavn. The breakfast options were generous and fresh.

Cost and getting around

Since I mostly stayed in the city, I walked the entire day. It was easy and convenient. Like most places in Europe, you can also bike around. The train stations are super conveniently located. I used the train to get to the hostel from the airport (and back).


Safety

Had no issues with safety. Definitely one of the safest destinations for solo travel.

Food

There were a lot of vegan and vegetarian options at the Seven Eleven and in most restaurants. I tried the local vegan hot dog.. topped with a whole bunch of delicious danish things.

What to pack

Summers are long, so if you are looking to get some sleep, pack an eye mask. A light jacket for the morning and evening. Good walking shoes (you will be doing a lot of it)

Itinerary: All set to explore the former cultural capital of Europe.


My first stop was Nyhavn. I wanted to beat the crowd, so I went around 8 and had an hour until the crowds started pouring in. I just loved this place.. a stretch of canal and pedestrian street which was both stunning and buzzing. I went here on a bright sunny day in June and the place was overrun with people around noon; just being merry and carefree.