Copenhagen, the capitol of Denmark, is one of the most colorful and quaint cities you may ever visit. While it has its own charm and is more than worth spending a few days in the city, there are amazing destinations within close proximity to this canal-filled and historic land. In fact, there are many easy day trips from Copenhagen. Some you may have known of, and others I’m sure you didn’t.
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Day Trips from Copenhagen
Assuming you don’t want to spend your days hanging out in the “green light district” of Christiania, then you may want to get away from Central Copenhagen, if even for a couple hours. These five easy day trips from Copenhagen are sure to feel like you’re being transported to another world and time.
Malmo, a coastal city in southern Sweden, is just a 35 minute train ride from Copenhagen. Trains at Copenhagen Central Station depart every 20 minutes to take you to this Swedish gem. You can also get a train directly to Malmo from Copenhagen’s airport. Take your pick.
If you’re like me and love getting more than one passport stamp in a trip, then there’s no reason to pass up on scratching Sweden off your bucket list.
Things to Do in Malmo
Because Malmo is considered to be one of the easy day trips from Copenhagen, you can take your time and do things like opt for a walking tour. This 3 hour small group walking tour will will take you around Malmo and show you popular parks, historic buildings, and give you insight into the history of the city.
Sightseeing Boat Tour
When I’m feeling lazy I love to take boat tours around a new city. Hell, I love boat tours around my own city. The Rundan Sightseeing Boat Tour is just 50 minutes long and will allow you to see Malmo from another angle. Many of us are familiar with the canals of cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, but the Swedes know a thing or two about canals too.
Explore Denmark & Sweden in One Tour
I don’t know about you but I’d much rather be chauffeured to Sweden rather than figure out the trains on my own. Maybe you prefer a 2 in 1 tour that takes you around both Sweden and Denmark. It’s a little pricier than other tours in the area and that’s because it takes you further, for longer. This tour is 6 hours and the mode of transportation is a luxury minivan.
Kronborg Castle dates back to the 1420s and officially became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. While it’s quite possible to see several castles in one day trip, like on this 6.5 hour tour, you may want to separate them into different day trips.
Kronborg is located in Helsingør, Denmark and was originally built as a stronghold because of the prime location. It being a stronghold means that it was designed by the military to defend against warfare. Because much of it was destroyed in a 1629 fire, King Christian IV had it rebuilt and it is now what you see today.
Kastrup is actually a suburb of Copenhagen, so it doesn’t require you to go too far. It only takes about 20 minutes via train to get to Kastrup from Copenhagen Central Station. You could probably waste time and take the slow and scenic route while driving or going for a really long walk. This area is worth a visit because of the things to do there.
Things to Do in Kastrup
Visit the Aquarium
The Kastrup Aquarium is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture you may ever lay your eyes on. It’s sleek and abstract although when I look it at, it reminds me of a wave, which is quite apropos.
This public aquarium contains 450 species and 20,000 animals total. How amazing is that?
Like some other popular aquariums around the world, you can wander through tunnels that make you feel like your in the water with the sharks and other ocean life. Even if you don’t have kids, I recommend giving it a visit.
Take a Sea Bath
I personally recommend visiting the Kastrup Sea Baths for photographic purposes. However, if you consider yourself to be a psychopath and want to take a plunge in the water, then here’s your chance! The Kastrup Sea Baths are a great place to swim with protection against the wind. You can also get great views of both Saltholm Island and Sweden. There are changing rooms, showers, lockers, and even 5 meter diving boards.
Here’s a great tour that allows you to visit the royal castles of Frederiksborg, Kronborg, and Roskilde in just 8.5 hours.
Frederiksborg Castle is one of the more popular ones that you’ll hear people speak of. Built in the 17th century as a royal palace for King Christian IV, this castle can be found in Hillerød, Denmark. Hillerød can be reached in about 30 minutes from Copenhagen so it’s quite possible to just drive up on your own and make a day of it.
Similar to Kronborg, Frederiksborg was originally destroyed in a fire in 1859. The royal residence that you’ll see today was reconstructed based on old plans and paintings. It currently holds the title of largest renaissance residence in all of Scandinavia.
20 minutes from Central Copenhagen, and 30 minutes via train from Copenhagen Central Station, is Dragør, a town in Amager, Denmark. This fishing port was founded in the 12th century and caught my attention because of it’s age. I’ve seen many fishing villages all over the world but none quite like Dragør.
If you decide to visit, make sure to stop by the museums located in the harbor. There you can learn about the towns history and special traditions prior to enjoying one of the many restaurants and cafes located along the waterfront.
There are several art galleries and shops located on the waterfront as well. This is the perfect place to shop for small souvenirs and trinkets that won’t resemble the identically manufactured bits and bobs your friends may purchase in Copenhagen. I’m all for one-upping someone in the “sentimental gift” department.