Best 3 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary for First Time Travel
As you’ll notice from the tips throughout, this Copenhagen itinerary is intentionally written for the first time Copenhagen solo traveler and/or older traveler (I am over 50 and have been traveling solo FOREVER). Yet, anyone can use this Copenhagen itinerary it to plan and book a 3 day trip to Copenhagen.
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- All You Need for This 3 Day Copenhagen Itinerary
- The Copenhagen Card
- The Ultimate Copenhagen Travel Guide
- 5 MUST DOs in Copenhagen VIDEO
- 3 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary
All You Need for This 3 Day Copenhagen Itinerary
Here are all of the sites you need to successfully book these perfect 3 days in Copenhagen. I even give you my suggested Copenhagen hotel as a wonderful, sustainable and budget friendly option for Copenhagen solo travel. There is also a second city center location, however, my suggested location is closer to the central train station.
I recommend you bookmark and use these sites early to lock in your Copenhagen 3 day travel itinerary and get the best Copenhagen travel deals.
The Copenhagen Card
I suggest getting the Copenhagen Card when you visit Copenhagen in 3 days because it could save you time and money, especially if your your solo trip to Copenhagen is during peak season.
The Copenhagen Card, not only covers unlimited public transportation (including to and from the Copenhagen Airport), but it also provides entry to over 80 Copenhagen attractions, discounts on tours, cruises, restaurants, and more. Purchase a card for 24, 48, or 72 hours (up to 96 and 120 hours if you’re staying longer than three days in Copenhagen).
I was pleased with my Copenhagen City Card. Read the details of the card benefits before you purchase.
Get Your Copenhagen Card to Save Time and Money
The Ultimate Copenhagen Travel Guide
Don’t forget to use the Ultimate Copenhagen Travel Guide to plan your 3 days in Copenhagen Denmark. It is the ultimate one-stop-shop guide for all you need to know to plan Copenhagen solo travel with:
- Best Time to Visit Copenhagen
- Getting to Copenhagen
- How to Get Around Copenhagen
- Copenhagen Solo Travel Safety
- What to Pack for Copenhagen
- Best Places to Stay in Copenhagen
- Best Things to See and Do in Copenhagen
- Copenhagen Dining, Nightlife and Shopping
- Best Booking Sites for Copenhagen Travel
- Top Copenhagen Budget and Ecotourism Travel Tips
If you’re a first-time traveler to Denmark, also use my Denmark Travel Guide full of tips on culture, entry requirements, currency, tipping, using electronics, safety, and a lot more.
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Book Your Flight to Copenhagen Early to Save Money
5 MUST DOs in Copenhagen VIDEO
Yes, you will get to do all of these must do in Copenhagen activities in this 3 days in Copenhagen itinerary. After watching the Copenhagen video and start packing your bags to Copenhagen.
Ways to Do Copenhagen MUST DOs
3 Days in Copenhagen Itinerary
This Copenhagen itinerary provides some of best things to do in Copenhagen alone in 3 days, both indoors and out. Copenhagen is a beautiful city and is optimal when visiting during warmer, clear weather. However, do not let weather deter you from the top Copenhagen sights. Just dress accordingly and take advantage of the multiple museums, shops, restaurants and bars.
Use this 3-day Copenhagen itinerary and you’ll be constantly moving to see and do as much as possible in Copenhagen’s city centre in 3 days on your solo travel in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen 3 Day Itinerary Tips
- This itinerary assumes staying in the vicinity of my suggested Copenhagen hotel as a reference point. However, any city center hotel within in the ‘Best Area to Stay’ of the Copenhagen Travel Guide also works. Just allow some extra time for walking.
- This itinerary starts on day of arrival to Copenhagen assuming hotel check in (or checking bags) early for a start no later than noon.
- Travel in the shoulder season for good weather and daylight hours, less tourists, and lower costs.
- This Copenhagen itinerary is covered by walking. Even through Copenhagen is flat, you’ll be walking on a lot of concrete and cobblestones. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Renting a bike in Copenhagen is not mandatory for this itinerary, however, it could save time between attractions, which may allow for you to add more to this itinerary if you wish.
- Dress in layers to allow for changes in weather.
Day 1 – Rosenborg, Round Tower & Strøget
Morning / Noon
Leaving your Copenhagen city center hotel, you’ll start your exploration of the city center with the Rosenborg Castle. On the way, stop to grab a bite at the Torvehallerne, an outdoor market full of vendors for fresh food, sandwiches, pastries, etc. Or grab a Pølser (think hot dog) at any one of the Pølser stands in the city center.
After lunch visit the Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Castle), as seen on the featured image, a renaissance-era castle that houses the crown jewels. Take time to stroll the Kongens Have (Kings Garden). This a beautiful setting in Copenhagen.
Next, head to the Rundetårn (Round Tower), a mere 15-20 minute walk. Go up the 17th century astronomical observatory via its circular “staircase” for lovely city views.
Hungry again? Make your way to the famous pedestrian street, Strøget, to stroll its shops and restaurants. You have plenty of dining choices here. Meander and observe street performers. There is also live music to found here. Don’t forget to spot the Storkespringvandet (Stork Fountain) in the center of Strøget.
Stay in the Strøget as long as you like, or if you prefer to be closer to your hotel, another great dining and music option is Green Island on the Copenhagen harbor. Another lovely setting for drinks and live music.
Day 1 Copenhagen Activities
Entry to the Rosenborg Castle and Round Tower are free with the Copenhagen Card.
Day 2 – Palaces, Nyhavn & Cruise
Grab breakfast your hotel early for another full day in Copenhagen.
Walk north along the Bølgen afslapningsanlæg, the riverfront boardwalk and park, and take in the views of Christianhavn across the harbor.
Tour the Denmark royal residence with vast halls and one-of-a-kind tapestries, the royal kitchen, and stables with carriages. The tower is also open to the public and has a restaurant.
Leaving the castle, walk north towards Frederik’s Church and catch a glimpse of distinct spire atop Børsen the 17th century old stock exchange.
Not long after you should reach Frederiks Kirke (Frederik’s Church), also known as The Marble Church. This 18th century Lutheran church, free to enter, is worth a peek inside, trust me.
After marveling at the church for a bit, you’re just a short stroll to the Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish royal family.
You’ll want to try to be at the Amalienborg Palace in time to get a good viewing sport for the changing of the royal guard that starts promptly at noon. Then stroll around the palace grounds and Frederik VIII’s Palace grounds. All of this is free.
Then walk south near the water towards Nyhavn (New Harbor) for a late lunch. You can’t miss this iconic harbor and its colorful buildings with restaurants that seem to stretch forever along the water.
Take your time to spend a few hours here. Try a Smørrebrød, a traditional open faced sandwich on rye bread topped with meats, cheeses, and garnishes. Wash it down with a cold beer and get in some people watching. Take in some shopping in the area if you wish.
Refreshed, make your way to one of the highlights of your Copenhagen 3 day tour: a grand tour of the Copehagen harbor and canals. This is a must do in Copenhagen. Copenhagen canal tours are 1 hour and leave from multiple locations: Nyhavn and Gammel Strand and Ved Stranden.
If you are using the Copenhagen Card, you must depart from Ved Stranden. Booking your spot ahead of time is not possible.
The canal cruise is the best way to view Copenhagen. You will not forget the city’s colorful history that rivals the colorful city itself. From the tour you’ll also be able to see the following, which is ideal as you’ll only have 3 days in Copenhagen:
- Cirkelbroen (Five Circles Pedestrian Bridge in Christianhavn
- Copenhagen Opera House – National opera house of Denmark on the island of Holmen
- The Little Mermaid statue – 1913 national symbol of Denmark
- The unique spired Our Saviour’s Church
Your canal tour should end in time so you can walk back to your hotel and freshen up before dinner (or simply keep wandering the city). More outdoor dining opportunities and live music are close by the Fredericksholms Kanal should you wish to explore this area.
Day 2 Copenhagen Activities
Day 3 – Museums, Landmarks & Tivoli
Take your time getting up and enjoying your European breakfast in your hotel before conquering your last full day in Copenhagen.
After breakfast, make a short walk to Museum of Copenhagen. I found this museum fascinating. The exhibits are unique and creative. You learn much about Copenhagen from this museum.
Head back to Frederiksholms Kanal area and stroll where you have not been already. Again, it’s also a great place to dine outside for lunch, especially if the weather is nice.
Copenhagen Tourist Tip
Many museums may be closed on Monday. Check the day and hours of operation in advance to align for your 3 days in Copenhagen.
Also check for possible tourist attraction closures due to Covid. For example, Tivoli Gardens is currently closed but is to reopen on March 31, 2023 (as of time of writing).
Next up is the Københavns Rådhus (Copenhagen City Hall). Built in 1905, it lines one side of the spacious Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square) with its Dragespringvandet (Dragon Fountain). The Hans Christian Andersen statue is also there.
The Town Hall clock tower is open to the public if you’re up to climbing the 300 steps. It’s another opportunity for views of Copenhagen. Note, this is only available to do Monday through Friday at 11 am and 2 pm, and Saturday at noon. Town Hall tours are also available.
After you climbed the tower, take a short walk to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (“Glyptoteket”) to leisurely soak in some amazing art.
Once you’ve had your fill, had back to the hotel and take a break, because you’re going to need it. Tonight is for celebrating your last night in Copenhagen, and this has to be done at Tivoli Gardens.
Tivoli Gardens has it all: games, rides, live music, restaurants, bars… Will not believe how much this park packs in within Copenhagen’s city center. The only way to see is it at night lit up in all of its glory.
For dinner, try the “national dish of Denmark”: Stegt flæsk med persillesovs, crispy pork, potatoes, and parsley sauce with more delicious Danish beer. Check the entertainment line up in advance to see what music is playing. Ride the rides.
Tivoli Gardens is another must do in Copenhagen. You can spend hours here, trust me. Best yet, it’s really close to your hotel so walking back late a night is a breeze.
Day 3 Copenhagen Activities
Yep, you guessed it. Your day 3 in Copenhagen museum entries, the Town Hall clock tower, and entry to Tivoli Gardens was all covered on the Copenhagen Card! I trust you’ll enjoy your 3 days in Copenhagen.
Get Your Copenhagen Card to Save Time and Money
If you don’t want to use the Copenhagen Card, you are welcome to purchase Copenhagen entry and excursion tickets individually.
Here is a recap of some of the top Copenhagen activities in this itinerary, plus some other top things to do in Copenhagen, that you could add if you have time or want to switch a Copenhagen activity should it fit your 3 days in Copenhagen.
Best Things to Do in Copenhagen in 3 Days
Day 4 – Copenhagen Itinerary Option
If you can, I highly recommend stretching your 3 days in Copenhagen to 4 Days in Copenhagen.
As you can tell from above, three days is enough time to experience many Copenhagen top sights. Four days in Copenhagen, however, allows for a day trip to Kronborg Castle from Copenhagen, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This massive Renaissance castle and stronghold in the town of Helsingør (also spelled Elsinore) and is infamous as the setting for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Helsingør is a 45 minute train ride from Copenhagen and multiple trains leave the central station daily. It is an easy walk to the castle from the Helsingør station.
You have two options for touring Kronborg Castle and Helsingør: go by yourself or take a group tour.
If you don’t want to go alone, a day trip tour to Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle and Roskilde is a wonderful option meet people while seeing more of Denmark solo.
Top Day Trips from Copenhagen
Touring Krongborg Castle alone is doable if you are doing Copenhagen budget travel.
Copenhagen Budget Travel Tip
Trains leave Copenhagen Central Station approximately every 15 minutes. The train ride is 45 minutes each way.
If you traveling during peak season, it is highly recommended to get to your Kronborg Castle ticket in advance for first available entry of the day, and arrive well before your entry time to avoid spending time in line.
After touring the castle, walk the grounds and see if you can spy Sweden across the water. Don’t miss spending time in the quaint town of Helsingør for lunch and visiting shops before you catch the train to Copenhagen.
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