Although Copenhagen offers a wide range of sightseeing, activities and nightlife, leaving the city for a few hours is not a bad idea at all. After all, a walk in nature or an excursion to a neighboring city is a refreshing break from Copenhagen’s hustle and bustle. Check out the list below and organize the day trip that suits you best.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Only 35 minutes by train from Copenhagen Central Station you’ll find Louisiana Museum. The museum of modern art offers a great cultural experience to its guests with 3500 internationally renowned works, unique exhibitions and special workshops. The ticket costs DKK125 (US$18) for adults but there are special offers for students and children. What makes Louisiana Museum special, apart from its unique exhibitions, is its location. With a view over the Øresund strait to the coast of Sweden, Louisiana is the perfect choice for a sunny day. Enjoy the spectacular scenery while tasting a delicious meal from the museum’s restaurant.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl Strandvej 13, Humlebæk, Denmark, +45 49 19 07 19
Explore the castle that inspired Shakespeare to write the worldwide popular drama Hamlet and roam around the hidden attics with experienced guides narrating stories from the 17th century, revealing the kings’ and queens’ most intimate secrets. Kronborg Castle is just 30 minutes away from Louisiana Museum, so with an early morning start you can catch both in one go. This day trip is ideal for art lovers that wish to travel through time. From Renaissance castles to pop-art paintings and interactive installations, this trip has it all.
Kronborg Castle, Kronborg 2C, Helsingør, Denmark, +45 49 21 30 78
Jægersborg Dyrehaven and Bakken amusement park
Catch the train from Copenhagen Central Station and in 30 minutes you’ll be passing the gates of an Unesco World Heritage Site. Dyrehaven is a vast forest park where approximately 2100 deers live in the wild. Somewhere among the hills and oak trees you’ll spot Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park. With six roller coasters, one of which that has been operating since 1932, Bakken is a top destination for locals when the sun shines bright. If all the excitement gives you the munchies, you’ll be able to sate your hunger at various street vendors selling typical Danish delicacies as well as restaurants of all price ranges. Tip: don’t forget your camera.
Jægersborg Dyrehaven, Klampenborg, Denmark, +45 39 97 39 00
Dyrhavsbakke, Dyrehavevej 62, Klampenborg, Denmark, +45 39 63 35 44
It’s widely known that Denmark is the country where the very first Lego toy was made back in 1932. For those whose childhood memories are full of colorful Lego bricks, a day-long excursion to Legoland is a must-do. The amusement park is located at Billund and guests can get there by train or the bus that stops just outside the amusement park. The trip lasts approximately three hours but a visit to the 4D cinema or a canoe ride through Legosland’s waterfalls will certainly compensate you.
Legoland, Nordmarksvej 9, Billund, Denmark, +45 733 313 33
Odense, the birth town of Hans Christian Andersen and Carl Nielsen, is one of the most picturesque cities in Denmark and is well worth a visit. Approximately 1.5 hours by train, it’s an ideal destination for a day trip. An early departure will allow you to be back just in time for a night out in the city. Visit Han Christian Andersen’s childhood house or the Carl Nielsen Museum and explore the Munke Mose Park. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee at Smagløse Café or try out the local cuisine at Flammen. In case an overnight stay is part of your plans, make sure to check out Viggos Cafe for an early drink or Boogie Dance Cafe if you feel like dancing your heart out.
Den Smagløse Café, Vindegade 57, Odense C, Denmark, +45 66 12 75 66
Have a taste of the Swedish architecture with only a one-hour train ride from Copenhagen. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and one of the greatest destinations for those who want to get the most out of their visit to Scandinavia. The journey is anything but boring since you have to cross Øresund Bridge in order to reach Malmö. Once you get there, visit the Moderna Museet Malmo and discover the city’s famous beaches or walk along the famous pedestrian street Sodergatan. When you’re done window-shopping, head towards Lilla Torg Square where many restaurants and bars stay open from morning ’til late at night.