The 10 Best Experiences in Copenhagen

Nyhavns 17th-century waterfront is colorful at dusk
Nyhavn's 17th-century waterfront is colorful at dusk | ©Inge Johnsson / Alamy
Isabella Rose Celeste

Exploring a city for the first time can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. But taking part in curated experiences can give you a head start on making your trip as memorable as possible. Learn more about Copenhagen with Culture trip’s selection of the best experiences.

1. Bread & Pastry Class

Bakery, Danish

Baker baking bread. Learn the techniques for mixing, kneading, proving and shaping the different types of dough
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From their signature rye and sourdough bread to their sweet pastries, Copenhagen is a city of culinary delight, and what better way to learn about Danish cuisine than by taking part in it? This four-hour long baking class invites you to bake your own bread and pastry with the help of a professional chef who guides you through the session. Taking place a few minutes away from popular neighbourhood Nyhavn, you’ll finish the class by having a classic Danish breakfast which will include your own creation. All recipes are given to participants, allowing you to recreate the food in the comfort of your own kitchen.

2. Cooking Class

Restaurant, Danish

Enjoy an evening of learning and exploring the Danish and Nordic kitchen
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Danish cuisine has been celebrated all over the world, thanks to restaurants like Noma that have put Copenhagen on the map. In this four-hour-long cooking class, you’ll learn to prepare a three-course meal, with guidance from the head chef throughout. After the hands-on class, you’ll enjoy your meal with a glass of wine. In addition to dinner, guests will have access to hot beverages and snacks.

3. Copenhagen Pub Crawl

Pub, Danish

Denmark; Close-up of beer taps in bar Take in cozy pubs and trendy cosmopolitan bars to wild nightclubs on this pub crawl of pleasure.
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Copenhagen has a vibrant nightlife that should be explored when visiting the Danish capital. Home of Carlsberg, one of the most famous beers in the world, Copenhagen has an array of bars, pubs and nightclubs that give tourists a glimpse into Danish culture. This three-hour pub crawl invites groups to experience Copenhagen’s nightlife scene by visiting different venues in the city.

4. Specialty Coffee brewing session

Coffee Shop, Danish

Barista pours over coffee in funnel. Baristas hand hold metal kettle with boiling water Immerse yourself like a local and learn about the city’s thriving coffee scene
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Copenhagen has a thriving coffee scene, with specialty coffee shops and favoured cafes often having lines around the block on weekends for a cup of the good stuff. If you consider yourself a coffee aficionado, take the time out of your travels to enjoy this one-hour coffee tasting session, with your dedicated barista instructor explaining the difference between three hand-brewed cups of coffee and their origin. The session, which takes place near Copenhagen Central Station, is a great way to have a cultural experience in the Danish capital.

5. A Scavenger Walk at the Cemetery


Hans Christian Andersen grave at Assistens Cemetery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Hans Christian Anderson, the National Treasure of Denmark needs your help in this interactive self-guided scavenger hunt in Assistens Cemetery. Armed with a book, a set of instructions and a pen, bring your friends and fellow travellers together with this fun and interactive game that lets you explore one of Copenhagen’s most prized cultural spots. The two to three hours self-guided walk takes place in a cemetery, where you’ll immerse yourself in history, learning about Nørrebro and all its secrets.

6. Copenhagen: 1-Hour Escape Room


Copenhagen Escape Enjoy 60 minutes locked in a madmans basement. Do you have what it takes to escape before he returns?
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Does spending 60 minutes locked in a madman’s basement sound like a nightmare or a challenge readily accepted? If the answer is the latter, why not add an adrenaline rush to your Copenhagen trip? Armed with logic and a cool demeanour under pressure, you’ll solve tasks that require cooperation and quick thinking together with your friends and family. The thrilling one-hour experience takes place near Amalienborg, the residency of the Danish Royal family.

7. Little Mermaid Exploration Game & Tour

Historical Landmark

Statue of the Mermaid in Langelinie, Copenhagen, Denmark
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There are many ways to explore Copenhagen. If the standard walking tour is not your cup of tea, this Little Mermaid Exploration Game & Tour might just be. Embark on a journey that takes you around Copenhagen, bringing you to iconic and hidden landmarks such as The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson’s house, the Witch House and Amalienborg. With one clue leading to another, this is a magical way to see Copenhagen and learn about the city’s extensive history. With no rush, you’ll discover the beauty of the city at your own pace with the help of in-app directions leading you along the way.

8. Bike Rental and Danish Coffee

Historical Landmark

Crossroads in Copenhagen Denmark as a cyclist waits to cross. Denmark is a cycle friendly nation with an extensive network of cycle routes nationwide.
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What word resonates more with Copenhagen than bikes? With a host of cultural, historical and culinary opportunities at your fingertips, the bike and coffee session lets you pack into your trip three times as much as you would if you were on foot. Pick up your bike in the popular neighbourhood of Nørrebro and see some of the city’s best sights at your own pace. Don’t forget to fuel up with a free coffee in a local coffee shop before you hit the bike lanes.

9. Copenhagen by night – Photography Tour

Architectural Landmark

Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark. Enjoy a special perspective on Copenhagen when you explore after dark.
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Some cities are more magical by night and Copenhagen is one of those cities. For this photography tour, you’ll meet your instructor in the city centre, who will teach you everything you need to know about aperture, ISO, composition and much more. The personal photography session hosts small groups only and is designed to allow you to get the most out of the tour. Don’t forget your camera and a tripod!

10. Learn To Make Danish Smørrebrød

Cafe, Danish

SMORG Discover the art of the Danish Smørrebrød and learn to create the best sandwiches in the world
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The Danish smørrebord – an open sandwich and Nordic tradition – is made up of rye bread and topped with various ingredients like herbs, vegetables and salad. Dating back to the 19th century, the sandwich was once a traditional lunch prepared with the previous night’s leftovers. Taking place above a bar close to Nyhavn neighbourhood, the cultural cooking class is a four-hour long class that can be enjoyed by a maximum group of 18 participants.

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