What to Pack for Copenhagen?

Packing right for the varied weather and activities of Copenhagen is a challenge.

The capital of Denmark is a vibrant and modern city – and is surprisingly walkable.

My latest ‘pack for’ guide combines the highlights, alongside an overview of exactly what to put in your suitcase for that Copenhagen city break.

My Copenhagen Highlights

The number of activities and sites of interest in Copenhagen surprised me. There is so much to do on a short weekend break, that I already have a return in mind in a couple of years’ time.

Here are the highlights to tick off your list:

Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park:

Tivoli Gardens is smack in the middle of the city – like a Copenhagen version of Central Park.

It is one of the oldest operating amusement parks in the world. There is more to Tivoli Gardens than just the rides. You’ll find green spaces, food options (modern and traditional), and entertainment. It’s particularly magical at night when illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights.

Find out more at their official site.

Little Mermaid Statue

The Little Mermaid Statue:

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, this iconic bronze statue located at the Langelinie promenade is one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions.

While you’ll want to tick this one off your list, keep in mind that the Mermaid itself is kind of small. Oh, and depending on when you visit, the queue for a picture can be long!

Nyhavn Harbour Area:

Nyhavn is known for its colourful 17th and early 18th-century townhouses and historical wooden ships. This is a bustling area with a range of bars, cafes, and restaurants.

While it’s a big of a tourist trap, I’d still recommend a stop here. The scenery is stunning and sitting at a café on a sunny day in Nyhavn is not to be missed.

Christiansborg Palace:

Located on the islet of Slotsholmen, Christiansborg Palace houses the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State.

Parts of the palace are also used by the Royal Family for various functions and events. For history buffs, this site matches up to Buckingham Palace and other historical sites.

Bars in Copenhagen

Freetown Christiania:

Christiania is a commune, with separate governance and lifestyles to the rest of Copenhagen. It is also close to the centre of the city. You’ll find vibrant murals, crafts and get to catch a glimpse of the resident’s alternative ways of life.

There are rules to follow – it’s important to respect the privacy while you visit.

The National Museum of Denmark:

This museum offers an outstanding exhibition on Danish history and culture through the ages. Exhibits cover the Viking Age, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and more Modern Danish History.

Rosenborg Castle:

Built in the early 17th century by King Christian IV, this renaissance castle is home to the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia. The surrounding King’s Garden is a popular recreational spot for locals and tourists alike.

The Round Tower (Rundetaarn):

This 17th-century tower offers panoramic views of Copenhagen. It’s also an architectural marvel, featuring a unique spiral ramp instead of stairs leading to the top.

Boat Copenhagen

Boat Tours of Copenhagen’s Canals:

Taking a boat tour is a fantastic way to see the city from a different perspective. You’ll get views of Copenhagen’s key attractions. Sights include the opera house, the Black Diamond Library, and the Amalienborg Palace.

SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark:

Art lovers should take the time to visit the SMK. This museum houses the largest collection of Danish art anywhere – along with works from around the world, spanning seven centuries.

What to Pack for a Trip to Copenhagen?

Packing for a trip to Copenhagen, you’ll want to consider the city’s weather, its blend of outdoor and indoor attractions, and its stylish yet casual atmosphere.

Here are some essentials to include in your suitcase:

Weather-Appropriate Clothing:

To say the weather is ‘variable’ in Copenhagen would be an understatement… here is my rough guideline for the different seasons:

  • Summer (June-August): Light clothing, sunglasses, and a sunhat. However, evenings can be cool, so bring a light jacket or jumper.
  • Autumn (September-November): Layer your clothing, including light jumpers, scarves, and a waterproof jacket, as the weather can be unpredictable with rain and wind.
  • Winter (December-February): Warm clothes, including a heavy coat, thermal layers, gloves, a hat, and a scarf. Waterproof boots with good traction are also a must due to snow and slush.
  • Spring (March-May): Similar to autumn, with layered clothing and a waterproof jacket, as you can experience a mix of rain and sunny days.

Comfortable Footwear: Regardless of the season, you’ll likely do a lot of walking. Waterproof shoes are a good idea year-round due to the rain.

Umbrella: Weather in Copenhagen can be quite variable, with a chance of rain throughout the year.

Daypack: For carrying your essentials while exploring the city, including a water bottle, camera, and any souvenirs you might pick up along the way. I’d go with the smart Samsonite Roader backpacks – though your taste may vary.

Power Adapter: Denmark uses the European Plug (Type C) and the Danish plug (Type K), with a standard voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50 Hz.

Water Bottle: Copenhagen has excellent tap water, and carrying a water bottle can help you stay hydrated while reducing plastic use.

Sun Protection: For the summer months, don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, and possibly a hat to protect against the sun.

Cash and Cards: While Denmark is very card-friendly and uses the Danish Krone (not the Euro), it’s always good to have a small amount of cash on hand.

Phrasebook or Translation App: English is widely spoken, but having access to Danish phrases will always get a smile from the locals…


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