Best Day Trips From Copenhagen That Make For A Perfect Getaway

By Ketki Hanamshet on Dec 18, 2018
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Copenhagen is a treasure mine of places to visit and things to do. Visit the capital city of Denmark and there is no dearth of attractions. Right from museums that give you a glimpse of Copenhagen’s history, art, and culture, to castles that take you back in royal times, you will find it all here. Not to forget are its restaurants that serve world class cuisines and the clubs giving you taste of the best nightlife. The surroundings of Copenhagen are equally exciting. Surrounded by castles, museums, quaint villages, and a lot more, these places make for the best day trips from Copenhagen. Read on and you will know the places that you must visit to enjoy one-day trips from Copenhagen.  

1. Helsingør - For the Kronborg Castle and the Maritime Museum of Denmark

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Helsingør is one of the most popular port city for day trips from Copenhagen amongst tourists. Located about 49 kilometers away from the city center of Copenhagen, it hardly takes an hour to reach Helsingør if you are driving. You may also take the train which is available after every 20 minutes from the Copenhagen Central Station to Helsingør. The port city is known to house the famous Kronborg Castle which was used as the fictitious home of Hamlet by Shakespeare. Overlooking the calming blue waters, this 16th-century majestic palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other attractions that are must-visit in Helsingør include the Maritime Museum of Denmark and Danish Museum of Science and Technology.

2. Dragør - For the thatched cottages and a walk down the cobbled streets

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Who would have guessed that a pretty little village is nestled just about 15-20 minutes away from Copenhagen? Located some 14 kilometers away from the city center, you also have the option of catching a train leaving every 15 minutes to Dragør from the Copenhagen Central Station. But, the best mode of transport is cycling to reach the lovely fishing village. Walking along the cobbled streets of Dragør, you would meet picturesque sights of thatched cottages. A hub of music and arts festivals during summer, Dragør is home to a beautiful harbor dotted with restaurants and cafes.

3. Hillerød - For the royal Frederiksborg Castle

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Hillerød may be home just to the Frederiksborg Castle, but the royal residence is worth taking a day trip from Copenhagen. Driving from the city center, you will be able to reach Hillerød in about 30-45 minutes. There is also a train from the Copenhagen Central Station, available after every 10 minutes. Once you step in Hillerød, it is all about admiring the magnificent 17th-century Fredriksborg Castle. Known to be the largest Renaissance residence in Scandinavia, the castle also has lovely gardens in the Baroque style. A guided private half-day tour of the Frederiksborg Castle will let you know the Danish history of 400 years.

4. Malmö - For the Malmö Castle, the Turning Torso, and the iconic Øresund Bridge

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With Malmö, you get to visit a city in Sweden from Copenhagen and travel along the spectacular Øresund Bridge. Traveling by train, you will be able to pass along the Øresund Bridge which is the longest rail and road combined bridge in Europe. You may also drive along the bridge and reach the city of Malmö in about 45-60 minutes. Reaching the city, you must visit the major attractions in Malmö such as the Turning Torso which is the tallest building in Scandinavia and the Malmö Castle which dates back to the 1530s. You will find other great things to do in Malmö, Sweden here.

5. Roskilde - For the Viking Ship Museum and the grand Roskilde Cathedral

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For those interested in viewing ship wreckages, the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is a fascinating spectacle. Displayed in the hall, you will not only get to see 5 Viking ships that were recovered but also get to understand the maritime life during the prehistoric and medieval eras. Standing tall at a height of 258 meters, the Roskilde Cathedral will also leave you stunned. Displaying a lovely mix of the Gothic and Romanesque style of architecture, this imposing cathedral dates back to the 12th century. Roskilde is located around 35 kilometers from Copenhagen and driving from the city center, you will be able to reach Roskilde within 30-45 minutes. A train, available every 8 minutes later, also runs between the Copenhagen Central Station and Roskilde. 

Once you are done visiting the best places in Copenhagen, you may consider exploring its surroundings. With the right amount of time in hand, the above-mentioned places are your best bets to enjoy Copenhagen day trips. Besides these, you may also consider visiting The Cliffs of Møn, Odense, the Lyngby Open-Air Museum, the Bakken Amusement Park, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and the Den Blå Planet (National Aquarium Denmark).

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