The best day trips from Copenhagen

Frederiksborg-Castle

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark has a lot to offer for both tourists and the locals. However, if you have the opportunity to plan for a few day trips outside Copenhagen there are several attractions and adventures to explore in this beautiful country.

Here you can find a list of some amazing day tours outside Copenhagen for your next trip.

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6 Fantastic day trips from Copenhagen

1. Experience the Open Air Museum in Lyngby

Open-Air-Museum

Just 15 km outside Copenhagen you will find one of the biggest and oldest open-air museums in the world. At The Open Air Museum (Frilandsmuseet) in Lyngby, you will get to experience 86 acres of land filled with farms, houses, animals, and mils from the period 1650-1940.

You can walk around on your own or you can get a guided tour and hear more about the agricultural traditions from old times. If you wish you have the opportunity to taste some traditional Danish food from the 20th century.

The easiest way to get there with public transport is by taking the S-train line E to Sorgenfri station. From there it is only a 10-minute walk to the museum.

2. Visit Kronborg Castle

old-cannons-at-the-Kronborg-castle

One of the most famous castles in Denmark is without a doubt, Kronborg Castle. Every day they offer guided tours around the castle and down in the casemates.

The caste is best known from Willam Shakespeare’s drama of Hamlet, which unfolds in the chambers of Kronborg Castle. From June until the end of August visitors can experience Hamlet Live. Here you will be giving a walking tour and meet some of Hamlet’s friends and enemies along the way.

The castle is located just a 50 minutes drive outside of Copenhagen. If you don’t have a car, you can catch a train to Elsinore station. From here it is just a 10 minutes walk to the castle. 

Tickets: January 2019 – May 2019 & Septemper 2019 – December 2019

Adults: DKK 95, Children under 18: free

June 2019 – August 2019 

Adults: DKK 145, Children under 18: free

Alternatively, you can book a guided tour that visits both Kronborg and Frederiksborg castles in a day- find here more info. 

3. Malmø – A Day Trip To Another Country

old-town-Malmo

From Copenhagen, you can get to Sweden in under an hour and visit one of the major cities, Malmø. Connecting Denmark and Sweden is the big Øresund Bridge, which you will have to cross either by car or train. Just remember your passport!

In Malmø you have plenty of opportunities. You can stroll down the many beautiful streets and adore the stunning architecture, or visit Ribersborgs Kalbadhus. It is an outdoor bathing establishment, where you can have spa treatments and delicious food in charming, historic surroundings that take you 100 years back in time.

A-side-street-in-Malmo

Also, remember to include a visit to the Malmø Saluhall food market, where you will find small boutiques, stalls, and cafes.

You can catch a train from Copenhagen Central Station to Malmø. The trains depart every 20 minutes and the journey only takes 35 minutes.

Alternatively you can book a guided tour that visits both Lund and Malmö, click here for more information. 

4. Visit Dragør – The Old Town

Old-city-Dragor

Dragør Old Town has located just 12 km from Copenhagen ́s City Centre. Here you will find a mixture of beautiful nature with fields and forests, as well as museums, restaurants and shopping opportunities.

In the center of Dragør Old Town, you will get to experience the historical, narrow streets, and the low, charming houses build back in the 1700s and 1800s. You can walk around the town by yourself, or you can join one of the many guided tours which will provide you with further information about the old town.

Old narrow street in Dragor

Furthermore, remember to enjoy the water at the harbor. You can embrace the view while eating at one of the local cafes or restaurants. In the main street, you will find art galleries, gift shops, and delicious food boutiques.

Throughout the year there are several events that take place in Dragør. Everything from food markets, art festivals, music festivals, flea markets, etc.

The best way to get to Dragør with public transport from Copenhagen is by taking the metro to Copenhagen Airport. From the airport, you can catch bus 35 to “DR Byen Station / Dragør Station Square”.

5. Plan a Trip To BonBon-Land

bon-bon-land Denmark

If you are in Copenhagen with your family it is definitely worth including a day trip to BonBon-Land. It is a fun theme park located just outside Næstved, 80km from Copenhagen.

In BonBon-Land you will find amusements and rides for everyone. Both adults, big and small kids, and even toddlers. With your entry tickets, you also get access to the indoor playground called Fantasy Land. it is a 10,000m2 park with fun for everybody.

BonBon-Land also offers a variety of restaurants, ice cream shops, and gift shops. Throughout the opening season, there will also be different events. You can check out the events calender here.

If you have a car it will take around 1 hour to get there. If you are using public transport, the best way to get to BonBon-Land is to take the regional train from Copenhagen Central Station heading to Næstved. The train stops at Holme Olstrup Station. Here you can walk to the theme park in just 5 minutes.

6. Visit Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg-Castle

Frederiksborg Castle is a breathtaking Renaissance castle, located in Hillerød. It was built by the Danish King Christian IV in the 17th century. The Castle is established on 3 islets, which makes the surrounding even more beautiful.

The place is known for the fascinating and magnificent baroque garden filled with historical flowers, cascades and the royal monograms done in boxwood. In the landscaped garden you will find the small Bath House Castle and a small cafe which is open during the summer.

Park-and-Palace-Frederiksborg-Slot

Inside the castle, you can experience incredible, cultural attractions for both adults and children. You can get guided tours and even boat trips at Castle Lake.

Getting to the castle with public transport is not a problem. You can take the S-train line A to Hillerød station. This will take approximately 40 minutes from Copenhagen. From Hillerød Station it is only a short walk (1.5 km) to the castle. 

Tickets: Adults: DKK 75, Children (6 -15 years) DKK 20

Alternatively, you can book a guided tour that visits both Kronborg and Frederiksborg castles in a day- find here more info. 

I hope you enjoy this list of day trips from Copenhagen. With the excellent public transport system in Denmark, it is really easy to get to wherever you want. So start planning your next trip and go explore new, charming and interesting places outside the capital of Denmark.

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