There are plenty of lovely cities to visit during a weekend in Europe, but Copenhagen should probably be at the top of your bucket list. Often ranked as one of the happiest cities in the world, it is a very easy city to visit during a weekend since you can pretty much walk everywhere, and we would recommend spending three days there as it is the perfect amount of time to see it all. Besides, cycling is very popular in Copenhagen and it is a great way to get around, but be careful since it might be very busy at rush hour, which could make cycling a little more stressful. An emblem of the Nordic capitals, Copenhagen is probably one of the most laid-back of them all, and offers many iconic sights that you definitely shouldn't miss, as well as delightful culinary experiences. So make sure not to miss anything in this charming city by following our guide to visiting it for a weekend.
When you land in Copenhagen, you will find there are plenty of things to do and probably won't be short of ideas for the first things to visit, but that's why we should get organized. Once you're settled in your hotel and had a nice breakfast in one the city's lovely cafés, get ready to see some of the most beautiful sights - start with the iconic Nyhavn canal, with its colorful townhouses and its lovely quayside where you'll be able to enjoy a drink in one of the pretty terrace. Being there, you'll be able to enjoy the rest of your day with a nice walk on the harbourside, and see many famous parts of the city such as the Royal Palace of Amalienborg, which is home of the Danish royal family, the Kastellet fortress, a unique place and one of the best preserved in Europe, the monumental Gefion Fountain, and the incredibly famous Little Mermaid. You can also get on a boat tour in order to admire the city from a different perspective, then spend your evening at renowned restaurant Høst, which features gourmet Nordic cuisine, and keep on with one of the best bars in the city. There is actually so much choice that you won't struggle to find something you like - try some cocktails at the famous Ruby bar, experience the craft beer scene at Ørsted Ølbar, or even head to Andy's Bar if you really feel like drinking the night away since it closes at 5am!
After a good night resting, it is time for a tasty breakfast, and where better to have that than at the lovely Torvehallerne market? The perfect place for foodies, it will offer you plenty of options to try local food and coffee with anything from fresh bread, cheeses and smoked meat, but also make sure to have the iconic smørrebrød, which is an open faced sandwich made of rye bread, pieces of meat or fish, and cheese. Then keep on visiting the city and get magnificent views of Copenhagen from the the 34.8 meter high Round Tower, before wandering through the picturesque Amagertorv square, admiring the beautiful Stork Fountain and trying some delicious local food such as Danish hotdogs pølse, sausages, crispy pork as well as pork meatballs. In the afternoon, make sure to explore Slotsholmen island in the Danish harbor, where you will find Christiansborg royal Palace, then head to the island of Christianshavn where you can enjoy the hip café culture and try some delicious cheesecake. In the evening, make sure to have a stroll through the lively Vesterbro neighborhood before reaching the Meatpacking District, where you can have dinner at the amazing Kødbyens Fiskebar, which offers some incredible seafood. Finish the night in one of the city's best bars such as Jazzhus Montmartre if you want to enjoy some jazz music, to VesterVovVov cinema if you want to catch an independent movie, or to the iconic Opera House if you want to catch a show.
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Your last day in the capital city should be enjoyed at its fullest, and we have plenty of recommendations for you to make the most of it. You can start with a brunch in one of the most lively neighborhoods such as Nørrebro, then take in the cultural impact of the city wandering through Assistens Cemetery, where famous writer Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kirkegaard are buried. Then pick one of the city's best restaurants for lunch, such as Selma and make sure to try the local craft beer Mikkeller. In the end, spend the afternoon taking in the history of the city with a visit to Rosenborg Castle, which is now a museum but used to be inhabited by King Christian IV. Look at the beautiful furnishings and enjoy the lovely gardens which include a beautiful rose garden, and before you leave and have to go back to the airport, make sure to soak up the great atmosphere of the old town, while not getting late for your flight.