Tried and True Things to Do This Summer in Copenhagen
FROM BIKING TO BOATING TO SWIMMING AT THE BEACH
(Originally posted May 2016, updated June 2021)
Summer in Copenhagen. It’s amazing here. And we earned it. It was dark, dank and cold in December. But now, the Danish summer days are long. Full of that Nordic light we all so craved over winter. At midsummer’s peak, celebrated on the 23rd of June with the annual Sankt Hans Aften festivities, the sun shines 17.5 hours in Copenhagen. The swing feels radical in contrast to the average 7 hours of daylight back in December. But it’s summer now in Denmark, or sommer in Danish. And there is so much to love about summer in Copenhagen.
The trees lining many streets are once more lush and verdant. Flowers bloom everywhere. At the end of May, the air is lavish with lilacs and vining roses. Roses that drape around doorways of those charming, colorful old houses all over town. The sun glints off the water and everywhere people are out soaking it up. Faces to the sun. When it’s out. And lately, it has been out in great quantities. A reminder when planning a summer holiday to Copenhagen, don’t expect perfect weather. There are few places better when it’s blue, blue skies overhead. But, be prepared for some good days and some potential grey days. Remember to bring layers. Even if you turn up during a few of the more lacking days weather-wise, you can absolutely still enjoy this beautiful city and have a great time exploring. So, without further ado, here are my favorite things to do in Copenhagen in the summer, in no particular order.
My Top 10 Danish Summer Experiences in Copenhagen
1 | BOATING IN THE CANALS
Really – you must do this. Copenhagen is a harbor town. It’s in the name. København means merchant’s harbor. There is water everywhere. Seize your inner Viking sailor. You must get out on the water. Especially in the summer. Don’t have a boat? No problem. There are so many options for all budgets to explore the canals and harbor here in Copenhagen.
TAKE A GUIDED CANAL CRUISE
First visit to the Danish capital? I would recommend starting with a canal tour for a great overview of the city’s major sites and layout.
60-minute tour | Adults DKK 50, Children DKK 20
Tours in Danish, English, and German depart regularly during the day from Nyhavn near Heibergsgade, in front of Holmens Kirke, Ofelia Plads, and The Little Mermaid. Note that tours leaving from Holmens Kirke do not enter Nyhavn during the summer months. Check the website to see up-to-date schedules and stops, as weather and canal traffic can impact daily routes.
60-minute Grand Canal Tour | DKK 99 per person or family ticket DKK 289 includes 2 adults and 3 children (6-15 years).
Tours depart regularly from Holmens Canal (near Højbro bridge and Ved Stranden) or at the city end of Nyhavn Canal.
Hop On Hop Off Boat Tour | DKK 109 per person valid for 48 hours. Or combine with Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour for DKK 250 if purchased online. Children 6-15 yrs: Half price. Children 0-5 yrs: Free
NOTE: 2020/2021 – Hop On Hop Off options may be closed or limited due to necessary COVID-19 cleanings.
60 min tour | DKK 200/per person “the Landmarks” tour gives the highlights of the historic city.
180 min tour | DKK 400/per person the “Hidden Gems” tour shows some off-the-beaten-track spots.
Each tour includes a complimentary non-alcoholic drink in the summer is lemonade or water. Wine and Beer is available for purchase – with a maximum of two drinks for each person. Or set up a private tour for DKK 2000 (max 12 peeps.) Departures daily from Ofelia Plads.
Hey Captain was founded by friends cruising the canals with the ambition of creating an intimate and ‘hyggelig’ canal tour. We want to make you feel at home while you get a sense of the city and what life entails here.
We don’t work with a 100% fixed route as we want to give our captains the opportunity to customize the route depending on wishes of our guests on the day, specific events in the harbor, and weather. Please take descriptions below as examples of what a specific tour could look like.
– Hey Captain website
DRIVE YOUR OWN ELECTRIC PICNIC BOAT
Want a little more control over your tour? Or maybe, you’ve been to Copenhagen before and don’t need the speech in four languages. Even better – you live here? Have you ever rented a sustainable electric picnic boat? You can! Highly recommend trying this at least once. So very fun fun!
Friendships – 1st hour | DKK 490 for 8 people, 2 hours | DKK 800
Take the Inner Harbor bicycle and pedestrian bridge from Nyhavn to Christianshavn. Straight back to the right tucked at the end of the channel is the base for Friendships. A quick lesson on driving the blue and white electric boats and you’re off laminated harbor map in hand. Cold drinks are available for purchase on-site.
Get a feel for a few hours out on the canals aboard your own Friendships here:
Go Boat – 1st hour | DKK 499 for up to 8 people, 2 hours | DKK 899
We adore Go Boat and their super charming little electric picnic boats. Book online, rent by the hour. It is popular when the weather is nice, so plan ahead. Pick up your boat from their cool outpost near Islands Brygge right on the canal. We love the slow, cozy Go Boats for their charm, ease, stability, and maneuverability. There is a picnic table in the middle! No time to pack a lunch? Order ahead online and they will fashion a perfect picnic for your group or you can pick up some provisions right on sight.
COPENHAGEN HARBOR BUS IS YOUR BUDGET BOAT OPTION
Need a budget option? Jump on a harbor bus and ride it up and down the canals. For the price of a normal bus or metro ticket, you can cruise the canal and enjoy the views and sunshine on the cheap. Have you rented a bike? No problem – roll it right on.
Harbor Bus – Adults DKK 24 for one trip between 2 zones valid on bus, metro and harbor for 1 hour. If you buy the 24 or 72-hour city passes, you get unlimited public transport access, including train to/fro airport.
READ MORE: EXPLORE COPENHAGEN BY BOAT
2 | BIKING IN THE BREEZE
No summer wish list would be complete that didn’t include biking in Copenhagen. This town is made for it and is regularly voted the most bike-friendly city in the world! It is flat and there are ROADS with their own stoplights here for bikes. Need a quick Danish bike etiquette lesson? Read here. Go with the flow of traffic and learn the hand signals. You should be fine. And don’t worry, many Danes leave the city between weeks 28-30 so there will be less pressure for you if visiting at that time.
Something about warm breezy weather and just biking speaks sommer to me. Perfection. You can rent electric bikes at many depots around the city. They can be heavy and cumbersome if you aren’t used to them. Prefer a regular bicycle, many shops rent cykler (in Danish) by the hour or the day. Check with your hotel, many offer bike rentals as well.
Copenhagen Bikes | Bike rental DKK 125/day. Day runs from 08.00 -17.30. Group tours available too.
Åboulevard 3, 1635 København V
Donkey Republic | 24/7 Bike Rental. DKK 100/day. Find a bike near you and unlock it with your phone. Download the app and rent by the hour or by the day. Added bonus, Donkey bikes are available all over Europe and have electric assist options available.
Take a bike with a basket. Bike to your picnic. Or to a Harbor Pool. Or to a park! Or to drinks on the water… it can ALL be done on a bike here in summer. (Or really anytime here in Copenhagen.)
3 | SWIMMING IN THE HARBOR
This is a such a very Copenhagen thing to do. The city has worked very hard to make sure that the water quality is safe to enjoy and people do all the time. You can jump in really anywhere, but with children, I feel safer utilizing the free public Harbor Baths on the main canal. And by baths – don’t think large men in towels – this is just an open-air swimming pool on the water with lifeguards. The most popular of the baths is located at Islands Brygge which can be quite a scene when the weather is nice. People go to see and be seen hanging out on the lawn. (GoBoat is here, and the Harbor bus drops off nearby, so you can get your canal cruise on AND swim in it!) My kids ignore the masses and LOVE jumping off the huge platform that looks like a ship right into the canal.
Harbor Bath – Havnbadet Islands Brygge
Islands Brygge 14, 2300 Copenhagen S
Season: June 1st – September 30th. (open 24/7)
Lifeguard staffing: 11:00 to 19:00
Don’t like swimming with the masses – try the Fisketorvet Harbor Pool by Fisketorvet Shopping Mall – you can still jump off a slightly lower platform, but there were FAR fewer people there. More geared at lap swimmers and kids who like to jump in and out repeatedly. Works for us!
Harbor Bath – Havnbadet Fisketorvet
Kalvebod Brygge 55, 1560 Copenhagen V
Season: June 1st – September 30th. (open 24/7)
Lifeguard staffing: 11:00 to 19:00
The newest place to take a dip in the harbor is near the Nordhavn Train Station. Not lifeguarded, but roped off with easy exit and entry to the cool clear water, this area is hopping this summer. Right under the Portland Towers, set up your towels on a section of the terraced wood docks here and take a dip. Bonus points for a nearby Original Coffee, Letz Sushi and Pizza cafe.
Nordhavn Public Swimming Area
Sandkaj 35, Nordhavnen, 2150 Copenhagen
No lifeguard. Open all hours.
4 | BASK IN THE SUN AT THE BEACH
Don’t think of beaches when you hear the word Copenhagen? If the sun is shining – everyone in Denmark does. On a warm day, our family particularly loves a beach. The Baltic water temperature becomes much warmer than you would expect due to large sandy shallows, with relatively little tides. The Danish beach is one of my absolute favorite places to picnic in the summer.
The best around Copenhagen? By far. Bellevue Beach in Klampenborg, north of the city. It is gorgeous and worth the effort to get to (just jump on the C train and get off at the Klampenborg stop – go up the hill then turn right and head towards the water). The Bellevue Strand structures here were developed by Danish design superhero Arne Jacobsen. You can’t help but be charmed by the blue and white towers and matching kiosks and volleyball court.
Pick a spot close to the Bellevue Strand & Grill for yummy drinks, snacks and ice cream. Tables, loungers and chairs available to customers. The water is nice here and children can splash and build sandcastles or stalk crabs on the rocks.
If Klampenborg feels too far from town for you try Amager Strandpark with views of the Øresund Bridge and a fun public swim facility right on the water. (TIP: Lock up your bike here.) Kiosks with pølsers and popsicles.
Our go to local hangout is Svanemøllen Strand – because we can cycle there in under 10 minutes and it is perfect for a dip off the boardwalk. Take an instant grill an make an evening out of it. Play a game of football in the sand. You can pick up a DKK 20 disposable grill at most grocery stores during the summer months. Light it up, throw on some grill meats and enjoy the late light and smooth warm water.
Want to know if the water where you’re landed is safe to swim? Denmark has a website and app for that. Head to Badevand.dk and enter København in the drop-down for water quality and sea temperatures around the area on tap.
5 | PICNIC IN THE PARK
Don’t want sand in your sandwich? There is so much beautiful green space in Copenhagen – large parks and gardens where you can enjoy the outdoors and eat al fresco like a regular Dane. Remember those 20 kroner grills? Perfect at the park too.
There are many excellent places to procure picnic provisions – but my favorite has to be Torvehallerne – the Glass Market near Nørreport Station in the middle of town. There is excellent takeaway food as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. A sunny afternoon, early evening at a table outside at Torvehallerne is perfection. Grab a glass of Danish craft beer and the delicious Nordic charcuterie plate from Omegn. Or a duck confit sandwich from Ma Poule or tacos from Hija de Sanchez and enjoy. Delightful. Lots of great take away options to eat there right there or carry to one of the beautiful nearby green spaces to enjoy like…
Botanical Gardens – Botanisk Have – Gothersgade 130, 1353 Copenhagen
The Botanical Garden is a beautiful oasis in the middle of Copenhagen. Meander the beautiful paths, smell the flowers, look for toads on the toadstools. Get inspiration from the test garden or just relax on the lawn. This is another perfect spot for a picnic in the summer while enjoying the flowers. You can bring your Torvehallerne treats here, but no grills are allowed. Food carts and outdoor cafés are available if take away in the grass isn’t your thing. Don’t miss the fresh fruit stand right outside the gates at the corner of Gothersgade and Øster Voldgade. Bright red, shiny, delicious and fresh Danish strawberries and cherries.
Ørstedsparken | Nørre Farimagsgade, 1364 Copenhagen K
This lovely little green oasis in the opposite direction from Torvehallerne. Cross through the always busy and cement Israel Plads to the tree-lined paths ringing the pond that sits in the middle of the city. There is a playground and ping pong table at this end. You can rent paddles and get a coffee, drinks, ice cream and light eats at the adorable Flindt & Ørsted café whose charming terrace might tempt you to tarry after the littles have petered out on the swings. I love the flowers that line the lanes here.
Fælledparken | Edel Sauntes Allé, 2100 København Ø
Much larger than the parks that string along the inner city, we love our nearby Fælledparken in Østerbro. So does the entire city as you will always find people here. Running along the many paths. Playing sports in the shadow of F.C. København’s home stadium Telia Parken. Just relaxing with friends. Picnicking on the grass or at the many public tables available.
There are also several great playgrounds for kids younger or older. You can take a break, set up your picnic and let them run off some steam. Little ones may enjoy the Tårnlegepladsen or “Tower playground” near the corner of Blegdamsvej and Frederik V’s Vej. The slides and climbing equipment here mimics Copenhagen’s iconic architecture. On a warm day with little ones in tow you can take your picnic to the Toddler pool (Fælledparkens Soppesø). Located behind the skatepark near Norre Allé and Edel Sauntes Allé, it is a charming place to cool off. My kids are a little older and enjoy the more physically active play area near Den Franske Plads on the Serridslevvej side. Here there are giant swings, an obstacle course and trampolines as well as small courts for football and basketball. Even if you aren’t a kid, don’t have kids and don’t want to be near kids – Fælledparken is huge enough that you can find a lovely corner that fulfills your Danish summer needs.
Søndermarken | Pile Alle 55, 2000 Frederiksberg
Frederiksberg, an independent township within the borders of Copenhagen is home to beautiful gardens and the Cisterns, an amazing underground art space.
6 | CARRIAGE RIDE IN DYREHAVEN
Just north of Copenhagen in Klampenborg is the royal hunting grounds and nature preserve known as Jægersborg Dyrehaven. Take the C line on the S trains and get off at the Klampenborg train station and head up the hill to the bridge. Here you can hire a horse-drawn carriage to take you to the oldest amusement park in the world – Bakken. Or you can ask them to take you through the enormous preserve up to the Eremitage Slot, the Royal hunting lodge. Here you can see the huge herd of royal deer. Prices vary depending on length of your trip and how many people, but expect to pay between DKK 150-400. Negotiate upfront and be clear what you want to see. Tipping is not common in Denmark. Note: this is the same train stop for Bellevue Beach – you could do both – make a day of it!
7 | HAPPY HOUR AL FRESCO
Literally anywhere by the water. BYOB and pull up a bench along the canal or on the beach. Copenhagen has a very tolerant open container policy which I will admit feels very strange to me, but seems to work here and with the price of a drink out, I appreciate the option. Or try one of the many charming spots right on the water. I love the little kayak bars that skirt Slotsholmen or sit on the super darling canals in Christianshavn. So cute. Not out and about in a boat? But still want to feel part of the canal action? Go to Reffen and the home of Copenhagen Street Food. Yummy drinks and so many good food choices. Or on the opposite side of the canal down near the Kastellet (not far from tourist stop the Little Mermaid) – go to Toldbolden. Drinks are a little spendier here and the stylish crowd reflects it, but the atmosphere is lovely. Nab a lounger and enjoy the people watching on and off the water. In fact there are so many lovely places, I made a whole post dedicated to where to get drinks outside in the city
READ MORE: BEST PLACES TO GET DRINKS OUTSIDE IN COPENHAGEN
8 | PADDLE A SWAN BOAT ON THE LAKES
The lakes sit at the edge of the old town, a man-made division between the historic center and the popular neighborhoods of Vesterbro, Nørrebro and Østerbro nearby. Cafés and bars line the north side of the lakes and it is always a popular place for walkers, runners and bikers. Chill on the famous Dronning Louises Bro and watch the cyclers roll past. Or head down to Kaffesalonen on the Peblinge Sø (lake) and rent one of their swan boats. A giant swan-shaped paddle boat can be rented by the half hour or hour and is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. The swans only fit two people, but larger paddle boats can accommodate up to 7 passengers.
Kaffesalonen Paddle Boat Rental
Peblinge Dossering 6 2200 Copenhagen N
Swan Bicycle for 2 persons costs DKK 100 per ½ hour, DKK 150 per hour. Larger paddle boats for 6 adults cost DKK 200 per ½ hour, DKK 250 for 1 hour. Rentals available from 10:00-21:00 daily.
9 | COOL OFF WITH SOME DANISH ICE CREAM
I scream, you scream, we all scream for is cream! Danish ice cream is delicious. Paradis is a chain that is all over town and affords an excellent scoop or two. My personal favorite is Østerberg Is in Østerbro. It is a small shop on Rosenvængets Allé run by Catherine Østerberg and family. Every flavor we have tried here is fantastic, but my go to (if it is available) is the lakrids (yes, licorice! The Danes are seeping in!) and kokos (coconut.) YUM. My husband loves the avocado and the kids go for the havtorn and hyldeblomst – also very Danish flavors.
Out and about in the colorful Nørrebro neighborhood? Try Istids – flash frozen with liquid nitrogen on the spot – it is a delicious experience to watch your treat freeze before your eyes.
Østerberg Ice Cream
Rosenvaengets Alle 7C, 2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tullinsgade 25, 1618 København V (newest location, go say hej!)
Jægersborggade 13, 2200 Copenhagen N
10 | ENJOY THE GARDENS OR RIDE THE RIDES AT TIVOLI
Tivoli is the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world, in operation since August 1843. (Dyrehavesbakken, only 20 kilometers up the road in Klampenborg is the oldest, but my heart lies in Tivoli.) Tivoli is all sorts of charming in any season, but overflows with flowers, marching guards, live music and fireworks shows in the summer. It can also be crowded with tourists in the summer. Don’t worry. Tivoli is the perfect size and has plenty to do with or without waiting for the rides. Simply relaxing on the center lawn while the children dart in and out is truly a lovely way to spend the afternoon.
READ MORE: ALWAYS TIME FOR TIVOLI
Grab some takeaway, a glass of wine or a cold Carlsberg and if you are lucky enough to nab one of the loungers – sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Unlike other amusement parks around the world, the food offerings are very good here.
Tivoli offers a myriad of entertainment options if the idea of rollercoasters makes you lose your delicious lunch. Try to make time for marveling at the prestigious Tivoli Guard marching through the park in their red and blue regalia. The guard is made up of boys and now recently girls starting at age 8 up to… You could take in a theater show, but remember that all them will be in Danish. Need a more universal language? There are tons of musical performances – both modern and classical for your listening pleasure. Many Fridays in the summer – there are free concerts (after you pay admission) from the main lawn stage. Known as Fredagsrock in Danish, my daughter loved the Jessie J concert last summer and can’t wait for Zara Larsson coming this June! Tivoli is also known for their fireworks displays and they are worth the wait if you can make it until the end of the park day! You can find the current events listing here as well as visiting hours and park plans.
TIVOLI GARDENS AMUSEMENT PARK
Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København
11:00-22:00 Sun-Th, 11:00-24:00 Fri-Sat
Summer Season | 23 April – 26 September 2021
NOTE: You can buy an entrance ticket for around 145 DKK, (children 3-7 60 DKK) but that will not include any rides. You can purchase an unlimited ride bracelet for 245 DKK or a booklet of tickets to be used per ride.
Anything to add? Please share below! Cheers from Copenhagen – Erin
71 thoughts on “Summertime in Copenhagen – 10 Must Do’s”
Such a great post and I have only ticked off a few on this list. The canal cruise was great but the Go Boats looked so fantastic. We just wanted to grab a picnic and join all the people boating around the harbour. I really want to bring the family to Copenhagen next year and explore some more. Bookmarking and sharing, thanks Erin
Thanks Katy! Yes it is a great place for kids in the summer. Thanks for sharing – cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Those are some great must-do’s! I hope to make it to Copenhagen soon! I’ve been dying to go, but the trip keeps getting pushed back. This summer it was pushed back because our wedding is in October. I especially love the swan bikes! I def want to do that! #CityTripping
You must come to Copenhagen – it really is a very special place. Tillykke on your wedding – congratulations! Cheers from Denmark, Erin
You just nailed the top ten!
Thanks for being a great ambassador for Denmark & Copenhagen:-)
Tak! Thank you for the nice compliment / it is a wonderful town!
I spent almost a month in Copenhagen last summer for my MA thesis fieldwork and I absolutely enjoyed the warmth and city life! Really want to get back now as the Northern Norwegian summer doesn’t really have that many perks – beside the Midnight Sun of course! I didn’t enjoy the darkness and thunderstorms during my Copenhagen nights that much 😉
beaches and swimming?really?:) isn’t the sea too cold?#wanderfulwednesday
No not at all! Very comfortable!
Hey ! Greetings from Norway 🙂That was a great article 🙂 i have lived in Copenhagen myself and its one of the greatest cities to live in i think its so so charming. thanks. I just wanted to point out that the ship in the picture is HMS Norge. It belongs to King of Norway, Harald V. 😄
Hej! Thanks for reading! This is definitely the Royal Dannebrog, ship of Dronning Margrethe of Denmark. They do look similar though! Cheers from here.
Great outdoor summertime suggestions. Copenhagen is on my travel wishlist so hope I make it there one summer!
As always, stunning shots! You really do deserve it after a long winter, and what a great selection of things there are to do! I went to Copenhagen as a child, so now I need a trip to see and do all of these wonderful things! Thanks for linking up with us 🙂
The moment I opened this post I thought to myself “but how much will it cost to do these things” and I was so happily surprised when I saw you detailed the price of all the activities 🙂 Thank you for such useful post!!
A fantastic list of things to do and insider info! I went to Copenhagen in the winter when it’s a different city although we still did the pat your. I love the idea of chilling by the river or in a park with a drink and BBQ on the go. Thanks for sharing on #citytripping
You seriously make Copenhagen look like a summer lover’s paradise! I have to admit swimming, beaches and ice cream is so not what comes to mind when I think of this city, but then again I was only there for one day and it rained 🙁 When I make it back (which I will!) I’ll be putting this list to use! What a fun guide! Thanks for sharing and linking up!! 😀
What a nice list! We are planning on visiting Copenhagen in October, so I hope to be able to do some of the activities you mentioned!
Hi Diana – yes, it is wonderful in Denmark in the fall also – check out this post http://bit.ly/FallinDK. You probably won’t be swimming in the harbor, but you can still rent a boat and cruise around! Also if you can manage it, Kulturnatten or Culture Night is in October and is an amazing way to see tons of cool stuff around town for free! Happy to help with any other questions.
Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Erin, I think I love you! 🙂 Not only do you open with boats and canals but you give me a cheap option too. 🙂 One of the things I’ve heard about Copenhagen is that it’s expensive. We have a home in the Algarve and a lot of our money goes in that direction but I do love to see a bit of the world if I can. Thanks for a brilliantly detailed and super-inviting post.
You are so sweet! Yes it can be expensive here – VERY expensive here, but it is a very beautiful and accessible city and there are many things to see and do and taste to keep costs down! Cheers from Denmark – Erin
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What a fantastic guide. I’ve bookmarked this, as Copenhagen is a place I’m desperate to go.
Thanks Nicola! It is a fabulous place – good food, wonderful history, charming architecture and easy to get around! Cheers, Erin
Such a great city!!! I loved it. Nice post.
Cheers from Copenhagen! Thanks for stopping by – Erin
Looks like Copenhagen is the place to be during the summer! Well, I am sure the neighborhoods countries would be nice too. We almost made it there earlier this month but we ended changing plans.
Beautiful photos! It looks magical 🙂 #mondayescapes
Thanks kindly! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
I’ve had one visit to Copenhagen a few years ago. It was in April, just as it was starting to warm up. We were lucky as the weather was pretty good. Would love to go back again for a longer visit and try out some of these suggestions.
Glad you had some nice weather while you were here! Not that Copenhagen isn’t nice when the skies are grey, but it shines in the sun – in any season really! Cheers and thands for reading! Erin
So many awesome activities!! Copenhagen is amazing, and I believe during summer is even better. I love the picnic boat idea, how cool! You guys are lucky to have the ocean, I think that’s the only thing I miss here in Munich, but at least we have enough lakes haha 😀
Amazing post and pictures Erin!
Happy to have you on #MondayEscapes 😉
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We loved the boats and the street food best! #farawayfiles
A must to get out on the water!
A wonderful reminder of why I love Scandinavian countries in the summer. The light, the long days, the beaches, parks and, above all, the happy people relishing the warmer weather.
I LOVED living in Copenhagen in the summer. Every day after school we would head straight to the beach, then the summer holidays would start so we would go there for breakfast instead! Brilliant list, brought back lots of happy memories! 🙂 x
This is a great list. I was especially drawn to the carriage ride. I’ve never been on one even though they offer them in Chicago during Christmas time. It’s always been a goal of mine. #farawayfiles
I have pinned this – as I really want a trip to Copenhagen, and this is so full of ideas! Sadly I can’t ride a bike, but all the rest look wonderful. #farawayfiles
Boats with a picnic table in the middle? How cool is that! I want to do it all – try out a swan boat, go picnicking and swimming in the harbour. Thanks for reminding me how much I want to visit Copenhagen. It sounds perfect in the summertime.
The picnic boats are seriously my favorite!!
These all sound fantastic, but my absolute favourite would have to be Biking in the Breeze. I remember hiring a bike for the first time ever in Belgium and just riding around the countryside, feeling like I was flying in the summer breeze. It’s just an amazing feeling! Have a fantastic summer in Copenhagen. #farawayfiles
All that sunshine – total bliss! Hope you’re making the most of it – sounds like it! #FarawayFiles
I have heard a lot about Copenhagen’s bicycles, but not about any of these other activities and sites. I loved learning about the swimming areas and beaches, your pictures made me want to visit now! The ice cream looks delicious, even if I can’t have it. 🙂 #FarawayFiles
Copenhagen in the summer sounds a lot like my city in the summer – we grit our teeth and survive the long, cold, horrible winters, and then as soon as the tiniest bit of sunshine comes out we’re all desperate to soak it up!!
I wish we had picnic boats here – how fun!
Beautiful Beautiful photos! I LOVE the Tivoli sign pic! Now that I’ve discovered your blog I’m even more regretful that we didn’t make it to Copenhagen last summer, it looks like such an amazing destination on so many levels! #farawayfiles
Looks great. I have only ever been in Winter and really loved it every time. May try Summer soon. #farawayfiles
Oh wow you have shown me such a different side of Copenhagen. I knew the summer days were long but I didn’t know they were that long! Sounds absolutely lovey, and like you say much need needed. I didn’t know there was a beach, but I love the beach and grill combo and the idea of swimming in the harbour. I must have you have opened my eyes, I would love to see it for myself! #farawayfiles
Yes – it’s great to be able to hang outside for the long Scandi summer days! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
The botanical gardens are so beautiful! I’d also love to try the ice cream from Østerberg Ice Cream!
It’s soooo good! Cheers from Copenhagen!
YES! What a list Erin! I think Copenhagen sounds a bit like Melbourne – with activities based around outdoor exploring on bicycles, being near (or on the) water, and enjoying treats in parklands. I would love to do all of those things on this list. What a lifestyle you Scandi’s have. Love love love. #FarawayFiles
I can’t really claim to be a Scandi (although my husband’s family does have Swedish heritage somewhere back in the line) – but I will definitely claim to enjoy the benefits of Scandi lifestyle! (I love Melbourne too!) Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
It looks and sounds fantastic – not what I had expected at all. Funnily enough my neighbour has just popped round having come home last night from a birthday trip to the City & she was talking about what a wonderful place it is to visit. I’m certainly tempted. #FarawayFiles
She must have gotten the nice weather – it is so lovely when the blue blue skies are out! And even when it is grey, there are lots of colorful buildings and tons of flowers to make one happy! (Hint, hint) Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Hint taken – We will head up there one day ? I’ll put it on the list!
Haha! No pressure – but I think you’d like it – especially with how cycle friendly it is!!
Getting around to ticking a few off this list! I love the swan boats though – eek! Want one of my own!
The swan boats are adorable, but cargo bikes go faster! 😉
We visited Copenhagen before the children so I think it’s time for a return visit. #FarawayFiles
It’s a fab place for families – Scandi’s prioritize kids!
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All of those activitites look incredible! Even though they are so simple, they are the little things that make a great summer! Stunning pictures! Hopefully one day I will be able to see it in person, fingers crossed!
Thanks kindly – hope you make it to Copenhagen too! It’s a great place and has so much to offer!
I’ve just relived my 18 months working as an expat for Maersk Oil in Copenhagen. Liquorice, wienerbrod, empty peapods on the streets, bicycles everywhere, Hygge, Elephant Beer, the Metro, canals, skating at Kings Nytorv and being shouted at by the Royal Guards for stopping by one of the palace doors. Loved every minute of it apart from the edgier part of Amagerbro where my apartment was
Glad I could jog a few memories for you! Cheers from Copenhagen!