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Why You Should Visit Copenhagen in April & Things to Do

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Coming to Copenhagen in April? Check out the best things to do as well as our practical tips for what to pack and where to stay.

April is a great month to visit Copenhagen if you love spring weather but hate tourist crowds. With mild temperatures and reasonable hotel prices, April in Copenhagen is indeed very pleasant. Below we have compiled some practical information for you as well as the best things to do in Copenhagen in April!

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Copenhagen Weather in April

April weather in Copenhagen is mostly characterized by milder days as well as nights. On average, Copenhagen experiences a temperature of 6 C, with temperatures not dropping below 2 C and highs hovering at around 10 C. April can, however, be a little unpredictable. A warm spring with up to 20 C is entirely possible as is a sudden cold snap.

An advantage of visiting in April is that it’s relatively dry with only about 30 mm of rainfall in the month. Just know that even though you most likely won’t have to deal with any downpours or snowstorms, the occasional drizzle may put a damper on the mood. All in all, you can still expect to see the sun quite a bit, though.

What to Wear in Copenhagen in April

Good news first, in you probably won’t be needing your hat and scarf in Copenhagen in April. It doesn’t really get that cold and a decent jacket should suffice at this point. If you do feel cold easily, you can bring a hooded jacket or just throw a hat into your suitcase.

It may be handy also because of the infamous Danish wind. Apart from that, long pants, maybe a cardigan and some comfortable walking shoes will do.

Practical Information for Visiting Copenhagen in April

In general, April is a pretty good time to visit Copenhagen. The weather is starting to get better, most attractions are open, and as it is still shoulder season, hotels are relatively affordable.

The only drawback is that in April there are a few public holidays during which opening hours may be affected. Some shops may be closed on these days and/or attractions may close early. These public holidays are:

  • 18 April 2019 (Maundy Thursday)
  • 19 April 2019 (Good Friday)
  • 21 April 2019 (Easter Sunday)
  • 22 April 2019 (Easter Monday)

To make the most of your short time in Copenhagen, I would recommend that you take advantage of the lower hotel prices and book yourself something centrally located. Although we do have a list of the best hotels in Copenhagen for all budgets, some of my recommendations are:

Best Things to Do in Copenhagen in April

Below are some of our recommendations of the best things to do in April. Of course, there are plenty of things to do in Copenhagen around the year, so why don’t you check out some of our other Copenhagen travel guides as well? 🙂

CAFx: Copenhagen Architecture Festival

04-14 April 2019 | cafx.dk

Make sure to stop by the Copenhagen Architecture Festival if you're going to be in Copenhagen in April!
Credit: CAFx

CAFx has been the biggest annual Architecture Festival in Scandinavia since its inception in 2014. Perhaps more importantly, it is the biggest film festival dedicated to architecture in the world. Although it also takes place in Aarhus and Odense, Copenhagen is still the hub for most activities.

In 2019 the festival is held under the motto of ‘Changing Ideals’, focusing particularly on Bauhaus architecture. The festival includes events such as movie screenings, workshops, guided walks, and more.

A wristband granting admission to all events costs 150 DKK and can be purchased at various outlets such as the Danish Architecture Center (DAC).

Public Rehearsal of the Royal Danish Ballet

6 April 2019 | Event on Facebook

Have you ever wondered how much work goes into a ballet production? This is your chance to attend a public rehearsal of the Royal Danish Ballet. Afterite and Etudes is a cooperation with the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Please note that the rehearsal takes place at the Opera House. Admission is free according to the ‘first come first serve’ principle, so it’s a good idea to come early.

Easter

18-22 April 2019

If you're coming to Copenhagen in April, be aware that many places are closed during Easter.

With a predominantly Christian population, Denmark takes Easter fairly seriously. However, Danes mostly celebrate the holiday at home or at their summer house, together with close family.

On these days, most shops are closed and even during the days leading up to Easter, Danes love to go on holiday. Chocolate treats, as well as eggs, are an integral part of this holiday.

If you can manage, eat a ‘solæg’, an egg hard boiled in onion water which makes the yolk turn dark. They are finally brined for a week and served with mustard. It is washed down with a nice shot of snaps or akvavit.

If you don’t have any Danish friends to celebrate with, you can bask in all the yellow glory at Tivoli which reopens with its Easter season in early April.

Bellahøj Flea Market

18-21 April 2019 | bellahojmarked.dk

Bellahøj Kræmmermarked, as Bellahøj Flea Market is also known, is the biggest annual flea market in Copenhagen. It attracts thousands of visitors every year and is the perfect place to pick up a unique Danish souvenir.

Entrance at the door costs 25 DKK and gives you access to over 400 stalls. I strongly recommend that you take out cash before visiting as most vendors won’t accept card payments.

CPH Art Space

19-21 April 2019 | cphartspace.dk

CPH Art Space is a new art exhibition concept in Copenhagen which first took place in 2018. It is notable for its oversized walls displaying the works of art which in themselves almost have a sculptural presence. CPH Art Space heavily features emerging talents from all over Denmark.

The exhibition is turned into a more immersive experience through poetry readings, jazz music, and more. Tickets cost 60 DKK at the door.

Copenhagen Street Festival

27 April 2019 | Event on Facebook

CPH Street Festival brings together everything funky about street culture. From street dance to street music, street art, and street food, everything is represented here.

It’s a relaxed mix of sports and art taking place at GAME Streetmekka, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youths of all backgrounds. All events during the festival are free of charge.

Sakura Festival

27-28 April 2019 | sakurafestival.dk

Are you looking for a piece of Japan in Copenhagen or simply the perfect Instagram photo? Then you simply have it to Langelinie in late April.

The Copenhagen Sakura Festival was born in 2008 as a cooperation between the Japanese Embassy in Denmark, the Municipality of Copenhagen, and other Japan-related cultural and private organizations.

Langelinie Park is the location of 200 cherry trees that were donated to the city in the early noughties. The program includes workshops on ikebana, origami, and various other Japanese arts.

There are also various performances highlighting traditional Japanese dance and sport. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities to taste Japanese dishes as well.


Now, what do you think? What is your favorite time of the year to visit Copenhagen? What else is there to do in Copenhagen in April? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

About Jacky

Hi there, I'm Jacky. I was born and raised in Austria, but have lived most of my adult life abroad. I'm addicted to all things Nordic, good coffee (sometimes also bad coffee), and beautiful architecture. I love my cats, although my husband Mihir is not too bad either 😉

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