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12 Easy Day Trips from Copenhagen as Recommended by a Local

Copenhagen is as renowned for its bohemian vibe as it is for its many famed attractions. This makes it a hotbed of tourist attractions and draws in millions of visitors a year. That being said, the area surrounding Copenhagen has even more to offer in the way of unimaginably pristine nature, charming towns, historic castles, cliffs and more. With the aid of the excellent Danish public transportation system, these places are convenient to reach. Here’s our lowdown on the best day trips from Copenhagen.

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12 Best Day Trips from Copenhagen


Most of our favorite day trips can be done by public transport. If you are planning on doing several (or even just one) during your stay in Copenhagen, we recommend that you book your accommodation close to Copenhagen Central Station. Hotel Astoria is a reasonable mid-range hotel just outside the station.

 

For detailed transport connections, we suggest you check the Denmark journey planner website or download their app. In a nutshell, these are our 12 favorite day trips from Copenhagen:

  1. Helsingor & Kronborg Castle
  2. Helsingborg & Sofiero Palace
  3. Frederiksborg Castle
  4. Koge & Vallo Castle
  5. Roskilde
  6. Dragor
  7. Cliffs of Stevns & Cliffs of Mons
  8. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
  9. Bakken Amusement Park & Jægersborg Dyrehaven
  10. Lyngby Open Air Museum
  11. Odense & Egeskov Castle
  12. Malmo & Lund

Important: Please Note

If you are planning on taking any day trips to Sweden, i.e. to Malmo, Lund, or Helsingborg, you need to carry a valid ID (national ID or passport). Denmark is currently performing mandatory ID checks at the Swedish border and you will not be allowed to proceed without valid ID.

 

1. Helsingor & Kronborg Castle

Helsingor is a cute little town and a perfect day trip from Copenhagen.

Helsingor is a port city that occupies the narrowest point on the Øresund sound between Denmark and Sweden, that lies only 45 km north of Copenhagen. The city has a long history dating back to the 13th century and its Old Town has retained that medieval character through its richly colored, well-preserved architecture and cobblestone streets. There are a number of beautiful carefully restored half-timbered houses to be seen. Although we’ve been to Helsingor numerous times Jacky and I always look forward to strolling around picturesque alleyways like Stengade and Sct. Anna Gade.

Helsingor is home to two nice museums – National Maritime Museum of Denmark and the Danish Museum of Science and Technology, which celebrate the nation’s long seafaring and industrial traditions. The Maritime Museum features interactive installations tracing the Danish maritime legacy from the Vikings to the modern-day Maersk cargo empire.

 

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg is one of the best castles to visit around Copenhagen on a day trip.

The most popular attraction, however, is the imposing Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and forever immortalized as Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is one of the must-see attractions in Denmark. Kronborg was built between 1574 and 1585 by Frederick II in Dutch Renaissance style to replace an earlier fortress built by Erik VII of Pomerania in the 15th century. The castle played a fascinating role in toll collection between the 16-18th centuries, resulting in Helsingor becoming extremely prosperous.

Kronborg Castle is one of the best castles around Copenhagen. C: RPBaiao / shutterstock.com

Even though there’s no proof of Shakespeare ever visiting Kronborg, he succeeded in capturing its somber spirit. The interior is quite spartan compared to most other prominent castles and the main attraction is the great banquet hall. We both really enjoyed exploring the eerie catacombs and dungeons beneath the castle where there’s a stone statue of Ogier the Dane, a Danish folk hero.

Seeing a Hamlet play at Kronborg Castle is the perfect ending to this day trip from Copenhagen!

The highlight of our 4 visits to the castle has certainly been witnessing a production of Hamlet live at Kronborg! Each summer during the annual Shakespeare Festival, a different company from around the world stages a Hamlet production in the castle grounds providing an unforgettable experience. Thespian stalwarts such as Gielgud and Olivier have performed here in the past.

Entrance to the castle costs 90 DKK, you can check opening hours here.

Insider Tip

During December, Kronborg Castle is the host of one of Denmark’s most charming Christmas markets. You can read more about Christmas markets in Copenhagen here.

 

How to Get to Helsingor & Kronborg Castle from Copenhagen

Helsingor is easily reached by the regional trains departing every 20 minutes or so from Copenhagen central station. The train journey takes around 50 minutes. Once you arrive in Helsingor, Kronborg Castle is visible from the train station and is a mere 10-minute walk away.

 

2. Helsingborg & Sofiero Palace

Helsingborg is without a doubt one of the best day trips from Copenhagen.

The Swedish city of Helsingborg lies just 6 km across the Oresund sound opposite of Helsingor. There’s a ton of ferries carrying passengers between the two cities each day. In fact, I read it’s the busiest cross-border ferry crossing in the world. Being so easy to get to Jacky and I decided to check Helsingborg out one day.

Go shopping in Helsingborg on a day trip from Copenhagen.

We were immediately taken in by the small town charm of the city. It’s a pretty town with some very nice cafés, especially on the street Kullagatan. There’s not a whole lot to see here but you can easily spend a few hours here. It was nice to walk around the old town. The main attractions in Helsingborg are the Kärnan medieval castle tower, the Gothic St. Mary’s Church, and the Dunker Culture House.

Kärnan is one of the best things to see in Helsingborg on a day trip from Copenhagen.

The Kärnan is a restored medieval tower that is the only remnant of the once mighty Helsingborg Castle. It’s worth a quick visit. It sits on a rocky hillock whose terrace offers scenic views of the city and Helsingor across the water. Watch out for the fairy tale like Neo-Gothic city hall just outside the harbor. You can also check out the Dunker Culture House which has some interesting exhibitions. When we went there they were hosting the museum of failed products which was quite amusing.

 

Sofiero Palace

Don't miss Sofiero Palace in Helsingborg on your day trip from Copenhagen. C: Hans Christiansson / shutterstock.com

The main reason for us going to Helsingborg was to check out the Sofiero Palace. We had read that the palace gardens were named the most beautiful palace gardens in the world in 2010 so we definitely had to check it out. The gardens were absolutely amazing, with a great variety of flowers, especially the rhododendrons, which were blooming since we went over in spring. The palace itself is quite small and limited. It is still owned by the Swedish royal family who occasionally still come and stay in the upper part of the palace.

The entrance to the palace and park is 120 SEK. Opening hours are from 10:00-18:00 (April-September) and 10:00-16:00 (October-March). In autumn and winter, only the park is open and is free to enter.

 

How to Get to Helsingborg & Sofiero Palace from Copenhagen

Take the regional train to Helsingor. Then, take the ferry from the adjacent Scandlines terminal to Helsingborg. There’s usually a ferry every 15 minutes and the journey only takes 20 minutes. Return tickets are 75 DKK. In order to get to Sofiero Palace from Helsingborg, take bus number 8 (direction Domsten or Hittarp).

 

3. Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg is one of the beautiful castles you can visit around Copenhagen.

One of the most popular day trips from Copenhagen is the resplendent Frederiksborg Castle. It lies in the town of Hillerod, about 35 km northwest of Copenhagen. Kronborg Castle might be more famous but Jacky and I both agree that Frederiksborg Castle is superior in terms of beauty. It was built in the early decades of the 17th century in the Dutch Renaissance style and had to be rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure in 1859.

Marvel at the beautiful Frederiksborg Gardens on a day trip from Copenhagen.

Since 1878 the castle has housed the Danish Museum of National History. The rooms are tastefully decorated with portraits, gilded ceilings, tapestries, furniture, and takes visitors on a journey through Danish history and culture from medieval times to the present day. The two things I love the most about Frederiksborg Castle are the sumptuously decorated chapel (the only part of the original castle to survive the fire) and the elegantly manicured baroque gardens.

The castle’s museum is open all days of the year (1st April – 31st October: 10:00-17:00) and (1st November – 31st March: 11:00-15:00). Entrance costs 75 DKK. The gardens are free to enter.

 

How to Get to Frederiksborg Castle from Copenhagen

Take the S-train (S-Tog) from the central station to Hillerod which is the final stop. The journey takes about 40 minutes. The castle is about a 15-20 minute walk from the station with signage along the way. You can also take buses 301 (direction Allekredsen), 302 (direction Sophienlund) from Hillerod Station and get off at the Frederiksborg Castle stop.

 

4. Koge & Vallo Castle

Koge is a day trip from Copenhagen off the beaten track.

Koge is a small harbor and market town only 40 km from Copenhagen. It was first recognized as a market town in 1288 and remained an important hub for trade throughout all of the Middle Ages. Much of its medieval past can still be observed in the few remaining half-timbered houses which dot the town’s streets and alleys. They are just too pretty! There’s also a city museum, but unfortunately, we didn’t have time to take a look inside. The street Brogade is littered with tiny boutiques and cafes. It’s an incredibly cute town in and by itself.

 

Braunstein Distillery & Brewery

Don't forget to check out Braunstein distillery in Koge on your day trip from Copenhagen.

Braunstein is a micro-distillery & microbrewery established in 2005. The brewery is not usually open to the public, but on the first Saturday of every month, they open their doors for an open house and tasting. With your ticket (175 DKK), you also receive a tasting card that allows you to try up to 5 of their beers and/or spirits.

Enjoying Danish whisky on this day trip from Copenhagen to Koge.

We tried one of the smoky whiskeys which were strong in flavor to my liking. Personally I had my eyes on the table with the liqueurs and in particular one of the distillery’s most popular liqueurs, a beer schnapps (ølsnaps). It’s distilled from beer and stings as it goes down your throat. It wasn’t my favorite, but the bartender recommended two sweet liqueurs which Jacky and I both really enjoyed. The vanilla and the chocolate liqueurs were our favorite of the day!

Unfortunately, the tours are held only in Danish, but you can always visit their shop and pick up a nice souvenir for yourself!

 

Vallo Castle

Vallo Castle is not only pretty, it's also the perfect day trip from Copenhagen.

If you’re as big a fan of visiting castles as we are you should definitely carry on and pay a visit to Vallo Castle. Sure, you can visit Kronborg Castle or Frederiksborg Castle. But if you want to get away from the tourist crowds and enjoy a fairy tale castle in almost complete privacy, come here instead!

Vallo Castle is a 16th-century manor house that now serves as a residence for single, divorced, and unmarried women of noble descent. It is thus unfortunately cordoned off to the general public but you can roam around the surrounding park which is very inviting indeed.

 

How to Get to Koge and Vallo Castle from Copenhagen

Ride the S-train from the central station to Koge which is the final stop. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Getting to Vallo Castle is not the easiest thing, I’ll admit. From Koge get on the local train (L-Tog) towards Rodvig. Get off at the stop named ‘Vallo’ and cross the tracks to the right. Then follow a seemingly endless street until you reach the castle. It’s about 1.7 km from the station to the castle and it will take you around 20 minutes on foot. Fortunately, the walk is very pleasant and not too strenuous.

 

5. Roskilde

Roskilde is one of the best day trips from Copenhagen.

I have a soft spot for Roskilde since it’s our current place of residence. Roskilde is the second largest city in Zealand after Copenhagen and has a glorious history that dates back over a thousand years. Roskilde was once the leading city and capital of Denmark and there are many remnants of its illustrious past as a royal residence in the 10th century. Today, it’s a bustling town with cute little boutique stores and cafes.

Roskilde Cathedral is a must-see on a day trip from Copenhagen.

Roskilde is home to two of Denmark’s best attractions. Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most important ecclesiastical building in Denmark and its two spires loom large over the city. It serves as the burial place of nearly 40 of Denmark’s monarchs. The red brick cathedral, which was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, is the first Gothic building in the country and had a profound influence on the spread of bricks as a construction element throughout Northern Europe. I love this cathedral and its best aspect for me is the clock inside. It features a re-enactment of St. George’s slaying of the dragon on the hour and lets out a big wail in the process.

Entrance to the cathedral costs 60 DKK. You can check the opening hours here.

 

Roskilde Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum is a must-see on a day trip from Copenhagen to Roskilde. C: RPBaiao / shutterstock.com

The second major draw in Roskilde is the Viking Ship Museum, located beside the beautiful Roskilde Fjord. It has a fantastic display of five old resurrected Viking ships that were once purposefully sunk to block the entrance to the city. There are also demos of traditional shipbuilding techniques. In the summer you can also sail out into the fjord in Viking ship reconstructions. The museum is a must see for all history buffs!

Entrance to the museum costs 90-130 DKK depending on the time of the year. A boat ride costs 120-160 DKK depending on the duration of the ride. You can check opening times here.

 

How to Get to Roskilde from Copenhagen

Roskilde is only a 25-minute train ride from Copenhagen. Almost all regional and intercity trains heading out of Copenhagen stop at Roskilde Station. Roskilde Cathedral is a 10-minute walk from the station and is situated just beside the market square. To get to the Viking Ship Museum take bus 203 (direction Veddelev) Roskilde station and get off at the ‘Vikingeskibsmuseet’ bus stop. You can also walk from the station to the museum which takes 20-25 minutes.

 

6. Dragor

Dragor is a cute little day trip from Copenhagen.

Dragor is a quaint little fishing village on the island of Amager that is one of the best perfect Copenhagen day trips. It is undoubtedly one of our favorite places in Denmark and one of the top things to do if you’re in Copenhagen. It has a long history dating back to the 12th century. The old town is filled with well-preserved half-timbered ochre and pink cottages with steep red-tile and thatched roofs. Take a stroll through the picturesque maze of cobblestone alleys here and you’ll be transported back in time. It just oozes that old world charm.

Insider Tip

From the harbor, you can also get one of the best views of the famous Øresund Bridge as seen from the Danish side!

Roam the cobble stoned streets of Dragor on this day trip from Copenhagen.

It’s interesting to know that Dragor has a strong Dutch connection. In the early 16th century the Danish king Christian II invited Dutch farmers for their agricultural expertise. The farmers brought their own customs and Low-German language and their descendants continue to live here. You can still see wooden-shoed locals selling their hyacinths, tulips, and daffodils in the streets.

Insider Tip

While you’re on Amager, you can also check out the architecturally interesting Kastrup Sea Bath as well as Den Blå Planet.

 

How to Get to Dragor from Copenhagen

First, take one of the trains headed to Sweden or Copenhagen Airport and get off at Tårnby station. From there board the bus 350S (direction Dragor Stationsplads) and get off at the last stop. The old town is a 5-minute walk away.

 

7. Cliffs of Stevns & the Cliffs of Mons

Stevns Klint is a beautiful nature day trip from Copenhagen.

The cliffs of Stevns (Stevns Klint) is a unique fossil-rich cliff located 75 km south of Copenhagen, at the southern end of Koge Bay. The 40 meter high cliffs contain valuable geological information as they bear witness to the results of a meteorite impact on Earth. In the middle of the white chalk and limestone cliff, there is a thin, dark layer of clay, known as fish clay. This clay supports the theory that the meteorite that hit Earth 65 million years ago, causing about half the creatures, including dinosaurs, to become extinct. Stevns Klint made its way on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in 2014.

Take a walk along UNESCO-listed Stevns Klint on this day trip from Copenhagen.

Geology aside, Stevns Klint is visually compelling and showcases Danish nature at is best. For nature-lovers and hikers, the walking path along Stevns Klint is a great experience. The path runs along the edge of the cliff, offering great views. You can also descend down to the foot of the cliff and witness the fish clay layer.

There’s also an interesting Cold War Museum about 3.5 km from Stevns Klint. It’s one of Denmark’s best-kept secrets and is pretty interesting. The only downside is that you can only enter with a guided tour and guided tours are in Danish only. English audio guides are available though.

 

Mons Klint

Mons Klint is a spectacular day trip from Copenhagen.

Even further down south lies Mons Klint, a 6 km stretch of chalk cliffs along the eastern coast of the Danish island of Mon in the Baltic Sea. These white chalk cliffs are covered with a dense layer of dark trees and dominate the sea from a height of 128 meters at their highest point. They formed when glacial deposits were eroded by the sea. Several footpaths lead through woods to the edge of the cliffs, affording breathtaking views.

Nothing beats the views of Mons Klint on this day trip from Copenhagen.

Descend the 500 odd steps or so to the craggy shore that is scattered with fossils. The magnificent milky white chalk cliffs are just overwhelming in beauty as you walk about along the shore. The image of the brilliant white cliffs against the azure water of the sea is a photographer’s delight. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Denmark and definitely ranks as my favorite site in Denmark.

Insider Tip

Wear comfortable shoes as they will help you walk along the shore. Look out for yellow warning signs which indicate unsafe areas. Take plenty of refreshments and food as there isn’t much around both places.

 

How to Get to the Cliffs of Stevns & the Cliffs of Mons from Copenhagen

The only downside about both these places is that they are inconvenient to get to if you don’t have a car. Stevns Klint is the more accessible of the two by public transport. First, you have to take the S-train to Koge, then take the local train (direction Rødvig) and get off at Hårlev station. From there, take bus 252 (direction St. Heddinge St.) and get off at Højerup. From there, you walk about 10 minutes to Stevns Klint. The whole journey takes about 2 hours.

Mons Klint is really a pain to reach by public transport and is an ambitious trek. First, you have to take the regional train to Vordingborg (direction Nykøbing F). From there take bus 660 (direction Stege) and get off at Stege Rtb. Then you take bus 667 (direction Klintholm Havn) and get off at Busemarke. You’re still not done yet as it is nearly a 6 km walk to the cliffs from the bus stop. The total journey takes about 4 hours. We were very fortunate that we saw both sites as part of a field excursion.

 

8. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Admire works of art at Louisiana Museum on a day trip from Copenhagen.

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has one of the best collections of modern art in the world. It is located in the town of Humlebæk about 35 km north of Copenhagen. The museum has a great permanent collection, over 3500 works by icons such as Henry Moore, Philip Guston, Picasso and Warhol among others, and is located in a beautiful Modernist building. A visit here will prove that there is more to modern art than just “squiggly lines” 😉

Enjoy coffee and sculpture at Louisiana Museum on this day trip from Copenhagen.

Even if you don’t have a great affinity for art, it is definitely worth the visit. The combination of world-class art, nature, and architecture is unique. The museum’s position offers one of the most stunning views of the Nivå bay and Sweden’s coastline.

See this beautiful art installation on a cultural day trip from Copenhagen.

One of the highlights of our visit was the ‘Gleaming Lights of the Souls’, a permanent installation at the Louisiana Museum by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The installation consists of a single space, a 4 by 4-meter room entirely covered in mirrors. As the viewer, you stand on a little platform surrounded by water. Hanging from the ceiling are hundreds of lights which change color ever so subtly and are reflected what seems to be a million times in the room’s mirrors. It is absolutely stunning and shouldn’t be missed.

The museum is open Tue-Fri, 11:00-22:00, and 11:00-18:00 on weekends and holidays. Entrance is 125 DKK.

 

How to Get to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art from Copenhagen

Getting to Louisiana Museum from Copenhagen is relatively easy. From Copenhagen central station take any of the trains heading towards Helsingør and get off at Humlebæk station. Follow the signs towards the museum which is 10-15 minutes on foot.

 

9. Bakken Amusement Park & Jægersborg Dyrehaven

Bakken is one of the most fun day trips from Copenhagen.

If you’re a thrill seeker or have kids, Bakken is one of the best day trips from Copenhagen. Bakken, or Dyrehavsbakken as it is actually called, is the world’s oldest amusement park still in operation. I really love it for its history, after all, Bakken wasn’t always the amusement park we know today. It started off as a recreational space for Copenhageners in the 16th century. The park began to attract visitors when a freshwater spring was discovered on its ground. The crowds then attracted vendors and entertainers which finally led to the rides we know today.

Although most people only visit Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, I must say I definitely prefer Bakken for several reasons. Firstly, it is much less crowded than Tivoli, especially if you visit during the week. Secondly, admission to the park is free. Yes, the rides are expensive, but so are Tivoli’s where you have to pay an entrance fee on top of the rides.

Take a ride on Rutschebanen on a day trip from Copenhagen.

The most famous ride at Bakken is undoubtedly Rutschebanen, an original wooden roller coaster dating back to 1932. It is much scarier than it looks from the ground. We had great fun on the ride, although I lost my hat.

Insider Tip

If you want to save some money on the rides, you should visit on Wednesday when most rides offer reduced rates. Although the rides are significantly cheaper on Wednesdays, please note that you can only pay in CASH on these days.

 

Jægersborg Dyrehave

Dyrehavn is the perfect day trip from Copenhagen for nature lovers.

If you are looking for something a little quieter, pass on Bakken and continue further into the forest known as Jægersborg Dyrehave (or Dyrehaven in short). Dyrehaven is known for its enormous oak trees and its large population of deer. It is actually one of three forests and hunting grounds in North Zealand that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Insider Tip

Jægersborg Dyrehave is also the location of the charming Hermitage Lodge. It made the list of our 11 favorite hidden castles you can visit from Copenhagen!

The deer park is fenced on all sides and is accessed through its characteristic red gates at each entrance. Although the deer are used to people and generally friendly, we strongly recommend that you do not get too close to them while they are nursing their young in the spring and summer.

 

How to Get to Bakken Amusement Park and Dyrehaven from Copenhagen

Take the S-train which goes directly to Klampenborg station or take the regional trains headed in the direction of Helsingor or Nivå and get off at Klampenborg station. Bakken is a 10-minute walk from Klampenborg station which leads you through a tranquil forest. The only real way to get to Dyrehaven is on foot or bike. It is a straight trail through the forest that takes about 45 minutes from Klampenborg station.

 

10. Lyngby Open Air Museum

If you love history, take a day trip from Copenhagen to Lyngby Open Air Museum.

The Lyngby Open Air Museum (Frilandsmuseet) is an open-air museum situated in the northern Copenhagen suburb of Lyngby. Opened in 1897, the museum contains over 100 different buildings representing the various architectural styles and materials used throughout Scandinavia and northern Germany from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Manor houses, more austere houses, barns, windmills are featured here from the various regions of Denmark and the northern German region of South Schleswig which was formerly a part of Denmark.

The houses have been reconstructed on over 40 hectares of land surrounded by natural forests and gardens accompanied by livestock, giving the museum a more authentic feel. It is a perfect place for kids to roam for the day but equally interesting for adults. It gives you a sense of understanding of the architectural evolution and rural living conditions experienced throughout Scandinavia over 300 years.

Entrance to the museum costs 80-90 DKK depending on the season. It is open Tuesday-Sunday, from the end of March through December. You can check the opening hours here.

 

How to get to Lyngby Open-Air Museum from Copenhagen

Take the S-train in the direction of Hillerod and get off at Lyngby station. From there take bus 184 (direction Holte St.) and get off at Frilandsmuseet bus stop.

 

11. Odense & Egeskov Castle

With its fairytale-like streets, Odense is the perfect day trip from Copenhagen.

Denmark’s third largest city is a popular day trip from Copenhagen. Odense is the birthplace of the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen and the city has based a lot of its tourism around his popularity. You can spend a short time strolling around the pretty old town with its pastel-colored houses and cobblestone streets.

Other notable places of interest in Odense are the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and the author’s childhood home. We would only recommend going inside only if you’re a devoted HC Andersen fan as they are both quite small and information in English is limited.

 

Egeskov Castle

Egeskov Castle is one of Europe's most beautiful castles and a perfect day trip from Copenhagen.

If one were to compile a list of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Egeskov Castle would be a certainty on that list. It is located about 30 km south of Odense. This moated fairy-tale like castle is the best-preserved renaissance castle in Europe. Constructed in 1554 Egeskov has been in the possession of a single family since 1784.

Because its a private residence, only some of the castle is open to view, including the large Banquet Hall, the refined Louis XVI furniture in the Yellow Room and the trophies in the Hunting Hall. A must-see for young girls and boys – or those young at heart is Titania’s Palace, a splendid doll house with over 3000 parts and miniature art treasures. Jacky was naturally very enthralled with Titania’s Palace.

Titanis Palace inside Egeskov Castle is simply charming. C: Nigar Alizada / shutterstock.com

One of the highlights of our visit was strolling around the expansive gardens set in a huge park. We really enjoyed the labyrinthine maze and the aerial walkway that lets you get a tree-top view among the old beech trees. There’s also a nice collection of restored vintage cars and motorbikes that’s worth checking out. Plan to spend at least a morning or an afternoon at Egeskov.

Egeskov Castle is only open for a limited amount of time during the year, generally from April through October, with a special Christmas Market in November. Entrance to the castle, park, and exhibitions costs a hefty 195-225 DKK depending on the season but it’s worth the price tag. You can check the opening hours here.

 

How to Get to Odense & Egeskov Castle from Copenhagen

The easiest way to get to Odense is by train. Trains depart from Copenhagen central station every 20 minutes or so in the direction of Odense. The train journey takes about 75-90 minutes. Flixbus also operates several buses between Copenhagen and Odense. The journey takes 2 hours.

In order to get to Egeskov Castle from Odense, first, take the train to Kværndrup (direction Svendborg St.). From there you can either walk 2.5 km to the castle or take bus 920 (direction Faaborg) and get down at Egeskov Gade. From there the castle is a 10-minute walk.

 

12. Malmo & Lund

Malmo is one of the best day trips from Copenhagen.

Sweden’s third largest city is undoubtedly one of the best day trips from Copenhagen. Discard any negatives you might have heard about Malmo and go there pronto. It is a city undergoing radical change with plenty of interesting sights. Among its many sights, you can wander around the picturesque old town, enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the city’s oldest park (Kungsparken), dine in one of its many restaurants, and admire its blend of architectural styles.

Go shopping in Malmo on this day trip from Copenhagen.

We really enjoyed walking around the old town admiring the historic buildings and half-timbered houses. The Stortorget is a particular highlight over here. Look out for the majestic city hall with its Dutch Renaissance facade and the Apoteket Lejonet, Malmo’s oldest pharmacy with exquisite Art Nouveau interiors.

Malmo Castle is one of the best things to see on this day trip from Copenhagen.

Outside the old town, a visit to Malmöhus Castle is definitely worthwhile. Scandinavia’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle now houses several of Malmö’s major museums within its historic walls, including the Malmo Museum of Modern Art, and the City Museum. To see some great modern architecture in Malmo, check out the Turning Torso, the tallest building in the Nordics and the Emporia shopping mall.

 

Lund

Just 20 km north of Malmo lies Lund, one of Sweden’s oldest cities. Lund is primarily known for two things – its university which is the largest is the Nordics and its impressive cathedral which is the most visited church in Sweden. The town’s medieval streets and its grand cathedral are persuasive reasons to come and take a gander around Lund.

Lund is one of the best day trips from Copenhagen.

Lund Cathedral is an imposing twin-towered, gray-sandstone edifice that dominates the city skyline. Being a typical Romanesque building, the Lund Cathedral is distinctly dark, with only small windows to allow sunshine to pass through. Just like the Roskilde Cathedral, the best aspect inside the cathedral is the astronomical clock which depicts days, weeks, and even courses of the moon and the sun in the Zodiac. If you’re here at noon or 15:00, you’ll be treated to a parade of knights jousting on horseback and trumpets blowing a medieval fanfare. Entrance to the cathedral is free. You can check the opening hours here.

Don't miss Lund University on this day trip from Copenhagen.

Another place worth seeing is Lund University’s library building, that has a gorgeous ivy-clad facade. It is an absolute treat to photograph.

 

How to Get to Malmo & Lund from Copenhagen

Hop on any of the Sweden bound trains departing from Copenhagen central station. The journey to Malmo takes 40 minutes. Flixbus also operates regular services to Malmo although the journey time is almost double that of the train. There are regular train services between Malmo and Lund. The journey takes a mere 10-12 minutes.


Now, what do you think? Which are your favorite day trips from Copenhagen? Any place we missed on this list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Locals recommend their favorite day trips from Copenhagen. Includes wonderful trips for nature lovers, history geeks, and art connoisseurs. Includes locals' tips and instructions on how to get there. All these day trips from Copenhagen have one thing in common: They are fun... and some are a little unusual ;) #travel #denmark #copenhagen
Locals recommend their favorite day trips from Copenhagen. Includes wonderful trips for nature lovers, history geeks, and art connoisseurs. Includes locals' tips and instructions on how to get there. All these day trips from Copenhagen have one thing in common: They are fun... and some are a little unusual ;) #travel #denmark #copenhagen
Locals recommend their favorite day trips from Copenhagen. Includes wonderful trips for nature lovers, history geeks, and art connoisseurs. Includes locals' tips and instructions on how to get there. All these day trips from Copenhagen have one thing in common: They are fun... and some are a little unusual ;) #travel #denmark #copenhagen

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