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The Best Day Trips from Copenhagen

If you have a day to spare while in Copenhagen, consider these great day trips.

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The best day trips from Copenhagen below fit several types of travelers, but not all day trip ideas will fit everyone. Take a look. Some day trips from Copenhagen include lots of interesting history and unique destinations, while other day trips offer a more relaxing day in the sun, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Let's find the day trip that suits you best...

1. North Zealand Day Trip & Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle Garden
Ted Fahn
This is a royals-themed day trip to North Zealand including a tour of Frederiksborg Castle. The day trip lets you explore Frederiksborg Castle and learn about flamboyant King Christian IV who once lived here, walk through rooms like the Coronation Chapel and then stroll through the castle’s French Baroque gardens with a guide. You also stop for photos outside Fredensborg Castle, the annual summer residence of the Danish royal family.

This guided day trip is very informative and interesting. It departs from City Hall Square in Copenhagen at 10:30 am from May to September and takes about 6.5 hours. It can be booked online for about US$103 (£68).

2. The Hamlet Castle Tour from Copenhagen

Fredensborg Castle, Denmark
© Fredensborg Castle

Spend a day immersed in the history of the Copenhagen region by using a guided tour. Listen to old tales of Shakespeare at Elsinore Castle, see Queen Margrethe's summer residence at castle Fredensborg, and bring your camera to photograph the beautiful nature of the Danish Riviera. This is a guided trip that was really interesting, and I like that it brings you close to Denmark's history. Probably one of the best day trips from Copenhagen that I've been on, and a great value for the price.

This guided day trip from Copenhagen is just over five hours long and costs about US$64 (£39). It departs daily in summer, 3 times weekly in winter.

3. A Day Trip to Aarhus

Old Town Aarhus in Winter
© Ukendt/VisitDK

One of the most beloved day trips from Copenhagen goes to the city of Aarhus. It's a great destination city and has lots to offer. You'll find the historic city of Aarhus on the east coast of Jutland (Denmark's western peninsula), about a 3-hour drive or 45-minute flight from Copenhagen. To plan your day trip, find out how to get from Copenhagen to Aarhus and pick one or two things to do in Aarhus to complete your plan for the day: 

4. A Romantic Day Trip to Fyn (Funen)

Egeskov Castle - Egeskov Slot Funen
VisitDK/Bob Krist

The wildly romantic island of Funen (Fyn) is the home to many fairytales, and also the birth place of writer Hans Christian Andersen. There are so many beautiful castles here as well, like Nyborg Slot (slot means castle in Danish), Egeskov Slot, Broholm Gods, Holckenhavn Slot, and Harridslevgaard Slot! For outdoor activities, try the open-air museum Den Fynske Landsby (Fyn Village), and Odense Zoo.

There is a toll bridge and a direct train connection between Copenhagen and Funen, depending on the transportation of your choice.

5. A Day Trip to the Islands of Lolland and Falster

Lolland (red) on Map of Denmark
Pub. Dom.

One of the best day trips from Copenhagen has to be a visit to the islands of Lolland and Falster. These islands offer things to do no matter which town you are visiting: There is the Museumsbanen (museum train) in Maribo, Nakskov's Green World Zoo, and the submarine U-359. A 12th-century royal residence, Ålholm Castle, is located in the town of Nysted. And don't forget Knuthenborg Manor with its Safari Park (open April-October).

Lolland is connected to Denmark's Zealand by bridge. A day trip from Copenhagen to Lolland only takes a 1.5 hour drive (130 km), by taking road E47 south.

6. A Day Trip from Copenhagen to Bornholm

Sand Dunes on Bornholm, Denmark
Cees van Roeden

If you're in the mood for long, sandy beaches and a day of relaxation, plan your day trip from Copenhagen to the sunny island of Bornholm. This is the place to lean back, stroll through the sand, or maybe rent a bicycle for an afternoon. A popular summer travel destination, Bornholm's nickname is the Pearl of the Baltic. The biggest town on the island is Rønne, which is also the point of arrival for travelers to Bornholm.

There are direct 35-minute flights from Copenhagen available that go directly to Rønne-Bornholm Airport.

7. The Sweden Day Trip from Copenhagen

The Oresund Bridge
Frederik Tellerup © Malmö Turism

So either you've seen Copenhagen before, or maybe you have an extra day during your trip. Use it for an escorted day trip from Copenhagen to Sweden! This group trip offers you ferry transportation from Copenhagen to Sweden and shows you the interesting cities of Helsingborg, Lund and Malmö in one day. In the evening, a bus takes you back to Denmark via the famous Øresund Bridge.

This day trip from Copenhagen costs around US$90 (£55.-) for about 8 hours' worth of sightseeing trip and transportation.

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