In the happiest country on earth, the smiles only widen when summer arrives. As Denmark fan mtk says, “Denmark in general, and Copenhagen in particular, have very nice summers with temps in the 70s and 80s.” People pour outside and canals come to life: “Nyhavn is where you'll find all the locals once that first ray of summer sun warms the air and lights up the city,” says mts. They’re “drinking beer on the piers of the canal, playing chess or cards or just kicking back, welcoming summer to this lovely city.”
Be among the revelers this summer and get a royal bonus: until August 8, visitors can tour the crown prince’s new home before he moves in. You’ll see the palace of Amalienborg at its newly renovated best, with decor by 10 modern Danish artists.
Here are more tips for visiting Copenhagen this summer, taken from recent trip journals Visit to Denmark, Cruise to the Baltic States and St. Petersburg, and Fall 2009 Trip to Europe.
- Take a free tour of the Nationalmuseet, given in English every day at 11am from June to August
- See Rosenborg Slot, built as a summer palace, in full bloom
- Row a boat, catch an outdoor concert, and see fireworks at Tivoli Gardens
- Visit the Viking Ship Museum in nearby Roskilde; you can act as crew on a replica longboat that sails each day from now until September 30
- While you’re in former capital Roskilde, visit the UNESCO-listed Domkirke Cathedral and take in the ornate, “Sainte-Chapelle-style” chapel housing the tombs of Denmark’s rulers
- Opt for the guided tour of free town Christiania, given every day at 3pm until August 31
- Brunch at the “strange, weird, and wonderful” Café Bankerat
- And grab a $3, “best-in-the-city” Danish at Lagkagehusets