10 Best Tours and Excursions in and around Copenhagen

With its compact size, its canals and its cycle paths, Copenhagen is ideally suited to a wide range of sightseeing tours, either independently or with a guide. Sightseeing buses and canal boats take visitors around the city's major sights throughout the year - including hard-to-get-to attractions like The Little Mermaid and the Opera House - with audio guides in a wide variety of languages and most operating on a hop on, hop off schedule. You set the pace and you can even buy a combi ticket for both bus and boat.

Those feeling like something more active can try seeing Copenhagen like the locals do - from the seat of a bicycle on a 'Bike Copenhagen with Mike' tour. Alternatively, Running Tours of Copenhagen are becoming increasingly popular, while more specific tours include the self-guided tour of the old Carlsberg brewery run from the Carlsberg Visitor Centre or even a spooky nighttime tour from ghosttours.dk.

Day trips from Copenhagen are easy to make if you have the time, either on a guided bus excursion around north Zealand's historic castles or independently using Denmark's excellent train connections. Thanks to the bridge, a daytrip to Malmo in Sweden couldn't be easier, while the attractive city of Odense on Funen is a must for any fans of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.   

City and Harbor Tour
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Combine two different sightseeing tours in one day, at your own pace, by buying a combi ticket for the Hop on, Hop off bus and canal tours of Copenhagen. Take in the city's palaces and museums by bus and then feel a cool breeze in your hair as...  Read More

City Centre
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Ghosttour.dk arranges guided night-time tours of Copenhagen's spookiest spots: Clad in long capes with a lamp in their hand, the suitably creepy guides reel off hair-raising tales of poltergeists and restless souls as they lead you around the...  Read More

Outside the city
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Despite living in the shadow of neighboring Copenhagen, Malmö is a destination in its own right, with an attractive old town area combined with a dynamic harborfront that includes architectural wonders like the Turning Torso (pictured). Easily...  Read More

H. C. Andersen Tour to Odense
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An ideal daytrip idea for all lovers of fairytales is a tour to the Funen city of Odense, childhood home of H.C. Andersen, where you can visit the H.C. Andersen Museum and the storyteller's childhood home, as well as a number of other...  Read More

Outside the city
Zealand Castle Tour
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A six-and-half-hour bus tour from central Copenhagen to the castles of north Zealand, running from Apr to Sept. The tour heads first to Hillerød and Frederiksborg Castle, home to Denmark's Museum of National History (entry included in tour...  Read More

Running Tours Copenhagen
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Raise your pulse, train your body and throw in a whole load of sightseeing with a guided running tour of Copenhagen, with longtime runner and Copenhagen resident Troels as your guide. Tours range from the 8km, 90-minute grand tour of Copenhagen...  Read More

Bike Copenhagen with Mike
Photo courtesy of Mike Sommerville


Get off the well-worn tourist trail and experience first-hand the unique bike culture of Copenhagen with born-and-bred Copenhagener Mike Sommerville. Bike Copenhagen offers a choice of five leisurely cycle tours, plus private made to order...  Read More

Hop On - Hop Off Bus Tours
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The city sightseeing buses are 'Hop On, Hop Off' so you decide how much of the tour you want to include and board just as you would a regular bus. The approx. 1 hour tours run all year round and has frequent departures throughout the day (more...  Read More

Carlsberg Visitors Centre


Carlsberg Visitor Centre is basically a 90-minute self-guided tour through two centuries of brewing history in 10,000 sq.m of former production halls and includes a visit to the stables--though the dray horses only pull the brewery carts for...  Read More



A canal boat is a great way to get around Copenhagen as well as the perfect means to take in some sightseeing. Two companies offers boat tours in Copenhagen, Canal Tours Copenhagen and the blue Netto Boats. The sightseeing boats of Canal Tours...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane