Copenhagen, Denmark: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

Traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark? If you're planning to go to Copenhagen and experience the wonderful Danish charm, the following is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Copenhagen, Denmark

Based on the climate and weather in Copenhagen, the best time to go is July. However, Copenhagen is a great destination between May and October, and if you go earlier in that period, you may be able to attend the world famous Copenhagen Carnival.

There is also a huge music festival called Copenhell in June, and August brings the Copenhagen Pride event.

If you want to avoid all of the crowds of tourists, you may consider going in the shoulder season. See below for details.

Important essentials for Copenhagen, Denmark

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Copenhagen, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent kit.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

 

What to wear/what to pack for Copenhagen, Denmark by month

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January

If you are traveling to Copenhagen in January, you will notice that it can be extremely cold. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C). This is not a great time to go, as many attractions are closed.

Don't know what your plans are? Check out what to do in Copenhagen in January

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February

February is frosty. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about half of the time. You won't be able to see many attractions during this time, due to the weather or closures.

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March

In March, Copenhagen is pretty cool. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Copenhagen, with several of the days of the month having rain. In March, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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April

In April, Copenhagen is pretty cool. Temperatures routinely are in the high 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Copenhagen, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 70%. April is when Copenhagen starts to open up again, and attractions like Tivoli gear up for the summer.

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May

In May, Copenhagen is chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Copenhagen, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 60%. If you're interested in going to Copenhagen Carnival, you will want to visit around this time (although check with the tourist office, as the dates change).

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June

If you are traveling to Copenhagen in June, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C). This is a good time to go if you want to beat the huge tourist crowds that come between July and August. You may be able to catch Carnival or the rock festival Copenhell.

Don't know what your plans are? Check out what to do in Copenhagen in June

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July

If you go to Copenhagen in July, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C). This is the time when all of the tourists visit the city, so expect crowds. Nevertheless, you will get to experience all that Copenhagen nightlife has to offer, such as nightly concerts at Tivoli and plenty of outdoor bars.

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August

August in Copenhagen is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time. There are lots of tourists in Copenhagen during this time, but there are also some excellent events, such as Copenhagen Pride. You will get to experience the full nightlife scene as well.

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September

September in Copenhagen is chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (mid 10s C). Nevertheless, since this is the shoulder season, crowds -- and prices -- are much smaller. So it may still be a good time to visit.

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October

If you visit Copenhagen during October, you might notice that it can be very chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. This is the end of the shoulder season, and there will be few crowds. However, events and attractions begin to shut down, so you should make sure whatever you want to see is still open.

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November

If you visit Copenhagen during November, you will probably notice that it can be very chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

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December

December in Copenhagen is brisk. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about half of the time. But if you visit at this time, you will experience beautiful Christmas events and markets. You will see beautiful Christmas lights and decorations, and be able to ice skate in Tivoli. If you don't mind the cold, this is a great time to go.

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Activities for Copenhagen, Denmark

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Copenhagen.


  • Copenhagen 3-hour City Highlights Bike Tour

    For a great intro to the city, consider a bike tour of City Hall and the old town. You will traverse the city like a local, as well as learn about the history and significance of the area, which makes it much more special.

    Check out the tour


  • Hamlet castle and Sweden tour

    Sweden is just minutes away from Copenhagen. For a great excursion, take a tour to see Sweden, as well as the famous Kronborg castle, of Hamlet fame.

    Check out the tour


  • Food tasting tour

    If you love food, crisscross the city with a local, tasting some of the top foods and wine.

    Check out the tour

The Copenhagen Opera House is a 1700 seat architectural wonder. If you come here when the opera is in session, you should definitely attend a show. You can buy tickets here. Just be sure to wear proper attire:

If you go to the National Museum, with its five different collections, expect to do a lot of walking. This is also true for the many palaces in Copenhagen, such as Amalienborg and Rosenborg Castle.


  • Small portable cooler

    Food and drinks can be expensive here, so you may consider this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.

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