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Copenhagen Spring Guide: Top Places & Activities

Like most cities when the snow melts and the days get longer and warmer, Copenhagen comes back to life in spring. It is the time to go outside, enjoy sidewalk cafes, street parties and garden picnics and with Tivoli reopening in April, it is a season of celebration.

Explore the city from the water

When the sun comes out the Copenhagen's waterfront swiftly fills up with joyful faces and a sense of new life. The best way to take in these joyful views is from the water. An hour long tour during which you can relax and enjoy the view of colourful Nyhaven and Christianshavn and the iconic Little Mermaid statue, while a guide tells you in Danish, English, and German about the sights.

If you prefer to explore the city's canals at your own pace, you might want to try a kayak. Whether you choose a single seater or a double and go out on your own or choose a guided tour, a kayak gets you that bit closer to the sights along the shore.

Beauty at a cemeteryCherry blossoms at Bispebjerg Cemetery

It might be unexpected but Bispebjerg Cemetery is one of the city's most instragrammed locations, especially in spring. The countries largest cemetery includes several avenues lined with sakura or cherry blossom trees. In spring when the trees bloom, a look up to the skies fills your view with awe-inspiring pink flowers that lift the spirit.

Of course when visiting this sight it is important to remember its primary function as a graveyard and that many visitors will be there to grieve. You may want to combine your visit to the cemetery with a visit to nearby Grundtvig Church, which has an impressive Expressionist-style exterior but a Gothic interior.

Festival & Beer season

The Danes don't wait till summer to kick off their big array of festivals. From early spring to late fall, there are all sorts of festivals to enjoy. With a film festival, beer festival, several music festivals, art festivals, sporting events, and many more activities, you will be hard-pressed to find a time to visit Copenhagen when there isn't a festival to enjoy in spring.

For beer lovers, Copenhagen is a paradise. While the city is home to renowned beer names such as Carlsberg and Mikkeller, the thriving microbreweries and craft beer scene really sets the city apart. An exciting way to explore Copenhagen's beer culture is the Copenhagen Beerwalk. This self-guided pub crawl takes you to the city's best beer bars and introduces you to the best beers. With a Beerwalk ticket, you receive five tokens that you can exchange for a drink in selected bars throughout Copenhagen. It's the perfect opportunity to sample the city's diverse range of beers while immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere.

The King's GardenKing's Garden

In the city centre you will find a true oasis right next to the Rosenborg Castle. The King's Garden is the country's oldest royal garden, established in the early 1600s by King Christian IV. Originally set up in the Renaissance style but today not much remains of the garden's original design.

It has changed from a royal pleasure garden to a pleasure garden for all with large herbaceous borders, a rose garden, huge flowerbeds, grass lawns, a children's playground and several sculptures, including one of Hans Christian Andersen. The garden is open to all and is a great spot for a picnic or a relaxed stroll.

Ride a bike

Copenhagen is one of the world's most bicycle friendly cities and it has a strong bicycle culture with 49% of Copenhageners commuting to work or school by bike every day. With the sun coming out, biking is a great spring activity to explore the city. With bike lanes throughout the city and hardly any elevation, anyone can enjoy a day out on a bike.

There are lots of places across the city where you can rent a bike to go exploring by yourself or you can join one of the many guided bike tours on offer. Copenhagen is a compact city, perfect for cycling. For instance, biking from the city centre to Bispebjerg Cemetery on the northwest edge of the city will only take you about 25 minutes.