Best time to visit Copenhagen

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Best time of year to visit Copenhagen

Late spring and summer is the best time to visit Copenhagen. Sunny, breezy spring is about fewer crowds and lower rates. Warm season from June through September is full of popular events and festivals, such as Roskilde and Strøm. This also perfect time for exploring the Tivoli Gardens or watching deer in Dyrehaven. Autumn in Copen can be a pleasant time to cycle, but most of the attractions have reduced opening hours.
Although freezy winter is the period of city's hibernation, December is all about Danish festively decorated hygge streets, and hotels are full of tourists.

17 THINGS TO DO IN COPENHAGEN (JULY 06 - JULY 15)

Freetown Christiania

Freetown Christiania

May–September (all year round) • activity

One of Copenhagen's most famous attractions, a town inside a town

Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Copenhagen Jazz Festival

July 03–12, 2020 • event

Catch local and international jazz stars at the premier destination for music lovers

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

mid-April–late October • activity

Both interesting to those who are looking for bargains or local culture and lifestyle

Dyrehaven (Deerpark)

Dyrehaven (Deerpark)

May–September | September–February • nature

An ex-royal hunting ground is now a great place for deer watching

Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød

May–September • food

Don't mistake smørrebrød for a plain sandwich, because it isn't

Cycling

Cycling

April–October • activity

A way to really feel like a local is to ride across the city along with thousands of other Copenhageners

Tivoli Gardens (Summer Season)

Tivoli Gardens (Summer Season)

April 02–September 20, 2020 • activity

The oldest amusement park in the world invites for some of the most magical and nostalgic rides of all times, and lots of other exciting adventures

Tower of Our Saviour's Church

Tower of Our Saviour's Church

March–mid-December • activity

Copenhagens themselves voted for the view from the top as the best panorama of the city

Kayaking

Kayaking

May–September • activity

Join one of the kayaking tours and see Copenhagen from a new angle

Copenhagen's Parks

Copenhagen's Parks

mid-April–mid-October • activity

Drops of green, perfect for a break from the city's buzz

Superkilen Park

Superkilen Park

April–October • activity

A very unusual and colorful park in Copenhagen's most modern neighborhood

Baby Swans

Baby Swans

May–July • nature

Little fuzzy and grey cygnets that inspired Andersen's famous "The Ugly Duckling"

Botanisk Have (Botanical Garden)

Botanisk Have (Botanical Garden)

April–July | late November–February • activity

A great place to hide from the cold in winter and to observe unique plants in summer

Craft Beer on the Waterfront

Craft Beer on the Waterfront

May–September • activity

Of course, there's Tuborg and Carlsberg. But there's also something much more interesting

Picnic in the Kongens Have

Picnic in the Kongens Have

May–September • activity

A perfect plan for a warm summer evening

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–August • activity

Locals have learned not to take summer for granted, sun and warmth is cherished and enjoyed to its fullest

Pickled Herring

Pickled Herring

all year round • food

Pickled Herring as almost anything in Denmark, is a part of the Viking heritage

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Saint Lucia Day

Saint Lucia Day

December 13 • event

The festival is celebrated through numerous candle walks, but the best of them must be the lighted kayaks procession along the Nyhavn canal

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November 16 2019–January 05 2020 • event

The best way to get into the festive spirit is to visit a Christmas market—the vendors seem to be aware of the deepest desires of your Christmas heart

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

June 27–July 04, 2020 • event

The largest music event in Northern Europe was inspired by Woodstock

Copenhagen Pride Week

Copenhagen Pride Week

August 18–23, 2020 • event

Once a year the world's LGBT community gathers in the most gay-friendly place on the planet to celebrate themselves

Distortion

Distortion

June 03–07, 2020 • event

A week of massive daytime street parties and nightclub events

Hubertusjagt

Hubertusjagt

November 01, 2020 • event

Tens of thousands come to see annual fox hunt and ride, an amusing long-established tradition from 1900, and don't worry—not a single animal is going to suffer

Sankt Hans Aften (Midsummer)

Sankt Hans Aften (Midsummer)

June 23 • event

A Nordic tradition, celebrated on the night before the Midsummer's Day

Strøm Festival

Strøm Festival

August 12–16, 2020 • event

The top electronic music festival in Scandinavia invades the city of Copenhagen for an entire week

Studenterkørsel

Studenterkørsel

late June • event

A two-week long party for the fresh graduates

Copenhagen Mooning Week

Copenhagen Mooning Week

December 03–08, 2019 • event

Join and bare your bum for charity

World Santa Claus Congress

World Santa Claus Congress

July 20–23, 2020 • event

True Christmas spirit...in the middle of summer

Copenhagen Marathon

Copenhagen Marathon

May 17, 2020 • event

You'll be surprised how much of a running nation the Danes are

Gløgg

Gløgg

late November–early January • food

Essentially gløgg is like mulled wine, but with some additional treats

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

December–February • activity

Every other outing in winter leads to a skating rink and Copenhagen also has a few nice places for this winter joy

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx)

Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx)

April 23–May 03, 2020 • event

The world's largest architecture festival embraces 3 cities, around 40 venues, 150 events, over 10 days, and thousands of visitors

Fastelavn

Fastelavn

February 14, 2021 • event

Come and try the old Danish tradition of 'tilting at the cat in the barrel'

Crocus Blooming at Rosenborg Castle

Crocus Blooming at Rosenborg Castle

mid-March–early April • nature

A combination of the beauty of nature and Danish design

Christmas Food

Christmas Food

late November–early January • food

Danes are creative when it comes to celebrating Christmas

TrygFonden Christiansborg Rundt Copenhagen Swim

TrygFonden Christiansborg Rundt Copenhagen Swim

August 29, 2020 • event

This must be the only capital city where you can swim in clean canals in the very downtown overlooked by state's parliament buildings

Last updated:
jan
6.7
feb
6.8
mar
7
apr
7.5
may
8.1
jun
8.6
jul
8.9
aug
8.9
sep
8.4
oct
7.6
nov
7.1
dec
6.8

Copenhagen weather in January

6.7/10 score
Good
3° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
7h 44m
daylight duration
Due to the oceanic climate, Copenhagen has a moderate temperature even during the coldest month of winter. It’s not too freezing and usually stays around 0°C (32°F). But it’s still rather cold and dark. Chilly northerly wind makes sightseeing rather unpleasant. The temperature can easily drop below freezing during the night. Rain and Snow can fall for 18 days this month. The snow, however, doesn’t stay on the ground for too long due to moderate temperature. Due to the northerly geographic position, Copenhagen gets an average of 4 hours of sunshine per day in January. If you still decide to visit Copenhagen during this month pack plenty of warm layers, wind and waterproof outwear, gloves and a hat.

Copenhagen weather in February

6.8/10 score
Good
3° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
9h 34m
daylight duration
If you don’t want to spoil your impression of Copenhagen, avoid visiting the city in February. The temperature is not much warmer than in January. But the freezing wind gets worse. It’s still rather dark and dull outside, and Christmas Lights are long gone. The temperature stays slightly above freezing during the day and falls below freezing at night. Rain and snow fall on average for 15 days this month. Fresh snow looks very pretty on Copenhagen roofs, however, it rarely stays on the ground for a long time. If you decide to visit the city during February, pack warm boots, an insulated jacket, gloves, hats, and scarves.

Copenhagen weather in March

7/10 score
Very good
5° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
11h 53m
daylight duration
March still feels a lot like winter in Copenhagen. The weather is only slightly warmer than in January or February. With about 5°C (41°F) it may seem quite bearable. But the main problem is the chilly northerly wind that continues to blow making it really hard to stay outdoors for over half-hour. On the positive side, the sun shows more often. There are four hours of sunshine per day in March. From mid-March, you can see blooming flowers here and there. There is as much rain as in February for about 15 days. Rain is a more typical form of precipitation. You will still need a warm jacket, gloves, and a hat to travel to Copenhagen during this time.

Copenhagen weather in April

7.5/10 score
Very good
9° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
14h 12m
daylight duration
April weather in Copenhagen is capricious and full of surprises. It can be perfectly warm and sunny and then freezing and windy on the next day. You can see gentle cherry blossoms and experience snow or even hail. Overall, warmer temperatures guarantee a much better experience in the city. There are about 5 hours of sunshine every day. During afternoons it can be around 10°C (50°F) or more which makes lengthy walks much more enjoyable. However at night and early mornings it’s still rather cold. In April, rain is possible for 15 days so don’t forget an umbrella and pack plenty of warm layers to prepare yourself to all of April’s nasty surprises.

Copenhagen weather in May

8.1/10 score
Excellent
13° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
16h 17m
daylight duration
May brings lots of good weather for sightseeing, walking and cycling in Copenhagen. It’s finally warm enough for t-shirts and shorts. While the beginning of the month may still be rainy or windy, the second half is sunnier and warmer. Most outdoor cafes and other businesses that close for the winter reopen in May. It might be still chilly on the beaches due to the breeze coming in off the water, but overall it’s very pleasant to stay outdoors and there are eight hours of sunshine. The seawater is still cold, at about 10°C (50°F). May is not too rainy. It’s actually one of the dryest months of the year with just 12 wet days. If you plan to visit in May pack a few sweaters or a light jacket for early mornings and evenings.

Copenhagen weather in June

8.6/10 score
Excellent
16° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
17h 25m
daylight duration
June is one of the best months to visit Copenhagen. Temperature can finally reach the perfect 20 degrees Celsius (69 Fahrenheit). These rare perfect summer days cause much enthusiasm in Copenhagen, and everybody tries to get outdoors and do some sports or activities. The beach season starts in June. With eight hours of sunshine and 15°C (59°F) of sea temperature sunbathing and swimming is possible. You can finally sit for hours in outdoor cafes and patios in Copenhagen without getting cold. However, there is one drawback in June’s weather. It’s rainfall that becomes more intensive comparing to May. There are 16 rainy days this month so you will definitely need an umbrella and a waterproof jacket.

Copenhagen weather in July

8.9/10 score
Excellent
19° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
16h 50m
daylight duration
Sunny and warm, July is one of the best months to visit Copenhagen. This month you can experience the perfect summer weather in Copenhagen which is about 21-24°C (70-75°F). If you don’t like the heat, you will feel very comfortable with moderate Copenhagen summer wether. With eight hours of daily sunshine and a sea temperature of 18°C (64°F). you can go to the beach or plan various outdoor activities like hiking and cycling. Danes usually take maximum advantage of warm summer days visiting parks, outdoor music festivals, and the countryside. An occasional downpour will not spoil your vacation since rains are quite short and are followed by clear skies. There are 15 wet days this month which is less than in June.

Copenhagen weather in August

8.9/10 score
Excellent
19° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
14h 58m
daylight duration
The last summer month in Copenhagen is warm, rainy and sunny. It is the hottest month of the year, but the temperature rarely exceeds 21°C (70°F). So if you are not a fan of the heat, you will feel perfectly comfortable in Copenhagen during this month. There is a nice breeze coming from the seaside with the water warming up to 18°C (64°F). Summer afternoons in Copenhagen are perfectly warm and sunny. Days start to get shorter, but there is plenty of daylight time to enjoy. Rain is the main problem in August, which is one of the wettest months of the year. You can experience precipitation for 16 days this month, so don’t forget to pack an umbrella and a waterproof jacket.

Copenhagen weather in September

8.4/10 score
Excellent
16° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
12h 43m
daylight duration
September is still a great time to visit Copenhagen. Despite the slightly dropping temperatures, it’s still very pleasant and nice. The weather reminds of May, only it’s wetter and not as sunny. But with about five hours of sunshine per day, you can still squeeze in plenty of activities in your day. Early September is still suitable to visit the beach, where seawater is still fairly warm. In the second half of September, temperatures tend to get lower, and you will already need a jacket to walk out in the mornings and nights. Rainfall is less intense than in August, but still quite frequent. There are 15 rainy days this month so don’t forget to pack some waterproof clothes and shoes.

Copenhagen weather in October

7.6/10 score
Very good
11° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
10h 25m
daylight duration
October is beautiful in Copenhagen due to fall foliage that colors the town in gold tones. However, the weather could have been better. This month already feels rather cold, and heavy rains won’t make your stay better. With just three hours of sunshine per day, it already feels like winter. But the temperature is still quite moderate in October, and if you get lucky you can experience some warm, dry and sunny weather. If you are not so lucky cold wind from the Baltic Sea will bring chilly weather and cold rain. On average, there are about 19 days of rain this month. So you will likely get wet at some point. Bring warm layers, waterproof clothes and shoes to be ready for weather surprises in October.

Copenhagen weather in November

7.1/10 score
Very good
8° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
8h 18m
daylight duration
It gets colder and rainier in November. A good weather window to visit Copenhagen has closed. There is just one hour of sunshine per day on average. Gloomy grey skies and constant chilly rain is a good time to visit bars, museums and coffee shops, but not to be outside. Be prepared to winterish weather and temperatures. It may seem OK to bear 5°C (41°F), but the cold wind that comes from the sea will make you feel much colder. November is also one of the wettest months with 19 rainy days. So make sure you pack waterproof and insulated clothes and footwear. Pack your gloves, a hat and get ready to spend a lot of time indoors enjoying great Danish cuisine and pastries.

Copenhagen weather in December

6.8/10 score
Good
4° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
7h 08m
daylight duration
Christmas season is absolutely magical in Copenhagen. It’s a compensation for all the bad weather that you will have to experience in December. With the shortest days throughout the year, December is very dark, gloomy and wet. It’s not freezing, but 2°C (36°F) feels much worse due to the chilly breeze coming from the sea. At night temperatures drop below freezing. There is a chance to experience some snow in Copenhagen in December which makes the city really beautiful, but unfortunately, freezing rain is more common. There are 18 wet days this month when you can experience rain, snow or both. Pack lots of warm layers, insulated outwear and prepare to spend more time indoors indulging in Danish food and beverages.