Copenhagen Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Copenhagen

The best time to visit Copenhagen is from March to May or between June and August – depending on what you're looking for. While the summer brings the warmest weather and a number of popular, large-scale events, those looking for lower rates and fewer crowds can still enjoy the mild weather in the spring. From May through September, the streets come alive as cafes spill to the sidewalks and festivals fill the air with music. Beginning in October, the city goes into hibernation for the winter; the only exception is December, when hotels fill for holiday celebrations.  

Weather in Copenhagen

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Average Temperature (°F)
35.6
28.4
35.6
28.4
41
30.2
50
35.6
59
44.6
66.2
51.8
68
55.4
68
55.4
62.6
50
53.6
44.6
44.6
37.4
39.2
30.2
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Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
1.42
0.94
1.34
1.38
1.57
1.77
2.24
2.17
2.09
1.85
2.05
1.85
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

June-August

Copenhagen summers are comfortable, with high temperatures ranging from the mid- to high 60s. Still, you should pack some warm clothes to protect against cool winds, which sweep across from the Baltic Sea (even the summer sees its share of chilly breezes). You'll also want to bring an umbrella if you visit in July or August, since these are the wettest months of the year. Should you decide to attend one of the city's plethora of summer festivals, be sure to book your hotel and flights at least a few months in advance.

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September-November

Copenhagen is beautiful in the autumn, though chilly at times, with lows dipping into the high 30s by November. Bring plenty of sweaters or a thick coat. On the plus side, accommodations are cheaper this time of year than they are during the peak summer season. A few culture-focused events also take place in fall, including the Copenhagen Blues Festival and the MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival.

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December-February

You'll need plenty of warm clothes in winter  temps are bitter cold, with highs averaging in the mid- to upper-30s. If you do plan to brave the chill, we suggest planning your getaway for Christmastime when the streets are decorated. But remember, Christmas is another popular time to visit, so you may see a spike in room rates in December. Prices are generally low the rest of the season.

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March-May

While the weather isn't as warm as what you'll find in the summer (spring daytime temps hover in the low 40s to high 50s), March, April and May see fewer crowds, which translates to cheaper airfare and lower hotel rates. Plus, rain showers are not as prevalent during these months, and Tivoli Gardens' rides re-open in late March.

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Popular Times to Visit Copenhagen

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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