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Amsterdam & Copenhagen


In 2016, when our daughter decided to study abroad in Copenhagen for a semester, we decided we would travel to a place we never before imagined visiting, and we were so happy we did! Although we went in Spring, it was still a bit cold, but definitely manageable and worth it! Since we would be traveling far, we also decided that we would stop somewhere new along the way, and that’s how we ended up in Amsterdam. As a general note, I always try to order as many museum and tour tickets before leaving on my vacation, so that I can avoid as many lines as possible while there.

My daughter has compiled a list of activities, sites, food, and shopping from her time in Denmark. Download here.

My Itinerary

April 12


Check into Hotel Fita

  • Central location

  • A little noisy outside (there’s a preschool outside)

Lunch at Blushing Cafe

  • Very good

Van Gogh museum

Tulips and I Amsterdam sign in Museumplein Park

Beer and wine at Cobra Café

  • Good atmosphere

Dinner at The Pantry

  • Authentic Dutch restaurant

  • Really good

Walk back, started raining

  • Beautiful rainbow 

April 13

Breakfast at Bagels and Beans

  • Cute local coffee house 

Rijks museum

  • Large national museum


9 streets area

Lunch at Le Pain Quotidien

Anne Frank House

  • Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time, so you don’t have to wait in a very long line. Keep checking the website daily because tickets open up all of the time

Dinner at Casa di Sergio

April 14

Breakfast at Hotel Fita

  • Yummy pancake 

Tour of Royal Palace

Sex Museum

  • This wasn’t part of our original plan, but I found the history provided incredibly interesting! 

Lunch at Mandarijn

  • Chinese food

  • REALLY good  

Albert Cuyp Markt

  • Walk around

  • Yummy poffertjes (little pancakes)

Heineken Experience

  • Lots of fun 

  • Reserve this before heading to Amsterdam to ensure that you will get to do this activity when you want

Dinner at La Luna

  • Argentinian steak house

  • VERY good meal

  • Cute, small place 

April 15

Breakfast at Hotel Fita

Fly to Copenhagen 

Check into Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

Walk into inner Copenhagen 

Dinner at Café G

  • Cute Danish ambience

  • Good food

April 16

Train station to get Copenhagen Card

Take train to Vesterbro for breakfast at Mad & Kaffe

  • Good but really long wait (get there early!)

  • Create-your-own breakfast/brunch (pick 3, 5, or 7 items from menu)

Train and Metro to Kongens Nytorv 

Walk to Nyhavn

  • Saw colorful houses along canal/harbor

Walk to Amalienborg Royal Palace

Walk to Kastellet (The Citadel)

Walk to Little Mermaid statue

Walk around Rosenborg gardens 

Late lunch at Paludan Bog & Café

  • Self-seating - usually really busy, so have someone in your group find a table while someone else waits in line

  • Really good food 

Walk up Round Tower

  • Beautiful views of the city 

Copenhagen Cathedral

  • Very pretty inside

Tivoli Gardens

  • Not fully open yet - seasonal closings, so check in advance

  • Amusement park

Dinner at Grøften

  • Typical Danish setting

  • Good food

Walk around Tivoli

April 17

Train to Malmö, Sweden

  • Customs at first train stop 

Malmö Castle

  • Art exhibit about dads and kids

  • Art exhibit about refugees from WWII

Walk into town square 

Lunch at Mello Yello

See St. Petri Church

  • Malmö's oldest church

Train back to Copenhagen


  • Green light district

  • No cameras allowed! 

Dinner at Paper Island

April 18

Breakfast at Baresso

  • Big coffee chain in Denmark 

  • Based on my research, Baresso was acquired by a different company and is now Espresso House

Walk around


  • Parliament building 

Lunch at Torvehallerne (Glass Market food court)

Kronborg Castle

  • AKA "Hamlet's Castle"

  • Really interesting 

Walk through Tivoli again

Dinner at El Viejo Mexico

  • REALLY good

April 19

Coffee and croissant at train station

Take train to Humlebæk station 

Walk to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

  • Located outside of Copenhagen but worth a visit

Train back to Copenhagen

Botanical gardens

Take train to Farum

  • This is where my daughter lived when she studied abroad 

April 20

Head back home

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