Copenhagen to Stockholm: Take the Train to Parks, Palaces & Points of Interest

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Travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm on the SJ High Speed Train

Traveling by Train From Copenhagen to Stockholm

Do you have plans to travel to Scandinavia? You should definitely consider adding Copenhagen and Stockholm to your itinerary. These two cities have much to see and do and with the SJ High-Speed Train, you can travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm is just over 5 hours. The SJ High Speed train is not like any other train in Europe! It is a tilting high speed train traveling at speeds of up to 125 mph!

Enjoy a nice breakfast in or around your hotel/hostel in Copenhagen then set out for Denmark’s largest railway station, the Copenhagen Central Station. Here you’ll board the SJ High-Speed Train that will travel directly to the Stockholm Central Train Station – coincidentally, the largest railway station in Sweden! The train journey takes approximately 5 hours, and fares begin at $105 per person. You can purchase individual train tickets that include a seat reservation, or if you are traveling extensively throughout Denmark & Sweden, you can get a Eurail Denmark-Sweden Pass. If you’ll be exploring all of Scandinavia, a Eurail Scandinavia Pass would be your best option. Whichever pass you decide on, you would simply purchase a seat reservation at an additional fee to travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm. Keep in mind, if you choose to travel with a Eurail pass, children ages 4-11 travel free with an adult (up to 2 children per each paying adult.) If you’re traveling with a family, this is a wonderful benefit to take advantage of!

Things to See & Do in Copenhagen and Stockholm

Here’s a great list of must-see & do activities when you travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm, do one or all, the choice is up to you!

10. The Tower at Christiansborg Palace – You won’t find a more unique or magnificent view of the city of Copenhagen then the one you get from the tower of Christiansborg Palace. This highest tower in Copenhagen and is open to the public every day of the week – with the exception of Mondays. The tower is the property of the Danish Parliament – and it was the members of this parliament who made it possible for the tower to be open to the public, so all who live and visit Copenhagen could take advantage of the amazing views. A visit to the tower is free of charge. Bring your travels to new heights with a visit to the Tower at Christiansborg Palace! You can use the Copenhagen Card to reach the Christiansborg Palace.

9. The Vasa Museum – You’ll want to make a point to add this museum to your list of things-to-do in Stockholm! The Vasa Museum is credited with being the most visited museum in all of Scandinavia. At this museum you’ll find the only 17th century ship, almost entirely in tact to be salvaged. Aside from seeing this amazing ship, you’ll get to explore the rest of the museum to see various items that were recovered from the wreckage. A great way to spend a few hours of your day in Stockholm.

8. A Walk Down Strøget – Take a walk down Strøget, Copenhagen’s car-free pedestrian area. This section of the city is lined with stores and shops, art, food and more. Note that it will take some time to travel down, as during the summer, there could be as many as 80,000 pedestrians walking about. Certainly a path to travel at least once on your visit, however, if you’re not a big fan of crowded areas, you may want to stick to the side streets instead, which are also filled with unique shops to visit!

7. Stockholm’s Old Town – Explore Stockholm’s Gamla Stan – one of the largest and best preserved medieval European city centers. It is here that the city was founded in 1252. Walking around the Old Town you’ll find some unique museums, gorgeous cathedrals and even a palace! You can easily spend hours getting lost around the streets of Stockholm’s Old Town, and what better way to spend an afternoon? Be sure to add the Gamla Stan to your list of must-do’s for Stockholm!

6. Amalienborg Palace – Serving as the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family, Amalienborg Palace is considered to be one of the greatest displays of Rococco architecture. If you pay a visit to this palace, you’ll want to experience the changing of the Royal Guard. Each day the guards march from their posts in Gothersgade pass by Rosenborg Castle and through the streets of Copenhagen to end up at Amalienborg. At this point of the ceremony is where the changing of the guard takes place at noon. A spectacular site of pomp and circumstance that you’ll not want to miss. With the Copenhagen City Sightseeing Tour, you can hop off at the Amalienborg Palace to begin your visit.

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Royal Guards in full dress at Copenhagen’s Amaliensborg Palace

5. The Royal Palace of Stockholm – Come and visit The King at his official residence & workplace – The Royal Palace of Stockholm. This palace is where many of the monarchy’s official receptions take place. With the combination of royal residence, workplace and historical monument makes the Royal Palace of Stockholm one of the most unique among Europe’s royal residences. The palace, built in a baroque style, is open year-round to visitors and you will see that it houses many interesting things to see – from the Royal Apartments, to the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the medieval history of the palace and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities – this palace is a must-see for your trip to Stockholm.

4. Little Mermaid Statue – Each year over 1 million people come to Copenhagen to visit the statue of the Little Mermaid. Sculpted by Edvard Eriksen, the statue was completed in 1913. Since her time in the harbor, the Little Mermaid has experienced some highs and lows. She’s lost her head a few times, lost her arm back in 1984, has been covered in paint a total of 5 times and even knocked off her stone pedestal with the use of explosives. But, bad things aside, the statue remains in-tact and welcomes visitors to the harbor with grace and dignity. Be sure to plan some time to visit her and take a few pictures – each year over 5 million are snapped of this iconic lady! Use your Copenhagen City Sightseeing Tour to take you to see the Little Mermaid statue.

3. Gröna Lund’s Amusement Park – Take the family to Sweden’s oldest amusement park – Gröna Lund. Here you can enjoy typical amusement park fun on things like the tunnel of love, a variety of roller coasters and adult & kiddie rides alike – there’s even a funhouse here! But even more so, Gröna Lund is known for its rock and pop music concerts. You can easily reach the park from the city center by taking a taxi, tram, bus and even ferry. After a day of sightseeing, why not rest up and start the next day at Gröna Lund – you won’t be disappointed!

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Entrance to Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen Denmark. Some rights reserved by Mustang Joe

2. Tivoli Gardens – You cannot visit Copenhagen without making a stop at the well-known Tivoli Gardens, it would be like traveling to Paris and London and not seeing the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben! This park opened in 1843 and due to its overwhelming success, it flourished into the amusement park that stands today. In the 18th and 19th centuries, pleasure gardens began to appear in major cities of interest and were often called Tivoli or Vauxhall. The aim of these gardens were to provide a place for people to gather for music, to enjoy the outdoor pavilions and of course, walk down the lush promenades. Tivoli was well-received by Copenhagen and amusements and restaurants were added throughout the years. Today, the park is visited by millions each year.

1. Travel by Train From Copenhagen to Stockholm – Once you’ve explored all that Copenhagen has to offer, get on-board the SJ High-Speed Train to Stockholm. You’ll arrive right in the heart of the city (definitely a benefit of traveling by train) ready to begin your Stockholm sightseeing. The travel time is only 5 hours – think about the gorgeous scenery you’ll see en-route during that time!

No trip to Scandinavia would be complete without visiting Copenhagen and Stockholm. They are iconic cities to Scandinavia, and traveling by train between these two cities couldn’t be easier. In addition, with the amount of amazing activities, sites and excursions to experience, you will travel back home with long-lasting memories and will find yourself talking friends and family into taking a similar trip!

If you’re thinking about traveling to Europe, why not consider taking the train from Copenhagen to Stockholm, you won’t be disappointed! Don’t forget to share your Copenhagen and Stockholm travel stories with us – and any additional items you think should be on a list of must sees!

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