Best Time to Visit Denmark

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Denmark. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Copenhagen und Aalborg. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Denmark for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -3 °C to 22 °C
Waves Symbol 2 °C to 16 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.222.72 in (7 – 14 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 7.5 °C (Aalborg) and 8.6 °C (Copenhagen)
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Geographical location

Denmark is located north of Germany and the Federal Republic is the only internal border to a neighbouring country. The capital of the Kingdom is Copenhagen, whose metropolitan area is home to over 1.3 million people.

Denmark covers an area of around 27000 square miles and is home to 5.7 million people. The population density is thus only around 130 inhabitants per square kilometre (in comparison Germany: 223 people per km²).

Denmark is a so-called intercontinental state, as the official territory includes not only the Danish heartland between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, but also the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The Faroe Islands are geographically part of Europe, but Greenland is the largest island on earth in the Arctic part of North America.

The official currency is the Danish krone, Denmark has not yet adopted the euro. Largest cities after the capital Copenhagen are Aarhus in Midtjylland, Odense in the region of Syddanmark, Aalborg, Esbjerg and Randers.


Climate in Denmark

Pier among the rocks (Susanne Nilsson)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-SA 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Denmark has a cool temperate climate, with mild summers and cool winters. The popular travel destination in Scandinavia is almost completely surrounded by water, this natural barrier has a great influence on the weather and provides for maritime influences. This is reflected, for example, in the reduced winter temperatures caused by the North Atlantic current.

As a rule, permafrost is also rare in winter; although the values are often below freezing at night, they usually reach between 2 °C to 5 °C during the day between December and March. Western Denmark has quite moderate rainfall, in eastern Denmark it is even drier. There is no rainy season, there can be little rainfall every month.

Statistically most of the rain falls even in high summer (July). Day temperatures are usually between 19 °C to 23 °C, at night it cools down to 12 °C to 14 °C. Between May and August you can expect long days and lots of sunshine (up to 8.7 hours of sunshine per day).

Best Time to Visit Denmark: Overview

JanuaryJan
Winter
maximalmax. 2 °C
FebruaryFeb
Winter
maximalmax. 2 °C
MarchMar
Spring
maximalmax. 5 °C
AprilApr
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usually Pleasant
MayMay
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mostly Perfectmostly perfect climate in Denmark
JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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SeptemberSep
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mostly Perfectmostly perfect climate in Denmark
OctoberOct
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MaximumMax. 12 °C
Water max. 12 °C
NovemberNov
Late autumn
maximalmax. 7 °C
DecemberDec
Winter
maximalmax. 4 °C

When to go to Denmark?


The mild climate in summer offers ideal conditions for a holiday in Denmark and is therefore recommended as the best time to travel. However, the water temperatures in the Baltic and North Sea are more suitable all year round for the”hard-boiled”, since even in high summer temperatures rarely exceed 17 °C in the sea. On windless, particularly warm days, however, these values are ideal for a short refreshment – it is and remains a leap into the cool water.

The Danish island of Bornholm is known for its summerly good weather, statistically speaking the climate there is particularly friendly by Danish standards. In autumn and spring a bathing holiday is inconceivable anyway, but then there are still good temperatures for a city trip or long walks by the sea.

Copenhagen in particular, but also many smaller cities, have their very own charm in wintertime. So we do not generally advise against a trip to Denmark in winter, but summer is without a doubt the best time to travel in Scandinavia.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Denmark) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
CopenhagenMay, June, July, August, and September
AalborgJune, July, and August

Climate Charts Denmark

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Copenhagen

Climate Chart Copenhagen
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Aalborg

Climate Chart Aalborg
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Denmark

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Denmark, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Copenhagen (Denmark)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature11°16°20°22°21°18°12°
Night Temperature-2°-3°-1°11°14°14°11°
Water Temperature14°16°16°14°12°
Precipitation (inch)2.011.221.651.651.692.132.722.482.442.322.442.28
Rainy days117108899910101310
Hours of Sunshine124699876321
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Copenhagen is 8.6 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (17.2 °C)
Coldest month: January (0.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Copenhagen is 16 °C. Bathing would be very uncomfortable.

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 25.04 inch on 114 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Aalborg (Denmark)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature10°15°19°20°20°16°12°
Night Temperature-3°-3°-1°10°12°11°-1°
Precipitation (inch)1.691.381.381.421.732.012.482.242.562.62.442.17
Rainy days12798889912121412
Hours of Sunshine134688875321
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Aalborg is 7.5 °C.

Warmest month: July (15.7 °C)
Coldest month: January (-0.4 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 24.09 inch on 120 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 8.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.8 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


For culture lovers, the capital Copenhagen has endless possibilities to offer. Whether the Royal Theatre, the Opera House or the futuristically designed Concert Hall, Copenhagen has something for everyone. The famous bronze sculpture of the Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) is a world-famous symbol located in the port of the city. It is the symbol of Copenhagen and world-famous.

Other famous sights of Denmark are the castles Amalienborg and Rosenborg, the chalk cliffs Mön Klint and the rune stones of Jelling in the heart of Jutland. Aarhus has a popular open-air museum and the Moesgaard Museum, while families with children love Legoland Billund above all. If you like deep sea fishing in Denmark, you will find boat rentals and fishing boats in Spodsbjerg on the island of Langeland.

Popular Activities

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Copenhagen (Station Frederiksberg Kommune)
broken clouds     broken clouds, 3.6 °C
Clouds: 75 %       Wind: 18 mph SSO
Air Pressure: 1015 hPa       Humidity: 86 %
Last updated: 19th Dec 2018, 01:20 pm
The next days …
20th Dec 201821st Dec 201822nd Dec 201823rd Dec 201824th Dec 201825th Dec 2018
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Clouds: 92 %Clouds: 92 %Clouds: 92 %Clouds: 91 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 75 %
0.08 in of rain0.34 in of rain0.04 in of rain0.01 in of rain0.06 in of rain0.02 in of rain
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Important Regions and Cities

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Denmark: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for Denmark holiday already. Average rating is 2 of 5 stars.
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    Marie, 25 years old was there in December

    At the beginning there was sunshine and then it started to snow. It was quite cold, but perfect weather to experience the Scandinavian winter.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Rolf, 57 years old was there in December

    For the north rather warm (temperatures never below 0°C), but wind and rain every day, only on one of 4 days short periods of sunshine

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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