Do you want to know what to wear in Copenhagen in Spring? n this guide we will tell you EXACTLY what to pack for Copenhagen no matter if you are visiting in March, April or May. This includes guidance on how to dress for the weather, dress codes as well as Copenhagen special events in Spring.
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Spring Weather Copenhagen
Spring in Copenhagen is classified as March, April and May. March is technically the first month of Spring, but is also the coldest with the temperatures slowly rising as the season progresses. But how cold is Copenhagen in Spring?
How cold is Copenhagen in Spring?
How cold Copenhagen in Spring feels very much depends on when you visit. March is the coldest Spring month by far and still feels pretty wintery in Copenhagen with temperature ranges of 6°C/ 42F to 1°C/33F and you will still find people will using their Winter capsule wardrobes.
However the temperatures rise quickly and by May the temperatures will have average lows and highs of 16°C/61F and 8°C / 46F.
How rainy is in Copenhagen in Spring?
As well as being the coldest Spring month March is also the wettest and generally speaking there are 9 days of rainfall in March. While April and May are considerably drier with 7 and 6 days of rain respectively.
So whatever Spring month you are traveling to Copenhagen is is always worth having a lightweight waterproof jacket and a good quality compact travel umbrella with you.
Note: we always recommend checking the forecast at your destination(s) 7 days out from travel to make sure there are no expected weather fronts i.e. heatwaves or cold snaps.
How do local people dress in Copenhagen in Spring ?
What to Wear in Copenhagen in Spring
Before we get onto the specifics of what to wear in Copenhagen in Spring for women and men, we wanted to reiterate that we think it is a great idea to pack a capsule wardrobe. It means you are less likely to lose your luggage when traveling and prevents you from overpacking. For help in packing a capsule wardrobe check out these posts.
Best Shoes for Copenhagen in Spring
But first we will turn our attention to shoes for Copenhagen in Spring.
Sneakers in my opinion are the best shoe for Copenhagen no matter what month you are there. Any Copenhagen city break involves lots of walking with Tivoli Gardens and beautiful castles to see. And it should come as no suprise that there are lots of cobble stone streets in the city which mean you will need comfortable walking shoes.
My favorite brand of sneakers for walking are Hoka and AllBirds, however you also can’t go wrong with a plain white sneaker as they go with everything. One of my favorite pairs of white sneakers is the Adidas Cloud Foam shoes.
But if it is going to be rainy during your trip you may want some waterproof sneakers such as the Ecoo Soft 7.
Ankle Boots or Sandals
Depending on the month of travel will depend on what your second shoe for Copenhagen in Spring should be. In March, a boot is the most practical choice. However in May it is becoming sandal season. Whichever you pick just be sure that they have a good sole and arch support.
What to Wear in Copenhagen in Spring for Women
So what does a Copenhagen Packing List for Spring look like? For women we recommend packing:
Coat / Jacket
Again depending on what month in Spring you are traveling to Copenhagen will affect the jacket you should pack. For March we recommend a heavier weight jacket such as a puffer jacket. However by May you can get away with something much lighter such as a denim jacket.
Trousers and pants are a great versatile pick for Copenhagen. In March and April in particular jeans are a great pick. We just recommend picking smarter jeans such as black jeans or dark blue jeans that are more fitted or skinny jeans to be more in keeping with local European style.
However towards the end of May you may want to pack some lighter trousers as well as jeans such as linen trousers.
Skirts and Dresses
Midi and Maxi dresses are perfect for Copenhagen in Spring. Though in March a sweater dress may be a better idea paired with tights. However by May a nice floral summer dress is appropriate.
The month of travel will again determine the most appropriate layers to pack and March will obviously need more layers than May. However we always recommend lots of lighter layers instead of chunky knits because they are easier to pack and layer.
We recommend having a cardigan, sweater and a hoodie for daytime sightseeing in Copenhagen.
T Shirts are perfect for Copenhagen in Spring. In March I would recommend having a mix of long and short sleeve tees but by May I would have largely transitioned to short sleeve ones.
Loose blouses are perfect for Copenhagen no matter what Spring month you are traveling. I particularly like them for evenings paired with a waterfall cardigan or sweater in March in particular.
PJs or Nightie, Underwear and Socks
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Copenhagen can be a dazzling city in spring so be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses with good UVA protection.
What to Wear in Copenhagen in Spring Packing List for Men
Alongside our regular men’s travel essentials we recommend adding the following items to your men’s packing list for Copenhagen in Spring:
The thickness is dependent on the month of travel with March requiring much thicker than May.
Jeans are great for daytime sightseeing in Copenhagen. But on top of jeans men will also find chinos and dockers helpful.
T Shirts and Shirts
T shirts are great for days sightseeing. In March we recommend having a mix of long and short sleeves, but by May you are likely only going to need short sleeve t shirts.
And on top of t shirts you may also want to pack a button down shirt for use in more upscale restaurants such as Geranium.
A hoodie, jumper and sweater alongside the jacket are the perfect layers for 7 days in Copenhagen.
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What to pack for Copenhagen in Spring (Non Clothing)
- Crossbody Bag – unfortunately any tourist site attracts pickpockets and Denmark is no different. A crossbody bag with lots of zips is the best way to protect your belongings.
- Backpack – for storing items on your day trips.
- Travel adaptor – Denmark uses traditional European plugs so UK and US visitors will need a universal adaptor to make their electronics work.
- Power Pack / battery packs
- Sun screen
- Lipbalm – especially important for March when the cold weather can chafe your lips.
- Compact Umbrella – important for any month but especially for March.
- Travel First Aid Kit
- Blister plasters
- Toiletries – for our essential toiletries packing list click here. However toiletries should be easy to buy in Copenhagen if you want to big them on arrival.
FAQs About Copenhagen in Spring
Are there places in Copenhagen with a dress code?
Copenhagen is renowned for its amazing food scene. Although Noma is no longer open there are still plenty of bucket list food destinations. For these upscale restaurants such as Geranium for instance most people will adopt a smart casual dress code so be sure to have one outfit that meets this requirement.
Can you wear jeans in Copenhagen?
You can absolutely wear jeans in Copenhagen in Spring. In fact I would always pop them on my Copenhagen Spring packing list especially for March and April.
And I would have one other type of trouser with you such as black pant or chino for Spring.
Have you been to Copenhagen in Spring? What did you wear? We would love you to tell us in the comments below!