Copenhagen Weather May Averages, Denmark

    Copenhagen Weather for May 2021

    What's the Weather Like in Copenhagen in May

    The significant warming trend continues into May as Copenhagen really begins to awaken from its winter slumber. While morning temperatures may still be on the chilly side, the afternoons can be pleasant and allow visitors to truly enjoy all that the city has to offer.

    Additionally, most businesses and sites that were closed for the winter months are now beginning to reopen as the city once again spills into the streets. This is also typically the last time to score a good deal on a hotel room or flight before the main crowds begin to visit the city.


    Visitors will still need to bring a jacket with them, but the average daily temperature has climbed to a very respectable 12°C (54°F) for this time of the year. While the wind coming in off the water can make it feel cooler, you won't be beset by the brutal cold of the winter months. For the first time this year, overnight temperatures are well above the freezing mark. Overnight lows will fall to an average of 7°C (45°F). Meanwhile, the average afternoon highs will climb to 16°C (61°F).


    Rain is still a near constant threat for the city as the region will experience an average of 14 days experiencing measurable rainfall. Much of this rain will fall over a short amount of time allowing visitors to get back outside as soon as the storm passes by. Overall, the city receives an average of 40mm of precipitation throughout the month. However, with temperatures well above freezing for the first time since winter, there is no chance of experiencing frozen precipitation.

    Average Sea Temperature and Sunshine Hours

    While it is still too cool to enjoy the beach this month, it won't be long before visitors can dip their toes in the surf. Average water temperatures for this time of the year are a cool 10°C (50°F). However, if the afternoon is warm enough, visitors are able to enjoy the beach and soak up some sun. The region experiences an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day during this time of the year. 

    Copenhagen Hotels in May

    Wakeup Copenhagen Borgegade

    For those on a budget, the Wakeup Copenhagen Borgegade is the perfect choice for a May holiday. Located in the heart of the city, guests are able to experience all the city has to offer without breaking the bank. In all, the hotel is home to 498 rooms that are each equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi and flat screen televisions.

    First Hotel Mayfair

    Perfect for business or pleasure, the First Hotel Mayfair offers 106 rooms in a variety of styles to fit just about anyone's budget. This boutique hotel exudes a relaxed vibe that doesn't compromise its sophistication, while its rooms are equipped with all the home comforts you'd expect. Guests are also able to take advantage of the free WiFi, special group rates, bike rentals and more.

    Skt. Petri

    Occupying a former department store, Skt. Petri is the place to lodge if you're looking for a luxury boutique stay in the centre of town. Each of the hotel's room and suites are furnished and decorated to the highest possible standards, and guests are encouraged to make use of their gourmet onsite dining options. 

    Bars and Restaurants

    The Standard

    The Standard combines food with music in the best possible way. Guests are able to dine at one of three restaurants either before or after listening to world-class jazz. Utilising fresh ingredients, the chefs take traditional Danish food to an entirely new level. Additionally, the restaurant is now open for lunch for those who may have other plans later in the day.

    Sticks n Sushi

    Those looking for something different while in Copenhagen should take advantage of some of the best sushi in the city at Sticks n Sushi. With three different locations, guests will have options for reservations or they can order for takeaway. With a lengthy menu, there is something for everyone and plenty for everyone to share.

    Cafe Norden

    Copenhagen is home to countless fashionable eateries and one place that really stands the test of time is Cafe Norden. Fronted by a classic art-deco facade, this cafe has become a staple of the city's coffee shop scene and serves up a mouth-watering array of hot drinks, brunches, light lunch dishes and cakes. 

    Culture Box

    Culture Box is your home for electronic dance music in Copenhagen. Several distinct spaces offer different types of music including electro, techno and drum 'n bass. While the line can be somewhat long, it is worth the wait to get inside and dance the night away while enjoying classy cocktails throughout the evening. 

    Things to do in Copenhagen in May

    Botanical Garden

    With the spring weather really beginning to take effect, May is a good time to explore the verdant parkland of Copenhagen. Visit the University of Copenhagen's Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have), which encompasses a formidable collection of plants and fungi. The onsite museum is home to its own seed bank and library, while the gardens also make a great place to relax with a picnic for warm afternoons. 


    One part of the town that really deserves a visit is Christianshavn, which can be easily reached by foot, bike or public transport. Home to the stunning Royal Danish Opera House, this district is known for its Amsterdam-style canals, handsome architecture and a buzzing cafe culture. Climb to the top of the helix spire of the baroque-style Our Saviour Church, which commands brilliant views over the city and the Oresund Strait. The neighbourhood is also home to the hippie enclave Freetown Christiania, which has been a self-governing community since the 1970s and is now open to members of the public. 


    If you have some extra time to spare and feel like getting away from the city for a day, head north to the town of Elsinore, which was made famous for its setting in Shakespeare's Hamlet. An easy 45-minute train journey from Copenhagen, the town is home to a magnificent renaissance castle which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and proudly guards the border between Denmark and Sweden. 

    Royal Danish Opera House

    Those who appreciate architecture can join a guided tour of the overawing Royal Danish Opera House, which is one of the latest additions to the Copenhagen landscape. Jutting out into the harbour, the building has drawn international acclaim and visitors are able to take a guided tour of the museum to appreciate all its glory. 

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