I’m recently back from a short trip to Copenhagen and as the name suggests it was a very quick stop off. Even though we did a huge amount in such a small time we really didn’t scratch the surface of the capital. A city that has a great reputation for a modern and trendy feel to it. Here’s what we got up too in just over 72 hours.
Since we only had a limited time to spend in city where there is so much going on we were really looking for a way to see as much of the city as possible but for an affordable price.
One way to achieve this is to buy a Copenhagen Card. A card that can give you free access to public transport, a large number of different attractions in the city as well as discounts in a few restaurants and cafes. Since we were only in the city for four days we bought the 72 hour version before we arrived so we could travel straight away.
A great way to stay in European cities and something I’ve really started doing more of is hosteling. Hostels are a great low cost, pretty central, and usually pretty lively place to stay. Today there are brilliant websites and apps to check prices, reviews and pictures of places to stay. I’m a big fan of Hostelworld which has Thousands of hostels to choose from, ranging in price from £10 to up to £100 per night. The hostel we chose was unbelievably central, was able to give us a private room and was very modern, boasting a pool and a gym! Can highly recommend Steel House Copenhagen.
The first place we visited was Christiansborg Palace. This is one of the oldest palaces in Copenhagen and the location for a large majority of the government’s offices and the Royal Families reception rooms. You can visit the tower for free and on clear days you can see right across the city to Sweden.
Another great way to see any city with canals is by cruise, and with the Copenhagen this is even more so with a mixture of large open waters with smaller canals the closer into the centre you go. Luckily this is free and you can enjoy a 45 minute guided cruise with the Copenhagen card. A cruise is a great way to see a different perspective of a city and we definitely found that it helped get our bearings for the rest of our time. Our cruise only took an hour but we went right out of the centre towards the open sea as well as going in and out of the little canals.
The next place on our list was the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. This contemporary art gallery is located in the suburb of Humblebæk about 30 minutes outside of the centre. This was one of my favourite places we visited and with its Picasso exhibition was well worth the travel out to see it. It was also free with our cards.
Another important place to visit in Copenhagen is Amalienborg Palace. This is the current home of the royal families and at midday every day there is a changing of the guard. This is a great spectacle to see as the guards move in and around the square that the public stand in, allowing you to feel part of the display.
As well as the palace you can visit The Marble Church or Frederik’s Church, a huge Cathedral that is regarded as one of the great churches of Copenhagen and rightfully so, with an impressive cooper domed roof and impressive interior. It’s well worth the visit to experience the sheer scale and beauty of it.
Christianshavn and Holmen
The next stop for us was the Christianshavn and Holmen island. This included Nyhavn. Pronounced knee-havn this is the place you’ve probably all seen if you type Copenhagen into the Instagram search bar. This colourful cultural hub area of of the city, once a merchant trading quarter is now one of the busiest streets for restaurants and bars with tables right by the main canal. It’s an area similar to Shoreditch in London with a lot of the shops and restaurants independently owned, which gives a small community feel to this bustling area.
Another must see on this island is the famous free town of Christiania. One of Copenhagen’s most famous attractions is area is loved by many, but has been a turning point for strong debate, especially because of the locals’ relaxed view on hash and some unfortunate violent incidents. This abandoned military base is now a independent self supported community where the sale of Hash is legal. This means there are very specific rules for walking around and how you conduct yourself. Unfortunately it is prohibited to bring a camera into the community so there are no pictures to show of this particular area. If you decide to go it’s very worthwhile reading VisitCopenhagen advice on going to visit the community.
The last stop we made was the Danish Architecture Centre. This little museum is located right on the side of the main water way and although not a huge building it really has lot to see. Spread over three floors there are different exhibition spaces as well as a shop and restaurant with a cool little pod seating area on the side of the building. Well worth a wader round if you’re either wanting to see some exhibitions or just wanting some cake and coffee! It is another museum that is free with the card.
Overall, absolutely loved Copenhagen’s style and buzz. Very happy I got to visit and definitely not the last visit I’ll be making here! It’s a city that is a must for any Europe trip. Have a look at VisitCopenhagen for more ideas on places to visit.
As always, thank you guys for reading and until the next post stay safe and keep exploring.