I feel like every time I visit some where new I come back saying I am in love, but I love Copenhagen. It is elegant and effortlessly timeless, romantic and parts could have been stolen straight from a fairytale. I previously wrote about the best places to eat in Copenhagen where I mentioned that the Danish are some of the happiest people in the world, I spent 4 sunny days there last month and I am already planning more places to visit in Denmark, it is incredibly beautiful.
The first thing I will say is that Copenhagen is not the cheapest city to visit, but it is possible to still enjoy the city on a budget. We purchased a Copenhagen card for two of the days we were there, and on those days we had free transport around the city and free entry to a large variety of attractions, that otherwise would have become quite costly if had paid individually. The card also gets you discount off of various restaurants and they are available to buy at various outlets around the city.
Top things to see and do in Copenhagen:
Nyhavn: This is the place you see on all the postcards, the pretty painted buildings alongside the waterfront. It does get incredibly busy is this area but you have to visit, on sunny days people often sit alongside the water with a beer listening to the buskers. As a tourist hot spot, eating and drinking is more expensive here but at the end of this stretch is the boat (993) that will take you over to the amazing paper island street food market for a great cheaper alternative for somewhere to eat.
The Tivoli Gardens: The Tivoli gardens theme park is like stepping straight in to the imagination of a child, the rides are set around various themes and the park comes together with a vintage classic fairground feel. Even if you are not into rides I would still recommend you visit, as there are plenty of other stalls, shops and places to eat, a few of the winding narrow streets reminded of Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series. However please note that the Tivoli Gardens are only open between April – September.
The Little Mermaid: She is a lot smaller than you expect but it is worth going to see her, after all she has been sat on that rock since 1913. You will need to queue to get your photo as it is another tourist hot spot, I would advise walking to the statue rather than taking transports as on the way you will walk through Kastellet Park which used to be a fortress that guarded the city.
The Hans Christian Andersen Museum: Worth a visit if you have a Copenhagen card, a small quick attraction which imaginatively tells you his famous fairy tales. It is located to the right of Ripley’s believe it or not.
Copenhagen Zoo:Wake up early and head down to the Copenhagen Zoo as it opens. It really is a beautiful Zoo with a really adorable polar bear, if you manage to be there when they feed you him, stand in the underwater walk way and watch as he dives around trying to find his fish.
Boat tour: The Copenhagen card gives you access to two different 1 hour boat tours and I would recommend doing either. You will do a lot of walking in Copenhagen and it is a nice break to see some of the city not accessible by foot while also learning some Danish history. Our guide was brilliant at also giving tips of places to visit during our stay as well.
Botanical Gardens: The grounds are beautiful and despite being set so close to a busy city, it is so tranquil and relaxed. I would really recommend buying some drinks and spending a warm afternoon relaxing here; find the dock at the side of the pond and watching the moorhens and other wildlife.
Christinia: The free town of Christinia or the ‘green light district’ as it is also known, what was once an abandoned army base taken over by peace loving hippies has now become a tourist hot spot to smoke weed legally. However, I still recommend visiting to walk around to look at the wall murals, independent stalls and people watch while having a beer, it is quite a surreal place. The use of photography is banned in Christinia town, so please do not attempt to take photos.
Street trampolines: Located just around the corner from Nyhavn are permanent trampolines located along side the river, go and play on them! It is free to do so and incredibly fun.
Rundetaarn: Follow the spiral walk way of the round tower to find a stunning aerial view from Copenhagen. This walk is quite tiring but worth it, for those who feel more brave try climbing stairs to the top of the Church of Our Saviour.
Carlsberg Factory: Visit if you have a Copenhagen card and collect your free beers, if not it probably is not worth the walk. After visiting the Heineken Factory in Amsterdam, this unfortunately was a bit of a let down.
Places to stay:
This is the boutique hotel we stayed in during our visit; it is centrally located, includes breakfast and an invite to the daily wine tasting hour. It is more on the expensive end but a lovely place to stay if you can afford it.
I have heard nothing but good things about the Generator Hostel, again centrally located with the option of a dorm room or private en-suite room.
If you are looking for a hostel I would recommend searching Hostel World for reliable reviews.
Places to eat and drink:
I have written a whole post on my favourite places to eat and drink in Copenhagen, which you can find by clicking here
Have you ever visited Copenhagen? What were your favourite things to do? Comment below!
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