Copenhagen had long been on my bucket list. Its popularity has rocketed in the last couple of years and it’s easy to see why. When I decided to go interrailing, I knew that Copenhagen was at the top of my must-see lists. Fast-forward a couple of weeks later and I had touched down on Danish soil, with my bank balance ready to feel a little bit sorry for itself 2 days later. I had just under 48 hours to see as much of the city as we could, so without a plan, I set out to explore the Danish capital.
UP YOUR INSTAGRAM GAME AT ‘NYHAVN’
This is the place that you’ll most probably be thinking about when you are thinking about coming to Copenhagen. This row of brightly coloured buildings is the centrepiece of Copenhagen and attracts tourists from all over the world. It’s usually filled with people take that photo that you’ve seen on 100s of peoples Instagrams before they stop for a drink and a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants that line the street.
Top Tip: Buy a picnic lunch from a supermarket and sit on the water’s edge. Same view and atmosphere but for a fraction of the price. The restaurants here charge top dollar, and that’s top dollar in an already expensive city.
EAT YOUR FILL AT ‘PAPER ISLAND’ (PAPERØEN)
I can’t recommend this highly enough. This funky little indoor street market is a hub of excitement, amazing food, and good beer (everything that I was looking for). This little island warehouse houses a number of different market stalls from all around the world selling delicious food and drink. You want Mexican? They’ve got it! You feel like Thai? They’ve got it! You feel like…? I think you get the picture. Prices range from 60DKK to 120 DKK (£7-£14) for a decent sized meal and beer was around 50DKK (£6) for a bottle of good Danish beer. Did I mention that entry is free? Outside the warehouse, there are a number of deckchairs that line the embankment where you can sit back, relax with a beer, and enjoy the bubbling atmosphere around you.
I’ve now been told that Paperoen has closed down, but new ones like Broens Gadekøkken near the old Copenhagen Street Food + Reffen (similar) out on Refshaleøen have opened. (Thanks to @VisitCopenhagen for letting me know)
RELAX LIKE A ROYAL AT ROSENBORG CASTLE
There is something about just taking a bit of time out from all that time exploring a new city. Rosenborg Palace and Gardens is the perfect place to do this in Copenhagen. The palace was built in 1606 and if you fancy a tour round to view the Danish crown jewels then it will cost you 110DKK (£11.00). We opted to just relax in the beautiful gardens that surround it. I love a good people watch and this is a great place to do just that. Find yourself a tree, unpack your picnic and watch the world go by. I’m sure a few cans of Carlsberg would go down a treat here too.
GET DIZZY CLIMBING THE RUNDETAARN!
I don’t know about you, but for me whenever I go to a new city, I always want to see the city from the best viewpoint. The Rundetaarn is where you’ll find this in Copenhagen. For a small cost of 5DKK or 58p, you can climb the iconic inside of the tower all the way up to the top for the fantastic views of the city. The inside is one continuous ramp going round and round and round until you get near the top where it switches to steps for a short while to the top.
Someone apparently drove their car all the way up to the top (I’m talking like 40/50 years ago) which is quite a cool fact to know. There is a little museum half way up which explains the building in more detail. The views from the top are breathtaking and you can see for miles around.
‘Fans of Scandi drama ‘The Bridge’ will be pleased to know you can see the iconic landmark from the top of the tower. Something to try and spot if you’re ever in Copenhagen.’
VISIT THE WORLDS SECOND OLDEST THEME PARK!
Tivoli is bang in the centre of Copenhagen. Yes, that’s right, a theme park is located in the middle of a bustling metropolitan city and it’s right where it should be. We visited for a couple of hours before we had to catch our train and we enjoyed every minute of it, however, the entrance fee is fairly steep (what isn’t in Copenhagen) at 99DKK and once in you have to pay extra to go on the rides.
We decided not to brave the rides as they were really expensive and we had just eaten. This place isn’t just about the rides as there are some stunning gardens to wander around, plenty of restaurants to take your pick from. They also have live music and concerts throughout the year as well. We decided to just chill out in the deckchairs on offer and while away a couple of hours in the sunshine.
WHERE WE STAYED: Wakeup Copenhagen, Borgergade (There are 3 of this same chain in Copenhagen alone, so make sure you go to the right one unlike us)
If you’ve ever been to Copenhagen and would recommend anywhere to visit, places to eat etc then let me know in the comments below as I’d love to head back there sometime.
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