A Trip to Copenhagen

Sunday, 8 April 2018



It was a cold January weekend and whilst the rain hit the windows, I was busy scrolling through 'SkyScanner' trying to plan a getaway to help alleviate the January Blues. I was quite keen to get something cheap and found some really reasonable flights to Copenhagen. Before I knew it, I'd booked my flight and found the most beautiful AirBnB - I was off to Copenhagen. However, my cheap getaway turned out to not be that cheap as everyone started to warn me about how expensive Copenhagen was, whilst I knew it wasn't the cheapest place on Earth, I live in Central London, so it couldn't be that expensive could it? How naive I was!!

Whilst I documented my trip on my instagram, I thought I'd share some of the things I got up to whilst in Copenhagen, incase anyone is looking to go. Before booking the holiday, it wasn't a city I knew much about, to be honest, I hadn't a clue what I should be visiting so I had to do a lot of research and found blog posts like this really useful. 







On our first day, we walked up to Nyhavn, (pronounced 'Noo-hown', not Nigh-haven as we had been going around saying!). This is one of the most famous sights in Copenhagen and is really stunning. It's a dock that has the most gorgeous coloured buildings, and I bet in the Summer, it would be so stunning eating outside one of the many restaurants on offer. However, when we were there it was freeeezing and so there was no way we were going to sit outside, but we were still able to admire the beautiful views. If you go to Copenhagen, this is a must! 


After Nyhvan, we then ventured up to The Little Mermaid, which is another iconic sight. Before, going away, I'd heard mixed reviews about The Little Mermaid, but as it's not too far away from Nyhavn, we thought we'd make the journey. I'm really glad we did as it's a really beautiful statue, though it is very tiny compared to what I'd expected. If you're in the area, then I think it's a nice sight to visit, however, I can see why some people were unimpressed with it.


On the second day, we wanted to head to Christiania (more on that in a bit), but on the way we walked past the Church of our Saviour and we'd been told to climb the tower. At only £3, this seemed a really reasonable tourist attraction and how beautiful would it be once we were at the top, viewing the city of Copenhagen? How wrong I was. I'm not scared of heights, but the more we climbed up, the thinner the tower got and the more scared I became. Eventually, we reached the top and when we went outside, I had a bit of a meltdown. I was terrified. I've never been so scared in my life. It was an incredibly windy day and this was particularly the case when we were so high up. The fence was very low, so I had images of the wind toppling me over the edge (I was scared so wasn't thinking rationally, okay?). The wind then caught the bobble on my hat and nearly blew it off. That was it, I was done. I climbed back down, letting Emil admire the views on his own! I think this would be a great visit, if it's not windy and you're not scared of heights!



After my ordeal at the Church of our Saviour, we wandered round to Chirstiania. So many people had told us to visit and so we knew we couldn't miss it. However, it's a very odd concept to explain. It's a little commune that was taken over by hippies in the 70s and is now independent to Copenhagen meaning it has no ties to Denmark or the EU. They have their own rules and run their own way of life. This means that Cannabis is legal and was being openly sold on stalls. You're not allowed to take photos inside and so I don't have much to share. It was definitely a really interesting experience and one I think you have to check out for yourself if you're in Copenhagen. 






After Christiania, we headed to Rundetaarn (The Round Tower). Now I was convinced, I'd make it to the top of this one as it wasn't as tall. Again, it was only £3 each and instead of climbing stairs, you walk up a ramp that spirals round. However, it's super wide and at no point did I feel claustrophobic. Once at the top, I was pleased to finally be able to admire the views of Copenhagen. If you want to see Copenhagen from a height, I would definitely recommend this over the Church of our Saviour.






On our last full day in Copenhagen, we went to the Amalienborg Palace which is home to the Danish Royal Family. Rather than visiting the palace itself, we wanted to watch the changing of the guards as we'd heard it was really good. Although it was freezing and I'd lost all feeling in my fingers by this point, I'm really glad we went. There are several posts in the courtyard of the palace that are manned by soldiers. During the changing of the guards, they march to each one in procession, picking up the solider who's finishing his shift and dropping off the one who's on next. It was really cool to watch and I'm so glad we went. Though I didn't envy them having to stand there in minus temperatures!





After watching the changing of the guards, I needed to warm up and so we headed to the Design Museum. Again, this had been recommended to us and as a lover of design, Emil was keen to go. It was free for us to get in as I'm under 26 and Emil had a student card, which is always a plus! I really enjoyed the museum as it focuses on Danish and international design, however, it makes you realise how many things we use in our everyday lives were actually designed in Denmark. I definitely recommend this if you're interested in visiting a museum. 


As soon as you type into Google 'Things to do in Copenhagen' Tivoli comes top and everyone I spoke to recommended that we go. I'd planned it into our trip, only to realise that it was closed for the month we were there, I was so gutted. Having heard such amazing things about it, I was really keen to go. As far as I'm aware, it's an old theme park and has gorgeous gardens. I was so sad to miss it, so if I ever go back to Copenhagen, I'll be sure to go at a time that Tivoli is open!


I absolutely loved Copenhagen, whilst the food and drink were insanely expensive, we didn't actually spend that money on tourist attractions which was really good. We stayed in the Meatpacking district which was a really cool area and very hipster, but it meant all the restaurants we ate at weren't too far from our AirBnB. If you're near there, I really recommend Mother, which is a lovely Pizza place, War Pigs which is a very interesting bar and has texas style meats or Skank for a more Danish experience. Of course, you can't go to Denmark without having Smørrebrød which is a piece of rye bread with several toppings on. I had it for lunch a couple of days and it was really yummy.

If you want a city break away, I really recommend Copenhagen and would suggest going in the Spring or Summer as it was just so cold when we were there that we didn't get to explore it as much as I would have liked. Double the budget you'd allow yourself for another European city break, but it is so worth it.

Have you been to Copenhagen? I'd love to know your thoughts.










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