At the beginning of March, I headed off for a weekend of exploring Copenhagen with some friends. We flew from Luton to Copenhagen with Ryanair and stayed in a “Cowabunka” room at Urban House, a cool hostel in Vesterbro. Flights and accommodation cost around £102pp for two nights.
Although we only had two days in the city, we managed to fit a lot in to the trip and I wanted to share what we got up to over the weekend to give you a little inspiration.
This is a great way to get your bearings and to see the main sights. Once you’ve been on the trip, you can head off to explore the sights that piqued your interest. We paid £10 for around an hour but you can do the same tour with Netto-Bådene for around £5 each. Jump on at Nyhavn.
Cruising down Nyhavn
A trip to Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without exploring beautiful Nyhavn by foot. Most postcards from the city are adorned with this wonderful pocket of the city. Bright and pastel-coloured houses line the cobbled streets beside the canal. Busy and touristy sure, but an absolute must-see.
Picture perfect Nyhavn
Street Food Copenhagen
For tasty food from around the globe, delicious cocktails and a cool, hipster vibe, head to Street Food Copenhagen on Paper Island. Across a bridge from Nyhavn, it’s an accessible stop and well worth the wander over.
There’s loads of mouth-watering choices; I’d recommend grabbing a fresh raspberry mojito from one of the bars and duck & chips from the popular Duck It.
Outside Street Food Copenhagen
A Freetown in the heart of Copenhagen, Christiania doesn’t abide by the rules and laws of the EU. Imagine graffiti-covered buildings and rows of stalls selling marijuana. Even if you’re not interested in the drugs side (as we weren’t), it is an interesting place to have a quick wander through.
Map of Christiania
Grab a cinnamon roll
Denmark is well-known for it’s delicious pastries and it certainly disappoint. Grab a cinnamon roll from one of the many bakeries, or even from the bakery counter at a 7-11 store for a tasty and cheap (ish) treat.
Across the water from Nyhavn and near Christiania, Christianshavn is well worth wandering around. It’s home to lots more beautiful coloured buildings, lovely waterways filled with boats and the striking Church of Our Saviour.
The waterways of Christianshavn
Watch the changing of the guards at Amalienborg Palace
Each day, the guards march through Copenhagen and end up Amalienborg at 12.00. It’s quite a sight to behold and the palace itself is very pretty.
Wander and get lost
Copenhagen is definitely the sort of city you can wander around just taking in the sights and getting lost. Hire bikes (these are readily available across the city) to cover longer distances, or get your walking shoes and get lost in those beautiful streets. Be sure to wander down Magstraede- the oldest street in Copenhagen.
The oldest street in Copenhagen
Other things to do
We didn’t tick off all of the main attractions, either due to time, them being closed or the weather (damn you, rain and wind!). Other things you may want to do whilst in the city are: visit Tivoli Gardens, eat at one of many Michelin starred restaurants, take a photo in front of the famous Little Mermaid statue, explore Rosenberg castle or visit one of Copenhagen’s many museums.
Do you have any other recommendations? Have you visited Copenhagen and if so, what did you love about it?