If you follow my Instagram, you may have been bombarded with spam from my trip to Denmark recently. My friend and I took an early Friday morning flight to Copenhagen for the weekend to explore the city as much as possible.
Copenhagen is a city that’s as easy going as you are. You can hygge to your hearts’ content or you can go all out and be super active around town. There are so many amazing buildings, pretty streets and Instagrammable places to be seen. The key to the city is to plan your trip!
Neither of us had been before, so we tried to plan ahead as to not waste time. My mental clipboard came out and a rough itinerary was formed!
After landing around 10:30am local time, we activated our Copenhagen cards (a must – see further down for more info), took the local S train and checked into the Moxy Hotel, Sydhavnen. After a real quick freshen up and a bite to eat in their café, we headed out to Copenhagen Central.
We visited: The Planetarium, The Natural History Museum of Denmark |Botanical Gardens and took an hours’ canal tour in beautifully iconic Nyhavn as the sun set – all using our Copenhagen Cards!
Once we’d exhausted ourselves and done over 20k steps, it was time for dinner! We went for dinner in central Copenhagen, not exactly a traditional Danish meal but the Hard Rock Café is my favourite diner, and when in a new city, that’s where I’ll be headed! Before we knew it, we were knackered and turning in for the night.
After a much needed rest, we got ourselves up and ready to visit the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. It was actually pretty interesting, albeit a little weird! We had a croissant and a cuppa in their restaurant and got the bus back to the city centre where we took a walk into Freetown Christiana. If you haven’t heard of it…I won’t spoil the surprise! It’s… different! We took a walk around the area, sat and had coffee by the canal and watched the world go by as autumn rolled in and got my face wet.
So our third day was more of a half day as we had to be at the airport by mid afternoon. Luckily there is plenty to do in Copenhagen and it turned out to be lovely weather. We took a bus to Frederiksberg and visited an exhibition at the Cisterns. It’s cool if you like weird art, it’s also cool if you like jumping in puddles in dark spaces..
Søndermarken where the Cisterns are located is right next to Copenhagen Zoo and the Frederiksberg Palace. We didn’t have time for those but they looked great. We headed back to our hotel, picked up our bags and got a taxi to the Den Blå Planet National Aquarium, which is a 15 minute walk from the airport. So we could squeeze in one last thing before we left.
I loved being in Copenhagen. There were definitely things on my list that I need to do next time (Tivoli Gardens because they looked awesome but closed for Halloween decorations).
Danish people are so friendly and the city is super chill. I’d go back in a heartbeat!
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Copenhagen Card – Not Sponsored
City breaks are exciting but they can also be pretty expensive if not done right! After much research, I’d come across the Copenhagen Card. This can be either a physical card bought from tourist information or even easier, an app that is downloaded to your phone (iOS or Android) and uses a QR code.
I used the app, because personally I hate having to remember 101 things and it’s much more eco friendly. The app also allows you to save favourites and has a built in map to help plan your stay.
So the card costs money, obviously, but it IS worth it. It covers your travel around the city (buses, metro and trains, including to and from the airport), it also gets you access to lots of attractions including everything mentioned above and more and it takes the stress out of spending money.
I bought the 72 hour card for €99. It worked a dream, seriously.
I took one taxi (as mentioned) and it cost me 271 Kroner. That about £30. THAT’S MENTAL. It was only a 20 minute journey and damn, I nearly had a heart attack.
So, maybe don’t do that.
How Much Did It All Cost?
Flights – Easyjet £50.00pp return
Hotel – £100pp (2nights) Room Only
Copenhagen card ~ £90pp/ €99 for local transport and selected attractions
Food, Drinks & Misc – £175
So all in all, I spent £415.00 for three days in the city. I think that’s a pretty reasonable price!
*I travelled 27-29 September 2019 from a London airport. Prices can vary by date of travel & suppliers. This is a guide only.