It’s safe to say we were pretty well fuelled for our 48 hours in Copenhagen. After a hearty dinner, a good night’s sleep and the most delicious brunch known to humankind we were more than ready to get going with exploring this magical Danish city.
When you think of city waterways Amsterdam is usually the first place to spring to mind. However, taking to the water in Copenhagen brings a whole new perspective to the city. It’s also the perfect way to get your bearings and relax without having navigate your way around.
We went with Stromma and it was the perfect way to start out our Saturday. Though do be warned, we sat on the left hand side of the boat and spent the whole tour hearing “and now on your right you will see…”, so that’s worth bearing in mind!
Whenever M and I go away we always end up walking EVERYWHERE. I love boat trips and little bus tours for getting your bearings in a new city but there’s nothing quite like discovering somewhere on foot. Plus, you’ve got to work up an appetite for all that food you’re going to eat!
And Copenhagen is no different. The side streets will entice you in just as much as the sunlight squares. Throw out the map and follow your instincts to wander around this great city. We were blessed with beautiful early spring sunshine on our trip, and I must say clear blue skies certainly make walking plans that much easier but, either way, I highly recommend slipping on some comfortable shoes and going exploring. If you’re staying relatively central, the city is small enough that you need not take public transport at all.
Now, I’m a sucker for a good view and The Tower does not disappoint. The highest tower in the city and free to go up, this is a most do for any Copenhagen visitor.
Housed in Christiansborg Palace on one of the city’s many waterfronts, you may have to queue a little but the beautiful entryway gives you plenty to look at.
There’s also a restaurant up top which, from my sneak peak, looked divine (albeit perhaps a bit pricey).
So swoop up and feast your eyes on the Danish rooftops.
Chances are, when you tell your friends you’re going to Copenhagen they’ll ask you about Christiania. A former commune turned self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood where just about anything goes.
Certainly a colourful and unique addition to your trip, Freetown Christiania will certainly give you a new perspective. Just walking down Pusher Street (where photos are a no no) you will a very different kind of market stall. Whilst, on the flip side, the district is home to many creatives, low prices and free housing which is granted on application.
Vor Frelsers Kirke Copenhagen
After glimpsing Von Freslers Kirke from the boat and reading about it in the guide book M was determined that we go up. Happily I agreed. Now, I have sky dived and I have bungee jumped but never did I think a church tower would scare me so much!
As you can see, Von Freslers Kirke is unique in that the spiral stairs wrap around the outside of the tower, giving you breathtaking views across the city as you ascend. However, for some reason I convinced myself that they were going to fall down, which M found HIGHLY entertaining.
Please ignore my irrationalness though and take a trip for yourself, because it really is the most beautiful of places.
After viewing the back of the Little Mermaid from our boat tour, we decided to walk up and see her face on the Saturday afternoon. Based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, this little statue is probably one of the most visited attractions in Copenhagen. Whilst some might argue that she is a little underwhelming, it’s still worth going to say hello.
Just along the waterfront from the Little Mermaid you will find Kastellet, an imposing star-shaped fortress complete with moat, gatehouses and high embankments.
There’s something about the Danish building colours that just gets me every time. A lovely running spot, the embankments made for a wonderfully scenic walk on the way back to our hotel.
Whilst we didn’t actually visit the museum here, we couldn’t resist going to say hello to the Royal Guards at Amalienborg Palace en route back to our hotel for dinner. The entire square is just stunning and looks beautiful in the evening light, so whether you’re a photographer or a history buff it’ll make for a lovely stop off.
We were lucky enough to go to the Royal Danish Ballet during our short Danish adventure, and I couldn’t recommend it more. The theatre itself was magical and wonderfully historic, whilst the performance converted even the ballet sceptics within our group!
Before heading to the airport to catch our flight home, we simply had to visit a castle and Rosenborg Slot was calling my name.
Not only is Rosenborg completely unique when compared to the crumbling down British castles I grew up visiting, each room has been painstakingly restored and brings it’s own character – from the historic loo right up to the lions still used guard the royal dead.
And what’s more, if you go down into the cellar you’ll find some rather special crown jewels…
Have you been to Copenhagen? What were your highlights?