Cost: ££ – flights and accommodation can be reasonable but it’s expensive when there
Rating: 6/10 – lovely place for a mini break but I wouldn’t rush to go back
Trip length: 2 nights
What we did…
This trip was in 2015 so:
- The photos are not the best quality – copied from an old Facebook album.
- I wasn’t as good at planning so likely missed a lot.
I will do my best 🙂
1 – Nyhavn
Brightly coloured waterfront buildings are one of the most well-known parts of the city!
There is a working canal which runs alongside bustling shops and restaurants. Food and drinks are more expensive than in other areas, but generally the food is very good. We enjoyed a delicious Smørrebrød (open sandwich) which are famous in Denmark.
One evening we bought drinks from a local shop and sat on the edge of the canal with many others enjoying the area without paying restaurant prices… clever 🙂
2 – The Little Mermaid
Take a stroll along the waterfront (Langelinie promenade) and you will find The Little Mermaid. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but I must admit it was a little disappointing! It’s one of the top things to do in Copenhagen and I guess it’s worth seeing for a photo, but don’t plan on spending too much time in the area as there’s not much to see.
3 – Copenhagen Botanical Gardens
We had a lovely afternoon walking around the botanical gardens. They boast 10 hectares and 27 glasshouses in the centre of Copenhagen.
4 – Rundetaarn
This is a 17th century round lookout tower and you get to take in a panoramic view of the city when you reach the top! It only costs DKK 25 / £3 to go inside and the climb is very gentle so you don’t need to be super fit.
Frederik’s Church (centre in collage below) – 18th-century Lutheran church with the largest dome in Scandinavia.
Happy Wall (left in collage below) – we stumbled upon a Happy Wall which many people were interacting with and posing for photos next to (so of course, we joined in!) I just googled and I’m not sure it’s there anymore.
Copenhagen Opera-house (left in collage above) – impressive, interesting building on harbour front.
There are many pretty buildings you see as you walk around – not entirely sure what the above are – potentially the City Hall??
Freetown Christiania (left in collage above) – we walked quite a way to Christiania which is a very alternative neighbourhood. Once a former military base, hippies took it over in 1971 and now it’s a commune with 850 – 1000 people living there. It’s known for its free cannabis trade which was legal until 2004. It is a quirky, unusual place and definitely worth a short trip!
We didn’t make it to the Tivoli Gardens but they come top on most Copenhagen ‘to do’ lists and they are the second oldest amusement park in the world (opened in 1843!)
I really liked Copenhagen – it’s a pretty city and everyone is so friendly. If you’re on a budget, best to grab breakfast / lunch from bakeries as eating in restaurants is expensive. Lots of the things to see are free of charge so you won’t spend a massive amount on sightseeing. I can’t remember exactly but my friend and I were on a tight budget and I can’t imagine we would have spent more than £150 each!!!
Estimated cost per person
Flights – £60
Accommodation – £90
Spend – £150
Total for 2 nights – £300
1 thought on “Copenhagen”
Hey Shan, it was wonderful to read your impressions and see your photos in Copenhagen 🙂 I’ve been there in 2018 and found it so expensive, anyway had a lovely time and wouldn’t mind to return eheh all the best and greetings from Lisbon, PedroL