Exploring Copenhagen: A quick guide!

Another city ticked off the list! This was the first place I visited during my Interrail trip: Copenhagen, Denmark with my twin sister Kristina! You can find out more about how to Interrail in my Beginner’s Guide here!🇩🇰

A change of scenery from work and studies is always needed and this short time in the city was a must. Copenhagen has a lot to offer, there’s no wonder it’s one of the happiest places on the planet!

To save some time in the long run, Kristina and I flew to Copenhagen. It’s only an hour and a half to the city from London Stansted Airport and there are easy connections to the centre via metro or bus. Luckily, our hostel was within a reasonable walking distance of the metro station.

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We stayed in a Generator Hostel, which was just off Kongens Nytorv Square. It was a hostel I was a bit sceptical about when booking, but only because I’d looked at the nicer places first of all. From staying there, I can say it was definitely a good choice as it included all the amenities and facilities we needed during our stay.

By the time we made it there, we were tired and made our way to the shared room to drop and lock our stuff away. We proceeded to get a bite to eat in the bar area downstairs and I had Chilli Cheese Fries, 100% would recommend them if you stay at a Generator hostel at home (London is the only one in the UK) or abroad 😍

In the basement of this hostel is Copenhagen’s Ice Bar, Magic Ice! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to check this out, but if you’re in the city it looks like a fantastic attraction. I can’t get over that everything, and I mean everything is made of ice. If you stay at the hostel too, you can get a discount on entry and drinks, which is always a bonus!

Near the palace, there was this fountain and it looks really cool in the dark. I had to take a picture in front of it!

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In Copenhagen, they use the Danish Krone. You can get this from most travel bureaus.

Most of Copenhagen’s attractions are free to visit, which is great considering how expensive food and amenities can be in this fine city! They are also within walking distance. If you like historic landmarks and significant sights, this is the place for you!

If you’re not one for walking, you could purchase a travel card from the airport, which allows you to have unlimited train, bus and metro journeys during your stay within a specific time period. The Copenhagen Card is also popular for tourists as it lets you into a lot of the attractions for free. A vast amount of cities in Europe offer these special cards, but you need to be sure you’ll use it otherwise it might not be worth the spend.

Here are a few things we got up to…

A Free Walking Tour (or two!)
On these, you can soon clock up your steps! Top tips from me: make sure you have a raincoat and sensible shoes for this one, as you’re likely to get rained on at some point during your trip. For us, it was the whole 48 hours we were there, typical. With these kinds of tours, you don’t pay a ticket price. Instead, you tip the guide how much you feel they should receive.

We went on two tours with the Copenhagen Free Walking Tours company; the Grand Tour and a tour of Christianshavn. The first tour was called the Grand Tour, starting at 11am every day. This tour gives you an insight into the culture of the Danes and their rich history. Some highlights of the walk are the City Hall, Christiansborg Palace, the old city centre and Nyhavn Harbour. It is usually about 3 hours long and can be in either English and Spanish.

Our second tour to Christianshavn showed us the alternative side to the city of Copenhagen along cobblestone streets and churches. This tour is around an hour and a half long (90 minutes) and it commences at 3pm every day near the Free Town of Christiania. Whilst being here, you aren’t allowed to take photographs of the area as weed is dealt with openly! It’s very different from the main part of the city – to explore if you wish!

If walking isn’t your thing, they also showcase the nightlife through pub crawls! This may be something I’ll have to bear in mind for the next time, especially if I travel with friends.

In my opinion though, is there really a better way to learn about the city than from a resident?

This picture was taken by one of the tour guides from Copenhagen Free Walking Tours.

Tivoli

What an extravaganza! Situated in the middle of the city, it is easy to find and it has been open for years, since 1843 to be precise and is the second oldest amusement park in the world. I could just about write a whole post on this attraction alone… but I won’t spoil it just in case you go and visit it for yourself. As it’s rather close to Copenhagen’s Central station, this was the last thing we did before we left to visit Hamburg.

To give some background, Tivoli was one of the first amusement parks to open and was where Walt Disney got his inspiration. The famous figure, Hans Christian Anderson, also visited the gardens and fell in love with the place as a whole. Since this time, it has become a national treasure and a truly international attraction, with something for everyone, of all ages.

The standard entry for Tivoli is 110 Danish Krone, but you can also purchase a ticket which includes access to the rides on offer. At night time, the park is lit up and from pictures I’ve seen, there is a true fairytale atmosphere to it, it’ll make you feel like a little kid again and you will want to embrace your inner child by going on all the rides.

City Hall

The city hall is one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen. The square in front is a common place for demonstrations, exhibitions and concerts and this is where the main and famous shopping street begins, Strøget. Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrianised areas with a broad range of shops; from cheap ones to expensive designer brands. If you a keen fashionista, this may be your favourite place in the city.

Nyhavn

Back in the seventeenth century, Nyhavn or ‘New Harbour’ was a busy commercial port. Today, it a top tourist post with a selection of restaurants, often popular for the Instagram lovers.

It’s a lovely place to visit any time of the day, but if you’re planning on eating around here bear in mind it is a fair bit more expensive than the rest of the city.

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The walking, the attractions and the food – can you really go wrong? These are just a selection of the places you can visit in 48 hours and I recommend you see it for yourself!

Have you been to Copenhagen before? Leave any recommendations and thoughts in the comments. 

Until next time,

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