72 Hours in Copenhagen — a City Guide
We were invited by Visit Copenhagen to (surprise surprise) visit Copenhagen for a few days, and absolutely loved it. It's a mega quick flight from Manchester (just under 2 hours) and basically we fell in love. If you haven't been there before go, if you have then go back. We reckon that it's on a par with Amsterdam as being our favourite European city, but actually thinking about it we also love Berlin and Edinburgh if we can count that?! Anyway, here's an epic photo/love letter to the capital city of Denmark.
We stayed at Hotel Alexandra (full post on that coming soon) for 3 nights and were given a 72 hour Copenhagen Card each that is essentially a passport to good times. It includes free or reduced-fee entry to museums and attractions, free transport on the bus, metro and trains and also discounts at certain food places. We packed our 72 hours as full as we could and tried to make the most of the Copenhagen Card by setting a rule for ourselves; only pay for food! So everything we did was either free anyway or covered by that wonderful little ticket.
Art, so much art. Paintings by Hammershoi pretty everywhere we went (dream come true for India) and a colour palette of ochre, mustard and a steely blue-grey. Botanical gardens, a church that took our breath away and climbing high above the rooftops for some dizzying views. Being a blog of pictures rather than words we'll leave it to the images to tell you more...
Places that we visited (in order of appearance):
A Few Words of Wisdom
- Take an umbrella, and a spare pair of shoes. It was gloriously sunny most of the time but twice it poured torrential rain and so we were very glad that we went prepared. The rain made it more entertaining FYI and made all kinds of colours in the sky.
- Yes it's more expensive than other places in Europe, but it's kind of up to you to control that. We ate a good breakfast at our hotel, bought sandwiches/snacks from the supermarkets during the day and ate at Copenhagen Street Food in the evenings. I'm sure it's possible to spend a million Kroner on food if you wanted to but we never really do that when we're at home or on holiday. Our money tends to go on flights rather than fancy meals!
- Get on a train, go north and see beyond the city. We went to a few places that were a little harder to reach, especially as there were railway works going on so we had to be extra patient with replacement bus services and such like. Totally worth it though as we found ourselves in a tiny harbour with nothing to do but sit in dazzling sunshine and wait for the next bus home. We always like to get out into the suburbs if we can; the architecture changes as does the general mood and we think we get a truer sense of a place. Plus it's all included on the Copenhagen Card so there's no reason not to really.
- Prepare to fall for it. Big time. Danish design is something special and just a few hours there will make you start to look at everything with a design-critical eye. In a good way. Everything is beautiful and so quintessentially Danish. Interiors will blow you away, type on signage is beautiful without intending to be and it's all just a bit perfect.
- This particular tip is quite specific... The Glyptoteket Museum has a late night opening on Thursdays (it stays open until 10pm) USE IT. We visited at golden hour, so the light came through the windows all magical and fell so beautifully on the walls, it lit up the sculptures like they were made of sunshine itself and because everyone else was out eating or cocktail-ing somewhere we felt as though the whole place was ours. It was incredible and maybe even sublime. In contrast we went on Sunday before we left to catch our flight and it was heaving. Still a wonderful place but we'd strongly recommend doing that Thursday thing to really have the best of the museum.