Last week, I spent a couple of days in Copenhagen with my Mum. You might have noticed me mention it a hundred times on social media and I’ve been obsessively posting lots on Instagram. Copenhagen is seriously an Instagrammers heaven. It was our first trip to Denmark and we spent around 3 days in total but we could’ve done with another day. There was so much to see and do! Grab a drink as this post is going to be rather long. I’ve decided to do a travel diary style post with lots of photos. I’ll be doing a separate delicious food diary and a hotel review very soon!
After a midday flight from Manchester Airport, we arrived in Copenhagen. It’s super duper easy to get into the city via the Metro system and our hotel was just around the corner from Nørreport. Our hotel was the Hotel Kong Arthur which was absolutely lovely and had an incredible spa. Checking in was a smooth process, we had a great 4th-floor room overlooking the entrance and lake. I’ll be going into further detail about my stay in another blog post.
Despite a pretty long day travelling to Copenhagen, we had booked into Hard Rock Cafe for their Superbowl viewing party. For a VIP ticket which was around £32, we got a legendary burger, nachos at halftime and popcorn all night. Additionally, we got a bottle of beer each and 2 for 1 drinks all night. After winning half of the prizes on the pub quiz, seeing Lady Gaga rock the halftime show, we made our way back to the hotel at around 3.30am missing the pretty exciting last quarter where the Patriots won.
Usually, I am Miss Organised when it comes to planning trips but there wasn’t a massive plan for Monday as most of the Museums and Royal Buildings that we wanted to visit were closed. We still hadn’t really caught our bearings with the city either so we spent most of the day wandering around the main shopping area and along to Nyhavn. This area is very tourist and popular with brightly coloured buildings along the harbourside. Although we got told numerous times to avoid eating in the area as it’s expensive, we stopped for churros. We also returned later for Pizza at a place called Gorm’s and it was pretty yummy. More on that in my food diary post, though!
In fear of wasting the day completely as we had activated our Copenhagen Card, we decided to catch the S-Train to the Carlsberg Brewery. As I don’t even drink beer, it would seem odd to visit a brewery but really wanted to check it out. When in Denmark, ey? The Brewery is home to the largest collection of beer bottles which is the first thing you see – it’s quite an impressive collection. I’m not going to lie, I’m still none the wiser to how beer is brewed but it was interesting to hear about the history behind Carlsberg and discover where J.C. Jacobsen brewed the first Carlsberg beer.
With our entry, we got two drinks in the gift shop where there was a range of drinks to taste. It was quite surprising that one of the free drinks wasn’t Carlsberg but thankfully for me, there was Somersby Cider. Oh! I also became well acquainted with one of the horses in the stables! Despite having zero interest in beer, I really enjoyed the Carlsberg Brewery and would say it’s definitely worth a visit!
After enjoying the pizza I mentioned before, we went back to our hotel which had a spa that we were desperate to try it out. The spa was underneath the hotel and it was just so beautiful, a relaxing end to the day.
The next morning we woke up to snow and I’d finally drafted up a plan of action! The first stop was The Botanical Gardens which was very close to our hotel in a beautiful park. The heated glasshouse made perfect refuge from the bitterly cold weather. You could also walk up a white spiral staircase and walk around the top of the gardens.
Over the road from the Botanical Gardens was Rosenborg Castle. There’s actually a few royal castles and palaces in and around Copenhagen but Rosenborg is home to the crown jewels. I believe it was originally built as a royal summer house, it’s a pretty swish summerhouse, right? The castle was unbelievably beautiful. I actually preferred this over the official royal residence Amalienborg Palace which we visited next.
At 12pm, the changing of the guard takes place at Amalienborg Palace, where the royal family lives. The Guards set off from Rosenborg Castle where we had just been at 11.30am so we left in good time to see them arrive. It was so interesting to see this up close as there wasn’t too many people about unlike Buckingham Palace where there are always hundreds of people spectating. Amalienborg Palace is split into four building all facing in on a big square courtyard where the Changing of the guard takes place.
Inside of Amalienborg Palace, the museum focuses on the history of the royal family in the past 150 years. The top floor is otherwise known as The Royal Attic where there was so much of everything from outfits, paintings, toys and much more. I even spotted an Olympic torch from 2012!
Walking to The Little Mermaid which is about 15 minutes from Nyhavn in -3 degrees, snow, gale force winds, and by the sea wasn’t my finest hour. I couldn’t come to Copenhagen and not see The Little Mermaid but there were a few times I questioned whether it was necessary. The statue is in the middle of nowhere by the waterside on some rocks. There was a small gathering with people taking turns to climb down for photos. It’s quite a small statue and it’s nothing much but I think it’s nice that it’s become such an iconic sight in Copenhagen.
The next stop was The Design Museum. One of the permanent collections was all about The Danish Chair. I’ve never seen so many different chairs in one place. I’m really interested in Danish design so it was really great to see some of the collections but if that isn’t your thing there were also other exhibitions on fashion and Japanese art.
Visiting Den Blå Planet was on my must-see list. Mainly just to see the incredible exterior building sitting along the waterfront by the airport. We caught the metro out to Kastrup and it was only a short walk to the aquarium. I just can’t get over the design of this building – It’s worth a visit just to see this in person. The aquarium had a massive variety of sea life including some cute sea otters and an amazonian rainforest. There was supposed to be snakes and crocodiles in the rainforest but we couldn’t find/see them which was slightly worrying.
We headed back into the city for burgers at a place called Cock’s & Cows and then drinks at our hotel. I won’t spill the beans too much on the food as it’ll be in another post but we ate burgers in a tent outside in the snow and it was pretty amazing.
We had an early start on our last day to fit in a couple more sights in the city. I was super excited about visiting The Round Tower as it had been recommended by so many people. A tower without steps, what’s not to love? A spiral cobbled pathway leads to the top of the tower, it’s so picture perfect too. The ramp was built like this so the king could ride his horse right to the top where you can experience picturesque views over the city. It was still snowing on our final day in Copenhagen meaning that the city had a white blanket on the rooftops. It was just so bloomin’ pretty.
By the town hall is the Hans Christen Anderson Fairytale House. I originally thought this was more of a museum on his life but the more I researched about the place, it turned out it’s more of a family attraction. The beginning was promising as it was going over H.C’s background and history but it actually was all about his fairytale’s. Each room was a different tale where you would stand for 5 minutes and a little exhibition would read you each story. I didn’t think much of this place and would only really visit if you are passing with a spare 20 minutes and have a Copenhagen Card so it’s free.
Our final spot was The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek on the south side of Tivoli Gardens. This museum has the largest art collection in Denmark with many spectacular statues and Egyptian and Roman collections. I mean all Art Galleries are pretty but this one had palm trees which was quite incredible.
On the way back to our hotel we stopped off at Torvenhallerne which is a food market to grab a bite to eat aka many danish pastries. After checking out, it was time to head to the airport on the metro. Copenhagen Airport is seriously huge and duty-free was incredible. Hermes, Burberry, Mulberry, Marc Jacobs, Gucci.. the list goes on!
I though I would also add that before visiting, I got told that Copenhagen is such an expensive city. I’d tend to agree and disagree at this statement. I found that eating out in restaurants was very expensive, our meal at Cock’s & Cows was nearly £50. There were bargains to be found, some shops had amazing sales; I picked up some Urban Decay lipsticks for £6 in Magasin. Visiting attractions, museums and travelling on public transport was covered on our Copenhagen Card which was around £60 for a 48-hour pass. According to their website, we saved over £100 with our cards so that cut our costs.
Our time in Copenhagen flew by in a flash and I had such a great trip. The city is well worth seeing with some much to do and visit, we could have certainly done with staying another day. I’d really like to visit in the Summer when it’s slightly warmer and Tivoli Gardens is open. Well done if you’ve made it to the end of this mammouth post. Stay tuned for more Copenhagen posts, I ain’t finished yet!
Have you been to Copenhagen before? Do you want to visit?