48 Hours In Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a city I’ve always wanted to visit, and when I promised myself at the end of 2018 that I’d have a good go at knocking a few countries off my 40 before 40 list this year, I knew Copenhagen had to happen. I didn’t expect it to be February, only I am daft enough to visit cold countries in the winter-but it happened anyway. Spending 48 hours in Copenhagen was a lot of fun and I’ve been so excited to write this post about one of my favourite cities. If you’ve never been, you really should-I know I’ll be back. This is a bit of a weird 48 hour guide-I arrived at 2pm on my first day and left at a similar time on my third, so I had 48 hours in the city spread over three days. Hopefully that’s not too confusing, and I do think it would have been easier to have two full days together.

Colourful houses along the side of the river at Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Copenhagen Theatre looking over the river

As soon as I arrived in Copenhagen I dropped my bags at Copenhagen Station, paying less than £5 for a locker for 24 hours. As soon as I’d done this I walked to my first stop-Nyhavn, home of the colourful houses most people think of when they hear the city’s name. Nyhavn was originally an area full of Pirates and Prostitutes and I found out all about the history on a Boat Tour around the harbour and some of the many canals-less than £10 for an hour and a half’s tour with commentry in English, Danish, German and another language which changes daily (ours was Spanish). I’d recommend doing a tour like this, I got to have a much needed rest after a long coach journey from Hamburg whilst seeng a few bits of the city in a sport space of time.

Sculpture on the river in Copenhagen, of a man sat on a large key

The Little Mermaid sculpture, Copenhagen. A bronze mermaid sits on top of a large stone, overlooking the river

I saw The Little Mermaid from the boat and the guide told us she wasn’t that impressive, but after a cup of tea in a cafe on Nyhavn I decided I wouldn’t be happy if I didn’t get the shot, so spent an hour walking along the harbour to get to her, taking photos as the sun set over the city. Then I spent another hour getting back to the station, grabbing my backpack and taking the bus to my air b n b, ready for a good nights sleep and a packed day two in the city.

A bridge over a river in Christianshavn, Copenhagen

A boiled egg and two slices of Rye Bread on a grey plate on a wooden table, next to a blue cup filled with strong tea

My second day in Copenhagen started in Christianshavn, with a small breakfast before I headed to Christiana. Freetown Christinana, as it’s sometimes known, is a commune known for it’s relaxed take on drugs and its plentiful street art, and I loved the area so much I wrote an entire post on it-do head over and read that, it’s worth if for the photos alone. So much colour!

Entrance to Christiana, Copenhagen

An overgrown area with an underground door and a building covered in street art in Christiana, Copenhagen

Once I’d finished exploring Christiana (I honestly could have spent my whole day there, but knew there was so much more to see in the city) I went for a drink in Joe and The Juice, somewhere I’ve heard lots about. They’re a chain, but they’re not in Yorkshire, so still new to me-and I enjoyed my green tea with mandarin as well as the decor in there. My kind of place for sure.

A black counter inside Joe & The Juice, Copenhagen

Street art (two cartoon superhero cats on a blue background with a red wall) on a gate in Copenhagen

Anyone who knows me, has seen my social channels or has seen this blog before will not be suprised to hear that the next thing I did during my 48 hours in Copenhagen was Street Art hunting. Clearly I’d not seen enough in Christiana so I enjoyed a couple of hours just walking, not knowing what direction I was headed and seeing what I could spot. Quite a few pieces, as it turned out-plenty of content for my Instagram dedicated to the Street Art I find, Travellingtofindstreetart.

City Hall, Copenhagen

A shopping street in Copenhagen, Denmark

City Hall was the next stop, as I wanted to take a photograph and have a look at the building. City Hall in any city tends to be spectacular, and this was no exception, just look at all that gold! I fancied some nice Copenhagen themed things to take home so went shopping for an hour before heading along to Rosenborg Slot, the Castle. I didn’t have the time to explore inside so I took some photos and had a rest in the gardens for a while, before heading back towards central Copenhagen for my final stop of the day.

Rosenborg Slot, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, a theme park in Copenhagen, all lit up at night

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s small but jam packed theme park, is just opposite the Central Station and my bus stop for the journey back to my air b n b. I had no intention of going in-I’m not a big fan of rides, and theme parks aren’t that fun solo-but everyone told me I should and I realised the ticket wasn’t that expensive (there’s a just wandering around ticket that costs a third of the price of the one with rides included) so I went in. I wandered around for a couple of hours taking photos because everything was so pretty lit up at night, with fake snow everywhere, fairy lights and an ice rink, and I did wish I’d planned to spend more time there.

A small square in Copenhagen, Denmark

A flower stall in a cobbled market square in Copenhagen

My final day in the city (Valentines Day, as it happens) started with finding a pretty little flower stall in a small square. 48 hours in Copenhagen may not be much,but I had to get the pretty square in didn’t I? I then headed to The Round Tower, so I could walk the spiral path right to the top. It turned out the very top had stairs, but I still made it up there for gorgeous views of the city.

Outside of The Round Tower, Copenhagen

Spiral path inside The Round Tower, Copenhagen

Once I’d seen the city from the top of the tower (turns out is it COLD up there in February, who knew!?) I walked back down the ramp and headed off to find the Palace. which turned out to be very difficult to photograph as I needed to be across the road and the traffic was busy, but I’m still glad I went along before leaving the city.

Copenhagen skyline from the top of The Round Tower

Copenhagen Palace

Before picking up my bags and going for my train to Stockholm I treated myself to a Wagamama Katsu (well, it was Valentines Day after all) so I could reflect on everything I’d managed with 48 hours in Copenhagen. I don’t think I’ve seen all of the city, I’d probably spend another day there as part of a trip in the future, but I did see the majority of the things I wanted to. Have you been to Copenhagen before? Did you think 48 hours in Copenhagen was long enough?

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6 Comments

  1. March 11, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    I have never been to Copenhagen but it is on my bucket list also. My brother travels alot and he swears Copenhagen and Stockholm are absolute must visits. I am definatly going to make some notes fron your post for when I go, I am pleased u had a great time xxxx

  2. March 11, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    Ooooh I love that idea! 40 before 40!! I may have to steal it, although, not sure how I’ll do with only 2 years to go! Copenhagen is on my list of must visits too, it looks incredible but I bet it was absolutely flipping freezing!

    Where is next? x

  3. March 11, 2019 / 8:04 pm

    Copenhagen is on my wish list too! You certainly managed to pack a lot into your short time there.

  4. March 12, 2019 / 7:54 am

    O wow, so many interesting sights in such a short trip. I love the street art, there’s something about street art that makes it more interesting to me than more mainstream art.

  5. March 12, 2019 / 8:33 am

    I would love to do some more city style breaks. For some reason Copenhagen has never really been on my radar but it does look like such a beautiful city to explore.

  6. March 13, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    oh that looks lovely, ive always thought of it as such a fascinating place to visit too!

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