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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?