48 hours in Copenhagen

At the end of May,  me and Alex visited Copenhagen for a long weekend. Personally, it was the perfect amount of time, as we saw everything we wanted to see!  Although expensive, it's definitely one of my favourite cities I've travelled too, and would recommend it to anyone who wants a cultural city break!

We stayed in the most gorgeous, minimalistic Air B&B, which was so good for the money. I think we paid £80 each in total for flights and accommodation, it was just the actual food/drink that was pricey when we arrived. We definitely got the Scandi vibe from it, and it had everything we needed and was located in Norrebro, which is pretty central and quite 'hipster'. 


Our favourite part of Copenhagen was Nyhavn. It was to be expected as everyone raves about it, but honestly pictures don't capture how beautiful it is.  All the restaurants and pubs were thriving, and so picturesque. Even though it's extremely busy, there's still a calming nature about this area of Copenhagen due to the canals and colourful buildings.

One thing I will say, is that it's extremely pricey in this part of town. I paid £14 for two beers - which was a shock to the system and my bank balance - but hey, it was pissing it down so it was very much needed. I think if we were to visit again, we'd bring a lil' bit more money and have a nice dinner by the canal side!

Freetown Christiana

Just down the road from Nyhavn, is Freetown Christiana. I saw so many people recommend visiting Christiana on blogs and twitter, so we had to go.  Freetown Christiana is a commune with it's own legislations and community. I must say, it was the most interesting and strange experience I've ever had. Cannabis was sold on the street, there were people (including young kids) drawing graffiti on the outside walls, and every single house was home made.  Everything in this town is pretty much made within this town, including the food and clothes. Everyone seemed friendly, but for some reason me and Alex both felt a tiny bit on edge, especially on the quieter roads. It's definitely an experience though, one of those 'have to's' when visiting Copenhagen. It's a shame that there's no photography allowed (I didn't realise until after this photo was taken) as some of the houses and markets were so interesting.

Carlsberg Museum

With Alex being a Liverpool fan and all, we had to visit the Carlsberg Museum.  We learnt all about the history over the years, and even got to see a few horses! We also had a few tasters (of course) and a great burger to end the tour. It was a short but sweet visit, but a definite must if you're a beer fan like us!

The Cisterns

We visited the Cisterns on our first day, from a recommendation by '48 hours in Copenhagen' with Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding.  They showed a beautiful waterfall and lovely water features in a cave-like room. We were sold!   We trotted down there on our first day, and skipped down in to the darkness.  If you don't like the dark, I wouldn't recommend it as it's pretty much pitch black so trying to navigate around it is pretty tough. Unfortunately we couldn't find the waterfall that we saw on the documentary, but we saw some pretty cool hanging metal features, and the odd fire feature in the middle of the room. I wouldn't say it's worth the money, but if you have some spare time it's worth a look around.

Tivoli Gardens

On our second evening, we thought we'd visit the Tivoli Gardens after reading all about it online. I can now say, you HAVE to visit the Tivoli gardens when in Copenhagen. It's the most extravagant theme park I've ever visited. It's not like your usual theme parks with cheap rides and cheap food. It's beautiful, with a huge fountain, outstanding restaurants and live music (and of course a load of rides). I personally hate any rides as I'm a wimp, so we didn't go on any of those, but the selection was pretty vast! We did take part in a few traditional danish games though which were pretty cool and a good laugh.

We popped by for a theatre performance, but we weren't what was going on as it was Danish, but the locals seemed to laugh, so I guess it was pretty good? 😉  If you're looking for restaurant recommendations, our budget was food wasn't very high, so we opted for a cheap-ish traditional danish meal. B-aaaad decision, as we just got a lump of pork and some dry potatoes on our plate. But, it's all about the experience eh...


We came here to be a typical tourist. To me, it felt like a Danish version of Westminster, and it was a pretty unique and cultural experience. We managed to see the royal guards marching, which reminded me so much of London! How they manage to keep a straight face baffles me! We're also pretty sure we got to see the prince in his car, but obvs we have no idea what he looks like so could have just been a random guy...

There's also a famous church named Frederik's Church, which was just beautiful. I'm always a fan of checking out the inside of churches, for some reason it just calms me and I find the architecture so interesting and unique.

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens was one of our final stops, but definitely not one of our least favourites. It was so lovely just to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city, and be surrounded by greenery and water. For the most part, we just sat on a piece of grass and admired the quiet (and rested our tired legs). If you're on a budget, definitely head here for a few hours as it's completely free!

The Little Mermaid

Now this is a must-do, especially if you're a Disney fan. Before we left, I was expecting it to be in the middle of a lake, surrounded by greenery. When we got there it was a very bizarre atmosphere. It was opposite an industrial estate, and it took us half an hour through the middle of no-where to get to! But all the same, it's one of the top tourist attractions, so I'd definitely recommend visiting it.

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? If not, do you want to visit?


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