In ideal world , I will be working in my full time job from any country I want ( if my company let me do that) and I will be spending months exploring a destination. Day dream or night dream – This is my dream. Back to reality , we all cannot take week – long vacations exploring the ins and outs of our bucket list destinations , so we do the next best thing – Make every hour in every new city count. Doesn’t matter if it is couple of days , weeks or in this case hours . If you land in Copenhagen ,I have got you covered with my – Copenhagen in 24 hours
How to Reach :
By Air : The Copenhagen International Airport is situated 8 km from the city centre and is a major hub for the Scandanavian region . You can get flight from any major city to Copenhagen airport. From here you can get on to a metro and reach the city center
By Sea : A lot of people prefer a Scandinavian tour which have a stop in Copenhagen. If you take the sea route you will land in one of the tree ports Ocean Quay, Langelinie and Nordre Toldbod. Nordre Toldbod is right at the city center and everything will be in walking distance. For the other 2 ports , you can take a taxi and it will take you 15-20 mins to reach the city center.
By Train : Copenhagen Central Station is located in the heart of the city. . From here you can take local trains to other parts of Denmark or to Sweden. You can grab a eurail Denmark pass which will give you the flexibility of travelling in Denmark by train.
Money Saving Tips :
1) If you really want to know this city inside – out by which I mean to know the history, exciting stories and everything , you will need a guide. But don’t worry there are many free walking tours that you may join and you just need to tip the guide. Here are my few recommendations – Sandemanns New Europe , Free Tours in Copenhagen . You can book your spot online and can find out from the websites the time and place from where these tours leave.
2) Some of the museums have free entry on certain days of the week. So depending when you plan to visit , you can definitely keep an eye on it.
3) If you are planning on visiting a lot of museums and attractions, invest in a Copenhagen Card. Trust me it will save you money , time and hassle. The card includes entry to 79 attractions including major landmarks like Tivoli Gardens, Rundetårn, Rosenberg Castle, Zoo, Blue Planet aquarium and Christiansborg Palace. Not only that , this also includes free public transportation. You can buy these cards online or at the airport and save on transportation to – from airport.
4) For cook for yourself option , you can buy groceries from supermarkets like Netto , Fakta and Rema. Netto and Aldi are the most common ones and just about every neighborhood has one.
5) In Copenhagen if you do not want to spend money in expensive bars , you can buy alcohal from the supermarkets. Supermarkets have a good selection of wines at suprisingly affordable prices.
Things to Do :
Rosenberg Castle and The King’s Garden:
The first on the list of things to see in Copenhagen is Rosenberg Castle and the King’s Garden which is a 10-minute walk from the Nørreport metro station. Rosenborg Castle is a Renaissance castle constructed as a luxurious country summer house in 1606 for Christian IV. The castle has very fascinating history and I will highly recommend to visit it from inside as well. The main attractions in Rosenberg Castle are Knights Hall , the crown jewel and portraits of Caroline Mathilde and Struensee .
The castle is surrounded by an immense garden known as King’s garden, with open fields of green grass and little bridges crossing over streams. The King’s Garden is Denmark’s oldest royal garden and is a popular place for Capenhageners to meet and relax.
Admission Fee – 110 DKK ( Adults), Free (Children 0 -17) . Free with Copenhagen card .
Address : Øster Voldgade 4A ,1350 København K
Tivoli Garden :
No visit to Copenhagen is complete without visiting Tivoli Garden. Tivoli Garden is actually an amusement park – cum – garden which has something for everyone and is located right in the heart of Copenhagen , easily accessible. Founded in 1843 , Tivoli garden is a national treasure and an international attraction. If you ask me , I really felt like a kid when I visited this place. It is just so whimsical. If you are putting this attraction in your list , try to visit it at evening or night time as you will not want to miss the lights , the lasers and all the shows that really bring this place alive. Looking for recommendations on must have experiences – try the wooden roller coaster “Rutschebanen”, one of the oldest running roller coasters in the world.
If you are visiting Copenhagen in Autumn or Christmas time , you will love Tivoli . Every autumn Tivoli Gardens is transformed into an enchanted Halloween universe full of witches, pumpkins and lanterns. Between Christmas and New Year, Tivoli houses the most magical Christmas universe and market in Copenhagen.
Admission Fee – 120 DKK. Free with Copenhagen Card.
Address – Vesterbrogade 3 ,1630København V
This round tower in Copenhagen is known for lack of stairs Yes you heard it right . This 115 ft high tower has a smooth slanted spiral corridor. The 964 ft long spiral ramp winds itself 7.5 times round the hollow core of the tower. The tower initially was built by King Christian IV as astronomical observatory but as the light pollution increased , this tower turned into a architectural marvel and is now one of the most visited buildings in Copenhagen . From the top of this tower you can enjoy sweeping views of the city . The building is famous for the main façade decorated by King Christian IV himself and one of the world’s largest and earliest septic tanks.
Admission Fee – 25 DKK. Free with Copenhagen Card.
Address : Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark
Little Mermaid :
If you have seen anyone visiting Copenhagen , you might have seen their photo with a bronze mermaid statute. Yes this is the little mermaid spot , the bronze statue made by Edvard Eriksen. It is the most photographed location in Copenhagen. You will find the bronze statue of mermaid resting on a granite stone at the Langelinje Pier. The sculpture was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land. The sculpture was unveiled in 1913 and since then has been vandalized many times. I found it a little underwhelming when I visited the spot , but if you have time do visit the pier to get your most coveted shot.
Admission Fee – Free
Address : Langelinie , 2100 København Ø
Colorful houses of Nyhavn :
Hmmmm let me see how do I describe this place. Imagine an old port , lined with beautiful and colorful buildings , classy restaurants and people enjoying great food and jazz music with a million dollar view. Copenhagen reminded me of Bergen in so many ways – the atmosphere , the buildings at the waterfront and the cobble streets. A perfect setting for beautiful pictures , this place is a must visit. If you have time and Copenhagen card , you can hop on to a boat tour and enjoy Copenhagen from whole new perspective.
Admission Fee – Free
Address – Nyhavn 1-71 , 1051 København K
The residence of the Danish Royal Family can only be seen from outside. There is nothing special but if you time your visit around noon , you can see the change of guard.
Whether you have 24 hours or multiple days , Copenhagen is bound to leave you enchanted. Good food , good people and tons of history , Copenhagen is sure to entertain you to the fullest . Do let me know in comments if I missed any spots ( which I am sure I did) and how was your experience in Copenhagen. If you need any help in planning your trip , do leave me a comment. Thank you so much for stopping by.
What did you like the most about Copenhagen?