Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and is located on the coastal islands of Amager and Zealand. Copenhagen’s linked to Malmo, Sweden via the Öresund Bridge. Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. You’d be more likely to be hit by a cyclist than by a car, they’re everywhere. Nyhavn is a popular entertainment district on the harbour front of Copenhagen and is characterised by the many colourful buildings lining the canal which are a variety of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Although being part of the EU, Denmark has its own currency, the ‘Kroner’ (DKK). Some shops and restaurants do accept Euros but if you are converting money it’s best to take Danish Kroner instead of Euros. Denmark, like Switzerland generally has a higher cost of living in most areas so keep that in mind when travelling to Copenhagen and expect to pay a little more for food and activities than you would back home.
What To Do in Copenhagen
Probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest attractions in Copenhagen is Tivoli Gardens. When I first heard of Tivoli Gardens I imagined it to be exactly whats in the name, a garden but it’s so much more than that. Tivoli Gardens consists of a garden however there are also restaurants and an amusement park. Tivoli was built in 1843 and is actually it is the second oldest amusement park in the world behind Dyrehavsbakken, also in Denmark.
There is so much to do in Tivoli from experiencing rides, to admiring the gardens garden. A whole day could easily be spent there. We got to Tivoli early in the morning and spent a few hours on the rides. You can leave Tivoli and come back later the same day without having to pay again. Both the gardens and the rides are so much better at night. Everything is lit up and it’s amazing, especially in winter. One ride in particular, the ‘Vertigo’ gives an amazing view of the city from the top. However it’s only for a few seconds before you are brought back down very quickly.
Hiring a bike in Copenhagen is a must, whether that be as part of a tour or by yourself. Not only does it allow you to explore the city at your own pace, it is a much more cost effective way of exploring the city. Taxis in Copenhagen can be expensive and Uber no longer exists. The bikes can be used to ride along the coast line or along the city streets. The bronze sculpture of the little mermaid or ‘Amalienborg’, the Queen’s winter residence are just a couple of the popular landmarks you can visit whilst you ride around the city.
Once again like every European country in winter there are Christmas markets. The best in Copenhagen are along the canal in Nyhavn, i’m pretty sure the only thing I bought from them was hot chocolate, which isn’t really a surprise. Other attractions available in Copenhagen are Canal cruises, Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours and Pub Crawls. We actually had a pub crawl booked however we didn’t end up going as we were tired and it was very cold. If you run out of things to do in Copenhagen and have a spare day or even a few hours you can get a 30 minute train to Malmo, Sweden. I highly recommend against trying to ride to Sweden even if you have the time, it definitely isn’t a good idea.
The most obvious form of transport for getting around Copenhagen would be hiring a bike. Most roads also have traffic lights just for cyclists so it’s also a very safe mode of transport. Copenhagen also has a great train network that isn’t to expensive. It’s useful for travel to other cities or just to and from the airport. I wouldn’t recommend using taxis unless you were in a rush just because they can be quite expensive.
Accommodation isn’t the cheapest in Copenhagen but you can definitely find great value Whilst in Copenhagen I stayed at the Bedwood Hostel. It wasn’t too expensive but it also wasn’t the best accommodation I’ve stayed at. Although that can be expected at a hostel. The reception is open 24/7 which is very convenient and there is a bar where you can have dinner and a few drinks with other travellers. Overall it was a good hostel that I would recommend to anyone travelling to Copenhagen
What to Eat
Nyhavn which is lined with a variety of restaurants bars so there is something for everyone. Copenhagen offers high quality food at one of it’s Michelin star restaurants. However you can get cheaper meals at pubs along Nyhavn and even the Christmas markets in winter. Dining along Nyhavn in one of the pubs allows you to meet other travellers. We met a couple from Australia and ended up talking to a South African man living in Denmark