Hey everyone, remember me? Sorry, it’s been so long since my last post, I have been so busy with uni work that I haven’t had time to blog, but don’t worry I’m back! So yes I’ve been busy with university, but that didn’t stop me from having a weekend away in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a spontaneous trip, and I had the best time, so keep on reading to find out what I got up to!
The trip started on Friday morning, where me and my friend got up early (read ‘too early’) and headed to Manchester airport. After a mooch around Duty-Free and breakfast, we were ready to fly! We flew with Easy Jet and luckily we got relatively cheap flights at amazing times meaning we would get three full days in Copenhagen. We arrived ready for our weekend in Copenhagen at around 10am, and after picking up our bags, we were ready to go to our hostel. Easier said than done. Getting into the town centre was incredibly easy, we paid 36 DKK (around £4.30) for the Metro and it only took 15 minutes to get from the airport to get to Norreport station. Despite the hostel being only a 10-minute walk from the station, we managed to get ourselves very lost. The 10-minute walk probably took us around minutes. Tip… actually look at Google maps rather than getting distracted by the city!
Anyway, we got to Downtown hostel at around 11.30! I actually loved this hostel, it had such a party vibe, the staff were really helpful and the hostel itself was centrally located. We dumped our cases in lockers (4 DKK/hour) and went exploring! We decided to just have a wander around the town and get a feel where everything is! Copenhagen is such a small city, you can walk everywhere very easily, so there is no need to pay for travel apart from getting to the airport. One thing that we did learn is that Copenhagen is expensive. To save time we decided to eat McDonald’s for lunch (shocker right?) and it was pricey! After a wander around, we returned to the hostel for a free walking tour to Freetown Christiania. Sadly the tour guide left without us (oops) so we decided to go there ourselves. Big mistake.
We walked for bloody ages to find this place. Man it is difficult to find! We did 30000 steps that day and I am pretty sure most of it was down to getting very lost. After walking for what seemed like hours, we accidentally stumbled across Christianshavn. It was pure luck that we found it. But it was totally worth it! Freetown Christiania is an alternative neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Here all the houses are painted with lots of crazy designs, along with bars and blacksmiths. It is such an interesting place to walk around, with lots of stalls selling weed. I would have loved to have gone on the guided tour to learn more about the town, but it was really cool to just roam around! There is such a chilled out vibe there!
We then faced our next problem. Where to eat. We were surprised at just how expensive food places were! I mean £15 for a margarita pizza, seriously? So we went back to our hostel to have food and drinks there. Just by chance, it happened to be J-day. This day is amazing! We need one of these in the UK. Basically, it’s like the coca-cola truck but instead of getting free coke, you get free Christmas beer. Yeah you read that right, Christmas beer. Now I don’t like beer, but I do like free things. Ngl, it tasted like shit. But that doesn’t matter because it was still a fab night! J-Day is on the first Friday of November and the locals love it! Our hostel was absolutely crazy and we met some great people! So if you’re ever planning a Copenhagen trip in November, choose the first weekend, you won’t regret it!
So Saturday we got up bright and early… sort of. We were pretty tired from the night before’s antics but wanted to get to Nyhavn as early as possible. Nyhavn is a brightly coloured harbour that hosts bars, cafes and townhouses. Essentially this is the place that you see on most postcards. It is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Copenhagen. It is very busy. The weather was absolutely gorgeous when we went to Copenhagen as you can see from the photo below. This meant that although the buildings looked fab, it was not good to get a photo in front of it. The blogger inside of me was gutted! But it was still so lovely to see the colourful landmark.
Free walking tour
We then decided to go on a walking tour. We actually made this one (well done). Turns out we actually saw most of the sites accidentally, just by getting lost. But it was still a good tour! I would always recommend a walking tour as they are a quick and easy (and more importantly cheap) way to see lots of sites at once! Perfect if you have limited time in one place! We visited the City hall, Christiansborg Palace, the old city centre, Nyhavn (again) and the Royal Palace of Amalienborg to name a few. Did you know there has been a lot of fires in Copenhagen? Seriously, a lot. More firefighters are definitely needed! We ended the walking tour right near the little mermaid statue. Just to see what the fuss was about.
Although the walk to the mermaid statue was lovely. The statue itself was such a letdown. Seriously, that is not a tourist attraction. It is far out from all the other landmarks in Copenhagen, so I would strongly recommend not going. That shit is tiny. Like 1.25 metres tall. So not worth it, it’s not worth inserting a picture. I was very grumpy after the walk there, so do NOT waste your time. Rant over.
Again we got so lucky with our trip, as it was actually the last weekend Tivoli Gardens would be open with its Halloween decorations. And boy were there decorations. The attention to detail was so pretty, with lights, pumpkins galore and spooky ghosts hanging from all of the trees. It really was beautiful. Tivoli Gardens is essentially an old theme park. You pay 120 DKK to get into the park, and then you choose what rides to go in (if any). The rides are quite pricey, varying from 30 DKK to 90 DKK. I got dragged on the one ride, The Star Flyer. I was hesitant to go on, mainly because I don’t like things that spin, but I was totally fine! The ride was a combination of high-views and a swing carousel and it was so much fun! Wouldn’t say it was worth ~£10 but that’s just me.
We had so much fun wandering around the park, taking in the views and looking in cute homeware shops. After, we decided to go to the cafeteria for food where there is something for everyone (including the fussy people like me). We ate burgers which were delicious and then went to another cute cafe for hot chocolate (average).
We topped off the fabulous evening by having some more drinks back at the hostel! When you’re on holiday, right?
We treated ourselves to another lie in on Sunday before checking out at 10 am. We then decided to get breakfast. Copenhagen has this culture called Hygge. Essentially, the Danes are obsessed with being cosy and warm. This means that all bars, cafes and restaurants have blankets, heaters and candles. As someone who is always cold, I am living for it. Maybe I should move to Copenhagen. Anyway, we went to a lovely cafe/restaurant where we had an all you can eat buffet. Hey, it’s pricey, you have to get your money’s worth! The food was amazing and we topped it off with a delicious strawberry smoothie. Love.
The Church of our Saviour:
We couldn’t leave Copenhagen without looking at the views. When I went Interrailing over the summer, I saw views from so many viewpoints and they are so worth it. There are a lot of towers in Copenhagen where you can see the views, but we chose ‘The Church of our Saviour’. The building is stunning, with a black and gold spire. To climb to the top there are 400 steps. I’m not gonna lie, this is a lot of steps. Some of which are outside. This got quite scary in the wind, and trust me it was bloody freezing, but the views were totally worth it. You can get a 360 view of all of Copenhagen. Students can climb it for only 35 DKK, (50 DKK otherwise) so I would definitely recommend.
The Bastard Cafe
Afterwards, we ended our time in Copenhagen with a trip to the ‘Bastard Cafe’. This cafe was amazing and literally across the road from our hostel. I love this place and would definitely go back! This is a board game cafe, where if you buy a drink etc. you can play as many boardgames as you want. And there are hundreds. We went basic bitch and played Monopoly, but it was a great atmosphere and so much fun! The hot chocolates are to die for here, so definitely try them out. After eating a mountain of fries, it was time to leave.
And that was that. We got the Metro back to the airport, and after a bit of shopping (Hello Stila eyeshadow), we flew home!
I had an absolutely incredible time and I am so happy I went! Have you been to Copenhagen, What is your favourite place? Where is next on your travel bucket list? Mine is Krakow! Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading,