Honestly, if anyone ever asked me my hobbies or what I spend most of my time doing, I would say:
In that order. I’ve got a bad habit of searching “London Heathrow > everywhere” for day trips (because it’s the closest to my house) and Copenhagen was no exception. My partner is currently off gallivanting Hong Kong and Japan with family so I’ve had two weekends “free” and of course I was browsing non stop!
*Tip* If you want to do a day trip from your closest airport, always have a look for Sunday’s, they seem to be cheaper and that’s what I do!
Here is a look at what I got up to on a tight schedule and how I managed to see most things.
After waking up at an unholy hour (4am) I was reminiscing on how I used to do this every day when I worked at the airport. I’m usually really nervous for my first flight out and this was no exception. Confession, I’ve never ever had a window seat! I always opt for the aisle seat (or given one, I never pay for extra!!) because then I can pretend I’m on a bumpy train. This flight, I decided to conquer that little fear and can I just say… Wow. We are so small and the world is so beautiful!
After arriving, Google maps told me to get bus 029. The ticket lady told me that this was a common misconception with travellers and that you must catch a train, any train from Track 2 takes you to the central station which is the centre of Copenhagen. A single ticket is only available 1 hour after you purchase and this cost me 36DK (around £4.20) I got the train towards Nivå and it was 2 stops and around 15 minutes transit time.
Copenhagen Central Station: 09.59am
Weather: Freezing heavy rain
Situation: No umbrella and shops do not open until 11am.
Solution?: Embrace it or search for an umbrella?
Nyhavn : 10:41am
Weather: Rain has stopped just when I found an umbrella. Typical!
Nyhavn is beautiful and pictures really do not do it justice! No entry requirements, just a beautiful street. Draped in fairy lights, pirate like boats docked and no tourists, it was the perfect time to just sink in where I really was. Two ladies saw me struggling with a makeshift tripod (handbag and umbrella balancing) and helped me take some photos. After walking up and down the street, I bumped in to a local called Paul (literally bumped in to him) who took me for a tea and told me about his life!
*Note: Any time there is gaps in timing I am just wandering around with no plan, hopping in to little side streets or hidden courtyards*
Stumble upon Fredericks Kirke. I’d paid no attention on my map so when I was walking down the street and to my left I see this, I actually gasped! I didn’t go in because now that I think about it, it didn’t occur to me at the time! But it is free to go in.
Making my way to The Little Mermaid, I get distracted by a castle and a beautiful autumnal park called Kastellet (it looks like a star on Google maps) There is an up hill path that you can walk around and see all the views of Copenhagen and the brick red houses in the middle.
After walking around Kastellet for almost an hour (You have to walk half way around to get down) I made my way towards the mermaid, stopping at Gefion Fountain, the goddess of farming.
The little mermaid – 13:15pm
Finally made my way to the Little Mermaid and it literally is obvious what it is, it’s a bronze statue but beautiful none the less. I made my way through the tourists and when they were all gone a lady offered to take my photo on the premise of “you look like you’re solo, let me help you!” (the bonus of travelling solo, people are so friendly!!)
Rundetaarn – 14.10pm
After a really long scenic walk passing through Kongens Have park getting distracted with dogs, Christmas displays (Copenhagen are definitely getting ready for it), side streets and quirky houses, I was trying to make it to the Round Tower to see the view before it got dark! Success! Because it was out of season there was no queue and I ventured up the Round Tower (there is no stairs at all by the way!) for just 25DK (£3)
Time for a world famous DØP hotdog just outside the Round Tower. My food choices are usually heavily vegetarian but when I’m in a different country I like to try the original and classic versions of dishes and this hot dog was no different. Boasting healthy and organic versions of the original street food, I opted for the most popular and original “Ristet Hotdog” – (or “roasted hotdog in English) with every thing on top. So that is: Mustard, Ketchup, Remoulade (Aioli), fried onions, fresh onions and pickles in a brown organic bun. It was amazing! but I washed my hands 4 times and I could still smell the pickle haha.
15.30pm – 16.45pm
I’m not usually a shopper but when I saw Sephora, I had to have a look. I spent a good chunk of time trying to decide if several branded eye shadow pallets were worth a chunk of £55. I left empty handed and bought a £3 magnet along the way instead. Sigh.
*Tip* Always work out what £5, $5 or €5 (or whatever equivalent you have) is when you are about to enter a country where you’re not familiar with currency. It makes it easier to work out how much things cost in your currency, especially if you’re on a budget. Example: £5 = 42.62 Danish Krone. Makeup Pallet Cost: 468.80 DK = £55.
17:00pm – Tivoli Gardens
Making my way to Tivoli Gardens which is right next to the train station to discover it is closed for Christmas refirb! Nooo! I was so gutted about this. By this point I’d walked around 9 miles and I was kind of done for the day, so I took a train back to Copenhagen airport (same price again) and sat in the airport for my 8pm flight home. It was delayed by an hour (made up some time in the end and was only 30 minutes late) and was in bed by 11.15pm!
That’s my full day in Copenhagen! Would you ever do a day trip?
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