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After our Head of Operations Sam spending 48 hours in Amsterdam and bringing you some amazing travel recommendations, our Travel Expert Roxana takes you on a journey to Copenhagen, also known as 'The city of fairy tales'.
Copenhagen is a Copen-heaven for every holiday goer! Beautiful architecture? Check! Delicious food and drink? Check! Relaxing vibe? Double check! Short break destinations don’t get much better than this!
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and is located on the eastern shore of the country. It is the world’s current happiest and healthiest capital city and has been a nominee for Europe’s Best City Break award for the last five years. It is not hard to see why! Elite museums, restaurants and shops are littered throughout a gorgeous cityscape of intermixing architectural styles and the canals are so clean you can swim in them! The locals are as friendly as the city is trendy and unique experiences await around every corner. With flights averaging at just under two hours, what’s stopping you from making Copenhagen your home for the weekend?
Convincing you to visit Copenhagen feels a bit like convincing someone to breathe oxygen. Okay, maybe it’s not quite life-or-death but seriously it would be a huge mistake to never see this city. Copenhagen boasts so many brilliant attractions it is hard to know where to begin! That is where I come in. I have lovingly curated a 48-hour itinerary to help you navigate the city and make the most out of your holiday. Check it out below!
After a 1 hour and 40 minutes flight from London Stansted, I land at Københavns Lufthavn, Kastrup (the main airport in Copenhagen). I want to make the most of my time in the city so I jump in a taxi and head straight to the 3* Ibsens Hotel to drop off my bag.
Ibsens Hotel is an oasis in the heart of the city. It overlooks the Nansensgade area, bustling with café life and small shops. Just a 5-minute walk away, you will find the city lakes in the one direction and Nørreport train and metro station in the other.
The lobby area offers a café, a library room and a cozy livingroom area with a fireplace. The minute you step inside, you will sense the Nansensgade atmosphere: ”Mingle” tables, magazine holders, an old record player and beautiful textiles adorning the lobby.
All design pieces are made by neighbouring artists.
With an average rating of 4/5, I'm sure it's going to be a great stay!
There is only one way to start a holiday in Denmark and that is with a Danish pastry. If you’re getting pastry, it might as well be at one of the oldest and most popular bakeries in Copenhagen, the Sankt Peder Bagerie. Order an ‘onsdagssnegle’ for the most unbelievably delicious cinnamon roll you’ve ever tried. For those who prefer savoury, try a ‘tibirke’ which is a delectable poppy seed roll. Pair with a fresh coffee and you’ll be ready to take this holiday by storm!
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Begin in City Hall Square where you will find, yep you guessed it, the City Hall! This magnificent building combines ancient Danish and Italian Renaissance styles and was built between 1892-1905. Covering 1,500 square meters and 105 meters tall, it is one of the biggest buildings in the city. Also be sure to check out the statue of Hans Christian Andersen whilst you are here.
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Move on to the nearby National Museum to brush up on your knowledge of Denmark. Housed in the 18th century Prince’s Mansion, this museum charts Danish history from prehistoric times to the Viking age to present day. A quick whizz around will do the trick but make sure not to miss the extraordinary and unusual bog bodies. Resembling Egyptian mummies, these bodies were accidentally preserved after they were sacrificed in bogs thousands of years ago.
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It’s time for some more Danish cuisine! You can’t visit Copenhagen and not try smørrebrød (a traditional open sandwich) at least once. Aamanns 1921 is a bright and sleek deli and they seriously know their way around smørrebrød, so relax and tuck in!
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Immediately work off your lovely lunch by climbing to the top of Copenhagen’s Rundetaarn, or Round Tower. The oldest functioning observatory in Europe, the Rundetaarn dates back to the 17th century. You don’t have to climb any stairs but the route to the top is a 209-metre spiral slope so make sure you have comfortable shoes on! The breath-taking views across all of Copenhagen make breaking a bit of a sweat 100% worth it!
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Spend the rest of your afternoon getting your shop on! I don’t usually devote precious holiday time to shopping but in Copenhagen it is a must. Known globally as leaders of minimalist and modern design, checking out Copenhagen’s top shops feels almost like going to an art gallery! Hay House is renowned for their sleek and stunning homeware and Georg Jensen is a favourite of the Danish royal family for home goods and jewellery.
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You have to visit the city’s oldest department store Illum which is to Copenhagen what Selfridges is to London. For those of you who are big kids at heart, nowhere beats LEGO, the flagship store of the hugely popular toy building blocks. Whether you just window shop or splurge out, venturing around Copenhagen’s shops is a delightful way to spend your afternoon.
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More delicious Danish food? Yes please! Go for dinner at the Maven and you will not be disappointed. Located in a former church and lit by candles, this restaurant has a wonderfully romantic atmosphere that is only outshone by the superb food. Hearty and homey local dishes are served to perfection and you’ll feel that Danish concept of ‘hygge’ which roughly translates to a cosy and comfortable inner joy.
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After dinner, waste no time getting to the amazing Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park. Opened in 1843, this is the second oldest amusement park in the whole world. Don’t expect anything tacky or cheesy though, the Tivoli Gardens feel like a classy and magical wonderland especially at night when it is lit up with fairy lights and lanterns. The cheerful atmosphere is contagious as you wonder around the roller coasters, open air performances and game stands. Some of you will be happy to hear there is also ample opportunities to order a glass of wine or a beer here as well!
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You may be on holiday, but you’ve got no time for a long lie in and a slow morning! Start your day by visiting the Little Mermaid of Copenhagen. A statue installed in 1913, the Little Mermaid is a tribute to the famous fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. She is quite small, but she is an icon of Copenhagen and not to be missed.
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Next door, you’ll find Kastellet, one of the best-preserved fortresses in Northern Europe. Cross the moat which interestingly forms a star shape around the central compound. Inside you’ll find old military buildings, a church, a prison and even a windmill!
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Next up on your tour is the Amalienborg Palace. The current residence of Danish royal family, the Amalienborg Palace is made up of four glorious rococo style buildings. They surround an octagonal courtyard with an imposing statue of Kind Frederik V on horseback at its centre. If you manage to arrive for midday you can watch the spectacular changing of the guard ceremony.
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Snap some pics before making your way to one of the most popular destinations in Copenhagen - Nyhavn.
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This waterfont strip is picture perfect and the colourful 17th century houses which perch alongside the canal are, simply put, bonkers beautiful! Get that perfect insta shot, and enjoy a stroll just taking in all the charm of this area.
By this point, your stomach will be demanding some attention! Check out the Broens Gadekøkken, or Bridge Street Kitchen, for the perfect filling but casual lunch. World class street food from renowned restaurants and chefs are served from trucks and stalls against a fun and edgy backdrop. There are also bars if you fancy a lunchtime tipple – don’t mind if I do!
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Back to the sightseeing and next up is The Church of our Saviour. Built in 1752, this Baroque style church features a striking, golden rimmed spire that dominates the Copenhagen skyline. If you can suppress your fear of heights, climb up 400 steps, the last 150 of which are outside, to the very top of the tower for some sublime views.
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Back on solid ground, it’s time to check out one of Copenhagen’s coolest and most unique areas, the Christiana Freetown. Christiana was established in the early 1970s when a group of people began squatting in an old military barracks. Things escalated and now there are about 1000 people living in this hippie commune. Covering eight acres, this eco-district tolerates marijuana sales but prohibits cars. Remarkable homemade houses neighbour colourful art galleries and organic cafes and street art is painted on every wall. Walking through this district is an experience like no other. Important tip though, don’t take photos down ‘Pusher Street’ which is known for its cannabis and hash trade as you might run into trouble with the locals.
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For your last supper in Copenhagen, dine like royalty at Bistro Royal. Here, French and Danish cuisine meet in a fabulous fusion guaranteed to satisfy even the highest of standards. They serve a small but ever-changing selection of starters followed by main courses made from high quality meats and seafood in a stylish setting and all for a reasonable price! Enjoy!
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Your hols may be coming to their end far too soon, but the fun is not over yet! For my last trick I present to you the CPH Ice Bar! The interior is meticulously sculpted from ice and the building is kept at a crisp -5 degrees but don’t worry, they will provide you with a warm winter jacket! Expect great music, dancing disco lights, drinks served in ice glasses and a brilliant crowd. Such an awesome holiday deserves to go out with a bang, and this is definitely the place for it!
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