Where to go in Copenhagen
Planning on going to Copenhagen?
This guide will show you where to go, eat and stay in the city. It’s an expensive place so I’ve included some tips on how to spend less.
I visited with my Boyfriend before Christmas, its a great time to visit as it’s so festive with all the lights, decorations and Christmas markets around.
Nyhavn is the picture perfect area you see when you Google Copenhagen or look on Instagram. This beautiful area is located by the canal and is full of colourful houses, it was lit up with Christmas lights and decorations. There are also many stalls selling drinks and Christmas gifts.
The enchanting Tivoli Garden amusement park was actually inspired by Walt Disney. It’s home to one of the oldest running wooden roller coasters in the world and many food stalls. At Christmas it is absolutely magical as it’s full of festive lights, decorations and trees.
Entrance to the park is 120DKK/£14.40. For 230DKK £27.60 you can get an unlimited ride ticket. If you don’t want to go on all the rides you can buy individual tickets for around £3 each.
Top tip: if you don’t get the unlimited ticket make sure you check entrance for the rides you want to go on as some rides are 2 or 3 tickets per person so can get expensive.
The Little Mermaid
This famous sculpture is displayed on a rock by the water side. It’s a bit out of the centre, about a 20 minute walk from Nyhavn. The mermaid sculpture is pretty small and the area will be full of tourists taking photos but its worth visting. If you look at my Instagram posts then you can read about the fascinating old story of the two mermaids in Warsaw and Copenhagen.
See the Changing of the Guard
The Danish royal guards march from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace, where the changing of the guards takes place, this happens every day at 12pm. Whilst in the area go and check out Frederick’s church.
This impressive church stands out in Copenhagen, with its beautiful architecture and copper green dome. Be sure to stop by here to take a photo or have a look inside.What to eat
1. Danish pastries
2. Smorrebrod – open faced sandwiches, usually on rye bread with a wide variety of toppings
3. Hot dogs
4. Frikadeller – Danish meatballs
5. Krebinetter – pan fried pork patties normally served with potatoes
6. Flæskesteg – roasted pork baked with spices and bay leaves, it’s normally served at Christmas markets
7. Salmon – Danes usually add a slice of cold smoked salmon to rye bread
8. Brot (bread) – rye bread is commonly eaten here
9. Fiskefrikadeller – fish cakes
10. Grod (porridge) they even have a porridge cafe
What to drink
Hotel Chocolat cafe is the ideal place for chocolate lovers. They have a selection of hot chocolates to choose from, I went for the Christmas edition clementine and salted caramel with chocolate whipped cream. It’s very thick and creamy, so make sure you drink it with a straw otherwise the liquid will ooze out and go everywhere.
Mulled wine (Glogg)
This warm sweet wine is served at the Christmas markets and Tivoli Gardens.
Copenhagen has plenty of trendy coffee shops, why not try one with a delicious Danish pastry.
Where to eat
Copenhagen is pretty expensive but if you avoid eating at Nyhavn and walk a bit further away from the centre you can find cheaper restaurants there. Most restaurants had some outdoor seating with soft blankets and a heater to keep you warm and cosy.
We went at the end of November so there was a lot of Christmas market stalls which you could grab food from. Hot dogs are also a good choice if you want to grab something in the go – the sausages are amazing!
Located across the bridge from Nyhavn, this area has a huge variety of street food to choose from. The venue was bustling with people and the food we had was delicious. Unfortunately it’s closed now, with a new market opening in May 2018.
Sam and I stayed at the Wakeup Copenhagen hotel. This hotel is very central, close to shops and not very far from Nyhavn. This hotel was a lot cheaper than the others we found but was still a great hotel.
There’s underfloor heating in the bathroom, which is brilliant after a long day exploring in the cold and the room is quite cosy. The lobby had lots of seats to relax in and computers to use along with a restaurant.
You will have to pay to check in luggage if you arrive before check in at 3pm. There’s also no tea or coffee making facilities in the room which we would have liked.
What I liked/disliked
I’d definitely recommend going to Copenhagen at least once. My favourite part was the magical Tivoli Gardens. I also loved that everything was walkable and it was easy to get to from the airport. With all the Christmas lights up it felt very festive and romantic.
The main downside is that it’s expensive but if you want to save money, bring some snacks with you. Eat at street vendors and try go down side alleys or further away from centre for cheaper restaurants.
How to get here
We managed to get return tickets with Ryanair for £20, such a bargain! This was travelling from London Stansted.
When you arrive at Copenhagen Airport you can get the train or metro. We got the metro to Nørreport, as this was the closest stop to our hotel. Tickets cost about £4 per person and the journey only took 15 minutes.
We took a trip to Malmo in Sweden, the drive was very easy and only took 45 minutes. The bridge crossing is pretty expensive though at £45 each way. For a cheaper option you could always get the train instead.