For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Copenhagen. I’d been banging on about wanting to visit for ages and so he took the hints and booked for an overnight trip.
Our Saturday began with a 5am wake-up call, thinking to ourselves “Why do we always decide to go for a drink on the eve of early-morning departures?” By 9am, we’d landed and after dropping off bags at the hotel, we headed out with one mission – to see all of the major tourist hotspots in one day, using the Google Map I’d created for a rough itinerary.
Here’s what we got up to:
- Freetown Christiania: The self-declared autonomous and anarchist district of the city. It’s quite a surreal place with graffiti murals and its open sale of cannabis in make-shift stalls along the streets, even at 10am!
- Church of our Saviour: I’d read that you could climb to the top of the spiralling tower for an amazing birds-eye view over the city, yet what we didn’t know is that it closes for Winter and we were a week early for its re-opening. So we just admired the tower from the ground instead.
We’d planned on going to the Copenhagen Street Food market, but upon arrival discovered it was closed, soon to be relocated to another spot (note to self: must research more thoroughly your trips!)
We headed over to the harbour and after a quick search on Yelp decided on Cap Horn.
Here I tasted my first ever herring, which was delicious, followed by a selection of smørrebrød for me and a fish soup for the other half.
- Nyhaven: Famous for its colourful buildings which provide the backdrop to the harbour
- The Little Mermaid statue: The emblem of Copenhagen, its a homage to famous Dane Hans Christian Anderson who wrote the original fairytale, amongst many others
- Frederik’s Church: AKA The Marble Church, it has an iconic dome, which is the largest in Scandinavia (the church inside is relatively small in proportion)
Strøget: The central shopping street, with gorgeous tiled squares, which are perfect for people watching (and giving our feet a rest)
We’d booked online in advance for a table at harbour-side Hummer. When looking online, I found the prices to be reasonable for the Main Courses, but upon arrival we were informed that the plates were small and so we should get 2 or 3 each.
Nevertheless, it was absolutely delicious and we indulged ourselves in a variety of seafood dishes, which Copenhagen is famous for.
After dinner we nipped around the corner to Ofelia Plads where they had installed a light installation “The Wave” on the pier.
Copenhagen is an expensive city to visit (as many Scandinavian cities are), so I think we made a good decision to make it a simple overnight trip. With good planning, we managed to tick off every must-see spot on our list and after clocking up 20km of walking in 12 hours, we even managed to work off some calories too. Winning all round.