Copenhagen in 24 hrs: Challenge Accepted

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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:

Morning:

  • 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.

Lunch:

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.

Afternoon:

  • 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)

Dinner: 

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.

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