The Ultimate Weekend Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is a city of dreams, rich in history, with a functioning monarchy right in town (um, yes, we did see The Prince & Me, thank you). As the capital city of Denmark, itâs a fun blend of centuries-old buildings and modern architecture, brimming with locals and tourists from all over the world. While you could certainly spend more than 48 hours here â" and if you can, you should! â" this guide will help you get most out of the city when youâre short on time. So whether youâre backpacking around Scandinavia, taking a luxury wellness vacation or going on a grand European road trip, hereâs what you should know about Copenhagen.
Where to Stay
Besides being a stunning structure to look at, Nimb Hotel puts you in the heart of must-see attraction Tivoli Gardens. And with more than a century of excellence in food at their restaurant, youâd be hard pressed to find more luxury than at Nimb. For a trendy spot, located right on the waterfront across from the Opera House, Admiral Hotel allows you to watch the comings and goings on the waterway and is a short walk from the colorful and popular Nyhavn.
If youâre opting for more affordable accommodations, also near Nyhavn is Bedwood Hostel, a cozy spot to relax after running around the city.
What to Eat
For breakfast, grab a healthy porridge at the nearest GrÃ¸d. There ar e a few in town, so youâll be sure to find one close to where youâre staying. Itâs inexpensive, tasty, and the menu changes monthly.
If you head toward Freetown Christiania or the Cultural Center, youâll also stumble upon a square of different eateries by lunchtime. Grab a hot dog from Kejser Sausage and pull up a foldable chair (theyâre everywhere) to snack by the waterfront. Want something rooted in traditional Danish fare? You can score a modern twist on smÃ¸rrebrÃ¸d â" or open-faced sandwiches â" at Aamanns 1921, just a few blocks from The Round Tower.
If youâre looking for something a little fancier, Corner 108 is right outside the square. This is a small cafe attached to Michelin-starred restaurant 108, which, unless you have a reservation and a bit of money to spend, probably wonât make it onto your itinerary. But the cafe has delicious snacks youâre unlikely to have tried before, like a fried mushroom and egg yolk sauce dish.
What to Do
Get ready to do some walking, which means prioritizing comfortable shoes in your packing â" the cobblestone streets can be rough on the feet. To get the iconic waterfront view of Copenhagen, youâll be looking for Nyhavn, once a busy commercial port but now catering mainly to canal tours. You can get a tasty meal and a warm coffee (or cold beer) and take a wander by house number 20, where author Hans Christian Andersen used to live. Get a picture with the Little Mermaid, a must-see statue inspired by Andersenâs fairytale and modeled after a ballerina. But donât miss also meeting her cousin, the Genetically Modified Little Mermaid, a twisted, abstract rendition meant to draw attention to GMOs, which is just a few minutesâ walk away from the original.
Next, make your way to Amalienborg Palace, where the royal family still lives. And you wonât be kept on the outside, either â" visitors can wander through the large courtyard and get up close with the buildings, and you can often be admitted into the Gala Hall. Youâll, of course, see your fair share of guards, particularly if any of the royals are home; the changing of the guard takes place at noon, and itâs worth the sight if you can time your visit to it.
If your feet are up for it, cap off your first day by walking a little over a mile from the palace to Tivoli Gardens to take a ride around the historic amusement park. Grab a snack (after the rides, of course), and catch a bus or taxi back to your hotel â" there arenât any Ubers around.
Start day two with a morning stroll to Freetown Christiana, an 84-acre commune or âintentional communityâ that was established in the 1970s and toda y is home to about a thousand people. There are DIY homes, workshops, and art galleries. If youâre able, pay for a tour to gain more insight on the community.
For an excellent view of the city â" and your daily cardio â" visit Church of Our Saviour. One of the most famous churches in Copenhagen, Our Savior dates back to the 18th century. More than 60,000 people a year climb the 400 steps to the very top of the building, but the vista is not for the faint-hearted â" the last 150 steps wind around the outside of the spire.
Finally, spend whatâs left of your weekend exploring the most appealing of Copenhagenâs many wonderful museums and galleries, such as The National Museum of Denmark (a 20-minute walk from Church of Our Saviour) or national gallery SMK (which you might want to catch a bus to).
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(Photos via Getty)Source: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark