Early last year, I was lucky enough to be gifted with a trip to Copenhagen. We went in March and I can safely say, it’s cold! Copenhagen turned out to be a great weekend trip for us (it also helped it was only an hour and a half away by plane too!). Plus there are enough sights to see for a weekend away without the rush from place to place. We even managed to fit in a quick hop over to Malmo in Sweden.
We stayed at the Copenhagen Strand hotel, the hotel is quite centrally located on Havnegade and was only about a five minute walk to Nyhavn. The hotel was on the water front, so go got a bit of a chill as we left each morning, but it had all the necessary amenities you’d expect and it was good value for money for our weekend adventure. These are the sights we managed to see during our weekend break, we found we had plenty of time getting between them all and with a little planning weren’t jumping from one place to the next. Just remember to wrap up warm if you’re visiting in the winter/spring months as it can get very bitter!
The centre of the city for us was the location of the Rundetaarn, I’m not sure if this is the case with everyone else, but we found it a convenient location to gravitate towards when we had to get our bearings. The Rundetaarn is the Round Tower, aptly named because of its shape. We didn’t realise this was a tourist attraction until we walked towards it and saw a queue of people waiting outside. We joined the queue and realised you could get to the top observation platform which offers aerial views of the city. The building inside is pretty impressive. There is one continuous spiral ramp all the way to the top which is really unusual but makes the climb a lot easier. Entrance was only DKK 25 which is about £3.00, which for an attraction is really cheap! We spent quite some time at the top too so it was really good value for money.
For the shoppers out there, we also found this area to be good for shopping. The surrounding streets had a lot of different stores, although Kobmagergade had the most we recognised from the UK. We found some really quirky design shops in Copenhagen and a lot of Moomin souvenirs, I was tempted on a few occasions to buy something!
By far the most iconic place in Copenhagen is Nyhavn. We were lucky to be staying only 5 minutes away from here and were able to wander through here on our way to the other sights of Copenhagen. There isn’t much to do in this particular area, it’s more of an area of interest really. The brightly coloured buildings are beautiful and there are plenty of restaurants here too. You can also catch a boat tour from here too (like we did on the last day) which takes you through the rivers of Copenhagen so you can see the sights from the water.
Travelling along Gothersgade from Nyhavn is Rosenborg Castle. The castle itself is surrounded by gardens, as we went in the winter nothing was in flower except the snowdrops in front of the castle entrance. In the summer, I imagine this would be a beautiful garden to enjoy in the sunshine.
You can also visit the castle itself, it’s 110DKK per person for entrance which provides access to all the open rooms in the castle. Rosenborg is also the home of the Danish Crown Jewels, a stunning array of trinkets and jewellery. Like castles in the UK, Rosenborg was ornately decorated. You follow the tour around the building (the one we did wasn’t guided) into all the different rooms. In poor weather, this would make for an ideal attraction to visit, it’s also centrally located so is convenient when visiting Nyhavn and the Rundetaarn.
After pizza and numerous danish pastries, we found ourselves craving something fresh for dinner. We checked out Tripadvisor and found a restaurant about 10 minutes from our hotel which was rated quite highly for its Asian food. We were not disappointed. The place is called Goomi and it’s located on Strandgade. We rocked up at about half eight and were welcomed quite happily by the owner. This place is small but intimate and the food was fantastic, it was exactly what we wanted. I went for a thai curry, i’d highly recommend it! If you ever pop over to Copenhagen, try this place, i’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.
We also ventured out towards Christiansborg Palace during out weekend break. This is located on a small island south west of Nyhavn and is home to the Danish Parliament. When walking towards the main building you are met with a large, sandy area. At first we weren’t quite sure what this was all about, until the horses arrived and started trotting around. We didn’t venture in as we wanted to head further up the river to see a few of the other sights, but it is well worth a see. The tickets for entrance to the palace are about 150 DKK, this includes access to all the main areas of the building, although individual tickets can be purchased too.
Kastellet & The Little Mermaid.
Heading north east from Nyhavn is Kastellet, a star shaped fortress on the river front. We didn’t intend to visit here but stumbled across it on the way to see the Little Mermaid statue (I must confess, we were a little confused by the directions so ended up taking a wrong turn!). It’s a weird yet wonderful place to have a wander round, it is a little further out of the centre of the city so in hindsight we probably would have hired bikes to get here. You enter Kastellet by bridge, as it is completely surrounded by water. There is a path along the edge of the moat which you can walk around, with buildings in the middle. They look like they are now occupied by small shops and homes and I didn’t realise at the time but theres a museum here too.
To get to the Littler Mermaid statue you have to head back over the bridge towards a road called Langelinie. There’s a nice walkway along here right next to the river with a pavilion and a park, it reminded me a lot of the boardwalks you get on English beaches with the Ice Cream shop half way along. We didn’t quite realise we had reached the statue until we saw loads of people all gathered round on the rock front. From the pictures I had seen it looked a lot larger, so I was slightly disappointed by its size. It’s still one of the must see things in Copenhagen and the walk towards it made for a nice morning wander. We bustled with everyone else to get a photo and after a couple of minutes looking at it decided to head back.
On our final day in Copenhagen, we decided to do a boat tour from Nyhavn. The boat gave us a different perspective of the city as we had been travelling around it on foot until now. As we ventured out of Nyhavn, we made for an area across the river called Copenhagen Street Food. This is like a small island full of restaurants, cafes and bars selling all sorts of food. We wished we had stumbled across it sooner so we could have tried some of the food but we will make sure to go next time we visit. It looked like such a quirky area with loads of deck chairs along the water front. The boat trip was cold as we headed further up the river and towards the Little Mermaid. We could see everyone gathering around it on the land but it still looked quite small even from the water! We also travelled along some of Copenhagen’s canals seeing several of the sights along the way, including the Opera House, the palaces and the Church of Our Saviour with it spiral spire. I believe you can go to the top of the spire to get some awesome views of the city, but we’ll save that for next time!
Ben had done some research before we travelled to Copenhagen (admittedly a lot more than I had!) so knew that Malmo was only a 35 minute train ride away. As neither of us had been to Sweden before, we thought we’d give it a go. On the way to the train station we passed Tivoli Gardens. As we went to Copenhagen in March, the amusement park was closed for the winter and wasn’t due to reopen again until April. It looked pretty good and i’d seen a lot of photos of it lit up at night so I was quite excited to go, we have planned to revisit in the summer so we can experience it for real. The train station is directly opposite Tivoli and before we knew it we were on our way to Sweden.
The train passed over the Oresund Bridge, which connects Denmark to Sweden. It was pretty spectacular to travel across it and was amazed by how far it spanned. We arrived at Malmo Central Station at mid-morning and had a couple of hours to explore. We went at Easter, so a lot of the shops were shut, instead we had a wander round seeing a few of the different areas along the way. We wandered towards the Pildammsparken, a large park area with a lake in the middle. We then headed towards Lighthouse at Hjalmarekajen before getting the train back to Copenhagen. We spent a few hours here but didn’t find there was loads to do, especially during the holidays, but it was a good little adventure on the train nonetheless.
Photos taken and owned by Amy.