48 hours in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is a small but perfectly formed city that is bursting with culture and exciting things to see and do.
Full of history, art, famous landmarks, stories and tantalising cuisine, Copenhagen is a vibrant city waiting to be explored, 48 hours in this unique city is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Stunning architecture surrounds you in the city and the contrast between the old and the new is striking.
With bold colours sitting alongside traditional marble structures it is easy to see why Copenhagen is considered so contemporary yet also very classical. Two days in the city would never be enough time to see everything that’s on offer so we have complied a few ideas to help you plan your visit and help you to prioritise what to do on your stay.
Where to begin in Copenhagen
It is always good to commence your day of exploring on a good breakfast, so immerse yourself in all things delightfully delicious and Danish – start with coffee and pastries with the aroma of cinnamon. Kaffe (coffee) is very popular in Denmark (did you know that the Danes drink more coffee than any other country in the world). With this perhaps little-known fact you are sure to find a strong energising brew to see you on your travels.
The easiest and best way to get around Copenhagen is by foot, you will really see the city in all its glory and see daily life in the city as you go. Another top way to travel about is by hiring a bike. Even if you haven’t ridden a bike for many years, Copenhagen might just be the perfect place to have a go. Copenhagen is an excellent choice as the city is one of the most bike friendly locations in the world.
Nyhavn is a 17thcentury canal, with a vibrant waterfront bursting with colour. The same waterfront is full of restaurants, jazz music, history and of course historical ships. Remember the best views of Nyhavn are to be had from the less famous side, so be sure to explore all areas (and don’t be afraid to get off the beaten track) to really soak up the relaxed vibes of the waterfront scene.
A must in Copenhagen is to look out for house number 20; this is where Hans Christian Anderson lived in 1835 and published his first volume of fairy tales.
The Little Mermaid
She really is a very little mermaid, a lot smaller than many people ever imagine. We’re of course talking about the bronze sculpture of a mermaid sat looking out to sea.
A famous landmark of an iconic character from Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale. Although petite, she is definitely not to be missed during your visit to the city.
A lovely harbour side walk will also allow you to take in the views and admire the gardens and sculptures along the way.
When in Copenhagen, a visit to the Tivoli Gardens is sure to please, open until very late the best time to go is at dusk.
With the changing night sky and the twinkling lights sparkling, the gardens light up with a romance and excitement to enjoy.
The gardens are a delight of pretty landscaping, entertainments, music and tempting treats and what makes the Tivoli gardens special is that there is something for everyone, with lots to see and do the gardens are sure to be a fun place to spend an evening.
Containing 13,000 species of plants, trees and flowers, the gardens are a lovely place to take a moment and relax while exploring Copenhagen.
Enjoy meandering through the delicate landscaping and flora and prepare to be amazed by the 27 greenhouses that occupy the gardens, the most spectacular being the ‘Old Palm House’ that dates back to 1874.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum
Housing an excellent collection of sculptures and paintings from the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, this museum is an art lovers dream. With stunning works by Rodin and impressive works by Degas, Renoir, Van Gough and Monet to name a few, this museum will leave a lasting memory.
Church of Our Saviour
The Church of Our Saviour one of Denmark’s most famous churches, an impressive feat of architectural design that has a spire so beautifully poised in grey and decorative gold sitting ornately at the top. Climbing the 400 steps of which the last 150 are upon the outside of the spire itself is not for the faint hearted but worth every effort for the breath taking views of the city.
With so much to see in Copenhagen here are a few extras that are well worth including in your research when planning your visit to the city.
Rosenbeorg Castle – Built as a Royal summer house in 1600 the castle houses 400 years of history, art treasures, Royal regalia and the Crown Jewels along with beautiful gardens to meander.
Amalienborg Palace – The Palace is the official city residence of the Queen Margrethe II and the Royal family. Watch the changing of the guards at noon.
Frederik’s Church – Known as the marble church it is home to the largest ornate dome in Scandinavia.
Christiansborg Palace – Home to the Royal reception rooms and Danish Parliament, the building houses an impressive tower that is Copenhagen’s highest view point providing views of Copenhagen and across the waters to Sweden.
Strøget – Is Europe’s longest pedestrian street, full of historic buildings, squares, fountains and plenty of Danish design. A vast array of shops, both high street and designer, line the streets along with history and art to inspire you as you browse.
Top Tip – Where possible buy entry tickets in advance to save time or look into the ‘Copenhagen Card’, an all-inclusive travel and ticket entry card that can be purchased in advance.
Eating in Copenhagen
Food is big in the city and with lots of choice you will be spoilt from traditional smørrebrød (spread bread or open faced sandwiches – with popular toppings such as herring, raw beef, sea food or egg) to high end Michelin starred restaurants such as the 3 star Geranium and 2 star Restaurant A.O.C.
Whether you choose food on the go or a sit down meal you can be sure of a multi-sensory experience where local produce and quality ingredients are used to prepare food that will not only be a delight to the eyes but also unique and exciting on the taste buds too.
Copenhagen is a city bursting with variety. A creative city that will amaze in so many ways, with 48 hours to explore put on your comfiest shoes and don’t forget the camera.
For information about our holidays and trips that take in the sights of Copenhagen, please contact a member of the team on 01347 825292