Thursday, 31 March 2016

Travel Guide: 40 hours in Copenhagen - Part 2

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break

If you just finished reading Part 1 of my quick weekend break to Copenhagen - welcome back! If you haven't, well that's not a problem but feel free to read Part 1 to catch up :) Okay then, let's get back into it!

Saturday 9am:
Saturday was our only full day in Copenhagen so it was my only chance to see everything I wanted to see or miss out completely. Luckily we were staying in a hotel about a ten minute walk from Copenhagen central station and as I thought, there's a lot of cities in the world where there is one main station pretty much each train passes through and Copenhagen was no different. We also found out that there is a bus station right outside it too, which proved to be pretty handy. First thing first though was looking for breakfast. Andrew is having a moment with a Starbucks drink that involves white chocolate mocha and will basically try and get it at any opportunity - including the Starbucks in Copenhagen station! There are two 7-11 stores in the station so I went to have a bit of a browse while Andrew got his caffeine fix and found out that they sold pastries and other hot food. I found out that eating on public transport is frowned upon so we had to give these a miss =(

We found a bus to take us to Holmes Church which was our first main destination of the day. Netto-Bådene were running 60 minute tours throughout the day, and for EUR6 per adult, I thought this was a nice way to see the city from the water taking in the sites along the way. The only thing was the morning was super foggy we hardly could see anything! 

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break Nyhavn

Saturday 11.30am: 
Our tour finished and we could be dropped off at Nyhavn to see the pretty pastel coloured buildings along the canal that Copenhagen is super famous for. Of course a selfie had to be taken here! We spent a few minutes looking at the buildings, listening to some live music and taking in the moment. 

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break Nyhavn

It was lunchtime and we were pretty hungry so stopped off for lunch at .. McDonald's! Fun fact about myself: wherever I go to somewhere new in the world, I always stop off for one meal at McD's! The menu is always different around the world and it's really interesting seeing what other cities and countries offer compared to London :)

Saturday 1pm: 
The nearest metro station was Kongens Nytorv so we hopped on to take us to Freetown Christiana, a disused military based that was taken over by some hippies who have reclaimed it as their own now. It's car free and infamous for Pusher Street, aka the Green Mile where you can illegally buy weed. Christiana in itself is a really interesting part of town and completely different to the rest of central Copenhagen. Central is full of old historical buildings and feels like you've stepped back in time whereas Christiana is like the black sheep of the family. There's colourful graffiti everywhere, a sense of laissez-faire when you walk around and nobody really cares what the other person is doing. It felt a little like Brighton where you can walk around in whatever you like and you won't be judged. Like many others, I enjoyed wandering around Christiana taking in the sights and sounds. 


london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break Freetown Christiana


london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break Freetown Christiana

Saturday 3pm: 
By now the foggy morning we were greeted with had given way to bright blue cloudless skies and so we headed over to Christiansborg Palace as you can go up the Tower for free! It offers a 360 degree view of Copenhagen with beautiful sights. You can see my blog post on it HERE.

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break

Saturday 4.30pm:
We realised that Strøget wasn't too far away so went to walk down the longest shopping street in Northern Europe. It didn't take us long to realise it was a serious contender for that title, but it's a leisurely walk down a pedestrianised street with both international and local shops lining both sides. I also learnt that there is a Sephora down here (of course!) so had to pop in there, as well as the LEGO flagship store :)

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break Strøget

Saturday 5.15pm:
By the time we got to the other end of Strøget, (we started at the end near Copenhagen Central station), it was still daylight and I was running out of ideas of what to do. So I decided to do the number one touristy thing in Copenhagen - visit Den lille Havfrue or the Little Mermaid statue.

Saturday 6pm:
The Little Mermaid is a little out of town and is about a good 15-20mins walk from the nearest metro station. I remember reading so many articles online saying that this is not worth it, and it being likened to a garden gnome out of all things! But while in Copenhagen...

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break

london girl diana Copenhagen #CPH2016 city break

By the time we finished seeing the Little Mermaid, it was time to make our way back to central Copenhagen, find food and pack our bag for an early flight the next day. I felt that I had seen a lot of what Copenhagen had to offer but it's certainly a destination I would return to .. even if it's just to play Tivoli!

Enjoy,
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