I decided to take a spontaneous two day trip to Copenhagen. Here’s a few things Copenhagen taught me along the way.
Bikes, Bikes Everywhere.
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One of the first things you’ll notice when surfacing from the Metro is the sheer amount of bicycles. As we ambled across Copenhagen in search of our Hostel, the obsession with bicycles was extremely evident by the seas of parked bikes. Apparently Copenhagen itself has over 390km of designated bike lanes, no wonder Copenhagen was voted “Best City for Cyclists” last year.
Get a CopenhagenCard.
Our Copenhagen visit was rather spontaneous, so it was imperative that we got the most for our money during our short stay. The CopenhagenCard cost me around £50 for a 48 hour pass, it allows you to visit over 74 museums and attractions for free, but it also allows free travel on trains, buses, harbor buses and the metro. It also entitles you to discounts in restaurants, other attractions and entertainment. Definitely a must if you want to experience a lot in during a short stay. After purchasing online, you can opt to have it sent to your home or they can send you a voucher via email. I’d always have it emailed and printed as you can collect the CopenhagenCard at terminal 3 information point at CPH Airport.
The Metro is easy peasy.
As you exit arrivals, you can access the Metro rather easily. If you’re unsure, just ask a member of staff, they’re super friendly and speak perfect English.
If you’re travelling with a CopenhagenCard, you don’t need to tap in or tap out as the residents of CPH do, you can just wonder on. If you aren’t, don’t forget to purchase a ticket from the machine! The metro runs every 2 or 3 minutes, so there’s no need to rush.
Pssstt… Grab a metro map to make your life easier.
The architecture is beautiful.
The attention to detail is absolutely stunning. I’m no expert, but it sure doesn’t take one to admire the pure beauty of this city. A number of buildings date back to the 16th and 17th Century. Towering above most of the other buildings, St Peters Church is one of the more obvious attractions, along with the Christiansborg Palace. We wondered the streets day and night in awe of the towering streets beside us.
A photographer’s paradise!
For more photo’s of the beautiful Copenhagen, check out my Flickr album!
Manage your time.
Ok, so it was pretty evident flicking through the guide book that there’s a lot to see and do. To make the best of the time we had, we marked all the attractions we wanted to see and split them up over the few days we had. I think it’s possible to cram three major attractions into a day, but who wants to rush? It’s also important to remember that most attractions open at 10am and close between 4pm & 6pm, so plan carefully! Be realistic about what you can see each day.
Nightlife starts late and ends late!
Talking to the helpful lady behind reception at the hostel, she informed us that Thursdays are apparently student nights, so the bars can be extremely lively. Fast forward to 5am that night, after being woken by a extremely loud American fellow shouting USA! USA! I could still hear the busy hum of passersby, evidently she was correct.
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is awesome.
Staying here for the first time I was pleasantly surprised. Being fairly centrally located, It’s only a 10 minute walk from Norreport station. As you walk in you’re welcomed by that distinctive hostel vibe that I can’t quite describe. The staff are excellent. The rooms/doors are average but clean.
They provide free walking tours, free dinner, free wifi and free iPad rental!
Just a few random observations.
I’m not sure if it’s a complete coincidence, but a majority of locals actually stop and wait at pedestrian crossings. They honestly wait until the little green man shows. Is this a Scandinavian thing?
During our visit, many of the streets were under construction, giant holes in the ground, make shift barriers and no warning signs. They really rely on you using your common sense. Coming from a Health and Safety obsessed nation, it was quite funny witnessing the Danes approach. Basically, no fu*ks were given. Which I like.
If you’re into the shopping thing, there’s a plenty of shops to pick from. Ranging from your Louis Vuitton to your independent clothes shops. Cafes are plentiful and be sure to stop by one to enjoy the world going by. We stopped at one called the Baresso Coffee house, Kongens Nytorv. It was located just off the canal front, very near to Christiansborg Palace. It was fairly quiet, very modern and an extremely relaxing place to recharge after a long stroll. Charging points allowed us to top up our phones before moving on!
Thanks for reading!