25 Apr 2017

5 Days Copenhagen


At the end of February I visited Copenhagen with a friend. We spent 5 days in this great city and, as I had such a great time, I thought I'd write a post including a run-down of some of the places we visited during our stay.

Unfortunately we missed the boat for visiting the city's famous Tivoli Gardens, as it's closed during the winter months (except for the Christmas period). But despite this we were nowhere near being short of great things to do. Whilst there we purchased the Copenhagen Card, which enabled us to visit many of the attractions for a low price; transport also being included with the card. I also (surprisingly) managed to keep within my rather small budget on this trip, and the card definitely helped contribute to that. We also stayed at the City Danhostel which was pretty much nicer than most hotels, but at much less cost.

Here are some of the places I visited on the trip!

Nyhavn 
Nyhavn is one of the must-see tourist attractions in Copenhagen. It's a large area on the waterfront with very pretty and colourful buildings all along it. It's a really nice place to go for a walk, and there are a bunch of quaint bars and food places along it too. It's also an essential visit in order to take your obligatory Nyhavn Instagram pic!


Freetown Christiania
Probably the best place in the whole city. Christiania is a former military area in Copenhagen that was taken over by hippies, and has autonomy from the rest of the city and has its own rules. It's amazing to see a neighbourhood completely re-imagined and separate from the rest of society. This set up makes for immense displays of creativity across the area and a great (and very 'hygge') atmosphere. The locals also come across as really happy people, so they're clearly doing something right. We visited an amazing bar in the area, called Woodstock, and there's simply nowhere else like it. Both Christiania and Woodstock are 100% a must if you find yourself in Copenhagen. 

I didn't take many photos - both due to low battery and the fact that photos aren't permitted in some areas - so I included a couple of photos I found on Instagram which capture the uniqueness of the town.

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Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen has a huge zoo containing every animal imaginable. I hadn't been to a zoo for over a decade, so I didn't have much to compare it to. But I really enjoyed getting to see and learn about the large variety of animals.


Hans Christian Anderson's House
Denmark is the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson. His Copenhagen house has been turned into a museum, which we visited. As someone who's a big fan of literature I enjoyed seeing his dark fairytales come to life within the museum.


Experimentarium 
The Experimentarium is a large and really cool interactive science museum where you're able to experiment with the science behind different elements, for example light and water. It seemed to be mainly for kids - which made it difficult when wanting to have a go at all the contraptions, as you don't want to hog things away from kids who are in the middle of learning about science. But it was pretty awesome and I'm glad I went.


The Rundetaarn
The Rundetaarn (or Round Tower) was one of my favourite places that I visited in Copenhagen. It's a tall tower that has a great view of the city at the top. Though what sets it apart from other lookout points is that there are no stairs or elevators; instead the inside of the tower contains a spiralling slope. At the top of the tower is an observatory. And the building also contains other astronomy paraphernalia, as the tower was made for the use of astronomers back in the 17th century. There's also a cool art gallery on one of the floors.



The Little Mermaid Statue
The Little Mermaid statue is probably Copenhagen's most iconic asset, and is a must-visit for that reason. It's also of course another ode to fairytale writer Hans Christian Anderson.


Kastellet 
Whilst on the way to The Little Mermaid we accidentally stumbled upon Kastellet; a preserved star -shaped military fortress that also turned out to be ridiculously aesthetic. It's definitely worth the visit, especially if you're already in the area whilst visiting The Little Mermaid. 



Ruins under Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg is one of Copenhagen's many palaces. And underneath it are ancient runes which date back to the 11th century.


Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
This museum happened to be the closest attraction to our hostel, so we paid it a visit. It houses hundreds upon hundreds of ancient sculptures from different times periods, for example ancient Greece and Egypt.


Malmö, Sweden
And finally we visited Malmö, Sweden. It's less than an hour away from Copenhagen by bus, so we took the opportunity to be able to visit second a country on our trip. It's definitely a worth wile trip if you're in Copenhagen for more than a few days. In Malmö we visited the Little Square, the Turning Torso building, St. Petri's church and more. And we fit this all in within a couple of hours.


I hope you enjoyed this post! And if you're planning to visit Copenhagen soon I hope you have a great time. Aside from all the attractions, the people of the city have a great way of life, making the place hold a great atmosphere which can be experienced simply just by walking through the streets. All this and more makes Copenhagen one of my favourite places I've been.


Amani x 
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