*Due to the large size and huge number of photos, this post has been split into two parts. Click here for Part 2.
It started, like most of our travel plans usually do, when Yaya, Georgia, Chris and I got “itchy feet” over dinner. It’s really strange (in a good way), but when you’re with your friends – either at your place or theirs, throw in some good food and a glass of wine or two and suddenly booking the next adventure becomes a very real and exciting reality! With flight bookings in hand we were ready to “rock” Copenhagen! Okay, “rock” may be a tad exaggerated but we were so excited to experience the very best that Copenhagen had to offer!
Somehow, Denmark always seemed to be on my “Yes, I will go there soon” type of country yet for some reason I’d never actually been there yet. With it being so close to London (only a 1hour 20 minute flight), how did it take me until 2015 to actually get there?! This is not an excuse (okay it kinda is) but living in Europe, we are blessed with a beautiful array of very diverse and distinct cities and regions along the way which all seem to compete and vie for attention to visit and it seems that Copenhagen seemed to get lost in that noise, for me at least, but we were intent on changing that!
Like I said, I had always wanted to visit Copenhagen – so I was thrilled when we finally booked everything! Months before our departure I started reading and collating some of my favourite places to; go, see, eat and drink in this marvellous city – thankfully the good people at Visit Denmark (who are, quite frankly, the experts on Copenhagen) had lots of good information. It was not long before my notebook pages filled itself with lists and highlighter markings of our plans for our trip ahead and (as you probably would expect), we have put all the deets on what to get up to in Copenhagen into this ‘Complete Guide To Copenhagen‘.
Random aside, when we were looking at tickets to Copenhagen, I saw a one-way ticket to Copenhagen from London for as little as £9! I know it probably sounds silly but despite constantly being on the look out for deals on flight tickets, it still shocks me when I see flights for this price! In the past, Copenhagen was one of the more expensive cities to fly to from London so the fact that flight prices have dropped significantly to Copenhagen (which is great news for us explorers out there) is definitely of note!
Kong Arthur Hotel
We stayed at a really awesome hotel, right in the heart of the City called, Hotel Kong Arthur. It is one of those hotels that you arrive at and are immediately blown away by how beautiful the room is! My room even had its own little snug and study area… it was as if the hotel knew I wanted to blog while staying! (I didn’t get to do much blogging though – pretty much all of our time was spent exploring the city!). They even have a cozy hour between 5-6pm in the evening for complimentary wine… when they told me that I swear my eyes twitched with excitement! I may also have shrieked a little… 😉 After arriving on a Friday evening and arriving in a hotel room that is so beautiful it kinda became painful to leave the room! I always feel a little guilty when I travel and stay at somewhere so lovely, it makes me want to just curl up on the cozy bed and enjoy the hotel but alas, Copenhagen was calling and I could not resist!
While we were in Copenhagen we had our own Copenhagen Cards so we didn’t have to worry about any additional stress of spending lots of money to see the sights when we arrived. The Copenhagen Card gave us free entry into 74 different museums and attractions in the city – which, as you can imagine, gave us so much choice for the venues to visit without any hassle or stress. Prices start at 349 Danish Krone (£34 / €45 / $54) for adults for 24 hours and can be bought in the city or online (check out the official website here for more details). Kids of course get it for much cheaper.
After downloading the Copenhagen Card App, I knew exactly where I wanted to go…Tivoli! The child in me definitely came out while I was there and I rather quickly turned into a tireless 3 year old version of myself! Yes, this transformation was complete with the manic running around the park, trying to go on every ride possible and attempting to eat my body weight in sweets!
If you have yet to hear or visit Tivoli, you are in a treat! Tivoli (or Tivoli Gardens) is the second oldest amusement park in the work, opening in 1843 – the park is situated right in the centre of the city and wishing walking distance of the main train station. I have to say that I loved Tivoli – its a very nostalgic amusement park that has some great family rides… and some rather thrill-seeking rides there! I am not afraid to say that I screamed quite a lot when I was there!
My favourite ride had to be the Rutschebanen, an 101 year old wooden rollercoaster that was themed around a big snow-capped mountain that you whizzzzz in and out of! I. LOVED. IT! One really cool thing that I learned about Tivoli is that the park was actually the inspiration for Walt Disney himself to create Disney World as an always evolving space that he said “will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world”. You can literally spend all day in Tivoli whizzing from one ride or attraction to the next!
After Tivoli, we went on a little walk around the city and before long, ended up at Thorvaldsen’s Museum. Bertel Thorvaldsen was a renowned artist from Copenhagen who spent over 40 years in Rome mastering his craft. A walk through this art museum almost feels like a visit to Rome and the detailed sculptures is nothing short of astounding! Entry is included in the Copenhagen card so we decided to pop in for a gander and we were quite pleased we did. We had a self imposed deadline so couldn’t stay as long as we wanted here but even a brief visit to this museum is highly recommend when you’re in Copenhagen!