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It started, like most of our travel plans usually do, when Yaya and I got itchy feet over dinner. 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 visited.
With it being so close to London (only a 1hour 20-minute flight), how did it take me until 2015 to actually get there?
As I said, I had always wanted to visit Copenhagen!
So, I was thrilled when we finally booked everything.
Random aside, when we were looking at tickets to Copenhagen, I saw a one-way flight to Copenhagen from London for as little as £9 one way!
I know it probably sounds silly but despite constantly being on the lookout 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.
With that in mind, I wanted to share how we spent a long weekend in Copenhagen. Where we stayed, what we did and what you can experience, too. It’s an epic city.
1.) 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!
They even have a cosy hour between 5-6 pm 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 cosy bed and enjoy the hotel but alas, Copenhagen was calling and I could not resist.
2.) Copenhagen Card
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 are around 400 Danish Krone (£50 / €50 / $60) for adults for 24 hours and can be bought in the city or online. Kids, of course, get it for much cheaper.
3.) Tivoli Gardens
After downloading the Copenhagen Card App, I knew exactly where I wanted to go; Tivoli Gardens.
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 world. 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!
It’s a very nostalgic amusement park that has some great family rides. Plus, some rather thrill-seeking rides there, too, I am not ashamed to say that I screamed loads whilst there.
My favourite ride had to be the Rutschebanen, a 101-year-old wooden rollercoaster that was themed around a big snow-capped mountain that you whizz 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 to create Disney World. You can literally spend all day in Tivoli whizzing from one ride or attraction to the next.
4.) Thorvaldsen’s Museum
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 recommended when you’re in Copenhagen.