48 hours in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, home of Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid, is the unassuming capital city of Denmark with plenty of hidden treasures and historic architecture.

After exploring Sweden, I continued my Scandinavian adventure by taking the train from Malmö to Copenhagen (105 SEK, or $12.50). The ride takes you over Øresund Bridge in about 35 minutes and straight into Copenhagen’s Central Station (Københavns H). Both countries are in the Schengen Area and part of the EU so you won’t need to show your passport.

I had only two days to spend in Copenhagen so I wanted to make the best of it, starting with choosing a convenient place to stay. I booked a room at WakeUp Copenhagen which was about a 10 minute walk from the central station.

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We definitely knew we were in the right place!
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The quite modern and airy lobby area of WakeUp Copenhagen

The rooms were small but had everything you need for a short stay. It was 500 DKK, or $75 per night for two people, which is an amazing deal for a night’s stay in Copenhagen.

Even though the hotel was located close to the train station, the room was well insulated and the sounds didn’t bother me.

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Inside WakeUp Copenhagen room, looking out
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View of Kobenhavn H and Tivoli peaking out to the right

Day 1:

I set out soon after arriving to explore Copenhagen first by foot. This was really helpful since it oriented me and gave me an idea of how long the distances were between the main sights. Follow along on my journey as I highlight the beauty of Copenhagen through photos.

WakeUp Copenhagen was very close to Tivoli Gardens, a famous amusement park that’s been running since 1843, so I decided to wander in this direction. Unfortunately it was still closed, so I couldn’t experience first-hand any of the amazing gardens or architecture behind those gates.

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Closed gates at Tivoli Gardens

As I walked on, I approached Copenhagen City Hall, located in picturesque City Hall Square.

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City Hall Square

I meandered to another square called New Square, where the Court House was located.

Surprisingly, the building was a lovely shade of pink!

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Court House

The Børsen (The Old Stock Exchange) building, built in the 17th century,  is one of the oldest buildings in Cophenhagen.  With its fanciful spire, this building is definitely unique!

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Børsen building
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Whimsical balancing exhibit near the Børsen
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Charming area on the way to the Børsen

The imposing and regal Christiansborg Palace is located on its own island.

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Christiansborg Palace – notice another ornate spire?

Day 2:

In typical tourist fashion, I bought tickets for the Hop-on Hop-off Boat Tour (95 DKK, or aobut $14) which is cheaper than the bus! If you’ve already had some time to explore downtown Copenhagen by foot, this may be a good option for you. It’ll take you around to the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, and the Opera House (which is far if you are walking from the downtown area) and help you make the most of your time.

Let’s start the boat tour!

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View from the boat tour
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The Little Mermaid (which is a lot smaller than you expect, much like the Mona Lisa)
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Sign near The Little Mermaid statue
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Approaching Nyhavn and the colorful houses
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Pastel houses of Nyhavn
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Nyhavn – the prettiest part of Copenhagen

Something that Copenhagen does really well – whimsical spires! The city is dotted with them. I spotted the famous gold serpentine spire of Church of Our Saviour from the boat.

Tip: Make sure you check beforehand if the tower is open for you to climb the 400 steps to the top, as it tends to close during the winter months.

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Gold spire of Church of Our Saviour

Getting out of the boat to explore Kastellet, one of the oldest and best preserved fortresses in Northern Europe.

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The houses were also colorful on Kastellet
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One time, one place, one human being. Monument to acknowledge the Danes deployed to conflict areas.

Then I wandered around Rosenborg Castle and its gardens, which is the oldest park in Copenhagen.

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This unique building is the Black Diamond extension to the Royal Danish Library. This place is amazing and a great location to stop in for a coffee and cake indoors while enjoying the waterfront views.

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Black Diamond building extension
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Close-up of the building
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Interior of the Black Diamond as you enter
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Unique interior and views of the Black Diamond
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Another view of the Black Diamond pathways – excellent for accessibility for all types of visitors!

If you’re lucky you might even see people kayaking by!

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Waterfront views from the Black Diamond building

Thanks for joining me as I tour Copenhagen!  Leave a comment if you have any questions about visiting Copenhagen!

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