This week I arrived in Copenhagen. My main reason for being here was the airport (Where I am writing this from) but as soon as I got off the bus in this city it instantly grew on me. I have to go back to Ireland to sort some things out and work was quiet so I could take a few days off. I was in Prague looking at my flight options and Copenhagen came up so I hatched a plan. Prague to Berlin where I spent a few days then on to Denmark to do the “around the sound” trip through Sweden, finished off with a couple of days in Copenhagen. I did not expect Copenhagen to be the highlight of this trip but it is.
I caught an overnight bus to Copenhagen from Berlin. Before I had even set off for Denmark I got chatting to a few Danish people at the coach station in Germany and they were really friendly and full of advice about what to do in their country. When I arrived early the next morning I walked up to the train station to book my ticket to Sweden. In the station I was instantly greeted by 2 more extremely friendly and helpful girls who were there giving away smoothies as a promotion. One of them took a break and helped me sort out my ticket.
I had a couple of free hours so I went for a wonder round. Copenhagen is so clean, tidy and feels very safe. Everyone is smiling as they go about their daily business, they all seem to speak really good English and are happy to help and chat. I was sold but in no time, it was time to go to Sweden. I was already looking forward to returning to Copenhagen the next day.
When I did get back the next day I had 2 whole days to explore this city and that is exactly what I did. I found my airbnb room and met the host who again was super friendly and helpful. I headed back in to the city armed with a mental list of what to see and do from all the advice I had so far received.
Thing to do in Copenhagen.
This is by no means a definitive guide, it’s just what I got up to wondering around this city.
The first port of call was the water font at Nyhavn. If you have seen any postcards or pictures of Copenhagen then the chances are you will recognise this place. 17th century colourful buildings line the canal, most of them house coffee shops, cafes and bars… Expensive ones!
Copenhagen actually has a lot of canals and tour boats cruising them. I didn’t take a tour as I was happy wondering round the city on foot. Stopping for coffees and letting people tell me where to go and what to see.
The next stop was a walk to Christiania, the freetown of Copenhagen. Like freetown areas I have visited in other cities it is a former hippy squat where the laws and rules are ignored. Once a place where light drug use was overlooked by the authorities, Christiania has a main route known as “pusher street” Christiania’s graffiti covered streets are now a tourist attraction. Although the use of cameras is not recommended and there is signs to that effect. Think about it, if you are up to something or a unique alternative community then the last thing you want is for people from the outside to come in taking photographs.
Not far from Christiania is the Church of our Saviour where you can climb to the top of the 90 meter high tower and get a good view of Copenhagen from the air. If I had battery power left I would show you the pictures but unfortunately my batteries had died and I was not attempting the hundreds of steps again to charge the camera.
I spent the evening wondering around the city center and found a reasonably priced (for Copenhagen) Greek buffet restaurant to fill myself before sampling the nightlife.
Is it expensive in Copenhagen?
The first thing most people (Including myself) think when you mention Copenhagen is “is it expensive there?” It is and it is not, if you shop around you can find sensible prices but if you want to spend money then you would not struggle to do so in Copenhagen!