Ever since N moved to Sweden 3 years ago, I’ve wanted to explore more of Scandinavia. Copenhagen was high on the list, and when we found out that N had a conference there at the end of October, it seemed like the perfect time to go. Armed with N’s research, and a few blog posts I’d read, we were ready to go and managed to pack a lot into just one weekend.
What to see
We started off with a walking tour, which turned out to be a great way to see all the major sights and find out a little about the city in the process. We used Copenhagen Free Walking Tours (more about them here), because they’d been recommended by the hostel. Had so much fun on this tour, but it was freezing walking around all day so I’d definitely make sure to wrap up warmer next time.
After the tour N wanted to go to Christiania (wiki here), a self-governing bohemian community on a small island separated from the rest of the city by the harbour. It was a beautiful walk round the village, which is filled with vegan cafes, brightly painted murals and overgrown gardens. Probably not one for everybody – it’s also famous for its historic cannabis trade – but it was an interesting and peaceful walk around a part of Copenhagen so different to the rest.
It was Halloween weekend, so in the evening we decided to go to Tivoli park, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. It felt so festive covered in Halloween lights, and was filled with pubs selling mulled wine, small artisanal boutiques and, of course, rides. We went on the oldest roller-coaster in Europe (actually really great), and I worked up the courage to go on Aquila, this giant swing spinner ride that gives you an amazing view of the city, but was pretty terrifying… We had such a great night, and I’d love to go back again and see it at Christmas.
I couldn’t write this and not include the statue of Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid. It was a bit of a walk, and smaller than I imagined, but worth seeing nonetheless.
Where to eat
For lunch we went to Copenhagen Street Food, a massive warehouse on the harbour, filled with international street food stalls. There is everything you could ever want to eat here, and great if you’re in a group and everyone fancies something different. I had a pulled pork sandwich and it was incredible.
We went to Mother in the evening. I was pretty full from lunch, but made room for the pizza here which was awesome. The wine wasn’t bad too. Reasonably priced and cosy.
Where to shop
We didn’t leave much time for shopping, but did walk down Strøget – one of Europe’s longest shopping streets, apparently. Lots of good shops, and the Lego Store! It had some huge lego figures, and all the lego you could ever want – so much fun.
Where to stay
We stayed at Urban House, a hostel not too far from Tivoli and the city centre. Reasonably priced, clean and fun with a good breakfast!
We had a brilliant time in Copenhagen and would definitely go back for more Hygge soon.