Copenhagen makes for the perfect weekend city break. The capital city can comfortably be explored in two to three days. If you are feeling active hiring a bike makes for the best option. If not public transport is easy to work out, and the city is so small that walking is not out of the question. Read on to discover my six hand picked must-do activities from my trip to Denmark’s capital city.
1. Freetown Christiania
Not as ‘far out’ as it once was, Freetown Christiania is a commune that has been around since the 70’s. Their struggle to build a utopia over the years is admirable. Danish law is now enforced here but up until 2004 cannabis sales were tolerated. Sales would take place in the ‘Green Light District’ of Christiania on Pusher Street (I love how creative and to the point both these names are!). Shootings and grenade attacks haunt the town as well as many lengthy legal battles. Today you will find art studios, creative graffiti, cute cafes and the die hard residents who stuck it out over the years.
2. The Fashion Inspo
The Danes sure know how to dress. Head to Strøget, at 1.1km it is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe. Watch the glamorous locals as they pass through going about their daily business. The flowing skirts with sneakers, the oversized blazers, Denmark’s capital city boasts a variety of styles. If you fancy it, you can even take your inspiration further and do some shopping, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Nyhavn Harbour
An obvious must visit in Copenhagen, the colourful houses make for vibrant pictures. I would recommend to visit in the late afternoon to catch the sunlight on the houses. The 17th century canal boasts many restaurants and entertainment options. Famous author Hans Christian Andersen lived most of his life on this street up until he died in 1875. The street was actually a red light district until it was re-branded in the 1960’s to focus on a cleaner form of leisure.
4. The Little Mermaid
This iconic landmark shows a mermaid becoming human – pretty dreamy. And we all know the fairy tale well from Walt Disney’s adaptation of the story. Edvard Eriksen created the statue in 1913 based on the original tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The statue only stands at four feet tall so can easily be missed. Take a walk down to the water to see it. Afterwards, the army barracks close by make for an interesting and impressive exploration.
5. Danish Dining
There are plenty of cool hipster paces to eat in Copenhagen. Make sure you check out John’s Hot Dog Deli in Kødbyen, the meat packing district. Build your own hot dog and sit under the neon lights on chunky wooden tables. Also try out The Living Room for a cosy feel. The cafe is open till late and has a cocktail bar downstairs, for those tamer nights when you fancy an intimate chat.
6. Ancient Amusements
One of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen is Tivoli Gardens. It is composed of some traditional rides and pretty botanical displays. The park opened in 1843 making it the second oldest amusement park in the world. Surprisingly is is the second most popular seasonal amusement park in the world.
Which leads me on to the oldest. Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg was opened in 1583. If you like to be amused, the 10km journey outside of Copenhagen is doable on a tight schedule.
Enjoy your trip to Copenhagen and let me know what you liked most about this colourful city.