48 hours in Copenhagen

CopenhagenCopenhagen is a city that has gained a lot of popularity during the past decade. Danish design has charmed people all over the world but it’s the unique combination of nature and culture that draws people to Copenhagen. Bikes rule the streets with every 9 out of 10 inhabitants owning a bike. Maybe this is there reason why Danes are among the happiest people in the world? Join in on the fun and plan a city trip to Copenhagen. Read along to find out what to do on a marvelous 48 hour trip to Copenhagen.

I want to ride my bicycle like a local in Copenhagen.
I want to ride my bicycle… like the locals in Copenhagen.

TO DO

Walk around Nyhavn// Because it’s the most popular postcard of Copenhagen, because it offers a great opportunity to people watch and because you can stumble onto a film set like we did! They were filming the Danish Girl at the time, so I can’t wait to go see it in the movies 🙂 Nyhavn is the place-to-be to stroll around, get a waffle on a stick (although they don’t even come close to the delicious Brussels waffles at home!) and check out the massive ships. In summer, locals flock to Nyhavn to end the day with a beer and friends.

Behind these boats at Nyhavn was a film set in full action!
Behind these boats at Nyhavn was a film set in full action!

Look up to the great historical architecture// Rozenburg castle has great gardens, Borsen has a snakelike tower, Vor Ferlsers Kirke has a twisted tower you can’t miss and Christiansborg Palace offers great corridors to take a rest. Walking or cycling around Copenhagen is the best way to discover these highlights.

One of the most recognizable buildings in Copenhagen is the Old Stock Exchange building called Børsen.
One of the most recognizable buildings in Copenhagen is the Old Stock Exchange building called Børsen.

Lay down in the Botanical Garden// Although you’re in the city, Copenhagen offers plenty of green spaces. The Botanical Garden was my favourite with lots of swans, squirrels, exotic plants and a beautiful green house.

The most beautiful green house of Copenhagen can be found at the Botanical Garden.
The most beautiful green house of Copenhagen can be found at the Botanical Garden.

Shop the local design// Or in our case, window shop the local design. Danish style is known for its simplicity and pure lines. It’s like you arrived in Pinterest-heaven. You’ll find small, stylish shops all over Copenhagen. If you want to keep things simple, you can go to Stroget, the pedestrian only retail strip. Fun fact: By accident, we managed to enter the Stroget by car! And I can assure you, it’s much harder to get off a pedestrian street than to get on one. #EpicFail

Clean lines always win.
Clean lines always win.

Visit a museum// Most of the museums are (partly) free in Copenhagen. We visited the Statens Museum for Kunst for its innovative modern art installations. Another great find was the David Collection which enables you to discover the beauty of Islamic art while you simultaneously learn about their history. However,  the Nationalmuseet was my favorite by far. This museum lets you discover the fauna and flora of Denmark but also its history and so much more. Bonus: museums are the perfect location to warm up from the freezing Northern temperatures.

Warming up + getting some culture = the Nationalmuseet is clearly a win-win.
Warming up + getting some culture = the Nationalmuseet is clearly a win-win.

Walk with the deer// Just a 30-minute ride by train can bring you to a whole new world. Jægersborg Dyrehave is home to an amusement park (the world’s oldest existing amusement park) but more importantly to 2100 deer running around in the park. We noticed that you have the biggest change to spot them near the feeding areas. You can get as close as you want to the deer which was a truly unique experience for us.

Oh deer! They're so fluffy I'm gonna die.
Oh deer! They’re so fluffy I’m gonna die.

Search for the little mermaid// And searching you will (insert Joda voice). The little mermaid was much smaller than we anticipated. Created after the story of Hans Christian Andersen, this statue has become the symbol of Copenhagen.  I would advise you to only visit this monument when you have your own car or when you have plenty of time since this is not the most fascinating sight of Copenhagen.

The little mermaid holds her name with pride.
The little mermaid holds her name with pride.

TO EAT

Smörrebrod for breakfast// One of the most traditional dishes in Denmark is Smörrebrod. It doesn’t only looks nice but it’s also very fun to pronounce! Try saying “Smörrebrod” three times very fast without getting a smile on your face 🙂

Bistro Royal// Perfectly located next to Nyhavn. This restaurant offer a relaxed Scandinavian vibe. We ordered a beef tartare and I can still remember how great it tasted. The burger with hand-cut fries was also very good. Bonus for the cool motorcycle on the way to the bathroom.

Fueling up at Bistro Royal near Nyhavn.
Fueling up at Bistro Royal near Nyhavn.

WISHLISTED

Dinner for two at Noma// If I could daydream out loud, I would say a dinner for two at the Michelin-starred restaurant would be a great way to end this trip. This well-known restaurant offers top-notch food with strong references to the Northern culture. Be aware that you need to make a reservation months in advance.

More museums// The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is not only a great architectural landmark. It’s also home to a massive collection of Mediterranean sculptures. One-day in the week, this museum is totally free! However, the museum that’s highest on my personal wishlist is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It’s the most important museum for modern art in Denmark. Only 35 kilometres from Copenhagen and situated at the river banks of the Sont, I can’t imagine a better place to spend the afternoon.

Playing around at Tivoli// At the time of our visit, Europe oldest amusement park was still closed for its winter break. The Tivoli Gardens amusement park was built in 1843 and is still the most popular park in Denmark. Even Walt Disney used it as inspiration for his first Disney amusement park, so I’m already curious to discover this magical place on a next visit.

Welcome to the magical wonderland of Tivoli.
Welcome to the magical wonderland of Tivoli.


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