When it comes to planning holidays – I usually do it all in advance with hotels and flights meticulously researched and planned and . However, when both Euan and I had a day’s holiday leftover at the end of the year we decided to book a very last minute trip away. We went onto sky scanner, put in our dates and just picked the first place which had cheap flights! So off to Copenhagen we went!!
We booked a great apartment via Airbnb (see here) in the Islands Brygge area which was just 15 minutes away from the airport on the metro. We arrived late on Saturday and had a late lunch with prosecco followed by dinner at the house of Kirk and Svenja, friends who moved to Copenhagen a few months ago – was lovely to hear about what to do in Copenhagen from locals! Was also great to catch up with them as we realised it had been almost two years since we had last seen them!
Our second morning started with my favourite thing to do in any city – yep, a walking tour! We had a great Danish guy called Magnus who was the best tour guide and told us so many interesting facts about the city. It might have been the greyest, windiest and at times wettest day of sightseeing I have ever had (including Amsterdam last year) but we ended up having a great day!
We started at the town hall,Rådhuspladsen, just opposite the famous Tivoli Gardens
We meandered through cobbled streets, stopping off for interesting stories about Copenhagen through the ages!
Our next big stop was the Danish parliament buildings where we learnt a lot about the Danish political system – this is my favourite thing about walking tours, you learn not only about the main tourist attractions but about what it would be like to live there.
We walked on to Nyhaven is the pretty and slighly tourist part of Copenhagen, with a Christmas market on filled with glogg, a Danish mulled wine, and hotdogs, which are well worth a try. This is the area on the canal with brightly painted houses and. This was also the area where Hans Christian Anderson lived in. The famous Hotel D’Angleterre is one of Europe’s most luxurious hotels and was the headquarters of the Nazis during WWII and we heard lots of interesting stories about life in Denmark when they were occupied which was fascinating to hear!
Our final stop of the day was the Royal Palaces and Frederik’s church, a beautiful basilica.
After our walking tour finished we headed to the Nørrebro area in the North of Copenhagen and had a wander through Assistens Kirkegård, the famous cemetery where famous Danes such as Hans Christian Anderson, Søren Kierkegaard, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, and Christen Købke. It is kind of strange having a graveyard that also acts as a part but it makes for an interesting walk and apparently in summer it is beautiful with green trees lining all the paths.
At the end of the cemetery, there is a street called Jægersborggade which is filled with cute cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. We headed into Coffee Collective, a coffee shop which dos incredible coffee for a coffee before grabbing a late lunch at a wine bar on the street.
After an entire day of walking, where we managed to walk about 20km – I was completely exhausted so rather than a dinner out somewhere, we headed to the supermarket and grabbed some red wine and stuff to make dinner and had an evening on the couch listening to the howling wind. Our motto on holiday is to do exactly what we enjoy and to not feel pressurised into doing too much so this was the perfect end to a lovely day in Copenhagen!
Skål – thats Danish for Cheers!!