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My Top Copenhagen Must-Dos


With only one full day in København, I had to cram in as much as possible. I went everywhere!
So I've come up with a little list of the places in this gorgeous city you'd be a sucker to miss!







Christiansborg Palace


Christiansborg Palace


Christiansborg Palace

Nyhavn

Nyhavn is just so magical. The infamous canal, I'm sure most of you have seen pictures of (if not, then now you have;)), really does look as beautiful, if not more so, in real life. Colourful, symmetrical buildings reflected in the canal running along the middle of the street with boats bobbing along it. Markets, cafes and al fresco dining really brings this place to life during the day and at night, at Christmas, artfully hung fairy lights take over in bringing the place to life. On my first night I walked down and the lights looked so pretty reflected along the canal's water.

The next day I went back to see Nyhavn, now full of people and the market full of vendors. I stopped by one stall to try some Gløgg, Danish mulled wine, savior for my fingers, and sipped it whilst watching the boats bobbing and people watching. So peaceful.













Round Tower

Situated in downtown Copenhagen, the Rundetaarn is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Entry is 25Kr and you walk up the spiral pathway with windows along the way giving you cute views of the local area. When you get to the top of the pathway, there are some further stairs to climb and there you go! Stunning views all round of Copenhagen's skyline! There are binoculars you can look through too. On a clear day, you can even see Øresund Bridge and Sweden in the distance! Plus, aside from the views during the day, mid-october to mid-march, the public is welcome to take in the views during the night through the observatory's powerful telescope.















Amalienborg Palace

Despite losing my directions and wandering around (very) lost, I still managed to get to the palace in time to see the changing of the guards! This happens at 12 noon. It's really quite unique here because there are no gates in front of the palace or to separate you from the guards, so police officers usher you out of the way. But I really like this because you get to see it all close up - the process of the changing, like how they talk to each other, the routes they take, you almost get to know the process of it! Such an amazing experience, and the Palace and surrounding buildings are so architecturally beautiful too.























National Museum of Denmark

This was one of the few museums I was genuinely really looking forward to visiting - usually it's not my first choice when traveling, but I haven't visited anywhere in Scandinavia before, so I was very intrigued about its history. I mean, Denmark also has a Queen, has its own currency - quite similar to England in that sense. The museum, in Vestergade, takes you on a timeline, from the first humans in Africa, through to the bronze age, Danish prehistory to the ethnographic exhibition. It was very interesting to learn about reindeer hunting, amber carvings, mass graves and the clothes that were worn. I could have definitely spent over two hours in there, reading everything, but I soon found out that I had gotten there less than an hour before closing time. If you're interested in learning about the history of different countries, this would be a great cultural stop for you.














The Lakes

Where I was staying, in my Airbnb, meant that to get to the main area of Copenhagen, i.e where most of the sites I wanted to see were located, I had to walk past the lakes. I'm SO glad of this because seeing the sun set over the lakes on my first afternoon, the birds playing in the water the next day and the lights reflected in the water at night was just so so beautiful! Walking alongside you will be accompanied by so many, joggers, walkers, people sitting on the benches under the trees and just watching, it's so lovely. It really made me feel like I was experiencing Copenhagen like a local.














Tivoli

Tivoli is a theme park, entry is 99Kr for the actual park, but entry to the gardens is free. The gardens have Christmas markets this time of year and at night are covered in the most gorgeous lights! There is a whole willow tree absolutely covered in fairy lights, its honestly so stunning. Whether or not you want to visit the theme park, which, by the sound of it, was very fun, you could always take a stroll in the gardens or even just make sure your route goes past at night to see those lights, it's too beautiful not to!





Strøget

This is one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets with everything from budget-friendly shops to break the bank shops - though to be fair, if you can afford to shop from the world's most expensive brands, it probably won't make much of a difference to your bank balance...anyway, if you want to shop, this is the place! This time of year there are also Christmas lights hanging over head and various Christmas-related snacks on cute little stalls as well as a Christmas market just off Strøget in Højbro Plads. Even just walking down is fun, the vibe, especially this time of year, is incredibly cosy.














Christianshavn

I wanted to explore Christianshavn before I went. On the last day, I had to get to the airport by half past three, so I spent my day before that, well first brunching at 42 Raw which was delicious, but then I headed down to Christianshavn on my own little walking tour of this uniquely cultured neighbourhood. At this point, I'd concluded that there is literally no building in Copenhagen that isn't architecturally stunning and walking around here, I wasn't proven wrong...
I went to see the Christians Kirke, a Rococo church built 1754-59, but couldn't actually go inside as it's closed to visitors on Saturday. I walked around the gardens for a bit then went to visit another church, 'Church of our Savior' or 'Vor Frelsers Kirke' , which was absolutely beautiful! It's a baroque church, noticeable by its helix spire with an external winding staircase which can actual be climbed up to the top. Inside, its carillon, the largest in northern Europe, was playing various melodies, which it does each hour from 8am till midnight.
Next I headed to Lille Mølle, a Dutch smock mill built in 1783 on one of the bastions, replacing a post mill built in 1669 and turned into a private home in 1916. It is now an octagonal historic house museum left exactly as it was when the house was still lived in. It is also overlooking the Stadsgraven canal.
After that, I headed to see Freetown Christiania. Such an awesome place, a self-governing 'free-town', established in 1971, its an alternative to mainstream culture, car-free, has stalls selling handmade items and there's even the aptly titled 'Pusher Street' - just be sure not to have your camera or phone out around here or where the signs tell you not to, drug dealing is still illegal and dealers obviously don't want to get caught.





Christians Kirke


Vor Frelsers Kirke


Vor Frelsers Kirke



Lille Mølle


Christiania

 


Mange tak, København!






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