Copenhagen is one of those mystical places that seems so out there that it doesn’t seem real. Beautiful, tall, blonde people biking in between design-led architecture was what I envisaged – and to be fair I wasn’t too far off.

Flying from Dublin, we left the green fields of Ireland and flew over the green fields of Denmark. Surprisingly similar in terms of weather, thankfully we arrived on a sunny weekend, which made exploring the city much more interesting. According to our app we walked 40,000+ steps in two days so feel we covered most of the city. If you’re heading there anytime soon, here are my observations…

BUDGET: If you have a budget, you’ll probably have blown it by the time you come home. We spent around £600 in just over two days and most of it was down to eating and drinking. We saved a bit staying in Air B&B and we brought breakfast treats from home to cut down the cost a bit. A Copenhagen card gives gives unlimited use of public transport and free entrance to 72 museums and attractions for 24 or 48 hours so with looking into. Window shopping is free and a great way to soak up the architecture. 

EATING OUT: Copenhagen is well-known for its exquisite restaurants and there is definitely a host around the city. Geranium, Kadeau and Marchal are the places to go if you like fine dining and enjoy a Michelin experience. After good advice, we tried Nimb Hotel which was a beautiful meal, eaten alfresco overlooking the Trivoli gardenMake sure you make a visit to Paper Island for the amazing street food market – which is kind of like St Georges’s market, but with a more interesting variety and this massive outdoor space to eat beside the river.  

NIGHTLIFE: One word to describe the nightlife in Copenhagen is rubbish! Early evening we had a few good cocktails like this one pictured in Curfew and Ruby, but the centre seemed pretty dead- even on a Saturday night. Danes don’t seem like big drinkers, but when a G&T was around £15 I can see why! What we did see lots of at night was people on bikes, they were everywhere! It seems to be the most popular way to travel around the city and  you’ll need to have your wits about you to avoid them at night.

THINGS TO DO: As the city is surrounded with water, it made sense to do a boat cruise. We did a brilliant 60 minute tour which took in all the sights but didn’t stop. There is also a ‘hop on hop off’ boat which lets you stop at different points but it is double the price, and to be honest everywhere is within walking distance.

The Little Mermaid statue is worth a look and a quick selfie, even for the beautiful walk past the Royal Palace and along the river up to it. The Church of the Saviour is a must – but it’s not for the fainthearted! The 400 steps to the top are very narrow and it takes a while as people are coming down at the same time. The views of the city are amazing when you get to the top, but you’ll have lost a few more years off your life expectancy as it’s pretty hairy!

All in all, Copenhagen is beautiful and regularly voted the happiest city in the world. The outdoor spaces are amazing and if you get a sunny weekend you can easily relax by the water on one of the plentiful seats available. Eating and drinking is a fortune, but if you get off the tourist trail I’m sure things will be cheaper. We loved the city and got round most of it in the two days there, but if we had another day we would have nipped over then Öresund bridge to Malmo in Sweden. It’s most definitely worth a visit, just start saving now!

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